Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Is your wealth dripping away? Also in the news: How to navigate the Equifax data breach settlement, getting real about checking your finances, and looking for “relationship pricing” when you need a loan.

Is Your Wealth Dripping Away?
Draining your wallet, one drop at a time.

How to Navigate the Equifax Data Breach Settlement Offer
Find out what you’re entitled to.

Can’t Bear to Check Your Finances? Here’s Help
Biting the bullet.

Look for ‘Relationship Pricing’ When You Need a Loan
The benefits of monogamous banking.

Is your wealth dripping away?

As a spokesperson for the insurance industry, Loretta Worters often gives tips to homeowners on preventing water damage. Some of her knowledge comes from personal experience.

Worters says she had owned a home in Bellmore, New York, for only a month when she noticed the clothes washer in the basement was taking an awfully long time to fill.

“I went downstairs and I was up to my ankles in water,” says Worters, vice president of communications for the Insurance Information Institute.

Appliance and plumbing failures are a leading cause of household water damage, which is far more common than you may think. Homeowners are six times more likely to suffer property losses from water than from theft and seven times more likely than from fire, says Kelly Greene, a risk consulting manager from Chubb Personal Insurance who led a session on property damage at the Financial Planning Association NorCal conference in May. (“Water damage” is different from flooding, which is rising water that affects two or more properties.)

In my latest for the Associated Press, steps you can take to ensure your wealth doesn’t evaporate drip by drip.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Should you move abroad for health care? Also in the news: What to do if you still haven’t received your tax documents, things to consider before opening another credit card, and why you should save 4% of your new home’s cost for repairs.

Should You Move Abroad for Health Care?
The cost difference can be dramatic.

Haven’t Got Your Tax Documents Yet? Here’s What to Do
The clock’s ticking.

4 things to consider before opening another credit card
The pros and cons.

You Should Save 4% of Your New Home’s Cost for Repairs
Protect yourself from unexpected costs.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Need a gift for a college graduate? Consider a Roth IRA. Also in the news: An Olympian’s victory versus debt, how to tackle common home worries with a plan, and the best jobs to have when the economy tanks.

Need a Gift for a College Graduate? Consider a Roth IRA
A gift that will keep on giving.

How I Ditched Debt: An Olympian’s Medal-Worthy Juggling Act
Winning the gold in paying off debt.

Tackle This Common Home Worry With a Plan
Don’t let repairs catch you off-guard.

The best jobs to have when the economy tanks
Is your job economy-proof?

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

1381460521Today’s top story: 7 ways to cover the cost of emergency home repairs. Also in the news: How to buy a home with a low down payment, breaking up with your credit card company, and 5 ways to save on Medicare.

7 Ways to Cover the Cost of Emergency Home Repairs
What to do when something goes kaput.

Beyond FHA Loans: How to Buy a Home With a Low Down Payment
Thinking outside the FHA box.

Are you using the wrong credit card?
Breaking up with your credit card company.

5 Ways to Save on Medicare
Mastering the Medicare maze.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Tips on how to raise your credit score. Also in the news: How to save money while on a road trip this summer, the proper amount of allowance you should give your kids, and how to be prepared for unscheduled home repairs.

7 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score Fast
Closing your accounts is NOT one of them.

4 Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip
More money for t-shirts!

How Much Allowance Should You Give Your Kid?
Allowances can teach kids good savings habits at an early age.

Unscheduled Home Repairs: Are You Financially Prepared?
Don’t get caught off guard.

There’s Probably No Cash in Your Wallet. Could That Cost You?
Why living on plastic can add up.