This week’s money news

This week’s top story: Smart Money podcast on overcoming financial fears, and appliance repair tips. In other news: What new lending regulations mean for small-business owners, can office-to-housing conversions dent the housing crisis, and 5 steps to prepare for student loan repayment.

Smart Money Podcast: Overcoming Financial Fears, and Appliance Repair Tips
Hosts Sean Pyles and Liz Weston delve into the latest data from Consumer Reports and share handy tips that could end up saving you money and reducing electronic waste.

What New Lending Regulations Mean for Small-Business Owners
Small-business owners should expect to see more nonbank small-business lenders and should remain cautious of predatory lenders by paying attention to things like APR.

Can Office-to-Housing Conversions Dent the Housing Crisis?
Doing office-to-housing conversions at scale presents a costly challenge.

5 Steps to Prepare for Student Loan Repayment
The federal student loan payment pause is coming to an end. Here’s how to get ready to make payments again.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let magical thinking jinx retirement. Also in the news: How to live with your first credit card’s low limit, legal complaint puts student debt relief companies in the crosshairs, and a decade after the housing crisis, foreclosures still haunt homeowners.

Don’t Let Magical Thinking Jinx Retirement Planning
Money won’t suddenly begin growing on trees.

How to Live With Your First Credit Card’s Low Limit
No, your limit isn’t missing a zero.

Legal Complaint Puts Student ‘Debt Relief’ Companies in Crosshairs, and Borrowers Can Help Make the Case
Borrowers have a way to fight back.

A decade after the housing crisis, foreclosures still haunt homeowners
Long lasting repercussions.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

common-retirement-mistakesToday’s top story: 5 expenses that will change when you retire. Also in the news: Questions for credit counselors, how to budget for a wedding that isn’t your own, and could we be on the verge of another housing crisis?

5 Expenses That Will Change in Retirement
Could you see more cash in your wallet?

7 Questions to Ask a Credit Counselor
Be prepared.

How to budget for a wedding — that’s not your own
Expenses add up quickly.

Are We Heading for Another Housing Crisis?
It’s getting easier to get a mortgage amid increasing home prices.