Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How 3 entrepreneurs overcame credit struggles. Also in the news: 4 best ways to redeem your choice privileges points, Medicare and hospice, and how to spot a predatory lender.

These 3 Entrepreneurs Overcame Credit Struggles; Here’s Their Advice
Credit unions, credit counseling and even credit cards helped — but so did their resolve to ask questions and put in the hard work.

4 Best Ways to Redeem Your Choice Privileges Points
These sweet spots don’t cost a lot of Choice Privileges points, even in pricey destinations like New York or Tokyo.

Does Medicare Cover Hospice?
The answer is yes, but you must qualify and use a Medicare-approved hospice provider.

How to Spot a Predatory Lender
If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Fed point fingers as ‘Debt Relief’ companies prey on student loan borrowers. Also in the news: Distressed borrowers say student debt help was anything but, why investors care about rate hikes, and why your credit cards shouldn’t retire when you do.

Feds Point Fingers as ‘Debt Relief’ Companies Prey on Student Loan Borrowers
Looking for easy targets.

Distressed Borrowers Say Student Debt Help Was Anything But
Compounding a problem.

Why Investors Care About the Fed (and Rate Hikes)
The impact on investments.

Credit hit: Why your credit cards shouldn’t retire when you do
Building credit is still important.