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.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to avoid PMI when buying a home. Also in the news: Getting to know your scary new car, 8 African-American financial gurus to follow for 2020, and how to recertify your student loan repayment program.

How to Avoid PMI When Buying a Home
Ways around private mortgage insurance.

Get to Know Your Scary New Car
Figuring out the bells and whistles.

8 African American Financial Gurus to Follow in 2020
Learn their financial goals for 2020.

How to Recertify Your Student Loan Repayment Plan
Mark the date on your calendar.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

stack-of-billsToday’s top story: Trump’s student loan repayment play vs. Obama’s REPAYE. Also in the news: What to do if you’re rejected for a checking account, how divorce can affect your credit score, and how easing your financial stress could help you live longer.

Trump’s Student Loan Repayment Plan vs. Obama’s REPAYE
Understanding the differences.

Can’t Get a Checking Account? Don’t Give Up, Get Moving
Doing the repair work.

3 Ways Divorce Can Affect Your Credit Score
Be prepared.

Don’t Let Money Worries Shorten Your Life
Easing your financial stress could help you live longer.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: Finding the best student loan repayment plan. Also in the news: How student loans affect your taxes, calculating monthly car costs, and tax payment options for when you owe the IRS.

Find the Best Student Loan Repayment Plan for You
It’s going to take a while.

3 ways student loans affect your taxes
Don’t forget to deduct your interest.

Calculate a monthly car cost when buying outright to better weigh your options
A different way of thinking.

Tax payment options for when you owe the IRS
Rule #1: Don’t ignore it.