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Weston: We deserve a better credit reporting system

July 24, 2021, 5:55am Business

In some ways, the U.S. credit reporting system has improved. Credit freezes, which lock our credit information to deter identity theft, are now free and fast. We have free weekly access to our credit reports, courtesy of the credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, until April 20, 2022. Free credit… Read story

Weston: Who gets the keys to your digital estate?

July 17, 2021, 5:05am Business

You may not own cryptocurrency or nonfungible tokens. You may not have a big Instagram following or run an online business. But if you do almost anything online, you probably have digital assets — electronic records that you own, control or license. Failing to make arrangements for those assets while… Read story

Weston: Financial vital signs to monitor right now

July 3, 2021, 6:02am Business

A midyear financial review is often a good idea. This year, it’s almost essential. Read story

Weston: How to harness your HSA’s superpowers

June 26, 2021, 6:00am Business

If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, a health savings account can help you pay your medical bills. But HSAs have hidden superpowers that make them a great way for some people to create a tax-free pot of money for retirement or other long-term goals. In the right circumstances,… Read story

Weston: Should you save less for retirement?

June 19, 2021, 6:00am Business

Gwen Merz was fresh out of college in 2014, working an information technology job she hated, when she decided early retirement was the answer. She socked away every dollar she could, saving as much as 70% of her income so that she could quit when she was 35. Read story

Weston: How to be a better long-distance caregiver

May 29, 2021, 6:02am Business

Long pandemic lockdowns forced many older adults to become comfortable with video calls to stay connected with family. That in turn means that long-distance caregivers have a better way to see how their loved ones are faring. Read story

Weston: The checks that could change your financial life

May 22, 2021, 6:02am Business

Starting in July, most families with kids will start getting monthly payments of up to $300 per child as part of the American Rescue Plan’s expansion of the child tax credit. Read story

Weston: You may be entitled to free health insurance now

May 15, 2021, 6:00am Business

The latest coronavirus relief package did more than dole out $1,400 checks. The law also made health insurance free for millions more people and reduced costs for others, at least for now. Read story

Weston: 8 ½ birthdays that can affect your finances

May 8, 2021, 6:00am Business

You hit a lot of milestone birthdays when you’re young. There’s your first birthday, of course, and also the one where you turn 10 (finally, double digits!). At 13, you’re a teenager. At 16, you’re probably thinking about driving. At 18, you can vote; at 21, you can get into… Read story

Weston: How the pandemic has shaken up retirement

April 24, 2021, 6:00am Business

Pandemic-related job losses forced many older Americans out of the workplace i n the past year, perhaps permanently. But the COVID-19 crisis also seems to have delayed some retirements. Read story