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Weston: 3 time-sensitive money tasks for new widows and widowers

January 13, 2024, 6:00am Business

Widows and widowers are often told not to make any major decisions for a year or more after a spouse’s death. Grief can cause you to make choices you later regret. Read story

NerdWallet: Do I really need supplemental insurance (Medigap) with Medicare?

January 10, 2024, 8:04am Business

About 41% of Original Medicare beneficiaries had Medicare Supplement Insurance, or Medigap, in 2021, according to a February 2023 report summarizing enrollment data from AHIP, a national health insurance trade association. For the other 59%, Medicare has some “gaps” that could be costly. Read story

Inherited IRA rules: 7 things all beneficiaries must know

January 8, 2024, 5:10am Business

An inherited IRA may be the most complex issue to handle well when wrapping up an estate. If you’ve recently inherited an individual retirement account, you can find yourself at the tricky three-way intersection of estate planning, financial planning and tax planning. One wrong decision can lead to expensive consequences,… Read story

Palmer: Overspent in December? Here’s how to battle the January blues

January 7, 2024, 6:05am Business

The first workday in January after the holidays hits a little bit differently: The parties are over, debt payments are soon due and it can feel like there’s nothing to look forward to. Read story

Savings and money market account rates forecast for 2024: Yields will dip but remain higher than inflation

January 6, 2024, 5:10am Business

Expect savings and money market account yields to slide lower this year, but they still should outpace inflation, according to the latest forecast from Bankrate chief financial analyst Greg McBride. Read story

Mortgage rates tick upward, but 30-year remains under 7%

January 4, 2024, 7:42am Business

The average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages ticked up to 6.96% this week, a small increase from 6.9% the previous week, according to Bankrate’s weekly national survey of large lenders. Read story

NerdWallet: Why ‘bleisure’ travel gives short-term rentals like Airbnb a boost over hotels

January 3, 2024, 7:33am Business

Remote and hybrid work has affected many industries, from commercial real estate to downtown restaurants. And it has impacted how many workers, unfettered by office attendance requirements, plan their travels. Read story

Millennial Money: I saved $800 in 5 months by eating more plants

January 2, 2024, 7:31am Business

I tried going vegetarian once when I was in high school. My best friend was a vegetarian, and I was curious. I lasted only about four days. My downfall: a buffalo chicken sandwich. Since that ill-fated attempt, I’ve never tried to curb my meat consumption. It’s just too dang tasty. Read story

Hiltzik: Mickey Mouse and ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ enter the public domain on Jan. 1, a reminder of our crazy copyright laws

December 31, 2023, 5:30am Business

It might be unusual to find Mickey Mouse and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” mentioned in the same breath. But you can chalk up their momentary fellowship to America’s copyright laws, under which both are entering the public domain on Jan. 1. Read story

5 financial resolutions for new year

December 30, 2023, 6:05am Business

The new year is upon us, and it’s a great time to plan for your financial future. Here are five financial resolutions to consider for 2024. Read story