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Weston: Why taking Social Security early costs too much

August 22, 2020, 6:00am Business

Starting Social Security early typically means getting a smaller benefit for the rest of your life. The penalty is steep: Someone who applies this year at age 62 would see their monthly benefit check reduced by nearly 30%. Read story

Weston: Feel out of control? These money moves can help

August 15, 2020, 6:02am Business

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight have a pact. Every week, the group of 50 people picks one small business in Durham, North Carolina, and each person spends $100 there. Read story

Weston: Can you have too much credit?

August 8, 2020, 6:02am Business

People who care about their credit scores tend to obsess about some things they probably shouldn’t, such as the possibility they might have too much credit. Read story

Weston: Can you trust your mobile payment app?

August 1, 2020, 6:02am Business

Money transfer apps including Venmo, Cash App and PayPal have surged in popularity during the pandemic as people seek safe, contactless ways to send and receive money. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the limitations of these payment platforms or how they can put someone’s finances at risk. Read story

Weston: What to do with your stuff the kids don’t want

July 25, 2020, 5:47am Business

Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions – particularly these days. Read story

Weston: Probate workarounds can save heirs time, money

July 18, 2020, 6:02am Business

A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren. Read story

Weston: Some taxpayers face a desperate wait for refunds

July 4, 2020, 5:46am Business

As a 58-year-old woman on disability, Robin Short of Wallingford, Connecticut, relies on her tax refund to catch up on bills. She filed her return electronically in February, opting for direct deposit so she could get her $773 refund quickly. Read story

Weston: How ‘maximizers’ can cut decision-making angst

June 27, 2020, 6:02am Business

No one wants to waste money, but some of us go overboard trying to get the best possible deal. Read story

Weston: When parents are the emergency fund

June 20, 2020, 6:15am Business

Financial fallout from the pandemic is hitting millennials hard — and many will soon turn to their parents for help, if they haven’t already. Read story

Weston: Is your target date investment letting you down?

June 13, 2020, 6:02am Business

Target date investments are supposed to be an easier way to invest, and they’re a popular choice in 401(k) plans. But the recent market downturn showed that some target date strategies suffered much bigger losses than others, especially for investors nearing retirement. Read story