Tag: Consumer Affairs

No, you’re not crazy. Yes, the CDC’s mask guidelines are confusing — why you should wear a mask indoors even if you’re vaccinated

Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Make one. Buy one. Wear it outdoors. Wear it indoors. Confused? You’re not alone. “The delta variant is...

My girlfriend makes twice what I earn. I reluctantly paid the $200 dinner check for her first promotion. She just got another one. Should I pay again?

A couple of years ago, my girlfriend received a promotion to a management position. We both agreed that we should go out and celebrate her...

I successfully renovated a condo building. My new husband offered to manage my next project — and it all went horribly wrong

I come from a very poor background. I have been homeless a few times. Through hard work and sheer sacrifice I was not only able...

My aunt and uncle had no children. My cousin, the executor, changed their will to inherit a $400K estate. Should we pursue this?

My aunt passed away last month at the age of 92. One of her nieces and her husband took it upon themselves to become her...

My daughter no longer speaks to me or my husband, and mocked our family values. Do we cut her out of her $2 million inheritance?

My husband and I have three adult children whom we love very much, and wish for them to have healthy, productive, ethical and loving lives.  ...

My father died recently, leaving me and two siblings a house with no mortgage. Should we sell it?

Dear MarketWatch, My father died recently and left me and two siblings a house with no mortgage. I am in the process of being declared...

My sister co-signed our nephew’s student loans for $35,000. When he defaulted, she paid them off. Should his parents repay her?

Dear Quentin, I am the executor of my mom’s estate. I have three siblings. My mom is going to equally divide her assets among the...

I will not leave my house to my boyfriend in my will. I don’t want his daughters, who hate me, to profit

Dear Quentin, I have been living with my boyfriend for five years. When I met him he was separated from his wife and they later...

I lost everything, but started over and bought a home. My boyfriend wants to pay off my mortgage and split the proceeds

I’m 43 and finally made it out of my own financial hell. In my early 20s, I dated a man for over a decade who...

I earn $35K, have $20K in credit-card debt, and $200K in stock. I dream of turning my studio into a rental unit and building a pool

Dear Quentin, I read your column on a regular basis and feel almost out of league to be writing. Unlike most of your writers, I...

My husband and I bought our late neighbor’s foreclosed home. My stepdaughter moved in — then the problems began

My husband and I bought our neighbor’s home that went into foreclosure after he died. I agreed to purchase the home with my husband if...

My father-in-law returned our truck with a $1,500 fender bender. My in-laws were flippant and declined to pay. Should we push it?

Dear Quentin, My husband decided to buy a new truck at 0% interest in 2019. At the time our son was 13 years old; he...

I got into an accident after my friend asked me to drive her car. She insists I pay her full deductible. Is that fair?

Dear Quentin, I have a moral question that you maybe could give me some advice with. My friend asked me to drive her car with...

My husband has $75K on his credit card and plans to spend $8K on sporting events. What can I do? Am I on the hook if he dies?

Dear Quentin, What steps can I take to protect myself from my husband’s financial decisions? We are both 47 and have a good income (together...

‘The language of consumer debt is rife with moral undertones’: Read MarketWatch’s new ‘Extra Credit’ column

Hello and welcome to Extra Credit, a weekly look at the news through the lens of consumer debt. Your monthly car or student-loan bill may...

What will you do with your enhanced Child Tax Credit? Invest in your child’s future with these 3 options

Some 39 million households, accounting for almost 90% of U.S. families, will receive the enhanced Child Tax Credit. The Internal Revenue Service will issue the...

Student-loan giant that manages Public Service Loan Forgiveness will stop servicing federal loans

The controversial organization that for years has been public servants’ main point of contact in accessing student-loan forgiveness will no longer be servicing federal student...

I paid off my fiancé’s $40,000 truck. He wants me to refinance my home with a VA loan — and only his name on the deed

Dear Quentin, I’m a teacher, widow and mom of a toddler. I support myself and my daughter on one income. My fiancé was struggling with...

Minneapolis Fed requiring COVID-19 vaccinations by next month — or employees will lose their jobs

Employees at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis have until the end of August to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to keep their...

My husband’s sister and brother-in-law declared bankruptcy. The family helped them out — but they still spend, spend, spend

My husband has a large family, and his siblings have varying levels of financial security. One of his sisters is married with teenage children, and...

My sister and her husband said I should pay 40% towards our vacation rentals because they share a bedroom. Is that fair?

Dear Quentin, My sister, brother-in-law and I have traveled together a number of times on month-long trips. On previous vacations, we each agreed to pay...

I earn $54K. My wife earns $28K. I pay most of our bills, but she’s upset that she pays our $3K annual taxes

Dear Quentin, My wife and I have been married for six and a half years. I bring home about $54,000 per year after taxes as...

This U.S. city has the highest share of superrich residents in the world — and it’s not New York, Seattle or San Francisco

If you’re hoping to mingle with multimillionaires this summer, you can skip the Hamptons and Lake Como. Where you’re most likely to bump into an...

There are plenty of jobs, but not enough people to fill them. What’s going on?

The U.S. created 850,000 new jobs in June. Great. Yet 9 million people who likely would be working right now had there been no pandemic...

5 best products to soothe sunburn, starting at $7, according to dermatologists and skincare pros

MarketWatch has highlighted these products and services because we think readers will find them useful. We may earn a commission if you buy products through...