Tag: personal-finance

Biden administration to extend student loan payment pause on Day 1, transition officials say

Once in office, President-elect Joe Biden will extend the coronavirus-era payment pause on student loans, a member of his transition team told reporters Friday.  “On...

How to talk to your kids about the storming of the Capitol, and Dr. Fauci on COVID-19 infections: ‘Things will get worse as we get into January’

TGIF, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Personal Finance I pay my gardener $100 a month. Should I pay him less if he misses a...

I pay my gardener $100 a month. Should I pay him less if he misses a week here and there because of rain?

Dear Moneyist, I pay my gardener $100 per month. He or one of his employees comes once a week on Mondays, and does a pretty...

My wife found a half brother through Ancestry.com. Are we morally or ethically obligated to share her father’s estate?

Dear Moneyist, Several years ago, on a whim, my wife and I had our DNA tested by Ancestry.com. Last week we were contacted by a...

Federal regulators want to ‘modernize’ home appraisals — that could put some consumers at a disadvantage

A federal watchdog agency is investigating ways to modernize the process used to determine how much a home is worth. The Federal Housing Finance Agency,...

‘Deaths of despair’ during COVID-19 have risen significantly 2020, new research says

Deaths of despair have risen during the coronavirus pandemic, and the latest research suggests the increase has been dramatic. The pandemic and recession were associated...

Where there’s smoke: My husband’s habit could not be conquered

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. This essay is part of Telling Our Stories, a series of 12 essays featuring the voices of Next...

My partner supports me 100%. I’m ill and haven’t worked or filed taxes since 2016, so I got no stimulus. When will I get one?

Dear Moneyist, I’m in a long-term, live-in partnership. I became ill and haven’t been employed since 2016. My partner has been financially supporting me 100%....

My elderly father was physically abusive, and will leave his farm to my two sisters. Should I contest his will?

Dear Moneyist, I have 2 daughters. Growing up in an agricultural family during the farm crisis was tough. My dad was extremely abusive both physically...

The 7 Financial Purposes You Should Have for 2021

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their...

There are ‘early signs’ of a jobless recovery — but they aren’t evident across the board, economist says

As coronavirus vaccines are beginning to roll out to some Americans, a jobless recovery is beginning to mount. At the height of the pandemic in...

After painful financial lessons in 2020, here’s 10 New Year resolutions to make 2021 better.

Before 2020, Russell Jessop knew the wisdom in having emergency savings tucked away. But the year’s financial mayhem supplied him — and millions more —...

4 money lessons from 2020 to help you plan for a solid retirement in 2021

In 2020, we saw a pandemic cause world-wide city shutdowns, market volatility, deaths, derail plans for travel, celebrations, family visits and even retirement.  Many Americans...

I’d like to buy a home in a warm spot near the beach for $350,000 — where should I retire?

I am 68 with $1.2 million in savings. I’d like to retire somewhere warm, no snow and near the beach. In January I’d like to...

What side effects, if any, can you expect from a COVID-19 vaccine shot?

Last month, as crowds cheered the first truck with vaccine produced by BioNTech SE BNTX, -2.88% and Pfizer PFE, +0.19% leaving the manufacturing facility, doctors...

We’re 56, have $400,000 in debt, can save $50,000 a year and just want to retire — what should we do?

My husband and I are both 56 and want to retire as soon as possible.  There are so many retirement calculators and each gives a...

What will streaming bring in 2021? Here are 5 developments to watch

In 2020, most of us streamed a lot more shows than we otherwise might have, thanks to coronavirus stay-at-home orders. But the pandemic also set...

My husband wants to be by the ocean, but I lived through Katrina and love lakes — where can we (semi) retire and rent for $2,000 a month?

I am really hoping you can help us because we are eager to move, but not sure where. I am 49 and my husband is...

‘I planned to buy new tires for the winter’: I didn’t get a stimulus check because I owe back child support. It’s so morally wrong. Will I get one this time?

Dear Moneyist, I have 2 kids and I pay child support. I have one daughter who I didn’t know about until she was 5 years...

Why it matters when this stimulus check money hits your account.

As the Internal Revenue Service starts cutting a second round of direct relief checks, the waiting may be the hardest part for people who just...

‘They get free money’: People will receive a $600 stimulus check and $300 extra unemployment. Why is there no accountability?

I am concerned that people are receiving another 11 weeks of unemployment benefits along with an extra $300 per week. I don’t have a problem...

Spend less and buy cheaper brands, the plan of more than half of Mexicans by 2021

70% of the participants in a survey published by EY Mexico stated that they will reduce expenses on food, beverages and other products at least...

These streaming services were worth paying for in 2020 — but might not be next year

I’ve been writing a monthly streaming preview column for MarketWatch for a little more than a year now, advising readers which streaming services they should...

I received a financial gift from my mother. I returned it to her 5 years ago. Now that we’re divorcing, my husband says half of that money belonged to him

Dear Moneyist, I received a gift from my mother several years ago. She transferred a substantial amount of money into a bank account under my...

The best 2021 SUVs priced under $30k

A new SUV doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. While upscale features and options can send the price skyward, there are...