Tag: personal-finance

Can my ex-husband file a joint tax return without my consent? He tried to take both my stimulus checks, but I got the better of him

Dear Moneyist, I’m 62 years of age, I have stopped working and I am currently receiving Social Security. My husband is intending to file a...

‘I feel like she has joined some abusive cult’: My wife makes $25,000 and only gets 1.5% annual pay raises. What can I do?

My wife and I have been married for 18 years and met at work in 2000. She is college educated and has worked her entire...

Dow futures rise 250 points as the stock market tries to shake GameStop angst

U.S. stock-index futures on Monday morning were trading solidly higher as the market attempted to recover from its worst weekly loss since October as worries...

When my parents died, my sisters and I split their estate. I chose a painting that was appraised at $50,000. Should I tell them?

Dear Moneyist, After both of my parents died, my sisters and I divided up furniture, finances, and artwork, etc. The process of dividing their estate...

Don’t worry, the GameStop-Reddit fiasco won’t tank your 401(k)

This article provides information and education for investors. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy...

Here are the biggest short squeezes in the stock market, including GameStop and AMC

Short squeezes will remain a big story in the financial-news media until heavily shorted stocks that have been pushed up by individual investors connected through...

My husband, 67, wants to leave his $2 million estate and home to his disabled daughter and his sister’s kids. Can he do that? I could outlive them

Dear Moneyist, My husband is 67 years old with an estate worth $2 million. His first wife died. He has a severely handicapped daughter and...

How will this wild GameStop saga end? The ghosts of trading catastrophes past offer clues

Champions of GameStop’s jaw-dropping stock surge portray it as a victory by long-suffering mom-and-pop investors over nefarious Wall Street institutions, but some veteran market observers...

I can afford a $300,000 home in a ski town ‘but not if it comes with $6,000 a year in HOA dues’ — so where can I retire?

We will be retiring, hopefully in 2021, with about $30,000 to $40,000 in annual income from a pension. I would love to live in Summit...

Does wearing two masks help prevent COVID-19 transmission? Dr. Fauci has an answer

“ ‘It just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective.’ ” — Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy...

How do I sell my car if the lender holds the title?

Many car owners sell their vehicles privately, whether to dealers or other drivers. Likewise, many car owners have their cars financed through banks or credit...

Elizabeth Warren calls for new leadership to oversee student loans — and calls Betsy DeVos era a ‘disaster’

When Congress ordered the Department of Education to stop garnishing the wages of borrowers who defaulted on their student loans as part of the CARES...

‘Most people would seriously be stunned if they knew just how many credit scores there are’: Why your FICO score differs from Credit Karma

That’s the question many Twitter TWTR, users were asking this week, after scores of tweets about the personal-finance management company went viral. Many of these...

Yellen says raising minimum wage to $15 would have ‘minimal’ impact on jobs, but nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office disagrees

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $7.25 would help the U.S. economy more than it would harm it, Janet Yellen, President Joe...

Opinion: How to make sure your spouse gets your retirement savings when you die

If you designate beneficiaries for your retirement accounts, that’s usually a surefire way to pass those assets directly to your desired heirs without going through...

I want to move to the South, I want the beach — and a liberal mindset. Where should I retire?

I’m 74, and my wife and I are looking to retire to a place full-time where it is warm all year long (over 60 degrees...

What it’s really like to retire on a Caribbean island — on $3,000 a month

Nestled in her 1960s hillside home perched high above the glittering sea, Julie Lea awakens each morning to the sound of rustling palms, chirping birds...

Opinion: Americans tend to blow an inheritance — here’s how to be prudent and have some fun too

Dear Ms. MoneyPeace: I received unexpected money from my uncle’s estate, but not enough to celebrate and plan an early retirement. I have a secure...

‘This is sheer economic waste. We distributed our $1,200 stimulus to our church:’ Why did we get these checks instead of poor Americans?

Dear Moneyist, My husband is 82 years old. I am 83. We are retired. We are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Last year, about midsummer, we...

President Biden removes key figure at National Labor Relations Board — union leaders rejoiced

Amid a flurry of first-day orders and actions, President Joe Biden’s administration showed the door to a top-ranking lawyer at a labor agency meant to...

Existing-home sales rise slightly, despite buyers’ struggles with falling inventory

The numbers: Existing-home sales beat analyst estimates and rose in December, even as inventory dropped once again to a record low. Total existing-home sales increased 0.7%...

Biden administration extends nationwide eviction moratorium

U.S. President Joe Biden formally requested that officials extend the nationwide bans on evictions and foreclosures hours after his inauguration. Biden asked the U. S....

Counting on a tax refund or stimulus check? 5 things to know before filing your taxes

This year’s tax season will start against a very different backdrop. Approximately 18 million people are on some form of unemployment assistance and savings rates...

‘Just because we’re undocumented does not mean we’re worth less than other people’: Will undocumented immigrants get COVID-19 vaccines?

Undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will be a critical population to reach with COVID-19 vaccines, advocates and experts say, and public-health officials will first have...

Here’s the maximum amount Biden’s stimulus checks and tax credits would deliver to America’s poorest families

 A new round of $1,400 stimulus checks could equal at least 20% of the money low-income families bring home in a full year, according to...