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Liz Weston

Three reasons not to simplify your financial life

Jan 13 2016

LOS ANGELES January seems to beg for fresh starts, organizing binges and articles about simplifying your life. In some ways, though, a little complexity is a good thing.

What the Fed rate hike means to you, and your wallet

Dec 16 2015

LOS ANGELES For everyone who has been saying interest rates can only go up, well - now is their time. But what does the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates actually mean for your wallet?

Five apps to organize your financial life

Dec 07 2015

LOS ANGELES Earlier this year a tax pro mentioned the FileThis organizing app to me. Within seconds of installing it, I wondered, "Where has this been all my life?"

Six mistakes people make when giving to charity

Nov 25 2015

LOS ANGELES Here is a helpful rule of thumb for donating to charities this holiday season: Take your time.

College scholarships are not free money

Nov 17 2015

LOS ANGELES It is National Scholarship Month, which means high school seniors are being exhorted to scoop up free money for college.

College scholarships are not free money

Nov 16 2015

LOS ANGELES It is National Scholarship Month, which means high school seniors are being exhorted to scoop up free money for college.

Why banks want you to drop Mint, other 'aggregators'

Nov 09 2015

LOS ANGELES Millions of people share their bank account passwords with third-party sites and apps that help them track their spending, but some of the biggest financial institutions, wary of hacking risks, are trying to scare people into not using them.

Retirees get big lessons on loopholes from budget deal

Nov 02 2015

LOS ANGELES Even people decades away from retirement should pay close attention to how Congress just ended two lucrative ways of taking Social Security benefits, known jointly as the "claim now, claim more later" strategy.

A game plan for grads struggling with new loan payments

Oct 27 2015

LOS ANGELES An improved economy and lower unemployment should reduce the number of recent college graduates who default on the federal student loans they are supposed to start repaying when their six-month grace periods expire - as soon as November for May graduates.

How you pay your bills may affect your credit

Oct 19 2015

LOS ANGELES Lenders are no longer just interested in whether you pay your bills or not. Increasingly, they are looking at how you pay those bills to determine whether they want you as a customer.

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