How to write a will that won't trigger a family feud

Creating an estate plan is a gift to the people you leave behind. By expressing your wishes, you're trying to guide your loved ones at a difficult, emotional time. All too often, tho...

How women who retire with their husbands often lose out

Women who retire when their husbands do may be giving up more wealth than they realize. Married women overall are still in their peak earning years in their 50s and early 60s, while ...

Got an hour? Chalk up 4 quick financial wins

Sometimes money is like technology. Getting stuff done — whether it's updating an operating system or moving a bank account — often takes longer than it should. There are some money ...

Why your kid should help pay for college

I recently heard from the parents of yet another high school senior who turned down a huge scholarship from a good college to attend her "dream school," which of course has lousy financial aid. Now he...

Your house isn't a piggy bank

Your home equity could keep you afloat in retirement or bail you out in an emergency — but not if you spend it first. U.S. homeowners are sitting on nearly $6 trillion of home value ...

How to get rid of a timeshare

Some timeshare buyers know almost instantly that they've made a mistake. Other owners struggle for years with loan payments and ever-escalating annual fees before they're ready to throw in the towel. ...

What do colleges want? It's hiding in plain sight

The college application process can seem pretty mysterious to the uninitiated. But what colleges want from their applicants isn't a secret. Schools telegraph what they're after in th...

Managing Debt in Retirement Takes Some Planning

Owing money in retirement isn't ideal — but most people do. Seventy percent of U.S. households headed by people ages 65 to 74 had at least some debt in 2016, according to the Federal...

Why traditional credit scores still matter

Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how like...

Can you afford to help your kid start a business?

Amazon. Chipotle. GoPro. These household-name businesses were launched thanks to investments by the founders' parents. But parents also have sunk plenty of money into their offspring...

How to profit from someone else's financial mistake

Most of us have wasted money on ill-considered purchases or stuff we really couldn't afford. As we get more financially savvy, that happens less often. But we can still profit from other people's bad ...

How to be a happy timeshare owner

Many people are desperate to shed their timeshares. That provides bargains for timeshare enthusiasts like Angie and Mike McCaffery of Los Angeles. The retired couple has paid as litt...

3 money tasks you shouldn't tackle on your own

No one cares as much about your money as you do, but never asking for help can be dangerous — and expensive. In a previous column , I detailed the hazards of trying to do your own es...

Beware of hidden taxes in retirement

Your taxes in retirement may be a lot more complicated than taxes while you're working. Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on your income. You'll pay federal i...

Liz Weston: Why your teen should work this summer

Summer jobs for teens are an endangered species worth saving. These seasonal jobs offer more than a paycheck. Summer employment can: ?Improve academic performance, ...