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12:16 p.m. April 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents made my sister executor of their $4 million estate, and joint owner of their bank accounts. Should I be worried? ‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement’‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement.’
10:01 a.m. April 14, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband signed for a car for a friend — against my wishes. Now we get notices for unpaid tolls and parking tickets. What if there’s an accident? ‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident’‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident.’
6:22 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement? ‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives’‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’
4:26 a.m. April 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘What the hell!’ I’m 28, have no debt, a 401(k), Roth IRA and $45K in cash. Should I save for a house or buy a Tesla Model 3? ‘I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds’‘I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds.’
7:02 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother visited my sister, who didn’t give her breakfast or lunch. She makes $150K. Should I tell her to feed her guests? ‘Side note: I think our success bugs them as she points out that our real-estate investments are doing so well. I’ve offered to go in with them on a real-estate deal and the answer is always no’‘Side note: I think our success bugs them as he points out that our real-estate investments are doing so well. I’ve offered to go in with them on a real-estate deal and the answer is always no.’
6:44 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I cut his hair because he won’t pay for a haircut’: My multimillionaire husband is 90. I’ve looked after him for 41 years, but he won’t help my son ‘I bet that you have never heard from anyone who has too much money’‘I bet that you have never heard from anyone who has too much money.’
11:12 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My stepmother got nothing when my father died, per their prenup. She asked me to buy her a home. What should I do? ‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’
9:50 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents want to use $300,000 in retirement savings to pay off $160,000 left on their home. Is that a good idea? ‘I would like to be able to help them financially and be their safety net, but my means are limited’‘I would like to be able to help them financially and be their safety net, but my means are limited.’
8:59 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I want to hurt him the same way he hurt me’: My husband sprung a prenup on me days before our wedding. He kept all copies ‘For two years, I asked for a copy and he couldn’t find it. When I finally had enough, I found it in his office and made myself a copy’‘For two years, I asked for a copy and he couldn’t find it. When I finally had enough, I found it in his office and made myself a copy.’
5:40 a.m. March 26, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open higher as Wall Street aims for back-to-back gainsU.S. stocks opened slightly higher Friday as investors balanced concerns around rising bond yields against the broader reflationary hopes that have spurred major equity benchmarks to new heights this year. The S&P 500 added 0.4% to 3,925. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 150 points, or 0.5%, to 32,770. The Nasdaq Composite was up 0.2% to 13,005. Investors got a key read of household finances on Friday, with consumer spending sinking 1% in February, the most since the onset of the pandemic last year. WeWork is set to take itself public in a $9 billion merger with a black-check company, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
2:54 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My husband told me that my $1,400 stimulus check will be spent on aluminum siding on our home.’ How can I reclaim what’s mine? ‘As soon as I heard the stimulus bill passed, I got a sick sense of dread in my stomach’‘As soon as I heard the stimulus bill passed, I got a sick sense of dread in my stomach.’
2:53 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother is recovering from alcoholism. My ‘narcissistic’ sisters took over her life and drained her bank account. What can I do? ‘In her late 60s, her years of alcohol abuse finally caught up with her when she developed Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome’‘In her late 60s, her years of alcohol abuse finally caught up with her when she developed Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.’
2:50 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-boyfriend and I contributed to our household based on our salaries. I’m now owed $23K in back pay. Do I pay him back? ‘He and I don’t really talk anymore, but we ended on relatively good terms, and I want to do the right thing’‘He and I don’t really talk anymore, but we ended on relatively good terms, and I want to do the right thing.’
2:28 p.m. March 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I have tried to be kind’: I gave my ex half of the first two stimulus checks for our child. He still calls me a ‘monster.’ What do I do with the third? ‘I am bugged by him paying nothing while also going on trips and buying vehicles when he gets extra money, instead of paying anything to me for our child. Maybe I am being petty’‘I am bugged by him paying nothing while also going on trips and buying vehicles when he gets extra money, instead of paying anything to me for our child. Maybe I am being petty.’
12:17 p.m. March 20, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
I’m 52, won’t live past 80 and have $1.6 million. ‘I am tired of both the rat race and workplace politics.’ Should I retire? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com
5:33 p.m. March 12, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My daughter was a TV star and saved $1 million. If she buys a home and moves in with her boyfriend, will he have a claim? ‘If he contributed to any part of the mortgage payments, could he claim he contributed to the (increased) value of the property, asking for money if/when it is sold?’‘If he contributed to any part of the mortgage payments, could he claim he contributed to the (increased) value of the property, asking for money if/when it is sold?’
4:18 a.m. March 6, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can remind you to not take Mr. Market’s moods personallyMoney and investing stories popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
7:19 a.m. Feb. 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My sisters and I disagree on most things, but never could I have imagined how our relationship would end’ My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the nursing home?My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the nursing home?
10:05 a.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - By Riley Adams
How to invest in real estate during COVID Prepare for the investment opportunities to come after the pandemic passesPrepare for the investment opportunities to come after the pandemic passes
4:46 p.m. Feb. 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My daughter-in-law will only have a second child by surrogacy — and wants to use $200K of my son’s inheritance to pay for it ‘He has already dipped into capital by covering his wife’s $250,000 in college and credit-card debt before they were even married — a pretty heroic rescue!’‘He has already dipped into capital by covering his wife’s $250,000 in college and credit-card debt before they were even married — a pretty heroic rescue!’
5:04 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wealthy fiancée wants me to accept ‘standard-of-living’ costs should we divorce. I’m a proud veteran and won’t accept more than $50,000. Who’s right? ‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances’‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances.’
5:03 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My husband burned through all of our finances. If we divorce, I don’t want him to get one penny.’ How can I protect myself? ‘Is there a way I could put that money in a trust or someplace where my husband would not be able to access in the event we actually file for divorce?’‘Is there a way I could put that money in a trust or someplace where my husband would not be able to access in the event we actually file for divorce?’
12:35 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Our housekeeper does not work when we’re at home due to COVID-19. We still pay her. Could we treat those payments as a ‘gift’ to reduce her income tax? ‘Understanding that times are tough, we have continued to send her payment for the weeks where we asked her to stay home’‘Understanding that times are tough, we have continued to send her payment for the weeks where we asked her to stay home.’
10:00 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
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7:31 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
30-year 'real' yield turns positive, pointing to specter of higher borrowing costsThe 30-year yield for a Treasury inflation-protected security turned positive for the first time since last June on Friday, a sign that investors are anticipating a tightening of financial conditions as the economy recovers. Negative real, or inflation-adjusted, yields were seen as a result of the Federal Reserve's accommodative monetary policy. Higher real yields therefore speak to concerns the economy may face rising borrowing costs at a time when the pandemic is continuing to hamper growth and afflict the finances of households.
3:35 a.m. Feb. 13, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can sweeten your relationship with the financial marketsThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
10:05 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Morey Stettner
All the ways older people mismanage their money — and how to avoid them Young people may lack financial literacy. But seniors aren’t always so smart when it comes to money, either.Young people may lack financial literacy. But seniors aren’t always so smart when it comes to money, either
3:18 a.m. Feb. 7, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help your portfolio goals stay on track Money and investing stories popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
10:45 a.m. Feb. 6, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My spendthrift fiancée, 30, refused to sign a prenup. Would it be wrong to secretly put my assets in a trust? This man writes, ‘I love her dearly, but I am really concerned’This man writes, ‘I love her dearly, but I am really concerned.’
10:00 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
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6:57 a.m. Feb. 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
When my parents died, my sisters and I split their estate. I chose a painting that may be worth $50,000. Should I tell them? ‘The process of dividing their estate was done equitably, and without stress or rancor. Until now’‘The process of dividing their estate was done equitably, and without stress or rancor. Until now.’
7:02 a.m. Feb. 1, 2021 - By Cynthia Loh
What baby boomers like about robo advisers 4 surprising things you might not know about automated financial advice4 surprising things you might not know about automated financial advice
6:01 a.m. Feb. 1, 2021 - By Alicia H. Munnell
What’s happening to state and local government finances? Revenue loss appears less than expected, but pension finances still may be affectedRevenue loss appears less than expected, but pension finances still may be affected
10:02 a.m. Jan. 31, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister is a single mother and thinks ‘squatter rights’ is the way to secure housing in the pandemic. What can I do? ‘She has been better with her money the last three months, but she has been very irresponsible in her spending the last few years — paying for breast implants, for example’‘She has been better with her money the last three months, but she has been very irresponsible in her spending the last few years — paying for breast implants, for example.’
10:02 a.m. Jan. 31, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father inherited money from his parents — he now tells people he earned it due to his (nonexistent) investment prowess ‘I would like my dad back, but I am afraid he is too far gone’‘I would like my dad back, but I am afraid he is too far gone’
9:03 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘This is sheer economic waste. We distributed our $1,200 stimulus to our church:’ Why did we get these checks instead of poor Americans? ‘We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable’‘We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable.’
11:48 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Krystal Barker Buissereth
5 ways to make this year better than last year Make 2021 your year of wellness—including financial wellnessMake 2021 your year of wellness—including financial wellness
7:28 a.m. Jan. 23, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Financially fragile Americans during COVID-19 have difficulty answering these 15 money questions — can you? A new survey asked who could cover unexpected expenses during the pandemic’s early days.A new survey asked who could cover unexpected expenses during the pandemic’s early days.
7:22 a.m. Jan. 23, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife has a degenerative neurological disease. My father-in-law wants to put her in a facility — and take over our finances ‘My father-in-law now seems obsessed with moving my wife out of our home to some sort of group home/facility. The mere thought of this seems abhorrent and barbaric’‘My father-in-law now seems obsessed with moving my wife out of our home to some sort of group home/facility. The mere thought of this seems abhorrent and barbaric.’
10:00 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
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