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4:26 a.m. Today - 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.’
10:04 a.m. April 9, 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.’
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.’
8:45 p.m. March 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife had a baby 3 months ago. She has $160,000 in student loans — and just asked for my ‘blessing’ to work part time ‘While she was in school, I was working 50 hours to 60 hours per week in a stressful management position while getting my master’s degree online’‘While she was in school, I was working 50 hours to 60 hours per week in a stressful management position while getting my master’s degree online.’
10:45 a.m. March 29, 2021 - By Howard Gold
Do I need a living will? A will or trust can preserve family harmonyA will or trust allows you to recognize the important people in your life and can preserve family harmony
7:01 a.m. March 22, 2021 - By Riley Adams
Investing in real estate during COVID-19 Investment opportunities will come after the pandemic passesInvestment opportunities will come after the pandemic passes
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
11:13 a.m. March 20, 2021 - By Richard Eisenberg
Live positive, age positive: The secret to wealth and health as you grow older The author of ‘The Power of Positive Aging’ talks about coping with cancer, protecting your immune system, and how aging is merely an ‘inconvenience’The author of a new book says that a positive mindset helps you cope with serious challenges as you age.
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?’
11:10 a.m. March 12, 2021 - By Howard Gold
Here’s when you need a will or living trust Clear instructions and a way to ease your estate’s transfer lighten heirs’ burdenClear instructions and a way to ease your estate’s transfer lighten heirs’ burden
4:00 p.m. March 11, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Texas abandons COVID-19 mask mandate with health experts saying that’s a bad idea and why the last batch of housing aid hasn’t fully made its way to renters yet Thursday's top personal finance stories Thursday's top personal finance storiesThursday's top personal finance stories
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?
1:58 p.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
People can’t file their income taxes fast enough and COVID-19 has put ‘financially vulnerable’ Americans on even shakier footing Friday’s Personal Finance Stories Friday’s Personal Finance StoriesFriday’s Personal Finance Stories.
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.’
11:32 a.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
We were friendly with our neighbors for decades, until recently. One day, they introduced us to their financial adviser… ‘We dug trenches, poured concrete foundations, and worked to build our house; they hired contractors. They traded in cars frequently; we ran ours into the ground’‘We dug trenches, poured concrete foundations, and worked to build our house; they hired contractors. They traded in cars frequently; we ran ours into the ground.’
10:00 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysis Retirement news and analysis
7:07 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Faron Daugs
3 reasons why you should have a ‘generational meeting’ Generational meetings help families prepare for the futureGenerational meetings help families prepare for the future
1:03 p.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
How to decide whether to file taxes early or wait and here’s why American credit scores continue to rise as economy struggles Tuesday's top personal finance stories Tuesday's top personal finance storiesTuesday's top personal finance stories
9:58 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Ellie Ismailidou
3 things you can do in 2021 to set your kid up to become a millionaireEverything you need to know about simple things you can do now to help your kid's finances in the future.
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
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
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
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