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11:05 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
Ireland just surpassed China in confirmed COVID-19 deaths — how on Earth did that happen? The Republic of Ireland, a small island at the northwestern tip of Europe, has a population of 4.9 million, compared with China’s 1.4 billion peopleThe Republic of Ireland, the small island on the northwestern tip of Europe, has a population of 4.9 million, compared to China’s 1.4 billion people.
8:52 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-husband racked up $70K in credit-card debt in my name, and bought a house with our son. Now his business is in trouble ‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal’‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal.’
9:28 p.m. April 18, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
The public’s expectation of perfection: Risk of blood clot from Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is 0.00009% ‘It’s the same perceptual problem when we blindly drive to the airport texting, yet worry about the airplane’‘It’s the same perceptual problem when we blindly drive to the airport texting, yet worry about the airplane.’
5:03 p.m. April 14, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
After a disagreement, my aunt took over as my grandmother’s power of attorney and executor of my grandfather’s $1.3 million estate. Should I retaliate? ’I knew nothing of this until a chance meeting today with a family member’’I knew nothing of this until a chance meeting today with a family member’
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.’
5:58 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Weary of #fakenews, more Americans are getting their COVID-related news from peer-reviewed medical journals Social media doesn’t help people differentiate what is real from what is fake, but this class of publications mightSocial media doesn’t help people differentiate what is real from what is fake, but this class of publications might.
6:48 a.m. April 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife pushed me into buying a home because she provided two-thirds of the down payment. Now I’m stuck in a house I hate ‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light’‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light.’
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.’
9:57 a.m. April 9, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My cautionary tale — after an $11 mistake on my 2020 tax return my $11,000 refund and stimulus is now in limbo ‘Because of my mistake, I’m still waiting for our $5,400 refund, and our $5,600 stimulus payment’‘Because of my mistake, I’m still waiting for our $5,400 refund, and our $5,600 stimulus payment.’
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.’
2:38 p.m. April 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘It could take more than a year to dig out of the total jobs shortfall’ March marked the strongest job growth the country has seen since the initial recovery faded last summer, but the recovery has still a long way to go, said the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank.March marked the strongest job growth the country has seen since the initial recovery faded last summer, but the recovery has still a long way to go, said the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank.
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.’
3:07 p.m. March 29, 2021 - MarketWatch
Shake Shack CFO to leave for CEO role elsewhereShake Shack Inc. said its finance chief, Tara Comonte, is leaving the burger chain to take the top post at another company. New York-based Shack Shack said on Monday that Ms. Comonte, who took over as chief financial officer in June 2017, would depart to become the chief executive of a private company outside the restaurant industry.
7:50 a.m. March 28, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I feel un-American’: I was broke in my 20s, and live in fear of debt. My wife wants to upgrade our home and life. What do I do? ‘During my 20s, I was broke. I had three maxed-out credit cards and lived paycheck to paycheck’‘During my 20s, I was broke. I bought my first house and lived alone, stretched to my limits. I had three maxed-out credit cards and lived paycheck to paycheck.’
12:21 p.m. March 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I lost my job at 55 and started my own successful business. I now constantly get texts from friends and former coworkers asking how I did it. What do I do? ‘I liken these friends and former colleagues to the kids at school who march right to the head of the lunch line to get their food, without waiting in line like the rest of us’‘I liken these friends and former colleagues to the kids at school who march right to the head of the lunch line to get their food, without waiting in line like the rest of us.’
1:52 p.m. March 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife has homeschooled our son and our best friends’ son since September due to COVID-19. Is it too late to bring up money? ‘She’s putting in about 15 to 20 hours each week. The two families have shared the costs of the curriculum, school supplies and art supplies’‘She’s putting in about 15 to 20 hours each week. The two families have shared the costs of the curriculum, school supplies and art supplies.’
4:40 p.m. March 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife and I have 3 kids. I also have 3 kids from a previous marriage. How should we split our house among these 6 children? The Moneyist responds: ‘Like splitting a bill in a restaurant, there comes a time when you must balance your forensic accounting with what is palatable for those at the table’The Moneyist responds: ‘Like splitting a bill in a restaurant, there comes a time when you must balance your forensic accounting with what is palatable for those at the table.’
9:48 a.m. March 22, 2021 - By Alison Fottrell
‘My pulse rate had shot up to 120 as I gasped my way into the ER’: Italy resumes AstraZeneca vaccine, and tightens lockdown More than half of Italy’s regions are now in the ‘red zone,’ just one year after the country effectively shut downMore than half of Italy’s regions are now in the ‘red zone,’ just one year after the country effectively shut down.
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.’
7:33 a.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I married ‘the life of the party’ — but he’s different at home. He takes his money woes out on me and calls me a ‘gold digger’ ‘He was a generous man and financially stable, or so I thought’‘He was a generous man and financially stable, or so I thought.’
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.’
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.
11:48 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father’s divorce decree says his kids will inherit his house — but he later put it in a trust for his third wife. Which one wins out? ‘My father says he feels very guilty about the entire situation.’‘My father says he feels very guilty about the entire situation.’
6:47 p.m. March 14, 2021 - By Janet Kersnar
As U.K. eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Pandemic Year 2 provides equal helpings of anxiety and hope Camden, a North London hamlet home to both haves and have-nots, attempts to get back on its feet one year laterCamden, a North London hamlet home to both the haves and have-nots, attempts to get back on its feet one year later.
1:26 p.m. March 13, 2021 - By Alison Fottrell
‘We are weary’: Life in Italy, one year after national lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 ‘The presence of increased police patrols in a crowded square in Como on a recent Saturday evening is further evidence of a developing social malaise that needs to be kept in check’‘The presence of increased police patrols in a crowded square in Como on a recent Saturday evening is further evidence of a developing social malaise that needs to be kept in check.’
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?’
4:32 p.m. March 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Mask up, America!’ Texas abandons COVID-19 mask mandate — health experts say that’s a really, really bad idea One year after the coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, health professionals have decried moves to go masklessOne year after the coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, health professionals have decried moves to go maskless.
10:22 a.m. March 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband and his brother inherited a property. Our son moved in. We paid $60K in taxes and repairs. Do we split it 50/50? ‘The house is probably 90 years old, and needed quite a lot of work before they could move in’‘The house is probably 90 years old, and needed quite a lot of work before they could move in.’
6:12 p.m. March 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
As the market nosedived last year, my older brother advised me to sell. I lost $80,000. How can I ever forgive him? ‘It was only going to get worse, he proclaimed, and he had 40 years’ experience in the market’‘It was only going to get worse, he proclaimed, and he had 40 years experience in the market.’
7:11 a.m. March 1, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My fiancé wants me off the deed and mortgage to our new home. If I don’t agree, he says we’ll stay engaged forever ‘The house is appreciating daily due to its location, and he wants his children to inherit it. He wants me to pay rent, which essentially leaves nothing for my children’‘The house is appreciating daily due to its location, and he wants his children to inherit it. He wants me to pay rent, which essentially leaves nothing for my children.’
5:27 p.m. Feb. 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘She is a financial idiot and partier’: I loaned my sister $4,780 for a lawyer during her divorce. I am still chasing repayments ‘She earns $90,000 to $95,000 a year, but this year’s excuse is that she is in arrears for child-support payments’‘She earns $90,000 to $95,000 a year, but this year’s excuse is that she is in arrears for child-support payments.’
4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I am held hostage in my own home’: My husband’s son lives with us. He is physically abusive and menacing ‘Because my stepson has mental-health issues, my husband thinks we cannot kick him out of the house until he is able to sustain himself’‘Because my stepson has mental-health issues, my husband thinks we cannot kick him out of the house until he is able to sustain himself’
9:08 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father is trustee of my late mother’s estate. He is marrying again, and won’t distribute our inheritance ‘He and his new wife have already traveled to France together, and apparently intend to live it up on his personal trust and their combined income’‘He and his new wife have already traveled to France together, and apparently intend to live it up on his personal trust and their combined income.’
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.’
4:10 p.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I racked up debt to help my mother buy a home, car and pay household bills. I don’t even have my own car. Will I ever be free? ‘She is in her late 50s and it has been difficult for her to find a job. Currently, she is earning money as a care giver and doing odd jobs to get by’‘She is in her late 50s and it has been difficult for her to find a job. Currently, she is earning money as a care giver and doing odd jobs to get by.’
5:38 a.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My boyfriend, who’s 9 years younger, says he won’t move out of my house if I die before him. My adult children are not amused ‘He has done extensive repairs and upgrades to the home over the last 3 years — he performed all the labor himself while I purchased all materials’‘He has done extensive repairs and upgrades to the home over the last 3 years — he performed all the labor himself while I purchased all materials.’
7:09 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-husband put his wife on his life-insurance before he died, going against our divorce. Now she’s battling me in court ‘My ex’s lawyer refused to provide copies of the policy that their lawyer sanctioned, and still has not followed multiple judicial rulings’‘My ex’s lawyer refused to provide copies of the policy that their lawyer sanctioned, and still has not followed multiple judicial rulings.’
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