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How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

This article is reproduced with permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet sheds light on people’s debt repayment journeys. This month, Jae Bratton shares how she and her husband focused on erasing debt, fueled by the hope of starting a family. My story of letting go of over $53,046 in debt over two teachers’ salaries …

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Asian stocks rise except for Japan as markets watch China protests

Asian stocks rise except for Japan as markets watch China protests

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher on Tuesday as market jitters eased over protests in China sparked by growing public anger over COVID-19 restrictions. Benchmarks rose in early trading in Australia, South Korea and China, while stocks fell in Japan. Oil prices have fallen. Japanese government data released on Tuesday showed the unemployment …

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Is money a weapon to control your spouse?  This financial abuse can destroy your marriage.

Is money a weapon to control your spouse? This financial abuse can destroy your marriage.

Progress has been slow, but American society’s openness to marriage norms and money issues continues to evolve. Married couples now include the LGBTQ+ community and 38% of breadwinners are women. I share this because gender norms are becoming less normal, which actually means no one is immune to the possibility of a spouse using money …

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Why China's COVID policies are rattling investors again

Why China’s COVID policies are rattling investors again

Investors in China-related assets who had expected a significant easing of COVID restrictions were disappointed this week as the country battles the worst wave of cases since the outbreak in Shanghai earlier this year. China-related ETFs fell this week, with shares of the iShares MSCI China MCHI ETF, -1.82% lose 3.4%. The KraneShares CSI China …

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“Most economists predict a recession in 2023”: I own a rental property.  Is it the right time to take out a bank loan and renovate or should I wait?

“Most economists predict a recession in 2023”: I own a rental property. Is it the right time to take out a bank loan and renovate or should I wait?

Dear MarketWatch, Along with a sibling, I own a 40+ bedroom rental property in the Caribbean, where we do weekly rentals. It is near the city center but needs repairs and renovations. Is it a good time to go to the bank for a renovation loan? We are also open to changing our business model. …

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How to keep your retirement on track in an unpredictable market

How to keep your retirement on track in an unpredictable market

Retirees and investors approaching retirement are under pressure this year. Inflation soared to multi-decade highs, stocks fell and bonds – a safe haven in normal times – crashed. The traditional portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds had one of its worst years in a century. No wonder retirement investors are so gloomy. Americans say …

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My wife agreed to vouch for her son's rental without telling me.  His car was seized for non-payment of his loan.  What should I do?

My wife agreed to vouch for her son’s rental without telling me. His car was seized for non-payment of his loan. What should I do?

Dear Quentin, About four days ago I received an email from my wife’s bank saying that someone had requested her login username through a password reset. When I asked my wife about this she said she forgot her username and was trying to get my stepson access to her online portal so he could download …

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This state has the best personal finance education in the US - you can tell by its average credit score

This state has the best personal finance education in the US – you can tell by its average credit score

Financial literacy is key to managing money, but how well are states preparing their students? Tennessee tops the list of US states that offer the best financial education to its residents, according to a new report from financial services firm OneMain Financial. More than 99% of public high school students in Tennessee have what is …

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Lula’s push to boost spending in Brazil rattles markets

RIO DE JANEIRO — During the election campaign, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva promised to maintain a massive social welfare program, raise the minimum wage, and increase spending on health and education. Now Brazil’s president-elect is trying to keep his promises – and investors are getting worried. Da Silva’s transition team presented to Congress on …

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The floodgates are open to grandparents to save on college for grandkids

The floodgates are open to grandparents to save on college for grandkids

If you’re a grandparent looking to save the day by helping your grandkids pay for college, take a look at a tax-efficient 529 college savings plan before the end of the year. Rule changes to federal financial aid calculations in 2023 mean new investment opportunities are open for family members to help without hurting financial …

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