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Jill On Money: Slow progress on inflation

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The progress on inflation has been frustratingly slow this year.

The most recent evidence was found in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which increased by 3.4 percent from a year ago in April, from 3.5% in March.

The Core rate, which removes food and energy, was up 3.6% from a year ago, from 3.8% in the prior month.

Although those changes do ...Read more

Jill On Money: Financial advice for college grads

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With campus protests grabbing the headlines, it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact: About 4 million Americans will graduate from college this year and for them, life is about to become more complicated.

The good news is that a robust labor market has provided many with well-paying jobs.

The median annual wage for recent college ...Read more

Jill On Money: Two-tiered retirement

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Are Americans prepared for retirement? It depends on who you ask.

The Alliance for Lifetime Income (ALI) released a study with an eye-catching headline: Two-thirds of peak Baby Boomers are not financially prepared for retirement.

However, results of EBRI’s 2024 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) found “two-thirds of the workers and three-...Read more

Jill On Money: What’s your retirement number?

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What will it take for you to retire comfortably?

For years, people would contact me to help them figure out their “NUMBER,” as if there were one, magic number that anybody could use.

A recent oft-quoted survey from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance tried to boil the results down to one number and (drum roll, please) it is $1.46 million, ...Read more

Jill On Money: Student loans — Past and present

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Welcome to the 2024 college acceptance season, which has befuddled and elated students and their families.

Normally, this is the time of year when I remind you that financial aid packages are not always what they seem to be.

Families often confuse loans, which must be repaid with interest — and grants, which is essentially FREE money.

This ...Read more

Jill On Money: Last minute tax tips

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There are usually two types of people who wait until the bitter end before the April 15 tax deadline to file their returns: Those who owe money to the government and the folks who are flat-out procrastinators.

Whichever camp you fall into, let’s go!

The quickest and most efficient way to file is to use IRS e-file, which is available to all ...Read more

Jill On Money: What to do with your tax refund

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Tens of millions of Americans have already received tax refunds – and millions more will cash checks before tax season is over.

While recipients are usually happy that they have extra money, a tax refund is a lousy deal. Instead of thinking about the money as a windfall, Buzz-Kill Jill is here to tell you that you just made an interest-free ...Read more

Jill On Money: Financial cleanup — What to keep and what to shred

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You have changed your clocks, filed your taxes and March Madness has begun, which means that spring is upon us. The season could prompt a cleanup of the house, preparing the garden, or putting away the heavy parkas.

For me, this time of year is an opportunity to clean out the physical and electronic financial clutter in life, and to attend to ...Read more

Jill On Money: Will real estate commissions settlement impact home prices?

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There has been seismic action in the real estate market – and it has nothing to do with bidding wars.

On March 15, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced a settlement to end an antitrust lawsuit. The organization will pay $418 million in damages and agreed to blow up its decades-long practice on commissions paid to brokers.

The...Read more

Jill On Money: Is the labor market turning and are we measuring inflation correctly?

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The economy continues to add jobs and defy expectations.

In February, there were 275,000 new jobs, but the two previous months were revised lower, by 167,000. That means that the originally reported robust results in December and January look a little less strong than previously thought.

Still, average monthly job creation has been about 250,...Read more

Jill On Money: Stop the scam!

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Scams have been in our vernacular for hundreds of years. From confidence ploys (Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff) to the modern day telemarketing and advance fee schemes, the preponderance of crooks seeking to separate you from your money is dizzying.

The sheer volume and sophistication of these shady con artists has prompted the Social Security...Read more

Jill On Money: Stock market milestones

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With U.S. stock market indexes reaching new highs and round-number milestones, it is time for a refresher on the differences among them.

Although these measurements have become a quick way to gauge what’s going on in markets, they are by no means the whole story. And of course, your investments may or may not track the path of stock indexes, ...Read more

 

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