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Credit Report Error? They All Matter

[QUESTION]An address listed on my credit report is incorrect. Is there any reason to start a dispute to change it? -K.K., Christine, N.D.See Also: 7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores [ANSWER]It's a...

Insurance for a Learning Driver

[QUESTION]My son is about to get his learner's permit. Do I need to let my insurance company know now, or should I wait until he has his full license? -S.R., TampaSee Also: Teenagers Can Be a Pain (to...

Getting Out of an RMD Penalty

[QUESTION]My brokerage firm didn't include one of my traditional IRAs when calculating my required minimum distributions over the past three years, so I took out less money than I should have. Is there a way to...

529 Plans Aren't Just for Kids

[QUESTION]Can I use money tax-free from a 529 college-savings plan to pay for continuing education? Or do I have to be enrolled in a college degree or certificate program? -C.B., Bethlehem, Pa.See Also: How Well...

When to Transfer Ownership of a Custodial Account

[Question]My son is turning 18 this year. Do I need to contact my brokerage firm to transfer ownership of his custodial accounts to him? - M.L., Villanova, Pa.[Answer]The rules vary by state and account. There...

Borrowers Get More Time to Repay 401(k) Loans

[Question]I understand that the new tax law changed the deadline for repaying a 401(k) loan if you leave your job. How much time do borrowers now have? - S.C., OmahaSee Also: How to Avoid Cashing Out Your...

When It Pays to Buy Travel Insurance

[Question]I'm going on vacation to the Caribbean this summer. Is it a good idea to buy travel insurance? What should I look for in a policy? - P.L., BostonSee Also: Disaster-Proof Your Vacation With Trip...

It's Not Too Late to Boost Retirement Savings...

[Question]Is it too late to contribute to my retirement savings for 2018?[Answer]It's too late to contribute to a 401(k)--you had to make those contributions by the end of the calendar year. But you still have...

How Your HSA Can Reimburse You for Medicare...

[QUESTION]You told another reader that people can't make new contributions to a health savings account once they enroll in Medicare, but they can withdraw the money tax-free from the account to pay Medicare...

How to Correct a Mistake on Your RMDs from IRAs

[QUESTION]My brokerage firm split my IRA into two separate accounts in 2016, and I just discovered that it calculated my required minimum distribution for only one of the accounts. Because of this mistake, I...

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