Jane Bryant Quinn
Jane Bryant Quinn is a nationally known commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions. In her long career, she has established herself as America’s most reliable voice for people trying to manage their money well. In her public policy writings, she addresses matters of top concern to everyone, including investor protection, health insurance, Social Security, and the sufficiency of retirement plans.
June 13, 2013
You can, and I just did. In just five minutes online, I discovered two checks that were mailed to me years ago and weren’t delivered. I put in my claim and the money is on its way.
The source is the unclaimed property office of your state....
June 6, 2013
Consumer alert! More dentists and doctors are offering “health care credit cards” as a way of financing your treatment costs. The record shows you’re often rushed to sign up, and that...
May 30, 2013
The best age is usually later, not sooner. New retirees are leaving tens of thousands (often, hundreds of thousands) of dollars on the table by taking benefits too soon.
You can take retirement benefits as early as age 62. But your check,...
May 23, 2013
It all depends on how much money you think you can save each year. Fancy plans let you save 25 percent of your income or more. Modest plans have low contribution limits.
If you won’t put away any more than $5,000 a year ($6,500 if you...
May 16, 2013
This is a tricky question because state laws differ so much. Compounding the problem is that most states don’t even pay much attention to who inherits guns unless the heir gets into trouble. Then — if possession turns out to be illegal — he or...
May 14, 2013
It’s decision time for new college applicants, and the choice can be hard. Which school should your child accept, if there’s a choice, and will you live — financially — to tell the tale?
Too many students pay too little attention to a...
May 9, 2013
When I get a letter from the IRS — and yes, it’s happened — I get a chill. Am I in trouble? Did I miss a deadline or overlook...
May 2, 2013
No, no, no. How the mortgage industry has gotten away with this form of propaganda for this long I’ll never know...
April 25, 2013
Normally, I’d say “no way.” But, at this moment, you might consider the loan even if you don’t need the money right away.
First, a few words on...
April 18, 2013
Yes, there’s a little-known loophole in the law. You might be able to reduce the payments to a percentage of your discretionary income. But first, a few facts on PLUS loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students).
PLUS loans are available...