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.
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...
April 11, 2013
You’re going to have to repay that loan yourself. The single best move is to call the lender as soon as you...
April 8, 2013
The story of Scott and Erika should be a wake-up call.
They married in 2005. As any new spouse would do, Erika made Scott the beneficiary of her...
April 4, 2013
If you got married last year, you’ll be checking the “married, filing jointly” box on your tax return. As a couple, your taxes will go up or down, depending on what each of you earns.
If one of you earns most of the income, you get a...