Michelle Singletary

GOP tax plan would take away financial lifejacket for seniors

They could lose deduction that covers payments for nursing homes, assisted living or hospital care.

New financial rule for consumers: Ask and you might receive

Readers share stories about how speaking up saved them money.

Flaunting his wealth helped to bring down Paul Manafort

Living too large is often what brings criminals down. Topping the news right now is the indictment of two Trump campaign officials as part of… Continue reading

Contribute as much as you can to your 401(k) — just in case

Tax-reform talks recently included discussions about turning the 401(k) into a Roth IRA.

Beware of these scams on student loan debt relief

Federal regulators handled more than 2,000 complaints about student loan debt collectors.

Learn how to protect your senior citizen friends from fraud

Over two-thirds of caretakers surveyed said that a scammer had targeted their elderly relatives.

What you don’t know about cybersecurity can cost you

The book “Spam Nation” tells a real-life horror story — and how you can protect your family.

October is a spooky month for cybersecurity awareness

The insecurity of our financial information should give everyone the heebie-jeebies.

Be as proactive as possible to protect your data

Even if your information hasn’t been compromised, you should still enroll in the monitoring service.

After the Equifax massive data breach, so many questions

The free monitoring service is worth signing up for, but it won’t fully protect you from fraudsters.

Equifax breach gives us a deeper look into credit bureaus

Cybersecurity experts weigh in on whether you should you freeze or lock your credit file.

Equifax needs to do better in handling data breach

The company may be overwhelmed, but it still needs to do everything it can to protect people.

Massive Equifax data breach could have a silver lining

The fiasco may prod Congress to pass a law allowing no-cost credit file freezes.

Dreaming of retirement? Don’t forget to plan.

The go-to strategy to encourage people to save for their retirement years has been to frighten them with the numbers. The average cost of retirement… Continue reading

Plan to give regularly, because there is always a need

I’m in awe of the generosity and volunteer efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The need is immediate for tens of thousands of people… Continue reading

Making a dent in student debt

There are two words that can rock people with regret. Just ask them about their “student loans.” Then watch their… Continue reading

Allowing children financial freedom can pay off

I’ve always struggled with how much financial freedom to give my children. I’m a life-long penny-pincher, and I wanted my children to embrace frugality, too.… Continue reading

Racism exacts financial cost on African-American community

Racism has taken a toll on our society in many ways. One of its costs has been the lost economic mobility of generations of minorities.… Continue reading

Take time to harness the power of the pause

It’s the vacation season, a time to get away. Regrettably, many vacationers take their work with them. Some people don’t even take the time off.… Continue reading

Don’t be blindsided during the eclipse

For the first time in nearly a century, on Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse of the sun will be visible in parts of the… Continue reading