Michelle Singletary

Perspective on recent stock-market plunges

There’s no need to panic — yet, says a respected scholar on capital markets.

 

Debunking 5 myths about college financial aid

For one thing, you need to fill out the FAFSA form — regardless of family income.

 

7 credit myths that can cost you a lot of money

Your credit history is your financial scorecard, so good credit is well worth the effort.

 

Lessons from the crash of 2008

Here’s what you can learn from the last financial crisis that will help you with the next.

10 years ago, financial crisis taught us a thing or two

Experts weigh in on what happened and how you can protect yourself from the next crash.

There may be money out there for you

Could you use some cash? Here are five places to look for unclaimed money.

Where there isn’t a will, there can be a mess

I wasn’t surprised that Aretha Franklin didn’t have a will. You probably don’t have one either.

Debt-free college — yes, you can

No, you don’t have to be crazy rich. Here’s how we did it.

Everyday Americans just keep falling behind

Why the future of America’s middle class is so financially fragile.

Give your W-2 a once-over

Counting on a tax refund next year? Double-check your withholdings now.

The jilted bridesmaid: Is your friendship worth a financial strain?

The Twitter profile for jilted bridesmaid Courtney Duffy went dark for a while. It shifted from public to private after the Dartmouth MBA student posted… Continue reading

Do you suffer from money envy?

Here’s how to stop trying to keep up with the Joneses or Kardashians.

Should you solicit contributions to your child’s 529 plan?

While toys will soon be broken, contributions to a college fund can have a long-term impact.

Continue saving even when you are in debt

Don’t skimp on amassing a rainy day fund — it always rains.

How much money do you really need to feel rich?

How much money would you need to feel wealthy? A recent survey sponsored by Charles Schwab asked 1,000 Americans ages 21 to 75 what level… Continue reading

What do your parents owe you when they die?

I get a tremendous amount of feedback from readers every time I write on the topic of what’s fair in a parent’s will. Most recently,… Continue reading

How I got a perfect 850 credit score

While reaching this milestone is pretty cool, what does it really mean?

Should a needy adult child get more in the parents’ will?

It’s the parents’ money, and whatever they decide to do with it is fair.

Hey mom, back off on the car talk

Two experts respond to one helicopter parent offering unwanted financial advice.

What would Singletary do in these financial quandaries?

I do my best to provide informed answers based on my experience and reporting.