Liz Weston, Los Angeles Times

Liz Weston

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Liz:

What you should know about debt relief programs

There are big differences between debt consolidation and debt settlement programs. Also, spousal vs. divorced spousal Social Security benefits. And Medicare. → Read More

LIZ WESTON: How the toy shortage could affect your holidays [Column]

Many popular toys may sell out long before the holidays, thanks to ongoing pandemic-related disruptions. This could be a disaster; or a great opportunity to reshape how we celebrate. → Read More

Liz Weston: Fortify your finances against natural disaster

Emergency preparedness experts recommend that you have a “go bag” and a “stay bin” for disasters: kits with supplies to help you su → Read More

How to pass on inheritance to your children

Inheritance can be tricky to navigate. You can pass on assets to your children without major tax implications. → Read More

LIZ WESTON: Fortify your finances against natural disaster [Column]

Just like having a bag packed in case of a disaster, your finances need some disaster prep, as well. → Read More

The difference between ETFs, mutual funds and index funds

And which of these investment mechanisms is right for you? → Read More

Is a new job the right financial move?

Look at current and potential salary, benefits and outside factors so you can effectively compare and negotiate. → Read More

Liz Weston: Is a new job the right financial move?

Whether you call it “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reshuffle” or just high time for a change, millions of American workers are → Read More

What you should know about Medicare, Medigap and Advantage plans

Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage — the choices can be overwhelming. And changing your mind can be expensive. → Read More

Why you need a credit score even if you don't like debt

Dear Liz: As I counsel my teenage kids about their personal finances, I am wondering if they can live without a credit score. → Read More

Liz Weston: How to negotiate your way to a richer life

Negotiating is an important personal finance skill that can help you earn more and pay less. Whether you’re discussing a job offer, dickering at a ca → Read More

Perfecting the art of bargaining: Save more by negotiating better rates, prices, salaries, deals

Knowing how to bargain effectively leads to a better salary, deals on major buys → Read More

Medicare is complicated. Here's how it works

Traditional medicare doesn't cover everything, so many people also buy supplemental policies. Also: Q&As about 529 college savings plans, credit scores. → Read More

How a 529 plan can help with education loans after graduation

The beneficiary can use as much as $10,000 to repay student loans, including federal and most private loans, without taxes or penalties. → Read More

How a card switch affects your credit score

When a credit issuer switches the type of card provided, it is unlikely to cause lasting damage to your credit score. More important are the benefits the card brings. → Read More

Retiring early doesn't mean losing affordable health insurance

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to extend coverage without boosting premiums for preexisting conditions. Most people also qualify for tax subsidies. → Read More

Liz Weston: 4 cash-raising pitfalls (and better options)

If you’ve got more bills than money, the usual advice is to trim expenses and find additional income. But some ways of raising cash can be a lot more → Read More

Your accounts are likely to outlive you. How to safely store that information

There are several ways to safely store all your financial information and estate planning documents in one place. Here are some ideas. → Read More

4 cash-raising pitfalls (and better options)

When you need cash fast, stop briefly to understand which options can hurt you more in the long term. → Read More

How much should a financial planner cost you?

Worried that a fee-only financial planner will cost more than you can afford? Here are ways to find planners that charge by the hour or month. → Read More