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Personal Finance Columnist Kim Lankford's Best...

The financial news has recently been dominated by the new tax law, but so many of the columns based on questions from readers throughout the year are still relevant and timely. Here are the nine most valuable...

Can Your Adult Child Contribute to a Health...

[Question]My son is 22 and works full-time, but he's still covered by our family health insurance policy. Can he contribute to a health savings account? - M.B., Woodstock, Conn.See Also: FAQs About Health Savings...

Will a Credit Freeze Boost Car Insurance Premiums?

[Question]I've heard that insurers use credit data to set premiums, but I froze my credit reports after the Equifax data breach. Will this affect my car insurance rates? -C.M., New York City[Answer]All states...

Talking to Older Parents About Their Plans for...

[Question]My siblings and I are going to be traveling home for the holidays to see our parents, and we'd like to start talking with them about what they want to do if they need care in the future. But that's a...

Smart Ways to Spend Down Your Flexible...

[Question]My employer changed our flexible spending account rules so we can now roll over $500 from one year to the next. Do I still have until March 15 to use the rest of the money, or do I have to use all but...

Charitable Giving Can Begin at Home with a...

[Question]My husband and I have a donor-advised fund, and we're going to make a big donation before the end of the year. I'd like to get my children and grandchildren involved in giving to charity. Is there a way...

How Much Are Those Old Baseball Cards Worth?

[Question]I was going through my old baseball card collection and wanted to give some of the more valuable cards to my nephew as a gift. What's been happening to the value of baseball cards, and which types tend...

How Much Families Can Contribute to a Health...

[Question]I picked a high-deductible health insurance policy for 2018 that covers my whole family. How much can I contribute to an HSA in 2018? Can my wife also contribute to an HSA, or am I the only one who can...

Making Changes After a Medicare High-Income...

[QUESTION] I retired this year, so my income next year will be much lower. But I just received notice of a high-income surcharge on my Medicare premiums. Is there a way to use my newer, lower income? --M.S.,...

A Tax-Smart Way to Get Income

[QUESTION] I have heard that a QLAC can help me reduce my required minimum distributions. What is it? --C.V., Edison, N.J.See Also: Take the Retiree Tax Quiz [ANSWER] A qualifying longevity annuity contract...

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