Money reads: A $19-a-month cellphone plan; the dark side of financial advice
Feb 21, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
It's Only Money tours the Net for a wider, wiser sampling of personal finance topics:
Cellphones. The Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist Walt Mossberg reviews a cellphone carrier (Republic Wireless) that provides $19-a-month voice, cell and data plan with no long-term contract. The catch "... It doesn't deliver the best voice quality and it requires a (mediocre) phone," Mossberg writes.
Personal finance. USA Today reviews "Pound Foolish," a new book by journalist Helaine Olen that delves into the dark side of "financial pornography." That is, all those mega-personal finance gurus (It's Only Money excluded, of course). Olen also appeared last night on The Daily Show. See a clip below.
Taxes. The Internal Revenue Service's withholding calculator had been down for much of January while the agency retooled it, presumably to take into account all the changes Congress foisted on it the first week of January. It's back up now. Use it to help determine whether you're having your employer withhold too much or too little for taxes.
Health care bills. In case you missed it, Oregonian consumer affairs columnist Laura Gunderson (aka, The Desk) writes about how consumers might use the memo line of a check to their advantage in a billing dispute. This one involved a toe surgery that swelled up more than expected. The cost, that is.
Retirement. Wes Craven writes in the New York Times about retirement: "It looked like a shot in one of my movies."
Alternative investments. It's Only Money warned you late last year about the hazards of nontraded REITs. Recently, the trade group for such nonlisted REITs fought back after being included in a New York Times story headlined "Speculative Bets Prove Risky as Savers Chase Payoff."
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