TMFSelena

Selena Maranjian

Selena Maranjian has been writing for the Fool since 1996 and covers basic investing and personal finance topics. She also prepares the Fool's syndicated newspaper column, which appears in scores of newspapers across the country, and has written or co-written a number of Fool books, such as "The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens" and "The Motley Fool Money Guide." For more financial and non-financial fare (as well as silly things), follow her on Twitter...

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Thu Mar 16

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TMFSelena posted to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 3:09 PM

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So I'm using the BitDefender anti-virus/security program and it wants to know if I want to turn on ransomware protection.

Do I?

I know a little about ransomware and don't like the idea of it. But if I turn on the [more]

Tue Mar 7

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 6:29 PM

13 Mortgage Facts That Might Surprise You

These nuggets of knowledge are not only interesting, but they can save you many thousands of dollars, too, when it comes to getting or paying off a mortgage.

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3 Ways to Pay Down Your Mortgage Faster, and 1 to Avoid at All Costs

If you pay your mortgage off faster, you can save many thousands of dollars in interest and can own your own home sooner -- which is particularly welcome in retirement. Here are three strategies to consider and one to avoid.

Sun Mar 5

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 1:12 PM

3 Things to Know Before Refinancing Your Mortgage

Here are three things to know and consider if you're thinking about refinancing your mortgage.

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TMFSelena published an article 10:40 AM

15 Fascinating Things You Probably Didn't Know About Taxes

Taxes have been around for a long time, in all kinds of sensible and bizarre forms. Here are 15 eye-opening tidbits, some of which might vex you.

Fri Mar 3

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 10:00 PM

3 Mortgage Truth Bombs That Will Make You Think Differently

If you're looking to buy a home, these mortgage truths can help you approach the process in money-saving ways.

Thu Mar 2

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 8:00 PM

3 Mortgage Options That Don't Require Down Payments

Your future financial security depends on your making smart moves with your money. Here are three programs that can help you buy a home more quickly or easily -- see if any of them make sense for you.

Wed Mar 1

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 10:10 AM

9 Money Stats That Will Blow You Away

There's much more money in the world than you probably suspected. Here are some eye-opening money stats that can make you savvier about our financial world and about how to grow richer in it.

Mon Feb 27

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 6:22 AM

3 Great Reasons to Take Social Security Benefits at 62

You can enjoy financial security earlier by starting to collect Social Security income early. Yes, your checks will be smaller, but you'll collect many more of them. Here are some good reasons to start collecting early.

Sun Feb 26

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 8:20 PM

3 Worst States to Get a Mortgage

Here's the bad news: Kentucky and some other states sport relatively steep mortgage interest rates. But the good news is that those rates are still quite low, making it a good time to buy a home. Here are some money-saving tips, too.

Fri Feb 24

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 7:21 AM

3 Best States to Get a Mortgage

You can save thousands of dollars in interest and enjoy lower monthly payments if you can snag a low mortgage interest rate. Here are states with low home values, making mortgages very affordable.

Wed Feb 22

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 8:07 PM

8 Medicare Stats That Will Blow You Away

Medicare is a shockingly big undertaking, but it covers an also-shocking number of members. These eight stats should impress you -- and some may help you make the most of the program, too.

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TMFSelena published an article 6:01 PM

22 Jaw-Dropping Stats About Retirement

Get these often-surprising retirement facts under your belt and they can help you make better decisions and take savvier actions, leading to a more comfortable retirement.

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TMFSelena published an article 5:02 PM

3 Smart 401(k) Moves You Can Make Right Now

If you're smart with your 401(k) and take some or all of these actions, you may end up with tens of thousands of dollars more in retirement income -- if not hundreds of thousands of dollars more.

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TMFSelena published an article 2:03 PM

What You're Doing Wrong in Your IRA

For maximum income and security in retirement, make the most of your IRA. Here are three mistakes to avoid that can help you meet your financial goals.

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TMFSelena published an article 1:27 PM

3 Tax Mistakes That Can Get Investors Audited by the IRS

There's good news and good news: You're very unlikely to be audited, and you can take some actions to make it even more unlikely.

Tue Feb 21

NL

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TMFSelena published an article 7:48 PM

3 Retirement Rules Everyone Should Follow -- at Any Age

The more you think about and plan for your retirement, the better it's likely to be. And since it can be 20 or 30 years of your life or more, it's well worth it.

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TMFSelena published an article 7:05 PM

3 Tax Breaks That Hugely Benefit the Rich

Even some taxes that seem to apply equally to rich and poor actually benefit the wealthy much more than the middle class. Here are three tax breaks that help the rich stay rich.

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TMFSelena published an article 5:24 PM

3 Stupid Annuity Moves

Be savvy when buying an annuity, and you can set up a solid retirement income stream for yourself. Make some common blunders, though, and they could cost you a lot.

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TMFSelena published an article 5:04 PM

5 Key 401(k) Rules to Live By

You might be surprised at how much you can save for retirement with a 401(k) account. Following these critical rules can help you maximize your future income and financial security.

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