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Going paperless for your finances? Here’s what you need to know

Q. I’m thinking of going all digital, stopping all paper statements and bills. What do I need to save — stuff I can download online — and how long do I have to save it. And is there anything I need to have paper for?

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Why whole life and not term insurance?

Q. Why is whole life insurance recommended over term life insurance for someone covered under their spouse’s benefits?

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Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Some NJ economists skeptical about $15 minimum wage

We hear a lot about the 15 dollar-an-hour minimum wage. Some New Jersey economists weigh in on the subject.

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PARK RIDGE, IL - DECEMBER 29: A "House For Sale" sign is visible in front of an existing home December 29, 2005 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Sales of existing homes in November fell, reportedly, by 1.7 percent, spreading concern with economists on the state of the housing market. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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NJ lawmaker sees ‘tiny houses’ as solution to affordable housing

The tiny house trend may be finding its way to the garden state in the near future.

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When Daylight Saving Ends 2015

Tax return extensions: What you really need to know

Q. My CPA was very busy this tax season and she wanted me to do an extension — not because I didn’t give her what she needed but because she was swamped. Is that a bad thing?

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How to plan for spendthrift children

Q. My wife and I (both 65+) have four children. We want to split our estate four ways when we are both gone. Two of our children are responsible adults. No problem. The other two never grew up and would spend away their legacy on trivia and questionably needy friends. Is there a way we can restrict their use of the inheritance to health/education/necessities?

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Thinking of becoming a landlord? Here’s what you should know

Q. I live in a retirement community and there are several open units. I’m thinking of buying them and renting them out, but I would have to take mortgages or take money from my retirement accounts. What should I think about?

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What businesses can’t do with your credit cards

Q. I cancelled a credit card to stop a company from auto-renewal charges I couldn’t get them to stop. I’ve heard that businesses can search for other credit cards in your name and charge that. Is that true?

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How NJ taxes your retirement accounts

Q. I have to take my Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by the end of this year. Why does New Jersey tax my RMD when I paid New Jersey taxes on each year on money that I contributed to my IRA or 401(k).

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Why shouldn’t I cancel my unused credit cards?

Q. I’m 55, my house is paid and I have no debt. I have a large enough emergency fund and I’m comfortable with my investments. I’m considering canceling all my credit cards because I never use them. What do you think?
— Good credit

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