Selena Maranjian

Selena Maranjian

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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 and has written or co-written a number of Fool books. For more financial and non-financial fare (as well as silly things), follow her on Twitter...

Recent articles

3 Retirement Rules Everyone Should Follow

A little planning and action today can make your retirement far more comfortable and enjoyable. Be sure you know these three critical retirement rules.




6 Best Credit Cards for Grocery Shopping

If you're savvy about credit cards and spend a lot at grocery stores, you'll review card offers to see which give you the most rewards and charge the fewest fees. Your household could get a lot of cash back each month.


3 Reasons to Delay Taking Social Security

Delaying starting to collect Social Security benefits isn't the best move for everyone, but if it's right for you, it might net you many more thousands of dollars in retirement.


33 Jaw-Dropping Stats About Social Security

Most of these Social Security facts and figures should surprise you -- and some of them can help you get the most out of the program, perhaps many thousands of dollars more.


3 Signs You're Getting a Bad Credit Card

If you're using a bad credit card, you might be paying an unnecessarily high interest rate, racking up debt, and hurting your credit score. Here's how to spot stinkers -- and switch to a card that can save you thousands of dollars.


How Do Credit Card Companies Spot Fraud?

Credit card companies and banks, to protect your account and themselves, have gotten good at detecting credit fraud, such as when a purchase is made in an unlikely location or for an unusual amount, or when transactions occur at odd times.


7 Retirement Rules to Live By

Leaving your retirement to chance is risky -- you can vastly improve your future financial security by keeping these critical retirement rules in mind and by making some smart moves.


3 Good Reasons Not to Retire Before 66

Everyone's situation is different, and many of us would love to retire early, but here are some good reasons to consider delaying retirement for at least a few years.



5 Ways to Lose All Your Money in the Stock Market

It can be surprisingly easy to lose money in the stock market, and a lot of it. If you want to grow your wealth over time in stocks, here are a bunch of classic bone-headed moves to avoid.


What Happens If You Go Over Your Credit Limit?

When a lender issues you a credit card, they know how much they are willing to let you borrow, but the credit limit isn’t an absolute ceiling. Try to exceed it, and a number of things may occur.



7 Reasons Credit Cards Are Awesome -- No. 5 Will Blow Your Mind

Credit cards can be more than just good conveniences -- when used optimally, paying bills in full and on time, you can avoid paying interest and racking up debts. Better still, you might collect hundreds of dollars of value, too.


7 Reasons to Ditch Your Credit Card

You might want to just pay for things with cash, not credit cards. Doing so can help you avoid problems such as terrible debt, costly interest payments, and poor credit scores that plague many credit users.


How to Fix My Credit Score

You're right to worry, if your credit scores are sub-par, as that can cost you a lot of money and headaches. You can fix that credit history, though, such as with timely payments reported to credit bureaus. Here are more tips.