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

The 9 Best Visa Cards for Most People

Some credit cards will serve you much better than others, offering hundreds of dollars in cash back, bonus points, travel and dining discounts, and more. Here are nine contenders for your consideration.


Why Smart People Take Social Security at 62

Starting to collect Social Security early will result in smaller checks, but that's much less of a problem than you think. Here's why you might want to retire early.




About to Take Social Security? Read This First

If you don't know what you're doing, you might end up collecting a lot less money from Social Security than you otherwise could have. Here are several critical things to know.

3 Serious Problems With the 4% Retirement Rule

The "4% rule" is extremely handy and can help you figure out how much to save for retirement -- but it could also be dangerous, if you're not aware of its shortcomings.


Boost Your Retirement Income With These 8 Tips

Don't settle for a fixed income in retirement when you can employ some strategies that will put hundreds or thousands of dollars more in your pocket each year.


I'm Married. Do I Need My Own Credit Card?

Rely solely on your spouse's credit card accounts at your own peril. It's smarter and safer to have at least a card or two in your own name.


Do I Need Rental Car Insurance?

There's a good chance you already have rental car coverage from existing policies or credit cards -- but in some situations, buying the insurance makes sense.


The Best-Looking Credit Cards: Charge With Style!

The best-looking credit cards are beautiful inside and out. Passing up the flashy cards that aren't worth it, you can find stylish cards that offer general cash back, special travel perks, and more.


Should You Claim Social Security at 62?

Yes, delaying starting to collect Social Security checks will make them bigger. But there are actually a bunch of excellent reasons to not delay and to start cashing in at age 62.



These Are the Best Credit Card Features

The credit cards with the best features for you offer rewards worth hundreds or thousands of dollars -- among many other great benefits, such as travel perks. (Upgraded rooms and free nights, anyone?)


20 Retirement Stats That Will Blow You Away

These facts and figures will likely impress you -- or depress you. See how far your retirement savings might take you and how you can beef up your nest egg.


7 Facts About Taxes Every Retiree Should Know

One silver lining of getting older is that you can save more money than ever on your tax bill. Here are seven tax facts that retirees and others should know about.


7 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Credit Score

A bad credit score can cost you tens of thousands of dollars, so learn what not to do so that your score doesn't get whacked. Better still, learn how to boost your score and save even more.


7 Best Credit Cards for Online Shopping

Don't leave hundreds or thousands of dollars on the table -- choose and use credit cards that can save you up to 5% on your online shopping.


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.