Stacy Johnson

I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm married to a woman I don't deserve, have an awesome dog and live on the water in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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We’re About to Retire: How Can We Be Sure We’ve Saved Enough?

on July 26, 2021

It sure would be nice if there was some way to be absolutely certain the money won’t run out.

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The 10 Worst Retirement Mistakes You Can Make

on July 23, 2021

A lot of people make a lot of common mistakes when it comes to retirement planning. Here’s how you can avoid them.

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Will I Have to Pay Income Tax on an Inherited House?

on July 23, 2021

It’s nice to inherit. Less so, however, if it means a visit from the tax man.

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How Do I Dispose of Chip Credit Cards?

on July 19, 2021

Destroying unused credit cards used to be easy — you just cut them up. But with today’s chip cards, is that enough?

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5 Simple Steps to Increase Your Credit Score in 30 Days

on July 19, 2021

It’s never been more important to have a powerful credit score.

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

on July 19, 2021

Common wisdom suggests you need to retire debt-free. But for many, that’s simply not an option.

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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Flawless Investing

on July 16, 2021

Here’s how you can get 90% of the investment gains the pros achieve in 10% of the time and with 5% of the knowledge.

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Money News You’ll Really Use: Mid-July 2021

on July 15, 2021

So far in July: Global minimum tax gains steam, oil hits six-year high, Delta COVID-19 strain threatens the recovery and borrowing is back big-time.

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Can I Protect My Money If I Go Into a Nursing Home?

on July 12, 2021

Medicaid covers long-term nursing home expenses. But you may have to spend down assets to qualify. Is there a way to work the system?

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10 Ways to Earn at Least 10% on Your Savings

on July 9, 2021

It’s possible to earn 1,000 times more on your savings without taking 1,000 times more risk. Here’s what to look for.

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Here’s How to Become an Expert at Spotting Fake News

on July 8, 2021

Slanted news — whether from the right or the left — can make otherwise informed investors make ill-informed decisions.

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What’s the Difference Between FICO and VantageScore?

on June 28, 2021

There are lots of credit scores out there, but if you’re keeping an eye on your credit, here’s the one to watch.

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6 Ways to Become a Successful Scam Artist

on June 25, 2021

Tired of making an honest living? Here are proven methods to rip people off — or better yet, ways to avoid becoming a victim.

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Living Together but Not Married? 5 Important Things to Know

on June 23, 2021

A happy couple can still find themselves in money misery. Here’s how to avoid trouble.

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Money Moves to Make in Key Decades of Your Life

on June 18, 2021

Here’s how to lay a financial foundation, step by step.

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10 Steps to Get Out of Debt Now and Stay Out of Debt Forever

on June 11, 2021

Follow these simple steps to destroy your debts and stay debt-free for the rest of your life.

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How to Get the Best Possible Deal on Car Insurance

on June 8, 2021

This is the last article on understanding and shopping for car insurance you’ll ever need.

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5 Ways to Cash in on Real Estate

on June 4, 2021

Profiting from real estate doesn’t always involve buying houses or owning rentals. You can invest hassle-free for as little as $500.

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10 Ways to Protect Your Savings From a Market Crash

on May 28, 2021

What the market giveth, it can also taketh away. Here’s how to keep your profits safe.

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How I Got a Perfect Credit Score in 4 Steps

on May 24, 2021

My FICO credit score is 850 out of 850. Here’s how I pulled it off — and how anyone else can, too.

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