Ask Stacy: How Do I Invest for Retirement Without Risk?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Invest for Retirement Without Risk?

on December 19, 2017

You want retirement savings to grow, but can’t afford to take a bunch of risk: What’s an older investor to do?

Ask Stacy: Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper Home?
Ask Stacy: Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper Home?

on December 18, 2017

Is it better to buy a home that needs work? I’ve done it many times. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Ask Stacy: Should I Wait Until 70 for Social Security?
Ask Stacy: Should I Wait Until 70 for Social Security?

on December 15, 2017

Which is better: getting your Social Security benefits at the first opportunity, or waiting until you’re 70? The answer: It depends.

Ask Stacy: Should I Keep Repairing My Old Car or Replace It?
Ask Stacy: Should I Keep Repairing My Old Car or Replace It?

on December 14, 2017

We’ve all been there: Your car is starting to need a lot of expensive repairs, but you’re not sure when it’s time to throw in the towel. When is enough enough?

Ask Stacy: Should I Buy Bitcoin?
Ask Stacy: Should I Buy Bitcoin?

on December 12, 2017

Bitcoin has risen from around $700 to nearly $20,000 this year. Too late to get in or time to climb onboard? Here’s what I think.

Ask Stacy: Should I Take Advantage of Zero Percent Credit Card Offers?
Ask Stacy: Should I Take Advantage of Zero Percent Credit Card Offers?

on October 27, 2017

Everyone wants to pay zero, but what’s the catch? Before you apply, read this.

Ask Stacy: How Can We Earn More on Our Savings?
Ask Stacy: How Can We Earn More on Our Savings?

on October 13, 2017

These retirees need more income, but they can’t afford to take any risk. Sound familiar? Here are six ideas to explore.

Ask Stacy: Why Can’t I Refinance My Home?
Ask Stacy: Why Can’t I Refinance My Home?

on October 6, 2017

She’s got good credit, but her lender refuses to refinance her mortgage. If it would lower her payments, why wouldn’t they be happy to do it? Here’s some sound advice for anyone who borrows.

Ask Stacy: Should I Drop My Life Insurance Policy?
Ask Stacy: Should I Drop My Life Insurance Policy?

on September 29, 2017

Life insurance isn’t to protect you, it’s to protect those you love. If those you love don’t need protection, then you don’t need life insurance. Here’s how to know when to cancel.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Help My Fiance’s Credit?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Help My Fiance’s Credit?

on September 15, 2017

This reader has an excellent credit history and score, but the man she’s about to marry doesn’t. How can she help him?

Ask Stacy: Why Are My Credit Scores So Different?
Ask Stacy: Why Are My Credit Scores So Different?

on September 8, 2017

This reader is upset because he has three vastly different scores depending on the provider. Wait till he finds out he probably has dozens of scores.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Fight My Property Taxes?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Fight My Property Taxes?

on September 1, 2017

This reader thinks her property taxes are too high and wants to appeal her assessment. I’ve been successful challenging mine in two different cities. Here’s how I did it.

Ask Stacy: Can I Repair My Own Credit?
Ask Stacy: Can I Repair My Own Credit?

on August 27, 2017

Maintaining a clean credit history is important. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to make sure yours is in top shape.

Ask Stacy: What Should I Do With a Windfall?
Ask Stacy: What Should I Do With a Windfall?

on August 23, 2017

Wednesday night’s $700-million Powerball drawing has rekindled an old question: How should you handle a lump sum of money that lands in your lap? Here’s a step-by-step guide for doing things right.

Ask Stacy — How Can I Rebuild My Credit After a Bankruptcy?
Ask Stacy — How Can I Rebuild My Credit After a Bankruptcy?

on August 11, 2017

Starting out or starting over: Not easy, maybe, but simple.

The Stock Market’s in Nosebleed Territory — Time to Get Out?
The Stock Market’s in Nosebleed Territory — Time to Get Out?

on August 9, 2017

With valuations stretched, and markets setting records, is there no place to go but down?

Ask Stacy — How Can I Get a Higher Limit on My Credit Card?
Ask Stacy — How Can I Get a Higher Limit on My Credit Card?

on August 4, 2017

This reader wants to increase his credit line to build his credit, but his bank isn’t cooperating. The solution is simple …

Ask Stacy — Can I Really Get a No-Cost Mortgage?
Ask Stacy — Can I Really Get a No-Cost Mortgage?

on July 28, 2017

Some mortgage lenders claim you can refinance to a lower rate at “no cost.” Don’t believe them.

6 Reasons I’m No Fan of Suze Orman and You Shouldn’t Be Either
6 Reasons I’m No Fan of Suze Orman and You Shouldn’t Be Either

on July 21, 2017

Personal finance guru Suze Orman has a huge following. But beware: The self-proclaimed expert has a track record that suggests more sizzle than steak.

Ask Stacy — 8 Tips to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any
Ask Stacy — 8 Tips to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any

on July 14, 2017

This young reader wants to know how to deal with a common credit conundrum: How are you supposed to build a credit history when you keep getting turned down for lack of a credit history?

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