Tag: Ask Stacy
Stacy Johnson on January 20, 2017
You have an old debt that long ago dropped off your credit history. Then one day you get a call from a debt collector insisting you pay it. Can they do that?
Stacy Johnson on January 13, 2017
Here’s what they are and why they may be the dumbest thing you can do with a million bucks.
Stacy Johnson on December 30, 2016
In this week’s column, one reader is having trouble making ends meet and another provides some insight and inspiration that might help.
Stacy Johnson on December 2, 2016
It’s a common situation: You take out joint credit or co-sign a loan, then wish you hadn’t. What can be done? Usually, not much. But there may be hope.
Stacy Johnson on November 25, 2016
Is investing something you can do on your own, or do you need to pay a pro?
Stacy Johnson on November 17, 2016
The internet is full of tips about lowering the cost of insurance. But how about some advice on getting what you pay for?
Stacy Johnson on November 11, 2016
Should you buy a service contract or extended warranty? My answer has always been no. These days, however, I’m less sure. Here’s why.
Stacy Johnson on November 4, 2016
A reader just retired and is worried that her retirement income won’t be enough. She should be.
Stacy Johnson on October 21, 2016
One in 5 Americans able to borrow from their 401(k)s have done so. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea.
Stacy Johnson on September 30, 2016
Many financial advisers, including me, often say to wait till the last possible minute to start taking Social Security. Why are we trying to keep people from having a nice life?
Stacy Johnson on September 23, 2016
One online calculator tells this reader he’s on track; another tells him he needs to save half his salary from now until the day he retires. Which should he believe?
Stacy Johnson on September 2, 2016
Like marriage, hammocks and car leases, time-shares are a lot easier to get into than out of. Here’s everything you need to know before you buy (or what you wish you’d known before you bought).
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