Ask Stacy: The Most-Asked Money Questions of 2016
Ask Stacy: The Most-Asked Money Questions of 2016

on January 6, 2017

Here are some of the most popular categories of reader questions from 2016, along with answers. Odds are you’ve probably wondered about some of these things yourself.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Financial Hole?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Financial Hole?

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.

Ask Stacy: Where Can I Get a Free Credit Score?
Ask Stacy: Where Can I Get a Free Credit Score?

on December 23, 2016

There used to be few free ways to see your credit score. Now you can find one in seconds.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Get a Government Grant?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Get a Government Grant?

on December 16, 2016

Free money in the form of government grants is a rumor that just won’t die. But I’m dead certain you’re not going to get a federal grant to prop up your business or fix up your home.

Ask Stacy: Why Is My Bond Fund Losing Money?
Ask Stacy: Why Is My Bond Fund Losing Money?

on December 9, 2016

There’s no investment safer than U.S. Treasury bonds. But here’s something odd: You can lose money by investing in them. If you own a bond or a bond mutual fund, you really need to read this.

Ask Stacy: Is It Possible to Get Out of a Co-Signed Loan?
Ask Stacy: Is It Possible to Get Out of a Co-Signed Loan?

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.

Ask Stacy: Do I Need a Financial Adviser, or Can I Manage My Money Myself?
Ask Stacy: Do I Need a Financial Adviser, or Can I Manage My Money Myself?

on November 25, 2016

Is investing something you can do on your own, or do you need to pay a pro?

Ask Stacy: Insurance Price Is Important, but What About Company Quality?
Ask Stacy: Insurance Price Is Important, but What About Company Quality?

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?

Ask Stacy: Are Service Plans and Extended Warranties Worth It?
Ask Stacy: Are Service Plans and Extended Warranties Worth It?

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.

Ask Stacy: How Am I Supposed to Live on Social Security Alone?
Ask Stacy: How Am I Supposed to Live on Social Security Alone?

on November 4, 2016

A reader just retired and is worried that her retirement income won’t be enough. She should be.

Ask Stacy: Should I Borrow From My Retirement Account to Pay Debts?
Ask Stacy: Should I Borrow From My Retirement Account to Pay Debts?

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.

Ask Stacy: Can I Have My Student Loans Forgiven?
Ask Stacy: Can I Have My Student Loans Forgiven?

on October 14, 2016

A reader wants to know whether it’s possible to get out from under student loans by having them forgiven. Here’s the must-know if you have student loans.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Credit Without Credit?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Credit Without Credit?

on October 7, 2016

It’s the old chicken/egg story. This reader can’t get credit because she has no credit history. But is that really the problem? I think not.

Ask Stacy: Do I Really Need to Wait Until Age 70 to Collect Social Security?
Ask Stacy: Do I Really Need to Wait Until Age 70 to Collect Social Security?

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?

Ask Stacy: How Can I Know I’ll Have Enough to Retire?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Know I’ll Have Enough to Retire?

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?

Ask Stacy: Can I Make Money Flipping Houses?
Ask Stacy: Can I Make Money Flipping Houses?

on September 16, 2016

Buying low, selling high: Flipping houses can bring the profits home. But is it as easy as they make it seem on TV?

Ask Stacy: Can I Put Together My Own Will?
Ask Stacy: Can I Put Together My Own Will?

on September 9, 2016

Sure, you can write your own will. But why would you? Instead use these tools and tips.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Time-Share Without Being Robbed?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Time-Share Without Being Robbed?

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).

Ask Stacy: How Can I Stop Robocalls, Junk Mail and Spam?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Stop Robocalls, Junk Mail and Spam?

on August 19, 2016

The bad news: There’s no way to completely eliminate junk calls, mail and email. The good news: You can slow the flood to a trickle in a matter of minutes. Here’s how.

Ask Stacy: Millennials Are Ruining This Country … Aren’t They?
Ask Stacy: Millennials Are Ruining This Country … Aren’t They?

on August 12, 2016

A reader is concerned that the younger generation is pushing the country to the brink of disaster. He must not remember the ’60s.

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