Ask Stacy: How Do I Find a Good Investment Adviser?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Find a Good Investment Adviser?

on March 18, 2016

A reader wants to know how to find an investment adviser who can be trusted. It should be easy, but unfortunately it’s anything but.

Ask Stacy: Which Is Better — a Traditional or Roth Retirement Plan?
Ask Stacy: Which Is Better — a Traditional or Roth Retirement Plan?

on March 11, 2016

This reader wants to know whether she’s better off converting her existing retirement plan to a Roth. Maybe you’ve wondered the same thing.

Ask Stacy: How Do I Find a Good Lawyer?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Find a Good Lawyer?

on March 4, 2016

Sooner or later, you’re going to need one. When the time comes, here’s how to find the best attorney at the lowest cost.

Ask Stacy: Should I Put Some Money Into an Annuity?
Ask Stacy: Should I Put Some Money Into an Annuity?

on February 26, 2016

You’ve probably heard of annuities, but are they an investment to consider? Judge for yourself after you read this brief primer.

Ask Stacy: What’s the Single Best Way to Pay Down Debt?
Ask Stacy: What’s the Single Best Way to Pay Down Debt?

on February 19, 2016

Every January, we resolve to do things like pay down debt. And about this time every year, our enthusiasm begins to fade. Did you resolve to become debt-free this year? Read this.

Ask Stacy: How Can You Budget With an Irregular Income?
Ask Stacy: How Can You Budget With an Irregular Income?

on February 12, 2016

This reader would like to have a budget, but like lots of self-employed Americans, doesn’t have a steady income. Here are three steps to take control of your financial future in spite of irregular earnings.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Contact My Representatives?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Contact My Representatives?

on February 5, 2016

This reader wants her representative and senators to know what she’s thinking. You should too. Here’s how to get in touch with everyone from your local mayor to President Obama.

Ask Stacy: I’m Barely Making Minimum Payments. What Now?
Ask Stacy: I’m Barely Making Minimum Payments. What Now?

on January 26, 2016

This reader’s brother is like many people I’ve heard from: barely making minimum payments and unable to save for emergencies. If that’s you or someone you know, here are some options.

Ask Stacy: Why Are Stocks Tanking, and What Should I Do?
Ask Stacy: Why Are Stocks Tanking, and What Should I Do?

on January 19, 2016

Stocks are crashing. Time to panic?

Ask Stacy: Is Zero-Percent Financing for a New Car a Good Deal?
Ask Stacy: Is Zero-Percent Financing for a New Car a Good Deal?

on January 12, 2016

You’re shopping for a new car, and the dealer offers you zero-percent financing. What’s the catch?

Ask Stacy: How Do I Invest in the Stock Market?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Invest in the Stock Market?

on December 30, 2015

Stock market investing may seem like rocket science, but it’s simpler than you think.

Ask Stacy: Am I Responsible for My Ex’s Loan?
Ask Stacy: Am I Responsible for My Ex’s Loan?

on December 15, 2015

When this reader got divorced, her husband got their motor home. Too bad he wasn’t also awarded the loan that went with it.

Ask Stacy: Do Unpaid Bills Expire, or Will I Owe Them Forever?
Ask Stacy: Do Unpaid Bills Expire, or Will I Owe Them Forever?

on December 8, 2015

If you receive a bill from a collection agency for a debt that’s 10 years old, do you have to pay it? If you think the statute of limitations automatically lets you off the hook, think again.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Fight an Unfair Medical Bill?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Fight an Unfair Medical Bill?

on December 1, 2015

This reader went to the doctor to have a single tick removed, and now it’s the $750 bill that’s under her skin. Is there any way she can get it reduced?

Ask Stacy: Should I File Bankruptcy? If I Do, Should I Feel Guilty?
Ask Stacy: Should I File Bankruptcy? If I Do, Should I Feel Guilty?

on November 24, 2015

A reader has been advised to file bankruptcy but doesn’t feel right about avoiding her debts. Should she feel guilty about filing bankruptcy? Would you?

Ask Stacy: Will Having a Mortgage Improve My Credit Score?
Ask Stacy: Will Having a Mortgage Improve My Credit Score?

on November 17, 2015

Paying attention to your credit report and score is responsible. But unless you’re planning on borrowing soon, there’s no reason to lose sleep over the little things.

Ask Stacy: Should I Invest in Stock Options?
Ask Stacy: Should I Invest in Stock Options?

on November 10, 2015

Hang around enough investing websites or watch enough investment shows, and sooner or later you’ll hear about stock options. Are they a good way to play the stock market, or a sucker bet?

Ask Stacy: I’m Drowning in Debt. What Can I Do?
Ask Stacy: I’m Drowning in Debt. What Can I Do?

on November 3, 2015

When you’re paying out more than you’re taking in, you’re in trouble. If this is happening to you, or someone you know, here’s a step-by-step guide for what to do.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Curb Emotional Shopping?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Curb Emotional Shopping?

on October 27, 2015

We all sometimes engage in destructive behavior to address emotional issues. Some use alcohol, others use credit cards. If you’re buying more but enjoying it less, here’s what to do.

Ask Stacy: Will Canceling Credit Cards Hurt My Credit Score?
Ask Stacy: Will Canceling Credit Cards Hurt My Credit Score?

on October 20, 2015

Read the popular press, and it’s easy to believe our credit scores must be constantly tweaked and monitored to keep us alive. It’s a credit score, people, not an ICU patient.

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