Tag: Ask Stacy
Stacy Johnson 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.
Stacy Johnson on October 6, 2015
Maybe you can relate: This reader sees retirement looming but, because she hasn’t saved enough, she’s afraid her golden years will be anything but. What can she do?
Stacy Johnson on September 15, 2015
This reader has bad marks on her credit history, is worried they’ll prevent her from getting a job, and wants to get them removed. There are millions of Americans in her shoes.
Stacy Johnson on September 8, 2015
This reader is wondering if a credit union is a good place to look for a car loan. The answer? When it comes to both saving and borrowing, credit unions are typically much better than banks.
Stacy Johnson on August 24, 2015
The stock market has been in a freefall for several days, reminding investors how events beyond our control can devastate savings in the blink of an eye. Here are seven tips to help you overcome the fear you feel right now.
Stacy Johnson on August 4, 2015
A reader wants to leave her money to her kids, but she’s afraid they’ll blow it. It’s a common problem, and one without an ideal solution.
Stacy Johnson on July 28, 2015
You’d assume that if the money in your IRA or 401(k) is stolen, you’re covered. Bad assumption. If you’ve got any kind of brokerage account, stop what you’re doing and read this.
Stacy Johnson on July 21, 2015
A reader wants to pursue a career as an active trader and investor. Can he do it? Sure, at least theoretically.
Stacy Johnson on July 14, 2015
Shopping for a house is more fun than shopping for a mortgage, but if you do it right, mortgage shopping isn’t that hard and can pay off big time. Here’s how.
Stacy Johnson on July 7, 2015
This reader wants to know whether he’s better off buying fast-growing stocks or stocks that pay dividends. Here’s why it’s useful to have both types, and even better to have the rare stocks (like Apple) that offer growth and dividends.
Stacy Johnson on June 30, 2015
There’s one type of insurance you often have to buy, but don’t get to shop: mortgage insurance. Here’s how it works and what you can do to get rid of it.
Stacy Johnson on June 23, 2015
This reader filed for bankruptcy and wonders if a secured credit card will help him rebuild his credit. Here’s the answer for him, as well as anyone looking to build, or rebuild, their credit.
Stacy Johnson on June 16, 2015
If you’re still buying glasses the traditional way, you’re likely paying twice as much as you should. Here’s where to get the best deals on every kind of glasses, from reading to sun.
Stacy Johnson on June 2, 2015
Some credit cards offer to cover damage to a rental car so you won’t need the expensive collision damage waiver coverage pushed by the rental companies. But will this free credit card benefit really offer the protection it promises?
Stacy Johnson on April 28, 2015
What will you do for a regular monthly income when you retire? Annuities provide one possible answer, but they’re not for everyone.
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