Student Loan
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.

chicken/egg
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.

Senior Couple
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?

A senior woman in glasses smiles while he rests her hands on a piggy bank and lies on a bed
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.

Timeshare
Ask Stacy: How Can I Get Out of My Timeshare 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).

Robocall
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.

College Students
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.

Ask Stacy: Why Does My Credit Score Go Up and Down So Much?
Ask Stacy: Why Does My Credit Score Go Up and Down So Much?

on August 5, 2016

Your credit score is bobbing and weaving. But why does it fluctuate when nothing in your financial life is changing? Should you care?

Bad Credit
Ask Stacy: How to Get Credit When the Only Credit You Have Is Bad

on July 29, 2016

If your credit is so bad you can’t get even a secured credit card, here are the steps you can take to rebuild it.

Ask Stacy: Is It Time to Buy Gold?
Ask Stacy: Is It Time to Buy Gold?

on July 1, 2016

Few investments are as heavily advertised, or as debated, as gold. Should precious metals be a part of your investment portfolio?

Ask Stacy: How Much Should I Contribute to My 401(k)?
Ask Stacy: How Much Should I Contribute to My 401(k)?

on June 17, 2016

Get every dime your employer offers in matching money, or you’re turning down free money. Here’s how to figure out how to get your max match, and why you should contribute even without a match.

Ask Stacy: Should I Save More for Retirement or Pay Down My Mortgage?
Ask Stacy: Should I Save More for Retirement or Pay Down My Mortgage?

on June 13, 2016

Living a debt-free life is important, especially as you approach retirement. But there are worse things than debt.

Ask Stacy: 7 Things You Need to Know About Social Security
Ask Stacy: 7 Things You Need to Know About Social Security

on June 10, 2016

If you’re like most Americans, Social Security is going to be a major part of your retirement income. Learn these facts now, and you’ll put more gold in your golden years.

Taking Notes
Ask Stacy: What’s the Best Company to Repair My Credit?

on June 3, 2016

Whether it’s your car, your plumbing or your body, if it’s broken, there are pros who often can repair it. But can the same be said for your credit?

Ask Stacy: Do I Have to Admit to a Bankruptcy?
Ask Stacy: Do I Have to Admit to a Bankruptcy?

on May 27, 2016

Do you still have to admit to a bankruptcy after it no longer appears on your credit report?

Ask Stacy: I Just Realized I Messed Up My Taxes — What Now?
Ask Stacy: I Just Realized I Messed Up My Taxes — What Now?

on May 13, 2016

With many things in life, you don’t get do-overs. Fortunately, taxes aren’t one of them. Months, even years, after filing your return, if you want to claim a deduction you forgot or fix another mistake, you can. Meet the 1040X.

Ask Stacy: Is Life Insurance Necessary?
Ask Stacy: Is Life Insurance Necessary?

on April 29, 2016

Auto, homeowners and health insurance: necessary. But what about life insurance? Here are seven things everyone should know.

Ask Stacy: What’s Income Inequality and Why Does It Matter?
Ask Stacy: What’s Income Inequality and Why Does It Matter?

on April 22, 2016

A reader commented on a post we had about income inequality, basically saying CEOs deserve to make 1,000 times what they pay their workers. I disagree.

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