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Stacy Johnson

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The Truth About Jobs: Why Both Sides Are Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 8:47 AM

(This is a slightly revised version of a post originally appearing on on Feb 14, 2012)

Barack Obama says the recovery is underway, and all our economy needs is a little stimulus.

Mitt Romney says what this country needs is a president with experience in creating jobs.


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Six Proven Ways To Make A Dishonest Living

(11) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 2:32 PM

About 10 years ago, I did a TV news story on a local nonprofit claiming to help battered women. Their funding method was to solicit boat donations, which they'd then sell to fund their charitable work.

While the "charity" wouldn't talk to me, their tax returns had plenty to say....

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10 Common Misconceptions About Money

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:16 PM

I recently celebrated my 57th birthday, and have arrived at a common conclusion about getting older: It sucks. But there's one good thing that comes with age -- the wisdom that can only come from experience.

Experience helps you understand how life actually works, and how remarkably different life is...

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The Single Best Tip to Beat High Gas Prices

(45) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 3:44 PM

As you're undoubtedly aware, gas prices are spiking - again. And as always happens when gas prices spike, the media will soon begin gushing tired and obvious advice on ways to save.

I've been watching, and participating in, this well-worn parade of stories for more than 20 years. But no...

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5 Reasons We Need Free Credit Scores Now

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 4:24 AM

It's no exaggeration to say your credit score can change your life. This single number can determine whether you own a home. It affects how much you pay for insurance. It influences how much you pay when you borrow, which determines how long it will take to become debt-free.


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What I've Learned From 20 Years of Personal Finance

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 6:58 PM

I just produced my 3,000th money-related TV news story. That's three stories every week, without interruption, for more than 20 years.

When I started Money Talks, I had to partner with a TV station for production. It was the only way to gain access to the expensive equipment necessary to...

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My 10 Dumbest Money Moves -- And How You Can Avoid Them

(7) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Most of what I've learned about money I didn't learn in books, or by being a CPA, stock broker, or financial reporter. I learned it the hard way -- by making stupid decisions and missing major opportunities. Here are mistakes I've made and you should avoid.

My 28-year-old niece and...

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