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Money! with Stacy Johnson

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Welcome to Stacy Johnson's "Money!" A podcast devoted to everything money: how to get it, how to grow it and how to keep it. From the creators of, a leading source of personal finance news and advice since 1991.

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Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-September 2021

September 16th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How Much Should You Pay for Investment Advice?

September 15th, 2021


When I worked as a Wall Street investment adviser back in the 80s, there was basically only one way we got paid: commissions.

When I bought or sold …

Should You Buy an Annuity? The Pros and Cons

September 8th, 2021


When my parents retired, they had no issues when it came to retirement income.

In addition to Social Security, they both had retirement plans that offered a guaranteed monthly income for life. They also had investments, …

Welcome to the Metaverse

September 1st, 2021


Imagine the internet coming to life. Instead of words on a screen, it's a 3 dimensional world. You don't read it or watch it. You step into it. You become an avatar -- a three dimensional graphical representation of …

Market Update: Money News You can Use End of August, 2021

August 26th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How to Avoid Running Out of Money in Retirement

August 25th, 2021


When I was 17, the day after I graduated from high school I left my home in Atlanta and along with my friend Andy, hitchhiked across the United …

Ready to Try Crypto Currencies? Here's Everything You Need to Know

August 18th, 2021


It was February 27, 2014. I was doing a TV news story on something relatively new in the investment world: Bitcoin.

After briefly explaining digital currencies, I wanted to show exactly how one goes about investing in …

Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-August 2021

August 13th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How to Prepare for the Next Recession or Market Crash

August 11th, 2021


I've been investing for more than 40 years and have learned lots of lessons over the decades, many by making mistakes. One of the most important lessons I've learned is also one of the most simple. As I wrote years ago …

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Money Management

August 4th, 2021


My wife gave me a T-shirt that elicits responses wherever I go. It says, "I (heart) naps."

Turns out that some people, including yours truly, have a …

Market Update: Money News You can Use July 29th, 2021

July 29th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Mid-Year Money Review: 5 Things You Need to Check

July 28th, 2021


My wife, Sara, is a nurse practitioner. Over the years, she's been learning about money from me, and I've been learning, at least a little, about healthcare from her.

If there's one thing that money and the human body …

The 10 Worst Retirement Mistakes You Can Make

July 21st, 2021


About 20 years ago, I made the worst financial mistake of my life. Along with two of my best friends, I opened a restaurant. Two of us put up the money; the third guy -- an experienced restaurant operator, but with no …

Market Update: Money News You can Use July 15th, 2021

July 15th, 2021


So far in July: Global minimum tax gains steam, oil hits six-year high, the Delta COVID-19 strain threatens the recovery and borrowing is back …

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Flawless Investing

July 14th, 2021


I'm an efficiency freak.

For years it's been a game for me to spend as little time as possible on chores by doing things like minimizing the time it takes to unload the dishwasher (hint: put the forks, knives and spoons …

10 Ways to Earn at Least 10% on Your Savings

July 6th, 2021


When I first became an investment advisor back in 1981, interest rates were a lot different than today. For example, you could earn nearly 20% on a …

Market Update: Money News You can Use June 30th, 2021

June 30th, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How to Become an Expert at Spotting Fake News

June 29th, 2021


If you're going to make informed decisions, financial or otherwise, it's important to get your facts straight – something you might not be achieving, depending on who you turn to for news.

More than a decade ago, the …

6 Ways to Become a Successful Scam Artist

June 22nd, 2021


hortly after Sept. 11, 2001, I began seeing collection boxes on various store counters in my neighborhood soliciting donations for a charity called …

Market Update: Money News You can Use June 15th, 2021

June 15th, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Money Moves You Must Make in Every Decade of Your Life

June 15th, 2021


As you journey through life, you should be laying a financial foundation; one strong enough to provide security and a fulfilling, worry-free …

How to Destroy Your Debt Forever

June 8th, 2021


When I explored topics for my first book more than 20 years ago, there was one that I couldn't ignore: Debt. I was compelled to write about how to …

5 Ways to Cash in on Real Estate

June 1st, 2021


Which is the better investment; stocks or real estate?

Due to the unique nature of real estate, an apples-to-apples comparison is tough to make. But speaking from 40+ years of personal experience, I'd say both are …

Market Update: Money News You can Use May 28th, 2021

May 28th, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

10 Ways to Protect Your Savings From a Market Crash

May 25th, 2021


If you've got money in the stock market and haven't checked your statements lately, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

In mid-March of 2020, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below 20,000. As I write this, a bit …

The 15 Habits of Highly Successful Investors

May 19th, 2021


In the 40+ years I've been investing, I've made a few inspired moves and lots and lots of dumb ones.

Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative is the key to success in investing, as well as most worthwhile …

Market Update: Money News You can Use May 14th, 2021

May 14th, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

20 Dumb Investing Moves and How to Avoid Them

May 12th, 2021


I've been investing for 40+ years, including 10 as a Wall Street financial advisor. If there's a mistake an investor can possibly make, rest assured I've made it.

As with most things in life, the fewer mistakes you make …

5 Megatrends Shaping the Future and How You Can Profit From Them

May 4th, 2021


Imagine if you had a time machine. Knowing what you know now, you could take a trip to the past and buy Apple, Amazon and Bitcoin for pennies. You'd …

Money News You'll Really Use: April 30th, 2021

April 30th, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How to Earn 20% on Your Savings: Stocks

April 27th, 2021


Imagine retiring with your savings earning a nice, fat 20%. Not only that, the income from your account would increase every year. Finally, there's a …

Is Inflation About to Trash Your Investments?

April 20th, 2021


If you've been paying attention to the news this year, especially money news, you know there's been a lot of talk about inflation. There's been an avalanche of articles with titles like U.S consumer prices surge in …

Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-April 2021

April 16th, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Why Traditional Retirement Investing Is Broken

April 14th, 2021


When I became an investment adviser more than 40 years ago, there were a few tried and true rules for where to put your long-term savings. For …

Low-Risk Ways to Earn More on Your Savings

April 7th, 2021


Not too long ago, a conservative investor could easily earn 5% in an insured bank account, or 8% on risk-free Treasury bills.

But as today's savers …

Market Update: Money News You can Use

April 2nd, 2021


Nearly every day there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Are Robots and Artificial Intelligence Going to Take Your Job?

March 31st, 2021


A 2014 Pew Research Center study asked 2,000 experts about how technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) would affect jobs. About …

Is It Too Late to Buy Bitcoin?

March 24th, 2021


magine you bought 100 shares of stock at $1 per share 10 years ago, back in 2011. And say your stock did exceedingly well, compounding at 20% per …

How to Become a Millionaire: Guaranteed

March 17th, 2021


I've been offering financial advice professionally for 40 years, since I started work as an investment adviser in 1981. I'm also a millionaire several times over.

During my time in the trenches, I've heard every …

The Stock Market Is a Roller Coaster: Here's Where It's Heading Next

March 10th, 2021


Having money in a rapidly rising market, especially if it's lots of money, can make you feel rich. On the other side of that sword, however, is the panic you feel when things start coming apart.

I've been investing in …

Covid Relief Coming Soon: Here's What You Need to Know

March 8th, 2021


After exhausting debate, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is finally about to be signed into law.

The legislation was passed on a strict party line basis. Every democrat voted for the bill; not a single republican …

Talking Money with Your Honey: How to Do It Painlessly: feat. Tarra Jackson

March 3rd, 2021


When my wife and I joined households 11 years ago, we combined our kitchen stuff, our furniture, our linens and just about everything else. The one …

The Pros and Cons of Working in Retirement feat. Paula Pant

February 24th, 2021


Not long ago, the phrase "working in retirement" was an oxymoron, much like "bittersweet," "act naturally" or "hot water heater." After all, if you're working, you're by definition not retired.

But that was then. These …

Commonly Overlooked Tax Breaks and Other Tax Stuff to Know

February 19th, 2021


Here we go again; tax time has officially begun.

If you're getting a refund, you need to file ASAP. There's no reason to offer Uncle Sam an interest-free loan.

But before you file those taxes, it will pay -- literally …

Everything You Need to Know About Medicare

February 10th, 2021


On January 1, 2021, I became one of the millions of Americans enrolled in Medicare.

The process of joining the 44 million Americans now enrolled in …

How the Biden Presidency Will Affect Your Money

February 5th, 2021


Whenever there's a new president, things happen. Laws get passed. Priorities change. And lots of those new laws and many those new priorities end up affecting your wallet.

Joe Biden has certainly hit the ground running. …

Is the Stock Market in a Dangerous Bubble?

January 28th, 2021


Investing in stocks can be emotionally draining. You're obviously nervous when stocks are falling, but when times are good -- and they've been very good lately -- you're worried the fat lady is warming up in the wings.

Estate Planning Tips & Tricks

January 27th, 2021


It's amazing how many people wait till the last minute to do their holiday shopping. It's not like it's a surprise. It's as inevitable as the …

The Fastest Proven Ways to Destroy Debt

January 20th, 2021


Ever since I wrote my first book nearly 20 years ago, Life or Debt, I've been trying to guide readers and viewers to a debt-free life. Why? Because debt is like a cancer that eats away at your financial future. The …

2021 Outlook: Stocks and Housing

January 13th, 2021


Predicting the future is a tricky endeavor, but if you're going to succeed as an investor, it's important to try. Because stock prices are nothing more than the present value of future earnings, and those earnings often …

How to Figure Out What You'll Need to Comfortably Retire (feat. Len Penzo)

January 6th, 2021


Whether you plan to spend your retirement sitting on the front porch or traveling the world, one thing's for sure: You're going to need money. In fact, you're going to need enough savings and/or income to keep you alive …

Simple, Achievable New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You Richer

December 16th, 2020


Losing weight, exercising more, spending less, paying down debt: all common New Year resolutions many make, but few stick to.

Changing the habits of …

Why Your Retirement Will Be Nothing Like You Planned

December 9th, 2020


When my parents retired, they were set.

They both had good pensions, and their savings were mostly in 8%, risk-free Treasury bills. They had few interests outside of church, gardening and some inexpensive travel, so …

How to Get Thousands More in Social Security

December 2nd, 2020


For more than half of Americans, Social Security will be providing more than half of their retirement income.

Since Social Security is a government …

How One Hour Today Could Be Worth $1,000 Next Year (Year-End Planning)

November 25th, 2020


Can you really invest an hour today and find yourself $1,000 richer next year? Absolutely.

Take taxes, for instance. Much of what you can do to lower …

How to Get a Deal on Everything You'll Ever Buy

November 18th, 2020


We're approaching that special time of the year; the time when we blow our budgets and buy everything that isn't nailed down.

Whether you're planning …

Credit Card Secrets the Banks Don't Want You to Know

November 11th, 2020


Hammers, chain saws, axes: all useful tools when used properly, and potentially dangerous as hell in untrained hands.

Credit cards are the same: …

The Election Is (Almost) Over. What's Ahead for Your Money?

November 5th, 2020


It's finally over, or almost anyway: one of the most divisive political contests the world has ever seen.

But as the dust settles, now it's time to …

Is It Time to Buy Real Estate? feat. Mindy Jensen

October 28th, 2020


I bought my first house back in 1978, shortly after leaving college. Since then, I’ve bought and sold a fair amount of property, including raw land, …

How to Pick the Perfect Financial Advisor feat. Pam Krueger

October 21st, 2020


Back in the 80s and early 90s, I was an investment advisor, and later supervised other advisors, for three major Wall Street firms. When I worked in that business, there were advisors you'd love to have in your corner …

Trump vs Biden: Who's Best for Social Security?

October 14th, 2020


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Trump vs Biden: Who's Best for Income Taxes?

October 7th, 2020


"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." -George Jean Nathan

Before you head to the polls this year, it's a good idea to pick up …

Trump vs Biden: Who's Best for Stocks and Home Values?

September 30th, 2020


Planning to vote this year? I certainly hope so.

In some elections, the candidates are so similar, it's difficult to distinguish between the two. In …

How I Used the Stock Market to Turn $1,500 Into More Than $1,000,000

September 23rd, 2020


Imagine investing $1,500, then watching it grow to nearly $1,400,000 two decades later.

About 20 years ago, I bought 200 shares of Apple stock for around $1,500. Since then, thanks to stock splits, my 200 shares grew to …

Answers to the Toughest Retirement Questions feat. Roger Whitney

September 16th, 2020


Imagine turning your life completely upside down.

Instead of earning, you're living off savings. If you blow it, there's no do-overs. Instead of a career, you have a new and completely different identity.

That's …

How Playing Games Can Make You Richer feat. Joe Saul-Sehy

September 9th, 2020


Wouldn't it be nice if investing, avoiding debt and retiring rich was as simple as Monopoly?

Alas, that's not the case. But it is possible to harness …

The Anatomy of a Debt Crisis

September 2nd, 2020


In this week's "Money" podcast, we're going to talk to someone who found herself in some serious debt trouble. We'll see how it happened, what she …

Avoiding the Most Common Investing Errors

August 26th, 2020


Taking too much risk. Not taking enough risk. Following the herd.

These are just a few examples of potential pitfalls you'll encounter in the wild …

5 Awesome Places You Can Retire Overseas on less than $2,000 a Month

August 19th, 2020


Imagine living the good life in an exotic location that offers the best of everything: sunshine, beaches, art, culture, architecture, world-class …

My Biggest Money Mistakes

August 12th, 2020


Much of what I've learned about money I didn't learn in books, or by being a CPA, investment advisor, or financial reporter. I learned it the hard way: by making bad decisions and missing major opportunities.

Of course, …

Where Stocks and Real Estate Go From Here

August 6th, 2020


I know world events don't conform to an annual calendar, but doesn't it feel like the sky started falling the second the clock hit midnight on December 31, 2019?

The world has definitely changed, that's for sure. And …

The Golden Rules of Retiring Rich

July 29th, 2020


Don't you wish there was a simple series of steps you could take that would guarantee you'd retire rich?

There is.

Granted, "simple" and "easy" …

Hobbies You Can Turn Into a Business

July 22nd, 2020


Many a professional web designer started out as a self-taught hobbyist who got hooked and thought, “Why not get paid for this?”

That's just one example of a passion — or obsession — that can translate into a …

How You REALLY Lower Your Insurance Bills

July 15th, 2020


Insurance: The only product you pay a lot of money for, then hope you never use.

Whether it's home, life, car or health, insurance is often a necessary part of modern life. What's not necessary, however, is paying more …

How Online Ads Are Destroying the World

July 1st, 2020


There's a movement afoot to ban targeted ads: Ads that seem to follow you around the internet, showing you products you either might buy or, often, …

Why Your Parents Retired Richer Than You Will... and What You Can Do About It

June 24th, 2020


Today we're going to talk about the good old days... the days when many, if not most, American workers could put in their time, collect a decent …

Which is better: Investing in Stocks or Real Estate?

June 17th, 2020


Today we're talking about the best way to invest. Specifically, whether we're better off putting our long-term savings into stocks or real estate. Is a house a better buy than putting money into the market? Is rental …

The 3 Biggest Regrets of Retirees — and How to Avoid Them

June 9th, 2020


Today we’re talking about retiree regrets. Turns out more than half of those retired or close to it have money regrets. So today we’re going to explore those money mistakes and see if we can avoid them when our …

Purchases You Should Never Make

June 3rd, 2020


Today we’re going to be talking about stuff you buy that’s a waste of money... in other words, things we spend on that we shouldn’t, either because …

Companies That Might Lower Your Bill If You’ll Just Ask

May 27th, 2020


Feeling sticker shock every time a phone, cable or internet bill arrives? Depending on which company provides the service, lower rates may be just a phone call away. Today we’re going to talk about slashing your bills …

How Do You Waste Money? Let’s Count the Ways

May 20th, 2020


We all like to think we’re responsible with money. But if you think you never throw money away, maybe it’s time to think again. Today we’re going to talk about things you pay too much for, and things you pay for you …

Stretching Your Savings in Tough Times

May 13th, 2020


If you’ve been following the news, you know that unemployment is reaching heights not seen since the great depression... more than 30 million …

How to Supersize Your Retirement Nest Egg

May 6th, 2020


Not so long ago, retirement was a breeze because when retirement rolled around, your employer gave you a pension: a monthly income you couldn’t …

Simplifying Your Finances

April 29th, 2020


Things feel so complicated right now — especially when it comes to figuring out what to do with your money during turbulent times. So this week it’s …

Common Online Shopping Mistakes

April 22nd, 2020


Even before the coronavirus kept us from hitting the stores, online shopping long ago became a part of life. And for good reason: The selection is great, comparison shopping is a breeze and delivery’s getting faster all …

Simple Tips to Radically Improve Your Financial Life

April 15th, 2020


Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are stuck at home. Sure, you can watch TV, but why not use some of that time to improve your finances? Today we’re going to talk about several simple, practically …

How to Invest with Very Little Money

April 14th, 2020


With the market down, it’s tempting to put some money to work. But what if you don’t have much money? We’re going to talk about some options. Plus, we’ll recap the market and talk about why a recession isn’t always the …

Staying Alive: Making Money in a Recession

April 1st, 2020


Stacy Johnson and Miranda Marquit discuss whether the stock market has bottomed, smart things to do with your coronavirus-related stimulus check and, …

Finding the Bottom

March 23rd, 2020


Buying at the bottom is the dream of every stock investor. But how do know when the time is right? Here are three clues I've learned over the 40 …

4 Ways You Must Prepare Financially for Coronavirus

March 16th, 2020


The coronavirus has infected both people and financial markets. In this podcast, money experts Stacy Johnson and Miranda Marquit offer actionable advice on the stock market, savings accounts and travel, plus general …

The Secret to Finding Good Investment Advice

July 23rd, 2019


Stacy Johnson interviews investment advisor and TV show "MoneyTrack" creator Pam Kruger about the in and outs, the ups and downs of finding a GOOD investment advisor.

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Uncle Sam Wants You to Get Bad Investment Advice

July 13th, 2019


Who has your back when it comes to paid financial advice? Are advisors looking out for you or their broker? Does the government's fiduciary rule even …

How to Save on Hotels - A Management's Perspective

June 23rd, 2019


Stacy talks with Dave Gadsby owner of Beachside Village Resort about saving on travel through the eyes of hotel management.

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Credit Score Obsession

June 16th, 2019


Are we too obsessed with our credit score, are we not obsessed enough? Stacy sits down with Adam Levin Co-Founder of to see if there is any credit to this question.

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Growing Your Own Food

June 9th, 2019


From tabletop to back yard gardening, Stacy talks with Chelsea Marando from Marando Ranch about growing your own food. Can you save money cutting out the grocery store?

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The Cost of College

June 2nd, 2019


Stacy talks with the financial aid director of FAU, Tracy Boulukos about the cost of college. How you can keep borrowing to a minimum, keep costs …

The Psychology of Money

May 28th, 2019


Can money buy happiness? Why do we spend so much time in pursuit of money? How do love and money really fit together? Stacy talks with psychologist …

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