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Liz Weston

The Art and Science of Personal Finance

Liz Weston is an award-winning personal finance columnist and author of five books, including the national bestseller “Your Credit Score” and “Deal with Your Debt,” which recently came out in a second edition. Her question-and-answer column “Money Talk” appears in newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Palm Beach Post and the Portland Oregonian. She’s a regular commentator on public radio’s “Marketplace Money” and has appeared on “The Dr. Phil Show,” “The Today Show,” CNBC and “NBC Nightly News,” among others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

5 Ways to Trick Your Brain and Build Your Wealth

Sadly, our brains aren’t wired to make us rich. Thanks to evolutionary quirks in how we view the world and make decisions, behavioral economists tell us we often do exactly the wrong thing when it comes to money and accruing long-term wealth...

5 Common — and Costly — Investing Myths

Myths about investing are costly. They can lead you to take too much risk, or too little, or avoid investing altogether, which likely is the most costly mistake of them all. Here are some common investing myths — from the belief that investing is...

The Best Times to Buy Big-Ticket Items

Savvy shoppers know the best time to get linens is during January’s white sales and that July is a great time to buy swimsuits. But how about the purchases that will really dent your wallet? Do you know — or think you know — the best time to buy...

5 Common — and Costly — Investing Mistakes

Survey after survey shows that women are less confident about making wise financial decisions despite feeling more financially secure, that we’re more likely to defer to a partner in making important money decisions and that some of us have no...

4 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Hurting Your Credit

Tammy listed her son as an authorized user on one of her credit cards to help him build his credit history. When they checked his credit scores, however, Tammy saw the balance she was carrying on the card seemed to be hurting, not helping, his...

Reap More Rewards From Your Credit Cards

In a few weeks, my husband, daughter and I will be stretched out in our lie-flat business class seats on a flight to London. Once we land, we’ll be spending six nights at a luxury hotel — and then moving on to another, even more luxurious inn in...

4 Surprising Ways to Help You Build Wealth

You likely already know the standard advice about building wealth: Live below your means. Max out your retirement accounts. Pay off your debt. But in addition to those tried-and-true methods, there are other, less well-known ways that can help...

Are Biases and Beliefs Keeping You From Getting Rich?

The problem with a lot of financial advice is that it assumes that once you know the right thing to do, you’ll do it. It can seem as if the people giving the advice had never met an actual human being. Because humans have a whole host of...

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