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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.

What to Do Before 2014 Ends: A Financial Cheat Sheet

The holidays are a busy time of year — and expensive too. That's why it makes sense to take a break from the hubbub and look for some last-minute ways you can save money on your taxes. Here are the top moves to make: 1. Stuff money into...

How to Spend a Million Dollars

I read once that the typical windfall is spent within 18 months. No matter how big the inheritance, bonus, tax refund, lottery win, or lawsuit settlement, people think they're richer than they really are and the money is soon gone. I thought I...

What Do Millionaires Know That We Don’t?

Millionaires aren't exactly rare. One in 12 US households now has a net worth of $1 million or more not counting the value of their primary residence, according to the latest Spectrem Group survey. Yet myths about millionaires still abound:...

How to Bounce Back From Credit Disaster

A reader named Val wrote me after a stint of unemployment left her drowning in medical bills, student loan debt and collection accounts. She was working again, but the pay wasn’t great and she wondered if her credit would ever recover. “I have no...

The Real Reason You Feel Broke

Americans' wealth just hit a new record. So, why do so many people feel so poor? Most people say they're falling behind financially, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, with 56 percent reporting that their incomes aren't keeping up...

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...

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