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Readers: Ask Jean Chatzky a Personal Finance Question

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While I know you believe that I'm the best personal finance guru on the planet, I'm going to let you in on a secret... There are some people out there who are also pretty good at person finance. One of those people is Jean Chatzky. Here's a brief list of some of places you might have seen her:

  • SmartMoney
  • Money Magazine
  • Live With Regis and Kelly
  • NBC's Today Show
  • Oprah's "Debt Diet"

I've been in contact with Jean and she's agreed to do an e-mail interview with me. While I could come up with questions myself, why not get everyone involved? Submit your personal finance question in the comments below. If I like it, I'll add it to my interview.

P.S.
Congrats to Jean on her recent marriage. (Yet another reason why I love Wikipedia.)

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7 Responses to “Readers: Ask Jean Chatzky a Personal Finance Question”

  1. Moneymonk says:

    I thought Jean was already married! lol

    I have a question on behalf of my sister:

    When she moved into her subdivision, she was told the HOA fee was $300 a year until she got a bill in her mailbox it was for $500 they decided to go up because there were no cash on hard. –whatever

    She did not pay it, about a year later they sued her, the $500 turned into $4000 ($3500 was for legal fees)

    Is this normal? she does not work and do not have $4000- she called the legal office, They no longer have the case. Was this really a legal firm or was this a plot to give up $4000?

    She checked her credit report and there were no liens or lawsuit on neither 3 reports. By the way they cannot produce any paperwork where she sign for HOA fees.

    I did not have an answer for her, maybe you do

  2. Lazy Man says:

    My source (Wikipedia) says it’s a second marriage.

  3. Joshua says:

    Question: What is a EIUL (Equity Indexed Universal Life) policy, how does it work, and why/when would someone want to invest in one?

  4. I read an article recently that argued that gen Y investors aren’t being risky enough in the current market and will as a result, never build a healthy enough nest egg to retire. I’m not sure I agree with this for the simple reason that it takes so long to recover from a loss. Thoughts?

  5. I find the theory behind viaticals very interesting, in spite of the negative experiences that many have seen in the viaticals market. Does Jean foresee viaticals become a more mainstream investment in the next 20 years?

  6. karen says:

    I have $20,000.00 to do something with. I am a 68 yr. old female. I do not want to tie it up to the point that I cannot draw on it without going through a lot of paper work. If I could earn a little on it that would be great. Please advise. Thanks

  7. Katherine Smith says:

    Jean, I am being solicited by law firms to pay a retainer or service fee for their Attorneys to reduce my debts by contacting my creditors and arranging a settlement. The promise is total debt reduction over 4-5 years and debts reduced by 50%+. The lowest retainer fee I have been quoted is $5,000.

    Are these scams?

    Thanks for your help.

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