5 Popular Stock Photos—and Their Hidden Money Messages

trite money stock photosHow many times have you seen a personal finance story illustrated with a photo of a $20 bill?

A lot of you are probably thinking, "All of the time, actually!" Well, there's a good reason for it: Financial principles are notoriously difficult to convey in pixels, so what better way to illustrate them than with, well, money.

If you've ever worked for a creative company, you're probably familiar with stock photos, which are high-quality images that are provided for a fee by photography companies. So for fun, we rounded up five of the most common stock photos to explain how these ubiquitous pics—piggy bank, anyone?—can actually convey the wrong message about some of life's biggest money milestones.

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  • Miranda

    is this a joke?