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Live, from Joe's mom's half-finished basement....listen to a parade of financial headlines, personal finance experts, creatives, and people with stories that inspire us. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, hosts Joe Saul-Sehy & OG meet at the card table and bring you guests, trivia, your letters about saving, investing, and risk management, and much more. Academy of Podcast winner for "best business podcast of the year," 2017 Plutus award winner for "best personal finance podcast," and Kiplinger magazine's only recommended personal finance podcast.

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House Hacking For Wealth, Fun, and Profit (with Craig Curelop)

Nov 20, 2019 51:43

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Ever wonder HOW you can finally get ahead? While some people moan that they just can't seem to make ends meet, Craig Curelop worked from the opposite strategy: he realized that EVERYTHING is for sale. Today we'll talk to the 24 year-old who's hacked his house, his car, and more to get ahead. He's biked to work, slept on his couch...and his old boss said he'd even rent you his underwear. Craig shows us all how we can get ahead if we're willing to go the extra mile.

Plus, what funds have had the worst returns in 2019? We'll share the list, which is interesting (to say the least). Not only that, but we'll also watch OG maybe throw up in his mouth as we tackle target-date funds. New information shows that maybe the big brokerages know these tools are broken...or at the least, suboptimal for many people.

That's not all. Of course, we'll also finish out the show with some of Doug's absolutely amazing trivia! It's gonna be fantastic! Hit play already!

Zero Debt, Lots of College (with Anthony ONeal)

Nov 18, 2019 01:02:10

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While everyone else panics about student loans, what if YOU were able to reach your dream of a great education and ZERO debt? Wouldn't that be awesome? You're going to love our featured interview with Anthony ONeal, author of Debt-Free Degree and Dave Ramsey personality. Between fantastic advice on choosing the right school, lowering your tuition amount, and earning scholarships... Anthony has a plethora of actionable steps you (or anyone else you know) can take to graduate with a degree, but WITHOUT being shackled to loans.

Buying a car? In our headlines segment we'll talk about the HUGE number of people who are "underwater" on their auto loans. Maybe that's the new epidemic. We'll talk about how to handle auto loans much more effectively, plus, we'll also talk about one new piece pushing the claim millennials should be happy that they're stuck renting their house. We'll do a dive into today's pieces and naturally give our two cents as well.

Later we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Kathy, who has some questions on the differences between two savings accounts at her bank. Kathy thought she should be earning more on her savings, but it turns out her bank actually has two different versions of their savings accounts, and she's been putting her cash into a lower-earning account. What's the deal with that?

As always, we'll save some time for Doug's trivia.

Is "Self-Care" Spending Just Lying To Yourself? (plus an intro to Roger.ai)

Nov 15, 2019 01:15:01

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We've all had those days. Nothing went right at work and on the way home you KNOW you'd feel better if you just stopped at the (insert favorite store) and bought...that expensive (or inexpensive thing). On Instagram, that's often called self-care. But is it destructive? In a recent viral YouTube video, Chelsea Fagan of The Financial Diet lays out her thoughts. We'll play a clip and then jump into a fascinating discussion on the topic with Jacob Wade, from IHeartBudgets.net, and basement regular Len Penzo, of the LenPenzo.com blog.

Whether you own a business or are thinking about starting a side hustle, one problem we KNOW you'll have is handling your books. How come current bookkeeping and business management software programs don't work together? A company working at solving that puzzle is called Roger.ia, and halfway through the show, we'll take a break from our discussion to talk to Catherine Anderson, the cofounder of Roger. Catherine will walk us through how Roger does everything from fraud detection to team management, bill pay, and how it even helps out with possible audits.

During our Magnify Money segment, we'll answer a voicemail from William, who will be retiring soon. William and his wife are still paying on the mortgage, but they have some savings they could tap into. Here's the question: Should William use their extra savings towards the mortgage, or keep the cash liquid as an emergency fund? We'll answer Will's question and still save some time for Doug's trivia.

The Reason You Don't Reach Your Goals (with Tom and Ariana Sylvester)

Nov 13, 2019 01:14:07

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Ever wonder why you don't reach any of your goals? Tom and Ariana Sylvester were there. Over $70k in debt, newly married...they needed a plan. BUT more than that, they needed a way to STICK TO their plan. Today they join us in the basement to share the method they've used to achieve some amazing goals.

In our headlines segment, we'll discuss a possible merger between two big companies. What happens when you own shares of a company and it's swallowed by another? What happens if the company whose shares you own devours another? We'll use this current news to discuss how mergers work from the viewpoint of a shareholder. Then, after a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll wind up the show by throwing out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener, as always. Today's question? Is Social Security going to go extinct faster if younger people join the FIRE movement? Enjoy!

Are Zero-Fee Trades the "New Black"? (plus our Veteran's Day special featuring Ellie Kay)

Nov 11, 2019 01:05:23

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Raising financial literacy rates in the country is not only important for the population at large but especially for military service members. That's why we're honoring service members this Veteran's Day with some HUGE advice from Ellie Kay, founder of the Heroes at Home program. The program provides military members and their families financial education on how to get out of debt, save more, and how to make their dollar go further. Today she'll share resources for veterans and current military members alike, plus there are LOTS of takeaways for those of you who aren't military-related.

During our headlines segment, we'll take a look at another brokerage firm slashing fees and the reactions of two other CEOs in the industry. Are you missing out by not chasing lower fees? We'll give our thoughts, plus, cover a second piece about the wife of a convicted Ponzi scheme fraudster. She recently pleaded guilty to trying to cash in on $26,000 in credit card points - points earned from the Ponzi scheme of course.

Later in the show, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Peter, who has recently become an uncle. Peter wants to set up his niece with some investments to help her later in life, but he's not sure what to do. He doesn't want to lock up the money in education funds, but he doesn't want it freely available either. Options?

Should You Marry for Money - And an intro to ParkMobile (SB 101)

Nov 8, 2019 01:02:46

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We're finishing out our rewind week with one very interesting topic: should you marry for money? Tune back in next week for another 8 weeks of brand new shows! We'll kick the week off with featured guest Ellie Kay. You can read our original show notes below: 

While people say that marrying for money is a horrible reason to wed...are there positives? We ask Len Penzo and special guest Jessica Moorhouse from the Mo' Money podcast, that question...and as usual, the answer isn't what you'd expect. Plus, we talk about guaranteed income streams. It seems everyone wants one...but is the cost of a guarantee worth it? Finally, we'll tackle the video everyone's been talking about...the professor on the BBC who's interrupted by family. What are some workplace gaffes that WE'VE had happen? You'll laugh with us (and probably at us).

During our FinTech segment we talk to Jon Ziglar from Parkmobile about some much-needed technology. How about an app that helps you find and pay for parking without all of the hassle? We'll ask him how it works on today's podcast.

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And Then He Pulled a Gun - How Leisa Petersons Life Changed In An Instant (SB RWD 100)

Nov 6, 2019 01:18:23

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We're taking a look back to an episode originally aired in 2016 about a crazy story that left our guest traumatized. She went on to use that fear to change her life for the better.

Here is our original show description:

A horrifying event changed Leisa Peterson’s life…for the better. What happened? That’s what we’ll discuss with her on this show, along with a great discussion on fear. Plus, we’ll talk about crazy things people buy with student loan money AND answer questions from Amy about when to hire a financial advisor and from Michael about when to diversify his investments. There’s ALL of that and more on today’s show!

From $52,000 in Debt to Early Retirement (RWD 99 w/ Deacon Hayes)

Nov 4, 2019 56:46

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How about a kick in the pants financially? Deacon Hayes got one...and today, you're going to get one too, especially if you want to be motivated to pay off debt. Let's get that debt paid!

Today we bring you one of our FAVORITE episodes. If you're new here, every eight weeks we take a week off to organize and plan our next two months' shows. The good news for you? This whole week we're going to feature some of our favorite episodes from the past! While markets may change from week to week, great financial advice doesn't. Here's the original show notes from two years ago:

Thinking about retiring early but you're stuck in neutral with your debt? Maybe it's time to change your money habits. Deacon Hayes (recent winner of the Plutus' Blog Of The Year award), joins us to tell his personal "getting his money act together" story, that YOU can also use to get out of debt and start on your road to early retirement. Then we talk about retiring early, the topic of his new book. From investing in stocks to real estate and business, we cover MANY avenues you can use to work like Deacon, who's on a path to financial independence in his early 40's.

In our headline segment today we'll tackle a story about an icon who just sold nine figures worth of stock. What does this have to do with your portfolio and investments? It has a LOT to do with you, if you're accumulating stock in a single company. We'll also detail a recent shopping trend.  How much has online shopping overtaken the Black Friday experience? What does this mean for your holiday shopping this year? We'll discuss it on today's show.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line, answer a listener letter, and also try to answer a tough trivia question from Doug. That's just the beginning of the fun we're having on today's Stacking Benjamins podcast!

Are Super Savers Overlooking a Potentially BIG Problem? (plus an intro to Resolve)

Nov 1, 2019 01:13:37

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You have your financial plan, you've cut back on the lattes and the subscriptions, you've downsized your home, you know how much debt you need to pay off each month, and you've socked away LOTS of cash... right? In the race to financial freedom, is that it? Maybe not. On today's roundtable discussion the gang will tackle a recent blog post that says, "Maybe there's something ELSE you should be paying attention to, first." Diving in today, we're excited to feature our long time regulars: Paula Pant of the Afford Anything podcast, Len Penzo of LenPenzo.com, and from our very own podcast: OG.

We'll take a break halfway through the show while Joe sits down with Michael Bovee from Resolve. Resolve is a company that's setting out to be your personal guide out of financial stress, and Michael will share just how the company intends to do that.

During the Magnify Money segment we'll answer a question one of our listeners posted in the Stacking Benjamins facebook group. When you know you'll be needing to sell and buy a home and the next 5-10 years, how would you prioritize saving? Our roundtable will weigh in with their two cents, and we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia.

Adulting Horror Stories (with Amanda Holden and Chuck Jaffe)

Oct 30, 2019 01:11:44

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Since October is almost Oct-over it's time to turn down the lights and look over your shoulder because today someone might be playing a spook-tacular Halloween episode for you! We'll share some simply horrifying stories about being an adult from Amanda Holden (AKA the Dumpster Doggy). We'll also offer you a nice treat from Chuck Jaffe (The Money Life podcast) who will share how he tricks the treaters.

But it's not all partying with fantastic friends, on this celebration of financial horror. In our headlines segment, we'll show you a super easy way to save some money...and it's one that's probably sitting in your house right now. Like a few extra Benjamins a year? We do!

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll wind up the show by throwing out the Haven Life line, as always. It's a fantastic, horrible, money-saving episode of Stacking Benjamins on tap! Enjoy.

Understanding Your Investments (with J. David Stein)

Oct 28, 2019 01:12:52

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Do you understand investments? If not, today's show is for you...and if you DO, today's show probably still is for you, because our guest is all about focusing on what you DON'T yet know about your money. David Stein will help us learn more about how your investments work so the whole process is less of a gamble. He's the host behind the hit financial podcast, Money For The Rest Of Us, and brings to the basement a wealth of knowledge about the questions you need to ask before putting your hard-earned money into any investment. Picking a popular stock is easy, but truly understanding the thing you put your cash behind? That's more difficult, and David will break down why.

October is fire prevention month, so during our headlines segment we'll ring up Steve Kerber, the Director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He'll share fantastic advice on not only how to keep your family safe, but your home too. Plus, could there be a magic number to emergency savings? One recent study suggests that if you hoard too much money it might not be worth it, and the savings could be better put elsewhere.

Later we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Stacy, who describes herself as a digital nomad. How should she budget and do her taxes?

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Dreaming about Starting a Business? Here Are The Questions To Ask Beforehand (plus Justin Pogue on Rental Secrets)

Oct 25, 2019 01:17:43

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You're ready to jump into the waters of entrepreneurship...or maybe you aren't, but you ARE curious. What questions should you ask yourself BEFORE you lay down your hard earned money to invest in inventory, systems, and people? Happy Friday! Today we ditch our usual Friday format and instead offer up a super special game show edition of SB! On today's show we'll quiz Chief Side Hustler and the host of the Side Hustle Show, Nick Loper, plus regular contributors Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and OG on THE questions an entrepreneur should ask before creating a start-up. Think you have what it takes to create your own business? Play along with our cast and find out!

After we have our fun with the game show, Joe will ring up Justin Pogue, the author behind Rental Secrets. We'll talk to Justin on how to get more value out of your dollar by using insider knowledge to lower your rent and earn yourself more leverage.

Plus, with Nic Loper on the roundtable, we'll answer a specially-themed entrepreneurial question from Reddit. The user writes that they'll very possibly be fired from their day job soon, but that they're starting up their own business and things are beginning to go well. What should they do?

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Igniting Success (with Dr. Melanie Katzman)

Oct 23, 2019

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What if the difference between today's mediocrity and tomorrow's succes were all steps you've heard before? Things you can do TODAY to get where you want to go tomorrow? Today we'll tackle just that, learning how to ignite success in 52 easy steps with Dr. Melanie Katzman. We've heard a lot of these rules already, but how are we applying them to our lives? Dr. Katzman teaches us how to get on track to become successful.

In our headlines segment, Jim Miller from JD Power and Associates stops by to talk about the trend toward a cashless society. They just finished a survey which shows some surprising results around you and those bills in your wallet. Are we really going plastic only? Plus, we'll find out why security lawyers call on FINRA to halt their "expungement" process. What the heck is expungement? It's actually more exciting, and potentially sickening, than you can believe.

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll wind up the show by throwing out the Haven Life Line to Mitch, a 26 year old who is just starting out in the workforce, asked decrease 401k to just what his employer matches to save cash for a down payment to buy a house or is that not necessary?

Igniting Success (with Dr. Melanie Katzman)

Oct 23, 2019 01:06:11

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What if the difference between today's mediocrity and tomorrow's succes were all steps you've heard before? Things you can do TODAY to get where you want to go tomorrow? Today we'll tackle just that, learning how to ignite success in 52 easy steps with Dr. Melanie Katzman. We've heard a lot of these rules already, but how are we applying them to our lives? Dr. Katzman teaches us how to get on track to become successful.

In our headlines segment, Jim Miller from JD Power and Associates stops by to talk about the trend toward a cashless society. They just finished a survey which shows some surprising results around you and those bills in your wallet. Are we really going plastic only? Plus, we'll find out why security lawyers call on FINRA to halt their "expungement" process. What the heck is expungement? It's actually more exciting, and potentially sickening, than you can believe.

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll wind up the show by throwing out the Haven Life Line to Mitch, a 26 year old who is just starting out in the workforce, asked decrease 401k to just what his employer matches to save cash for a down payment to buy a house or is that not necessary?

Avoiding the Looming Retirement Crisis (with Chad Parks)

Oct 21, 2019 01:07:39

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There's a storm coming toward retirements all over the United States (and elsewhere). Pensions are broken, Social Security is headed toward big cuts, and personal savings? Nobody is doing it. On today's show, we'll sit down with the visionary behind the Broken Eggs documentary, Chad Parks. Chad's 2013 documentary shone some light on America's looming retirement crisis. It's been six years since the film released and we'll discuss the progress and changes that have (or sadly, haven't) happened across the retirement landscape since then.

During our headlines segment we'll keep the retirement theme going strong by examining TIAA's newest study on retirement and lifetime income. Plus we'll discuss one piece from InvestmentNews about SoFi refunding investors for a tax hit caused by their very own, proprietary ETFs.

Later we will throw out the Haven Life Line to Trent, who's worried we'll become over-leveraged as he continues to buy rental properties. Here's the question: what exactly is being over-leveraged?

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Should You Love Your Career? (with Angelo Poli from Metpro)

Oct 18, 2019 01:16:21

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When it comes to your career, should you love what you do? A blog post our friend R.L. Graham reads says, "Maybe not." Is that right? We've heard a TON about how you should be PASSIONATE about your work. On today's show we'll ring up Jen Hemphill, host of Her Dinero Matters and long-time friend of the basement, and the amazing Paula Pant from Afford Anything to ask their opinion. Our contributors will give their take on working, finding accomplishment in life, and focusing on what matters.

Halfway through the show, we'll detour from our usual roadmap and swap out our fintech segment for some Friday HEALTH tech. We've had such great conversations on the correlation between health and finance with Angelo Poli from Metpro that we couldn't resist bringing him back to answer LOTS of your questions.

Later we'll answer a Magnify Money call from Patrick: how does someone know if their financial advisor is doing a good job? Sure, there will be good times and bad times, but what's the criteria for judging an advisor's performance?

Of course, we'll always save some times for Doug's trivia.

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When Diversification Is Better, But Works Against You

Oct 16, 2019 01:01:07

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This year, diversification may have COST you money, as it has many college endowment funds. We'll dive into that topic and three more in our first-ever show that's mostly headlines ripped from the popular financial press! We'll tackle headlines from NPR, CNBC, Marketwatch, and more, including our lead-off story that asks, could your retirement fun be ruining our economy? Also, nine American families living abroad have reported that their life savings, stowed away in a bank, had vanished. Will the bank reimburse their money? Finally, we'll talk about pensions. GE has frozen pensions for over 20,000 employees, and many more are eligible now to take their funds as a lump sum. How does that work? We'll detail all of the factors you need to consider, on today's show.

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Jan calling all the way from Germany, who says first, that we are awesome, and second, about diversification between accounts. Should he also invest in multiple currencies?

Leadership Lessons From Walt Disney (with Pat Williams)

Oct 14, 2019 01:16:48

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Wondering how the best and brightest leaders emerge in any organization? Whether you're running a business or just your household, we all need leadership skills, and today's guest focuses on those of the great leader, Walt Disney. We'll sit down with Pat Williams, motivational speaker, author, and co-founder of the NBA Orlando Magic franchise. Pat combines his decades of management experience with the leadership lessons from the visionary animator to provide you with relevant and practical lessons on how to lead in the modern workplace. Our talk with Pat begins at the 30:49 mark.

Plus, during our headlines segment, we'll take a call from Leo Acheson, associate director of multi-asset and alternative strategies team at Morningstar, about the company's newest report on the state of health savings accounts. HSAs have changed a lot since we last spoke with Leo a year ago, and we'll ask him about improvements in the industry and which plans are the best accounts you should be watching out for. We'll begin our headlines segment at the 5:15 mark.

Later we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Julie, who's found herself with a few hundred dollars that she wasn't expecting. What's the best way Julie could invest this small, one-off windfall?

Of course, we'll save some time for Doug's trivia.

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What’s The Best Career Advice We’ve Ever Received? (plus an intro to Froogal.us)

Oct 11, 2019 01:26:02

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What do you get when you place a bunch of seasoned workers in a room? You immediately start telling stories about the best career advice anyone has ever given you. Today we do just that, with the host of the Beyond The Dollar podcast: Sarah Li-Cain. We’ll work from a post detailing how a Netflix co-founder's father left him a handwritten list of 8 rules to success. What are those rules? Check out what Sarah, Len Penzo, and Paula Pant all have to say about them!

Halfway through the show, we’ll take a break to talk about higher interest rates. Who’s working on that? Well, one company is, and today we’ll give you an introduction to Froogal, with CEO Kale Pasch.

Plus, we'll answer a voicemail during our Magnify Money segment asking for resources on podcasts and blogs for families AND we'll have some fun with another of Doug's wild trivia questions.

 

 

How Did College Get So $%!& Expensive? (with Caitlin Zaloom)

Oct 9, 2019 01:08:06

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Why are college costs increasing so fast? While there are lots of theories, only one researcher has reached out to many middle-class families to directly ask them how much money they've spent on college and to get the direct story. Today we talk to her. Caitlin Zaloom joins us on today's podcast to dig in to the problem with college funding. 529 plans? Saving directly with the state using pre-paid tuition? We'll tackle LOTS of scenarios and throw out some ways to solve the problem on today's show.

In our headlines segment, we talk about borrowing money from your 401k plan. Even though you can borrow from it without penalty, just because you can, doesn't mean you should. We'll also dig into the chaos that's been created as some of the biggest brokerage firms in the country swipe fees all the way to ZERO. Is that a good thing?

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll wind up the show by throwing out the Haven Life Line to an anonymous caller who calls out Joe and OG....well, maybe not OG. More directly....just Joe.

Let's Learn To Be Rich (with Ramit Sethi)

Oct 7, 2019 01:18:38

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What would you say to someone who said they could teach you to be rich? Would you have a hard time believing them? Today we'll sit down with the person who has already done just that for thousands of people across the country: New York Times best-selling author Ramit Sethi.

In our headlines segment, what's the deal with gold? We'll take a look at one article from InvestmentNews that makes the case against gold. But, do we think it has a place in your portfolio? Is that money better deployed elsewhere? We'll give our nuggets of wisdom thoughts before moving into our second piece: 5 things plan sponsors are still getting wrong. You've ran into at least one of this issues (or know someone who has).

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Mandy, who wants some advice on what to do with her money in the market. Should she stay invested, or cash out and buy a house?

Of course, we'll save some time to spend on Doug's surprisingly money-themed trivia.

The Untold Truth About Success (plus an intro to Nav.it)

Oct 4, 2019 01:22:23

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Is it frustrated watching successful people work? They seem to do it so easily....and sometimes they even tell you that it IS easy. But is that the truth? What's really behind the success of many people who wisely handle money, or make better business decisions, or seem to juggle priorities easily? There IS a secret...and once you know it you think about the working world differently. Today our special guest Steven Donovan from EvenStevenMoney.com joins OG and Joe to tackle what's really behind success for the average person.

Halfway through the show, our roundtable discussion will take a break for our Fintech segment. We'll talk to Erin Papworth from Nav.IT, an app and community helping people not only track their expenses and their goals, but helping to keep them accountable AND connecting them with a community of like-minded individuals. How does it work? We'll talk to Erin all about it!

Plus, we'll answer a voicemail during our Magnify Money segment AND save time for Doug's amazing trivia.

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A First-Timer's Adventure Into Van Life (with the Mad Money Monsters)

Oct 2, 2019 01:11:08

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Ever wonder what it would be like to buy a van and hit the road? Van life is an exciting reality for many people you read about online...but would it be for you? Today we talk to Lisa and Harrison from the Mad Money Monster Podcast, who together decided to try it out. The results? Let's just say it may not have gone exactly the way many bloggers act like it will.

In our headlines segment, we're all about cults! One recent financial piece compares Multi-Level Marketing companies (MLMs) to a cult, but are they really similar? We'll share a story from a former Mary Kay consultant who was tricked into an MLM even though she didn't have any money. Lots of promises, but no results. Is it the way things are for MLMs in general? We also prepare you for the next recession!

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Janelle who is looking to switch jobs. Janelle opted out of receiving benefits from her employer and wants to know if she can use that to negotiate getting a higher salary?

Blazing Your Own Path to Independence (with Chris Mamula)

Sep 30, 2019 01:05:57

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Hoping to retire someday? What about retiring early? On today's show we'll sit down with Chris Mamula who retired at...wait for it....41, about how he did it. He's the co-author of the newly released book, Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence, and also is an award-winning blogger at CanIRetireYet.com. He and his wife blazed their own trail toward freedom after meeting with advisors who didn't serve them and reading blogs that didn't speak to them. They might have also listened to a podcast or two that didn't meet with their expectations.

Before all that, though, in our headlines segment, we'll cover one piece from Financial Planning about a Vanguard robo-advisor only recommending... (wait for it) ... Vanguard funds! Think something seems a little fishy with this? We'll throw our two cents into the ring, and still save plenty of time for our second piece from Forbes: women just aren't purchasing enough life insurance. This is SUPER disturbing, given how much women contribute to the average family. If they have a 50% contribution, why aren't they asking for more insurance? We'll share the ugly details.

Plus, we'll still have time to throw out the Haven Life Line to Stevan, who thinks it's the right time to start a retirement account. Based on his current tax bracket and the research he's done, Stevan feels like he should choose a Roth IRA over a traditional to get started... is he missing anything? What would be the pros to choosing a traditional account?

Of course, we'll always have time for Doug's trivia.

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The Case For and Against Hiring a Coach (plus the top cities for digital nomads)

Sep 27, 2019 01:28:30

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Does it makes sense to hire a coach? Our roundtable discussion today is all around the pros and cons of finding a coach--why do you need one in the first place? How do you find a good one? How do you know it's a good fit? We'll cover all of these and more on today's show with two coaches and a guy who doesn't have one....Sharita Humphrey joins us from Family, Faith and Finance, along with Roger Whitney, the Retirement Answer Man, and Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot com.

Halfway through the show, we'll celebrate national tourism day with Kat Kalashian from Live and Invest Overseas, who'll share her list of the top six countries around the world to target if you'd like to live a "work from anywhere" lifestyle.

Plus, we'll answer a voicemail during our Magnify Money segment asking for resources on podcasts and blogs for families AND we'll have some fun with another of Doug's wild trivia questions.

Am I Doing Money Right? (with Colleen Bordeaux)

Sep 25, 2019 01:14:51

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Have you ever wondered if you're handling your money right? Sure you have. More important, have you ever worried that you aren't doing LIFE correctly? Our main guest has been there. She's the best-selling author of the philosophical guide to life in the age of overwhelm titled, Am I Doing This Right?, Colleen Bordeaux. Colleen will share her deeply personal search for more meaning in life and lessons she learned along that way. We'll talk about your personal philosophy, getting comfortable with who you are, figuring out your money from a deep level, and more. It's a wide-ranging interview that we're sure you're going to enjoy as much as we enjoyed talking to her.

In our headlines segment, how much does it cost to be considered 'middle class' in a big city? It turns out that it might just cost a TON of money. How do you get ahead when everything is so expensive? We'll talk about many factors, include the fact that where you live can change everything about whether you're financially successful or not. In our second headline, do you prefer receiving money advice from a man or a woman? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, in the past two years there has been a marked increase in requests from prospective clients who want to work with female financial advisers. We'll talk diversity in the financial services ranks on today's show!

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll also save time to throw out the Haven Life Line to Nick. Nick asks if there is a specific ratio of money in each account (Roth and pre-tax) that is recommended? How does your tax strategy look? We'll dive into that, and much more.

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Crazy, Funny Money (with Paul Ollinger)

Sep 23, 2019 01:15:30

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How does a guy with a great job at Facebook end up as a standup comedian? Today we talk to Paul Ollinger, host of the new Crazy Money podcast, about chasing your dream...in his case, the dream of becoming a comedian. It's a compelling conversation if you've ever hit the wall with your career, or you've ever made a spur-of-the-moment decision, or you realized that you needed to sharpen the saw to get where you wanted to go. There's something for everyone in today's interview.

During our headlines segment, one recent piece takes to task the age-old idea of dollar-cost averaging. Should you do it? You'll be surprised with the results. Plus, do you think becoming a millionaire is out of your reach? I think you're going to love the great news we have for you. With some sound investment strategies and saving your cash, you could find yourself among that list too.

On the Haven Life line call, we talk to Maddox, who's wondering what he should do better with his money. He's a college student (and actually turning a profit while in school!), and already has a firm base-level investment plan. Should he diversify more? We'll weigh in, and of course, we'll have time for Doug's trivia.

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Can "More" Really Make You Happier? (plus a look at mortgage innovation with Joel Gurman)

Sep 20, 2019 01:20:52

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We spend more and buy stuff to make us happy, but does it? Does more really equal better? On today's show we dive into a recent blog post from the Four Pillar Freedom blog to look at the nature of happiness. Money is always intertwined in our view of "happy," probably because advertisers love making us think that if we just buy one more thing we'll finally get that elusive joy that we've been craving. We'll talk about joy, addiction, happiness and more on today's podcast with a team including Beau Humphreys from The Personal Finance Show, CFP Katie Brewer from Your Richest Life planning, and our own OG.

Halfway through the showwe have a special treat where we usually feature our Friday Fintech spotlight. Today instead we'll shine a light on mortgages, because with his recent move to Detroit, Joe just found out that industry insider Joel Gurman from Quicken Loans is his neighbor! Joe invites Joel down to the basement today and quizzes him about the state of mortgages, how interest rates really work, what other fees are involved with mortgages, and more. It's a wide-ranging, fun conversation about the biggest loan many of us will ever have.

But that's not all. We'll help C on the Magnify Money call-in segment. C is wondering about retirement withdrawal software. He feels that savings-wise, he is on course, but he wants to make sure that he is withdrawing in the most tax-efficient way.

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Running From Burnout (with Nicole Lapin)

Sep 18, 2019 01:11:28

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At some point you feel fried. Been there? Today's guest, Nicole Lapin, has been there. She thought she could outrun her problems and find success...and today we'll hear how that worked out. Nicole is a New York Times best selling author of both Rich Bitch and her second title Boss Bitch. Today she's back with a new guide to help us figure life out. We'll talk about balance, acceptance, and not trying to outrun your problems on today's show.

In our headlines segment, how's your will looking? The wills of a couple people in the news lately are UGLY. We'll focus on the wills of Jeffrey Epstein and Aretha Franklin today, and some huge questions that have come up because of weird circumstances in both (very different) cases. Then, we'll pivot to a chat about wine destinations (how fun is that???). Good news: one recent piece says you don't have to go to Venice or Napa, and to get a great vacation you might not even need a passport. There are low budget destinations for whatever fun you have planned in places you wouldn't believe.

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Rina, a concerned mother who asks how she can set up a Roth IRA for her child.

What To Do After The Car Crash (with Elizabeth Calora)

Sep 16, 2019 01:14:11

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Would you know what to do in the 24 hours after a car accident? What about that next 7 days? The days following an accident is a stressful time, but following the right steps can make a big difference. On today's show we'll talk to Elizabeth Calora, partner at PCVA Law, to talk about what you should do after you are involved in an accident.

During our headlines segment, one retiree placed her life savings into an annuity without knowing the full consequences, (on the advice of a financial advisor). After an uphill battle, PNC bank has finally agreed to refund her money...but is that the full story? Of course it isn't. We'll share the not-so-obvious conclusion during our breakdown. PLUS, we bring you a slice of sunshine (because that's what we do best). It turns out that average 401k savings rates have hit record levels. That's neat...but as yours?

Becky calls our Haven Life Line today. She's over 60 (we didn't ask....she told us!), and she shares that she's worred that she has close to ZERO cash in after-tax accounts. She has good news, though....she DOES have money in Roth accounts that have sat for over 5 years. So does she need an after-tax account? Is she missing anything?

Of course, we'll always have time for Doug's trivia and bunches of fun.

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Does Faster Equal Better With Financial Decisions? (plus an update from Zeta)

Sep 13, 2019 01:10:50

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"Speed kills" is a popular phrase, but in business, you already hear that faster = better. But is it? If you make a mistake with your money, whether it's making it, spending, tracking or investing...how important is speed (or slowing down) in your decisionmaking? We'll take this philosophical discussion and dive in today with Amy Blacklock from Women Who Money, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com, and our very own OG. It's a lively discussion that ping-pongs between deep philosophy to light tactics, and, of course, a little fun.

Halfway through the show, our roundtable discussion will take a break for our Fintech segment. Aditi Shekar takes a trip down to the basement to re-introduce new listeners to Zeta! We've had quite a few people in our Stacking Benjamins Basement Facebook group ask about apps for couples, and Zeta is exactly that. Aditi will talk about what's changed with Zeta in the last couple years, beyond helping couples track their transactions and develop a budget for their money management.

Plus, we'll answer a voicemail from D during our Magnify Money segment. D is wondering about the details of a taxable brokerage account. D and his wife save up for a goal, and when they reach that goal, they no longer want that item. D was curious if moving those savings to a brokerage account would be more financially lucrative.

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SB797 5 (Good) Reasons To Invest In Real Estate (with Michele Cagan)

Sep 11, 2019 01:12:42

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Have you ever thought about investing in the wide world of real estate but weren't sure whether it was for you? Today's guest, Michele Cagan, says that it probably IS for you...but maybe not in the way you'd traditionally think. Sure, you can go fix up and flip houses or become a landlord, but Michele shares LOTS of other ways to invest in real estate as well, and gives us five reasons why you should at least think about it. Whether you're a seasoned real estate investor or newbie, there's something for everyone today in Michele's visit to the basement!

In our headlines segment: what's the WORST age to take social security? How does the system work in the first place? While it's complicated, we'll share the worst of the worst AND give you some basics on how to start thinking about YOUR payout. In our second headline, Charles Schwab is seeing HUGE returns from their new hybrid robo-meets-human advisor program. It seems these people chasing robos might just want some human advice...strange (smell the sarcasm in that sentence? We'll explain.)

After a dose of Doug's amazing trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to a lucky caller, as usual. Just another fun day here in the basement...

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Want Better Answers in Life? Here's How to Get Them (with Andy Andrews)

Sep 9, 2019 01:22:41

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Do you want better answers in your life? It may seem like a simple solution, but Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author, says you just need to be asking better questions. He'll share secrets from his new book, Bottom of the Pool, on today's show!

In our headlines segment, we'll ring up Christine Benz on Joe's Dad's shortwave radio. She's the director of personal finance at Morningstar, and we'll ask her how some of our listeners who are new investors can get their retirement plans rolling. In true Andy Andrews spirit, she'll make sure you're not just asking questions about your retirement plans, but asking the right questions. Plus, in our second piece, one article says that millennials should be the new face of the retirement crisis. As two guys who are NOT millennials (but often act like millennials), Joe and OG share their thoughts.

During our Have Life Line, we'll answer a voicemail from Bill, who has a life insurance policy with a cash value. Bill's thinking about stopping it and putting it into a long term care policy or something similar. Thoughts?

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The Problem with Saying "I'm Broke" (SB RWD 97)

Sep 6, 2019 52:11

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The Fintern is finishing out our rewind week with one of our old school roundtable favorites: we're talking about lies about retirement. You can read the original show notes below: 

On today's podcast we're talking about lying. A recent news piece reports that there are nine lies we're told about retirement planning. We'll break them down with Greg, Paula, and special guest Rich Jones from the hit podcast Paychecks and Balances.

We won't stop there, thought. We'll also discuss a recent question to the Moneyologist at MarketWatch. If you had two kids and one was irresponsible, would you disown him? We ask our roundtable that very question and come up with some interesting estate planning themes you may want to address in your own planning.

On the Freshbooks FinTech segment we talk to Michael Asare from Fee Belly. Ever feel like the fine print in a contract is completely against you? Fee Belly was designed to show you ALL of the fine print by highlighting it so you can easily see where contracts might not be in your favor. We'll ask him how it works on today's podcast.

Special Money With Friends Introduction!

Sep 4, 2019 21:12

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Time for something a little different in the basement! While it's still "rewind week" here, instead of playing an old SB episode, we instead are serving up our little sister show, Money With Friends! This show appears six days a week wherever you listen to Stacking Benjamins. Money With Friends is news and commentary with diverse thought leaders. It's performed in front of a LIVE Facebook audience. This show originally appeared Monday on that channel. If you like it, head on over and listen to today's show as well! We'll have more SB on Friday, with another rewind treat from the FinTern (new shows back on Monday!).

How I Handed A Hacker Over $50000 (SB RWD 96)

Sep 2, 2019 01:20:03

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Welcome to our Stacking Benjamins rewind week! Normally doing this week we would play you some of our favorite episodes from the past that you may have missed... but this week we're mixing things up. Monday and Friday will go as planned, but stay tuned on Wednesday for a special surprise.

The Fintern is kicking off the week by queuing up our time with Shannyn Allen, who lost over $50,000 to a hacker. We won't spoil the interview in case you missed it the first time around, but this is one emotional, honest story that you definitely want to hear.

You can read the original show notes below: 

What would happen if you lost more than $50,000 that was meant for your first home? Shannyn Allen lived that harrowing nightmare and she's going to share the story today. She unknowingly handed a hacker $50,000 , and will share the mistakes that were made around her situation, and will also let you know the steps YOU should take if you're even in a similar situation. It's a raw, horrifying story, and also one of the longest interviews we've done on Stacking Benjamins in a long, long time.

In our headline segment we talk about Beyonce and Jay-Z. It appears they're spending money like they're....Beyonce and Jay-Z. What does that have to do with you? We'll share that on today's show. Also, Jamie Wise from the Buzz Indexes shares with us some welcome news about oil prices. Are we seeing the lows in oil? He'll share the wisdom of social media chatter on today's podcast.

Of course, that's not all. Doug has yet another hare-brained scheme to become wealthy....but still has time to share some trivia. We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Nikki, who asks an existential question about money and goals, plus answer a letter from Jason about the Roth IRA. 

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What Are Money Podcast Listeners Worried About? (live from Podcast Movement)

Aug 30, 2019 01:03:34

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What do YOU worry about when it comes to money? Is it the same thing others worry about? Today we head to sunny Orlando, the home of Podcast Movement (the nation's biggest podcasting conference), and catch up with some top financial podcasters at the FinCon booth in the expo hall (they were nice enough to set up a podcasting booth for shows to use!). Today we talk to Mindy Jensen from Bigger Pockets Money, Lacey Langford from the Military Money show, and all the way from Australia, the host of one of the biggest money shows in the land down under called My Millennial Money, Glen James. 

We'll take a break at the halfway point to finish off our Labor Day prep week. OG and Joe will share a cautionary tale about inviting your FIRE (financial independence/retire early) friends over for your Labor Day cookout. His event last year went really, really poorly. He'll explain. 

How the *$#! Do You Pick Wine? (with Dave Falchek)

Aug 28, 2019 01:02:28

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Ever walk into a wine store and wonder what all the labels mean? Looking for a way to upgrade your Labor Day celebration without spending a ton of money? Today, wine expert Dave Falchek from the American Wine Society joins us to talk all things vino. How do you pick a wine? What are some clues that a wine is good for your party? What do those ratings mean in a wine shop? What wines go best with burgers and dogs? We'll answer all of those questions and more on today's show!

In our headlines segment, we'll find out why a half a ton of weed was returned to the seller as it was going public. One new billion-dollar pot company is to blame, and the stock price isn't looking great. What does this mean for cannibis stocks in general? Of course, Joe and OG both have opinions. Also, a recent New York Times piece shares how the next recession might start. We'll walk through the possibilities and also maybe look into the crystal ball ourselves.

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Peter, who wants to know if he made a mistake by taking his Roth IRA fund out to help pay for real estate.

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How To Eat Smart and Waste Less (with Frankie Celenza)

Aug 26, 2019 01:07:08

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We're celebrating Labor Day in style (and a week early) with Frankie Celenza, the chef at Struggle Meals on the Tastemade network. We'll talk not only how to make your holiday weekend grilling perfect, but also how to make smart and frugal food choices in the kitchen. Not only will he share tips on how to make your perfect burger, but also grocery ideas in general, how to make sauces, and the key to that recipe in front of you.

Before our fantastic chat with Frankie, we'll discuss the retirement danger zone. Could the early years of retirement make or break your golden years? We'll cover what you SHOULD be worried about when it comes to retirement, plus we'll also give our two cents on one piece from InvestmentNews that shares five reasons why even the staunchest of Roth IRA lovers might want to think about leaving some of their portfolios in traditional IRAs.

After we take a break for some Labor Day trivia from Doug, we'll round out the show by throwing out the Haven Life Line to Susan, who's mother needs $1800 a month for her assisted living facility. Her mother has a sizable nest egg split with some of the allocation going into a total stock index, and some going into a total bond index. Which of the funds should be in a Roth account. Does it really matter?

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Is It Harder To Retire Early With Children? (Plus an intro to Mercari)

Aug 23, 2019 01:08:48

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We see people without children retiring early all the time. Is that because children are the speed bumps on the road to the financial heaven? We'll ask our panel for their thoughts, including a woman who has six kids and is chasing financial freedom, Wendy Mayes from the House of FI podcast. We'll discuss meal planning, where you live, your transportation costs, child expenses and more, on today's show.

Halfway through the show, our roundtable discussion will take a break for our Fintech segment. School is back in session, which means it's time to buy school supplies. Brad Williams from Mercari joins Joe in the basement to introduce their app which helps users buy or sell gently used school supplies. Find out what Mercari is all about and what their company can do for you and your wallet.

Plus, we'll answer a voicemail from J during our Magnify Money segment. J is getting married in a few months and wants to know how to effectively introduce money management to his future-spouse. J also wants to know the middle ground in putting a budget in place that the family agrees to. Thoughts?

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What's a Sandwich Cost? An Inflation Study, the Fun Way (Len Penzo's annual sandwich survey)

Aug 21, 2019 01:01:27

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Len Penzo is the king of the sandwich study...and of independent thinking ABOUT sandwiches (and many, many other topics). On today's show we dive into the latest iteration of our favorite way of talking about inflation: comparing the rise and fall of prices among popular school lunch/work brown bag sandwiches. How much do different sandwiches cost? How much more do they cost than last year? What are the most inexpensive sandwiches? Which have changed in price the most? If you're looking for a deep dive into the world of sandwiches, today is the show for you.

In our headlines segment, we will learn what the ten stocks millennials just cannot live without. What are they? How do they compare with the stocks you SHOULD own? We'll tackle both the top 10 list and attempt to answer that question. Plus, what is a small cap REIT and should you think about one in your portfolio? We'll talk about diversification during our second headline.

After a little dose of Doug's sandwich-themed trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to a lucky caller. It's another fun show with lots of twists and turns...just another day in the basement.

The Five Money Lies (with Rob Berger)

Aug 19, 2019 01:11:18

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Today we sit down with Rob Berger, host of the Dough Roller podcast and author of Retire Before Mom & Dad about the five lies we all are told about money. Because we fall into these traps, we're duped to live a life on the hamster wheel, working harder and harder, but getting nowhere. Today we'll talk about debt, investing, insurances, advisors and more, so that you can take charge of your finances.

Plus, during our headlines segment, we'll cover one piece from Financial Planning about an ex-advisor who is off to prison for duping his clients with a Ponzi scheme. What did he do wrong? We'll share. We'll also jump into some big news from the IRS. One product's tax treatment with regard to advisor's fees is changing. That may change the way advisors...and YOU view that particular tool.

And after we take some time for some of Doug's french fry themed trivia we'll take a voicemail from Jason during our Haven LifeLine. Jason wants to know our thoughts about funds and strategies that will deliver the highest risk-adjusted return. Should he be 100% equities with his money or something safer?

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Is Buying a House a Waste of Money? (plus a discussion with Jean Statler from Alliance for Lifetime Income)

Aug 16, 2019 01:08:08

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Today our roundtable discussion focuses on one set of homeowners who successfully sold their house, but realized that they could've saved $60,000 if they had instead rented and never purchased the home in the first place. Is buying a home a waste of money? Did the couple make some big mistakes that we can all avoid? Did they use professionals wisely or make some bad decisions? Discussing this headline with us are three veterans of the financial blogging and podcasting community: Tom Drake from MapleMoney.com, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com

Halfway through the show, we'll take a break from our rent vs. homeownership discussion while Joe sits down with Jean Statler from the Alliance for Lifetime Income. The organization is working with MIT's AgeLab on an important issue: the risk that we might outlive our savings. Jean reviews the problems the public has had with annuities and dives into the discussion of what the industry is doing to clean up perceptions and simplify products. It's a very frank and enlightening conversation about an often maligned financial tool AND the issues surrounding living longer.

During our Magnify Money segment, we'll take a call from Kurt, who has a question about his workplace tuition reimbursement. If Kurt doesn't stay with his employer for three years he owes back all of the cash his company gave him for school expenses. Right now he has the amount sitting in a savings account, what should he do with it? Should he invest it? Pay down debt? Leave it in savings? Our team bounces around several possibilities.

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Becoming One Of The Grateful Dead (with Carol Weisman)

Aug 14, 2019 01:22:30

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Who wouldn't want to be one of the Grateful Dead (love the play on the rock band name, don't you?)? Today we'll ask the question, "When's the last time you've thought about your estate plan... (if you've made one)?" Making a will or even a full trust may seem like a daunting task that's best done tomorrow, or the day after that, but we all know that it's an important piece of your financial life that shouldn't be overlooked. To help us understand the ins-and-outs of estate planning in the most fun way possible (and MAN is it fun...), we've invited down the woman who literally wrote the book on it: Carol Weisman, author of Becoming One of the Grateful Dead.

In our headlines segment, we're getting a little political today with our first piece. With the election cycle revving up, some politicians have been talking about paying for different campaign promises by enacting a tax on some financial transactions. Is there cause to be worried about the bigger retirement picture if more taxes are thrown in the mix? After we've had our fill of politics, we'll stick around the stock market as we discuss our second piece: a robo-run ETF has been making a splash by beating the overall stock market.

Later, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Ian, who has now realized the mutual fund he picked has higher fees than he would like. He's down 11% right now, but should he hold onto his fund knowing about the high fees?

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Solving The Biggest Threat To Your Retirement (with Shawn Britt)

Aug 12, 2019 57:38

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While we all love talking financial independence, side hustles, and paying off huge amounts of debt, another topic doesn't get enough attention, mostly because it's difficult. We don't pay nearly enough attention to the biggest threat facing any retirement: long-term care. What happens if you have a catastrophic illness and can't take care of yourself? Nursing homes are expensive, home care is expensive, and asking loved ones to take care of you can be horrible for their health and wellbeing also. Today we'll talk to Shawn Britt from Nationwide Insurance, who as a long time professional in this field, knows the statistics and the horror stories, but also the common sense approaches to many illness-related problems. We'll talk planning, the good/bad/and ugly of long term care policies, but mostly about maintaining flexibility and options as a result of making informed decisions before life makes those decisions for you.

In our headlines segment, the Fed is unrolling a plan to create a faster money transfer system. We'll discuss what could be the end of the three day wait for money transfers between many institutions, and, of course, what that means to you. Plus, in our second piece, a Swedish online payments company has been valued at $5.5 billion - making it Europe's biggest FinTech start-up ever. Also? It's backed by Snoop Dogg! The firm, Klarna, purchases products from companies on behalf of the consumer and bills customers over time. Is this a dream come true or a recipe for disaster? We'll cover the implications, good and bad, during our headlines segment.

We'll finish out the show by throwing out the Haven Life Line to Jason, who has a totally serious question about investing everything he has into a glide path. Currently Jason is 100% investing into the Vanguard total bond fund. Here's the issue: the expense ratio is 0.15%, while the Schwab total bond fund is .014%. It makes sense to move his money over, but that could cause him to incur a $32 tax hit. What's Jason to do in a dilemma like this? Don't worry, we'll give him some advice straight from the heart.

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Here's How To Ditch Your Full-Time Job (plus an intro to Chipper)

Aug 9, 2019 01:14:06

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Sick of working for "the man"? Today we'll talk to a woman who's never held down a single full time job but who's created a career out of what most people call "side hustles." We'll explore pitfalls, opportunities, and more with Shanah Bell, author of The Art of Being a Pita, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and from our very own podcast, OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our side hustle conversation so Joe can sit down with Tony Aquilar, the founder of new student loans app Chipper. Worried about your student loans? Tony will share some helpful tips on how to pay down student loans quicker, AND will show off how his app will help you do just that.

...and after we take some time for Doug's trivia, our roundtable contributors will share some ideas to help caller TJ during our Magnify Money segment. TJ wants to know some fun and interesting ways to teach kids about money and saving for retirement. Thoughts?

Would The Godfather, Don Draper, or Pam Beasley Qualify For Life Insurance?

Aug 7, 2019 01:32:46

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Ever wonder how an insurance company would look at some of your favorite movie and television series characters? We might be nerds (who are we kidding...we're huge nerds), but that's exactly the question we wanted to ask Haven Life's Brittney Burgett, who gives us some really enlightening answers. Not only do we find out information about how insurance companies view cartels, money laundering, and 1950's office spaces (all funny and not shocking), we also talk frankly about contestable periods, health ratings, professional considerations, and more. If you've ever wondered how insurance companies think about you, this is a fun way to start.

In our headline segment, it turns out that millennials are changing the world, and because of that, maybe your portfolio as well. We'll discuss one list from Kiplinger about 9 things millennials are changing (whether we like it or not). Here's one example: buying a starter home? That's not happening now like it has for past generations. Plus, during our second headline, one poll from the National Association of Plan Advisors suggests that target date fund recommendations are staying steady on the advisor side...but audiences are still often confused about the difference in how many funds operate. We'll cover why target date funds continue to be a staple for many advisors AND discuss the rippling effects of millennial choices in the market during today's headline segment.

Then, after we take a break for Doug's combined movie and video game trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life line to "Go Blue," who's wondering if he should move his account around to save on expense ratios.

And during our letters segment we'll say hello to attorney Leslie Tayne. Leslie has some fantastic knowledge on student loans, and she'll be helping the basement answer two letters today about distrust with the income based repayment plan and student loan forgiveness plan.

Hustling Like PT Barnum (with biographer Robert Wilson)

Aug 5, 2019 01:07:16

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PT Barnum was the king of over-the-top sales pitches...or was he? He certainly was the king of hustling to earn a living. If you're looking for a role model to help you work harder, sell better, or be more...entertaining, there are few people you should look to before the Greatest Showman himself. Today, biographer Robert Wilson joins us to dig into the early years of Barnum's life, from his time organizing lotteries and working on general stores to his first move to New York City. Barnum not only was a great pitchman, but he always wanted to back it up with shows that would make people tell their friends and come back. "There's a sucker born every minute" might not have been a slogan that Barnum lived by....we'll explain in the show.

Plus, during our headlines segment, Joe will talk to Desiree Vargas Wrigley from Pearachute about just how much you're spending on family fun this summer. The amount is sadly a LOT higher than you may expect. We'll also cover one MarketWatch piece that is a good reminder for all of us: all that 401k and IRA money doesn't all belong to you. While the bottom line in your retirement account may look lofty, the tax bill could take a nice chunk of those savings away. We'll share why.

After some P.T. Barnum inspired trivia from Doug, we'll throw out the Haven Life line to a caller who wants to know more about Token, the Fintech company we interviewed a few weeks ago. While Token provides security for the rest of your accounts, what happens if they're breached themselves?

And in our letter's segment we'll tackle a question from Michael, who wants to sell some stock his godmother got for him while he was teenager and transfer the cash into a Roth IRA. What are the steps he needs to take to sell the stock? Does he need to hire a broker?

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The 10th Annual Plutus Awards Reveal Show (and discussion)

Aug 2, 2019 01:41:21

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We're absolutely thrilled to bring you the best in 2019's personal finance indie podcasts, blogs, and video. Today we welcome Miranda Marquit from the Plutus Awards to walk through the 2019 Finalists for the Plutus Awards. The goal of these awards is to shine a light on a wider spectrum of names and brands so that we all have the ability to hear from a wide universe of points of view. Today we present that universe with our finalists picks in our 10th annual awards celebration. Good luck to all of the finalists!

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Finding Greatness in Your Career (the life of Robert Mann)

Jul 31, 2019 01:14:38

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The cast in the Broadway play "Rent" asks, "How do you measure the life of a man?" Today we ask that question as we speak with Nicholas Mann (a great musician in his own right) about his father, the founding member of the Julliard String Quartet (among many other accomplishments), Robert Mann. We'll be talking about Robert Mann's early years: growing up in Portland, getting started on the road to his dream, taking the plunge to move to New York City, his years at Julliard, his military service, and more. We'll talk about practice, mentors, money, teachers, lessons learned, and much more.

In our headlines segment, are you the type of person to use the same password on every online account? First...stop that! There's plenty of easy-to-use software out there that will make multiple passwords a breeze. Second, you'll want to change your passwords on the double if you own a Robinhood account. We'll dive into the details during the show, but the company was storing their passwords in plain text, a HUGE internet security no-no. In our second headline, do you still have unpacked boxes from you last move? We'll look at an Inc. piece detailing how one NASA intern scored millions just by cleaning out an old box he'd carried around through the years. Maybe there's gold in that hoarding you've been doing.

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Ryan, who's started his own business. Ryan is looking into opening a self directed IRA, but his friends have been pointing him towards a SEP 401k. What type of account should he choose?

We'll end out the show with a letter from Leo, who wants to know how 529 plans affect FASFA eligibility. Wouldn't it be better to not invest in a 529 plan to make sure your kids get financial aid?

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Stop Delegating Your Money Decisions (with Bola Sokunbi)

Jul 29, 2019 01:15:57

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Bola Sokunbi tells us the amazing story growing up with a mother who was initially left out, like many women, of the family's financial decisions. Whether you're a man or woman, today you'll hear the reality of your financial life: you can't delegate it to other people. There's nobody better to tell this story, so we're super excited that today Bola, the mind behind Clever Girl Finance, joins us.

In our headlines segment, we'll take a call from our long-time friend and Detroit Free Press reporter Susan Tompor. Susan has written a piece on a new money scam which involves receiving an email from your "boss" asking you to buy a few costly gift cards. This is definitely one to watch out for, and we'll find out all the details on the scam from Susan.

And after we give Doug a chance to deliver some buffalo wing themed trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to a caller who's wondering what to do with her cash from a discontinued retirement plan. Brooke works for a small startup, and her employer recently discontinued a fee riddled 401k offering. Brooke had $2000 in her 401k, and wonders what should she do with the money now?

We'll finish out the show with a letter from Brian, who wants to make sure his thinking on the pro-rata rule and backdoor Roth conversions is solid. Could he avoid the tax hit from a traditional-to-Roth conversion if he does it in in his wife's name? What's a backdoor Roth IRA? How does a pro-rata rule work and will it kill you? All good news: we'll explain the rules AND define all of these technical terms.

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Lessons From Some of The Biggest Investing Mistakes of All Time (with an intro to OneClass)

Jul 26, 2019 01:09:06

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Everyone has made mistakes during their life. Lord knows, we've made our share. While we thankfully forget about a lot of the smaller mistakes we make, the larger mistakes tend to stay with us as lessons we can use to help us in the future. Learning from your own mistakes is great, but being able to learn from another person's mistakes and saving yourself some heartache is even better. Today we're giving you a free "head directly to Go and collect $200" card by sharing with you some of the WORST investing decisions of all time, as shared by one publication.

Halfway through the show, our roundtable discussion will take a break for our Fintech segment. With colleges opening up their doors for the fall semester soon, we'll focus on one company that's striving to improve student grades AND earn them some extra cash while doing it. Joe will sit down with Jerry Zheng from One Class, and get some detailed bullet points on just how the note-taking company works.

Plus, we'll answer a voicemail from K during our Magnify Money segment. K wants to get into real estate and is looking for ways to save for a down payment. While lowering her contributions to her retirement accounts make the most sense to her the idea still makes her cringe. What if she never finds a buying opportunity and misses out on money she could have been earning? Thoughts?

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Top CIA Secrets to Achieving Better Communication (with Jason Hanson)

Jul 24, 2019 01:11:20

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Being a good communicator is a crucial skill we don't pay enough attention to. It's easy for us money nerds financially-minded individuals to learn the intricacies between different financial plans, study market fluctuations, and keep up-to-date on the best interest rates, but why is it so hard to focus on soft skills? Chief among them is communication. That being said, we're money nerds at the end of the day. That's why today we're sitting down with Jason Hanson, a man who's had to communicate professionally day-in and day-out as a former CIA officer.

And in our headlines segment, is Wells Fargo catching the last few years of turmoil? We'll discuss the reasons behind why the number of financial advisors saying "sayonara" to bank is finally leveling out, and the lessons you can learn when it's time to leave your job behind. Plus, in our second headline, what's the big reason behind the record number of CFOs retiring from their companies? What are they seeing on the horizon that the rest of us aren't?

Later, after we hand the mics over so Doug can dish our some of his trivia, we'll answer a voicemail from an anonymous caller who says he's "new" to money. He's 34, isn't in debt, and has $300,000 in the bank. What should he do with the money?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Roth! (Your Letters)

Jul 22, 2019 01:08:14

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We have two exciting announcements that mom wanted us to share with you about today's show:

One - We're answering your letters, including a BUNCH of them about the Roth IRA, named after a Congressman whose birthday happens to be this very date. In celebration, we're cracking open the mailbag with our friend Scott Rieckens from the Playing With Fire documentary. He stopped by the basement while here for a sold-out screening, and while he was here we put him to work because OG and Joe...well, you know.

On the topic of letters...if you'd like to ask us a question, remember now to use the Haven Life line (StackingBenjamins.com/voicemail). We stopped accepting new letters months ago and we are just now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on letters! Hurrah!

Two - Mom wanted us to remind you to take off your shoes when you walk inside the house. She works hard to keep the rugs clean, and you'll just mess them up.

That's all. Enjoy!

One Redditor's Guide to Cleaning Up $16,000 of Debt (plus an intro to Bumped)

Jul 19, 2019 01:15:43

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With debt piling up, savings gone, and your credit cards maxed out, how do you pull yourself out of the hole and get on the right financial path? The first step, of course, is to stop digging, which is what one Reddit user did after racking up over $16,000 in credit card debt. They also posted a list of things they did to make their debt go bye-bye and their Benjamins start to pile up. While it may not be quick or easy to get yourself back to being debt-free, there are definite steps you can take to get yourself into the world of financial freedom - and we'll walk through one piece which reported on the Reddit forum, adding in experts and other information. How much of it is helpful and what isn't? Depends on what section of the piece we're talking about. Today, helping us dig in today is a crack team of internet stars. First, making her return trip to the basement is Chelsea Brennan (Smart Money Mamas), second, we'll welcome Len Penzo (LenPenzo.com), and then we'll say hello to the guy from our own podcast, OG.

How would you like to earn stock rewards from companies where you already shop? While you shouldn't shop more to get rich (that won't end pretty), it would be nice to get some extra stock just for buying pillowcases, right? We thought so too, and that's why halfway through the show we'll take a little break from our discussion while Joe rings up and chats with founder David Nelsen from Bumped.

Plus, after we subject entertain our roundtable with a round of Doug's trivia we'll break out the Magnifying Glass and answer a listener voicemail from Tyler. His 401k plan is expensive. How does he control his costs of investing for retirement?

Stumbling Your Way Toward Your Financial Goals (with Carl Richards)

Jul 17, 2019 01:03:32

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What if life weren't so complicated? What if you could stop worrying about lower expense ratios, cheaper insurances, bigger spreadsheets, or trying to perfectly plan out your retirement account so things are perfect decades down the road? On today's show, the guy who is better at taking financial decisions and distilling them to their essence joins us. Today we welcome New York Times columnist Carl Richards, an expert in distilling complicated issues into bite-sized pieces.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll cover one piece about Suze Orman and her love of cannabis stocks and blockchain. Copying celebrity stock picks aren't always a good idea, and we'll discuss why. In our second headline, we'll turn our attention to one problem in the investing and savings world: women whose spouses are in control of the finances. A recent study shows that lots of women delegate investing to their spouse. We'll discuss why this might not be a good idea.

Later on, after we take a break for some of Doug's trivia, we'll take a Haven Life Line from Tyson, whose current 401k with his employer has fees higher than he would like. What can he do to save on fees. And as we finish out letters bag, Leo writes in asking about 529 plans. With FAFSA including 529 plans in the financial eligibility of students, would it be a good idea to NOT contribute to the plan?

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Decluttering Your Life - Financial and Otherwise (with Tracy McCubbin

Jul 15, 2019 01:04:59

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Clutter is everywhere. We buy more stuff to make us happy and all it does is makes us miserable and broke. How do we get out of the cycle? On today's show we'll talk to Tracy McCubbin, founder of cleaning and organizing company dClutterfly. On today's show we'll Declutter your stuff by getting behind the emotions of clutter and dispelling some long-held myths.

Plus, during our headlines segment, we'll cover one shocking piece by InvestmentNews, claiming that retirees are going to miss out on $3.4 trillion by claiming their Social Security too early. Is this a case of needing more cash for basic living expenses, or just ill informed retirees cashing in a few years too early? In our second headline we'll erxamine one trend that's gaining a bit of traction: financial apps that charge users to save money. Is it worth paying money to save more?

After a little dose of Doug's trivia, we'll turn our attention to the Haven Life Line. Mike calls in today asking about 529 plans. His parents want to contribute to Mike's son's 592 plan. Can Mike use the interest from the account to invest in another account he owns?

And as we finish out our letters bag, we'll tear open some mail from Brian, who has some questions about Roth conversions and the pro-rata rule. Can Brian and his wife avoid the tax hit if the conversion is done in his wife's name?

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Navigating Life's Awkward Money Situations (plus an intro to Token)

Jul 12, 2019 01:05:56

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Picture this: You and your friends are taking a road trip. You get off the highway and pull up to the third gas station of the day. You cut the ignition, take a look around the car and everyone avoids your gaze. You've paid for gas during the last two stops and no one is jumping up at the grand opportunity to fill the tank the third time around. What's your next move? Answering questions presented by one financial story which shines a light on situations like this and more today is our originals roundtable group: Paula Pant of Afford Anything, Len Penzo of LenPenzo.com, and OG from our very own Stacking Benjamins podcast.

Halfway through the show, we'll take a break from our discussion on all things awkward while Joe sits down with Zohar Steinberg from Token. With privacy concerns and stolen credit card information constantly in the news, Zohar came up with a solution: unique credit card numbers for each transaction or service. Something goes wrong with one of your transactions or services? You'll have the peace of mind that the rest of your account is safe. Interested in knowing more? Joe will dive into the product with Zohar and learn all the ins-and-outs of Token.

Plus, after we get through with Doug's trivia gameshow, we'll answer a voicemail from Lynn during our Magnify Money segment. Lynn will have about $5-7k left over after she pays off her travel expenses from long-term work trips. What should she do with the money? Should she focus on debt or investing? Our roundtable will give their 2 cents and provide Lynn some solid options on what to do with her money.

The 4 Secrets to Communicating About Money

Jul 10, 2019 01:16:00

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Worried about fighting with the people in your life about money? Here's the way to end it. Even if you're just struggling to talk to other people in your life about money...maybe it's not you. People don't talk in one financial language. According to Tarra Jackson, today's guest, there are actually FOUR different languages. We'll sit down with Tarra today to learn just what those four languages are, and how we can best communicate with people speaking in a different tongue. Worried about fighting with the people in your life about money? Here's the way to end it.

In our headlines segment, we'll discuss weddings. Should we have a small wedding and invest the rest to ensure that we retire rich? Is it possible to do both (have a big wedding AND be rich)? We'll cover that plus another headline about employers seeking permission to send uncashed pension checks to the unclaimed proper funds. Should employers have fiduciary liability for former employees who refuse to cash their checks?

Plus, after we take some time for Doug's trivia, we'll answer a question from Russell. Russell wants to know what's the point of being an accredited investor? Why should someone become an accredited investor?

And as we finish up our letters segment, we're tearing open a letter from Jacob, who wants to move out of his parent's basement soon. Jacob and his girlfriend are currently living in the basement rent-free and are getting their finances ready to be on their own. Jacob sent in some info on their situation and want some input from fellow basement-dwellers. Are they going to be ready to move out?

Working Harder AND Smarter (with Shaan Patel)

Jul 8, 2019 01:25:40

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Shaan Patel is one of the best examples you'll find of a person who started with some big disadvantages but who never made excuses about his situation. Growing up in a budget motel in Las Vegas, Shaan still found a way to ace the SAT, be valedictorian of his high school class, study medicine, start a company, and land a partnership with Mark Cuban. All of this before he was 30 years old. We can't wait for you to hear his story and use it to motivate yourself to get up, do more, and achieve your dreams.

In our headlines segment, we're looking at one bill that will change the way your 401k works. Is it a positive or negative change to your retirement plan? We'll discuss ONE of the many aspects of the bill and come down...well, it depends on what you're looking for from your retirement law. Plus, in our second headline, we'll discuss one piece sent by a listener, which covers the story of one man who's being charged with multiple crimes regarding investing, securities, and exploitation of the elderly. The catch? He doesn't even have a license!

After we take some time for Doug's trivia, we'll swing around to the Haven Life Line. Biff and his family don't have any debt, and the college costs for his kids are taken care of. At what point should they stop locking away cash in an IRA?

We'll finish up with a letter from Matthew, who has some questions about a fund manager he heard about on the show. They're expenses are a bit higher than he's used to, but they've outperformed the market. Does a well managed fund justify the extra cost?

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9 Retirement Savings Lies (plus an intro to Fee Belly) SB RWD 95

Jul 5, 2019 59:32

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What are some of the biggest lies of retirement planning? Today we'll finish off our rewind week with one of our old school roundtable episodes. Back in 2017, we discussed 9 lies we're told about retirement planning. Going through the list with us was Paula Pant, former roundtable regular Greg Mcfarlane, and special guest Rich Jones from the Paychecks and Balances podcast. 

Plus, long time listeners may remember this old segment: we also had a rousing conversation about a Marketwatch Moneyologist piece. If you had two kids, and one was irresponsible with money, would you disown him? That question spurred some interesting estate planning chatter that may bring up points you may want to address in your own planning. 

Here is our original show description:

On today's podcast we're talking about lying. A recent news piece reports that there are nine lies we're told about retirement planning. We'll break them down with Greg, Paula, and special guest Rich Jones from the hit podcast Paychecks and Balances.

We won't stop there, thought. We'll also discuss a recent question to the Moneyologist at MarketWatch. If you had two kids and one was irresponsible, would you disown him? We ask our roundtable that very question and come up with some interesting estate planning themes you may want to address in your own planning.

On the Freshbooks FinTech segment we talk to Michael Asare from Fee Belly. Ever feel like the fine print in a contract is completely against you? Fee Belly was designed to show you ALL of the fine print by highlighting it so you can easily see where contracts might not be in your favor. We'll ask him how it works on today's podcast.

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Sell a Home Fast (with Mindy Jensen) SB RWD 94

Jul 3, 2019 01:03:50

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If anyone knows how to sell a house, it's Mindy Jensen. Not only is she a house flipper extraordinaire, but she also works at BiggerPockets, the home of one of the largest forums (if not the largest) for real estate investors. She knows LOTS of the best advice. We talked to her a year ago, and in the spirit of this home-buying season, we thought we should replay this episode because it was such great advice. Whether its your residence, a rental you've been meaning to get rid of, or you're dipping your feet into flipping homes, there are easy mistakes you can avoid to sell your home FAST and get the most out of a sell. Back in 2018 we talked to Mindy Jenson, a master house-flipper whose successfully sold house after house, and got some insider tips on tricks are coming out of the real estate market a winner. 

Here is our original show description:

In a crowded market, having a leg up by avoiding some easy mistakes might be the difference between selling your home quickly, and for the top dollar price possible, or not selling at all. House-flipper Mindy Jensen has sold COUNTLESS houses, and today stops by the basement with her best tips to help you sell your own homes faster. Whether it's your primary residence, rental property or flip, she'll detail how to prioritize and budget for repairs or improvements, and how to find the right help to sell your home. In our headlines segment, freelance writer Hannah Rounds has published a piece on which tax software makes her "recommended" list and which she says to avoid. She comes down to the basement to discuss winners and losers. Also in headlines, what can we learn about finance from basketball player LeBron James? Apparently, quite a bit, according to one publication. We'll talk about key lessons from LeBron on today's show.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Marie, who wonders about better diversification for her money. Is ONLY having an S&P 500 fund a good approach?

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Mastering The New Rules of Work (with Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos) SB RWD 93

Jul 1, 2019 01:10:50

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The rules of work have changed over the last several years. You need to stay up to date on what's relevant so you aren't left behind and miss the next career opportunity. We were surprise when we went back and listened to this episode from 2017, when Joe sat down with Kathryn Minshew & Alex Cavoulacos, founders of TheMuse.com, to review what were then the new rules of business. Clearly, many still don't understand these. We find that these rules are just as relevant today as they were a few years ago, so we decided it was time to roll this episode again.

Here is our original show description:

Struggling at work? We'll review some of the "new rules" of business with the founders of TheMuse.com, Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos. We'll talk about new rules in networking, finding the career you love, and working more effectively at the job you love.

In our headline segment, Brian Barnes, CEO of M1Finance drops by to talk about tax planning. We know tax day was yesterday but these tips will help you make tax-smart moves while investing for the future. We'll also talk about another company being sued by an employee for rotten 401k options. Target date funds are again in the middle of some more controversy.

Gena calls the Haven Life line to ask about the American Opportunity Credit, we share good news about recent guest Adam Dell and the Clarity app, and answer a letter from Ben about emerging markets investing. Is active investing the best way to go in smaller, more volatile markets? Of course, Doug brings down the trivia, and much, much more.

The Downside of an Early Retirement (plus lessons from Roush Fenway Racing)

Jun 28, 2019 01:17:03

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Less stress, easy overhead, and being debt-free... those are three fantastic reasons to chase financial independence. For a growing number of investors the top reason to save and live frugally has become a chance at early retirement. But, what type of freedom does early retirement bring? Is the freedom gained from early retirement worth it? We'll ask our contributors their thoughts on early retirement, and explore the concept of not retiring FROM something, but TO something on today's show. Assisting us in today's discussion is Rocky Lalvani from the Richer Soul podcast, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com, and OG, from our very own Stacking Benjamins podcast.

Halfway through the show, we'll hit the pause button on our discussion while Joe talks to Kevin Kidd, Roush Fenway competition director. You might be thinking, "WAIT, that's not FinTech! what does that have to do with finances?" As it turns out, there are a few financial lessons to be had from a professional racing team.

Plus, after we finish a few laps around the track, we'll answer a voicemail from Rosie during our Magnify Money segment. Rosie's parents are retired, and she's recently learned her parents have been charged some crazy fees from their financial advisor. She wants to move them over to some low-cost index funds, but doesn't want to lose all their money in the process. What should their asset allocation look like?

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What Can We Learn From Day Traders? (Your Letters)

Jun 26, 2019 01:06:56

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We're barring the doors, closing the shades, and not answering any house calls because today we're answering YOUR letters. From paying down a mortgage principle or investing, to allocations, backdoor conversions, and even the best strategies on giving kids an allowance... this show has it all, thanks to YOU!

Plus, in our headlines segment, what can we learn from the life of a day trader? Longtime listeners can probably imagine the whole team's collective groan when we first broached this topic, but the more we discussed this headline, the more we found LOTS of great ideas that everyday investors can use. We love some of the lessons we can distill when learning what separates a good day trader from a bad one. In our second headline, we'll wonder out loud where is the future of financial advice is headed. We'll look over one report from Hartford Funds on important financial considerations you need to keep in mind and give our two cents while we're at it.

Later, after we take a break during Doug's trivia, we'll queue up a voicemail from Pete, who no longer works at a job with 401k access. What are his options for investing with tax benefits? Can he still max our his Roth IRA through a backdoor conversion?

Volcanos, Annuities and an Unconventional Retirement (with Dr. Rosaly Lopes)

Jun 24, 2019

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What does a volcano have to do with your retirement? We won't use any crazy analogies here, like "things might erupt," or "danger could be bubbling below the surface," mostly because we wouldn't do something like that. But we don't need metaphors mostly because today we're talking to Dr. Rosaly Lopes, senior researcher, vulcanologist, and a TIAA client who speaks to us for a few minutes about her career, volcanoes, and how she's actively sought out annuities to fund her retirement. Why would she use them? What is a vulcanologist? What career advice does she have for people just starting down the path toward meaningful work? We'll ask all of those questions and more on today's show.

And in our headlines segment, have you ever made bad financial decisions after a few drinks? (and we're definitely not referring to the kind the comes with free refills....). Maybe you ordered too much food, or indulged in some of Amazon's two-day shipping for "just a few" items you've had your eyes on? While breaking your diet for a night or ordering a new board game aren't exactly the biggest mistakes to make in the world, but how about drinking while you're on the job? While that may seem like duh moment for most of us, one exchange has recently made it official, telling workers to stop drinking on the job. Which business? Of course, it's a financial business...which is why we're talking about it today. Plus, in our second headline, scammers have ramped up schemes against people with medical bills. We'll cover 7 red flags to watch out for, and in a triple threat headlines segment today, we'll discuss one piece that proves how difficult it is to predict interest rates. It turns out even the brightest among us who study the market full time can't get it right.

Later, after we take some time for Doug's specially themed volcanic trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Mike, who's been thinking about exchange-traded funds. Should Mike have any concerns about using ETFs in his Roth IRA instead of mutual funds? After we're through discussing ETFs, we'll tear open a letter from Brian, who wants some fact-checking on his backdoor Roth conversion plans.

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Volcanos, Annuities and an Unconventional Retirement (with Dr. Rosaly Lopes)

Jun 24, 2019 51:39

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What does a volcano have to do with your retirement? We won't use any crazy analogies here, like "things might erupt," or "danger could be bubbling below the surface," mostly because we wouldn't do something like that. But we don't need metaphors mostly because today we're talking to Dr. Rosaly Lopes, senior researcher, vulcanologist, and a TIAA client who speaks to us for a few minutes about her career, volcanoes, and how she's actively sought out annuities to fund her retirement. Why would she use them? What is a vulcanologist? What career advice does she have for people just starting down the path toward meaningful work? We'll ask all of those questions and more on today's show.

And in our headlines segment, have you ever made bad financial decisions after a few drinks? (and we're definitely not referring to the kind the comes with free refills....). Maybe you ordered too much food, or indulged in some of Amazon's two-day shipping for "just a few" items you've had your eyes on? While breaking your diet for a night or ordering a new board game aren't exactly the biggest mistakes to make in the world, but how about drinking while you're on the job? While that may seem like duh moment for most of us, one exchange has recently made it official, telling workers to stop drinking on the job. Which business? Of course, it's a financial business...which is why we're talking about it today. Plus, in our second headline, scammers have ramped up schemes against people with medical bills. We'll cover 7 red flags to watch out for, and in a triple threat headlines segment today, we'll discuss one piece that proves how difficult it is to predict interest rates. It turns out even the brightest among us who study the market full time can't get it right.

Later, after we take some time for Doug's specially themed volcanic trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Mike, who's been thinking about exchange-traded funds. Should Mike have any concerns about using ETFs in his Roth IRA instead of mutual funds? After we're through discussing ETFs, we'll tear open a letter from Brian, who wants some fact-checking on his backdoor Roth conversion plans.

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Steps To Avoid To Become The Walking Dead (plus the Evil HR Lady!)

Jun 21, 2019 01:09:26

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How do avoid becoming a zombie? No, not the Walking Dead zombie, but the type who works their whole life, just pounding away, realizing too late that it was all for nothing? On today's episode, Deb Meyer helps the team talk about redefining retirement. What does it really mean? How do we ensure we're chasing the right dreams? We'll discuss some big, heady thoughts in today's main segment.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion to talk to the Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas. Uber drivers have just been declared independent contractors, and not employees. What does that mean if you're working in the gig economy? What does that mean if you hire employees? We'll talk about all angles of this issue, and how it involves both side hustles and maybe also your primary job, on today's show.

Of course, as always, we'll take a Magnify Money hotline call, test our knowledge with Doug's hotdog eating trivia, and more!

Mom and Dad, We Need To Talk (with Cameron Huddleston)

Jun 19, 2019 01:07:10

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Cameron Huddleston joins us to tell the story of her aging mother, and the time she nearly missed the chance to have an incredibly important conversation: how her financial assets were managed and what arrangements she'd made for the future. She'll share that story and strategies on talking with parents about money (especially what NOT to say), on today's show.

Plus, in our headlines segment, more retirement plan lawsuits hit the court system. The Supreme Court is looking at an interesting case, which largely revolves around when the participant was told about allegedly sub-par investment options in his employer plan. If you get a prospectus, does that mean you're on the hook from that day for everything that's inside?

Dave and his wife are debt free, and their children's college and retirement accounts are fully funded. Dave calls the Haven Life Line because they've been thinking about opening a taxable brokerage account to have funds outside of their retirement. Are there any tax implications they should know about? Is there anything else they should be considering?

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How To Rock An 800+ Credit Score (Your Letters)

Jun 17, 2019 01:03:41

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You pay your bills on time. You're not in debt, and you have a great credit history. Yet, no matter what you do, you still find yourself stopping just below the mythical 800+ credit score threshold. What are you supposed to do? How do you push your credit score past the last hurdle? We'll discuss solutions for boosting a great credit score into a fantastic score, plus answer YOUR questions about credit card reward programs, where to keep your cash when you're waiting to buy a house, 401k questions and more on today's letter segment.

And in our headlines segment, are you seeking out new financial knowledge on your own, or are you waiting for new information to find you instead? We'll talk with Emily Shallal, senior director of product innovation at Ally Bank, about Ally's recent study on financial literacy. Plus, in our second headline, brokers have until the end of June 2020 to implement new regulations. The new rules could put a bigger strain on smaller brokers, who lack the same amount of resources as larger companies.

After some of Doug's musical trivia, we'll take a break from our letters to answer a Haven Life Line call from Gregg, who's opened a new brokerage account with Fidelity. The company has offered him a checking account., but when Greg initiatives an ACH on Day 1 it takes another 4 days before he gets access to the cash. How can they do this?

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Retirement: You Made It. Now What? (plus an intro to PayActiv)

Jun 14, 2019 01:13:07

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We LOVE talking about investing, savings, and of course, stacking Benjamins, but what about when you actually make it to retirement? Do you have a plan for your first day after your last day of work? How about that next month? That next year? We've mentioned it before: retirement isn't the destination, it's a journey, and a milestone on the bigger journey of life. Discussing the "Now, what?" of making it to retirement are our contributors, Derek Merkler from Parsonex Financial Services, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and OG from our very own Stacking Benjamins.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion while Joe talks to Safwan Shah, CEO of PayActiv. Minimum wage employees are often hit the hardest with cashflow issues while they're between paychecks. Safwan and his company have set out to provide a solution: real time access to earned income. Safwan will share on just how PayActiv is accomplishing their goals during our Fintech segment.

And during our Magnify Money call we'll answer a voicemail from Loretta. Loretta's parents are retired. They have a paid off house and a healthy amount of savings. However, her mom has gotten sick and money has become a bit tighter. Loretta has since realized that 90% of their stock is in one blue chip company. Her parents are hesitant to change. How can Loretta talk to her parents about their finances? Is She worried over nothing?

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9 Lies About Work (with Ashley Goodall)

Jun 12, 2019

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You've always known it: most of what people tell you about great work is a lie. Ideas such as company culture, work-life balance, and other truisms are all challenged today by bestselling business thinker, researcher and author Ashley Goodall. Today he joins us to flesh out what we really should be focusing on at work and how, whatever your role, you personally can make your work and your company better. If you spend a ton of time at work, why wouldn't you want it to be something that not only pays the bills, but something that's also fulfilling?

In our headlines segment, a new report from the Federal Reserve shows how Americans are faring with their retirement savings. Finances seem to be okay, but what's the deal behind our thoughts on retirement savings? We'll share details. Plus, in our second headline, one survey is reporting that 60 percent of Americans don't have a will. While most of us don't have celebrity sized estates (such as the one we discussed Monday in our discussion on Tom Petty's estate problems), not leaving a will behind could mean trouble for your family.

After we take a short break for Doug's Superman-themed trivia, we'll tackle a question from Erik who's thinking about opening a SEP account. Can he keep investing into his Roth IRA and have something like a SEP? Are there better options Erik should be looking into?

And in out letters segment, we'll open a letter from Sue, who wants our thoughts on having an index annuity with an annual reset. She already has a bit of savings and has a paid off home. Is it annuity a good idea?

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9 Lies About Work (with Ashley Goodall)

Jun 12, 2019 01:13:15

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You've always known it: most of what people tell you about great work is a lie. Ideas such as company culture, work-life balance, and other truisms are all challenged today by bestselling business thinker, researcher and author Ashley Goodall. Today he joins us to flesh out what we really should be focusing on at work and how, whatever your role, you personally can make your work and your company better. If you spend a ton of time at work, why wouldn't you want it to be something that not only pays the bills, but something that's also fulfilling?

In our headlines segment, a new report from the Federal Reserve shows how Americans are faring with their retirement savings. Finances seem to be okay, but what's the deal behind our thoughts on retirement savings? We'll share details. Plus, in our second headline, one survey is reporting that 60 percent of Americans don't have a will. While most of us don't have celebrity sized estates (such as the one we discussed Monday in our discussion on Tom Petty's estate problems), not leaving a will behind could mean trouble for your family.

After we take a short break for Doug's Superman-themed trivia, we'll tackle a question from Erik who's thinking about opening a SEP account. Can he keep investing into his Roth IRA and have something like a SEP? Are there better options Erik should be looking into?

And in out letters segment, we'll open a letter from Sue, who wants our thoughts on having an index annuity with an annual reset. She already has a bit of savings and has a paid off home. Is it annuity a good idea?

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Winning In The Long Run (with Sanjay Rawal)

Jun 10, 2019 01:04:05

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Establishing your BEST financial habits means realizing that it isn't about being great today or tomorrow; it's about doing the right things over and over again for the long run. Today we talk to the creator of a documentary specifically about a long run. 3100, Run and Become is the story of an ultramarathon that covers (shocker) 3100 miles. Better yet? It's run around a single New York City block. Sanjay Rawal will take us through the event, his making of the film, and we'll talk about topics that have everything to do with finance. 1) Finding what you love; 2) Chasing a dream; 3) Knowing your weaknesses; 4) Finding your state of "Flow"; and more. The cool part for us? We get to talk finance in a way that you've probably never heard it talked about before.

During our headlines segment, another deceased celebrity's estate is an arm wrestling match for the heirs. Sigh. We'll tell you who's fighting for the cash and discuss what YOU should do to foolproof your estate plan from your greedy family. Then, in our second headline, credit card reward programs are everywhere... but just like ice cream brands, they're not all created equal. We'll talk pros and cons of credit card rewards during our second piece.

As if that's not enough, we keep bringing it! During our Haven Life Line segment, we'll answer a question from Jason. He's wants to retire in his 40s. If Jason rolls his Roth 401k into a Roth IRA, will he be able to withdraw the cash without the tax penalty? Does the 5 year conversion rule still apply?

Then, in our letter segment David is just starting to pay attention to his financial situation. He wants to know what the advantage would be of using a financial advisor or buying funds that have high expense ratios over doing it himself. Couldn't he just do it on his own and save extra cash? We'll surprise Jason with an answer he doesn't expect, and hopefully surprise you, too.

And don't you worry, we'll still have time for some of Doug's very special Benjamin Franklin themed trivia.

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Your Guide to the WORST Wedding Gifts (plus an intro to SteadiPay)

Jun 7, 2019 01:19:05

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What are the absolutely worst wedding gifts you could give this wedding season? One recent article from Kiplinger had us nodding our heads, so Mom said we should challenge our Friday roundtable, including special guest Beau Henderson from the Retirement Resource podcast, to a special game show! While we'll have some fun with this topic, you'll take away some better ideas for wedding gifts, creating a little less waste and a ton less wasted money.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion on all things wedding related while Joe talks to Anthony Strike, founder of SteadiPay. Steadipay helps users pay off their credit cards in full so that they can use them like debit cards. How does it work? SteadiPay puts an equal amount of cash aside each time a credit card is used, and at the end of the month the app will automatically pay your balance with the amount. Interested in knowing more? We'll get the details from Anthony.

And after we let Doug have a little fun with our Friday gameshow-inspired trivia, we'll field a voicemail from an anonymous caller during our Magnify Money call. Our caller tells us they're relatively new to money, and that they're 34 with $300k of savings built up. What's the best plan of action to get started in the world of finances?

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Manifesting "Happy Money" (with Ken Honda)

Jun 5, 2019 01:11:22

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How do you make all of your financial transactions happy ones? How do you introduce the idea of abundance into your life? Ken Honda believes that while money can't make you happy, we DO attach lots of emotions to those bills in our wallet. Why shouldn't we actively manage our self talk around our money? That's the question Ken asks and answers on today's show. We'll talk about gratitude, sharing, making more money, changing your mindset, and creating more "Happy Money" in your life.

Plus, in our headlines segment, stock market investors aren't the only one worried about fees...the Justice Department is currently taking a look into the world of real estate and hidden realtor commissions. So, what does that mean to you? We'll discuss how sneaky commissions impact the home buying process for both sellers and buyers. In our second headline, the IRS has announced a higher limit for HSA contributions in 2020. We'll have you covered with everything you need to know by the end of today's headlines segment.

Then, after a little break for Doug's trivia, we'll answer Cal's voicemail call to the Haven Life Line. Cal's planing on semi-retiring soon. He thinks he'll use his 401k to subsidize his post 55 years. Is this a solid plan, or is there something he's missing?

And during our letters segment we'll tear open some mail from Adrian, who write's in with a some questions about opening up a Roth IRA for kids. Is it true that minors can have an IRA once they earn income? Does that have to be through a W2, or does chore money work too?

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An Economist Walks Into a Bar (with Allison Schrager)

Jun 3, 2019 01:12:24

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Allison Schrager is an economist who's studied negotiation, diversification, and also, the topic we'll discuss in today's episode, risk. She'll explain risk using a lens that we haven't seen someone use before...the eyes and actions of legal sex workers. To illustrate how people think about risk, she visited brothels, horse breeders, and, among others, poker players. We'll discuss the many ways we miscalculate risk, how to make better decisions, and what happens when we evaluate the wrong types of risk.

And in our headlines segment, we'll call up Madeline Hume from Morningstar. They've completed a report on the state of 529 college savings plans nationally, and Joe and Madeline will dive into the data. We'll talk ab out the latest innovations in plans, plus shine a spotlight on some of the best and worst states to invest your hard-earned college money. Plus, we'll look at one piece describing a shakeup in the online financial planning community that could spell trouble for industry leader Vanguard.

In our Haven Life Line segment, we'll throw out the line to Jason, who has some questions for OG about risk parity. Would something like a a 50/50 split between stocks and long-term treasuries a good idea? What are the possible downsides?

After we spend some time giving advice to Jason we'll tear open Chris's letter, who has some social security questions. Considering the investments and pensions Chris and his wife already have on the table, would it make more sense to defer taking social security? We'll give our thoughts, but if you're looking for a more in depth conversation about social security you can check our our previous interview with Philip Moeller and Paul Solman.

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When's The Right Time To Quit Your Job? (plus an intro to a pet-centric ETF)

May 31, 2019 01:11:11

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Is there ever a right time to quit your job? At what point do you give up on the current job and take a pay cut to climb a better ladder? On today's show we'll talk career prospects, life planning, income, and more during our headline segment. Helping us out with today's roundtable are our contributors: Mary Wheeler from the Know Debt No Problem podcast, Paula Pant from the Afford Anything podcast, and OG from our very own Stacking Benjamins show.

Halfway through the show we'll take a little break from our discussion on jobs (or lack thereof), while Joe talks to Simeon Hyman of ProShares about the market's new exchange traded fund... PAWZ. We've discussed plenty of financial and investment strategies on the show, but this may be the first time we'll discuss a pet care inspired ETF.

After Joe wraps up his conversation with Simeon we'll pivot back towards our contributors for our Magnify Money call. JC calls in today with some excited news: he's getting married soon! With marriage on the way, JC also has retirement on his mind. He's 27, and is thinking about playing catch-up with his investments. Is he a little crazy to think about maxing out their accounts despite their income levels?

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The Importance of a (Real) Bucket List (with Karen Cordaway)

May 29, 2019 01:15:21

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What's on your bucket list? Do you talk about your list or have you actually sat down and drawn one up. If not, why not? Today's guest, Karen Cordaway, discusses bucket lists in detail with us. Why you should have one, how to begin, what to avoid, and how to stick to your list are just a few of the topics we'll cover. Even if you're knee deep into building your list (or working through one), there's something for everyone today!

And in our headlines segment... how prepared are you to tackle unexpected expenses? We'll cover a piece by the Motley Fool that describes one bill that would bankrupt most Americans, but don't worry, we'll also give some methods on getting ahead. In our second headlines, we'll give our two cents on 10 rules one publication says that you should follow for financial success.

We'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Sanjay, who's thinking about putting all of his cash in a single index fund like the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund. Long time listeners of the show probably know where this one is heading.

And don't worry, we'll still have time for some of Doug's trivia.

One of the World’s Greatest Investors: T. Rowe Price (with Cornelius Bond)

May 27, 2019 01:16:28

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On today's holiday episode we'll remember a great member of the investment community, T. Rowe Price. Cornelius Bond recently wrote a biography on the investing giant, and we'll dive in on the man, the investment philosophy, and how he built one of the country's biggest financial companies. First, in our headlines segment, do you know someone who's graduating this spring? You may want to share today's show with them, because we'll cover what many employers think is the most annoying characteristic of new hires. Think the trait has something to do with slacking off or staring at their phones all the time? The real answer might surprise you. Plus, in our second headline, Uber just completed one of the worst IPOs of the past 25 years. We'll cover the big lesson from that experience as well.

Later on, after some Memorial Day travel trivia from Doug, we'll field a Haven Life Line question from Nick, who's now ineligible to contribute to his Roth IRA due to the amount of money he earns. He's starting to invest in his workplace 401k, but his employer doesn't match. Is there something better he should be doing? Also, with two young kids in the house Nick has to start thinking about college. He doesn't like the idea of putting college savings into a 529 plan, so what about an UGMA or UTMA account?

Finally, in our letters segment, Jessica has sold some stock in her Fidelity account. Can she use those gains to fund her Roth IRA?

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7 Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Personal Finance (plus Bethany Bayless' Top Disney Tips)

May 24, 2019 01:46:55

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What keeps you motivated when you don't feel like thinking about saving more, spending less, or investing better? Do you have words you live by to help guide you through life? On today's show we're calling our friends Brandon Opre from TrustTree Financial, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and the Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com, to discuss financial quotes that'll keep you motivated. Take this (interesting) freebee from Charles A. Jaffee: "It's not your salary that makes you rich; it's your spending habits." Like that? We have many more in today's episode.

Halfway through the show, we'll take a break from the discussion with our roundtable crew to finish our summer holiday travel coverage. To compliment our show from Wednesday with Theme Park Insider's Robert Niles, today Joe will talk with Bethany Bayless, co-host of the Money Millhouse podcast, about Disney tips and tricks she's so graciously decided to share with us. If you'll want to hear more of that conversation make sure to stick around for a few seconds after Doug closes out the show... you won't regret it if you have a trip planned to see a mouse in your future.

After we close out of our Disney themed travel guide, we'll hand the mic over to Doug who has some holiday weekend-appropriate trivia. We'll ask our roundtable a very important question: how many billions of dollars did Americans spend on wine last year? Think you have the answer? Remember your answer and see if you could beat our guests on the show.

We'll end today's roundtable with a call from Amy, who's going back to school to be a nurse practitioner. While her hospital is paying for some of her expenses and fees, Amy will still have to cough up about $15,000. Should she reduce her 403b contributions to the company match, or take out a loan and pay it back after she gets her degree?

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Your Guide To Summer Fun (with Robert Niles)

May 22, 2019 01:03:08

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Each year here in the basement, it isn't officially summer until we present this episode, which is why we're so happy to bring you Robert Niles, Mr. Theme Park Insider. He's coming down for his annual trip to the basement to help you find your best summer theme park fun. From the best upcoming rides, to fan favorites, plus the best way to get a few discounts from your favorite parks...he's bringing all his tips and tricks to you on this episode. I know! We're fired up, too!

And in our headlines segment, where's the best place to save for big purchases like a house or other short-term goals? We'll probably have a few answers that are not exactly what you're thinking. And in our second piece, randomly selected stocks beat out investment picks by fund managers. So... what does that mean for us? We'll cover monkeys, darts, and savings goals on today's headlines segment. Just another day...

Next, during our Haven Life Line call, we'll answer a voicemail from Dan, who wants to know how best to allocate his family's investments. He's diversified, but does he really need mid-caps and a total stock market index fund? Plus, in our follow-up letters segment, Steve calls in says that he's invested in large, mid, and small cap... (plus international funds.) Steve doesn't have a problem with his allocation, but is it an issue that it's all through one brokerage firm? You'll get the best of both worlds during today's listener focused segments.

And don't worry, we'll still have time for some theme parked... themed trivia.

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A Better Way to Buy Investment Real Estate (with David Greene)

May 20, 2019 01:04:00

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Bigger Pockets' David Greene joins us to tackle a more efficient way to buy real estate, especially if you're interested in building a large portfolio of passive income-generating properties. It's called the BRRRR method, and we'll walk through each of those letters on today's show. specifically, we'll talk about how to buy, rehab, rent out, refinance, and repeat. Even if you don't plan on using BRRRR as your strategy, David will share lots of tips on putting your best real estate deals together, finding a great time to help you, and common problems with real estate investing and how to avoid them.

And in our headlines segment, are you in a race to reach retirement? We'll discuss one MarketWatch piece that shares 5 hard-earned lessons from people who retired early. It turns out that early retirement (or any retirement at all, is more about psychology than you would think...but it's still about math.

Later in the show we'll throw out the Haven Life line to Dave. His mother-in-law wants to invest in his children's college fund. What's the best way to go about that? A 529 plan? Something else? We'll all weigh in on a myriad of options.

Then, in our letters segment, Aly's Capital One investment account has been sold to E-Trade. What are the alternatives that she should use?

Of course, as always, we'll also make some room for some of Doug's fantastic pre-Memorial Day trivia.

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What's the True Cost of Subscriptions? (plus details on Trim's purchase of Debitize)

May 17, 2019 01:15:52

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We all know that subscription costs add up: Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, maybe a lawn service or wine-of-the-month club. But how do you make the decisions which to keep and which to heave-ho? Today our roundtable team, including author Frankie Calkins (author of the new book The Money Resolution, 101 Ways to Save Money, Make Money, and Get Out of Debt in One Year), OG, and Paula Pant (host of the Afford Anything podcast). Whether you're in subscription hell or can't remember the last time you said yes to a subscription service, we'll chat our way casually through all the relevant stuff you need to think about.

We heard from you when popular app Debitize went bye-bye, and halfway through the show we'll talk to Thomas Smyth, CEO and founder of cost cutting app Trim. The company recently purchased Debitize, and we'll ask Thomas to give us the skinny on what the future looks like? Why did they decide to buy Debitize, how are they integrating it, and what does the future look like for the new combined company.

Of course, we'll then dive into Doug's ah-mayz-ing trivia, but then we'll field a voicemail from the Magnify Money Line from Trent. Trent's been given the opportunity to be a professional athlete. He's currently 23, and has been talking to financial advisors. Their advice is largely the same except in one area: whole life insurance. What's our take on the issue?

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Secrets of Wealthy Women (with Veronica Dagher)

May 15, 2019 01:21:58

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We can learn a ton from the wealthiest among us, and Veronica Dagher from the Wall Street Journal, and host of the Secrets of Wealthy Women podcast, has a front row seat with some of the smartest and wealthiest people in the country. She'll share with us lessons from three women that easily apply to both women and men. You're going to pick up some great career, money, and life advice on today's show!

In our headlines segment we're discussing two different pieces by MarketWatch and Financial Planning. Is it true that the stock market can't be beat? One MarketWatch article claims that what you think you know probably isn't the right answer. And in our second piece, is there a good reason why so many financial advisors are jumping ship? We'll give our take on why advisors are so eager to switch firms.

Then in our Haven Life Line segment, we'll field a voicemail from Matt, who's looking to diversify his portfolio. What's our take on pot stocks?

We'll also answer a letter from Craig, who writes in about how he is finally debt free and has a paid off home. He's now getting into some pretty aggressive investing and wants some advice on different strategies he has in place.

Of course, we'll also make some room for some of Doug's trivia.

Playing With Financial Independence (with Scott Rieckens and Travis Shakespeare)

May 13, 2019 01:21:03

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Scott Rieckens felt something wasn't right in his life. While he lived in a beautiful corner of the world, and despite he and his wife having fantastic jobs, life just wasn't what he'd expected. So, he did something that few people do...he actually decided to change. The results? He's teamed with Emmy Award-winning director Travis Shakespeare and created a documentary called Playing With Fire, which not only chronicles he and his spouse Taylor's journey toward a better future, but it also explains the concepts behind a movement called FIRE (financial independence/retire early). We'll talk to the makers of the film about how they created the final product. We'll preview the concepts Scott and Travis explain in the movie, and finally, we'll share some details about how and when you may be able to see it yourself.

And in our headlines segment Joe will talk to Meredith Ryan Reid about MetLife's new study showing that Gen Y women are behind other groups on both their finances and their confidence in the workplace. Meredith will give us some advice and strategies on what to do when you find yourself falling behind.

Later in the show we'll throw out the Haven Lifeline to Katherine, who has some questions on calculating her net worth. Wouldn't paying off debt also lower the amount of cash available to you, in turn keeping your net worth the same?

Then, in our letters segment, we'll field a question from Wendy about what she should be doing with her full service brokerage account. She's taken some time to learn about commissions and high annual fees. What's the best plan on moving everything over to a new, low fee account?

Of course, we'll also make some room for some of Doug's leprechaun-themed trivia. Just how do leprechauns earn all that gold they hide away at the end of the rainbow?

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Let's Talk About Credit and Debt (with Gerri Detweiler)

May 10, 2019 01:16:29

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Have you checked your credit lately? How does credit even work? Why do I have a low credit score? Today, Len Penzo, OG, and our special guest Gerri Detweiler tackle credit, credit cards, and hwo to best make your credit score your friend.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion while Joe talks to Carter Malloy from AcreTrader. When you think investments, does farmland come to mind? On today's fintech segment we'll talk to farmland a viable, attractive investment option.

After Joe wraps things up with Carter, Doug will jump on the mic to deliver today's trivia question to our roundtable crew. Before the first transcontinental railroad was completed a coast to coast trip could easily cost $1000 or more. But how much did the trip cost after the railroad connected the two coastlines? Keep your answer in mind... but no cheating! Doug will give us the answer after the roundtable has a chance to get in their answers.

After we declare a winner for our halftime gameshow, we'll answer a Magnify Money call from Andrew. Andrew and his family will be moving soon from their paid off condo into a townhome. Should the family use some of their emergency fund to pay down more cash on their townhome, or wait until their condo sells and use that money towards their new home?

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Making the Leap to Successful Investing (with Erin Lowry)

May 8, 2019 01:14:07

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Erin Lowry from Broke Millennial learned early on about investing. As someone who's VERY conservative and not excited about losses, she didn't want much to do with investing. But, she'll tell us the story today about how she got started and about how you can make it easy. We'll talk about the types of funds to simplify your investment choices, how to add money, and what to do if the market isn't your friend (things start to fall apart).

Plus, in our headlines segment, one man who called the last two market downturns says there's another on the way. Should we be preparing for choppy waters?

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Larry, whose emergency fund has been drained after a few back-to-back expenses. Should Larry get his emergency fund back to capacity over time, or look towards his Roth IRA contributions to speed up the process? And in our letters segment, Brian has took a side gig delivering food for Uber Eats. After talking to some of his fellow drivers Brain is suspicious that they're defrauding the IRS by not paying any taxes on their earnings. Should Brian steer clear of their advice, or is he just missing out on easy money?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia...which today is exceptionally epic.

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Is a Latte Ruining Your Financial Independence? (with David Bach)

May 6, 2019 01:14:11

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On today's show, we'll sit down with David Bach, the nine-time bestselling author. What's keeping you from achieving your financial goals? Is it a latte a day? While it doesn't necessarily have to be a latte, our discussion with David will shed some light on the simple things in your life that could be holding you back from reaching your destination.

And in our headlines segment, we'll be joined by Ashley Boucher of Sallie Mae. Sallie Mae has released their Majoring in Money 2019 report, and among some of the more surprising discoveries is that some students hold FIVE credit cards. We'll discuss more of the big takeaways from the report during our call with Ashley, along with covering an article from InvestmentNews about Schwab's new portfolio management tool.

Later in the show, we'll throw out the Haven Lifeline to Thomas, whose son has gotten all of his college paid for this past year, (with money to spare!) Thomas' son wants to put the extra $3000 into a Roth IRA. Are they allowed to do this, or are there some restrictions that are in place?

Then, in our letters segment, Dano has some questions about how he should allocate his retirement funds. With Dano paying a percentage of his money to a pension, wouldn't that be considered his "safe" investment? When Dano is putting money into his Thrift Savings Plan account, couldn't he put all of the cash into the more aggressive funds?

Of course, we'll also make some room for Doug's trivia, so don't you worry.

Our Best Money Advice For Beginning Savers No Matter Your Age SB RWD 92

May 3, 2019 56:22

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To end our rewind week we present one of our favorite roundtable topics. How do you start saving, when you feel like you can't? I think most people are in this boat, based on statistics about how much money the average person squirrels away. So, here with good facts and humor, were Len Penzo, Hilary Hendershott, and Hannah Rounds. Plus, our friend Shannon McLay was just opening her wildly successful Financial Gym in New York (now she's expanding it all over the USA). We talk to her in this episode about her launch.

Here are the show notes from the original episode:

What was the best advice someone could have given you when you first started investing? If you're a new investor OR a seasoned pro, you're in luck because our roundtable team are all sharing their best tips today to help get the ball rolling. We're joined by two great guests today (along with the amazing Len Penzo)...host of Profit Boss Radio, CFP Hilary Hendershott AND one of our favorite writers, Hannah Rounds from Unplanned Finances. Not only will we talk about getting started early with your financial plan, but then we'll also tackle problems with brokers and sales incentives. How do you know you won't get burned? Finally, we'll answer a question originally asked of The Moneyologist at MarketWatch.com...what would you do if you found out your mother had taken out lots of credit using your name illegally? Would you turn her in? You'll be surprised by all of our answers.

THEN in the FinTech segment, we're actually going to go anti-FinTech this week and talk to our friend Shannon McLay about her new concept coming to a city near you, the Financial Gym. What happens when you give your money a workout? How does it work? Maybe, even though we talk about great ways to use your phone for planning purposes, maybe face-to-face coaching has a place in your planning, too.

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Want to Change? Start Here (with Cortney McDermott) SB RWD 91

May 1, 2019 01:01:45

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I'm personally excited for you to hear this episode. When this first aired I personally was going through some really dark stuff...and as always happens, I found a book that spoke to me and helped me through it. I needed to change. I needed a wake up call. Maybe you do, too. I was lucky that I found Cortney's book and wondered, "Would she come on the show and talk about this?" I'm grateful that she did. Of course, the rest of the episode is a lot of fun, as always. - Joe.

Our original show notes:

Where do you start when planning your money? Cortney McDermott, the author of one of this year's hottest self-help and business books, joins us in the basement to talk about starting out. If you don't know what you want, how do you know where to go? Yet, most of us don't ask ourselves the right questions to even begin the journey.

Plus, we'll also share headlines from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check them out for real estate) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Money Not Handed To You? Here's The Memo - with John Hope Bryant (SB RWD 90)

Apr 29, 2019 48:39

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The "system" isn't fair. Names from Ray Dalio to Bill Gates talk about income inequality. Poverty is often swept under the rug by people who want to easily dismiss it as "not pulling yourself up," yet most know it isn't that easy. One man who knows very well how difficult inequality can be is John Hope Bryant. He came down to the basement to talk about "getting the memo" in 2017, and we've been talking about it ever since. To kick off rewind week (if you're new to the show, we play favorites for a week after eight weeks of new podcasts), we're excited to re-share this episode. Enjoy!

Here's Why You Aren't Rich

Apr 26, 2019 01:18:01

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Why aren't you rolling in the dough? Maybe it's because you aren't focusing on the right parts of your budget. Studies have consistently shown that ONE area of savings beats all others. What is it? Tori Dunlap from HerFirst100k joins Len Penzo and OG to talk about why you aren't saving more money. While you'll learn the top reason why you aren't saving more, you might also have fun doing it....

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion while Joe talks with Jarrod from the new Easy Profit game. If you've spent any amount of time listening to the show you know that we love the idea of the science of play. So when we heard about a new game that'll teach you how to understand financial statements we just had to talk to the guy behind it all.

Then, when Joe's done talking to Jarrod, we'll take some time for Doug's trivia. After a little Disney inspired gameshow fun we'll answer a voicemail from Demetrious, who's been hard at work paying down his loans. While Demetrious wants to keep bringing an extra cash all the overtime at his manufacturing job has been wearing down on his body. Are there some side hustles that he could turn to?

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Transitions, Sudden Money, and Negotiating Contracts (with Andrew "Hawk" Hawkins)

Apr 24, 2019 01:04:46

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Andrew Hawkins was an NFL football player with the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. He also won two Grey Cups in the Canadian Football League, worked in the Detroit Lions front office, starred in a reality television show with Michael Irvin, and starred on Sportscenter on Snapchat...what's he doing now? He's coming down to the basement to talk about how to transition. In his new podcast series, Branching Out (par of the Kneeding Dough series of podcasts if you're searching iTunes), Andrew interviews professional athletes about how they made the transition from pro sports and also what savvy money moves they've made along the way. We'll talk about changing jobs, starting out, building your team, believing in yourself when nobody else does, and more. It's an inspiring interview with Hawk.

Plus, in our headlines segment, investors are flocking to buy ZOOM stock... but there's a problem. That's not the company they really want. They're really after ZM stock (from the popular video conferencing company Zoom). Due diligence anyone? And in our second headline, we'll cover one woman's emotional story about creating a "what-if" plan to prepare for the loss of a significant other.

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Drew, who is on a student loan repayment plan. He'll qualify for student loan forgiveness in 20 years, but he doesn't want to put all his faith in his loans being forgiven. Should he forgo investing and instead plug away at his student loans?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia...which today is exceptionally epic.

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From Monk to Money Manager

Apr 22, 2019 01:20:09

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Doug Lynam grew up in a wealthy family but rejected looking wealthy at an early age and began hanging out with counter-culture kids while trying hard to find himself. From that lifestyle to the Marines and finally to becoming a monk, we'll talk about Doug's quest to find himself and ultimately to come to grips with the role of money and what it meant for him (and also for many of us). We'll talk through stories about his quest, how he began helping his fellow monks with their money, and ultimately how he became a money manager. He'll also share strategies to help you begin building your financial knowledge, to start questioning your own view of money, and to ultimately become a better steward of money. It's a wide-ranging, fun discussion, and we hope you're able to join us for it!

In our headlines we'll talk to Paul Yakoboski, Senior Economist at TIAA Institute, about the results of the company's 2019 Personal Finance Index. He'll share how education and juggling your financial life are closely related. We'll talk about trends with the P-Fin index, the roll of education in your game plan, and more. He'll discuss how to gain knowledge about money and how to become better handling financial concerns. Plus, another company is planning an iPO. No, not an IPO (initial public offering), but a more made-up term called an iPO. We'll explain today.

Later in the show, we'll throw out the Haven Lifeline to Alan, who has an awesome question for us about pensions. He has two choices: one where he can take the full amount himself or another where he gives up $400 per month but his spouse is also covered for her life. Which does he take?

Then, in our letters segment, Dillion writes in asking about the best way to transition into the field of personal finance. He's currently an accountant, but Dillion's realized his passion is in helping people learn about and gain control of their finances. What's the approach to moving into the personal finance field?

Of course, we'll also make some room for Doug's trivia, so don't you worry.

Financial Lessons from a Wedding Gone Wrong

Apr 19, 2019 01:06:32

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What happens when a bride and her mom spend $70,000 on a wedding and everything goes wrong? Here's a bigger question: What happens when you spend more to get a bigger, better experience and it completely goes awry? Is it better to "super size" your spending to find more joy? We're all about the correlation between happiness and spending on today's episode. We're shaking things up with today's roundtable guest because joining us in today's discussion is Bobbi Rebell, host of the Financial Grownup podcast AND co-host of our very own Money in the Morning show. Plus, we'll call up Paula Pant of Afford Anything, and Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com.

After a crazy Game of Thrones meets Len Penzo inspired trivia from Doug, we'll answer a voicemail during the Magnify Money call. Reed asks about an article he's read on retirement. According to the piece, there's a lot of "front-loaded" spending in retirement, which could drain cash savings a lot quicker than expected. We'll give our take on retirement, spending, and planning in our response to the piece.

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Quitting Your Job at 31 to Achieve a Life Goal (Your Letters)

Apr 17, 2019 01:17:49

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Today we're all about your letters. We'll start with a question about moving funds around to avoid some taxes, jump into helping a 25-year-old decide whether to max out his retirement accounts, answer a question about robo advisors, and then launch into helping kids with money, how to save for a house, and more.

In our headlines segment we'll talk to Joe Jiminez from The Alternate Life podcast. Maybe you've had the urge to quit your day job and go on a journey, but few of us have actually followed through. Joe Jiminez dumped the job and spent his summer walking the Continental Divide Trail. We might not be able to take the summer off ourselves, but we'll at least ask Joe what it's like.

Then later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Reggie, who's heard on the show that OG isn't particularly fond of Betterment or Wealthfront. Reggie has a bulk of his money in Wealthfront and Betterment, so he's wondering...what's the issue?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia...which today is exceptionally epic.

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Tax Day 2019 (Plus Parenting Beyond the Rules with Connie Albers)

Apr 15, 2019 01:09:57

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Connie Albers joins us today to talk about communication. Specifically, we'll talk about communicating with teenagers, but if you've ever struggled to communicate with anyone, Connie will share great tips on how to build bridges. We'll talk about how to ask the tough questions and have difficult conversations. We'll discuss ways to better understand what's going on in the other person's life. Most of all, we'll discuss ways to be a good leader for your children or for the people around you.

If you're still struggling to finish your taxes, Katherine Pomerantz of The Bookkeeping Artist swoops in to save the day. Katherine will share some great tips for ways to possibly save some money on your taxes and also provide some guidance for people not prepared to finish today. How do you file an extension? What if you can't pay the tax due? And in our second headline, the amount of money Americans are paying on credit card interest is only going up this year... by A LOT.

And later on in the show we'll throw out the Haven Life line to some new parents. Sebastian and his wife had their baby last year, and they're trying to secure his college future. They have a few different plans in mind, but would like some help on choosing the best one.

Then, in our letters segment, Tom has recently started using savings apps. This all sounds well and good, but he also has $13,000 in debt. Should Tom forgo the savings until he has in debt under control?

We Make $500k a Year and Struggle With Our Budget (plus the Retirement Budget Calculator)

Apr 12, 2019 01:14:49

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Why is a couple making $500,000 a year feel like they're just getting by? Shouldn't they feel better off than most people? On today's roundtable we'll examine the budget of the couple who feel just "average" and discuss why lifestyle inflation can eat up more of our income than we expect. Joining us on today's show we welcome special guest Michael Anderson (from Maranantha.com), Paula Pant (from AffordAnything.com), and from our very own podcast, OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break for our weekly Friday Fintech segment, this week featuring something really cool that can help your retirement plan. Joe sits down with Jason Parker from Sound Retirement Planning, who shares the work he's done to create a calculator that will more likely help you set up realistic scenarios that you can use for your planning.

And during our Magnify Money Call, we'll answer a voicemail from Annie. Annie's on the track to be debt-free. She's already been investing into her retirement accounts, and she has a four month emergency fund saved up right now. Annie will complete her last goal after she pays off her car loan and ups her emergency fund to six months. What should be her next milestone?

As always, of course, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia.

The Genius of Living Like It's Groundhog Day (with Austin Kleon)

Apr 10, 2019 01:14:49

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How do you keep going when every day seems like a repeat of the last? What do you do to stay focused when either you're always asked to jump higher or may even just perform the same tasks again and again? Why do we turn every great hobby into a marketing opportunity and kill it by calling it a new a "side hustle" idea? What's the value of gifting something? What tools do you use to build your dreams? Our guest today, Austin Kleon, helps us address all of these fundamental questions and more. As a New York Times Bestselling author and creator, Kleon brings the creative mind of an artist to the pragmatic business world and shares some truths that can help all of us attain more of the life we're fighting for.

Great news! There's some exciting new legislation working its way through Congress that could offer better retirement options in the future. As always, we've invited an expert to help us make sense of it all. Chris Spence is senior director of federal government relations for TIAA, and has a front row seat to all of the changes. He'll share highlights, concerns, and the big wins for many of us on today's show.

Also during our headlines segment, we'll discuss one recent news article suggesting that those staying out of the equity rally are really starting to feel its effects. In fact, people staying on the sidelines in cash just might make this year's rally last longer.

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Harvey. Harvey and his wife are closing on their dream home soon (congratulations!) and are wondering what they should do with their condo. They know they can more than cover its expenses if they rent it out, but selling the property will save them a ton of cash on their new loan, along with PMI payments. What should the couple do?

Plus, when we get to our letters segment, we'll tear open some mail from Kevin, who's wondering if you can "exchange" ETFs like you can mutual funds.

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia...which today is exceptionally epic.

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How To Fire Your Financial Advisor

Apr 8, 2019 01:23:51

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Ever wonder about firing your advisor? One woman wrote to Joe about firing her advisor, and we realized that's a question that many people have. How does the process work? Do you tell them? How do you move your money somewhere else? In their haste to get rid of an advisor, some people make big mistakes that end up costing them lots of money.

Today we're letting you be a fly on the wall. In place of our regularly featured interview, we'll let you listen in on the recorded conversation Joe had with an anonymous listener who's gotten fed up with her financial advisor. They'll discuss whether to sell assets, what records to keep, how to talk to the advisor, and what to look for in new/better help and brokerages.

Plus, in our headlines segment (couldn't get rid of that, could we?), the nation's biggest bond investor has dismissed the possibility of a stock market downturn in the near future. BUT, many in the financial media think the signs all point to stock market doom and the downturn is at our doorstep. So, who should we believe? Should our financial plan change regardless of what happens?

And later in the show, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Danielle. Her son, who has special needs, is getting his job. They are working toward him living independently and want to open an account for him at a brick-and-mortar bank where he'll have assistance if needed and easy access to his cash. Thoughts?

Then, in our letters segment, we'll cover a (totally) hypothetical question from Matt. Would it make much sense to have his kid forgo the traditional college experience and instead put all the savings into an investment account? It's all about time in the market, right?

Don't you worry, we'll cover it all and more (including Doug's trivia), on today's content-packed episode of Stacking Benjamins.

What Retirement Terms Should You Know? (plus an intro to the Penge app)

Apr 5, 2019 01:12:34

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Do you think you could pass a quiz covering basic questions about retirement? While you MIGHT be confident that you know the basics, a recent TD Ameritrade survey suggests that most Americans would actually fail a simple retirement quiz. To help us make sense of whether the terms listed on this quiz are actually meaningful we're helped on Joe's Dad's shortwave by Paula Pant (Afford Anything), Andy Hill (Marriage Kids and Money), and special guest Daniel Angelone (Innovative Planning Partners.)

Halfway through the show we'll take small break from the roundtable for our weekly Friday Fintech segment. Joe will talk to Brittany Joiner, creator of the social finance app, Penge. Different than many of our interviews, the Penge app isn't yet "a thing." How does a developer create the idea for a new app and bring it to life? Brittany is living that right now. We'll also tackle how she realized that being inclusive with your social circle about personal finance can change our attitudes towards money. We'll cover that and more during today's Fintech segment.

And during our Magnify Money Call, we'll answer a voicemail from Calvin, who's still getting adjusted to the world of personal finance. From what he's learned so far ETFs and mutual funds are the best way to invest. Is there anything else he should be doing with his money to diversify?

As always, of course, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia.

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One Woman's Shark Tank Journey (with Tanya VanCourt)

Apr 3, 2019 01:25:38

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Ever wonder what it'd be like to square off against the sharks? Tanya VanCourt from Goalsetter.co just did that and we'll share the exciting story from start to finish on today's show. Whether you're a fan of Shark Tank, Goalsetter, FinTech, or just entrepreneurship in general, you're going to love our blow-by-blow telling of Tanya's Shark Tank adventure. She shares LOTS of strategic lessons for anyone hoping to be a business owner, networker, or strategist.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll talk to Peter Polson (CEO of Tiller) about Apple's new credit card offering, which was announced just last week. While it's been getting a lot of hype from the media, is the card worth it? We'll break down the features of the new card, perceived benefits from it, and how this offering stacks up against others.

Also, we'll dive into one piece from Barrons that could throw a big wrench in a few retirement plans. Are you counting on your primary residence to finance your retirement? We'll discuss why that may not be the best strategy for your golden years. The Barron's piece calls it a trap, but do we agree?

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Les, who owes extra tax this year due to his 1099 income. Les also receives a W2 from his employer. Could he request extra withholding from his employer to cover his self employment taxes? We'll round out the show with a letter from Nathan, who's hopping jobs. Both of his employers have a 457 plan, but his new job won't have a company match. What should he do with his 457? Roll it over? Leave it alone? Roll it to a different plan?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia...which today is exceptionally epic.

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Whose Priorities Are You Working On? (with Laura Vanderkam)

Apr 1, 2019 01:17:23

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We aren't foolin' around on April Fools Day, because bestselling author, TED speaker, and top researcher of successful people Laura Vanderkam joins us. Laura and Joe tackle time management and priorities. When you have more tasks to do than time to do them in, how do you decide what to do first? What do you ignore? She'll share some simple to implement ideas that will help you conquer your inbox and more importantly, help you increase your attention to what matters. If you need more money, more time, or more life, this is the episode for you.

In our headlines segment we'll also talk to Mike Foy from JD Power and Associates about their annual survey on full service advisory firms. This year it appears clients may be ready to ditch their advisor unless they're able to add to the bottom line (especially in a couple crucial areas). What is your advisor doing/not doing? We'll address that on today's show.

Also in our headlines segment, Securities America has been hit by an $18 million lawsuit. With the company's now fired broker facing up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a Ponzi scheme, what lessons should we be taking from a family who's taken an $18 million hit loss since 2001?

Of course, that's not all. We'll also throw out the Haven Life line to to Royale. With her financial plans on track and savings going well, is there anything Royale and her family are missing from their plan? Of course, we'll still take time to answer a listener letter. Today we'll field one from Michael, who wants to know if there's a good strategy for investments when the market starts to cool off. , and talk about a certain project Mom's Neighbor Doug may or may not be working on.

All of that and more in another action-packed episode of the Stacking Benjamins Show!

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Outdated Money Advice You Should Probably Ditch (plus an intro to MetPro)

Mar 29, 2019 01:21:27

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On today's show, we'll cover all the (once) great financial strategies that have floated around the financial community. What outdated rules-of-thumb are you holding? We'll talk about which financial rules you should probably chuck out the window, and which ones still hold some water in today's world. Joining us on today's roundtable is Sophia Bera (Gen Y Planning), Paula Pant (Afford Anything), and from our very own podcast, OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take small break for our Friday Fintech segment, which today we're renaming "Friday HealthTech." Joe and OG sit down with Angelo Poli, the founder of personal lifestyle and weight loss company, MetPro. How do you get yourself in shape? Buy health and sell bad habits.

And during our Magnify Money Call, our contributors will take a walk down memory lane to answer Rob's question. Rob's a high school teacher with the opportunity to pass on good financial knowledge to his senior class. He'd like some advice on what knowledge we would've wanted before we started our life journey.

As always, of course, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia.

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Making the Millionaire Choice (with Tony Bradshaw)

Mar 27, 2019 01:23:08

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Tony Bradshaw believes that we all can become millionaires. Growing up in a low income household, Tony learned the hard way how difficult it was to make and keep a dollar. But, using some of the strategies he talks about on today's show, he set a goal, made a plan, and then worked his plan to become a millionaire before he was forty years old. We'll talk about how you can make similar choices on today's podcast.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we're NOT talking about Millennials, but instead, the newest study focused on... Gen Z. If we had to put a label or two on this generation's approach to the workplace it would read something like this: fast promotions and BIG raises. We'll dig behind the numbers and find some takeaways that are more than meets the eye, with the CEO of the company that studied the commission, Bill Bennett, from Inside Out Development.

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to David, who has some "big" investor questions. What's the deal with being an accredited investor? The group has to be pulling in a nice income every year, or has a big net worth already behind them. Is there really a higher class of investor who have better investing options than everyone else? After we spend some time sorting out the answer for David we'll field a letter from Kyle, who wants needs some guidance on what to do with a bonus from work. Should Kyle lump sump into his 401k (which will max out his contributions for the year), or dollar cost average the cash into his account?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia.

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How To Find and Profit From Your Money Story (with Jean Chatzky)

Mar 25, 2019 01:10:56

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What's your money story? What the heck IS a money story? Jean Chatzky from Her Money (and the Today Show money editor) joins us to talk about her money story, why it's important, and how to use it to avoid making mistakes in the future and capitalize on your strengths. We'll also talk about maximizing social security, why many women don't consider themselves to be "investors," and judgement-free financial discussions.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll cover one new story that suggests there's a "alphabeticity bias" in 401k investing. What is alphabeticity bias? We'll not only define it, but probably make you groan when you hear how it's hurting people's performance in their retirement plans.

Later on we'll field some of your questions. First we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Tim, who has a pension fund at work and an estimated monthly benefit. How does he calculate his net worth statement. Next, we'll open up a letter from Tyler, who has recently read that he shouldn't own small cap funds in a taxable brokerage account because of capital gains. Does he have a right to be concerned?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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Lessons from the Tooth Fairy (plus an intro to alternative investment IRAs with Alto)

Mar 22, 2019 01:20:29

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In true Stacking Benjamins fashion today we're all about the Tooth Fairy. A new Delta Dental study shows that the Tooth Fairy is leaving less money for children's teeth. Does this mean the economy is weakening? Does it mean that the value of teeth are lower? Helping us out today we welcome special guest Susan Beacham from MoneySavvy.com. Also on today's motley crew, is Paula Pant from AffordAnything.com, and rounding out our gang is Len Penzo from the LenPenzo.com blog.

Halfway through the show, we'll take a break from our discussion with Susan and the rest of the gang to cover a long running IRA problem. Have you been looking for a place to make investing in alternative investments easier inside of your IRA? During our Fintech segment Joe will talk to Eric Satz, CEO of IRA company Alto, about what his company is doing to help streamline the process.

Then we'll answer a Magnify Money call for help from Lauren, who wants to save money for her kid's college fund, but is weary about the restrictions that come with using a traditional 529 plan. What other college savings vehicles are available for her?

As always, of course, we'll still save some time for Doug's trivia.

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The Case Against Rolling Your Workplace Plan to an IRA

Mar 20, 2019 01:05:29

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We're answering your letters today, but first, we'll tackle a headline about the case against rolling over your 401(k) plan to an IRA. Most of us have heard why you should roll it over. Let's now hear the flip side. With points such as the lack of a stable value fund, the fact that many IRA advisors are just salespeople, and 401(k) plans in general beat IRA performance, the author makes many points which, on the surface, sound like an open-and-shut case. But is that really ALL of the argument? We'll discuss it today!

Plus, also in our headlines segment, one special interest group who loves fiduciary rules is arguing against one state that's trying to put them into place. Do they have a good argument? What does that mean for advisors helping you with your planning in general? We'll also tackle that big topic.

But then, we'll spend most of the show on your letters, which today include a TON of Roth IRA questions, among others. How should you set up your Roth? What about the 5 year rule? How should you invest your money inside of your Roth? We'll answer those, plus throw out the Haven Life Line, fire up Doug's trivia question, and more.

Today's episode is a great way to celebrate the first day of spring!

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How to Hire The Perfect Advisor (for you), with Nicholas Stuller

Mar 18, 2019 01:17:15

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Finding the right person to help you make your best financial moves is a giant exercise in trust. How do you know an advisor is perfect for you? On that note, how do you know the advisor is right for anyone? What questions can you ask to avoid the wrong relationship? There are a thousand questions you could ask... but the bottom line is this: How do you hire the right person to help you manage your financial decisions? Coming onto the show today is the man with many answers, the author of How to Find the Perfect Advisor, Nicholas Stuller. By the end of the conversation, you'll know what you should watch out for and have the confidence to make the right decision when it comes to hiring a great advisor.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll take a look at marijuana stocks. These types of stocks continue to see a huge inflow of cash, but could investing in a marijuana stock create some big unintended consequences? We'll cover one piece that details the repercussions you could face by throwing even a few dollars of fun money into the wrong investment.

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to JB, who's looking for the pros and cons of choosing one method of retirement investing over another. What should investors be looking at when deciding on how to invest their retirement funds? We'll also answer a letter from Mark, who's looking for advice on if he should convert his traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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How Do the Wealthy Manage THEIR Money? (plus FinTech to come with Ryan Falvey)

Mar 15, 2019 01:21:50

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What do rich people do with all their Benjamins? Yachts? Helicopters? Trips to the Alps? Helping us through one MarketWatch piece that seems to have the answer to our burning questions about wealth, is the founder of Reisup, Tara Falcone. Plus, we welcome Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com and OG from our very own SB podcast.

Halfway through the show, we'll take a break from our discussion to talk about the future of FinTech. On our special Friday segment to talk about where your next savings opportunity might come from, we welcoming the co-founder of start-up incubator Financial Ventures Studio, Ryan Falvey.

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Tim, who has a question about where he and his wife should sock away their retirement funds. Right now most of their money is in traditional accounts, but would it make more sense to have it a Roth account instead?

As always, of course, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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How Do the Wealthy Manage THEIR Money? (plus FinTech to come with Ryan Falvey)

Mar 15, 2019

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What do rich people do with all their Benjamins? Yachts? Helicopters? Trips to the Alps? Helping us through one MarketWatch piece that seems to have the answer to our burning questions about wealth, is the founder of Reisup, Tara Falcone. Plus, we welcome Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com and OG from our very own SB podcast.

Halfway through the show, we'll take a break from our discussion to talk about the future of FinTech. On our special Friday segment to talk about where your next savings opportunity might come from, we welcoming the co-founder of start-up incubator Financial Ventures Studio, Ryan Falvey.

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Tim, who has a question about where he and his wife should sock away their retirement funds. Right now most of their money is in traditional accounts, but would it make more sense to have it a Roth account instead?

As always, of course, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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How Do I Pay Off My College Debt? Plus, FIRST No-Fee ETF (with David Carlson)

Mar 13, 2019 01:09:09

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Does it feel like it'll be an eternity until you've finally finished off your student loans? Maybe you're one of the nearly two-thirds of Americans who wonder how they'll ever pay off their loans. Student loans can be a burden for years after you've walked across the stage for a diploma, and it's one expense no one would miss from their monthly budget. And while money and enough time will eventually take care of your student loans, we expect you don't want to wait to be anchored down for a good portion of your working life. So to help you pay down your loans more quickly, today, we welcome special guest David Carlson. David has been in the all-too-known position of having to pay down lots of student loan debt... but he figured out a solution to pay it off. Now he's teaching his process to us.

Plus, in our headlines segment, one FinTech company that you've probably heard of is rolling out fee-free exchange-traded funds. Surely it's time to jump ship and invest in them, right? In our second piece, we're looking at one MarketWatch publication about how a manager earns his profits: from other investors' mistakes.

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Matt, who is relocating from Texas to Louisiana. Texas does not have a tax on income, while Louisiana does. Can Matt hold off on his retirement contributions so that he can reduce his earned income in Louisiana?

And in our letter's segment, Duncan wants to know if he should take out a small loan to max out his Roth IRA for the year. He's only 30, so he has plenty of time left to minimize risk.

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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Earning More By Doing Less (with David Hause)

Mar 11, 2019 01:09:25

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Are you aggressively striving for your financial goals? Putting in the time to make your dreams come true? Are you sure you're NOT going to let anything stand in your way when it comes to securing a nice retirement and a fantastic nest egg? Here's a question: when are you working TOO hard toward your goal? How do you know when you've gotten TOO caught up in the rat race? On today's show, we sit with entrepreneur David Hauser, who's built and sold two successful businesses, but who also has been overworked, unhappy, and unhealthy. Early on, David was used to a 100+ hour week, a lifestyle of unhealthy eating, and not a lot of physical activity. After a 10 year journey of self improvement, David has found a work-life balance that not only satisfies his financial needs but his personal ones as well. As you'll hear in the interview, being all about the Benjamins doesn't necessarily mean you need to sacrifice the other important parts of your life.

Plus, in our headlines segment, how much do you spend on subscriptions? Today Joe talks to Andy Kerns from Digital Third Coast. Partnering with Waterstone to conduct the study, Andy's team looked into the relationship that America has with subscription services. Is it destroying your bottom line? We'll also dive into a piece on how the new crop of financial planners are trained... should more financial firms be looking at a residency program?

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Roxanna, who's only partially vested in a 401k at her old workplace. Could she have problems getting her cash down the road? On the letter's side of things, Tearar wants to get some ETFs in her workplace's SIMPLE IRA, but is getting pushback. What's the deal?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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What Financial Terms Should You Know? (with an intro to the Destiny app)

Mar 8, 2019 01:20:58

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401k? Roth? Dollar cost averaging? Market timing? Target-date funds? Choosing to take responsibility for your financial well-being is often a difficult choice, and it's not made any easier by the long list of jargon that comes attached to being money savvy. That's why on today's show we're breaking down all the words and definitions that'll have you scratching your head as you try to get your budget and retirement plan on the right track. Joining our awesome panel of contributors today (alongside our very own OG, and Paula Pant from Afford Anything) is Nate Abercrombie, from the Investing with the Buyside podcast.

Halfway through the show, we'll take a small break from our discussion for our Friday Fintech segment. On today's segment, Joe sits down for a call with Parker Graham from the Destiny App. Do you want to pay off your debt faster (of course you do!), but also get the small wins from the debt snowball method? We'll explore how the Destiny App is setting out to give you the best of both worlds on today's Fintech.

Plus, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Kristen. Kristen and her husband are high-income earners but are putting two kids through college. They're also carrying a mortgage and a car loan... with no retirement savings. Where should Kristen and her spouse put their focus as they realign their priorities?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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Saving For a House, Real Stock Returns, Social Security, and more (Your Letters)

Mar 6, 2019 58:50

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Should you take on debt to buy real estate? Does the stock market really return as much as we're told it after a life of saving and investing? And on the topic of stocks... how should a portfolio be split up between small, large and foreign stocks? That's just a sneak peak of the broad range of question and answers we're discussing on today's jam-packed letters episode.

During our headlines segment, OG is sharing his thoughts on Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway letter to investors. Plus, we're calling 1(800)Accountant CEO Mike Savage. What's the deal with this year's tax refunds... or lack thereof?

After some unusually fantastic trivia by Doug, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Luke, who is getting his master's degree this fall. With his tuition covered, plus a stipend of $1400 a month, should he try to max out his Roth IRA before school starts, or should he save the amount of $6000?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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Mortgages 101 (plus: your subscriptions are killing you)

Mar 4, 2019 01:20:09

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Whether you've never purchased a home before or just don't know much about the process, we've got a treat for you today. We're going to dive into everything mortgages 101 today, like PMI, the negotiability of fees, and the lie that everyone quoting rates is telling (those rates "might not be what you think they'd be.") On today's show we welcome the guy who's teaching us everything millennials need to know about mortgages, Jeff VanNote.

During our headlines segment, we'll start with one piece detailing how Americans would spend a life-changing sum of money. Do you know how you would spend yours? In our second headline, we talk to head of retirement research from Carson Wealth, professor Jamie Hopkins. Could you be on the hook for your parents' long term care? Plus, in a special third headline, one Florida man received a $980,000 tax refund. Before you start asking how you can cash in as he did, you'll want to find out the rest of that story.

Later on, we'll field a Haven Life Line call from Michael, who has $5,000 in savings. He's put in about $500 into Acorns so far to start investing, but should he be doing more? And in our letter segment, Allen tells us how he's been socking away $100 per month since his daughter has been born. She's going off to college in a couple of years, and Allen wants to keep socking away $100 for her in a Roth IRA once she graduates. Where's the best place to start the account?

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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Money Moves For the MINUTE You Decide to Retire with Harlan Landes AND Buzz Indexes (SB RWD 89)

Mar 1, 2019 01:05:38

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What should be the number one priority on your retirement planning list? That answer is going to be different for everyone, and on this roundtable episode our contributors gave their take on one list's "most' urgent items.

You can find the original show notes from 2016 below: 

What are the most important moves to make in retirement? Harlan Landes (Adulting.tv, Plutus Foundation) joins Paula (AffordAnything) and Len (LenPenzodotcom) to tackle a recent Wisebread piece that claims to give us the MOST urgent items on your retirement planning list. Does our panel agree? You'll find out on today's show. Also, we mull over real estate home improvements (where do you get the most bang for your hard-earned dollar?) AND dream about what we'd do if we could get unlimited points/miles. Heck, even ChiChi's gets a mention on today's show. You know it's going to be a wild one when we're talking ChiChi's.

In our FinTech segment we talk to Jamie Wise from Buzz Indexes(BUZ) about their index and ETF. Hedge fund managers have been following the wisdom of social media crowds...now Jamie and his firm are bringing the same technology to the average investor.

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Check Your Financial Diagnostic with Jean Chatzky (RWD 88)

Feb 27, 2019 01:01:40

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When's the last time you gave you financial life a good inspection? It's been a bit since we talked about having a good look at our financial processes and routines, so the Fintern decided to spin up Joe's interview with Today Show Money Editor Jean Chatzky. 

Back in 2017 Joe talked to Jean about why people should get a financial "check up." We still think that's a great idea in 2019.

Here are the original show notes from 2017: 

If anyone knows the heartbeat of personal finance, it's Today Show Money Editor Jean Chatzky. On today's podcast, Jean joins us in the basement to talk about your financial engine. How well is it running? She's teamed up with Dr. Michael Roizen to talk about how to age-proof your life. We'll have LOTS of tips and resources today.

In our headline segment, we talk annuities. Our arch-enemy Meg forwarded us a nefarious piece about annuities that clearly displays what some annuity salespeople are thinking--they just want your cash. Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line and also save time for Doug's trivia.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.

What Do We Think About Market Timing? (RWD 087)

Feb 25, 2019 01:05:31

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We haven't talked about market timing at all on the show lately, so the Fintern thought it was about time to reach back in the archives and find an old episode on the topic.

This eshow is from a Wednesday back before we changed our format. OG sounds like he's in a tin can, to a degree, but if you can get through that, the show itself is a really great collection of letters from you.

Here's the original show notes from 2015:

Today the star of the show is YOU! You ask us about market timing, diversification and risk…and we deliver the goods.

Plus PK is back in the basement to argue with Joe about emergency funds. When is it the right time to save into your emergency fund? Is it best to save BEFORE you pay down debt or AFTER? PK says AFTER and Joe says BEFORE….you’ll hear the epic debate on today’s show!

As if that weren’t enough, today’s headline is about China’s recent move to regulate their stock market volatility. Is that good or bad for investors? We also review the film Focus with Will Smith and Margo Robbie.

Lies Money Gurus Tell (plus an intro to NuMoola)

Feb 22, 2019 01:06:31

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It's easy to find financial advice on the internet. But finding GOOD financial advice? You'll find that's a bit more difficult. With so many money "gurus" pushing their sage wisdom, how do you sort through all the noise and find the truth? We'll discuss where the "truth" lies today, with some help from our contributors: Chelsea Brannon from Smart Money Mamas, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com, and OG from this podcast. Today we're tackling money, (bad) advice, and lies!

Halfway through the show we'll take a break to talk to Eric Redline, creator of kid-focused money management app, NuMoola. Next we'll answer a Magnify Money call from Scott, who wants to buy a home sooner rather than later. The catch? He doesn't have 20% to put down as a downpayment. Should he charge forward anyway?

And don't you worry, we'll save some time for Doug's trivia.

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When Should I Fire My Financial Advisor? (Your Letters)

Feb 20, 2019 01:14:26

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Today we'll throw out our regular playbook to focus on what's really important: your burning financial questions! From Ginny, who wants to become interested in finance (plus a husband who has a BIG man-crush on OG), to Craig and his wife who just inherited a big sum of money....and to Chris wants to know if he should use his savings to pay off his car note before his wedding, we made you and your questions our BIGGEST focus today.

BUT, that's not all... we still managed to tackle two big headlines. Making ripples across the financial sector, one ex financial adviser has been sent to prison for seven years after stealing $300,000 from a 97 year old. How do you avoid that mess? We'll show you where this situation went off the rails. Plus, in our second headline, a series of mistakes has the Omaha Public School' pension fund scrambling after a $771 million shortfall. Headlines like these don't exactly inspire trust in the financial industry, so we'll share our big ideas on saving for retirement without walking into a mess like this.

A letters episode doesn't mean we're skipping out on the Haven Life Line! Jared is at a critical point with his financial advisor, who hasn't had the best returns in the past couple of years. Is it time for Jared to give his advisor the boot? We can't make the decision for him... but we can tell him our thoughts.

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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Starting a Business, Cardi B, and the Problem with Afterpay

Feb 18, 2019 59:57

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Nearly everyone has had a "great" business idea. However, as mom says, "the devil is in the details," and great businesses aren't built on ideas, they're built on successful implementation and follow through. To help you set up either your next side gig or start your next big venture, we're excited to talk to Maria Aspan, Editor at Large for Inc. Magazine. She'll discuss where to look for financing, the importance of a business plan (is it really important?), how to ask family for money, when to include venture capitalists, and more. She'll also share some fantastic success stories from people who've already accomplished what many of our listeners want to learn.

Plus in our headlines segment millennial money expert Stephanie O'Connell stops by the basement to discuss the new layaway alternative, Afterpay. Here's how it works: pick out what you want today and pay for it later. Does that sound somewhat like a credit card? Stephanie breaks it all down during our interview. And in our second headline, Cardi B is speaking out against people who are taking jabs at her spending habits. She says she's spending over $300,000 per month and can't lower her bills any more. What's her reasoning? We'll jump into her personal financial issues and talk about responsibilities during our second headline.

And in our Haven Life Line, Dustin has his investments for his son's college in the market. With college quickly approaching, where should Dustin be moving his money? Then we'll take a letter from Chris, who wants more information on the rule of thumb many of us have heard, of having a certain threshold of money saved by different ages.

As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia.

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How to NOT Blow Your Tax Refund (Plus an intro to CareerPurpose from TIAA)

Feb 15, 2019 01:07:57

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Whether it's big check time from the IRS or not, it's always important to know ahead of time what to do with a large sum of money. Do you have a plan for your tax refund cash? Today, whether you have the beginnings of a plan or no clue, this show is for you. Today we're joined by host of the Seven Figures podcast, Sandy Waters, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and our very own OG.

About halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Mark Elliot from TIAA about your career. Looking for a more meaningful vocation? Mark will describe CareerPurpose.com, a partnership they've formed with LinkedIn to help people like you improve their work life.

And after some deep-sea inspired trivia from Doug, we'll cross the finish line by taking out the magnifying glass and helping listener Austin. He could finish paying off his loans this year, but that would mean taking a year off from investing. What should he do?

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We Heart Better Money Communication (with Walter Wisniewski and Allison Vanaski)

Feb 13, 2019 01:16:12

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We're celebrating Valentine's Day in true money podcast fashion, talking all things romantic, like wine, spreadsheets, money dates, and open communication about money. We know...total romance. Joining us to discuss all of these things and more are a father-daughter financial planning team of Walter Wisniewski and Allison Vanaski. We'll also talk about non-verbal money cues (what is your significant other NOT telling you about money, but is showing you?), why we're afraid of money chats, and how to discuss financial topics with aging parents and non-family members. We're talking all things communication on today's show!

Plus, in our headlines segment, do credit scores factor in to how we look at love? Does good and bad credit matter in the dating world? We'll talk statistics and love with Jonathan Walker from The Center For The New Middle Class. Plus, Joe and OG will discuss one piece that covers 5 mistakes you could be making with your money.

Later on, we throw out the Haven Life Line to Zac and his wife. They've recently discovered the FIRE movement and now want to retire by 50. With conventional logic suggesting to invest into accounts that won't be available under after 50, where should Zac and his wife be looking to invest with Fire in mind? Plus, we're also answering a letter from Any Mouse, who wants to know if he has enough assets to cover his son in the event that something happened to him.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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The Art and Science of Making Work Optional (with Tanja Hester)

Feb 11, 2019 01:17:07

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Tanja Hester realized at a young age that even though she loved her career, she was still helping an organization chase THEIR goals instead of her own, and that's when her plan to make work optional was hatched. On today's show she'll talk about not only her story, but also about how she and her husband tracked their progress (dual spreadsheets!), discussed the timing of leaving, and downsizing her lifestyle. She also shares potential struggles she sees down the line, like rising health care costs. Whether you wish to retire early, or just retire someday, this is an interview for you.

Plus, attorney Leslie Tayne will help us answer the Haven Life line call for help from Vince, who is worried that his mother is going to be on the hook for some loans she's co-signed. How does she remove herself if the main signer is nowhere to be found?

In our headlines segment, we'll discuss 401(k) jargon. What terms do you must struggle with? We'll also share some advice for the upcoming Valentine's day holiday.

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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5 Reasons People Never Have Enough Money (with an intro to U-Nest)

Feb 8, 2019 01:12:44

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Ever ask yourself why you never seem to have enough money? Maybe the answer is that you need to make more at work, or maybe you just eat out a little bit too much during the week? On today's roundtable, we're joined by Marcus Garrett of the Paychecks and Balances podcast, Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com) and our very own OG. We're tackling 7 questions that, if you're honest with yourself, will give you the answers to why you never seem to have enough money.

Halfway through the roundtable, we'll take a break for the FinTech segment. Joe talks to Ksenia Yudina, founder of college savings platform U-Nest. Ksenia is a mom of three and wanted an easier way to save for college... so she went out and created one.

We're also fielding a MagnifyMoney.com question from Matthew and his fiancée. They're thinking about getting into real estate but aren't big on the idea of getting back into debt. Should they keep their focus on investing in the market, or take the plunge?

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Slashing Expenses To Save More Money (with Grant Sabatier)

Feb 6, 2019 01:24:44

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If you're hoping for financial freedom, Grant Sabatier is maybe the perfect man to hear speak. At one point he was down to less than ten dollars in his accounts, and within a short time went from broke to a millionaire. How did he do it? He'll share his story (which includes how he made money), but also share how to drastically cut your expenses so that you can build your own fortune.

In our headline segment, we'll talk to JJ Kinahan about financial independence. TD Ameritrade recently commissioned a study about the Financial Independence Retire Early movement. It turns out that many people chasing financial freedom have different ideas about "FIRE" than you may have heard in the past.

We're also throwing out the Haven Life Line to Kody, who doesn't fully trust in the public service loan forgiveness program. He's going to be investing money into a taxable account so he'll be able to pay off the loan if needed. What do we think of him investing the amount instead of sticking it into a savings account? Plus, we'll be throwing out a letter to

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Dumb Things Smart People Do With Money (with Jill Schlesinger)

Feb 4, 2019 01:16:53

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THE Jill Schlesinger returns to the basement to talk about three horrible investments people buy: gold, reverse mortgages, and hedge funds. We'll also discuss annuities, permanent life insurance, and other frequent offenders. If you're using any of these products, don't panic! These can all be used successfully in your plan, and Jill will talk about the horrible ways people are tricked into using these products so that you don't make the same mistakes.

Then, in our headlines, we'll cover a piece about industry "sheriff" FINRA cracking down on companies offering expensive 529 plans. Companies will have until April to report themselves and avoid potentially big fines. We'll break down the big picture and what it means to you before we field a call from Trim CEO Thomas Smyth. Mastercard is unrolling a new plan to add consumer protections against those tricky "free" trials that we've all fallen pray to at one point or another. We'll dive in with Thomas to figure out what's all going on with the world of subscriptions and hidden fees.

We're also throwing out the Haven Life Line to Xandra, who's fully invested in the total stock market index fund. With her 401k, HSA, and IRA taken care of, should she be branching out into emerging markets and small cap growth funds to diversify? We'll field a letter from Huy, who's being doing well with their 401k, but wants to open a Roth IRA. So... what exactly is an IRA? How do you open one? We'll break it down for Huy during out letters segment.

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Developing Your Big Game Plan For Your Money (plus an intro to Vimvest)

Feb 1, 2019 01:17:40

Description:

This is the weekend we'll nearly all see (whether we're a fan of sports or not) people at the "top of their game" showing off their ability to excel at their craft. Here's our question: how do you excel with your money? That's why today we're discussing how YOU can maximize you financial Big Game with some good thought-out planning. Plus, we're not bringing you just one special guest today... but TWO. Joining us is Jace Mattinson and Clark Sheffield from the Millionaires Unveiled podcast. And we're keeping the party going with two contributors you know and love: Paula Pant from AffordAnything.com, and Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com.

Halfway through the roundtable, we'll take a little break for our Friday Fintech segment. Joe's having a discussion with Justin Bailey, co-founder of saving and investing platform VimVest. Have plenty of savings goals but not exactly sure how to prioritize? You'll want to listen in to this interview.

We'll also answer a MagnifyMoney.com question from Rob, who is a high school teacher. What's some great financial knowledge Rob should be gifting to his students before they graduate?

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Why Are We Bad With Money? (with Gaby Dunn)

Jan 30, 2019 01:09:27

Description:

Are you horrible with money? Turns out you're not alone (big surprise)! While most of us have been bad with money at some point in our lives, we don't usually write a book about it. Today we're joined by Gaby Dunn, who today will dive into her early years, and the money scripts she learned from school, parents, and friends. It's a quick look into her new book :Bad With Money.

Plus, during our headlines segment, a Barron's piece proves again just how many people don't understand the FIRE movement. And in our second headline, investors are looking for "safer" investments as the economy continues to fluctuate. It's a sad reality that no matter how much we talk about not sabotaging your financial plan, people seem to consistently find a way to shoot themselves in the foot with their financial behavior.

Later in the show, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Kathy, who is looking to retire in the next decade. She should be shifting more of her portfolio over to bonds? What's the right balance between bonds and equities as one gets closer to retirement? We'll also take time to answer a letter from Braden, who's fresh out of college and has his first full-time job. What are some resources he can use to start investing?

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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What's Our Favorite (and least favorite) Tax Software Packages?

Jan 28, 2019 01:09:45

Description:

On today's show we're taking your letters, but first, we're talking to Hannah Rounds, our favorite tax software reviewer, who gives us the lowdown on the good, bad and ugly of tax software. She'll tell us which brands to avoid, which are her favorites, and which packages are surprising. Whether you're willing to pay for your tax support or are looking for the best software package for free, we'll dive into all of the brands to help make your filing season easier.

We're happy that the government shutdown is over for now, but what if it happens again in three weeks? We'll talk to Lacey Langford from the Mil Money Movement podcast about the fallout from the shutdown. If people are trying to duct tape together their financial picture until the receive their first paycheck after the shutdown, what do they do? We'll discuss resources, advice, what NOT to do, and more.

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Pete, who wants to know if he should invest some of his extra cash into a short-term bond fund. He has a large cash reserve, and with interest rates being very low on savings accounts, he wonders whether it'd be worth the time to spike up the interest rate possibilities a little.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Why Some People Will Always Be Poor (with tax prep tips from The Bookkeeping Artist)

Jan 25, 2019 01:04:55

Description:

What does it really mean to be poor? We're not talking about poverty...that's a whole different issue, when compared to one article we're discussing today, which covers the difference between people who are "poor" but own lots of stuff and people who are "rich" and own very little. What do we mean? We'll dive in to this topic today with our roundtable group of bloggers and podcasters, including Cody Berman, co-host of the FI Show; Len Penzo of LenPenzo.com; and from our own Stacking Benjamins podcast, OG. Plus, we'll take a call from Tyler, who has some stock market questions about 2019. Can the Magic 8 Ball possibly help him with his issue? And, if that isn't enough, we'll also answer a question from the mailbag!

Halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk tax prep with Katherine Pomerantz of The Bookkeeping Artist. Katherine brings some great information on how to get your books organized for this year's tax season, and some advice that'll hopefully keep a bit of your hair on your head through April's filing season. ...and of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Join the Seven Figure Club With Tools You Already Possess (with Chris Hogan)

Jan 23, 2019 59:36

Description:

With all of the news dominated lately by the government shutdown and Washington politics, it's easy to focus on things outside of your control. But if you're going to become a millionaire, it's time today to refocus your energy on YOU and what you need to do personally to find your way toward financial success. The perfect person to talk to about personal responsibility comes down to the basement today, Chris Hogan. We'll dispel some of the myths around who's a millionaire and help you set up your plan of attack to join the ranks yourself....sooner rather than later.

In today's headlines: will the government shutdown impact this year's tax return season? Even with a partial recall of IRS employees, there's still plenty of potential issues if the agency doesn't return to full strength. We'll discuss one piece today that takes a look at all the possible problems for individuals and businesses alike.

Plus, we'll be throwing out the Haven Life Line to Matt, who is recently married. What are some resources available for newlyweds going through their first tax season? After that we'll take some time to answer a letter from Jon, who wonders if his wife should ditch her whole life policy for term life insurance, and invest the difference in a Roth.

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Is Too Much Debt Hampering Your Saving Discussions? (Your Letters)

Jan 21, 2019 58:16

Description:

We're dedicating this episode to a very special guest: YOU. Our mailbag is overflowing, so today we realized it was time to devote a whole episode to answering your burning questions. Scott has cash left over after he pays bills and maxes out his regularly scheduled savings contributions... should he open up a Roth IRA? How should Laura prioritize her savings goals: pay down debt, add to retirement accounts, or build her emergency funds? Tyler has been recruited by his local Edward Jones agent. Should he begin his career with them?

In our headlines segment, one recent piece asks the question, "Is your debt the driving factor behind your savings discussions?" We'll tackle why that's an issue, and how it can harm your long term plans. In our second headline we'll look at some changes coming this year to health savings accounts (HSAs).

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to John, who wants to know how to invest his lump sum. Should he dollar cost average over the next year or dump his stash of money into his account at one time?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Our Favorite Ways To Distract Ourselves From Spending (plus an intro to AHP Financing)

Jan 18, 2019 01:10:37

Description:

How do you put the brakes on spending so much money? ....... Our special guest today is Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The Thirty Day Money Cleanse, and she's an expert in cleaning up your budget. We'll talk with her and our team about a recent Budgets Are Sexy blog post in which blogger J. Money lays out how he avoids spending money. What games do you play with yourself to distract yourself from spending money. Plus, two contributors you know and love, Len Penzo from the LenPenzo.com blog, and from Afford Anything, Paula Pant.

Halfway through the roundtable we'll take a break for our Friday Fintech segment and talk to DeAnn O'Donovan from AHP Servicing. AHP Servicing is a company that's setting out to help people who are struggling with their mortgages find ways to stay in their homes.

We'll also answer a MagnifyMoney.com question from Paul, who has the opportunity to buy shares of a new company. He's sure the price is going to jump up. Should he use he cash he has on hand to buy shares, or take out a loan to get even more shares?

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Challenging Yourself To Spend NO Money (with Jen Smith)

Jan 16, 2019 01:12:50

Description:

Could you go a few days without spending any money? A few weeks? How about a few months? Starving your wallet might be simpler than you've previously thought. Jen Smith, co-host of the Frugal Friends podcast, joins us today to talk about gifting yourself a "No Spend Challenge." How does it work? We'll cover her story of spending little to no money to cure her debt issues, and then how she refined the concept to create a plan worthy of talking about on our show and elsewhere!

And in our headlines segment of the podcast, some great news! Long term care benefits have been added to the new crop of Medicare Advantage plans. We'll invite Danielle Kunkle Roberts from Boomer Benefits over so we can all learn more. Plus, we'll take a look at recent changes in the annuity industry. Annuity providers are making a combined effort to bring the industry into the 21st century to speed up the exchange process from months to a week. What does that mean for you? We'll dive in more during our headlines segment.

Later on, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Sean, who's a minority stakeholder in a corporation. The majority stakeholder wants to buy him out... what questions should Sean be asking?

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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How One Family Paid Off a $330k Mortgage in 5 Years

Jan 14, 2019 01:26:04

Description:

Ever wonder how someone decides to aggressively attack a goal, like paying down your mortgage? Talaat McNeely and his spouse Tai decided to think HUGE thoughts when they set out to pay off their house in five years. They didn't know how they'd do it, but they set out anyway and took action, and ultimately accomplished their goal. Today Talaat will tell their family's fantastic story from start to finish. He'll share what they did well and also how they could have maybe paid the house off even faster. He'll share their feelings and emotions along the way that sometimes came near sabotaging their goal...and at other times that helped spur them on to victory.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll detail a great list of questions you should ask a financial advisor. Do you have questions ready when you go in to see an advisor? We'll share some of our favorites before jumping over to our second headline: one California man learns ten million reasons why you shouldn't tell your roommates about hitting the jackpot... see where this is going? Yeah, it's a cautionary tale. 

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Colin, who wants to know our thoughts on target date funds. He's been dollar-cost averaging into a Vanguard target date retirement fund for the past 10 years. Should Colin change his investment strategy? What are out thoughts? We'll also get through TWO letters today. First, Shaun is a financial advisor and wants to know what type of data he should be presenting his clients. Next, will take on a letter from Christy, who writes in to address our answer to a letter asking about individual life insurance.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Your Smartest 2019 Money Moves (plus an intro to Gradifi)

Jan 11, 2019 01:05:40

Description:

What money moves are you planning for 2019? From creating an emergency fund and increasing your 401k contributions, to downsizing and starting a side hustle, there are plenty of smart financial steps you can take to make this year your best one yet. Joining our roundtable discussion about your best money moves today, we welcome Paula Pant from Afford Anything and OG from our very own podcast.

Halfway through the roundtable we'll take a break for our Friday Fintech segment and talk to David Chang from Gradifi. Gradifi is setting out to give employers an easy system to help employees pay down student loans and fund 529 plans.

We'll also answer a MagnifyMoney.com question from Zach, who's interested in the FIRE movement. Should he be following the advice of the FIRE movement and forgo his Roth account in favor of using a traditional?

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Wash Away Your Debts (with Nick Clements)

Jan 9, 2019 01:02:51

Description:

Did you spend too during the holiday season? Studies showed that many of us WAY overspent this year, to the tune of over $1,200 more spending than we could truly afford. Add that to the huge amount of debt people are already carrying, and this year's problem can easily become next year's problem.  To help you wash away your debt problems, today we're talking to Nick Clements on the psychology behind debt management, and the many different ways you can get your year started on the right foot in our annual holiday debt cleanse episode.

Plus, if you're looking to make some extra money on the side to pay down your holiday bills, we've got you covered. We're calling our old friend Harry Campbell, founder of The Rideshare Guy blog and podcast. He'll share lots of ways to help you quickly raise hundreds (and maybe thousands) of dollars. Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Bryan, who took out a 401k loan to buy a rental property. Bryan has extra cash coming in and could pay off the loan pretty quickly. Should he do it? What would be the downsides of choosing to make minimum payments?

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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How To Nail Your Retirement Investment Strategy (with Larry Swedroe)

Jan 7, 2019 01:20:27

Description:

In this tumultuous market, how certain are you about your investment strategy? Larry Swedroe joins us today to talk retirement planning, but especially to talk about weathering the storm of risk and uncertainty in this market. We'll talk about what's normal for the market, why so many people fail, how an all-stock portfolio might or might not work for you, and more. 

Plus, in our headlines segment, lots of people moved their money to treasures to start 2019. Could this foreshadow upcoming negative market conditions this year? We'll share our feelings on today's podcast. Plus, one major publication piece shares how much money you should have in stocks at every age. Is this good advice, or could it be guiding people down the wrong path? We'll talk about appropriate investment advice for people who are far from retirement, middle aged, and nearing or in their retirement years. 

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Joseph and his wife. They're looking to get a home loan but don't really like their options. Could raising their credit score open up better choices for them? We're also answering a letter from Matt, who wants to know more about his 401k options: Roth, traditional, and after-tax. He's also using part of his 401k at a quasi-emergency fund. Is he setting himself up for failure?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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What Does Our Magic 8 Ball Predict For 2019? (plus an intro to Kin)

Jan 4, 2019 01:25:29

Description:

What's on tap for 2019? We don't know what you have planned personally, but we CAN tell you what our Magic 8 Ball says is going to happen. We'll ask it all the important questions, like, "What will the stock market do in 2019?" and "Will the price of oil be higher next year than now?" plus heavy hitters like, "Will Harry and Meghan have a boy?"...important stuff like that. But that's not all. We'll also share how the 8 Ball fared last year. Did it predict the future? 

In our Friday FinTech segment we'll talk to Sean Harper, CEO of Kin, an innovative company disrupting, of all things, homeowners insurance. We'll talk about some of the ideas that they're using to make homeowners insurance easier and more consumer friendly.

We'll also take some time to answer our Magnify Money hotline. Laura has had to retire earlier than expected due to medical reasons. She wants to start a home business to create a new income stream started. Should she use some of her emergency savings, or maybe tap her IRA? And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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You Can Be a Badass in 2019 (with Jen Sincero)

Jan 2, 2019 01:07:16

Description:

What do you want from 2019? How about becoming a badass? Our guest today says you're already a badass and just might not know it. Jen Sincero has written TWO New York Times bestsellers, but today she's here with us teaching you how to kick off a new year by bringing out the best in yourself and your wallet.

Plus, in our headlines segment, why should employers be worried about employee financial stress? We'll tackle one article on the impact that financial stress has on employees while they're at the workplace. Plus, in our second headline, can advisors use behavioral science to guide their clients to making better financial choices?

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Mike, who calls in to see what he can do to help his mom manage her portfolio.

And don't worry... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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What Did 2018 Teach Us About Money? (with Jill Schlesinger)

Dec 31, 2018 01:16:32

Description:

2018 was quite a year....maybe the opposite of March (in like a Lion/out like a lamb)....and began fairly gently and definitely is finishing with a roar. What should we have learned, if we turn the events of this year into timeless lessons? What could we have learned from this year's volatility? What about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates? What about the strong employment numbers? What does that tell us (among other things) about our wallet? We're excited to finish the year off strong with our special guest, CBS business analyst Jill Schlesinger (also the host of Jill on Money). We'll have a discussion with Jill on her top 5 lessons learned from the past year.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll talk to Haven Life CEO, Yaron Ben-Zvi, about the future of health data and life insurance. With more and more companies offering discounts for a little bit of your data, Yaron will share his thoughts on the tradeoffs between privacy and saving some extra cash. Will this ever come to life insurance? Plus, we'll tackle a  story about bonds and surging bankruptcies in China. It's a good bonds 101 lesson for most of us...

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Brody, who calls in looking for advice on the next five years of paying down debt and building up his savings.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Last Year's Look Into The Magic 8 Ball (SB RWD 86)

Dec 28, 2018 01:06:20

Description:

In anticipation of our annual magic 8 ball episode next Friday, we're taking a look back at last year's magic 8 ball episode. For those of you new to the show, each year roundtable regular Len Penzo brings down his magic 8 ball and we ask it wide-ranging questions for the next year. What were the predications? How did the 8 ball do this year? It's time to get all caught up in preparation for our debrief next week (along with a whole new set of questions for 2019).

This episode also featured a Blooom call for help from Erin, who has some 529 plan questions, a letter from the mailbag about what to do with extra cash, and of course... Doug's trivia. 

The original show notes can be found here.

This episode originally aired January 5th,2018. Enjoy!

Abigail Adams was a financial badass (SB RWD 85)

Dec 26, 2018 01:01:32

Description:

Today's rewind episode features one of our favorite interviews with a fantastic guest: Dr. Woody Holton, author of the book "Abigail Adams", for which he won the Bambridge Award and more. In a time when women weren't expected, or even necessarily allowed, to be in charge of their finances, Abigail Adams took charge of her money and made sure she would be financially independent. 

Plus, Joe talked to Jamie Wise of the Buzz Index, we took a Haven Life Line call for help, answered a listener letter, and still had time for Doug's trivia. 

The original show notes can be found here.

This episode originally aired March 2,2018. Enjoy!

 

Ric Edelman Helps Us Rescue Your Money (SB RWD 84)

Dec 24, 2018 01:00:52

Description:

With all the news going around about the markets, we thought it would be fitting to kick off our rewind week by sharing our time with Ric Edelman. Ric, Chairman and Founder of Edelman Financial Services, bestselling author, and host of the hit “Ric Edelman Radio Show” joined our show to give us some advice on some "best practices" to follow in a choppy market. 

This episode originally released on November 2016. You can find the original show notes HERE. Enjoy!

 

The OTHER Way To Solve Your Money Problems (plus an update on Debitize)

Dec 21, 2018 56:22

Description:

There's nothing wrong with selling some of your clutter to help pay down your debt, but, as today's piece from Val Breit from TheCommonCentsClub (in a piece appearing on Rockstar Finance), there are plenty of other things you could be doing to help solve your financial troubles. Discussing this piece with us today is Paula Pant (from Afford Anything), Len Penzo (LenPenzo.com), and from our very own podcast, OG.

Halfway through the roundtable we'll take a break for our Friday Fintech segment. Do you wish you paid off your credit cards every month? Worried that you could go overboard? Joe will check in with Liran Amrany, CEO of Debitize, on how you can keep all of the perks of using a credit card without all the danger.

We're also answering a question from Tom, who's looking to diversify his income stream. He's interested in real estate, but also worried about a housing crash. Are there any specific real estate options that would mitigate the negative impacts of a crash?

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Real Estate Investing Basics (with BiggerPockets)

Dec 19, 2018 01:08:06

Description:

Thinking about getting into real estate? We're bringing down two fantastic guests who are excited to deliver what you need to know about investing in real estate: from the BiggerPockets real estate community and podcast, we're talking to Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner.

And in our headlines segment, another advisor is going fee only... but probably not for the reasons you think. Plus, we'll throw our the Haven Life Line to Nick, who wants to know more about what an "inverted yield curve." Should Nick be worried? And in our letters segment, Erika missed out on really investing in her 20's while she was getting her P.hD. and doing her post-doc studies. She's making money now and is looking into getting a house in the next few years. Can we give her some help on finding a good advisor for her situation?

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Creating Your Debt Free Blueprint (with Laura Adams, aka Money Girl)

Dec 17, 2018 01:16:16

Description:

Are you having trouble climbing out of debt? Or maybe you're tired of daily calls from debt collectors? Whether you have serious debt or just need to refresh your plan, today we're kickstarting your 2019 journey to financial independence with the host of the Money Girl podcast, Laura Adams. Plus, speaking of 2019, what does the next year have in store for the world of credit? We're talking to Senior Vice President of Research and Consulting at Transunion, Matthew Komos, during our headlines segment.

And later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Alex, who wants to know if he should pull some cash out of his account and reinvest when the market drops. He's also finishing his residency to become a physician, and his tax liability is virtually zero. What should he do with his accounts right now?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Should I Become a Holiday Minimalist? (plus an intro to Royalty Exchange)

Dec 14, 2018 01:09:37

Description:

Tired of all the running around shopping and working and cooking and planning...all to try and make the perfect holiday? What if you ditched all that and instead just focused on the people around you? Would that make it better? We'll talk about not just frugaling your holiday season, but minimizing it. Here to help us do that, today we welcome special guest Naseema McElroy from the Financially Intentional blog. She'll talk strategies and stories with Len (Len Penzo dot com) and OG. We'll talk about how THEY celebrate now, how they WISHED they'd celebrated holidays, and then talk about ways to change to make things go more smoothly and enjoyably for everyone.

Plus, we're excited to talk today to Antony Bruno from Royalty Exchange about investing in music royalties. Are you a music fan? Is it a good idea to combine your love of songs with your investments...or even if you're not a music fan, is it worth pursuing? We'll talk about how it all works on today's Friday FinTech segment.

Finally, we'll answer a listener call for help AND save some room for Doug's amazing trivia.

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Advice We Wish We'd Been Handed At Age 22 (Your Letters)

Dec 12, 2018 59:05

Description:

What do you wish someone had told you when you were 22 years old? How much would it have changed your trajectory? Would you have even listened to the advice? Today we're not just doling out idea to help your financial future....the guys are answering your specific financial questions. We'll also tackle questions about converting an IRA to a Roth IRA (how do you do it?), about why we always use 7-10% as our assumption over long periods when talking about the stock market, and how to know if you're ahead or behind on achieving your financial plan.

Plus in our headlines segment, with all of the stock market gyrations lately, what's the right thing to do with your money? While many publications like to talk about all the ways people can panic, one seems to be the voice of reason....we'll share which one and details on HOW they suggest coping with stock market uneasiness on today's podcast.

Later we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Ramon. He's hoping to find solutions for his joint budget with his spouse. How does he rectify expenses that are withheld from his paycheck before he receives his money? What if he and his spouse have different amounts taken out? We'll answer all of Ramon's budgeting problems and discuss budgets in general.

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Budgeting 101 (and maybe some 201) with Michele Cagan

Dec 10, 2018 01:06:29

Description:

If you're like most people during the big holiday season, it's not really a question of IF you go over your budget, but WHEN--and how badly. With another "can't miss" deal around every corner who can keep themselves from doing a little splurging when shopping this month? Believe it or not, studies show that we plan for all of those expenses....it's the fact that the muffler sometimes drag behinds the car or another emergency expense happens which sends the budget into a tailspin and your credit card debt soaring. To solve that problem, today we'll talk to Michele Cagan, author of Budgeting 101. You'll be happy to hear that Michele doesn't think you need to track every penny. There's a better (and easier) way to make sure you get ahead without devoting your whole life to spreadsheets and money tracking programs.

Then, in our headlines segment...what would you do if you found a $7.5 million stash of someone else's cash? One lucky guy bought a storage unit on the cheap and found a life-changing amount of money hiding inside. Would you invest it, or maybe dash out of the basement and jump on the first plane to Tahiti? We all have our ideas... but this story probably isn't going to turn out how you're expecting. We'll share the rest of what happened during our headlines segment.

In our second headline, Sallie Mae has a new study detailing how people pay for college. Taking a pit stop in the basement to help us make sense of how people save for college, pay for it, and then pay off loans, we'll talk to Rick Castellano from Sallie Mae.

Of course, that's not all. We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Nick, who's been having some issues with his budget. What can Nick do to cut costs on his operation?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Surviving The Fog of Life and Money (with an intro to Digs)

Dec 7, 2018 01:06:08

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How can you really follow a financial plan when absolutely nobody knows what's going to happen to the economy or in their life in a couple of years? What happens to your financial plan if you lose your job or have a medical emergency that wipes out your savings? Helping us understand how to manage money and finances during the fog of life is a writer you know from the F*ck Off Fund, AND who you've read in the New York Times, Elle, Slate (and more)... Paulette Perhach. She'll be joined by Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and OG from "this here" podcast.

Halfway through today's show our panel will be taking a little break while Joe talks to the founders of Digs.  Saving up enough cash to buy your first home can be a long, difficult process. But... what if you had a 401k that you could save into for the big purchase? The guys from Digs are breaking down just how they're setting out to help people like you and me on today's FinTech segment.

Finally, we'll maybe do our best job of answering a letter this year, when we help Aaron, who needs to know on how to get couples on the same note. Of course, we'll still save some room for Doug's amazing trivia.

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Becoming the NEXT Millionaire Next Door (with Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw)

Dec 5, 2018 58:46

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How will YOU become the next millionaire next door? Believe it or not, it's been 23 years since The Millionaire Next Door shook the foundation of what people thought about wealth. You mean LOTS of people built their wealth in other ways than inheriting a bunch of money or working in huge income jobs? ...and that just because you LOOK wealthy doesn't mean you ARE wealthy? Today we talk to Dr. Sarah Fallaw (researcher and also the daughter of Thomas Stanley, author of the Millionaire Next Door) about how YOU can set yourself up to join this elite group. We'll discuss your friends, where you live, financial advisors, and more.

Plus in our headlines segment, the results of a new survey are out about investor expectations, and they aren't good. Many investors have...maybe unrealistic ideas about their investment strategies. We'll explain on the show. Plus, one company has created a new credit card that will help you save into your 401(k) plan every time you save. Too good to be true? We'll answer that question on the show.

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Jon, who wants us to shed some light on the difference between a Roth 401k and an after tax basis employee savings and stock ownership plan.

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People Who Don't Like The FIRE Movement Don't Understand It (with David Bach)

Dec 3, 2018

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Recently there have been LOTS of headlines about FIRE. Good? Bad? Ugly? We invited David Bach down to the basement to ostensibly ask him about the 20th anniversary edition of his Smart Women Finish Rich book. While we cover that in detail, we also asked him about HIS thoughts on the FIRE movement....and let's just say that he was more than happy to share.

In our headlines segment it's time for tax loss harvesting and year end tax planning. What should you do? An Investment News piece details a few strategies and we'll talk about our favorites (and maybe not-so-favorites) on today's podcast

Of course, that's not all. We'll throw out the Haven Life line to listener Rachel, who has some BIG life decisions to make. Should she stay in her townhouse or pursue her dream of moving to the mountains, even if it means a much longer commute to work, new debt, and probably some unforeseen consequences.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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People Who Don't Like The FIRE Movement Don't Understand It (with David Bach)

Dec 3, 2018 01:08:07

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Recently there have been LOTS of headlines about FIRE. Good? Bad? Ugly? We invited David Bach down to the basement to ostensibly ask him about the 20th anniversary edition of his Smart Women Finish Rich book. While we cover that in detail, we also asked him about HIS thoughts on the FIRE movement....and let's just say that he was more than happy to share.

In our headlines segment it's time for tax loss harvesting and year end tax planning. What should you do? An Investment News piece details a few strategies and we'll talk about our favorites (and maybe not-so-favorites) on today's podcast

Of course, that's not all. We'll throw out the Haven Life line to listener Rachel, who has some BIG life decisions to make. Should she stay in her townhouse or pursue her dream of moving to the mountains, even if it means a much longer commute to work, new debt, and probably some unforeseen consequences.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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How To Crush Holiday Networking Events (plus an intro to Blendtique)

Nov 30, 2018 01:13:20

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If you're like me, holiday parties are a mix of sheer terror, the threat of being stuck in a corner in the world's second most boring conversation, and hoping that you don't accidentally stick your foot in your mouth. So, to help us all not only navigate the holiday party scene but to crush it, we're asking all of our party conversation strategy questions to Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Whether you're usually the "life of the party," or you're an introvert who's anxious just THINKING about an office party, Vanessa has simple, effective strategies that will change the way you think about office parties.

Plus, instead of hosting a party where guests stand with glasses and talk, how about a better solution that'll make you the talk of your circle of friends for the next year?  Today we're talking to the founder of Blendtique, Billy Dimm. Whether or not you saw Bill on Shark Tank, we think you'll love this idea of a wine-blending party. You and your friends enjoy an evening of laughing, chatting, and creating your own perfect vino blend.

After we talk to Billy we'll take some time to not only answer Doug's trivia, but also answer a question from Mike about credit card payment discrepancies. Mike's "pay in full" payment option left a $111 balance on his account. The bank then charged Mike interest, which he got reversed. What's the deal, is the bank being misleading?

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Stop Being Your Own Investing Worst Enemy (with Dr. Daniel Crosby)

Nov 28, 2018 59:29

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Ever think that you need to take decisive action to bring your investments under control? Ever wonder exactly what moves you should make the next time the market moves up or down? We've got you covered, because Dr. Daniel Crosby joins us to talk about how to avoid getting in your own way with your investments. We'll discuss exactly why decisive moves might not work, why your brain is horrible at investment decisions, and more. As always when we talk to Dr. Crosby, it's a fun, fast paced, and (shocker) educational interview.

Plus in our headlines segment, if you're an army reservist trying to get into the financial industry, we'll look at one company, LPL Financial, who's teaming up with the Army Reserve to give military members an opportunity to become financial advisors. Then, in our second headline, what's in store for the future of HSAs? We're taking a look at MorningStar's newly released report on the Health Savings Account landscape.

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Chuck. Can Chuck take out a Roth IRA loan if the rental home is in the Roth IRA? After we give some advice to Chuck, we'll still have time to answer a letter from Brooke. With a yearly raise of $1200, should Brooke put that money to their debt, which will be paid off in 18 months, or take advantage of their employer match?

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Conquering Fear To Reach Bigger Goals (with Akshay Nanavati)

Nov 26, 2018 01:11:32

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If anyone knows about fighting fear, it's Akshay Nanavati. While fighting overseas with the Marines, Akshay lost people close to him and subsequently suffered PTSD. He'll share his story of overcoming his own paralyzing fear, fighting demons, and achieving some HUGE goals on today's show. Whether you're afraid of asking for a raise, of starting a workout program to feel better (and earn more money), or to get started saving, investing, or paying down debt, there's something for everyone on today's show.

In our headlines segment we'll talk about HSA myths. What do you believe about HSAs that might not actually be true. Or, as HSAs become more prevalent, what do you need to know about them. Even if you're already well versed on HSAs, you'll find something new on today's show (even WE found a myth that we didn't know!).

In our second headline, we'll talk to Beverly Harzog from US News and World report about the new ultra FICO scoring system. Who will this help? How do you ask to have your credit re-scored? What credit basics should you know? We'll talk to Beverly about all of the above on today's podcast!

Of course, that's not all. We'll throw out the Haven Life line to listener Rachel, who has some BIG life decisions to make. Should she stay in her townhouse or pursue her dream of moving to the mountains, even if it means a much longer commute to work, new debt, and probably some unforeseen consequences.

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Learning about Money, Economics and Business with Board Games

Nov 23, 2018 01:06:13

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While everyone else is standing in Black Friday lines hoping for the best deals, we're kicking back in the basement enjoying some board games. Eric Summerer from The Dice Tower joins us to talk about his favorite games about money, economics, and business. And then, as an added bonus, he'll stick around and share four ideas for frugal holiday gaming fun. Want to spend some time with your family laughing and enjoying your time together? Take these recommendations from the co-host of the biggest board game podcast on earth.

And halfway through the show we'll focus specifically on one brand new game that was made to teach basic financial concepts and money management. Australian based Life Sherpa Vince Scully joins us to talk about his new board game, also called Life Sherpa. Exploring how money and happiness interrelate, and how different personalities want to make different decisions throughout life, Life Sherpa has a fun, lightweight design to show how you can turn your money and time into value and happiness.

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What's Hot In Tech and Light On Your Wallet This Black Friday?

Nov 21, 2018 01:08:25

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Every year early adopters worry about one thing....technology. What's the hottest new thing? What's the flop that we should avoid? How expensive is the latest do-dad going to cost? Should I buy last year's do-dad to save some cash? We're super excited because joining us to talk all things technology on our special pre-Black Friday show, we welcome CNET Senior Editor Bridget Carey.  

Plus in our headlines segment, social media is changing how millennials invest. Is that good or bad? Plus, in our second headline we'll ask Jonathan Walker from NewMiddleClass.Org about some of the amazing statistics his group aggregates about the holiday shopping season. How does he think YOU are going to overspend this holiday season? (It isn't how YOU think you'll overspend...which is why you'll want to listen).

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Evan. He and his wife have a baby on the way. Would it be the smart money move to use savings to pay off their car, or should Evan hold on to the money and use it as needed when expenses arise? We'll also field a letter from Steve, who just inherited a sum of cash. Steve has no idea how should enter the market... so he asks the guys for some good advice to kickstart his investment portfolio.

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This Year's Biggest Black Friday Deals

Nov 19, 2018 01:03:14

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Ready, set, SHOP! If you have to shop (and we're fairly certain you're like us and aren't in love with the idea at all), why not make it more fun by saving tons of money? Whether you're looking for clothing, tools, kitchen aids, furniture, or just something quirky, we've got you covered. Today we're talking to Sarah Hollenbeck from BlackFriday.com about the best deals available this holiday season.

In our headlines segment we'll share another great deal that has savers everywhere cheering. The IRS announced recently that they're raising tax limits on all kinds of different retirement plans in 2019. What plans are getting a bump? Should plan to stash away more cash next year? We'll tackle that. Plus, we'll continue our Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping theme by making sure you don't get caught buying a "deal" that isn't really a deal this holiday spending season. We'll sit down with  consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch about this year's holiday scams and not-so-great deals to watch out for.

Plus, today we're throwing out the Haven Life Line to Jeremy. Jeremy has been looking into Life Insurance Retirement Plans after our interview with David Mcknight, but it's a brand new field for him. Any tips on navigating LIRPs? And during out letters segment, we're answering Michelle's question about HSAs and FSAs. With their employers only offering FSAs, should they be looking elsewhere?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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12 Items You're Wasting Money On (plus an intro to Honeybee)

Nov 16, 2018 01:19:40

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What items are YOU buying that are a complete waste of money? Today we're throwing out the playbook and all the rules for this very special episode of the Stacking Benjamins show. Joseph Hogue from the Let's Talk Money! YouTube channel joins Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and Len Penzo to walk through 12 things that you're better off NOT owning. While you may not be surprised by the items on our list, you'll probably be glad that you heard a few of them, because today you just might find a few new places to save yourself some cash.

Halfway through the show we'll take a short FinTech Friday segment break to talk to Ennie Lim from HoneyBee. Ever had a money crunch in life, and you weren't sure what you were going to do? Or maybe you own a business and you wish you could do more for your employees to help them manage the inevitable money crunch? We'll find out more about how Honeybee is helping those in their times of need during today's Fintech segment.

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What Should Keith Do With a $50,000 Inheritance? (Your Letters)

Nov 14, 2018 01:15:13

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We're dedicating today's show to all of your burning financial questions. Will the fact that Anna's parents are opening up a 529 plan for her daughter create unintended financial consequences down the road? What should Keith do with a $50,000 inheritance and no job? What should ANYONE do when they receive $50,000? Jessica is a new investor. What platforms should she be looking into when trying to invest? After our David McKnight interview, Ryan is focusing on more money in his "tax-free" bucket. Does the SB team have any good tips on tax savvy financial moves? Of course we do!

And in our headlines segment, there's BIG news in college scholarship land. It turns out that a couple of schools are reducing their tuition to FREE. Who is it? Should you consider changing your college plan? In our second headline, while owning your home is a great financial position to be in...if you want to get rich one publication insists that you should own somebody else's home. We'll dive into rentals and real estate on today's show. Plus, in our Haven Life Line, Heather wants to know if she can do a backdoor Roth conversion AND make contributions to a spousal IRA.

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From 2 Incomes To 1: How She Quit Her Job & Couldn’t Be Happier

Nov 12, 2018 01:22:03

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On today's show we're talking to Chris Peach and Andrea Robinson about big life changes. Think it's too late for you to change your direction? Or maybe you're too apprehensive about jumping into the unknown? Chris and Andrea will break it down on just how Andrea made the jump herself. From making use of your time to start a side-hustle to cutting expenses and making a good budget, there are bite-sized pieces that make the huge life decisions a bit easier to make.

Plus, in today's headlines, would real-time payroll deposits improve the quality of live for workers living paycheck to paycheck? Would not having to wait a couple of weeks for cash really make a difference for employees? Plus, in honor of Veterans Day, we're talking Dr. Mike Haney from the Syracuse Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Veterans and their families can find all the resources Joe and Dr. Haney talk about on the show by clicking HERE.

Later we're throwing out the Haven Life Line to Kathrine, who wants to know if her and her husband should be getting term life insurance outside of their employer. Then, in our letters segment, Joe and OG will answer a question from VJ, who has some worries about the market. He found an article suggesting that the market will be doing a lot worse than people think... should we be getting concerned?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Juggling Money, Family and Work (featuring Shannon Cason, Cat Alford, Andy Hill, Tasha Daniel and more!)

Nov 9, 2018 01:23:55

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How do you find time to make all of the right money moves, have relationships with family or friends, AND keep a career that brings in the Benjamins? We'll talk about that and a TON more on today's podcast, recorded live in Detroit, Michigan, to round out our three-city tour!

As always, we're bringing the party with a cast of special guests from the Detroit area. First, we'll talk to popular blogger and mother of twins Catherine Alford (CatherineAlford.com) and father-of-two, podcaster Andy Hill (Marriage, Kids and Money podcast), about how they juggle multiple priorities. We'll then hear a story about life, family, and a limo from professional storyteller Shannon Cason. We'll talk to  TIAA Difference Maker Inger Griffin, from the Emily Ann Griffin Foundation. She'll describe how she decided after her young daughter passed away to help families in need. Plus, we'll answer a Blooom call for help with blogger Tasha Daniel (FinancialGarden.net), who personally paid off over $80,000 of debt! 

We're also excited that in every city we had a Stacking Benjamins band! Our rockstar band in Detroit? It's none other than the guy who designs our awesome swag, Cincinnati-based Brad Lark.

...and of course, we were joined on stage by our guest co-host, the co-founder of Blooom, Chris Costello.

It's a super episode with our liveliest crowd of the three shows (sold out show!). You'll laugh, hear some moving stories, and maybe (keep this part to yourself) learn something.

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Chasing Your Dream Career (with Joel Goldberg, Carrie Olsen, Tracie Fobes and MORE!)

Nov 7, 2018 01:35:47

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We're kicking off our live Kansas City show with a fantastic hometown story on how one guy went from small time jobs to BIG time pre- and post-game shows for Kansas City Royals television broadcasts. You heard his podcast recently on our feed (as he interviewed Bob Kendrick for his Rounding The Bases podcast), and now you get to hear HIS story. Not only will he talk about chasing his dream career, but also how he's thinking critically now about "what's next." With off-season time and his speaking ability, how does he round out his career to be even more fulfilling and to give more to the world that only he can uniquely offer. We'll talk to Joel about all of that and more on today's LIVE show from Kansas City!

Plus, just like at our live show in Orlando, we're bringing the party with a cast of additional special guest. First, our TIAA difference maker making an impact in her community, we'll talk to Kathleen Webb from Children First CEO Kansas. She'll describe how she decided when her neighbor needed help, to pitch in and do what many will call WAY more than her fair share. Plus, in a our headlines segment, Tracie Fobes, from Penny Pinchin Mom joins us on stage to talk about all the interesting things going on around Kansas City. If you've never visited, consider this Tracie your tour guide! Plus, we'll talk to Fountain City Fintech's Zach Pettet, who reveals a few of the interesting FinTech apps and ideas coming out of Kansas City. And helping us answer your questions, we welcome from LaceyLangford.com... Lacey Langford, and from SteveStewart.com, you guessed, Steve Stewart.

PLUS, ever think about taking your unique talent and making it your full time job? Our Kansas City guest announcer Carrie Olsen not only will fight Doug for his job, but she'll also share her story about founding CarrieOlsenVO.com and becoming a voiceover artist working with major brands!

We're also excited that in every city we had a Stacking Benjamins band! Our rockstar band in Kansas City? It's none other than guitar prodigy extraordinaire (plus son of Tracie Fobes)...Garret Fobes.

...and of course, we were joined on stage by our guest co-host, the co-founder of Blooom, Chris Costello.

It's a really fun episode in front of a lively crowd who braved some pretty bad weather conditions.

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From $40,000 in Student Loan Debt to $100k+ Income Per Month

Nov 5, 2018 01:38:47

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We kick off live show week with a great story. How about a blogger who owed thousands in student loan debt and turned things around so much that only a few years later she's earning six figures every month and lives on a sailboat? Michelle Shroeder-Gardner joins us live from Orlando, Florida, to help us kick off our Three-Town Tour! But that's not all.

Plus, because we're live, we've brought a TON of financial and community stars with us. Helping TIAA support difference makers in the Orlando community, from Rise Against Hunger we welcome Jason Haulbrook. Plus, in a our headlines segment, Josh Elledge from Savings Angel joins us to talk about saving money at hotels; from DIY.FUND, Eric & Wendy Nissan talk about innovating in the Orlando area; helping us answer your questions, Paula Pant from Afford Anything joins us, plus the ladies from the Money Millhouse, Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless.

We're also excited that in every city we had a Stacking Benjamins band! In Orlando we were helped by the woman behind Planting Money Seeds, Miranda Marquit, and the man from the Inspired Money podcast, Andy Wang.

...and of course, we were joined on stage by our guest co-host, the co-founder of Blooom, Chris Costello.

It's a really fun episode in front of a live crowd.

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How Not To Lose It When You Lose Money

Nov 2, 2018 01:12:43

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Investors. Right when they turn left they turn right. You've heard lots of stories about people who've lost fortunes...all because they lost their head. Yet one recent publication shows the mindset shift of investors over time and through different market conditions. By knowing what most people think, by learning the psychology of an investor, maybe you can avoid many of their mistakes. We're excited by our roundtable team today because they've all not only made mistakes but they've also helped people overcome mistakes...and because of that, we hand picked them to help pick you up on today's market volatility-themed episode. Today we welcome Kine Corder, Nick True, and Paula Pant to the microphones to help us talk about the investor mindset.

Plus, we're throwing out the Friday FinTech segment for a special discussion with Kristen Holt and Dusti Young from Greenpath Financial Wellness. They've designed a #NoSpendNovember month of sound financial tips to help you better manage money as we roll into the holiday season. If you're just starting out with sound financial habits or you're looking for a great place to start, this is a segment you'll want to tune in and hear.

Of course, that's not all. We'll also take a call to the help line AND save some room for Doug's amazing trivia.

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Meet the Mad Money Monsters

Oct 31, 2018 01:17:12

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We're bringing two specially picked Halloween inspired guests down to the basement today, (and as a bonus, for once we can call all of our cobwebs and flickering lights seasonal decoration. Bonus!) Today we welcome the two brains behind the Mad Money Monster blog, Mr. and Mrs. Mad Money Monster. And speaking halloween decorations, Mr. Mad Money Monster, (or Harrison for short), is also a horror film director! Not only are we going to discuss practical money habits gone scary, we'll also peek into the mind of a director who sets out to scare us ALL.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we're looking at a response letter penned by Blink-182 frontman, Tom DeLonge. It was previously reported that Tom's UFO organization accumulated $37 million worth of debt. Tom fired back that the original reporter didn't understand the SEC filing that the report is based on. Bottom line? Someone in this argument is VERY wrong. Later on we'll answer Doug's trivia question, and a listener letter from Mike. With dollar cost averaging in mind, what's the best way for Mike to transfer his money from his target date funds over to an S&P 500 index fund? And don't you worry, we'll still have time to throw out the Haven Life line to John, who wants to know if he can use his HSA in other countries just like he can here in the good ole USA.

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How Much Cash Buys Financial Independence? (Your Letters)

Oct 29, 2018 01:09:20

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We're kicking off the week talking about new jobs, annuities, paying down your mortgage, and spreadsheets....that's right, it's our favorite episode: we're answering YOUR letters. Joseph's got his first "big boy" job as an engineer after college. He's already got his eyes set on financial independence, what steps should he be taking to get there? Next, Gwen wants to know the reasoning behind not paying off your mortgage early. Wouldn't it be better to put $500 towards the mortgage each week rather than investing that amount? We're also answering a numbers question from Axel, who has a big question about calculating the end number for retirement. Based on the equation, Axel should have a lot more money than he actually does. What does that mean 40 years down the road?

Plus, in today's headline segment, is FAANG out the door? We're shining the spotlight on one recent piece that says we should be looking at "MAAN" stocks to lead us into the future. What new companies comprise MANN? Is it a good idea to change your way of investing? Then, in our second headline, insurer Ohio National is rolling out some big changes by eliminating advisor compensation on variable annuities. We'll talk to Lauren Minches from Blueprint Income for her take on why so many companies are changing so much in the annuity business.

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Financial Terms You Need To Know (plus an intro to Cozy)

Oct 26, 2018 01:08:44

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Just like how you need to know where the pedals are when you ride a bike, learning the key financial terms is an important part of your success as a saver. What are the most important terms to know? We're joined by Tom Drake from the Maple Money podcast, CFP Katie Brewer from Your Richest Life Planning, and Paula Pant, to tackle most of the basics. Which of these terms do you know?

We'll also talk to Lucas Hall, who we give us a walk through this week's Friday FinTech featured company, Cozy. If you're a landlord or you're a renter, Cozy might be a company you'll want to know more about. They help landlords make life easy for themselves and for their renters. We'll talk about common problems landlords have and how this particular company has attacked those issues.

Finally, we'll answer a listener call for help AND save some room for Doug's amazing trivia.

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Money Mistakes and Wins, plus Leadership Lessons from the Negro Leagues Museum (live podcasts with Chris Browning and Joel Goldberg!)

Oct 24, 2018 48:17

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Today we bring you two fantastic podcast episodes in a single package! As part of our three city tour we headed to Orlando, where Chris Browning and the Popcorn Finance podcast took the stage. Chris tackles some of his (and the audience's) biggest money wins and failures. He talks about controlling spending, buying some dumb stuff, listening to some bad advice, and more. 

And in the second half of our show, Joel Goldberg and the Rounding the Bases podcast take center stage from our show in Kansas City. Joel welcomes one of the best storytellers we've ever heard, Bob Kendrick, from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, to introduce people to some of the stories, adversity, culture, and excitement of the Negro Leagues. You're going to love these stories. Think they're about sports? Think again. Bob will talk about entrepreneurship, business opportunities, creating a successful team, and the value of strong leadership.

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How One Family Paid Off $74,000 of Debt

Oct 22, 2018 01:10:13

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Need inspiration to pay off your debt? We have it today. Alaya Linton from the blog HopeandCents.com and her husband paid off over $74,000 of debt in....wait for it....25 months. She'll walk us through all of the bad decisions she made wracking up the debt, then hitting the wall where suddenly she was in huge financial trouble, her first credit card denial, her car being repossessed, and more. But then she'll also share how her family changed and she attacked her debt and paid it off in 25 short months. She'll discuss how she kept her family involved, what she cut, how she budgeted, and what debts she paid off first.

Plus, in today's headline segment, an unlikely source says that the future of advice is going to come from humans. Who would say something so crazy? You'll find out.

Later we'll throw the Haven Life Line and take some time for Doug's trivia.

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The ONE Thing You Need To Figure Out (plus Jake Hare from Launchpeer)

Oct 19, 2018 01:18:43

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What's the ONE thing you need to figure out to get what you really want? A popular blogger wrote a piece on the topic and today we have a special all-guest panel to help us work through it. On today's show we welcome, from the Hippocratic Hustle podcast, Dr. Carrie Reynolds, and from the Poorer than You blog, Stephonee....AND also, the guy behind the Financial Residency podcast, Ryan Inman. 

In our Friday FinTech segment we're taking a break from showing you the hottest new gadget to helping you build it. Have a great idea for the next hot FinTech app? Jake Hare has helped hundreds of potential app developers bring their idea to market and today he's going to talk about forming and executing on your next great idea.

That's not all...of course we'll still have Doug's trivia segment AND answer a listener call for help...all because we care, and because that's what we do on Friday. Enjoy!

From Runaway To Entrepreneur (with Brynne Conroy)

Oct 17, 2018 01:03:20

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Here's a success story: Brynne was couch surfing because she had nowhere to go and now is releasing one of the biggest financial books of the year. Think that isn't inspirational? Oh, we've got inspriation in spades on today's show. Whether you're thinking about maybe starting a business or looking to pump up your side hustle or business, today is for you. If you're looking to figure out how to make your bad situation better....Brynne has been there. Maybe you're actually trying to start a business? Creating a new business from the ground up can be a monumental task and can seem impossible to do. But, like with anything, breaking down the process into smaller manageable steps can make starting a business feel like it's within arms reach. Helping us break down this whole side hustle business (see what we did there?) is our featured guest, from the Femme Frugality blog AND the author of the new Feminist Financial Handbook, we welcome Brynne Conroy.

Plus, in our headlines segment, the U.S. government has announced that new social security increases are on the way. We'll dig into why that's exciting news and just how much is on the table. Later on we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, and a listener letter from Mario... who wants to know what we think about investing in target date funds for retirement, AND throw out the Haven Life line to Matt. Matt's wife has some medical debt they pay on monthly, but interest accrues daily. What can they do?

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Building Habits That Stick (with James Clear)

Oct 15, 2018 01:04:15

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Spend $10 on fast-food at lunch, or carry in a bag lunch to eat in at the office? Order some delivery for dinner because you're too busy, or meal prep at the beginning of the week? Small choices we choose each day turn into habits that make up the backbone of our money decisions. It's easy to say, "I'm going to spend less money this week," but it's a lot harder to actually ACT on those choices throughout the week. Turning our bad habits into good habits is key to great financial health. Today we're bringing down the guy who wrote the book on the topic...the author of Atomic Habits, James Clear.

Plus, in today's headlines, the stock market has been a little shaky lately, if you haven't noticed. Should investors be worried? We'll have a few words for people experiencing "market panic." And in our second headline, what are the best places for new retirees to live? You'll be a bit surprised at some of the places that made this year's list.

Later we'll throw the Haven Life Line to David, who is dollar-cost averaging into a Schwab S&P 500 index fund. He is already maxing out the "usual" accounts, so is a taxable fund the best place to stash the rest of his cash? And in our letter from the mailbag segment, we'll answer a question from Natalie. Natalie and her boyfriend are both debt free and are also maxing out the accounts: HSA's, Roth IRA's, and their company 401k's up to their match. They may want to buy a house in 5 years, but there's nothing else on the horizon. What should they be doing with their money they're not spending or putting away for retirement?

And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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Ever Try THESE Extremely Frugal (and maybe gross) Money Savers?

Oct 12, 2018 01:14:30

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Being financially prudent is one thing, but when does saving money cross the line into being extremely, and possibly even grossly, frugal? Helping us answer these questions are today's special guests: from the Mr. Fi Guy blog, it's Mr. Fi (or as his friends call him...Taylor); from the Fire Drill Podcast, we welcome Gwen Mertz; and from this here podcast, we welcome our very own OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a little break to talk to Jason Brown from Tally. Making the decision to get on the road to financial freedom is a good one, and paying off credit cards and debt can be a major road block. We'll sit down with Jason doing our FinTech segment and see just how his company is setting out to help people climb out of debt.

And of course, we'll still have take some time to throw out the Haven Life Line to Joe, who wants to retire in the next few years. There's just one problem: Joe has no goals for retirement life. Can we throw some resources his way so he can figure out what he wants to do?

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From Disorganized to Money Management Ninja (with Belinda Rosenblum)

Oct 10, 2018 01:09:07

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How do you become a money pro? Like most people...you start off as a financial nightmare and you learn the hard lessons that teach you how to be much better with your Benjamins. Belinda Rosenblum lived that life....she was horrible with budgets and used archaic systems that didn't work to keep track of both her own bills and those of family members she cared for. You'll hear the story today of how she went from being completely disorganized to becoming a Money Ninja working for her clients.

Plus, in our headlines segment, it looks like mortgage rates are going up and so are bond rates...what's the correlation? We'll explain how these two work in tandem. Plus a new FINRA proposal would allow brokers to ease restrictions on brokers' outside activities. Why are some organizations against this? What would this have to do with your money? We'll explain the plusses and minuses of this proposal.

Later on we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, a listener letter from Shaun, who asks about betting with some zero percent money he can borrow and invest AND throw out the Haven Life line to Allen, who wants to know about how to make back door Roth IRA contributions. 

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Kicking the 9-5 To The Curb (with Lee Huffman)

Oct 8, 2018 01:12:11

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Our featured guest coming down to the basement has two kids... and he still kicked his job to the curb and made the jump to the self-employed route. Why did he do it? And HOW did he do it? Lee Huffman will tell us the story today.

Plus, in today's headlines, USAA's Director of Life and Health Insurance, Sean Scaturro will walk us through open enrollment and health insurance, which can be a pretty daunting thing to take on. In our second headline, what are the hidden costs behind Amazon's recent wage hike for their workers? You might be surprise at what's REALLY going on.

Later we'll throw the Haven Life Line to Ethan, who has a few questions on backdoor Roth conversions. Plus we'll answer a letter from Elizabeth, who's a little late to the financial game. What should her investing focus be... and what are some good financial tips for someone who got into the game later on?

Of course, we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia.

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What Innovation Is Coming To YOUR Wallet?

Oct 5, 2018 01:17:52

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Long-time basement listeners know what the Friday after FinCon means... it's our episode you know and love: when we take you on a tour of some of the biggest innovations and coolest concepts we see at the show. So, just what are we covering this year? While plenty of companies are doing amazing work to help everyday people save, invest, and become financially independent, we brought to our microphones a few of our favorites. Today you'll hear stories from brands like USAA, and what they're cooking up in their labs, and Chris Hutchins at Grove, where they're inventing financial planning tools for the masses, and many more innovation-themed talks about the future of your money, (and wallet). Of course, we'll still save time for some of Doug's trivia.

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Turning Inner Strength Into Outer Money Success (with Beth Burns)

Oct 3, 2018 01:04:31

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Today in the basement we're turning inner strength into outer money success with financial coach Beth Burns. Plus, in our headlines segment, do you live in one of the least financially savvy states? We'll go over that list... plus tell you which side of Texarkana had the honor of (not) making the list. And in our second headline... Mark Cuban once said that, "if you use a credit card, you don't want to be rich." Does he really mean exactly that? We'll jump in more during the show.

Later on we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, a listener letter about adjusted gross income and modified adjusted gross income, AND throw out the Haven Life line to Nick, who's side hustle has quickly became his main hustle. With a new house this year, plus a baby, and still tackling student debt... what should Nick and his wife be doing with all of his new found cash? What type of financial advisor should a person in Nick's position be looking out for?

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Health and Your Money: The Groovy-est Episode Ever

Oct 1, 2018 01:10:13

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You first heard him on our Friday roundtable episode... and now he's coming back for his victory lap (and the mic all to himself). Today we welcome Mr.Groovy, of Freedom is Groovy to talk all things financial independence. How did he become financially independent in a short time after not saving much well into his forties? How does he make sure he's healthy so he can pursue the things he saved money for in the first place?

PLUS, in our headlines segment, it's been 10 years since the last market crash. What could company retirement plans do better to help people weather the storm?

Later on we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Shane. Some jobs are more likely to provoke lawsuits than others. What are some strategies for professionals who might get sued? And as always... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia AND to answer one well written letter to the podcast.

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Lying About Your Money (plus an intro to RateGravity)

Sep 28, 2018 01:20:29

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Have you ever lied about how much money you make? Most likely, along with the rest of us, you've probably puffed up the number at least once in your life. So exactly why do people lie? Helping us discuss fibbing to spouses and to statisticians is our special guest, Hilary Hendershott. Also helping, we welcome our good friend Paula Pant, and from our very own podcast, OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to one CEO whose company, RateGravity, is disrupting the mortgage industry. And in typical Stacking Benjamins style, we'll also find time to answer  Doug's trivia AND help out a caller who left the basement a voicemail from Leo, who with his wife has worked hard to reach financial independence... and can't seem to give himself permission to have some fun.

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Suze Orman

Sep 26, 2018 01:13:10

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We're pulling out all the stops today because we're talking to a special guest that you may (or may not) have heard of... Suze Orman. We'll talk all things women and money, mentorship, understanding your investments and financial tools, and more. Plus, during our headlines segment we're extra packed because we're delivering three awesome headlines. First: is Robinhood really making MILLIONS by selling out millennials' user data? One group thinks so. And if that wasn't enough, in a retirement plan court fight, one retirement fund is fighting back against participants that sued the employer by asking for monetary sanctions against the six employee-plaintiffs and the law firm that represented them. But that's not all....because we're also dissecting one piece about Barry White and the estate he left behind. How much of your estate does your girlfriend receive when you've been separated from your wife for two decades (but never actually divorced her?)...do we have some news for you...

Of course, we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, throw out the Haven Life line to Martin, who needs some answers on how to get out of his in-laws' basement, and answer a listener letter about investing in leveraged ETF's. Is it a good idea? We'll dive in during the show.

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Finding Quantum Success With Work And Money (with Christy Whitman)

Sep 24, 2018 01:06:30

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We're kicking off Monday by talking by asking, how do you achieve quantum success with your career and your MONEY? Helping us improve our financial lives is today's special guest, Christy Whitman. Plus, in our headlines segment, would you enjoy being called a "boring" investor? And in our second headline... a company is offering insurance for space travel, what's up with that?

Later on, we'll tackle a voicemail on the Haven Life Line... with a baby on the way what should Michael and his wife be doing with their extra income? We'll also try to help Jackson, who wrote today's letter to the show. He has a job and has recently graduated from college, so now Jackson wants to move out of his parents' home in the next year. He already has some savings built up... so what's his next few moves?

And as always... we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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11 Reasons Why You’re Not Making MORE Money

Sep 21, 2018 01:05:58

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Ever wonder what outside factors are keeping you from making more money? If so, it turns out you're not the only one asking that nagging question... big surprise there! Helping us cover a recently released blog post covering many reasons why you aren't making more (and what to do about it) we're rolling in our "A" team: Paula Pant, Len Penzo, and OG. It's important to consider automation, robots, inflation, wage stagflation, employer collusion, a proliferation of workers who are highly educated, and more. It's even more important to know what you'll do about it, now that you're armed with all the reasons why. There's no reason to not be making more money, whether with more money from your primary income, with a side business, or using other strategies (such as passive investments).

Of course, that's not all. We'll still have time to answer a voicemail from a listener, and to answer Doug's trivia. Drew recently changed employers. What are the options he should be aware of? Are there time constraints we should be watching out for?

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What To Do With Big (Sudden) Money with Doug Goldstein

Sep 19, 2018 01:10:50

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What would you do if you found yourself with a big inheritance? You might have some ideas on that, but do you really know what you SHOULD do if you found yourself in that situation? Helping us with just that question is our special guest, Doug Goldstein. Doug will explain what you need to know if you found yourself in an inheritance situation in easy to understand steps. Plus, in our headlines segment, we're discussing one piece that looks at the 401k funds that took a beating in 2008. Could it be impacting you? Plus, we'll have a surprise headline in the form of a Stacking Benjamins language course... but don't count on it being in French.

Of course, we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, throw out the Haven Life line to Dany who wants to know more about stocks that pay out dividends, and answer a listener letter about investing side-gig money. It's a content-packed episode today... enjoy!

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From Zero To Million Dollar Listings (with Ryan Serhant)

Sep 17, 2018 01:14:37

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Need a kick in the pants when it comes to your career? Time to look inward and make some improvements? Check. We've got you covered. Thinking about selling....anything, but maybe even real estate? Check. We've also got YOU covered. Need a healthy spoonful of laughs (and a surprise or two) in our headlines? We've got that covered too. Coming down to the basement to share the sometimes painful but always poignant story about how he went from zero to million dollar listings... we welcome Million Dollar Listing reality television star and author of Sell It Like Serhant, Ryan Serhant.  It took Ryan years to discover what his competitive advantage was... and he's going to share it with you today.

But that's not all. In our headlines segment, we'll discuss a new checking account with features that look and smell a lot like those offered by credit card companies. Is this the future? Should you switch banks? We'll discuss. Plus, we'll share a story about a bride who might have asked her guests for a touch more than they were prepared to give. Of course, we'll also throw out the Haven Life line, answer a letter from the mailbag, and to celebrate tonight's award show, share some of Doug's Emmy-related trivia.

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BONUS Episode: 2018 Plutus Award Finalists AND Panel Discussion

Sep 16, 2018 01:59:35

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A special BONUS treat! We've asked Mr. Plutus Awards Harlan Landes and our friend (and Plutus Award team member) Miranda Marquit down to the basement to share this years finalists, and they agreed! They'll spend a little time sharing ALL of the finalists in every category. Is your favorite nominated? Are there fresh new names of blogs, podcasts, You Tube videos, or social media sharers that you need to add? We'll share the complete list on today's podcast.

Then in our EPIC panel discussion, we'll spend about 90 minutes hashing out ten of the categories. Who are the dark horses to win? Who could surprise? What names should win, and who do our panelists want to win? We'll dig in deeper on today's podcast!

We still have a great episode in the morning (Ryan Serhant from Million Dollar Listing joins us!). It's a busy week here in basement-land....

10 Money Leaks to Plug NOW!

Sep 14, 2018 01:05:52

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Spend $8 at the coffee shop, $5 dollars for a little snack later on... maybe $20 eating dinner at a restaurant with your co-workers later tonight. Rinse, wash, and repeat a few days a week and you'll start to wonder where all that extra cash you're supposed to have in your wallet actually went. And maybe you're not leaving your money "faucet" on full pressure all the time, but like any homeowner can tell you, even a constant drip can run up a bill at the end of the month. Helping us face our own money leaks today, from the Mad Money Monster blog, we welcome Lisa Harrison. Rounding out our contributors today is Paula Pant (from Afford Anything) and Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com).

But that's not all... we'll also have time for Doug's trivia, and also will tackle a voicemail from a listener. Derek wants to know how you explain the concept of a non-physical thing, such as cash or credit on a card, to young kids?

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Lessons From Strangers' Money Diaries (with Lindsey Stanberry)

Sep 12, 2018 01:10:25

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Ever want to see how someone else lives and spends money? The Money Diaries, a wildly popular feature at Refinery29, digs into the personal lives of people who volunteer to share the details of their lives and expenses. What you find, are lots of lessons that now Work & Money editor Lindsey Stanberry has compiled and used as the basis for a new book which dishes out popular lessons on money, from setting a plan, to paying off debt, to insurances and investing. It's all here and we're excited that Lindsey is coming today to the basement to share some of the biggest lessons.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll list off the 10 highest paying jobs in the USA. There might be some trends that you may want to explore if you're looking for your next employment opportunity. We'll also share lessons about other careers NOT listed among the top ten. Also, in our second headline, one big ETF company is cutting some funds from its lineup. Are you invested in any of them? Even if you're not, what happens to the money from the investment, and what should you do if it happens to you in the future? We'll share all of the details.

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia, throw out the Haven Life line, and answer your questions from the mailbag.

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You Can Be a Wealthy Heiress (or Heir) with Linda P. Jones

Sep 10, 2018 01:08:25

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Do you have what it takes to be a wealthy heiress (or heir)? Our friend Linda P. Jones says that you already have the ingredients...now you just need to dive in and show your prowess. She'll take you through the steps to claim your wealth, and we'll talk about investing based on cycles and momentum on today's show.

Plus, in our headlines segment, a new study shows that financial pros want the best of all worlds...active management with passive-like fees. Is that a pipe dream or is it really on the horizon? We'll mull it over. Plus, banks are protecting themselves with some additional language you should put on your checks if using mobile deposit. What are the words? Will it also protect you? We'll share everything on today's show.

Of course, that's not all. We'll also throw out the Haven Life line, answer a letter from the mail bag, and more!

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Things We Wish We Knew About Money When We Were 20 w/ an intro to Respect (SB RWD 83)

Sep 7, 2018 01:02:16

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We're finishing this week strong with today's rewind episode. Featuring Joe, Len Penzo, and Paula Pant, this roundtable has our group looking back at their 20's. What sort of money education would have made their lives easier? Later on the show, the group asks themselves: what's the deal with tipping? And should you tip the takeout host? When is it appropriate to leave a tip? The gang answered all that, and more, on today's episode.

PLUS, in our FinTech segment, we talked to Ross Kimbarovsky from Respect. Worried about elder care for your relatives? Ross and his team rolled out some new systems to address the issues in elder care. 

We'll be back on Monday with a whole new batch of fresh episodes. See you then!

 

Stop Making Bad Money Moves w/ Emily Guy Birken (SB RWD 82)

Sep 5, 2018 55:53

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Pay down your debts, or invest in the market? Upgrade to a new car, or start stashing away money for a house? Opportunity costs face us everyday, and today, we're rolling back the clock to when we sat down with Emily Guy Birken, who explains just how it all works. Plus, we talk on the problems with "free", sunk costs, and other strategies to manage money. In our headlines we're talking Johnny Deep (remember that phase?), and talk financial knowledge. How much does the average person learn about money over their lifetime? You'll be surprised with the answer. 

In this full-featured rewind episode we also answered the Haven Life Line about an important (and not uncommon) tax question you may relate to, get around to Doug's trivia, and a listener letter. 

The original show notes can be found here.

This episode originally aired May 17th,2017. Enjoy!

Crushing Student Loans and Buying Houses: Your Letters (SB RWD 81)

Sep 3, 2018 59:08

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We're rolling back the clock to one of our extra-stuffed letters episodes. The guys will cover questions about buying homes, paying down student debt, investing, bitcoin and more. Then in the headlines segment the guys looked at mistakes that investors are prone to make...PLUS one policy from an insurance company that was a bit ridiculous. 

The original show notes can be found here.

The Happiest Way To Pay Your Loans AND Grab Scholarships (Plus an intro to Emperor Investments)

Aug 31, 2018 01:10:45

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We're ending this eight week series of shows on a very special note, with some awesome guests and fun surprises! First, have you ever groaned while paying the same debt payment over and over every single month? Sure you have! Today we'll talk to our guests Chelsea Brennan from Mama Fish Saves and her reader Megan Grossi who hatched a BRILLIANT plan to make paying down student loans (or any loan for that matter) more fun. We can't wait for you to hear it.

But that's not all we can't wait for you to hear. Pam Andrews' son grabbed over $700,000 in scholarships and completely avoided student loans. How did he do it...and can you do it too? Pam believes you can, and that's why she created her company the Scholarship Shark. She'll walk us through the process today.

AND in our Friday Fintech segment, you've heard Emperor Investments on our shows lately...but exactly how do they work? We invited the co-founders, Brenna Casserly and Francis Tapon to join us with a quick walkthrough of how they work.

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Finding the ZERO Percent Tax Bracket In Retirement (with David McKnight)

Aug 29, 2018 01:00:08

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You've diligently saved and invested. You've taken careful care of your money, and you're now ready to enjoy your golden years...but your tax situation isn't what you'd expected and now you have a whole lot less money than you'd hoped. That's the situation that today's guest is hoping to help you eliminate by taking taxes out of the savings equation as much as possible. Coming down to the basement today we welcome the author of the bestselling book The Power of Zero, David McKnight.

PLUS, in our headlines segment, one company is upping the credit card rewards game. Is it worth jumping on board? We'll share our thought on that, along with the details of the 2018 TIAA Plan Sponsor Survey results. What are employees looking for from their employer when it comes to saving for retirement goals? We'll dive into the results and maybe find some common ground between employers and employers today.

Of course we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, plus tackle a Haven Life Line letter and more, on today's show.

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Retire Early with Real Estate (with Chad "Coach" Carson)

Aug 27, 2018 01:14:43

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Looking to get into real estate? Or maybe you're hoping to clock out of work early... permanently? Today we're bringing down to the basement the guy who used real estate to make sure his family was in great financial shape at an early age, Chad "Coach" Carson. Whether you're interested in flipping houses, buying and holding, or just curious about how to get started, we'll talk all things real estate on today's podcast.

PLUS, in our headlines segment, is active investing dead? One pundit says that calls of the death of active investing are exaggerated, and points to four ways we'll use active investments in the future. Looking for some ways to beat an index? Today we'll point to four possibilities. And in our second headline, are you using your 401k like an ATM machine? We'll tackle a recent piece about workers who cash out their 401k plan well before they should.

Of course, we'll still have time to answer Doug's trivia question, we'll throw out the Haven Life line, and answer a listener letter.

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8 Money Mistakes Middle Class People Make (plus an intro to Blast)

Aug 24, 2018 01:05:16

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As much as we don't like to admit it (and let's face it, Doug never will), we're not perfect here in the basement. We can mess up and make mistakes, just like anyone. But not all mistakes are created equal. Forgetting to start the dishwasher? Yeah, that's not the end of the world, but what about financial mistakes?  A small one might mess up your weekend... but a big one could spell disaster. That's why today we're covering (and sharing some of our own) 8 mistakes the middle class is making with their money (a piece written by Holly Johnson for The Simple Dollar). Joining us today our special guest, from Rich Life Advisors, is Beau Henderson. Also joining in the discussion are our regular roundtable contributors, Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and Len Penzo (Len Penzo dot com).

Midway through the show we'll take a little break and talk to the co-founder and chairman of Acorns,  Walter Cruttenden, about his new brand new venture, an app that mixes two unlikely ideas: video games and saving money. When we first heard about Blast we were intrigued by the possibilities, so we're excited to bring it to your attention, too.

And of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia and also to answer a listener question from Dan, who is looking for suggestions. How does someone in retirement create a more defensive portfolio? What types of investments should they consider adding to the mix?

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Len Penzo's Annual School Lunch Survey (the entertaining way to learn inflation)

Aug 22, 2018 57:55

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PB&J or BLT? Before you answer that question you'll want to listen in on today's show. You guessed it! Today's the return of Len Penzo's annual Sandwich Survey. We're mixing the costs of going back to school, nutrition, and a little inflation talk all into one discussion. Turns out you can learn quite a bit from comparing the rising (or falling) costs of sandwiches year-to-year. Who knew that the economics of lunch could be so fun?

And if you're not particular towards any particular sandwich, we're also bringing the sauce in our headlines. First up? If you're a homeowner you could be sitting on a record amount of cash. Maybe you're not a homeowner? We've got you covered too in our second headline... we'll be looking at some new loan programs targeting homebuyers with 3% down or less.

We'll also have time to answer Doug's trivia, listen in on a Haven Life Line call from our basement friend Lee, AND still get around to a listener letter.

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Managing Money During Emotional Times (with Dorie Fain)

Aug 20, 2018 01:05:25

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Life transitions are always stressful, and can be more than a little scary. Oftentimes, it's not until we're settled back into a routine that we notice we haven't been on our money management game. Maybe we made some big decisions while emotional. Worse yet, maybe some of those decisions were irrevocable and now you're stuck. With all the big changes happening ourselves here in the basement we realized that talking about managing money during transitions might be long overdue. Coming down to the basement today to talk about money management during BIG life changes like a divorce or elderly family member moving to managed care, is Certified Financial Planner Dorie Fain.

First though, in our headlines segment we'll look at one insurance company with skyrocketing rates on a product that consumers love to use... and other companies are following suit. Are you in danger of rising premiums? We'll tackle that question, along with our second headline involving three retirement industry myths that won't seem to go away, even though we dispel them fairly often. What are they? What do they have to do with your planning? Sadly, maybe a lot.

Of course, we'll still have time to hear Doug's trivia, answer a voicemail from Dave who more knowledge on playing the credit card rewards game, AND answer letters from Constance and Dr. J.

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Making Money Through Better Time Management (plus BIG news from Haven Life)

Aug 17, 2018 01:05:39

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What's more important, money or time? While that answer is up for debate, one thing isn't: better time management will lead to making more money. So, how do you maximize your money AND your time? Helping us answer that question is money coach extraordinaire, Dorethia Kelly. Also joining the conversation today is basement regular, Len Penzo. And rounding out the crew today, from our very own podcast, is OG.

After we tackle time management, we'll be getting some big news from the life insurance front during our FinTech segment. How about some life insurance services that you can benefit from while you're still... alive? We're talking to long-time basement friend and CEO of Haven Life, Yaron Ben-Zvi, about some big changes coming to the company.

Still want more? We'll make time to answer Doug's trivia AND a voicemail. Once you have your financial house in order, what should you do with your extra savings? We'll answer Dan's question right after we figure out what Doug's trivia.

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How to Be Boss and Take Control of Your Income

Aug 15, 2018 55:20

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Think you're doing all you can to earn more money? Hoping to find ways to maybe squeeze a little more productivity out of your day? In today's inspirational episode, we're talking to Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson from the Being Boss podcast about what"being boss" really means. Whether you're working for someone else or have entrepreneurial blood, there's something today for everyone.

And in our headlines segment... should you lease a car for your teenager? It might sound like the craziest and dumbest idea at first, but don't shut it downbefore we look at the pros and cons of comparing a used (or even new) vehicle against a leased one for your teenager's first car. Plus, in our second headline, Angelina Jolie is accusing Brad Pitt of not paying his half of their kids' expenses. With millions of dollars between them, what's the big picture here?

Of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia... and then, in our letters segment, Bill suggests a new idea for the show...should Joe & OG change the format? Do something new? We may have just found our new hit show...

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How Is a New Cryptocurrency Born?

Aug 13, 2018 01:01:45

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While we're usually not crazy about jumping in the cryptocurrency Kool-aid, a new type of crypto just being birthed called Kinesis caught our eye. This emerging crypto is based on gold and silver...so already it sounds a little different, right? To learn more about Kinesis and just how a new cryptocurrency is birthed, we invited CEO of Kinesis, Thomas Coughlin down to the basement to give us the fundamentals. What makes them different? Why launch a new one when so many others already exist? How do you keep your crypto-money from being stolen? We'll ask these questions and many more today.

Then, in our headlines segment, Vanguard's Chief Investment Officer responds to Fidelity's new no-fee funds. While his answer might not surprise you, how we think this correlates to you and your money just might be a surprise. In our second headline, Wells Fargo has beat back another lawsuit...this one having to do with target date funds.

Of course, we'll still have time for not only Doug's trivia, but also to answer a voicemail from John, who wants to know what advice we'd give someone who isn't sure how to crystalize their long-term goals.

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How Hardcore Are Your Money Habits? (plus an intro to CNote!)

Aug 10, 2018 01:10:34

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Are you known as the "frugal" friend in your circle? Think you're 100% on board when it comes to managing your finances? You'll have a chance to put that to the test today, because our roundtable is discussing (and sharing their own stories on) hardcore money decisions. Helping us out today is special guest from The  PhysicianWealthServices.com, Ryan Inman... PLUS two of our basement favorites: Paula Pant and Len Penzo.

Then, in our Fintech segment, we're super excited to talk to Catherine Berman from CNote. Not only does CNote pay higher interest rates currently than a regular savings account, but you'll also be investing in local communities. How does it work? We'll go through it step by step with Cat (and you can check out our link below to CNote for more information).

And of course, if you're hungry like the wolf for trivia, we'll still have time for Doug.

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She Paid Off $18,410 Of Debt In 7 Months

Aug 8, 2018 55:00

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We LOVE success stories, and today we're talking to one woman with a great one. She set out to pay off over $18,000 of debt in a single year. But what happened? She actually did it in just over half that time: seven months. Sounds good? We thought so too, so we called up Jenni Zepol to see just how she did it. The great news? Many of you may be able to follow her tactics and do it also.

Plus, in our headlines segment one whistleblower claims she was fired for raising red flags about her employer's alternative investment sales. While we're not going to set out to prove or disprove her claims, we will draw a point on why it's important to make sure your advisor is always acting as a fiduciary while helping you handle your finances. And in our second headline, one Florida teacher quit his job to become a 6-figure earning personal shopper. Any lessons we can learn there? Absolutely.

We'll also have time to answer a listener letter, and don't you worry, we'll also dish out a dose of Doug's trivia.

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Fidelity Drops TWO Zero Fees Funds Into the Market

Aug 6, 2018 01:00:44

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We've said for awhile that the fee game is a "race to the bottom," and last week....we reached the bottom. Fidelity dropped some big news in the financial world last week: not only did they slash a bunch of fees, they also introduced two no-fee mutual funds. What does it mean? How does these new funds work? We've got you covered. First, we'll talk to the VP of Retirement for Fidelity, Ken Hevert, for more information on the company's latest move, and later in the show, OG and Joe will break down what this might mean for you and your money. PLUS, during our headlines segment we'll dig into a Wall Street Journal report covering how one big bank is still finding new ways to surprise their customers... and not in a good way. And during the Haven Life Line we're talking to Colin about Roth and Traditional 401ks. What's the best way to use them so he can retire early?

Don't worry, we'll still have time for a Doug's trivia and to answer a listener letter from Kurt. With a baby on the way, what should Kurt and his wife be doing to be financially prepared?

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How Not To $#&* Yourself When Taking Out A Loan (plus an intro to Current)

Aug 3, 2018 01:04:03

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Most people borrow money at some point, but how do we pick out good loans from bad loans? To help us figure out which loans are best, we're bringing down our usual suspects: from AffordAnything.com, Paula Pant; from our very own basement, OG; and from LenPenzo.com... Len Penzo. And halfway through the show we're talking to the founder of Current, Stuart Sopp, who's setting out to help parents teach their kids about money and the dangers of using plastic. We'll also answer a student loan/investment question question from Eli, and still have time for Doug's trivia.

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LIVE From Podcast Movement with your favorite Podcasters!

Aug 1, 2018 01:21:02

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We're coming to you (mostly) live from Podcast Movement! Joe caught up with some of our favorite podcasters and friends and interviewed them live right from the event floor. We have an action-packed episode featuring Gwen Mertz in our headlines, and then interviews from Jordan Harbinger, Phillip Taylor, and Vincent Pugliese, plus an awesome roundtable segment featuring Mindy Jensen from Bigger Pockets, Joel Larsgaard from Pour Not Poor, and Chris Browning from Popcorn Finance.

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How Do I Build a Stream of Retirement Money?

Jul 30, 2018 51:11

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Have you been waiting for us to answer your letter? It's your lucky day because we're dedicating today's show to answering your questions. We're covering diversification, retirement, investing, Fintech, dividends and everything in between on our special letters episode.

Before we get to your letters, In our headlines segment we're taking a look at emergency funds and long-term care dollars. Are you thinking  about cutting corners and that maybe you can get by day-to-day without some sort of emergency fund? That could spell some bad news down the road. And in our second headline we'll spend a few minutes talking about proper planning for long-term care. The costs can pile on quicker than you think, and deciding your strategy isn't easy.

Plus, it's National Cheesecake Day! Doug's all excited, and so are we. Plus, in honor of Henry Ford's birthday, we'll have some Ford-related trivia that even if you aren't a car buff, you JUST might know the answer to...

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Do I Have an Unhealthy Relationship With Money? (plus an intro to Zeta)

Jul 27, 2018 01:15:43

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There are many ways to have a not-so-great relationship with the fuel that helps you reach your goals. You can spend too much, never spend anything...and much more. What IS a healthy relationship, and what does it look like? There are a lot of warning signs, but that doesn't mean it's an easy problem to fix. On today's show, our contributors, Jen Smith from the FrugalFriendsPodcast.com, Roger Whitney (the Retirement Answer Man) from RogerWhitney.com, and Paula Pant from AffordAnything.com, will tackle their relationships with money (both the good and the bad).

Plus, during our Friday FinTech segment, we're excited to talk to Aditi Shekar from Zeta. Mastering your relationship with money is hard enough on your own, it only gets more intense when you add someone else to the picture. Zeta helps couples (whether married, roommates, living together, or living apart) master their money through a mix of technology and good old-fashioned advice.

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Investing In Your Vices (with Jordan Waldrep)

Jul 25, 2018 01:13:45

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You've probably heard of impact investing, but... have you heard of vice funds? The concept is similar to impact investing, but instead of good causes, vice fund invests in those other sectors of the market....like cigarettes, gambling, and alcohol. Interested yet? We hope so, because today, to talk more on vice funds, mom's invited the guy that's right in the middle of this sector to share ideas, stories, and his investing strategy, Jordan Waldrep.

Then, in our headlines segment, we'll call our friend JJ Montenaro from USAA, who has some disturbing news on the life insurance front. Why don't many people buy life insurance? We'll talk coverage, strategies, and life insurance myths on today's podcast. Plus, we'll discuss one piece covering the "lessons learned" from a big Hollywood divorce.

We'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Tyler. Tyler's wife is going back to school to get her master's degree. Could they open up a 529 plan and use it right away for the tax credit? We'll also answer a letter from Paul. He wants to separate from service soon and retire, but most of his 401k funds are with a prior employer. Does he need to roll that money over before he separates so that he has money to live on before 59 and 1/2?

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Doing Well By Doing Good...with Real Estate (with Eddie Lorin)

Jul 23, 2018 59:05

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At least one real estate investor is doing his best work by bringing affordable real estate to the masses. From ImpactHousing.com, we welcome Eddie Lorin, who'll share how you can purchase and create real estate opportunities that in his words, "do well by doing good." We'll also talk about real estate in different areas of the country and about trends in real estate investing and rehabilitation. Whether you're a seasoned real estate investor or a newbie, there'll be something for you to like.

In our headlines segment... do you think emergency funds are overrated? If you're not setting money aside for the unexpected (it's called an "emergency fund" after all), you might find yourself hitching rides from Neighbor Doug just to show up at work on time. Plus, in our second headline, should we be worried about the cost of a long-term care stay? One publication suggests we should be estimating and funding long-term care a little differently.

Then, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Derrick and his wife, who need to reduce their tax liability. What are their options? Don't worry though. We promise to save time to answer a letter and also swallow a dose of Doug's icy trivia.

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What Do Money Bloggers Owe Their Audience? (plus a BIG update from Tiller)

Jul 20, 2018 01:26:50

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Should financial bloggers and financial podcasters who tout that they're "retired" share the WHOLE story with their audience? Plus, if they're managing a successful blog or podcast, how "retired" are they actually? Additionally....does it matter to a reader or listener if the writer/podcaster is actually retired, if their information is on point? We'll tackle a great article on this topic from Tanja Hester from the Our Next Life blog with our special guest, CFP Dana Anspach from SensibleMoney.com.

We'll also say hello to Tiller CEO Peter Polson in our Friday FinTech segment, who shares some BIG changes to his company's spreadsheet budgeting and money tracking apps. Then we'll answer a question from a listener about investing, worry over Doug's trivia, and more.

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Welcome to Stacking Hamiltons! (w/ Rosemarie Groner)

Jul 18, 2018 01:17:12

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And you thought you knew us! WELCOME TO THE STACKING HAMILTONS SHOW!!!! According to Doug's crazy holiday calendar we're celebrating National Hamilton's Day. It's your lucky today because today we're bringing you a show stock full of tips on how to save Hamiltons fora rainy day. Rosemarie Groner from BusyBudgeter.com, stopped by the basement to hand deliver 10 tips to save $10 in 10 minutes minutes or less. PLUS, during our headlines segment, we're talking to the COO of popular money and budgeting app, Clarity Money. I know. We're about three quarters as excited as you are.

And during our Haven Life Line segment, we'll answer a question from Tracy about paying her daughter. Does her business need to show an expense report for paying her daughter even though Tracy put it in an Roth IRA?Then during our letters segment we'll answer Corey's question about his retirement progress. How's he doing? Of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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How I Retired Early: A Case Study w/ Fritz Gilbert

Jul 16, 2018 01:19:04

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Do you ever find yourself sitting around wondering how someone retires early? Good news... we've been wondering the same thing. To answer answer all of our (and your!) questions about early retirement, we invited the man who has not only done it himself, but has been teaching other people to do it too, from TheRetirementManifesto.com, Fritz Gilbert.

Speaking of wonder....have you wondered how you can win that "free" luxury car in the mall? Ever think about writing down your information for a chance to win? As you've probably expected, there's a catch... and we'll share what it is on today's podcast. Plus, during the second headline, we'll cover why you shouldn't be so afraid of A.I. managing your money. We'll dive into what more AI means to the pros, and we think you'll like their point of view.

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Stevan, who calls in with a question about target-date funds. What should someone be looking at when they're trying to determine if a target-date fund is a good investment? Of course, we'll still have time to answer a letter from college student Tyler, who recently downloaded Acorns. Still being young, how should he be investing his money? And don't your worry, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Answer These 3 Questions About Money To Enrich Your Life (plus an intro to eBlocker)

Jul 13, 2018 01:05:56

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It always pays to start with the end in mind, which may seem difficult, but one recent piece suggests that answering a few questions will help you crystalize your goals. For example, do you know what you'd do with your life if money wasn't an issue? What would your life's goals and aspirations be? What would change? To help answer today's big questions we invited Crystal Hammond from the SophisticatedSpender.com to join us, along with regular contributors Paula Pant from AffordAnything.com and Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com

Halfway through the show we'll talk to Kevin Ells from eBlocker. Tired of being tracked online? Want to stop companies from price discriminating against you? We'll talk to Kevin about eBlocker's nifty hardware that'll help you take back your privacy online.

We'll also save time for Doug's Friday the 13th trivia segment, and of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Mrs. Anonymous and her husband are starting a small local business as a side-hobby, with the possibility of scaling up to an online store. Should they start an LLC right away, or wait until they have some growth?

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How To Slash Your Investing Risk (with Chris Cook)

Jul 11, 2018 01:10:46

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Investing can be scary, especially if you're just starting out. What if your money evaporates overnight? What if some unforeseen event happens and my investments are wiped out? And with most of us relying on our investments to get us through retirement years, to pay for college, or other goals, it's natural to be worried. While we can't totally eliminate investment risk, we can do a pretty good job reducing risk... if you know how. That's why we're bringing the author of Slash Your Retirement Risk, Chris Cook, down to the basement. We'll talk to Chris about how you can make practical, safe investments to see you through your retirement years, and still keep the money rolling while you do it.

Then our headlines segment, UBS has been ordered to pay out millions in a Puerto Rico bonds claim. Plus, during our second headline we cross over to the other side and hear the confessions of a debt collector. Of course that's not all!  We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Mike, who has a pile of cash to invest. He already has a few ideas, but wants to know what we think. And in our letters segment Willis wants to know if taking the tax hit for a backdoor Roth contribution with his two rollover IRAs is worth it. Thoughts? And don't you worry, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

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Fun & Games and Wiping Out Your Student Loan Debt (with Michael Torpey and Natalia Abrams)

Jul 9, 2018 01:00:18

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A game show made to wipe out student debt? That's right...coming to Tru TV is a new game show that's made specifically for that reason. If you're anything like millions of other people, you've probably had (or still have) the pleasure of dealing with student loans. Between ongoing bills and wallet stretching emergencies, it may seem like there's never enough money to go around. So what do you do? Coming to the basement to discuss the student loan epidemic, and to help YOU pay off some of your debt on his new show called Paid Off with Michael Torpey, we welcome....Michael Torpey. Also joining us is one of the people helping to lead the charge for student loan debt reform, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis, Natalia Abrams.

In our headlines segment, how would you like to get thousands of dollars for painting your front door? Okay... while it's not THAT simple, the idea still stands. New statistics show that painting your front door is one of the most cost-effective methods of increasing your home's value. And in our second piece, one ATM had over $17,000 shredded...and you won't believe how it happened.

And then, during the Haven Life Line, Kurt wants to know about jobs (other than a financial advisor of course) that deal with helping others financially. Of course, we'll still answer a letter, have time for Doug's trivia, and much more.

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Taking The Entrepreneurship Plunge Without Drowning with Steve Chou (SB RWD 80)

Jul 6, 2018 48:11

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The Fintern completes our rewind week with today's flashback roundtable episode featuring Steve Chou from MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, AND our old friend Greg McFarlane from ControlYourCash. Thinking about taking a dive into entrepreneurship? The gang answered all your burning questions on what you need to know... PLUS, in true roundtable fashion, there's much more. 

This episode originally released on January 8th, 2016. You can find the original show notes HERE. Enjoy!

Starting Your Rental Real Estate Empire with Brandon Turner (SB RWD 79)

Jul 4, 2018 01:06:49

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Looking to jump into real estate? We're rolling back the clock to the time we talked to Brandon Turner from the award-winning real estate site, Bigger Pockets. He'll talk about purchasing, managing tenants and building wealth.

We'll also cover a couple of headlines about some hacks to make your life easier, and the deadly financial sins to avoid if you're not keen on handing your money over to crooks. Of course, we'll also answer some letters, get a dose of Doug's trivia, and much much more. 

The original show notes can be found HERE.

Rocking Your Debt Cleanse with Nick Clements, Mandi Woofruff and Tiffany the Budgetnista (SB RWD 78)

Jul 2, 2018 01:20:34

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Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern")  takes us back to our debt-curing discussion with MagnifyMoney CEO Nick Clements and MagnifyMoney Executive Editor Mandi Woodruff. Still in the wake of the holiday buying season, Nick and Mandi shared some good strategies on paying down debt.

We also take your letters, learn French with Matilda and Devin Carrol, and get a surprise visit from Tiffany the Budgetnista. Of course, it's a full episode of the show....so there's much, much more! Enjoy!

You can find the original show notes HERE.

This episode originally aired January 11, 2017. Enjoy!

Make Mistakes and Still Find Financial Independence (plus an intro to Mason)

Jun 29, 2018 01:06:42

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When you've made some mistakes in your past, how do you get back on track for financial independence? Is there ever a "too" late? Is financial independence out of reach for those of us who started late? Helping us answer those questions and more is special guest Gwen Mertz from the FireDrillPodcast.com. Also rounding out our contributors for today is Len Penzo, of LenPenzo.com fame, and our very own OG.

And midway through the show we'll take a few minutes to stop and talk about seniors selling life insurance policies before they lapse. Know a senior struggling to pay to keep a life insurance policy in check...or worse yet, letting one lapse? We've invited Felix from Mason Finance down to the basement to give you the lowdown on selling off insurance for cash before it lapses or if you don't need it.

We'll also have time for Doug's trivia, and of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Should Ryan focus on investing into his taxable brokerage account first or his 401k?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Kiné Corder on the Relationship Between Money, Happiness, and Your Personality

Jun 27, 2018 01:09:52

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Kiné Corder joins us to tackle some of the biggest money issues...our own money personality. Mom says all the time to "know yourself," and Kine will help you dive into your money traits so that you can rely more on your strengths and cover your weaknesses. We'll discuss spenders, blamers, artists, presidents and more on today's show!

In our headlines segment, how would you feel if you had to skip important medical care due to high costs? That's what almost HALF the diabetics in the USA are facing, according to one publication. What should someone do in this situation? In our second headline, brokerage firm Merrill Lynch is re-evaluating their commission ban inside retirement accounts. What does that mean for your money? Will other firms follow suit? We'll also tackle that today.

Of course we'll still throw out the Haven Life line to Eric and Amy. While their neighborhood is great, the school district isn't. Should Eric and Amy start looking at another neighborhood or consider private school? Of course, we'll also have time for Doug's trivia.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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You CAN Stick To The Plan (with Nicole Lapin)

Jun 25, 2018 01:15:12

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New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin is someone (maybe like you, and definitely like me) who wasn't taught money lessons growing up. However, different than many people, she's been able to create and stick to a money plan. She's been recognized two years running as the #1 money guru at site GoBankingRates.com, and now she's with us teaching YOU how to stick to the plan. Even if it's difficult. Even if you don't think you can...she'll talk about money myths, truths, and probably more than a few board games.

In our headlines segment we're taking a special look at annuities. Could they be a better option than bonds? One popular financial piece says they are. Plus, in our second headline we're looking at what's going on with the fiduciary rule. Is it dead...or could new rules be on the horizon? Then, after a small break for Doug's trivia we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Jenny, who wants to know what type of investments she should use to live on before the normal retirement age. Similarly, in our letters segment, Andrew and his wife want to retire by 55. What should they be doing to make that happen?

Thanks to Emperor Investments for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to emperorinvests.com/sb and select "Stacking Benjamins podcast" when asked how you heard about the show.

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5 Fun Ways To Teach Kids About Money (Plus Advice From TIAA for Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles)

Jun 22, 2018 01:19:02

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Do you know any kids already bored with summer? Know someone who needs some help breaking down basic finance for the kiddos? You're in luck because today we're talking kids and money. Joining us today, from the National Bank of Mom, is our new friend Maggie. ...and back for another round, from FamZoo, we welcome Bill Dwight. And rounding out our roundtable, from ConnieAlbers.com, we welcome Connie Albers. They'll talk about many ideas to brighten your summer and help your children grasp money concepts at the same time. It'll make a better summer for both them AND you.

Don't have children? We thought about you, too, and invited Kate Ryan from TIAA to join us to share tips for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and money savvy friends. We'll talk about everything from sharing money stories to helping a child start a summer business or save a few dollars.

Of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline.  Nicole wants to take her family on a vacation. What are the best places to be consider, and what should she be watching out for?

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

What's Not To Like About a 401k Loan? (Your Letters)

Jun 20, 2018 01:04:27

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Mail call! Today we're ripping open your letters and answering tons of your questions.  We'll share our thoughts on 401k loans, improving your credit, saving money... and much, much more.

And during out headlines segment we're looking at Vanguard's 401k changes and... an article about millennial saving habits. It appears that many millennials think they're either going to retire early or not at all. As Joe's mom would say, "that doesn't sound good." It isn't...and bigger problems lie in the details of this story. 

Plus we're throwing out the Haven Life line to Heather. With the possibility of Student Loan Forgiveness on the horizon, how much money should Heather be putting towards her loan? And with debt to pay off, what's some good advice for getting on track for retirement?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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When Retirement Seems Impossible (with Dr. Steve Wendel from Morningstar)

Jun 18, 2018 01:03:19

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Invest there, save here, charge this, spend that... what's behind our financial decision making? We might not personally have all of those answer, but we know someone who does. Coming down to the basement is the head of behavioral science at Morningstar, Steve Wendel. Morningstar has some alarming statistics about retirement, and Dr. Wendel will present eight different ways to solve some potentially big problems in your future.

And in our headlines segment... is the market about to take a tumble? We'll discuss why analysts think the market is about to endure a shake-up, and what you should be doing about it. In our second headline we're turning our attention to cryptocurrency. If only 2% of planners seeing the crypto as a viable investment option, should we be paying any attention to it?

Then, after Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Blake who's asking about "play" money. After someone uses a "sandbox" account, do they replenish the fund? And in our letters segment we answer the question: What should you do with your cash if you're saving for a big purchase in the next year?

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Why The Joneses Will Bankrupt You (plus an intro to the WELA app)

Jun 15, 2018 01:12:41

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On Wednesday we talked about what goes into picking the right financial advisor. You'd want to be sure of the person your entrusting with your financials, after all. But would you trust a financial advisor who's a couple of decades younger than you? We're asking that same question to our wonderful panel of contributors: special guest Shannon Mclay (from Financially-Blonde.com), Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com), and Paula Pant from Afford Anything. PLUS, in a second Friday headline, living next to a lottery winner makes YOU more likely to go broke. What's up with that?

And halfway through the show we're taking a break to talk to Matt Reiner from Wela, the all-in-one budget app. Wela can track your daily spending, group transactions, and the app's AI, Benjamin, can answer any questions you may have about your money.

Of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline.  Julianne works on commission... how can she make a useful budget on a variable income? Also, should we be waiting on the market to go on sale before we buy more stocks?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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How To Avoid the Wrong Financial Planner (with Stephanie McCullough)

Jun 13, 2018 01:01:55

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The hardest part of hiring a financial planner? Making sure you pick the right one! That's why today we're welcoming the CEO of Sofia Financial, Stephanie McCullough. She's not only sharing her insider tips on what to look for with the right financial planner, but what to look out for from potentially the WRONG financial planner.

In our headlines segment, one start-up blockchain CEO is claiming that Bitcoin isn't the holy grail that people may hope. BUT, he does think that bitcoin, along with their own digital currency, each have their own niche where they're needed. What should you do with your own crypto strategy? We'll tackle that today. Plus, we'll feature a new investment that promises a steady 7% annual distribution rate... what's the catch? We'll dive in during our headlines.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life line to Lee who recently left his job to work for himself. How does that impact his retirement and investment plans? What should he be doing with his 401k now? Of course, we'll also have time for Doug's trivia and answer a listener letter.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Getting InvestED (with Phil Town)

Jun 11, 2018 01:04:13

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How do you take control of your money and start investing? Danielle Town had a famous dad in the investing world, Phil Town, and didn't want anything to do with her father....to the point that she didn't want to invest money the way he did. Instead, she decided to stick her money in a savings account and hopefully grow it. Today we're happy to have Phil Town with us, to discuss not only the biographical parts of the early book, but about getting brave with your money and learning how to invest. We'll ask about Dave Ramsey's 12% rule, investing like Warren Buffett, and more.

In our headlines segment, we'll talk about one expert who has been repeatedly quoted by media outlets. How many times have we heard about what's going to happen to the economy next week according to the experts? As it turns out, one expert in particular has a big secret: he doesn't even exist. What's that all about? We'll dive into what it all means during our headlines. And in lieu of a second headline, we're taking an inside look into what Doug does when he's not on the mic... you might be a little surprised.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Andy, who's wondering what he should do with his extra cash from his recently paid off mortgage.  How should he invest his additional funds for a positive gain for further financial independence?

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What Was Your Money Epiphany? (plus an intro to Status Money)

Jun 8, 2018 01:08:59

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What was your big money epiphany? Was it realizing you were paying for a car that was way too expensive? Or that even  though you're cashing in with a nice job you're still living paycheck to paycheck? Maybe, if you're like Doug, you're still waiting on your big money epiphany. Joining us to share their own money epiphanies are our time-tested contributors: Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com), Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and our very own OG.

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Majd Maksad from Status Money. It's only natural you'll be curious about how other people like you are handling their money, or how far along the financial independence path they are. Status Money will let you compare your finances to millions of people like you.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline.  Dustin has his annual review coming up and wants to provide a solid case on why he should be getting mo-money. Are there any good resources out there he can use? We'll share at least one resource: our experience.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Taking Drastic Action to Pay Down $120k of Debt (with Aja McClanahan)

Jun 6, 2018 01:07:34

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Would you move your family to the rough part of Chicago to pay down debt and improve the neighborhood? Coming down to the basement is one woman who did just that...Aja McClanahan. After making the difficult decision to take drastic action, Aja and her family paid off a whopping $120,000 in debt. Think you could do the same? Aja will share her inspiring story about how her family took action and wiped out their debt.

In our headlines segment, we'll share one crazy headline about a woman who paid $7,000 for toilet paper. She's gotten her refund... two months later, but how in the world do we make sure that doesn't happen to us? And if it does, what do we do? PLUS, we'll get a special visit from our close friend at Buzz Indexes, Jamie Wise.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life lineto Tony. Tony's wife is teaching some classes at the local rec center this summer. How should they handle their extra income? Do they need to set up an LLC? We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.comto learn more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.comfor sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

The Highs and Lows of Real Estate Investing (with Dana Bull)

Jun 4, 2018 01:02:49

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Ever thought about getting into real estate, but didn't know what to expect? Our featured guest, Dana Bull, has seen just about everything when it comes to acquiring, rehabbing, and renting properties as a real estate investor. She's acquired dozens of properties before reaching the age of 28. We invited Dana down to the basement so she could share all the highs and lows she's experienced along the way.

Plus in our headlines segment, we turn our attention to a challenge women face when changing jobs. It turns out, when it comes to small 401k balances, women are much more likely to cash out than man. And in our second headline we're talking to Laura Boylan from Haven Life about the state of the life-insurance industry. The industry is facing challenges in enrolling more families in life insurance, what's the deal?

After we get through Doug's trivia question, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Rob who wants to share his own financial book recommendations. And today we saved the best for last with a letter from David who is complaining about Joe and MoneyBall.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

Did We Miss the Debt Panic Memo? (plus an intro to Swell)

Jun 1, 2018 01:06:23

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Are you frazzled because you still have debt to pay off? Is it because your debt is spiraling out of control, or maybe because it's at a high interest rate? We'll talk about approaching debt on today's podcast. Plus, during our second headline we're packing into a van and hitting the open road. That's exactly what retired NFL player Joe Hawley decided to do after he left the league earlier this year. What's your big plan for retirement? Helping us tackle these headlines, from TheWealthHound.com, is our new friend Jason. Also joining the discussion today are our regular contributors, Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com) and Paula Pant from Afford Anything.

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to David Fanger from Swell. Yes, we need to save and invest for our retirement, but does that mean we have to turn a blind eye to the impact we're making? We'll talk to David about not only investing in ourselves, but investing in companies that are being socially responsible and making an impact.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. What's the best way for an interested sixteen year old to jump into the world of finance?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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From Shopaholic to Money Ninja (with Michelle Bobrow)

May 30, 2018 59:50

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She struggled with credit card debt, student loans, and more, but now Michelle Bobrow's not only a money ninja...she'll help teach you how to manage your money better on today's episode. We'll talk about Michelle's early days of spending mistakes (that may sound like mistakes many of us have made), plus lessons she learned while working on Wall Street. 

Our first headline covers the one fifteen minute hack one publication says you should implement if you want to manage your money better. Wonder what it is? You won't be disappointed, although it may not be what you think. Also, we'll tackle news that everything is getting more expensive more quickly than before. Ever wonder how inflation actually works? We'll explain that and more on today's show. Plus, we're  throw out the Haven Life line to Mollie, who's wondering which insurance plan is better: should they use her plan which has smaller premiums, or her husbands, which has smaller deductibles when you use the coverage? We'll also another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Business For Bohemians (with Tom Hodgkinson)

May 28, 2018 01:05:32

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Ever think about bringing some exciting new concept to the world, but you're turned off by the seemingly all-consuming WIN WIN WIN attitude some full time business people exude? Today's guest is perfect for you, because Tom Hodgkinson (owner and operator of The Idler) loves the idea of a bohemian business, and will tell us the bare minimum that a lifestyle business owner needs to know to make sure that you can enjoy your life, your art, and also maybe family and friends.

In our headlines segment, we turn our attention to a new study that shows female advisors are growing their businesses faster than their male counterparts. Are women better advisors? We'll talk about what people REALLY want from their advisor on today's podcast. Plus, Amazon is offering $5,000 for employees to quit their job. Why would a company offer money for employees to leave? We'll have your answer and what it means for your money on today's show!

After Doug's Memorial Day trivia question, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Michael and answer his question about the best course of action with your money when you have a big purchase coming up in a few years. Of course, we'll still have a listener letter from the mailbag... which today is Sam's question: should he and his wife move their money from a taxable brokerage account to the Roth IRA they haven't been using?

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Can Retirement Ruin Your Relationships? (Plus an intro to Payitoff.io)

May 25, 2018 01:06:26

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Looking forward to retirement? We make plans so we CAN retire, but have you ever thought about what you'll be doing once you actually get there? We'll discuss how your relationships, and marriage, can be impacted in your post-work life. In a rare second Friday headline, we're continuing the retirement discussion with a look at finding new hobbies and passions during your retired life. When Joe Hawley retired from the NFL he moved into a van and hit the open road, what's going to be your story? Joining us today to share his thoughts on retirement, from YourMoneyGeek.com, is special guest Michael Dinich. Michael will be joined by our (fantastic) regular contributors, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com and Paula Pant from Afford Anything.

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Bobby Matson from PayItOff. Still paying off your student loans? Wish you could pay the loans off faster? Make sure to check out today's Fintech segment because you'll love our interview with Bobby.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Ethan and his girlfriend are shopping around for car insurance. They're also planning on buying a house and starting a family in the next couple of years. Should he get all the insurance he needs under one roof? Maybe through a broker?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Your Summer Theme Park Savings Guide (with Robert Niles)

May 23, 2018 58:22

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It's officially summer for us when Robert Niles (from Theme Park Insider) drops by for our annual look at theme parks around the country. Going on vacation this summer? We'll have all the answers about fantastic deals, making the most of your money, the best new rides... and of course, rides and locations that you would do best to avoid.

Our first headline may give you second thoughts before you decide to "take advantage" of company benefits. We'll cover how 200 workers were fired from Fidelity for abusing company benefits. Ouch. In our second headline we're asking the question: "How would you like to slash the length of your 30-year mortgage?" We'll tackle one writer's (convoluted) idea. Plus, we're  throw out the Haven Life line to Alan, who wants to know the pros and of cons of  having a simple IRA over a solo 401k. Should he switch? We'll also another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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You NEED More Money (with Matt Manero)

May 21, 2018 01:03:32

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Think you have enough money? If you ask our featured guest Matt Manero, lots of people are walking around assuming they have enough (or enough for now) and they couldn't be more wrong. He says there's a good chance that you NEED more money. On today's show we're talking to Matt about protecting your downside, growing your income why you do NOT have to be the boss to get ahead, and more.

In our headlines segment, we turn our eyes to Tori Spelling's financial woes. Are you building good money habits? It turns out that no amount of money will ever be "enough" if you don't have a plan behind your money. In our second headline, we're talking to Stuart Ritter of T. Rowe Price. Do people that work in the gig economy pay more attention to their money than people working for "the man?" We'll have the answer to that question and more on today's headlines. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and answer a Haven Life Line (plus have a bunch of fun while were at it) on today's show.

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Find More Time and Money (plus an intro to Tomorrow)

May 18, 2018 01:05:45

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Ever think about moving? What if someone PAID you to move? Would you do it? ...and how about having more time in the day? Today we'll discuss cities and towns that'll pay you to relocate AND the secret behind having enough time in your day. We're joined by Rocky Lalvani (from the Richer Soul podcast) along with our Monday/Wednesday co-shot OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion and talk to Dave from Tomorrow. Have you ever got around to creating a will for your family? Tomorrow enables you to create a plan for your family... all through your phone.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Spencer is starting a graduate program later this year. Should he put his extra summer income towards his Roth as usual, or save it and put it towards his loans?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Find More Time and Money (plus an intro to Tomorrow)

May 18, 2018

Description:

Ever think about moving? What if someone PAID you to move? Would you do it? ...and how about having more time in the day? Today we'll discuss cities and towns that'll pay you to relocate AND the secret behind having enough time in your day. We're joined by Rocky Lalvani (from the Richer Soul podcast) along with our Monday/Wednesday co-shot OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion and talk to Dave from Tomorrow. Have you ever got around to creating a will for your family? Tomorrow enables you to create a plan for your family... all through your phone.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Spencer is starting a graduate program later this year. Should he put his extra summer income towards his Roth as usual, or save it and put it towards his loans?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Bozos, Monsters... and Other Financial Planners (with Lorraine Ell)

May 16, 2018 01:03:50

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We're welcoming to the basement the author of "Bozos, monsters and whiz-bangs," Lorraine Ell. Do you have a bad financial advisor story? On today's show Lorraine shares some absolute horror stories with us. Advisors churning accounts? Counselors telling you to sell when the market is in the tank? We'll talk about these and more on today's show (plus what to do if your advisor is dishing out some of this horrible advice!).

In our headlines segment, things are getting a wild in the basement. We'll talk about a guy who discovered a bank glitch. Think he did the right thing? We'll talk about how he exploited the glitch to the tune of a few million dollars...and eventually might have learned a valuable lesson (or not). Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Bill, who is trying to figure out the various contribution limits for him and his wife. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

Thanks to Housecall Pro for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Waive your $99 activation fee by going to HousecallPro.com/SB.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

How One Frugal Secretary Saved Millions (and your letters)

May 14, 2018 54:23

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Mail Call! Today we're answering your questions about IRAs, tackle how to calculate a rate of return, dive in to Vanguard's new factor based funds.... and much, much more.

In our headlines segment we turn out heads to secret millionaires. Why do people keep their millionaire status a secret? Would you? In our first headline we'll talk about how one secretary (and others) hunkered down and kept their investments a secret. Plus, are HSA enrollments stalling? We'll talk numbers and the big takeaways on today's podcast.

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What Bad Jobs Can Teach You About Money (plus an intro to OfferUp)

May 11, 2018 58:26

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Have you ever had a bad job? We'll discuss bad jobs and lessons that you learn while working in a field that might not be ideal or meet your end goals. We'll talk farming, golf caddie, working at McDonalds, and other bad jobs with our special guest Andy Hill (from the Marriage, Kids and Money podcast) along with our regular contributors Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot com and Paula Pant from Afford Anything!

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Natalie Angelillo from OfferUp. It's time to spring clean and OfferUp gives you a platform to buy or sell things from you comfort of your phone and with a photo-first look. 

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Rod is investing some of his money for a retirement condo. When he has enough funds for his second choice, should he buy it and rent it out until retirement? Or should he keep investing until he's able to get Condo #1?

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What Do We Think About Niche Real Estate? (plus FICO and more of your questions!)

May 9, 2018 01:17:22

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We back up the truck and plow through the mailbag today! We'll start off with a question about employee stock purchase plans, work our way into niche real estate, fly through small company stock investing, and dive headfirst into mutual funds vs. ETFs....plus LOTS more.

In our headlines segment we'll talk with Ken and Ben from FICO about auto financing. A recent FICO study shows that the move toward shopping online for financing rates isn't nearly as wide as we may have thought. What are the takeaways? We'll ask FICO for some best practices and more on today's show! Plus, are you a Wells Fargo customer? We have more news about claiming your settlements and more on today's podcast.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Ryan, who wants to work in the financial planning field. What advice do we have for him when it comes to talking to others about their money?

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking to have your financial product questions answered? Head to MagnifyMoney.com for your credit, savings, student, and auto loan needs.

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Making & Saving More Money in the Sharing Economy (with Harry Campbell)

May 7, 2018 01:06:08

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Even though he's an engineer by trade, Harry Campbell was excited about the opportunity to earn extra money driving people (and stuff) around town so he tried out Lyft. What happened? Now he runs arguably the biggest website dedicated to ride sharing services AND he'll give you all the secrets about making money in the sharing economy on today's show!

In our headlines segment, we tackle a piece about inheritances. Do you know why people don't receive their inheritance? We do, and it probably isn't what you think it is.... Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Adam, who wonders about buying property in China. Should he and his spouse spend their money on a home before prices escalate more? We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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Our Best Advice For Graduates - And YOU (SB RWD77)

May 4, 2018 54:11

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Just starting out with money? Do you know someone just beginning in life, or graduating this month? Dorethia Kelly from The Money Chat joins Greg McFarlane and Len Penzo to tackle exactly that topic and more. We also discuss Uber’s plans to bring auto financing to the masses (and tips to buy a car), plus how to make debt disappear quicker. As we do often, we juggle a ton of topics on this episode!

ALSO – with Father’s Day this weekend, maybe you’ve decided that dad has enough ties. What about buying him stock? Dan Schatt joins us on our FinTech segment to tell us about Stockpile, a site where you can give dad shares of your favorite company, an ETF, and more. You can also buy physical gift cards from retailers. Now dad can actually get a gift that appreciates!

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") is bringing the party on today's rewind episode. Enjoy!

You can find the original show notes here: Our Best Advice for Graduates

Preparing For When Things Go Wrong (SB RWD76)

May 2, 2018 01:20:44

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Jane Blaufus, author of With the Stroke of a Pen, Claim Your Life joins us in the basement to share her very personal tragedy, and how making non-emotional insurance decisions helped her cope in a difficult time. She'll share a refreshing view of insurances that might change your mind about your personal coverage. Matt Becker from MomandDadMoney.com joins Paula Pant from Afford Anything on this week's roundtable to discuss the Zen of Investing. You'll learn some important investing lessons that may change your overall philosophy. 

Of course we work to give something away, Joe & OG talk about current financial topics, and tackle reviews of Prisoners and The Spectacular Now....and much much more.

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds to when we talked about when things go wrong....and the best time to prep? right now, while things are going well. Enjoy!

The Dirty Side of Money with Kabir Sehgal (SB RWD75)

Apr 30, 2018 01:00:23

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Money, it turns out, does bad things to your brain AND to your skin. Author Kabir Sehgal from the NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Coined, The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us joins us in the basement.

We also take your letters, talk about Stacking Bordens with a Canadian friend, and more.

This episode originally aired November 2, 2015. Enjoy!

How Do I Save Money On My Insurance? (plus an intro to N26)

Apr 27, 2018 57:23

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Looking for a better deal on our insurances? We'll tackle a piece today about tracking devices that trade privacy for your data, which will hopefully save you money on your insurance. Would you trade your data for lower costs? We'll discuss this and the many ways you CAN save money on insurances with our special guest Shannon Harvey (author of How To Avoid Financial Disaster), along with our regular contributors OG and Paula Pant from Afford Anything!

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Nic Kopp from online bank N26. After successfully scaling in Europe, this bank is poised to now bring easier mobile banking to the USA. We'll talk to Nic about exactly what N26 has to offer and when you can sign up.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. VJ wonders if he should ditch his insurance agent AFTER he helped him find a policy? He feels guilty because even though the agent answered lots of questions and was helpful, VJ found a better price online. What should he do?

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Should I Invest In a Roth IRA (and more of your questions)

Apr 25, 2018 01:11:15

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One of our most frequently asked questions revolves around the Roth IRA. Should I invest in it? How much should I invest? Why should I invest in a Roth vs. a traditional IRA? That's just ONE of the many questions we answer on today's show, including questions about investing, buying a house, spiking your interest rates on short term goals, and more. 

In our headlines segment we'll talk about how financial advisors market their services. Can you tell from an advisor's method of pitching (and her pitch) whether they'll be a good fit for you? Absolutely...and we'll explain on today's show, as we talk about seminars, workshops, Facebook ads, radio shows, and more. Plus, we'll tackle a piece about remodeling your house. Which improvements improve your home's value the most? We'll share all of those on today's podcast.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Eric, who's contributing to a target date fund and wonders if he could do a better job on his own. Can he? Do we like his target date fund? We'll also throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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Creating Your Own Better Outcome (with Lillian Karabaic)

Apr 23, 2018 01:01:07

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Lillain Karabaic has done everything. From bicycle valet to bookkeeping to radio, she's had just about every job you could imagine (she held over 40 jobs during her 20's!). Today she's sharing advice and stories about grabbing the reins. Think you aren't saving enough money? She'll inspire you with her work ethic. Think you have trouble getting money in the right place? She'll share her favorite tips... and more. 

In our headlines segment, we'll share some statistics from Transferwise about banking fees. It turns out that many people are surprised by the fees their bank charges. Overdraft fees? Sure, banks charge those, but how about returned mail fees? We'll share the whole list and ways to reduce fees.

We'll also debate a new media piece about retirement planning. Is it time to share the old planning practices out the window? We'll share the authors' tips and also those that OG and Joe advocate, on today's podcast.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Abbey, who wonders about starting a financial coaching business. As a financial planner, is there room to expand into coaching people who don't yet need full-on CFP level support? We'll share some of the reasons you don't see more of these businesses and also ideas for starting one on today's show. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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Should You Trade in Your Friends for Richer Ones? (plus we help kick off Money Smart Week!)

Apr 20, 2018 56:23

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How much do your friends control your fate when it comes to your money? One recent piece contends that your community (including friends) is a HUGE piece in the puzzle toward financial success. Does our panel agree? Here to answer that question we welcome Jen Hemphill, author of the new hit financial book Her Money Matters. She'll join OG on today's show for that AND Doug's amazing trivia (we know you can barely wait....).

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Daniel wonders about life insurance. How much should he and his spouse plan on for life insurance for his children?

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Your Money or Your Life? (with Vicki Robin)

Apr 18, 2018 01:09:06

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Why are you saving money? How much joy are you receiving from that "stuff" you own? You may rethink your financial plan after today's show, because our guest is the co-author of the HUGE bestselling book, Your Money or Your Life. Vicki Robin helped shape the financial independence/retire early movement, and she's on her way down to the basement today to talk to us about re-examining your beliefs around your life and your money. Your money or your life, indeed.

In our headlines segment we'll talk about student loans with Robert Farrington from The College Investor. He'll talk about how over 3,000 people just took part in an event to pay off a TON of student loan debt. We'll share best practices, how best to apply to lower interest rates on your debt, and how to pay them down in a way that makes sense for your situation. We'll also discuss the new SEC proposed fiduciary rule. Is THIS finally the rule we've been looking for? Will it replace the mostly knocked-down rule from the Department of Labor? We'll review the rule and discuss what you need to know about it on today's show.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Karen, who's contributing to a brand spankin' new health savings account. How should she best use it? We'll share how these plans work on today's show. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and watch him try to juggle....one ball. 

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Building Your Money-Savvy Network Before You Need It (with Jordan Harbinger)

Apr 16, 2018 01:03:32

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What happens when you're booted from your company? Jordan Harbinger found out firsthand. The former host of popular and award winning Art of Charm podcast tells us his story and then we talk about building YOUR network so it's available when you need it. We'll discuss the right (and horribly wrong) ideas, tools, and strategies to use when taking on the challenge of expanding your circle of influence.

Plus, in headlines, we'll tackle a recent headline about a big financial company that may have stepping in the same BIG problem twice. What's the problem and how do YOU avoid being a victim of this company? We'll unravel all of that plus another headline about risk. Where do you run from stocks if you've had enough...international bonds? 

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Dom, who wonders what stocks he should buy in his "sandbox" portfolio. How do you evaluate individual stocks and where is the the best place to purchase them? Both Joe and OG chime in with their answers. 

But....that's not all! We'll answer answer a letter from the mailbag, serve up some JP Morgan trivia, and more!

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Popular Advice That's Actually Baloney

Apr 13, 2018 01:01:29

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It's nearly tax time and we're hearing lots of rumors about tax strategies that just don't work. So we were relieved to read a headline that walked us through several rumors that weren't true. We'll go over them in detail on today's podcast!

Plus we get serious about sexism in the financial press. Do pieces aimed at women speak to them differently than pieces aimed at men? Our roundtable will weigh in on men, women, and the differences in the way we talk about money. To talk about these topics, we're joined by our crack regular team of contributors: Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and Len Penzo (Len Penzo dot com), along with our very own OG.

We also answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Steve wants to know if there's any reason NOT to consolidate his many accounts spread all over the place. What's the downside he might not be seeing?

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Beth Kobliner and SNL's Kate McKinnon Team Up To Teach Financial Literacy

Apr 11, 2018 01:05:44

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What happens when a bestselling money author teams up with an SNL star to talk about financial literacy? You end up with some awesome videos featuring Kate McKinnon and Beth Kobliner! Beth joins us in the basement today to talk about the making of the videos and to share some much-needed financial literacy tips for children. How do you teach kids (or other adults) about money when you don't feel like YOU'RE a whiz with your cash? Beth shares some great tips that you'll be able to use today.

In our headlines segment we'll talk about a recent lawsuit about "reverse churning." What does that even mean? We'll talk about why it's important most of the time to do absolutely nothing with your money, and we'll also discuss when you should expect to pay for advice and exactly what you're paying for when you work with an advisor. If you're in a fee-based account, are you paying for trades or for advice from the advisor? We'll debate that question on today's show. 

In our second headline we'll talk to Mike Foy from JD Power and Associates. They have a new customer satisfaction survey that also shares LOTS of information about millennials. It appears that millennials are ditching their advisors in droves. Why is that happening? What are advisors missing? We'll ask Mike to dig into the JD Power survey findings on today's podcast...including which firms scored highest in customer satisfaction this year.

Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to Tanaya, who's contributing to her state pension plan and her Roth every year. What's are some other considerations of places she should be contributing? We'll also, we pull out the stops and answer several letters in an effort to get caught up. We'll tackle minimum volatility funds, a confusing advisor recommendation, a listener who actually gets what we're doing with this podcast, and more.   Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

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A Beginner's Guide to Individual Stock Investing (with Chuck Jaffe)

Apr 9, 2018 01:14:34

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Ever wonder whether individual stock investing is for you? Chuck Jaffe, host of Money Life with Chuck Jaffe, joins us to talk about the differences between investing in individual companies and in indexes or actively traded funds. We'll discuss diversification, learning about companies, the impact of fees, and more.

Plus, in headlines, we'll tackle a recent headline about a big financial company possibly faced with a billion dollar judgment. What does it have to do with your money? You may learn a lot about estate planning on today's show. We'll also follow one writer who's decided to go cashless. Is it a good idea to dive into the empty wallet-end of the pool? We'll discuss upsides and downsides on today's show.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Melissa, who wants some advice on how her and her husband should structure their funds inside of their accounts. Without fully knowing their situation, can the guys still give her ideas for her investment strategy? We'll also answer a letter from another listener, score some of Doug's vampire-rich trivia, and more.

Support for Stacking Benjamins comes from TurboTax Live, new from TurboTax. Now you can get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA right on your screen. Talk live with a tax expert as often as you need for tax advice to help you file with confidence. Go to turbotaxlive.com/SB.

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Is Frugality For Rich People? (plus an intro to Voleo)

Apr 6, 2018 01:15:23

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We've snared a HOT topic! Bloggers online are talking about a recent piece written by Miles Howard, entitled "Is Frugality For The Rich?" It asks many questions about bloggers online and the transparency of how they earn their money. We talk to our roundtable about whether the frugality that's made to sound awesome by bloggers is really something we can all attain. Is any of it real?

To talk about that topic, plus a recent study that explores the differences between rich and poor kids, we welcome our special guest Jonathan Mendonza from the awesome Choose FI podcast to the show! Jonathan is joined by our crack regular team of contributors: Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and Len Penzo (Len Penzo dot com).

We'll also bring you some cool Friday FinTech on today's show. Thomas Beattie from Voleo.com stops by to tell us how they help investors turn their love of stocks and (sometimes wild) opinions into better informed decisions. The wisdom of the crowd wins again on today's show!

We also answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. What should Curtis do with his three HSA accounts? Is there a way to combine them? We'll ask our team that question, and also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to TurboTax Live for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA backed with a one-hundred percent Accuracy Guarantee. Connect with a TurboTax Live expert at TurboTaxLive.com/SB.

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Spring Clean Your Wallet (plus Ditch the Resume/Land the Job with Gary Burnison)

Apr 4, 2018 01:09:03

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Why haven't you scored a raise recently or grabbed that next bar on the better job rung? Well, your wait is over, because Gary Burnison, author of Lose the Resume, Land the Job, joins us to help you increase your income potential, enjoy your career more, and rock your next raise! We'll talk about how a skunk helped Gary realize many of the dilemmas facing people, and how NOT to answer questions during your next interview...and of course, much more.

In our headlines segment we'll throw a surprise your way. An age group you don't expect is conned more often on the phone than any other...and it isn't the group you think. How do you make sure you aren't taken advantage of by scammers? Jonathan Sasse from First Orion joins us to talk about how to figure out that someone is really secretly after your wallet instead of the person they pretend to be. We'll also cover a recent spring cleaning story. While you're cleaning out the attic and the garage...what about your wallet? What should you clean and what should you keep? We'll discuss that on today's show.

Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to Talha, who wonders about the best ways to start investing if you just entered the workforce? Should you diversify or crank up the risk since you're just starting out? Also, we answer a letter from Shawn, who wonders about moving money from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? What are the rules? Of course, we'll have Doug's trivia and more fun on today's show.   Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

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Breaking Free From Money's "Oh @$#%" Cycle (with/ Kristin Wong)

Apr 2, 2018 01:06:41

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Ever had that time in your life when you just couldn't get ahead? You'd come home after payday, think that you could maybe relax and spend a dollar or two, and then realize, "Oh, $%#!" Kristin Wong has been through that cycle before herself, and she also knows how to dig your way out. She's coming down to the basement today to share her own story and tips to help you better manage your budget.

In our headlines segment, we talk about your brokerage account. Do you keep your cash reserve in the cash portion of your brokerage account? A new Wall Street Journal piece tells us that you might be losing lots of money. We'll also discuss guaranteed income strategies. A recent study shows that people want to hear from their advisor about guaranteed income. We'll talk about why people want advice on this issue and why most advisors don't spend a lot of time on this area.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Andy, who's worried about cashing out of his retirement plans. Should he sell off some of his money all at once and leave it on the sideline or should he reverse dollar cost average out of his long term savings and into cash? We'll also answer a letter from another listener, score some of Doug's vampire-rich trivia, and more.

Support for Stacking Benjamins comes from TurboTax Live, new from TurboTax. Now you can get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA right on your screen. Talk live with a tax expert as often as you need for tax advice to help you file with confidence. Go to turbotaxlive.com/SB.

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How to Break Up With Advisors (plus an intro to Grove)

Mar 30, 2018 01:08:09

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How do you say goodbye to a long term advisor? Whether it's a financial advisor, CPA, financial coach, or someone in another field, we'll talk about the common practice of "ghosting" advisors. Is it okay to just leave your advisors and not tell them that you're going? If you decide to tell them that you're leaving, what should you say? We'll ask our crack team, including not only OG and Len Penzo, but special guest Mrs. Groovy from FreedomIsGroovy.com. 

Plus, we'll also talk about taking time off from your job to begin constructing your ultimate life. How do you begin taking time away? We'll not only review a piece on this topic but also ask our panel for tips on today's podcast.

We also answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. What should our listener expect from tax preparation help? How do the fees work? We'll ask our team that question, and also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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A Chinese Stock Shell Game (with Jed Rothstein from The China Hustle)

Mar 28, 2018 57:57

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Thinking about placing some of your hard earned Benjamins into investments in China? So have many American investors, yet lots of them don't know how much trouble they might be inadvertently be walking into. Jed Rothstein, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning director) joins us to discuss his new documentary, the China Hustle. How do people get swindled out of millions of dollars while trying to buy Chinese stocks listed on American stock exchanges? We'll hear how the game works and also show you how deceptive it is even though it was all legal.   In headlines today we hear a gut-wrenching story about how an NBA star went from a $61 million fortune to being six figures in debt. We'll also discuss a headline about buying insurance online. There are many questions people should ask when purchasing anything online, and we ask Haven Life CEO Yaron Ben-Zvi to share some tips with us. As always, he gives us lots of ideas to make sure you know what you're buying.   Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to a listener. Today Win is wondering why her tax refund check is so low. Is it because she recently paid off her student loan? Also, we answer a letter from Nate who wonders about depositing a refund from an HSA expense back into his account even though he's no longer eligible? Of course, we'll have Doug's trivia and more fun on today's show.   Thanks Lexington Law for supporting our show. For a free credit report summary and credit repair consultation go to lexingtonlaw.com/sb

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Abigail Adams: Financial Badass

Mar 26, 2018 01:00:09

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As Women's History Month draws to a close we suddenly realized....we've done nothing to celebrate! Today on the show we make up for that ('in spades," as mom says) by inviting professor Woody Holton down to the basement. He's the author of the book Abigail Adams, for which he won the Bambridge Award and more. He'll describe the amazing prowess of Adams in a time when many women not only weren't investing, but weren't even allowed to participate in their family's financial plan. He'll describe which investments she preferred, why she decided largely against real estate for her portfolio, and how she created an estate plan for herself in a time when many women didn't have that luxury. If you love to learn from historical figures, Abigail Adams is a great role model and Dr. Holton gives us many revealing stories about her prowess on today's show.

In our headlines segment, we'll talk to Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index (ticker BUZ). He'll describe why his strategy and those of some of his algorithm-based competitors seem to be winning in this time of volatility. He'll also share some of the names that the crowds on social media are focusing on to ride the choppy market. Also, with the financial markets all over the place, we'll review a story from Marketwatch that asks whether the market will crash, and if it will, what you should do to buckle up. The advice might surprise you, if you're looking for ways to exit stage left, or are looking for advice that tells you how to exit stage left....or right.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Nelson, who's worried about his parents' financial plan. They have an insurance-company based financial advisor, so Nelson thinks that they should move to different advice. How does he approach the topic with his parents? We also answer a letter from another listener, score some of Doug's spinach-based trivia, and more.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Millionaire?

Mar 23, 2018 56:44

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Do YOU have what it takes to be a millionaire? We pair three of our listeners with our panelists on today's show for a game show style discussion on the habits of millionaires. We'll talk about whether people are more likely to be a millionaire if they're self-made or come from money, what type of car millionaires drive, their level of education, and more.

We also answer Joe's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. He's getting married and wants to change his health insurance, but his human resources department says he can't change. What's up? We'll give him our thoughts, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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10 Money Lessons From Oscar Nominated Flicks

Mar 21, 2018 01:21:55

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We're talking money and movies on today's show, as Kiplinger financial writer Tom Blanton joins us in the basement to discuss lessons from ten Oscar nominated films. We'll not only tackle a few films from this year, but many from the back catalog that you maybe haven't yet seen. Whether you're a film buff looking for a walk down memory lane or someone hoping to find some entertaining films that also talk about your wallet, we have you covered on today's podcast.   In headlines today we high five the writer of a new piece who says that the bull market might run another 20 years. Do we agree? We'll share our feelings on today's show. Plus, we dive into a piece that lists all of the financial moves you should make if you die young. What should you make sure is covered now and what can wait? We'll go over all of that and more on today's show!   Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to a listener. Nick asks about variable annuities. Should he keep his annuity, buy another one, or rip the money out of annuities altogether? Also, we answer a letter from a listener who wonders about holding or selling a property that he and his spouse own. Of course, we'll have Doug's trivia and more fun on today's show.   Thanks to Upstart for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking beyond just a FICO score, Upstart also looks at your job experience and education when determining your rate. Checking your rate will only take two minutes and doesn't after your credit. Get your rate now at Upstart.com/SB

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How to Have More Money and Life (with Derek Rydall)

Mar 19, 2018 01:10:26

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Looking for the keys to wealth and happiness? While many of us search books, social media, or outside groups, today’s guest, Derek Rydall, has a different solution which he shares on today’s podcast. We’ll talk about the laws of abundance and how to have more “more” in your life, plus the true meanings of common financial ideas such as currency, cash flow, and salary.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll ask the question, "What are some of the biggest issues you should think about as you approach retirement?" The answers may surprise you. We'll also take a look at volatility. Now that the market has gotten...um....bumpy, we'll discuss how to fortify yourself for the increasing possibility of a down market.

We’ll also throw out the Haven Life line to an anonymous caller who lays down the law with Joe, and answer a letter from our friend Win, who asks about starting her own 401k plan since her job doesn’t have one. How does she get her own plan? We’ll help Win (and maybe you) get rolling down the right track.

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Upstart for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking beyond just a FICO score, Upstart also looks at your job experience and education when determining your rate. Checking your rate will only take two minutes and doesn't after your credit. Get your rate now at Upstart.com/SB

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THIS is the Secret To Saving Money (and an intro to Equity Multiple)

Mar 16, 2018 01:11:45

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How do you save more money? Today we present one simple trick shared by a popular financial blogger. But does our team of experts think this is REALLY the secret? We'll ask them all, this week featuring from the awesome and brand spankin' new Pour Not Poor podcast, Joel Larsgaard. Plus, we'll also share a headline about your tax refund. There are LOTS of swirling myths about your return, and today we'll try and set the record straight so you're able to file your taxes in peace.

We'll also turn our eye on FinTech...and this week specifically real estate. Charles Clinton is the CEO of Equity Multiple. They're a firm helping smaller investors dive into bigger real estate projects by pooling their money with other investors. We'll get the scoop about how it works today directly from Charles.

We also answer Lauren's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. She's feeling the pressure from family to start her own family, but when is the right time to start? How will she know when she's financially ready? We'll ask our team that question, and also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Lisa Marie Presley Is Out Of Money (and we're treating our elders horribly)

Mar 14, 2018 01:13:59

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Yes, another star is down to only a few Benjamins, but we have bigger news: ever since we met Susan Hodges we've been telling her cautionary tales to everyone we know...and today, that's YOU! After graduating from college where she learned to manage nursing homes, she was hired by a facility used by some of the poorest people in Fort Worth, Texas. She'll talk about her personal story, choosing good help for your elders, and ensuring that your children don't take advantage of you when you're least able to protect yourself.   Plus, in headlines we'll tackle the news that Lisa Marie Presley has run out of money. We'll discuss budgets, estate planning, and personal money expectations. Also, if you missed it, the Lipper Fund Awards just occurred. We'll talk winners in many different categories, and have fun discussing just how amazing attending an award show like this one must be.   We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Stacy, who wonders when she should start putting money in a taxable brokerage account instead of her 401k and a Roth IRA? She's read that you should fill tax shelters first, and the Stacking Benjamins team comments on whether this "rule of thumb" is worth following. Of course, we'll also answer some listener mail and if you're lucky, I might top it off with my trivia.   Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Pulling Your Life (and Money) Together When Everything Goes Wrong

Mar 12, 2018 01:08:07

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Ever wish you had a second chance with your money? Billy B. hoped he'd get one. After being convicted and sent to prison after the death of his friend, Billy went through some serious soul searching, and the end result of that is on display on today's show. Not taking any opportunity for granted, working hard to find solid financial (and life) footing, and the value of surrounding yourself with good friends and mentors are just three of many themes we'll talk about in this fantastic discussion with Billy (who now also blogs at WealthWellDone.com).

In our headlines segment, a new software program means that some of your advisors may be expendable....or maybe not. We'll discuss the hot topic of humans versus AI on today's show. Plus, Warren Buffet just wrote his annual letter to investors. What are some of the takeaways? One publication listed their favorites and we'll review and discuss them. As always, Mr. Buffet doesn't fail to use the English language as a weapon while talking about investing, value, and evaluating risk. We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Luke, who wonders about investing to beat inflation without taking too much risk. For a five year goal, what investment works best? Are stocks too risky? Should he use junk bonds? We'll shine a light on that topic (and maybe one we can't talk about here), as well. We also answer a letter from Jon, who asks about asset allocation. What is a great way to manage your money and diversify correctly? You'll have to listen to find out!

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Are You Frugal Or Just Plain Cheap? (with an intro to Blueprint)

Mar 9, 2018 01:10:47

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Sure, you think of yourself as frugal, but do your friends think of you that way? If you're a little tight with money, or know someone who's maybe...just a tad too tight with money, today's discussion is for you! We're excited that today the creator of the new Financial Grown Up podcast and former Reuters TV anchor Bobbi Rebell joins us. Not only will we talk about penny pinching habits, but we'll also swing around to the other side of the financial spectrum...how do banks and financial institutions get you to part with more money? Partly it's by bestowing titles like "private banker" on the people who help you.

We'll also turn our eye on FinTech, and this week discuss with Blueprint Income's Lauren Minches about the work they're doing with private pension programs. What if you could create a stable income stream for your retirement that didn't rely on stock market performance? Lauren and the Blueprint team are working hard at turning the world of annuities on their head, and today she'll walk us through the world of pensions, 401k's and the future of stable retirement income streams. If you aren't a fan of annuities, today's discussion about innovation in that area is exactly what you want to hear.

We also answer Justin's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. He's wondering what to do (hypothetically) with some money that he'd like to gamble with? What would our crack panel suggest? We'll get great ideas from Afford Anything's Paula Pant and our very own OG, as well as from Bobbi Rebell. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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From $100 to $1 Million (with BizKids' Jeannine Glista)

Mar 7, 2018 01:00:16

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Wondering how to turn a small idea into a big stack of Benjamins? Better yet, how about teaching your kids to do it for you? Never fear, because Jeannine Glista from BizKids joins the fun on today's show, sharing case studies of young entrepreneurs who've built big businesses from little ideas. Whether you're looking for activities for your children or inspiration on how to start your own business, Jeannine will have tips for you today! Plus, in headlines a Kansas woman is accused by her bank of stealing LOTS of money, $5 at a time. We'll explain how that spiraled out of hand. Also, do you think that working longer is a better idea for your portfolio and your life? One publication thinks so, and we'll explain their argument on today's podcast.   We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Tan who is about to switch jobs. Should he dollar cost average back into the market when he rolls his money into his new plan or invest it all at once? Of course, we'll also answer some listener mail and if you're lucky, I might top it off with my trivia.   Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.   Compare checking, savings, credit cards, and loans before switching. MagnifyMoney.com makes it super easy to compare, switch and save.

Rethinking Consumerism (with Elizabeth Thames, AKA Mrs. Frugalwoods)

Mar 5, 2018 01:10:23

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Ever wonder what it would be like to ditch the rat race and move to a farm in the country? That's exactly what Elizabeth Thames (aka Mrs. Frugalwoods) and her husband did, after a series of events, some of which you'll hear about on today's show! If you're at all interested in rethinking consumerism, today's show is for you.

We'll of course have headlines from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Nathan, who wonders about making a house down payment. Should he go for a loan where he can put down less or save up for a full twenty percent? We also answer a letter from Rita, who asks about investing. If her 401k doesn't have a match, where should she invest first? You'll have to listen to find out!

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

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Is it Taxable? And an intro to Clarity Money (SB RWD 74)

Mar 2, 2018 01:13:41

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Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") is bringing the party on today's rewind episode. This roundtable show originally aired February 2017, and featured Paula Pant, Len Penzo, and Greg McFarlane trying to guess if different forms of income are taxable or not. Of course, in true 2017 roundtable fashion, there's also a FinTech segment and some fun topics that gang goes over too. 

Enjoy!

Stealing Back 40 to 60 Percent More time with Edward G. Brown (SB RWD 73)

Feb 28, 2018 59:56

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Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds the tape to when we invited featured guest Edward G. Brown down to the basement. Family, friends, coworkers, and even our bosses can steal about half of our day away. The question is, how do we get that time back?

This is a rewind episode that originally aired in 2014. Enjoy!

Avoiding the Mistakes of 2007's Housing Crisis with Sheila Bair (SB RWD 72)

Feb 26, 2018 01:17:36

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Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds the tape to when we had former FDIC Chairmain Sheila Bair. What happened behind closed doors in the 2007 housing and banking crisis? How do we ensure that doesn't happen again? We covered that and more on today's rewind... and we had special co-host Josh Dorkin, founder of BiggerPockets. You can check out the original show notes from when the show aired here. Of course, it's a full episode of the show....so there's much, much more! Enjoy!

Original show notes from 17 June, 2015:

How do we ensure that the huge mistakes people made leading up to the 2007 housing and banking crisis don't happen again? Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair joins us in the basement to discuss banking, mortgages, the crisis and her new book that brings it home for high school and college age students (and financial geeks like me!). 

Josh Dorkin, founder of the awesome real estate community BiggerPockets (and host of the BiggerPockets podcast) sits in the co-pilot seat this week. We discuss landscaping, job searches, diversifying your portfolio and more.

Show notes with links coming in the morning! (I was traveling all day Tuesday.....check back before noon!)

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring our podcast!

 

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Headlines

How the lack of good jobs, pay for millennials fouls up the economy (MarketWatch) Consumer watchdog weighs in on reverse mortgages (CNBC)

 Sheila Bair - The Bullies of Wall Street

 Suzanne Lucas - The Evil HR Lady

Check out Suzanne's Site: The Evil HR Lady.org

The latest: Someday My Raise Will Come -- Won't It?

 Letters

End Show/Movies

Josh reviews the film Two Guns

8 Smart Things To Do With $1,000 Right Now (Plus the future of FinTech w/ Rory Holland)

Feb 23, 2018 01:00:13

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What should you do with a small windfall? Today we ask, if you had $1,000, how should you best use it? We have an article that gives us eight great options, but we ask our panel which of those is best...and why? THAT alone gets rolling a fanstastic discussion between OG, Len Penzo, and special guest from the Money Nerds podcast, Whitney Hansen.

We'll also turn our eye on FinTech. We talk to FinTech company founders most weeks on this show, but from the near-outside looking in, where's the ball headed? Rory Holland from CSTMR has a front row seat at the FinTech party, and answers the questions...what's the problem, how's it being solved, and what's next for FinTech? You'll see LOTS of possible directions for FinTech (and...psst....your money) after you hear this interview.

We also answer Carolyn's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Her 21 year old son is graduating from college and she's concerned about claiming him. Can she claim him as a dependent still? On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Why Most Networkers Stink (with Scott Gerber)

Feb 21, 2018 01:05:35

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Think you know networking? Scott Gerber is a superconnector who's spent his entire life learning the ins and outs of successful business relationships. Today he's in the basement sharing with us the tools you need to become a superconnector yourself. Networking 1.0 no longer works (or even is something you want to be associated with). He'll share tips, tricks, and stories from people at the top of the networking field on today's show.   Plus, in headlines we'll tackle how one celebrity spiraled into a life of debt. What does that have to do with your money? If you're depressed or love retail therapy, maybe more than you think. Also, does access to retirement planning tools actually make people plan more often? Not shockingly, the answer is yes, but the amount by which the answer is "yes" might surprise you.   We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Brenda who has a bunch of 0% debts she wants to pay off. Should she pay them down or just pay the minimum because she isn't paying interest? Of course, we'll also answer some listener mail and if you're lucky, I might top it off with my trivia.   Thanks to Upstart for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking beyond just a FICO score, Upstart also looks at your job experience and education when determining your rate. Checking your rate will only take two minutes and doesn't after your credit. Get your rate now at Upstart.com/SB

Better Decision-Making When You Don't Have All The Facts (with Annie Duke)

Feb 19, 2018 01:07:27

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Do you think you make the best decisions under most circumstances? Today's guest will tell you that if you don't have all of the information, the more adamant you are about your point of view, the easier you are to "beat." Annie Duke was a professional poker player for 20 years, winning many top tier professional tournaments and taking on the best decision makers alive. Equally as important, she brings her academic career in cognitive psychology to bear on decision making that can help you with everything from your investments to your career and more.

In our headlines segment, parents are spending TONS of money on their children's extracurricular activities. Beyond avoiding vacations or planning vacations around some of our people, some parents are stopping contributions to their retirement and not putting money in college funds...just for extracurriculars. We'll talk about what harm this does (and maybe have some surprising points of view) on today's show. Plus, it looks like 5% interest rates on mortgages may be right around the corner. Currently, the average interest rate stands at 4.5%. What would a 5% rate do to the financial markets and to your debt load? A recent piece discusses all the different ways we'd be affected overall by higher and higher rates.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Ethan, who wonders about market cap weightings for indexes. Why do people invest in indexes that are weighted heavily toward the biggest components? We also answer a letter from John, who asks about our favorite financial books. What are they? You'll have to listen to find out!

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to Upstart for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking beyond just a FICO score, Upstart also looks at your job experience and education when determining your rate. Checking your rate will only take two minutes and doesn't after your credit. Get your rate now at Upstart.com/SB

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

Stop Wasting Money on These 18 Products

Feb 16, 2018 57:56

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On today's show we're pulling out all the stops for Joe's 50th birthday! We spend most of the podcast discussing 18 products people shouldn't buy if they want to stop wasting money. Think you can save a few bucks? Then today's show is for your!

We also answer Marissa's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. She's wondering about buying a house today vs waiting until the current housing bubble pops? What should she do? On top of that, we'll also share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Career Tips Learned Managing Frank Sinatra (with Eliot Weisman)

Feb 14, 2018 48:23

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Eliot Weisman was the manager for stars like Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli. He also oversaw Frank Sinatra's estate after the crooner died, which was reportedly worth over $100 million. We'll talk to Eliot about managing celebrities and handling large sums for celebrities, and more.

In our headlines segment, we'll compare two pieces, one reporting that robo advisors experienced big outages during one of the market's most volatile days. Meanwhile, in our second piece, Fidelity reports that there were no outages and generally, more people were buying than selling. Is OG buying that? We'll see. Of course we'll have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener David, who wonders about the income limits to make Roth IRA contributions. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Career Tips Learned Managing Frank Sinatra (with Eliot Weisman)

Feb 14, 2018

Description:

Eliot Weisman was the manager for stars like Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli. He also oversaw Frank Sinatra's estate after the crooner died, which was reportedly worth over $100 million. We'll talk to Eliot about managing celebrities and handling large sums for celebrities, and more.

In our headlines segment, we'll compare two pieces, one reporting that robo advisors experienced big outages during one of the market's most volatile days. Meanwhile, in our second piece, Fidelity reports that there were no outages and generally, more people were buying than selling. Is OG buying that? We'll see. Of course we'll have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener David, who wonders about the income limits to make Roth IRA contributions. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Special Episode: An Intro To Business Wars

Feb 13, 2018 10:07

Description:

Surprise! How about an introduction to a great new podcast from Wondery? Say hello to Business Wars.

What's Your Money Story? (with Jen Hemphill)

Feb 12, 2018 01:09:14

Description:

We don't think much about our past when investing, but our money story until this point is a HUGE driver on how we make decisions with our spending, our cash, our budget, and our saving. Jen Hemphill (Her Money Matters podcast) joins us to talk about the importance of retelling your past money stories, reviewing your current money story, and developing a future money story. What are those? She'll explain all of that on today's show.

In our headlines segment, why the heck has the market been so volatile? Experts have been weighing in and we review the reasons ONE big expert provides. Plus, it appears millennials are saving record amounts of money. What does that mean? How does their savings compare with yours? We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Michael, who wonders about his health savings account. If he doesn't have one with any investing options, can he move that money?

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

Should You Brag About Your Benjamins on the Internet (with an intro to Aspiration)

Feb 9, 2018 01:03:32

Description:

You've done well with your money. Should you tell people online how well you've done? Maybe even show your 401k balance or your savings account? One piece in today's headlines segment has an opinion, our roundtable team will share theirs on today's podcast! Today Len and Paula are joined by CFP Katie Brewer, who helps us dig into another topic: One millionaire received some FANTASTIC money advice at age 18. We'll ask Katie and our team what the best advice is they received growing up about money. You'll be surprised by their answers. 

We also answer Scott's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. His parents and in-laws are asking him for money advice. Should he give them advice or send them to a financial planner? On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Winning the Podium With Your Money (Silver Medalist Bobsledder Lauryn Williams)

Feb 7, 2018 01:05:22

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What does it take to make it to the podium with your pocketbook? Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams knows. She's not only the host of the Worth Listening podcast, but also a financial planner...and more important for today's specific pre-Olympics show, silver medalist in the two woman bobsleigh. She'll talk about the keys to winning with your money on today's show!

In our headlines segment, it's tax time, and CPA Craig Cody joins us to help you get organized for this year's tax-prep fest. What are the areas most people miss? How do you make sure all the "I"'s are dotted and "T"s crossed? He's got you covered. We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener Johnny, who wonders about rolling his old retirement fund into his new pension. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Sell A Home Fast (with Mindy Jensen)

Feb 5, 2018 01:02:44

Description:

In a crowded market, having a leg up by avoiding some easy mistakes might be the difference between selling your home quickly, and for the top dollar price possible, or not selling at all. House-flipper Mindy Jensen has sold COUNTLESS houses, and today stops by the basement with her best tips to help you sell your own homes faster. Whether it's your primary residence, rental property or flip, she'll detail how to prioritize and budget for repairs or improvements, and how to find the right help to sell your home. In our headlines segment, freelance writer Hannah Rounds has published a piece on which tax software makes her "recommended" list and which she says to avoid. She comes down to the basement to discuss winners and losers. Also in headlines, what can we learn about finance from basketball player LeBron James? Apparently, quite a bit, according to one publication. We'll talk about key lessons from LeBron on today's show.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Marie, who wonders about better diversification for her money. Is ONLY having an S&P 500 fund a good approach?

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Is the FIRE Movement Dying? (plus an intro to Better)

Feb 2, 2018 01:11:55

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Is the FIRE movement dying? One blogger says that it might be, so we bring in our crack team of Paula Pant, Len Penzo and The Other Guy...and well, you'll have to listen to hear whether they agree, won't you? Plus, some bad news out of Bank of America. A popular free checking account is going away. Our contributors may give you some better options if you're looking for a new home for your banking.

Speaking of better, we're excited to introduce you to a FinTech company called Better. This mortgage company simplifies the mortgage process. CEO Vishal Garg will not only share his story, but he'll also walk us through how it works.

We'll answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from the mail bag, share Doug's groundhog related trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins! Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Boost Your Income, Grow Your Stash, and Practice Better Spending (with Michele Cagan)

Jan 31, 2018 59:21

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The basics of finance ain't easy...at first, but once you jump on and learn them, it's just like riding a bicycle (as mom says). Today we welcome CPA Michele Cagan, whose written a clever Infographic Guide to Personal Finance. She'll take us through a few lessons, from compounding interest to earning more money and spending less. It's a fun interview and a great way to either learn if you're just getting started OR to dust off your knowledge if you're an old finance pro.

In our headlines segment, we discuss investors going crazy for stocks--which never ends well. Plus, we talk about active investing. What's the future of active investments? Is it really going to be all robots and automation? One recent piece in the popular press thinks so. We'll discuss it.

Of course we'll still throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener. This time Bobby asks about 401k management fees. Should he pay a company .6% to manage his stash? We'll also answer a listener letter AND still have time for Doug's trivia. 

Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

How To Stop A Money Scam (with Sandra Bernardo)

Jan 29, 2018 53:13

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The latest statistics on romance money scams are out, and oh boy, is mom upset. A whopping 20 percent more people were ripped off last year than the year before, so how do you protect your loved ones? If someone seems like the perfect match but they need money before they agree to meet you...maybe it turns out that they aren't the perfect fit. Today we call Sandra Bernado from Experian on dad's shortwave, and she drops a ton of great ideas for all of us.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll cover a fishing trip gone bad. How does fishing affect your money? We'll explain. We'll also tackle a recent study showing the perfect retirement strategy. What is it? I don't think the study is, in the words of a classic Princess Bride line, "what you think it is."

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Kirk, who wonders about his debt. They owe money to a few different loans...which should they pay first? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

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New Podcast Sample: MITM Airline Bins and Tax Returns

Jan 28, 2018 19:31

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Looking for a new financial show that's fifteen minutes or less? Back from the basement...the same team that brings you Stacking Benjamins debuts a new show...Money in the Morning. Joe Saul-Sehy records two financial headlines daily in front of a Facebook live audience. 

On today's sample episode: airline prices may soon rise AND the IRS begins accepting tax returns. What do you need to know? We'll talk shopping flights, credit card rewards, tax document organization, and who should help you finish your taxes. 

Enjoy!

Should Chris Pay Off All His Debt? (with Dana Anspach)

Jan 26, 2018 01:01:21

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Should you pay down your debt or invest? Chris has a very specific question on this topic, and our roundtable team comes charging to the rescue! Also, in our headline segment, we tackle a similar topic...should people focus on early retirement? Not only that...we'll throw in some travel tips to make your next vacation less expensive.

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Buying A Car (with Clark Howard)

Jan 24, 2018 01:04:24

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Okay, we probably have MORE than 5 things in today's show that you didn't know about buying a car, but that's because we feature the amazing Clark Howard today, who throws out car-buying ideas more easily than a politician hands out compliments and kisses babies. It's amazing to hear Clark deftly show you lots of ideas on buying a new car, used car, and even leases.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we sit down with our social media correspondent, Jamie Wise. BUZZ Indexes had a great year, and we're kicking off January talking to Jamie about what's what in the BUZZ Index as we head into 2018. 

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener David, who wonders about paying off his debt in a hurry with cash on hand OR stretching out the payments because of his low interest rate. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

 

How I Grew My Wealth: From LA Riots to Financial Security (with Natalie Torres-Haddad)

Jan 22, 2018 01:05:36

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How do you pull yourself away from the Los Angeles riots happening in your backyard, and make a life for yourself? Natalie Torres-Haddad tells her story to become the Financially Savvy Latina on today's show. She'll inspire you with her stories about paying off lots of student debt, paying for her last year of college through scholarships (even though the first seven scholarships she applied for denied her), investing in real estate in her mid 20's, starting a non-profit, and more. We'll talk about what books she read, the advice she received, the focus she had to maintain and more on today's show.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll cover a tax plan involving NO tax shelters. How does it work? We'll explain. We'll also tackle some of that financial jargon you hear on the financial news shows. Dead cat bounce? Green shoots? Catch a falling knife? What do these and other popular investing colloquialisms mean? We'll also talk about.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Brett, who wonders about his 401k. They're ending the program but he's still working at his job. Can he roll it over to an IRA? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Support for Stacking Benjamins comes from TurboTax Live, new from TurboTax. Now you can get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA right on your screen. Talk live with a tax expert as often as you need for tax advice to help you file with confidence. Go to turbotaxlive.com/SB.

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

 

More Money on a Smaller Paycheck? (plus an intro to Empower)

Jan 19, 2018 01:02:42

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A recent study says that more people making money in the house might NOT be the best route to more money. What if you had fewer people earning...can the math actually work out that you keep MORE money in your pocket? We'll discuss on today's show, featuring our guest contributor, Andy Hill from the Marriage, Family and Money podcast (and of course, the amazing Paula Pant from Afford Anything and hilarious Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot Com). In our headlines segment, we'll also talk about a new zen budgeting method called Kakebo. What's it about? Is it for you? We'll discuss.

In our FinTech Friday segment we chat with Warren Hogarth, from the award-winning Empower app. What's it all about? How can it help you manage money better? We'll talk budgeting, money tracking, and more on this free app on today's show.

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Freelance Your Way To Freedom (with Vincent Pugliese)

Jan 17, 2018 01:02:28

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He had $140,000 in debt, a crappy paying job, and a baby on the way. What would Vincent Pugliese do? We ask the award-winning photographer that very question on today's show. He's photographed four Presidents and every major sport's national championship in the USA, but his debt story will have you shaking your head today.

Plus, in our headlines segment, health savings accounts are all the rage, but what's going on with all of this money sitting in cash? We'll address that AND talk about new tax law spurring 401k contributions.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Chris, who wonders, "Should a 20 year old hire a financial advisor?" Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks toThanks to TurboTax Live for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA backed with a one-hundred percent Accuracy Guarantee. Connect with a TurboTax Live expert at TurboTaxLive.com/SB. Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on consolidation loans, credit cards, student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

She Paid Down Nearly $50k In Debt While Juggling Income (with Candice Marie)

Jan 15, 2018 56:23

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Marie had BOTH of those problems...lots of debt AND no steady paycheck and she STILL found a way to pay down nearly $50,000 of debt. Want to know how? She'll share what she did and (more importantly) was was IRRELEVANT on today's show.

Plus, in our headlines segment, at age 81 an investing genius is retiring. What should you have learned about your money from him? We'll talk about the effect Mark Mobius has had on investing in our first headline. Then in our second headline....you've heard that maybe the stock market may tank. A popular indicator says that we're going to have another great year? How do we know? What's the indicator? We'll have that AND what it means for your money today.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Ty, who wonders if the national debt is at all important with the new tax law, and take a letter from popular blogger Mrs. Groovy from the Freedom is Groovy blog. Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get you SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

How Do I Shove More Money Toward Retirement (and a new ETF hits the market)

Jan 12, 2018 01:01:52

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How do you move money money toward retirement? We answer a listener question on today's show from a man who's shoveling as much money as allowed into his 401k plan and his other retirement plans. What does he do next? Where is the best place to save? We'll tackle that today, on OG's inaugural voyage on the Friday roundtable!

In our headlines segment, we'll talk about what NOT to do if, like Hoda Kotb, you get a big promotion. Also, LOTS of people are failing their resolutions as they read this...we'll help you stop the bleeding. 

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Our Top 5 Money Moves To Kick Off 2018 On The Right Foot

Jan 10, 2018 01:26:12

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Looking to pile your Benjamins FASTER in 2018? OG and Joe crank up their top five ways to make your debt die quicker and your savings grow faster. Want even more? Certified Financial Planner Mary Beth Storjohann joins in the fun adding her top three ways to kick off the new year. Mom promises that you won't be short of ideas when you finish today's show. Plus, in our headlines segment, people are suing their 401k provider for the strangest reason...because they don't like the stable value fund. We'll talk about whether you should use the stable value fund in your retirement plan and review exactly what people are worried about when it comes to these tools.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Wendy, who wonders about being able to save while being self employed. When your income bounces around, how can you save consistently? Both Joe & OG will have ideas for Wendy. We'll also take a letter from Beth, who asks about restricted stock units. Should her boyfriend begin selling his restricted stock? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Chase Slate for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Learn more about benefits and monthly updates on you FICO Score at Chase.com/slate. Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

The Keys To Raising Your Credit Score (with Farnoosh Torabi)

Jan 8, 2018 01:03:49

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How do you score a better credit score? Balance your budget? Upgrade your financial picture in 2018? Farnoosh Torabi, host of the award winning So Money podcast and Chase Slate brand ambassador, stops by the basement to share her best ideas for making 2018 your best year yet.

In our headlines segment we'll revisit the tax law changes. In February employers will begin using new payroll tax withholding schedules, so there's a good chance you'll see more money in your paycheck.

Of course, we'll also throw out the Haven Life line, share some amazing trivia from Doug, who's headed out on a polar bear swim, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance for supporting our show. M1Finance is now FREE! Congrats to the team at M1.

Looking to learn something about finance? After the show, head to learn.StackingBenjamins.com, where Kathleen has prepared some fantastic courses on saving more money, pinching pennies, and understanding taxes. Use code "Doug Rocks" for a nice discount.

The Keys To Raising Your Credit Score (with Farnoosh Torabi)

Jan 8, 2018

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How do you score a better credit score? Balance your budget? Upgrade your financial picture in 2018? Farnoosh Torabi, host of the award winning So Money podcast and Chase Slate brand ambassador, stops by the basement to share her best ideas for making 2018 your best year yet.

In our headlines segment we'll revisit the tax law changes. In February employers will begin using new payroll tax withholding schedules, so there's a good chance you'll see more money in your paycheck.

Of course, we'll also throw out the Haven Life line, share some amazing trivia from Doug, who's headed out on a polar bear swim, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance for supporting our show. M1Finance is now FREE! Congrats to the team at M1.

Looking to learn something about finance? After the show, head to learn.StackingBenjamins.com, where Kathleen has prepared some fantastic courses on saving more money, pinching pennies, and understanding taxes. Use code "Doug Rocks" for a nice discount.

Will 2018 Be A GREAT Year For Investors? (plus other magic 8 ball questions)

Jan 5, 2018 01:04:33

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In one of our FAVORITE episodes each year we wonder...will the market perform well in 2018? Will the royal family have a great year? We ask this question to the magic 8 ball AND many others, PLUS we look back at last year. What did the 8 ball say about the Chilean stock market, our S&P500, and more? Did it re-find it's footing?

For those of you new to the Stacking Benjamins show, contributor Len Penzo (LenPenzo.com) brings his 8 ball down to the basement once a year so we can ask it questions. For several years the 8 ball was eerily correct...until last year. This year we'll see if it returns to form.

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline (new this week to Stacking Benjamins!). This week it's Erin, who asks if she need to open a college savings plan in the same state she lives in or the one where the beneficiary lives. We answer her question and explain just how these plans, called "529 plans" work.

On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Thanks to Audible for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Start your 1 month FREE trial of audiobooks by going to Audible.com/SB or text SB to 500-500.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

 

Wash Away Your Debt And Start Saving (with Nick Clements)

Jan 3, 2018 01:07:11

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Need to clean up a debt mess? We've got you covered on today's show, as Nick Clements from MagnifyMoney.com stops by with HUGE and timely advice to help you wipe up your debt issues. Not only will he share the secrets people have used who've been successful at cleaning up debt, but he'll also discuss with us the stumbling blocks people encounter that trip them up year after year when trying to get out of debt unsuccessfully.

Plus, in our headlines segment, have you ever thought about retiring abroad? Kathleen Petticord from LiveAndInvestOverseas.com joins us to discuss the top places to retire in Europe. We'll also share an inspiring story about a couple of teens who are making six figures doing work most people don't think could be profitable. Thinking about starting a side hustle? You'll want to listen to this story!

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Nick, who wonders about the difference between a 457 and 403b, and take a letter from Stephen, who asks about restricted stock units. Should he sell some extra shares to pay the tax that'll be due? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast.  Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/SB or text SB to 500-500!

New Year, New Budget (with Mitchell Walker)

Jan 1, 2018 01:05:18

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A new year means new promises, and maybe the BEST promise you can make to yourself is to finally tighten your budget so you can create more fun for yourself instead of spending money on things that aren't important. Our neighbor Mitchell Walker (who literally lives right down the road in Mount Pleasant, Texas), used to work for a guy named Warren Buffett, and he drops by the basement to share his budget-made-easy called the Pouch Plan. Whether you're someone who's struggled with spreadsheets or you love talking about streamlined ways to track your money, you're going to love Mitchell's plan and the story of how it helped him and his spouse turn around some pretty bad money habits.

If you were hiding under a rock, you may not know that there's a new tax law in the USA. In our headlines segment we talk to Dave Du Val from TaxAudit about the new rules. He calls Joe's dad's shortwave to share changes on everything from charitable giving to gambling, and from home equity loans to medical bill deductibility.

Of course, we'll also throw out the Haven Life line, share some amazing trivia from Doug, who's headed out on a polar bear swim, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance for supporting our show. M1Finance is now FREE! Congrats to the team at M1 for that big announcement last week.

Looking to learn something about finance? After the show, head to learn.StackingBenjamins.com, where Kathleen has prepared some fantastic courses on saving more money, pinching pennies, and understanding taxes. Use code "Doug Rocks" for a nice discount.

 

Can Our Magic 8 Ball Predict The Stock Market? (SB RWD 71)

Dec 30, 2017 01:17:15

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Every year we ask Len Penzo's magic 8 ball how the market's going to perform...and more. Today we rewind to our episode a year ago to review the events of 2016 and then make predictions for 2017.

If you've never heard our annual "magic 8 ball" episodes, this is a great starting point. On Friday, January 5 we'll be revisiting the eight ball again to see if these predictions came true.

How good is the eight ball? You'll have to listen to find out. Happy New Year!

What Should We Have Learned About Money 5 Years Ago? (SB RWD 70)

Dec 27, 2017 01:21:49

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We head back in time to 2012, when we asked friends of ours AND top HR writer Laurie Reuttiman what lessons we should have learned from that year. What's funny about this list? It could have been 2017....

Hope you're all having a happy holiday week! 

What IS Your Rich Life? with Michael F. Kay (SB RWD 69)

Dec 25, 2017 01:11:13

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How do YOU define a "rich" life? Certified Financial Planner Michael F. Kay joined us to talk about his definition, and it's probably MUCH different than yours.

This rewind show is from 2016. Hope you enjoy! 

Your 401k Could Be Better (plus an intro to CollegeBacker)

Dec 22, 2017 58:40

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Think your 401k rocks? In our headlines segment today we'll share a story from an author who thinks your retirement plan isn't all that it can be. Should you stop investing? Reduce the amount you save into it? We'll tackle both of those questions with Paula Pant from Afford Anything and Andrew Wang from the new podcast Inspired Money. They'll also help us cap off 2017 with a discussion about 2018. Fewer people are making money-based resolutions. Does that mean our finances are going to be a mess next year? 

We'll also answer two questions from listeners, share Doug's trivia, and more. 

Today we'll also introduce you to CollegeBacker. Co-founder Abby Chao joins us to detail the frustrations people have saving for college and how they're working at making 529 plan savings easy. Think it's difficult to save for college? You'll want to listen to today's interview. Can't wait for you to hear all about it.

Thanks to HelloFresh and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

 

What Should We Have Learned In 2017? (with Jean Chatzky)

Dec 20, 2017 01:18:15

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In our MONSTER recap of 2017, Today show money editor Jean Chatzky joins in the fun to share five lessons we should have learned from some of the biggest events of the year. She'll talk about the stock market, data hacks, and...well...we don't want to give them all away, so you'll just have to listen, won't you?

Plus, in our headlines segment, our social media correspondent, Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index, shares news from the crowds of people talking about investing online. He'll share thoughts on the Disney/Fox deal, discuss Target, Valient, and more. We'll also tackle a headline about delegation and wealthy people. How much do wealthy people delegate, and what does that have to do with your money? We'll share details on today's show!

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Teddy from Brooklyn, who wonders about switching from a mutual fund from an ETF that tracks the S&P500, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia (who swears he hasn't been NEAR the North Pole lately), and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database AND their SPECIAL DEAL through 12/31) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Money, Mentoring and Stacking Benjamins (with Dee-1)

Dec 18, 2017 01:04:34

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Many people call finding more cash the name of the game, but today's guest, rapper Dee-1, goes further, discussing how passion, courage, and confidence can give you the strength to find your purpose...and then find more money. He'll also talk about mentoring, his new album, and more, on today's show.

Bitcoin is back in our headline segment again, as people are financing their house to jump into the deep end on block chain investments. Should you cash in everything and put it in bitcoin? We'll discuss. Plus, we'll tackle how a "min-Madoff" escaped from prison, and also how you can protect yourself from a Madoff-like scandal.

Of course, we'll also throw out the Haven Life line, share some amazing trivia from Steve, who's filling in for a mysteriously (and suspiciously) missing Doug.

Special thanks to M1Finance for supporting our show. M1Finance is now FREE! Congrats to the team at M1 for that big announcement last week.

Thanks also to our friends at HelloFresh for sponsoring the podcast. Receive $30 off your first week of deliveries when you go to HelloFresh.com and use the offer code stacking30.

Why is Madonna Flying Coach? Plus, Other Important Questions (with an intro to Point)

Dec 15, 2017 55:42

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Wait, who? Why is Madonna flying coach? Why would YOU fly coach if you had the money to afford better? We'll talk about that on today's show! Plus, we'll also discuss

We also talk to Eddie Lim from Point. What happens if you need money, but all you have available is the equity from your home? Point was created to try and solve that problem. Eddie today comes down to the basement to tell us why in an age when 50% of homeowners can't get government loans, they still can access the money in their homes to solve financial issues.

That's not all....we also ship you some free trivia from Doug, ship some answers to your questions on our wrong number voicemail AND also ship you some answers to letters....

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins!

How We Nearly Lost $90k Buying Our House (with Taylor Schulte)

Dec 13, 2017 01:03:04

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Taylor Schulte, CFP and his spouse saved over six figures for their dream home, only to find that all of their hard work nearly meant nothing. What went wrong with their real estate transaction? What could you learn from their situation? Taylor shares not only the painful details of his transaction but also important lessons on today's show.

Of course, this is a Stacking Benjamins podcast episode, so that ain't all. In our headlines segment, we'll talk about a BIG mistake made by a popular celebrity. Lessons from John Cena being reportedly sued by Ford? We'll share how it affects your money. Plus, we'll also detail how much money parents spend on adult children. Is it enough? We podcast from our mom's basement, so we'll let you decide....

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Anon, who wonders how to get out of a sticky situation involving a 401k loan, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database AND their SPECIAL DEAL through 12/31) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

How To Save Using Bonds, Pay Bitcoin Taxes, and Set Great Goals: Your Letters

Dec 11, 2017 59:51

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Today the star of the show is YOU! We're answering your questions about the right way to invest in bonds (that'll go well), goal setting, retirement plan over-contributions, and more! Plus, we'll answer a call from Leo, who tried to play OG and Joe against each other (that'll ALSO go well), with questions about real estate and investing. We'll share tips on networking, bond mutual funds, equations to determine your risk tolerance and long term goals, and more.

In our headlines segment, we discuss Green Monday (we didn't even know what the hell green Monday WAS until we read this piece....), plus share some tips from FICO to keep your identity safe while you're shopping, using ATMs, and generally banking. Plus, with the HUGE run up in Bitcoin we detail news about the IRS focusing attention on Bitcoin profits. Just cash in on the big Bitcoin craze? You'll want to listen to today's episode.

Plus we'll throw out the Haven Life line, share some amazing trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance for supporting our show. Use code "stackingbenjamins" and your first year's fee is waived.

Is Shopping Online Really Cheaper? (plus an intro to Goalsetter.co)

Dec 8, 2017 54:35

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A new study about online shopping yields surprising results: the allure of cheaper online products might not be as compelling as shopping at traditional retailers. Should you change your shopping habits? We'll dig in to this topic with Paula Pant and special guest Chris Costello from 401k allocation experts Blooom. Plus we'll also tackle automation in finance. Are all of these lower fees across the board for investors fantastic innovation or do lower fees encourage investors to move more frequently than they should and ruin their results? Our contributors will weigh in with great (and surprising) opinions.

We'll also talk to Tanya VanCourt from Goalsetter.co. Tired of your children receiving gifts that will pile up alongside other unplayed-with toys? How about the gift of financial education. In time for the holidays, Tanya explains how Goalsetter works and tells stories about helping her own children learn about money and financial responsibility.

Besides that, we'll answer some questions from listeners, one via voicemail from Mike, who's planning on going back to school soon. Should he ditch his 401k plan? Our team will weigh in. Plus we'll answer another question AND we'll also bring Doug's trivia down to the basement and serve it up....this week in story problem form.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins. 

Thanks to Harry's for supporting our channel.  To get a limited-edition holiday shave set while supplies last, go to Harrys.com/SB.

Rock Retirement (with Roger Whitney)

Dec 6, 2017 55:02

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Haven't thought much about your retirement? Wondering how to more creatively plan for either FIRE or a normal retirement? We're excited to share the insights of Roger Whitney, CFP, AKA the Retirement Answer Man. He'll talk about being more aggressive in your planning, why old planning methods don't work, and how to attack your retirement plan more boldly than you'd ever thought possible.

In our headlines segment, we'll talk about saving at the grocery store. Not into clipping coupons? Kiplinger recently published a piece with LOADS of tips to help you save money on your next grocery bill. We'll talk about the store entrance, how to comparison shop, and what NOT to buy while shopping. Also, we'll detail the story of a wedding photographer who niched down far enough to stand out in a crowded market. Hoping to score bigger with your main job or side gig? This story's for you. 

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener John, who wonders about selling a major company's stock, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database AND their SPECIAL DEAL through 12/31) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. 

Build Wealth Faster (with David Osborn and Paul Morris)

Dec 4, 2017 01:10:37

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Not sure how to manage your life so that you make money faster? David Osborn and Paul Morris are two men who know how to make PILES of money right now. They'll talk about how to avoid money traps and how to accelerate your earning potential on today's podcast.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Derrick. She wants to get into the real estate market and is thinking about using a self-directed IRA. Is this a smart path to go down?He wonders about taxes. His spouse has started a side income job. Should they itemize their taxes or still take the standard deduction? Then we answer a letter from Ashley, who's wondering about life insurance. Should they keep putting money toward their whole life policy or cancel it?

Special thanks to M1Finance and Harry's for sponsoring our show! Want deals? Use our "stackingbenjamins" code to score a free year of M1Finance. To get a limited-edition holiday shave set while supplies last, go to Harrys.com/[SB]

Is Buying Insurance For Phones or Trips Worth The Cost? (plus an intro to Pluto)

Dec 1, 2017 01:04:16

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We wonder out loud....is buying that insurance that comes with your new phone worth it? Is the insurance for your next vacation worth it? How about insurance on a concert or your rental car? We'll ask that question and answer it on today's show! But that's not all. We'll also talk about delays to the new fiduciary rule. What does the delay of this rule mean to your wallet? Better yet...did you know that there WAS a new fiduciary rule? We'll explain.

We'll also talk to Tim Yu from Pluto about gamifying you financial goals. What if there were an app out there that would analyze your spending patterns and savings goals, and then recommend challenges to help you save more and spend less? What if we told you this app already existed? We'll talk to Tim about how the Pluto app works and how to turn your goals into actionable solutions you're saving for, without hardly thinking about it.

Besides that, we'll answer some questions from listeners, one via voicemail from Michelle from Oklahoma, whose daughters need to save some money. How does she help make that a reality? Our team will weigh in. Plus we'll answer another question AND we'll also bring Doug's trivia down to the basement and serve it up....

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Holiday Parties That Won't Break The Bank (with Jenni Bost)

Nov 29, 2017 51:34

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Hosting a holiday party? Invited to one? Either way, we've got you covered (as we do every year here on the show!). On our annual holiday party episode, we're joined by party planner extraordinaire Jenni Bost from AWellCraftedParty.com, who'll share fantastic tips on decorations, food, and entertainment when you're hosting a party. She'll also share tips if you're asked to attend a party. 

In our headlines segment, we'll talk about buying a car. Looking to buy used? A new USA Today piece says that in this current environment you shouldn't rule out the new car lot. We'll explain the advantages on today's show. Also, it looks like companies aren't buying back shares as quickly as they've been in the past. Instead, they're gearing up for mergers and capital expenditures. What does that mean? How does it affect your investments? We'll explain.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Kyle, who wonders about the moral implications of credit cards, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database AND their SPECIAL DEAL through 12/31) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Chase Purpose, Not Money (with Patrice Washington)

Nov 27, 2017 01:06:59

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If you don't know where you want to go, how do you know what to do with your money? Patrice Washington has spent LOTS of time coaching individuals on handling money better, but realized that something was missing....and that was purpose. She'll talk about finding fulfillment in her own life and teaching other people to find fulfillment also. We'll share techniques on how to chase purpose so that you can better handle your money (and live a more purposeful life) on today's show.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Angela. She wants to get into the real estate market and is thinking about using a self-directed IRA. Is this a smart path to go down? Then we answer a letter from Alex, who needs some advice on how to set up a trust for her special needs son. What can she do to make sure he will be taken care of?

Special thanks to M1Finance and Casper for sponsoring our show! Want deals? Use our "stackingbenjamins" code to score a free year of M1Finance. To score a deal on Casper, use offer code "stacking" through out link and get $50 off your mattress purchase. A word of caution: we aren't responsible if you're late to work next Monday because the mattress was too comfortable.

Top 5 Games To Learn About Money and Economics (with Mark Johnson and Paul Vasey)

Nov 24, 2017 01:02:10

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Want great ways to help learn about money and finance? We'll share five ideas on today's show, from the floor of BoardGameGeek.con convention in Dallas, Texas. Joe sits down with Mark Johnson from the Board Games To Go podcast, and they also answer listener questions about games. You'll find some great, inexpensive fun ideas for the holidays on today's podcast. 

We also talk to Paul Vasey from Cash Crunch Games about his newest product: Cash Crunch Senior. We'll talk about these games created by a teacher to help students grasp money and budgeting concepts, as well. 

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Thanks also to HelloFresh.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Receive $30 off your first week of deliveries when you go to HelloFresh.com and use the offer code stacking30.

Hot Black Friday Tech Deals (with CNET's Bridget Carey)

Nov 22, 2017 58:29

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Wondering where you'll score the hottest deals in tech this holiday season? Bridget Caret, Senior Editor at CNET joins us in the basement to share news on drones, televisions, game systems, home speakers, lights, wearables, and more. She'll not only share the BEST holiday items, but also help you navigate away from a few hot devices that might not end up being the big savings you're hoping to score at the store this Black Friday.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we discuss news about a politician who's lying about his net worth. Why is this important? Why would someone lie about how much money they have? What does it have to do with YOUR money? We'll share. Also, we'll reveal which retailer this holiday season is selling WAY over the top merchandise. Need a gift for the person who has everything AND want to spend WAY too much money on it? We've got you covered.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Kate, who wonders what to do with some company stock, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database AND their SPECIAL DEAL through 12/31) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

How To Make $8 Million Shopping At Walmart (PLUS our Hot Black Friday Deals Episode!)

Nov 20, 2017 48:15

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How about making $8 MILLION dollars reselling products already found in stores? That's how one man's making money in our headlines segment today. It sounds fantastic until you hear the details. In our second headline we wonder out loud, "Why don't we ever see special rates or sales on life insurance?" Yaron Ben-Zvi from Haven Life joins us to answer that question and share with us more about what's going on in the life insurance industry.

But the star of today's show is Brent Shelton from BFAds.net, who'll help us dig in to the deals coming this Black Friday. Hoping to score that unique gift? We'll talk about how this Black Friday will compare to those of former years, where you'll find some of the biggest and quirkiest deals and the biggest door busters. Plus, we'll outline how to plan so you don't get taken for a ride that sounds like a "great deal" but really is the same ol' price you'd pay any other day of the year. You'll hear about everything Star Wars, duck blinds for the office, front yard inflatables, toys, and of course, cars that even the kids can drive.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Doug, who's hoping to use a 529 plan for himself to take classes on cruise ships or vacations. Can you do this? We'll answer his question and talk about the possibility of a Stacking Benjamins cruise in the future...and just how ugly that might end up. Then we answer a letter from Nancy who wonders about paying off credit cards or investing for retirement. Which is the first priority?

Special thanks to M1Finance and Hello Fresh for sponsoring our show! Want deals? Use our "stackingbenjamins" code to score a free year of M1Finance on their site while signing up.

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Should I Take a Longer Mortgage to Pay For College? (plus an intro to decluttr)

Nov 17, 2017 57:55

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Our listener call today is about mortgages. Is it better to take out a mortgage for law school or find another way? Our panel weighs in on this and of course, they don't agree. Devin Carroll from the Big Picture Retirement podcast joins in the fun this week to help not only answer listener questions about college planning, but also to help with our headlines and take part in our trivia segment.

In our headlines segment, we talk about Halloween candy. One dentist recommends forcing kids to sell their candy for money. Is this a great way to teach kids about saving and give them cleaner teeth? Also, we discuss the tiny house trend. Is this a fad, a niche, or the wave of the future? One piece we focus on this week seems to think it might be the next big trend....

Also, in our special guest spot, we'll talk about declutter! If you're wading in old CDs, books, video games, DVDs or electronics, this "lazy man's eBay" might be for you. Want a way to make money and also declutter the house? We'll dive into that today!

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Buying Low Cost Real Estate (with Lisa Phillips)

Nov 15, 2017 58:20

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Lisa Phillips made some BIG mistakes when she first invested in real estate. Yet, different from many people, who give up after only one or two attempts, Lisa kept the mind of a scientist and tried different ways of investing until she finally found one that worked for her....low cost real estate. She'll describe her methods on today's show. Regardless of whether you're hoping to buy low cost housing or follow a more traditional route, Lisa will share ideas that'll help you get started on today's podcast!

Plus, in our headlines segment, Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index joins us to talk about online chatter and investments. Especially interesting this month? Social media seems to be abuzz about SNAP. More on that in today's episode. Plus, we'll tackle a headline about the CEO of Blackrock suggesting that companies should turn investing into more of a game to attract millennials. Do you think so? We'll find out what Joe & OG think....

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Annie, who calls in all the way from Australia, asking about financial independence. If she and her boyfriend are slated to reach FI at different times, are there some ways she can catch up? Should she even try? If not, are there other strategies she should pursue? Plus, we'll answer a letter from a listener and still leave time for Doug's trivia.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

From $52,000 In Debt To Early Retirement (with Deacon Hayes)

Nov 13, 2017 53:48

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Thinking about retiring early but you're stuck in neutral with your debt? Maybe it's time to change your money habits. Deacon Hayes (recent winner of the Plutus' Blog Of The Year award), joins us to tell his personal "getting his money act together" story, that YOU can also use to get out of debt and start on your road to early retirement. Then we talk about retiring early, the topic of his new book. From investing in stocks to real estate and business, we cover MANY avenues you can use to work like Deacon, who's on a path to financial independence in his early 40's.

In our headline segment today we'll tackle a story about an icon who just sold nine figures worth of stock. What does this have to do with your portfolio and investments? It has a LOT to do with you, if you're accumulating stock in a single company. We'll also detail a recent shopping trend.  How much has online shopping overtaken the Black Friday experience? What does this mean for your holiday shopping this year? We'll discuss it on today's show.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line, answer a listener letter, and also try to answer a tough trivia question from Doug. That's just the beginning of the fun we're having on today's Stacking Benjamins podcast!

Special thanks to M1Finance for sponsoring our show! Use our "stackingbenjamins" code to score a free year of M1Finance!

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Skipping College, Frugality, Early Retirement and Side Hustles: The People of FinCon 2017

Nov 10, 2017 54:05

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What's your money story? Today we hear fantastic stories from the phenomenal people who attend FinCon...and man, did they not disappoint. The only rule was that we couldn't know who they were ahead of time. So today we met Felicity, who tells us some great lessons about pets, real estate, and more....then we talk to Geeta, who's a high schooler on a WAY different path than most people toward financial independence. Think there's only the college path toward retirement? Geeta will give you a MUCH different approach than most kids.

Then we talk to Yinan Du from Beam. Everyone's asking, "How does Beam offer such high interest rates when banks are offering\low rates?" He answers this question AND how Beam operates on today's show.

Then we return to the FinCon from to talk to Chris from KeepThrifty. His family moved from a spacious big home to a tiny house. Why? How? He'll explain on today's show (he quit his job recently also...how's he going to afford that?). Finally we talk to financial analyst Dedra Shores, who works with individuals and small business owners to help them decipher their money situation. What SHOULD keep people up at night? Dedra fills us in. 

It was SO fun meeting these random people at FinCon '17....they have great stories and I can't wait for you to hear them.

 

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David Bach Joins Us Live From FinCon '17

Nov 8, 2017 40:17

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Ever wonder what financial mistakes your favorite financial gurus have made? Seven time New York Times bestselling author David Bach joins us (Automatic Millionaire, Smart Women Finish Rich) and shares his financial horror stories about credit cards and early life money problems. Plus, he'll tell true stories about borrowing money from his children, asking his dad for money help, and more!

In our headlines segment, we discuss the recently deceased lead singer of Linkin Park's will. What should you include in your will? David Bach will help Joe & OG with the answer. We'll also tackle a headline about sharing. When is it okay to share your salary with others? Not surprisingly, your age seems to be a factor in your answer to that question. 

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to a few lucky listeners in our live audience. We answer questions about stock market risk, life insurance, and paying down your mortgage. 

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. 

Rocking Work, Family AND Your Money (with Emma Johnson)

Nov 6, 2017 56:25

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Emma Johnson was dependent on her husband's income when her marriage fell apart. Left with two young children and little income, she had to learn how to put her financial house in order in a hurry. We'll talk about how she did it on today's show, plus we'll . She realized quickly that she had to become financially independent in a hurry. 

In our headline segment today we'll tackle the current legislation heading through Congress. Reports suggested that pre-tax 401(k) plans were in the crosshairs. Did they survive? Also, Brynne from FemmeFrugality.com joins us to talk about PTSD and investing. While it's often seen as an affliction of those who've served in the military, that's only about 20 percent of all PTSD cases. We talk about the issues around PTSD including goal setting, risk, identifying that you have it, and how to get treatment.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Scott, who asks about some advice he received from an advisor recently. Do we think that this advisor gave him good advice when she said he should hold off on investing in stocks until valuations lower. Then we answer a letter from a listener who asks about long term care. What do you need to know? It's an important topic and I'm glad we can discuss it on today's podcast. 

Special thanks to M1Finance for sponsoring our show! Use our "stackingbenjamins" code to score a free year of M1Finance.

Thanks also to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Investing 101 With Ellie Kay (SB RWD 68)

Nov 3, 2017 01:14:10

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America’s family financial expert Ellie Kay joins us in the basement with investing tips for beginners. Forget all of the jargon….where do you start?

PK from DQYDJ.net drops by to review yet another dumb article found on the internet (who knew there’d be someone saying NOT to invest while you’re in your 20s….). Joe & OG share headlines, and more.

This show originally aired in 2015! Hope you enjoy it. See you back on Monday with a new episode of the Stacking Benjamins podcast.

Investing Horror Stories with Chad Smith (SB RWD 67)

Nov 1, 2017 01:16:03

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Even though yesterday was Halloween, we continue our trek through a graveyard-worth of scary financial stories. On Monday the Fintern brought us the "Top 5 Scariest Investing Tales with Rick Ferri." It was only fitting to keep the Halloween trend going with last year's holiday special, 5 Tales of Financial Horror with CFP Chad Smith.  Here's the original description of the show:

What money bumps keep you awake at night? Certified Financial Planner Chad Smith knows. On our very special Halloween episode, he reveals FIVE movie-themed horrors and the strategies it'll take to face your fear.

In our headline segment the guys contemplate NOT paying off your mortgage early. When is that a good idea? Also, we answer a hotline call from Richie about HSAs and a letter from Russell about investing in the FOREX exchange. Is it a good idea to trade the FOREX?

Of course, like always, there's LOTS more fun on today's show....as we keep the Halloween fun alive for one more day!

Top 5 Investing Horror Stories with Rick Ferri (SB RWD 66)

Oct 30, 2017 01:00:04

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What's more spooky than an investing story gone wrong? Nothing, if we're talking about your net worth. Today Griffin the Intern (AKA the "Fintern") rewinds to the episode when Rick Ferri dropped by the basement and scared us silly with some absolutely HORRIBLE investing stories.

Original show notes: 

Blood curling tales of horror from CFA Rick Ferri on today's show, as he shares his top 5 investing horror stories.

Nick Clements from MagnifyMoney.com also joins in the fun to talk about our recent discussions around technology and pricing structures. Will we see banking get cheaper?

Invest or Pay Down Your Mortgage? (and an intro to HoneyFi)

Oct 27, 2017 45:28

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It's an age old question...pay off debt or invest? While we could wax philosophical about which is the right approach, on today's show we answer a question from a listener about a specific question around this topic. He and his family have a mortgage, but also need more savings for retirement. Which is the right approach for him? 

In our headlines segment we'll discuss bad breakups. Should you dive in to "retail therapy" when things go wrong? Statistically, that's what LOTS of us apparently do. We'll also answer a question about freezing your credit from Glen. He's applying for a job and wondering if he should go ahead and freeze his credit or if he should leave it open for when his company completes the inevitable credit check.

Also, in our special guest spot, we'll talk about HoneyFi! If you're in a relationship and want a financial app that's been designed from the ground up, you'll want to listen to today's featured FinTech segment.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to LinkedIn-dot-com-slash-sb and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Investing, Data, and Better Decisions (with Stuart Kruse and Sean Brown)

Oct 25, 2017 01:03:32

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Ever make a financial move because someone else told you it was a good idea and it turned out poorly? Maybe you already apply data to your decisions, but what if it could be better? Today our guests, Stuart Kruse and Sean Brown are both advocates of applying better data to your investing decisions, and we'll discuss how to make that work.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we FINALLY hear Joe and OG have a knock down drag out argument about a new Canadian mortgage lending law. Is it a good idea? You'll hear the guys brutal argument on the topic today. Also, we'll discuss how the USA ranks against other countries when it comes to mutual fund disclosures and regulations. What can you learn from a mutual fund prospectus? We'll tackle that, too....

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Ben, who wonders if he's paying too much in investment management fees, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Robots, Your Job, and Investing (with Bill Studebaker)

Oct 23, 2017 58:05

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We've heard the stories: robots and artificial intelligence are coming to steal our jobs and make us obsolete. Bill Studebaker from ROBO Global has a different outlook. What if automation is going to help us all move faster? We'll talk to Bill about investing in AI in our portfolios and how the new world of work will look in the future as robots help us move the productivity needle even further.

In our headline segment today we'll tackle a story about a celebrity who had well over a million dollars stolen from him AND another about students who've left billions of dollars in free money on the table. How do you avoid losing out on free money? What could the celebrity have done better to avoid being ripped off? We'll share tips for both of those scenarios on today's podcast.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Hillary. She's wondering if maybe she can pay her student loans off faster if she puts extra money into a mutual fund instead of directly toward the loan. Is the risk worth the chance of a higher interest rate and then a faster payoff? Then we answer a letter from Alex who wonders if he should continue saving after tax money into his rollover IRA. We'll have LOTS of tips for Alex and anyone else who's thought about trying this strategy. 

Special thanks to M1Finance for sponsoring our show! Use our "stackingbenjamins" code to score a free year of M1Finance.

Thanks also to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

What Can We Change To Invest Better? (with an intro to Hoot)

Oct 20, 2017 01:04:40

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Did your family automatically save when you were growing up? Joe's family didn't. How were you raised? If your family didn't talk about money, don't worry, because we'll give you TONS of great ideas to start your family on the savings path. Today we'll talk about the envelope system and others that have worked for our panelists.... speaking of....today we have a GREAT group of contributors, including Sandy Waters, from the Seven Figures podcast, and Deacon Hayes, from The Well Kept Wallet blog and podcast.

We'll also answer a wrong number that luckily ended up on mom's voicemail from Tyler, and also take a letter from Chris....great times on this show!

Also, in our special guest spot, we'll talk about Hoot! This is a banking app and awesome debit card all mixed into one. We're excited to be ahead of the game on their launch. Want to save some money on the launch? Here's the link.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to LinkedIn-dot-com-slash-sb and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

From Rat Race To Retired At Age 37 (with Chris Reining)

Oct 18, 2017 56:21

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Ever think that you're trapped in the rat race and can't save? Chris Reining had a car payment of over $500 a month and a condo that sucked much of his monthly income away...and yet he found a way to retire at age 37. How did he do it? We'll talk to him about the details today, but it involves making little moves over time, keeping track of details, and forming a budget that helped him put more money into investments.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we discuss parents who buy homes for their children. If you have kids, should you refinance your home so that your children can afford their new house in a hot real estate market? Does it make sense to bid up a property at all in a hot real estate market? We'll discuss that PLUS talk about more unbelievable news out of Equifax.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Thomas, who wonders about how he should manage the money in his retirement fund, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. 

Should I Move My 401k to a Roth IRA? (Your Letters)

Oct 16, 2017 01:01:47

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You have money in an old 401k and would prefer to have that money in your Roth IRA. Should you make that move? How do you accomplish that goal? That's one of the many letters we tackle on today's podcast! We'll also talk about investing in other countries, differences in investing for men and women, talk through how pensions work, and much more. Our listener letters are always some of our most entertaining and wide-ranging episodes, and you don't disappoint today.

A superstar is in trouble with a credit card company. We'll share strategies to help you handle YOUR debt a little less "fancy" than this singer. Also, we'll talk about some big news for baby boomers, throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some hair-raising trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance for supporting our show. Use code "stackingbenjamins" and your first year's fee is waived.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to LinkedIn-dot-com-slash-sb and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

How My Side Hustle Cost Me $2,000 (with last minute tax tips from Craig Cody)

Oct 13, 2017 53:25

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What do you do when you find out that your side hustle is actually COSTING you money? One Lyft driver found out that he was down $2,000 because of one EASY oversight. What oversights are costing you money? We'll ask that question and much more on today's show!

In our headline segment, Craig Cody will help us with the looming October 16th tax filing deadline. What do you need to know to save as much money as possible? What do you do if you can't file on time? What if you don't have the money to file your taxes? Craig will answer ALL of these questions PLUS answer your questions about last minute filing issues on today's show.   , we talk to the founders of the new hot homeowners insurance app Hippo. How do you create better insurance in an

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

Which of Your Friends Will Live Longest? (with Matt Wolf)

Oct 11, 2017 59:59

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Want to know which of your friends is healthiest? Ask an actuary how much they're going to charge them for life insurance. Matt Wolf, an actuary for Haven Life Insurance Agency, joins us on today's show to talk about how insurances are priced. Think an insurance company is ripping you off? Matt will explain how pricing works so you'll have a better idea about all the things that go into deciding how much you'll pay. Even more important? You'll be able to better understand how insurance works so you'll be able to better insure yourself and avoid types that are really wastes of your money. Even more, you'll understand how insurance decisions are very different depending on your age, assets, and family situation.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we discuss another 401k lawsuit. How does this change the way you save for retirement? Should it change the way you save for retirement at all? Also, we'll talk to our social media correspondent, Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index (ticker: BUZ). What's going on with financial stocks, Domino's Pizza and biotech? We'll cover all of that and more.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Rachel, who wonders about stuffing more money into savings, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

How She Earned Over $120,000 in Scholarships (with Jocelyn Paonita)

Oct 9, 2017 59:33

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When college looked unaffordable for Jocelyn Paonita, she sprang into action and raised over $120,000 in scholarships. How did she score so much money? What was her system? We'll discuss all of that on today's show. Whether you have a child headed to college, in school, in college yourself, or just looking for a story about someone taking massive action to solve their problem.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Trey. He's buying a house and is worried about the recent credit hack. Should he freeze his credit, only to open it again nearly immediately? Plus we'll answer a letter from Michelle, who wonders how to set and prioritize goals.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Big Picture Retirement podcast for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.

The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Early Retirement (plus Kathryn Minshew from TheMuse.com)

Oct 7, 2017 55:34

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Are there more pros or cons to retiring early? A new Investopedia piece says there are definitely more cons than pros. Does our roundtable team agree? We kick off today's show by asking them, and man, are Paula, Greg and Colton opinionated! We don't stop with a raucous discussion about retirement, though...we then ask the question, "Can you 1% your way to your goals?" Not sure what we're referring to? We'll explain. Finally, when it comes time for Halloween, how do you dress as a money nerd? We'll ask for our roundtable team's hard-hitting opinions.

In our Friday career segment, we talk to Kathryn Minshew, CEO of TheMuse.com and co-author of the New Rules of Work about personal branding. How do you ensure that you're able to put your best foot forward online and offline? We'll have details on today's show!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

SPECIAL: The 8th Annual Plutus Awards Finalists Reveal

Oct 5, 2017 01:20:18

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Today we've donned the tuxedos (well, actually the tee-shirts that make it look like we're wearing a tuxedo), because we have the honor of announcing the finalists for the Plutus Awards! At the top of the show we're joined by Mr. Plutus Awards himself, Harlan Landes, and also his partner at Adulting.tv, Miranda Marquit. They'll run down the full slate of winners, from Best Investing Blog to Best New Podcast, to the big one...Blog Of The Year.

But what awards reveal is complete without a little gossip - uhh, discussion - about the finalists? We've invited three friends to talk about their favorites. Kara Perez from BravelyGo.co, Eric Rosenberg of Personal Profitability podcast and blog fame, and Robert Farrington from The College Investor blog join in the fun. We'll pick through about half of the categories and share some of our favorites. If you're interested at all in personal finance media, today is a great show for you to learn about new blogs, video and podcasts for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure.

 

A Rebel and a People Pleaser Walk Into a Bar (with Gretchen Rubin)

Oct 4, 2017 01:00:58

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If you want to make money, reading and understanding other people can be a huge key to success. Better yet? Talking to them on their terms instead of your own can ensure that your conversation doesn't get lost in unnecessary noise. New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin joins us to talk about the four tendencies. People tend to speak and think in one of four ways, and Gretchen shares how you can quickly turn your discussion toward these tendencies to facilitate easier and more effective discussions and communication.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we discuss a cool new company that's asking people to participate in the sharing economy in exchange for down payment help on a house. Would you take part? We'll explain it on today's show. Also, we'll tackle things clients say that make financial advisors cringe. Do things YOU say make the list?

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Top 5 Ways To Be Awesome At Your Job (with Pete Mockaitis)

Oct 2, 2017 01:00:40

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How can you earn more? What if you were more awesome at your job? Host of the hit podcast How To Be Awesome At Your Job, Pete Mockaitis, joins us in the basement to talk workplace best practices. We haven't done a top five episode in some time, so we're going to count down Pete's five favorite messages that guests of his show have shared. We'll talk about everything from productivity to planning, and TONS of ways to excel at your job on today's podcast!

In our headline segment, we share a recent survey from HealthPocket.com asking, "How much can you afford out-of-pocket for health care?" The answer will amaze you. We also tackle the recent step down of the Equifax CEO. What does that have to do with your money? Well, we share some tips if your job goes away AND also crack a few password jokes....

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to JiEun, who wonders whether the Stacking Benjamins courses are only geared for people in the USA (spoiler: it depends on the course). Plus we'll answer a letter from Wiggles, who wonders out loud why people worry so much about penalties on 529 plans. 

Special thanks to M1Finance and Big Picture Retirement podcast for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.

Stretching Your Money To Buy BIG Dreams (plus an intro to Hippo)

Sep 29, 2017 01:04:42

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When is it okay to leverage your financial life to afford that dream item? We'll talk about how the new Houston Rockets owner paid a HUGE premium to afford an NBA team and what that might have to do with YOUR financial picture. Plus, we'll also tackle loneliness and the ties to riches. Are more wealthy people more likely to be lonely? A recent study says that rich people ARE more likely to be lonely. We ask our panel if being wealthy means that y0u're destined to a life that's just surrounded by money and less human interaction.

In our Friday FinTech segment, we talk to the founders of the new hot homeowners insurance app Hippo. How do you create better insurance in an area where the margins are already thin? Create better insurance AND economies of scale of by using automation and science. We'll explain in today's episode.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

How To Invest a Windfall (Your Letters)

Sep 27, 2017 01:14:55

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You inherit some money. Now how do you invest it conservatively so it doesn't disappear? You want to be responsible and you don't want to make a mistake. Plus, there are so many options available when you're investing...how do you determine what's right? We'll address not only that, but we'll also field a question about Motif investing, how to deal with an unresponsive advisor, and more. Our listener letters are always some of our most entertaining and wide-ranging episodes, and you don't disappoint today.

Of course, we also have headlines ripped from the biggest news sources in financial planning, throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some hair-raising trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to Roofstock and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of this awesome company.

Live, Save, Spend, Repeat (with Kim Anderson)

Sep 25, 2017 57:23

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What do you do when things seem to be going well in your life, but none of it is what you want? You pivot, and then you adjust your financial life. That's what happened in Kim Anderson's life, not once, but...we'll let her tell the story on today's show?

We also will discuss headlines about how wealthy people think about money. Do you share these traits? Also, we'll tackle a new rule around medical bills and credit. What happens when you have overdue medical bills? Now you'll be able to fight harder to have your credit restored. You'll want to hear about all of these rule changes on today's show. 

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Alan, who wonders about the rule of 72. How can you use it for better planning? Plus we'll answer a letter from Ryan, whose parents want him to help advise them about financial decisions. Should he do it?

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.

LOTS of Ways To Take Control Of Your Money (with an intro to Ask.Vet)

Sep 22, 2017 54:01

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We all want to have better control with our money. Whether you're handling some stuff well and need a couple hints OR you feel like you're bleeding Benjamins, today we have the right topic for you. Mrs. Adventure Rich from the AdventureRich.com blog joins us to talk about a Clark Howard article with LOTS of tips to take control of your money. Plus we'll also discuss flipping your financial focus AND what lessons we should tell our future self.

In our Friday FinTech segment, we discuss Ask.vet. Many of us have a hard enough time handling our own doctor visits, premiums, and deductibles. Healthcare is one of the biggest factors we have to keep in mind as we plan for retirement. So, where do pets factor in all of the mess? To help clear out some of the fog, and make taking care of the family pets more affordable, we're calling  Dr. Cherice Roth. You might be a bit surprised at which animals rack up the biggest vet bills.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

 

 

Get The Memo On Saving Money (with John Hope Bryant)

Sep 20, 2017 51:39

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How come other people are wealthy and you aren't? John Hope Bryant believes that for many people, it's because they didn't come from the right neighborhoods, have the right friends, or were born into the right family. They didn't get "the memo" on how to become rich. Yet, Bryant says, that isn't an excuse, and it's up to YOU to change your life to achieve the financial freedom you want. If you're looking to be inspired, today's podcast is for you.

Plus, we'll also share headlines from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check out their massive real estate database) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Give Yourself The Gift of "Finished" (with Jon Acuff)

Sep 18, 2017 01:04:31

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Why is it that we start projects (like our big plans for financial independence) but never finish? New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has experienced the setbacks that come with failing to complete tasks in his own life, starting project after project and leaving them abandoned. He studied the reasons people stop before reaching their goals and now comes down to the basement to share with us how to complete tasks, even when you think there's very little chance you'll get them done. Also, we'll bring you important updates about the Equifax data breach, including two places you should freeze your credit that you may not have considered.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to April, who asks about identity fraud, feature some trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.

Do I Really Need To Save That Much? (plus career advice from TheMuse.com CEO Kathryn Minshew)

Sep 15, 2017 49:19

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Our all-star cast today wonders out loud whether you need to actually save as much as the popular press says you need to save. Plus, they also ask whether you should pay down your debt the mathematically correct way or maybe use a method that fits with your emotions....

On today's show we have a talented and fun lineup of guests including writer Alaina Tweddale, USA Today columnist Pete The Planner, and award-winning financial app creator Eric Nissan (DIY.fund).

But of course, that's not all. At the halfway mark of today's show we'll help you with your career with advice from TheMuse.com Kathryn Minshew. Worried about networking and meeting the right people? We'll give you tips to help your career (and not damage it) on today's show.

Big thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show!

Change Your Life, Change Your Money (with Cortney McDermott)

Sep 13, 2017 01:00:24

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Where do you start when planning your money? Cortney McDermott, author of one of this year's hottest self help and business books, joins us in the basement talk about starting out. If you don't know what you want, how do you know where to go? Yet, most of us don't ask ourselves the right questions to even begin the journey.

Plus, we'll also share headlines from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener, score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check them out for real estate) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

What Do We Think Of No-Fee Brokerage Accounts? (Your Letters)

Sep 11, 2017 01:01:41

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As fees lower on brokerage accounts so do services. So, is a no-fee brokerage account right for you? We'll talk about brokerage services and a ton more on today's letters episode...along with a ton of your letters on many, many topics.

Of course, we also have headlines ripped from the biggest news sources in financial planning, throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some hair-raising trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of this awesome company.

 

 

 

Lessons From Top Money Podcasters (and an intro to RentReporters)

Sep 8, 2017 57:59

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We line up three top financial podcasters on today's show and ask them one simple question: what is your audience worried about? We're live from the FinCon booth in the expo hall at Podcast Movement 2017 for this wide ranging, fun discussion. We'll talk debt, financial markets, real estate, and more on today's podcast.

In our Friday FinTech segment, Mark DaBell will take us on a tour of RentReporters. If you have a long history of paying rent, why not add this to your credit report? Rent Reporters can help renters build credit in a hurry. He'll show you how today.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

If You're Broke, Fix It (with Douglas and Heather Boneparth)

Sep 6, 2017 59:53

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Doug and Heather Boneparth have made their share of money mistakes. From spending too much money on a great ride to forking over WAY too much money on college, they have some great stories about how NOT to work your money. BUT they also couple those with some amazing tips about the right way to handle your cash, and they bring a wheelbarrow full of tips down to the basement today to share with you....

Of course, because we're the greatest money show on earth (ie: a circus....), we can't stop there. We'll share headlines about a popular sea food chain closing a BUNCH of restaurants AND about what retirement plan participants did with their money this summer. You'll be surprised by BOTH headlines.... Plus we'll throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener, answer your emails, and much more.

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check them out for real estate) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Squeezing More From Your College Savings Plans

Sep 4, 2017 52:25

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According to MyCollegeGuide.org, the average cost of tuition in the USA ranges from just over $8,000 for an in-state public experience to a whopping $28,500 for a private school. How do you afford those numbers, and also all of the other costs like room and board, books, and transportation? James DiUlio knows all about college costs and saving for it, so we're happy he's going to tell us about 529 plans. How do they work best, when should you use a 529 plan, what tax breaks should you expect, and how are they different than other college planning vehicles? In our headline segment we talk about people who've labored hard to become millionaires. What are some common traits of the wealthy? We'll share some surprising numbers. 

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some Labor Day trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.

Want to test drive M1Finance? Use code StackingBenjamins when signing up for a FULL year free.... (expires 10/31/17)

Grasping The Basics of Investing and an Intro to Final (SB RWD 65)

Sep 1, 2017 54:51

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Do you struggle to understand the difference between investing basics? You aren't alone. Often financial pros and veterans use jargon that sounds like they're speaking a different language. Today our roundtable discussion with focus on helping you dive into the pool.

Of course, because it's a roundtable discussion, that's not all! We'll talk about two other topics ripped from financial publication headlines, and in the middle of the show share some new FinTech! Today we talk to Andrew Dietrich from Final, a company figuring out how to innovate in the credit card space.

This is a rewind episode of the Stacking Benjamins show from a year ago. Enjoy!

Stacking Benjamins In The Sky with Betty Thesky (SB RWD 64)

Aug 30, 2017 01:02:50

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Some careers seem glamorous, and working for an airline while jet setting around the world might sound near the top. Today Betty Thesky from Betty in the Sky With a Suitcase tells us tales of what REALLY happens when you board a plane. We'll talk investing stories at 30,000 ft., why you don't take Ambien and alcohol together, and much more.

Of course, we'll have financial headlines, answer your letters, and diving into Doug's financial trivia also in this awesome rewind episode of the Stacking Benjamins show.

The 5 Dumbest Rules of Thumb (SB RWD 63)

Aug 28, 2017 53:19

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We generally detest rules of thumb. Why not just do the actual math...which is generally easier than many people think? We'll take you through our top 5 list today of the times when we think rules of thumb can be the most dangerous. 

Of course, it's the Stacking Benjamins show, so that isn't all. There are also headlines, your letters, trivia, and more.

The Problem With Saying "I'm Broke" (and a Rize update)

Aug 25, 2017 50:51

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To what degree is not having money a mindset? We ask our panel, including guest Whitney Hanson from the Money Nerds podcast Of course, we don't stop there. We also tackle a recent piece about tricking yourself into getting money saved. How do you save more? Play a game of hide and seek.... Finally, we tell some money stories, and as always, they team comes up with some great ones.

In our Friday FinTech segment, Justin Howell, CEO of Rize, a cool goal-setting and savings app, joins us to talk about two HUGE add ons to their app that'll help you make saving more money a breeze. He'll also give away some CASH to people who sign up, because you listened to the show.... See? We even MAKE you money when you listen today.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

Battle of the Sexes: Who's the Better Investor?

Aug 23, 2017 01:00:10

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Are men or women better investors? We'll find out today...but who cares? Regardless, don't you want to emulate the traits of the BEST investors? Alexandra Taussig from Fidelity Investments joins us to share some finding from a new study on the sexes. We'll detail who invests and saves better and throw you some tips that'll turn you into a saving and investing machine.

In our headlines segment we continue the conversation about investing, by focusing on a piece about chasing gains. Feel like your portfolio isn't moving as it should? You probably don't want to make the moves SOME investors are making lately. It could cost you plenty. 

Of course that's not all....we STILL have time to throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's trivia, share some bad jokes, and lots more....

Huge thanks to Roofstock and MagnifyMoney.com for helping us with today's show and through the years on this show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Rocking and Rolling with Your Money (with Gooding)

Aug 21, 2017 01:10:26

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What's a rock star and your money have in common? Rocker Gooding  is criss-crossing the USA teaching kids financial literacy and today he's talking with us about money lessons and great music. He'll share some great money ideas from non-profit Funding the Future, and also share some of his hit songs.

How up to date is your homeowners against catastrophic losses? ServiceMaster Restore's Pete Dunkanson joins us in our headlines segment to help you tweak your homeowner's coverage so that you're prepared if the worst occurs. Consider yourself a buy-and-hold investor? In our headline segment we discuss a recent Wall Street Journal piece that describes what a down market does to the average "buy and hold" investor. What should you change about your strategy? We'll discuss that!

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some rock and roll trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of this awesome company.

How Not To Mess Up Saving For (or Financing) Your Next Car

Aug 18, 2017 50:51

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How do you buy a car? Very carefully! Saving for a car can be a HUGE undertaking....and financing one can be even harder to pull off. Luckily, we have you covered on today's episode! We have car geek Jason Vitug, author of You Only Live Once paired with Elle Martinez from Couple Money and Renee Horne from USAA!

Of course, we don't stop there. We also talk financial security with Jarek Kaplan from OppLoans. How do you get your money FINALLY moving in the right direction? He'll share how his company works to get your credit score moving north in no time....

Thanks to USAA for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

 

Where Financial Planning Goes Wrong (with Jason Mirabella)

Aug 16, 2017 01:09:32

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Financial planning is often tactical instead of strategic. CFP Jason Mirabella realized just a few years ago that there was a better way to accomplish financial planning, and already he's seen amazing results with clients. How does his process work? Where are people going astray with their plans? We'll talk to Jason all about the good, bad, and ugly of financial planning on today's show. We'll even talk about why he doesn't love budgets, and how he helps people plan their daily finances with a better method.

Of course that's not all....in our headline segment we talk to Tushar Yadava from iShares about Blackrock's second quarter review and third quarter outlook. Do they think this stock market run will continue? Can the economy continue to expand? He shares a surprising answer with us. Plus, we STILL have time to throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's trivia, share some bad jokes, and lots more....

Huge thanks to Roofstock (check them out for real estate) and MagnifyMoney.com (when you're comparing financial tools like credit cards and savings accounts) for helping us with today's show. They're awesome companies and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

Save More Money By Mastering Your Cash Flow with Al Zdenek

Aug 14, 2017 59:33

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When you ask stock market pros what the key is to a great stock pick, they'll disagree...but MANY will say that "free cash flow" is a huge key toward winning. If it's great for companies, isn't it also great for people? Al Zdenek believes that cash flow is your key to success, and he's here today to share with you how to improve your cash flow so that you're able to 

In our headline segment we talk about the hottest mutual funds of the last three years. What do you need to know? Who are the biggest winners? We'll share that AND our opinion..... Plus, it's Social Security day (how are you celebrating?), and we share some horrible news about a new Social Security scam that's sure to make your skin crawl.

 We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some hair-raising trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of this awesome company.

5 Strategies To Save $1 Million (with an intro to Go)

Aug 11, 2017 52:38

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How do you save a million dollars (we said in our coolest Austin Powers voice....). We'll discuss a recent online piece that goes over that on our Friday roundtable! Special guest, and Hip Hop's Financial Advisor Rob Wilson joins Paula Pant and Len Penzo in a no-holds-barred conversation on saving more money.

Of course, we don't stop there. We also tackle a recent Time story about millennials. Apparently, ONE trick is helping them save more money. We'll share not only what it is but also additional tricks to save more money. Finally, we review a Moneyologist column question about taking care of a brother's money. If he can't do it himself, how much should sister step in?

In our Friday FinTech segment, we talk to the CEO of GO, a cool app that'll help you more quickly (and by more quickly, we mean WAY more quickly) your car insurance. It's as easy as taking a photo....

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

How Much Have Sandwich Costs Risen? (with Len Penzo)

Aug 9, 2017 01:09:54

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Hello, sandwich lovers! What better way to talk about the ugliness of inflation than comparing the cost of a sandwich from year to year? Len Penzo every year does exactly that. By comparing the cost of a sandwich, we tackle back to school costs, nutrition, and also the specter of inflation...all in one discussion.

In our headlines segment we talk to Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index (ticker BUZ) about online social media buzz about stocks. LOTS of chatter going on over the last month. We'll talk Netflix, biotech, and more on today's podcast.

Of course that's not all....we STILL have time to throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's trivia, share some bad jokes, and lots more....

Huge thanks to Roofstock and MagnifyMoney.com for helping us with today's show and through the years on this show. They're an awesome company and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

How Do I Invest My 401k? (Your Letters)

Aug 7, 2017 58:03

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401k plans, Roth IRAs, Coverdell IRAs, separately managed accounts, and more. What do they have in common? YOU asked about all of these and more on today's show! Our letters episodes are some of our most downloaded podcasts and today we'll fill empty the mailbag by answering SEVEN of your questions to the podcast.

In our headline segment we kiss the MyRA goodbye. Why did it fail? While we don't know the reason for sure, the guys discuss what might have gone wrong and if you were hoping to use the MyRA, what some great alternatives might be. We also talk to Mike Brown from LendEDU about their recent credit cards and millennials survey. Wait until you see what SOME millennials think happens to your credit score when you miss a payment. You'll be shocked....

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line, feature some hair-raising trivia from Doug, and more.

Special thanks to M1Finance and Tiller for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of this awesome company.

The 4 Best Ways To Invest (and an intro to Gumdrop)

Aug 4, 2017 43:14

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What are the best ways to invest? In a recent piece, Ramit Sethi (I Will Teach You To Be Rich) detailed what he thinks are the four best starting points for people in their 20's. Are they the best? We're excited that Investment News' 40 Under 40 honoree Eric Roberge joins Paula Pant from Afford Anything and Joe to tackle all four of Ramit's strategies.

Of course, that isn't all. Next we discuss the active vs. passive investment debate. Which is better? A recent piece says that this particular debate isn't the right one to have. Instead, we should talk about what's right for the investor, based on their beliefs and their needs. Do you agree? Does our roundtable agree? You'll find out today!

We finish off our discussion with a rousing debate about another crazy Marketwatch.com Moneyologist question. Today's question? If your boss asks you to take a roommate, should you charge the person rent? ...that's not all of the question, but we get some GREAT answers from our roundtable participants.

In our Friday FinTech segment, JJ Ramberg from Gumdrop joins us. Are you back to school shopping? Searching for great deals? Hoping to also help some charitable causes? We'll show you how Gumdrop works on all of those fronts today!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and FamZoo.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

How She Saved $15,000 a Year Just By Getting Organized

Aug 2, 2017 58:29

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Why aren't you saving more? How about $15,000 a year more? Our guest today just organized her financial picture and saved a TON of money. Anna Davies saved by doing the little things that people talk about all the time. Today's topic isn't about "have you heard it." It's about "have you done it?"

We also have time to throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's trivia, share some bad jokes, and lots more....

Huge thanks to Roofstock for helping us with today's show. New to real estate or a seasoned investor looking for a better partner? Check out Roofstock!

How She Saved $15,000 a Year Just By Getting Organized

Aug 2, 2017

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Why aren't you saving more? How about $15,000 a year more? Our guest today just organized her financial picture and saved a TON of money. Anna Davies saved by doing the little things that people talk about all the time. Today's topic isn't about "have you heard it." It's about "have you done it?"

We also have time to throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's trivia, share some bad jokes, and lots more....

Huge thanks to Roofstock for helping us with today's show. New to real estate or a seasoned investor looking for a better partner? Check out Roofstock!

How Bernie Madoff Became the Wizard of Lies (with Diana Henriques)

Jul 31, 2017 55:09

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Bernie Madoff perpetrated the largest scam of investor money in history. How? Today we're thrilled to talk to the author of the book which HBO has now made into a four time Emmy-nominated film, The Wizard Of Lies," Diana Henriques. We'll discuss the scandal, her interactions with Madoff, and what we can learn from this tragedy.

In our headline segment we ask the question, "What happens to your HSA during retirement?" Morningstar asked the same question in a recent article, and the guys review it and discuss many retirement options. We then turn to a recent survey by GenFKD about millennials and homes. Apparently many millennials would like to buy a home but they're fighting an uphill battle. We talk with David Grasso from GenFKD about their findings.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Conrad, who's concerned about our new sponsor, and we'll answer a letter from the mailbag. 

Special thanks to M1Finance for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of this awesome company.

 

Confession: Our Biggest Money Mistakes (plus an intro to Yesterday's Tomorrow)

Jul 28, 2017 58:01

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each other. A big problem that we have at the Stacking Benjamins show is that nobody ever talks about their mistakes. So today....as our final topic, we discuss a BIG financial mistake we've all made. One of us shares a DOOZY. We'll let you listen to hear which one.

We also cover (as we do EVERY Friday), LOTS of other topics, including perks that your company SHOULD offer if they want to keep employees long term, and also

In our Friday FinTech segment we have a great guest...Neal Stern from AICPA joins us to talk about a new online game you can play that will teach you the basics of money-making decisions! Yesterday's Tomorrow teaches concepts about life from birth to the grave. You'll learn a lot, and Neal takes us through the game to tell us all about it.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show, and thanks also to everyone who's visited Amazon.com using our link!

SB500 5 HUGE Money Lessons from 500 Shows

Jul 26, 2017 01:13:11

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Sometimes money lessons resonate. After 500 episodes, we've heard LOTS of lessons. Get a 15 year mortgage, get a 30 year mortgage. Pay off your debt faster, THEN save. Pay off debt slowly AND save at the same time. What advice is right? What sticks?

On today's show we'll share what OG and Joe think stuck for them. Our Top 5 episodes have been some of long-time listener favorites, so today we're bringing it back with a special top 5....which 5 lessons from guests and contributors have been the ones that we should ALL remember. 

But a big part of today's show comes from YOU. We'll play some of your big wins from the years that we've completed 500 shows. It's AMAZING to us what the people in this community have accomplished. You've paid off incredible amounts of debt, learned to invest, started a savings plan, created a budget...and more importantly? You've achieved some amazing goals, like buying houses, retiring, putting kids through college....we're in awe of your ability to achieve. You inspire us. Thank you!

Of course that's not all....we STILL have time to throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's trivia, share some bad jokes, and lots more....

Huge thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for helping us with today's show and through the years on this show. They're an awesome company and if you're not using them, I'm not sure you know what you're missing!

2 Banks, 1 Hacker, and $50,000

Jul 24, 2017 01:18:31

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What would happen if you lost more than $50,000 that was meant for your first home? Shannyn Allen lived that harrowing nightmare and she's going to share the story today. She unknowingly handed a hacker $50,000 , and will share the mistakes that were made around her situation, and will also let you know the steps YOU should take if you're even in a similar situation. It's a raw, horrifying story, and also one of the longest interviews we've done on Stacking Benjamins in a long, long time.

In our headline segment we talk about Beyonce and Jay-Z. It appears they're spending money like they're....Beyonce and Jay-Z. What does that have to do with you? We'll share that on today's show. Also, Jamie Wise from the Buzz Indexes shares with us some welcome news about oil prices. Are we seeing the lows in oil? He'll share the wisdom of social media chatter on today's podcast.

Of course, that's not all. Doug has yet another hare-brained scheme to become wealthy....but still has time to share some trivia. We'll also throw out the Haven Life Line to Nikki, who asks an existential question about money and goals, plus answer a letter from Jason about the Roth IRA. 

Special thanks to M1Finance for sponsoring our show! We couldn't do any of this without the support of these awesome companies.