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5 Tips for Boosting Your Income to Reach Your First million

March 22nd, 2023


There are almost 22 million people with a net worth of at least $1 million in the United States. That's a lot of millionaires!

Many of these millionaires aren't flashy. They got rich over long periods of time by owning …

How to Retire at Any Age Using Your Retirement Number

March 15th, 2023


According to the latest report from Vanguard, looking at the average amount of money saved for retirement, there's a good chance you might not be on …

What a Pole Dancer Can Teach Us About Managing a Variable Income

March 8th, 2023


If you're on a steady salary, creating a spending plan is straightforward, because you know both what's coming in and what's going out every month. ****

But what if you don't have a stable salary? What if you're one of …

Debt Consolidation vs. Debt Settlement: 5 Things You Need to Know

March 1st, 2023


So let me ask you: Got debt? If so, you're not alone. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 28% of consumers have an account in …

When Your Lover Lies: Overcoming Financial Infidelity

February 22nd, 2023


About 30% of people have experienced financial infidelity: things like:

  • Keeping purchases secret: 31.4%.
  • Hiding debts or accounts: 28.7%.
  • Lying …

Save Big or Lose Out: How the Secure Act Could Make or Break Your Retirement Savings

February 15th, 2023


Are you familiar with it the SECURE Act, and its update, SECURE 2.0? If you're not, maybe you should be. It was recently signed into law, and while …

How to Create a Budget You Love: 5 Things You Need to Know

February 8th, 2023


According to at least one survey, as many as 80% of Americans prepare a budget.

Even if you don't believe that statistic, it's probably safe to say that 80% of Americans have at least thought about having a budget. So, …

Did Your Retirement Nest Egg Shrink Last Year? 5 Things to Do Now

February 1st, 2023


Last year was terrible for stocks, with the Dow, S&P and tech-heavy Nasdaq all posting double-digit losses. And that showed up in retirement accounts.

According to Fidelity, In the third quarter of 2022, 401(k) …

5 Powerful Mental Wealth Insights to Unlock Your Goals

January 25th, 2023


We've all heard the dismal statistics. Most people who set New Year's resolutions abandon them by February. What gives? Why is it so hard to follow …

Side Hustle Success: Financial Freedom from Lipstick and Bras

January 18th, 2023


Side hustles are increasingly a part of life, even if you're just trying to survive.

In 2022, 45% of Americans said they had a side hustle, with an average monthly income of $483. While that might not seem like much, …

5 Things You Need To Know About Paying Off Debts

January 11th, 2023


Well, here we are: a brand new year!

Chances are, you're one of the 81% of Americans with a financial new year's resolution. The most common …

Top Financial Stories of 2022- Crypto, Student Loan Forgiveness, Inflation, and More

January 4th, 2023


Episode 175 webpage.

It's been a wild year. Crypto has fallen 70%. The stock market has been horrible. Bonds have had the worst year since 1700s! And we've watched inflation hit levels not seen since Reagan was in the …

15 Money Moves for a Richer New Year

December 28th, 2022


Episode 174 webpage with links.

Here we go again: A brand new year is right around the corner. And even if you're not among the 68% of people that …

7 Year-End Tax Tips That Could Save You Thousands

December 14th, 2022


Episode 173 webpage with all the links.

Death and taxes. They say they are the only certain things in life. Certain or not, though, taxes are …

Your Guide to Alternative Investments

December 7th, 2022


Episode 172 Webpage and Links.

This week we're talking about alternative investments.

If you're like us, stocks, bonds and savings accounts make up the foundation of your investments. And that's a good thing: all three …

Retirement, Real Estate and I-Bonds: We answer your questions

November 30th, 2022


Episode 171 Webpage and Links

Stacy's been offering money guidance for 41 years: 10 as a financial advisor and 31 as a personal finance reporter. Miranda's been writing and podcasting about money since 2005. But they …

The Absolute Cheapest Ways to Get Eyeglasses

November 23rd, 2022


Episode 170 webpage with links.

Note: Episode 170 was recorded November 25th, 2020. Some details (such as pricing) may have changed since its …

3 Ways Recessions Can Make You Rich

November 16th, 2022


Episode 169 Website and Links.

We've been talking about the chances of a recession for months now. Thanks to rising rates choking company profits, some Wall Street firms currently have the odds of a recession sometime …

5 Fast Ways to Turbocharge Your Retirement Savings

November 9th, 2022


Episode 168 webpage and links.

This episode we’re talking Turbocharging your retirement.

So let’s start with a question: Do you have enough in your retirement account? According to a recent report from Vanguard, the …

How to Prepare Your Savings for a Recession

November 2nd, 2022


Episode 167 webpage with show links.

The Federal Reserve's been raising rates all year, and they've signaled they're not done yet.

Rising rates act as a break on the economy, slowing it down in order to tame rising …

How to Reach for Financial Freedom with House Hacking

October 19th, 2022


Episode 165 webpage and links.

What if you could live in your home while someone else pays the mortgage? That's the idea behind house hacking.

House …

5 Tips for Helping Your Kids Become Financial Grownups

October 12th, 2022


Episode webpage with links.

Kids are expensive! It costs $310,000 to raise a child from birth to age 17. At some point, the goal is for them to become financially independent and stop needing you for money.

And that's …

5 Ways You CAN Buy Happiness

October 5th, 2022


Episode 163 Webpage and Show Links

This episode we’re talking about ... happiness

So here’s the question: Can you put a price on happiness?

In 2010, Princeton research suggested that people’s day-to-day happiness tops …

Cryptocurrencies and 4 Other Ways to Invest in Web3

September 28th, 2022


Episode 162 Show Webpage and Show Links

Don't you wish you could go back in time and be one of the first investors in the Internet? You'd make a …

How to Take Advantage of a Stock Market Crash

September 23rd, 2022


Podcast webpage with show links 

The stock market is falling — and could even end up in a free fall. With rising inflation and worries about the …

How to Get Your Piece of the Student Loan Forgiveness Pie

September 21st, 2022


There is almost $1.75 trillion — that's TRILLION with a T — in outstanding student loan debt in the United States. People of all ages and walks of life are impacted by student loan debt. In fact, you might be surprised …

7 Tips for Getting the Best Deal on Travel

August 31st, 2022


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If you appreciate what we do, do something for us: share this show with your friends and family on your favorite social platforms and subscribe to this podcast! It’ll take you 2 seconds, …

How to Lend to, or Borrow From, Family and Friends

August 24th, 2022


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According to the Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, 25.6 million people borrowed from friends and family this …

Got Social Security Questions? Here Are Some Answers

August 17th, 2022


Social Security is important. It provides the majority of income to most retirees. According to The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, it …

7 Things You Should Know Before Investing in I-Bonds

August 10th, 2022


Inflation is as high as it's been for 40 years -- more than 9% -- and it's crushing budgets all over the world.

The stock market, one of the best ways to beat inflation over time, is struggling. So, what's a saver to do?

10 Sure-Fire Ways to Beat Inflation

August 3rd, 2022


The Federal Reserve Bank has a target for rising prices: They consider 2% per year to be the right amount. Ooops. The latest figure reflects an annual rate of more than 9%. That's the highest it's been in more than 40 …

The Truth Behind 14 Common Money Tips

July 27th, 2022


You've probably heard that you should buy a used car instead of a new one. But used car prices surged 27% from early 2021 to early 2022. Does that …

7 Tips to Retire with a Million Dollar Nest Egg

July 20th, 2022


According to one recent survey, only 4% of Americans have $1 million or more in retirement savings, which means 96% of us don't.

Of course, depending …

Insider Secrets: 10 Tips for Getting a Great Deal on a House

July 13th, 2022


Even with talk of a cooling housing market, prices are still high, and inventory is still low. If you're looking for a good deal, what are you …

5 Things You Need to Know About This Horrible Stock Market

July 6th, 2022


When the stock market declines by 20% from its highs, it's called a bear market. And boy, are we in one. In fact, this is the worst first half of the year stocks have suffered in 52 years. Nixon was in the White House …

Paying Off Mortgages, Estate Planning and More: We Answer YOUR Questions

June 29th, 2022


We get lots of questions from our podcast listeners and newsletter readers, so we thought it might be fun to answer as many as we can in this special edition of our podcast.

Today Stacy Johnson, financial journalist

5 Tips to Maximize Your Credit Card Points

June 22nd, 2022


With prices for flights, hotels and other travel expenses going through the roof, there's never been a better time to learn about travel hacking with credit card points. But how does it work? Can the average person get …

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early? Here’s How

June 15th, 2022


Owning a home is still the American Dream for many. But few can make it happen without borrowing, since not many of us have hundreds of thousands of …

The Market is Low: Time to Buy Stocks?

June 8th, 2022


There's an old investing joke that goes like this: How do you make a million dollars on Wall Street? Start with two million.

And lately, that's no …

5 Tips to Make Money Management Fun

June 1st, 2022


Every year, people spend nearly $200 billion on video games: that's more than sports and movies combined.

Clearly, we're into having fun and playing games. But here's a question: What if we take games out of the fantasy …

How to Invest When Both Stocks and Bonds Are Falling

May 25th, 2022


We hear a lot about how your portfolio should have both stocks and bonds — because they typically move opposite to each other. The theory is that …

Is the Housing Bubble About to Burst?

May 18th, 2022


In many markets, home prices are through the roof.

In 2020, just two years ago, the average price of an American home was about 375,000. Today? $500,000. And with rates rising, affordability is becoming a real issue. So …

7 Things You Can Do to Evaluate Your Life (and Money) and Get What You Want Post-Covid

May 11th, 2022


Too often, we think about money as an end. We know we need more of it, but we're unsure why. We don't even consider how it could make our lives …

Women and Money: Is the “Ambition Penalty” Costing You?

May 4th, 2022


You’ve probably heard about the gender pay gap. But women aren’t just dealing with the effects of getting paid less. Women also face what’s known as the ambition penalty. Research shows that ambitious women face …

Everything You Want to Know About Crypto But Were Afraid to Ask

April 27th, 2022


Cryptocurrencies are still a hot financial topic, despite the fact that, as I write this, Bitcoin is down more than $25,000 from its 2021 high of $67,000.

Even after all this time, some experts are still insisting these …

Is a Recession On the Way? Here's How to Prepare

April 20th, 2022


With inflation on the rise and consumers on the ropes, everyone's talking about the big, scary R-word — recession. Are we staring down another recession? And what can you do about it if we are?

In today's episode of the

10 Tips to Travel Abroad on a Budget (For Weeks at a Time)

April 13th, 2022


For many people, international travel is a bucket list item. The idea of traveling the world can be alluring, but isn’t it expensive? Well, it doesn’t have to break your budget. Today, we’re going to talk about how you …

10 Tips to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Their Money

April 6th, 2022


My parents are both gone now, but about 10 years before my dad died, when I was there for a visit, he introduced me to his "Death Book."

Yep. That's what he called it. It was a three-ring binder with info on everything …

How to Destroy Your Debt and What to Do Next

March 30th, 2022


You work for years to pay off your debt. You've scrimped. You've saved. You've put your extra dollars toward debt freedom. But what do you do with …

War, Inflation and Scary Markets - What Investors Should Be Doing Now

March 23rd, 2022


It's not an exaggeration to say this is a historic time for stocks, interest rates, commodities, bonds and virtually every other financial asset.

News about the war in Ukraine and financial upheaval is everywhere these …

The Pros and Cons of Paying a Pro for Money Advice

March 23rd, 2022


For the vast majority of my 40-year career offering financial advice, my advice on paying for a financial advisor was simple: don't do it.

My logic: Managing your money isn't rocket science. What you don't already know …

Inflation Is Surging: 20+ Ways to Fight Higher Prices

March 16th, 2022


Have you gassed up lately? Then you've noticed prices are rocketing higher. And it's not just gas prices. In every area of your budget, from groceries to rent, you've experienced inflation eating away at your buying …

The 10 Best Ways to Lower Your Tax Bill This Year

March 9th, 2022


Think tax time is tough? Take it from me: It used to be a lot tougher.

When I became a CPA 40 years ago, you did taxes with a pencil, not a computer. To uncover deductions, you waded through wads of paper rather than …

Money News You Can Use March, 2022

March 3rd, 2022


Managing finances is never easy, and the more uncertain the outlook, the harder it gets.

But this is getting ridiculous.

First, we had a pandemic, …

10 Best Moves for Rising Interest Rates

March 2nd, 2022


There's nothing that better fits the definition of "double-edged sword" than rising interest rates.

If you're a saver, you love the idea of rising rates. It's been years since we've had bank accounts and other safe …

10 Tips and Tricks to Help You Beef Up Your Savings

February 23rd, 2022


If you made a New Year's resolution to put more money away this year, join the club.

In a recent Fidelity survey, nearly half of those creating …

10 Tips to Talk About Money With Loved Ones

February 16th, 2022


This will probably come as no surprise, but according to surveys, fights about money are second only to infidelity as a cause of divorce.

What's the …

Tips and Tricks to Help You Destroy Debt

February 9th, 2022


When I was asked to write my first personal finance book more than 20 years ago, choosing the topic was easy. It's in the title: Life or Debt.

At the time, I'd been a nationally syndicated money reporter for about 10 …

10 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

February 2nd, 2022


One of the hardest things you'll ever do is alter your habits. Whether it's losing weight, quitting cigarettes, saving more or paying down debt, making big changes, especially over long periods of time, is exceedingly …

Why Stocks Are Tanking and What's Likely to Happen Next

January 27th, 2022


On October 19th, 1987, I was a 32-year old stockbroker working for EF Hutton. On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 22 percent …

Should You Buy an Electric Car?

January 26th, 2022


Remember your first car?

Mine was a 1969 Camaro. What I remember most about it wasn't just that it was a cool car. (It was.) What I remember was how …

What to Expect for Stocks, Interest Rates and Housing This Year

January 19th, 2022


Reflecting on stock market performance over the last few years reminds me of an expression from the old days when I was a stockbroker.

"Bulls make …

Market Update: Money News You can Use Mid January, 2021

January 13th, 2022


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

The Steps You Need to Take Now to Retire Rich

January 12th, 2022


If you're young, say, 40 or under, retirement is likely more of a hazy concept than something to actually plan for. For now, it's no big deal. There …

The 60-40 Investment Mix is Dead – Or Is It

January 5th, 2022


Recorded: November 11, 2021

When I wrote my first book, Life or Debt, more than 20 years ago, I had a simple solution for investing your long-term …

What Could Go Wrong? 10 Biggest Financial Risks for 2022

December 29th, 2021


We've had a wild couple of years.

I've been investing for a long time, and I can't remember anything like it. The pandemic shaved 20% off the market in what seemed like minutes, then snapped back and took off just as …

10 Secrets to Maximizing Your Social Security

December 22nd, 2021


If you were retiring tomorrow, which monthly income would you rather receive: $1,543 or $3,895?

The $1,543 figure is the average monthly Social …

Market Update: Money News You can Use Mid December, 2021

December 16th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Top Money Predictions for 2022

December 15th, 2021


I spent about 30 years as a syndicated TV news reporter, and for about 15 of those years, I had an annual ritual.

Every December, I'd hit the streets …

The Best Investments for Rising Interest Rates

December 8th, 2021


While there's been lots of headlines and hand-wringing on inflation lately, thus far interest rates, which tend to surge along with inflation, have remained tame. Rates on everything from savings accounts to mortgages …

Market Update: Money News You can Use End November, 2021

December 2nd, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing: Hope or Hype?

December 1st, 2021


Everybody wants to do the right thing for our planet. We want to reduce pollution, keep the world from warming up and fight for clean air and water. …

How to Organize Your Finances, Step by Step

November 24th, 2021


The average American should expect to live about 79 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you're lucky, you're going …

Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-November, 2021

November 18th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

10 Moves You Should Make Now to Lower This Year's Taxes

November 17th, 2021


If I asked you, "What are the most common ways people waste money?," how would you respond?

You might say, "paying for unused memberships and …

How to Find the Best Dividend Stocks, Step by Step

November 10th, 2021


Social Security recently announced the biggest increase to monthly payments in about 40 years, with a rise of nearly 6%.

That's got to be great news …

How to Pick Winning Stocks, Step by Step

November 4th, 2021


My wife Sara and I look at things a bit differently. She sees cool things and buys them. I watch her to determine what's cool, then buy the stock of …

Market Update: Money News You can Use End of October, 2021

November 3rd, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

25 Examples of Popular Financial Advice You Shouldn't Follow

October 27th, 2021


Ever hear phrases like "common knowledge" or "conventional wisdom"?

Typically, the reason knowledge is common and wisdom is conventional is because …

Inflation May Be Here to Stay: Here's How to Beat It

October 20th, 2021


Hi guys, and welcome to the Money podcast!

When I was born back in 1955, the median house price was around $11,000. Today, it's about $330,000.

When I got my learner's license in 1970, the median price of a new car was …

Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-October 2021

October 13th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

Will the Biden Social Spending Plan Raise Middle Class Taxes?

October 13th, 2021


President Biden said no one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up. That's a lie... In fact, under his plan, an average family who earns over $50,000 will see a tax increase.

That was a quote from …

20 Ways to Invest That Don't Involve the Stock Market

October 6th, 2021


When it comes to investing, this apple fell far from the family tree.

I became a Wall Street investment adviser, otherwise known as a stockbroker, in 1981 and have been an avid stock investor ever since.

My parents, on …

Money News You'll Really Use: End of September 2021

September 30th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How Secure is Social Security?

September 29th, 2021


For many aging Americans, Social Security is critical.

Social Security makes up at least 50% of the income for half of couples 65+ and is the sole …

The Biggest Risks You'll Face in Retirement and How to Prepare

September 22nd, 2021


While nothing in life is certain -- well, except death and taxes -- as you enter your retirement years, you'll face more uncertainty than ever before.

While retirement's a time to relax, before you get there you'll be …

Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-September 2021

September 16th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How Much Should You Pay for Investment Advice?

September 15th, 2021


When I worked as a Wall Street investment adviser back in the 80s, there was basically only one way we got paid: commissions.

When I bought or sold …

Should You Buy an Annuity? The Pros and Cons

September 8th, 2021


When my parents retired, they had no issues when it came to retirement income.

In addition to Social Security, they both had retirement plans that offered a guaranteed monthly income for life. They also had investments, …

Welcome to the Metaverse

September 1st, 2021


Imagine the internet coming to life. Instead of words on a screen, it's a 3 dimensional world. You don't read it or watch it. You step into it. You become an avatar -- a three dimensional graphical representation of …

Market Update: Money News You can Use End of August, 2021

August 26th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How to Avoid Running Out of Money in Retirement

August 25th, 2021


When I was 17, the day after I graduated from high school I left my home in Atlanta and along with my friend Andy, hitchhiked across the United …

Ready to Try Crypto Currencies? Here's Everything You Need to Know

August 18th, 2021


It was February 27, 2014. I was doing a TV news story on something relatively new in the investment world: Bitcoin.

After briefly explaining digital currencies, I wanted to show exactly how one goes about investing in …

Money News You'll Really Use: Mid-August 2021

August 13th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

How to Prepare for the Next Recession or Market Crash

August 11th, 2021


I've been investing for more than 40 years and have learned lots of lessons over the decades, many by making mistakes. One of the most important lessons I've learned is also one of the most simple. As I wrote years ago …

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Money Management

August 4th, 2021


My wife gave me a T-shirt that elicits responses wherever I go. It says, "I (heart) naps."

Turns out that some people, including yours truly, have a …

Market Update: Money News You can Use July 29th, 2021

July 29th, 2021


Nearly every day, there's news that affects you and your money. From politics and taxes to markets and interest rates, things are happening that …

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