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Stacking Benjamins: Earn, Save, and Spend Money With a Plan

Joe Saul-Sehy & OG discuss current finance trends, interview personalities and share the microphone with finance and non-finance people from across the nation...all from the comfort of Joe's parent's basement.
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Now displaying: January, 2015
Jan 30, 2015

Ever tried to use a financial calculator? It might be more difficult than you'd anticipated.... How about a retirement calculator online? Sadly again....good luck. Darrow Kirkpatrick went hunting for good calculators and he found lots of hits....and misses. He explains why on today's show.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Jan 28, 2015

I'm sure you've thought about the most effective ways to save money, but have you ever considered how you'll spend it? Dr. Stanley Riggs joins us in the basement with a plan to help you spend every dime before you die. While commission salespeople will focus on making sure you have enough, he's the first guest we've had on the show who emphasizes that you don't want to have too much.

PK from DQYDJ.net is back in the basement, talking about the single most important stat the "retire early" crowd wants to hear: What's the net worth of the average retired person? How much money does the average person have when they retire? Would that be good to know? You'll know it today!

In the headlines, Joe & OG tackle oil, the King of Saudi Arabia passing away, a billion dollar divorce, and more! What are you waiting for....start listening!

Thank you to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Jan 26, 2015

Investors have relied on Morningstar rankings for many years, but with the rise of ETFs, do they matter anymore? How should you compare and review your funds? Robert Farrington from The College Investor joins Paula Pant this week to talk also about the glut of rental properties on the market and taking advantage of low gas prices.

Joe & OG share headlines about the dwindling number of people playing the lottery and making decisions when you're emotional.

Doug has trivia, we review the film Selma, and much more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show.

Jan 23, 2015

Stefanie O'Connell wanted to travel hack but was worried it would mess up her credit. So, she did something about it....she studied it thoroughly, asked tons of questions, then made herself a guinea pig and tried it out. She shares all the details with us on today's show!

Not only does she give great advice about travel hacking....Stefanie has a new book out called (shockingly) The Broke and Beautiful Life. She shares details of this fantastic project AND tells us what it's like to perform on stage at Madison Square Garden....and much more.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

 

Jan 21, 2015

Just when you thought we'd given up on them...it's a Top 5 episode! OG & Joe explore the five numbers you should know if you want financial success. As always we'll have some fun with these.

The Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas, shows you exactly how to force people to quit. It's a segment you'll have to hear, whether you're a great manager looking to get rid of people...or a horrible manager who's already got people quitting and can't figure out why.

Plus, headlines, movies and all of the fun you expect from Stacking Benjamins. 

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Jan 19, 2015

There's oil in those hills! Apparently there's LOTS of oil in those hills, because prices are through the floor. Should you load some into your portfolio? Our roundtable weighs in on this week's show!

Joe & OG share the story of two New York Yankee players who allege they were ripped off to the tune of MILLIONS of dollars by their financial advisor. We also discuss the volatile market and how advisors are handling it with clients.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Jan 16, 2015

We've finished half of January already. How are your goals? If you haven't set any yet, we have you covered (heck, we've got you covered even if you have!). Graham Clark from Moneystepper.com joins on us on today show to talk about goals. How come SMART goals are all the rage when they could be SMARTER? He'll explain.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Jan 14, 2015

Terrie Hull thought things might not be normal with her mother....she'd been in a serious car accident and her cognitive skills weren't coming back as quickly as they'd hoped. Unfortunately, what unraveled from that point was far worse than Terrie or her husband Jon could have imagined....and MUCH worse than just memory problems for her mother. They'll share their story of A Legacy Undone on today's show that will make you ask yourself, "Is your end-of-life care" as thoroughly finished as it should be?

Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, shares what they'll find in an employment background check. Will they discover that you sleep in a race car bed and love frisbee golf? She'll crack this wide open! Joe & OG answer a listener letter about CDs and another about the Total Market Index. We also discuss headlines about the biggest risk to your retirement nest egg and more....

Plus trivia, movies...and general hilarity.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

Jan 12, 2015

Is there ever a good reason to avoid your 401(k)? In the weirdest roundtable segment ever, Paula Pant, Len Penzo and Greg McFarlane not only weigh in on that point, but we also discuss not wearing underwear, Our roundtable weighs in on that question. Joe & OG tackle 10 signs your tax prepare might not be on the up-and-up and also problems with retirement plans that you should be aware of (mostly....high fees and lazy plan sponsors).

Doug also has trivia, we take your letters on Roth 401k to Roth IRA rollovers....and much more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Jan 9, 2015

The average family piled up tons of credit card debt over the holiday season. If you're included in that group, it's your lucky day because Nick Clements from MagnifyMoney.com (our sponsor) joins us on the show to talk about how to eliminate those nagging holiday credit card bills. As always, he'll also share inside stories about how the credit card industry works....which are horrifying (they consider regulator intervention as something "beyond their control").

Once you've worked on the debt, you may want to be a fly on the wall hearing about someone else's financial picture. Roger Whitney, CFP (and host of the Retirement Answer Man podcast) shares details about his latest project. If you like the podcast Serial but want it in financial planning form, he's working with a listener to develop a financial plan over a series of podcasts! It all culminates in a webinar where Roger and listener "Carl" detail the strategy that'll help him reach his goals.

Show notes with links to ALL of the resources listed (and we list a TON in this show are at StackingBenjamins.com.

Jan 7, 2015

You ask us questions about managing various investment accounts, cash reserve emergency funds, mortgages and HELOCs, dollar cost averaging and more....and we attempt to answer them all. PK joins in the fun with an excellent piece on income. What does it really mean to be in the 1%....the top 10%.....25%? Doug brings trivia, we talk about the new installment in the Hobbit series, and more.

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Jan 5, 2015

Len Penzo brings out his magic 8 ball so Paula Pant and Joe can help him peer into both the past and the future. Did our 2014 predictions come true? We'll find out some important answers AND some that maybe aren't so important. Joe's Mom's neighbor Doug sits in for OG today (who's down with the flu), and we tackle the most important part of your morning: a quality alarm clock! A recent list gives us some crazy ideas for that hard-to-awaken person in your life. We also discuss active management. After a long upswing in the stock market is it time to switch from passive strategies to active managers who can avoid a potential market collapse?

We also review a great letter from Zach about repaying student loan debt (answered by Nick from MagnifyMoney, who gives some fantastic advice to lower the interest rates on your student loans) AND we still find time to review the "epic" film Night at the Museum 3.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Jan 2, 2015

Want to move fast in 2015? Start out by creating a great financial dashboard. Purna Pareek from Finovera joins us to talk organization. How can you manage your financial life effectively if you've got statements and bills all over the place? Purna not only shares with us how his tool Finovera works, but also talks about how to get all of your information together to move faster this year than you did in 2014.

We're excited to kick off 2015 by introducing you to another free tool to begin working toward financial security in 2015!

Thank you to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast. 

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