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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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Dec 30, 2016

Hopefully we learned a TON in 2014 and we're WAY better off now than we were then. But just to make sure, today the FinTern spins us back to our last show of 2014, when Rod Griffin from Experian joins us to talk about big credit takeaways from a year when hackers ran rampant. Of course, because it's a full episode of the show, there's much, much more!

Dec 28, 2016

Here's the start of a joke (or a podcast)...."Two Planet Money guys walk into a bar." In this case, it isn't a joke. For a Planet Money episode, they walked into a comedy club and told economist jokes. How did it go? Joe sits down with them and asks for all the behind-the-scenes details. 

There's much more in this 2015 episode from PK, Joe & OG, and Doug. Enjoy!

Dec 26, 2016

Eric Narcisco had a BIG problem when he rented...so much so that he formed a company to make it easier for others to avoid a $10,000 mistake. The Fintern takes us back to the summer of 2015 for this great (and horrible) tale.

Dec 23, 2016

On today's show we ask our roundtable their biggest takeaways from 2016. While we spend a few minutes on the events of the year, we dwell more on personal lessons. Also, we round out 2017 by looking at another Moneyologist Q&A from MarketWatch. What do you think about regifting?

AND then, to cap off our FinTech segments for 2016, Patrick Kelly from USAA joins us to talk about the future of apps on your phone. Where's it all headed? We'll also spend a little time on the connected house and how you can save money by making all of your devices talk to each other in the future.

Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast all year long, and to YOU for listening!

Dec 21, 2016

New York Times bestselling author David Bach joins us! Not only is his first book Automatic Millionaire back with a new edition....but he's also helping us remember some of the top money lessons of the last twelve months. What should we have learned from the events of 2016? David will help us look at everything from stocks to real estate to estate planning.

In our headlines segment, we'll tackle some ugly money habits that leave millionaires broke. We throw out the Haven Life line today to Chris, who asks for help rebalancing his portfolio. Also on on today's show we tackle your letters, deliver some hilarious trivia, and more.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show!

Show notes? They're here: Episode 420

Dec 19, 2016

Ever had a bad job? Gwen from FieryMillennials.com tells us a hilariously horrible tale of seasonal work gone wrong. These jobs taught her a few important lessons, but the biggest was this: working for the man is something she wants to do for as short a period as possible. It's time to pursue financial independence!

We also explore headlines about new robo-advisor offerings trying to differentiate themselves from the pack and financial management companies split about the recent Department of Labor ruling. We throw out the Haven Life line to Tom AND answer more listener letters. Doug brings down the trivia, and much more!

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show!

Find our show notes here: Episode 419

Dec 16, 2016

What makes the perfect investment? Long time columnist Johnathan Clements has some remarkable ideas on the topic, and we ask Len, Greg and Paula about them. We twist our roundtable discussion today around mostly this single article (for the most part) about investments, with some nice dessert at the end about a couple who paid off a nearly-$70k mortgage in 18 months. 

This week we flip our normal FinTech segment over to HR and welcome Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, back to the show, for a discussion about what employees want from their boss. Whether you manage people, lead a family, or are a member of a social group....these lessons will come in handy.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins!

Dec 14, 2016

Maybe mom was wrong and money DOES grow on trees. Cara MacMillen thinks so, and she stops by the basement to explain why on today's show! Also, we have a disturbing headline about hackers. Keith Bernhardt from Fidelity Investments stops by to share statistics about the wrong types of presents to purchase this year, and more!

We throw out the Haven Life Line to Ethan, who's wondering about whether he should pursue his CFP designation, and take a letter from Nancy, who wonders about the right time to swap out a traditional IRA for a Roth conversion. Doug delivers some interesting trivia, and much more!

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show!

Link to show notes: StackingBenjamins.com/maybe-money-does-grow-on-trees

Dec 12, 2016

On today's show personal finance expert Adam Carroll joins us to talk about becoming savvy with your money! Plus, We take a Haven Life Line from Sam about 529 plans, ask the question, "Why should I buy more life insurance?" and more! 

Huge thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring our podcast. 

 

Here is the link to our show notes: Adam Carroll Episode

Dec 9, 2016

In the business of buying a car? Podcaster Steve Stewart (and engineer of this show!) bought a car and found expert help in the capable hands of James Kinson, from Cash Car Convert. The two of them tell a great story about finding value and avoiding lemons when purchasing your next ride.

Dec 7, 2016

Former NFL star Phillip Buchanon was over $1M dollars in debt on draft day...and it only got worse. He'll tell his story on this episode from 2015!

Dec 5, 2016

Griffin the intern rewinds to our episode featuring time management journalist Laura Vanderkam. She studied successful women to find out how they accomplish more. What can we learn? We'll share today!

Dec 2, 2016

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Robert Farrington from TheCollegeInvestor.com joins us to talk about parents. What do you do if your parents are struggling financially? Worse yet, what if you're also struggling? We ask Robert, Len Penzo and Greg McFarlane to pitch in, and as always, you won't expect many of our answers. We also discuss a new survey from TD Ameritrade AND daily routines that keep you motivated. What do you do to begin and end your day?

In our FinTech segment, just in time for the holidays, we talk to FinCon/SoFi FinTech "People's Choice" winner, Tanya Van Court from iSow.com. Tired of giving gifts that you know won't be appreciated? Worse yet, tired of receiving things you don't need? iSow aims to help kids set up goals and get savings...and then allows loved ones to help out!

Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

If your browser allows links, here's the show notes!

Nov 30, 2016

Ray Kroc built McDonalds into a juggernaut and built his own fortune into the billions. When he died, his wife Joan made the decision to give it all away upon her death. How did they build this money-making machine? How and why did she give it away? We talk empire-building and estate planning on today's show! Lisa Napoli, author of the new biography Ray & Joan joins us in the basement with stories and lessons.

In our headline segment we reveal some disturbing information about car trade-ins and the results of a retirement plan survey. We throw out the Haven Life line to Dave, who asks about refinancing his student loans, and take a letter from Stacey, who wants to know how to invest an inheritance. Should he pay down low interest debt or invest? Or course we also throw in a helping of Doug's trivia and much, much more!

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show!

Nov 28, 2016

Hosting a holiday party? Worried about parties you'll be attending? Creator of online site CatchMyParty.com Jillian Tohber Leslie joins us with some creative and original ideas to either make your party stand out or to ensure YOU stand out at the next party you're invited to attend. 

In our headline segment Phillip Moeller, author of Get What's Yours For Medicare joins us to talk about open enrollment, which ends in the next eight days. What are common mistakes people make? He'll share. We also tackle a survey about what sinks most shopper's budgets around the holiday season.

On the Haven Life Line, we'll answer a question from Mark about itemized deductions and charitable giving, then in our letters segment, we'll try and answer Matt's question about why some financial advisors get a bad rap.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show. Support the companies that support us AND help yourself along the way.

Find show notes here.

Nov 25, 2016

While everyone fights the crowds we're all about Friday with the family...and some board games! Tom Vasel from board game podcast The Dice Tower joins us with his top three games about finance, business and economics. As an extra treat, he'll also throw in his favorite three games to liven up holiday parties. 

In our FinTech segment we have MORE games! Paul Vasey from Cash Crunch Games gives us a tour of his computer game (and brand new board game!) Cash Crunch. Paul was looking for a way to help kids learn about money and he's created Cash Crunch to help them learn about difficult decisions while having fun with friends and family. 

Thanks to SoFi  and Magnify Money for sponsoring our podcast! 

Here's the links to ALL the games we talked about today: Show Notes

Nov 23, 2016

What do you need to know before buying the hottest new tech this Black Friday and holiday season? Bridget Carey from CNET joins us with what's hot in televisions, the connected home, game consoles, and more. In our headlines, we can't get away from Trump-related headlines, so we tackle two: the first about the stock market and the second about interest rates.

In our Haven Life Line segment, we take a call from Bill who wants to know about taking out a mortgage. How should he attack his debt to get his debt to equity ratio in order? Plus we take your letters, reveal some Thanksgiving-related trivia from Doug, and much more.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show. Support the companies that support us AND help yourself along the way.

Nov 21, 2016

We kick off one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year by helping you identify some of the best deals in shopping. Brent Shelton from FatWallet joins us to share some of the most exciting sales and quirkiest deals. Hoverboards? Old school cameras? Star Wars? Drones? We'll talk about all of those and more on today's show.

We also share some disturbing news about financial advisors and election results, plus another 401k problem. Should you still save into your 401k? We'll discuss that PLUS share trivia, throw out the Haven Life line, and more.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show! Want BIG savings? Use financial companies that cut your interest rates and help you manage money better.

Show notes? They're here.

Nov 18, 2016

Ever struggle with the fundamentals of investing? Our roundtable team of award winning bloggers Len Penzo, Paula Pant and Greg McFarlane join us to discuss some of the terms many take for granted. It's a fun discussion, but there's more! We also tackle motivational books and a letter to the Moneyologist. How would our team answer the letter?

In our FinTech segment, Andrew Dietrich from revolutionary credit card Final joins us. What if there were a credit card that had multiple numbers, so if one were stolen or compromised, the others weren't all affected? Andrew and the Final team are creating that very thing.

Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

If your browser allows links, here's the show notes!

Nov 16, 2016

Looking for some creative ways to make a few bucks? Maybe you're hoping to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank or have a few hours you'd like to use productively....no matter, we're bringing you the PERFECT guest today. Nick Loper is the fearless leader of Side Hustle Nation (and the podcast of the same name) and he has over 300 ideas to put a little jingle in your pocket.

That's not all, though. We talk to Chris Walsh from Marijuana Times about the huge number of states changing their laws this election. Is marijuana finally a good investment opportunity? 

We take a Haven Life line call from "Anymouse", answer a question about financing engagement rings from Joe, and much, much more...including some slightly creepy trivia from Doug. (What's new?)

Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins!

Here's a link to the show notes.

Nov 14, 2016

Think the markets are shaky? Ric Edelman, Chairman and Founder of Edelman Financial Services, bestselling author, and host of the hit "Ric Edelman Radio Show" joins us to talk about what you should do in a choppy market.

Plus, we take a call on the Haven Life line, answer your letters, discuss last week's election and the financial planning steps you should take, and more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring the Stacking Benjamins Show!

You'll find show notes here.

Nov 11, 2016

Our top article today discusses the current financial markets. If you thought stocks were going to move south, why wouldn't you do anything about it? We ask our panel today that question and two more. Today's show features an all-star guest roundtable line up. PT from the new Masters of Money podcast, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com, and Paula Pant from the Afford Anything podcast debate and discuss our three topics ripped from the popular press on today's show!

In our FinTech segment, we talk to Eric and Wendy Nissan from DIY.fund. Ever wonder how the "big boys" manage money? Both Eric and Wendy come from Wall Street and their goal is to give you the same access to tools the pros use. Sound interesting? We'll talk to them today about how it works!

Thanks to  SoFi  and Magnify Money for sponsoring our podcast! Support the companies that support us and help yourself along the way.

Find show notes and links here.

Nov 9, 2016

Co-star of the entrepreneur show Hatched, Steve Seigel joins us to talk entrepreneurship AND investing in start ups. If you're building a company, what are some of the pitfalls to avoid? If you're investing in your buddy's business, what should you look for other than just a great idea? He'll come down to the basement and share lessons with us today!

In our headline segment we discuss how to save money on perscriptions and walk through Money's list of the best banks. Our Haven Life line call today comes from Sarah. How difficult is PMI insurance when buying a house? Of course we also have a letter for the show, Doug's trivia, and much, much more! 

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show. Support the companies that support us AND help yourself along the way.

Check out the show notes here.

Nov 7, 2016

Jeremy Jacobson walked away from the 9-5 in his 30's because he didn't like the script that everyone else was following. He'll tell us today how he used the tax code and aggressive planning to slash his tax bill and live the life he wants. Also, today we throw out the Haven Life line for the first time to Jonathan, who wonders about removing money from a Roth 401k plan. Also, we'll talk to Jamie Wise from Buzz Indexes about biotechnology and the election, share a headline about robo advisors, and more!

Special thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring our show. 

Check out our show notes here: Episode 404 Show Notes

Nov 4, 2016

People struggle to save so much...can science help people save more? Is there an approach that will help people finally develop better habits? We'll discuss financial education, automating saving and breaking the poverty cycle. It's a complex issue and I'm glad we're able to spend time talking about that, the future of banking, and also the Wells Fargo situation on today's show!

In our FinTech segment, we talk to Cindy Zu from Kavout, a company using machine learning to help investors better make investments. How does it work? How much does it cost? We'll ask her about all of that and more halfway through the show.

Today's show features an all-star guest roundtable line up. David Stein from Money for the Rest of Us podcast, Roger Whitney from the Retirement Answer Man podcast, and Katie Brewer from Your Richest Life Planning debate and discuss our three topics ripped from the popular press on today's show!

Thanks to  SoFi  and Magnify Money for sponsoring our podcast! Support the companies that support us and help yourself along the way.

Click here to access our show notes page.

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