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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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Apr 28, 2017

Griffin the Intern (AKA the Fintern) is rewinding to our time with Pete the Planner helping out on the roundtable. 

Here is the original show description: 

Today we handle a listener question asking, “What exchange traded fund should I buy?” Of course, OG has ideas….

Pete Dunn, AKA Pete the Planner, joins Greg and Len today to talk about high rent payments, rigged company reports and gourmet dog food. How do you make ends meet when 30 percent of your money has to go to your landlord? How do you pick stocks when company CFOs admit they’re “massaging” the numbers? How do you control your budget when your dog eats better food than you?

That’s not all, though. We answer your letters about bad 401k plans and purchasing exchange traded funds AND review the new hit film Mission Impossible.

 

This episode originally aired Aug 24, 2015. 

Apr 26, 2017

The Fintern brings another great episode today featuring Darrow Kirkpatrick giving plenty of advice on retirement. 

 

Here's the original description: 

 

Can you retire yet? Our friend Darrow Kirkpatrick not only can help you answer that question, but he’s coming down to the basement to share TESTED early retirement strategies, such as the role of annuities, setting up your investments, insurance decisions, surprises in retirement, and more.

AND because we’re kicking off a fresh eight weeks of shows, of course, there’s much more. We discuss the five most important years of your financial life, a new US Government measure of financial health AND the cost of the world’s largest yacht. Albert calls us on the Quotacy hotline to ask how he should switch careers toward becoming a financial advisor and Jason writes us about Roth IRAs.

We have all of that AND still more on today’s podcast!

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

 

This episode originally aired on Jun 6, 2016. 

 

Apr 24, 2017

Today, the FinTern rewinds to one of our favorites episode when Farnoosh Torabi visited the basement to answer your letters. She answered far better than we could have without her.  

Here's the original show description: We try to stump the amazing Farnoosh Torabi of So Money podcast fame with your letters….but she’s too amazing and answers FOUR of them with little help from us. Should you start a house flipping business with friends? What assumptions should you make in a financial plan? How do you fast forward podcasts?

We also talk about the MOST SHOCKING way to get rich….you’ll have to hear it to believe it….AND PK tackles the most expensive years you’ll have during your lifetime. Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney for sponsoring our podcast!

This episode originally aired Jun 24, 2015.

Apr 21, 2017

Why are people struggling to make ends meet? Our roundtable gang today (joined by author of the new book Broke Millennial) kicks off the fun by examining why (according to a recent Washington Post piece), some families just can't seem to save. We'll then dive into worry....and the ways to stop worrying and start saving!

Like every roundtable....we won't dwell on a single topic long, so next up on our Friday FinTech segment, we'll talk to Brett Crosby, who'll introduce us to PeerStreet, a new platform for investing in real estate.

We'll then end the episode by talking about weird jobs. Trust me...if you've listened to the show for any length of time, you'll be surprised by a few revelations on today's show.

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

Apr 19, 2017

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, networking, 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.

Huge thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins!

Apr 17, 2017

Struggling to earn enough to stay afloat? Some of our past guests have shared pointed tips to put more cash in your pocket. Today's different because Jen Sincero talks with us about changing the discussion between your ears. We'll tackle how to get out of your own way so you can become a money making machine. Her new book is called You Are A Badass at Making Money, and she joins us in the basement to help you start moving toward more fruitful self-talk.

In our headlines segment, Mark Steber from Jackson Hewitt joins us to talk last-minute tax day tips. He'll share some of the biggest mistakes they see, plus some timely tips if you think you won't get your taxes finished in time for tomorrow's deadline.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Hannah, who's worried about how best to invest her health savings account. We answer a letter from  Bobby about investing and pensions. Doug provides some vacation-related trivia, and more!

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.

Apr 14, 2017

Which stats are the most important to track? Our roundtable this week focuses in on just one stat....and an article that says it's the most powerful statistic of all for your pocketbook.

On the Freshbooks FinTech segment we talk about the recent issues at Digit. The popular savings app recently went from the fantastic price of "free" to $2.99 per month. There was huge fallout on the internet....over $2.99 per month. Is this an overreaction? What happens when apps pivot? We ask three industry insiders for their point of view, and boy do they bring it. Shane Steele from Chime, Mike Lentz from TipYourself, and Brad Lawler from the Draft app give us their perspective. 

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

Apr 12, 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.

Apr 10, 2017

Erin Loechner personally was tired of the rat race, so she chose to walk a different path. ON today's show, Erin shares how she contemplates every aspect of her life....from career decisions to spirituality, eating at home to mortality. We earn and spend money to support a lifestyle, and Erin explains how she's chasing a different one than most.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Adam, who asks about HSAs. We'll also answer a letter from Sarah, who wonders if she's taking too much risk with her investments.

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.

Apr 10, 2017

Erin Loechner personally was tired of the rat race, so she chose to walk a different path. ON today's show, Erin shares how she contemplates every aspect of her life....from career decisions to spirituality, eating at home to mortality. We earn and spend money to support a lifestyle, and Erin explains how she's chasing a different one than most.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Adam, who asks about HSAs. We'll also answer a letter from Sarah, who wonders if she's taking too much risk with her investments.

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.

Apr 7, 2017

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.

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

Apr 5, 2017

Collectively, we aren't very good at the money talk. Either we talk down to people, fumble opportunities, or just mangle the topic. Today Marcy Keckler, VP of Financial Strategy for Ameriprise Financial heads down to the basement to cover all things communication and money. We'll discuss spouses/partners/significant others, spend a few moments on techniques to use with children, and then tackle the tough one, aging parents or adult kids.

In our headline segment two companies were scammed online and send LOTS of Benjamins to a crook. We'll explain how that happened and circle around to some tips about how you can protect your identity. Then our social media expert, Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index (Ticker: BUZ) joins us with social media news about market sentiments overall, and about specific companies like Tesla and Verizon.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Sasha, who's worried about college. Are prices going to increase and how do parents protect children from the monster cost of an education? We'll also answer a letter from Collin, and also save time for Doug's trivia.

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

Apr 3, 2017

Monday is the best day of the week to answer mail, and MAN do we have some great ones today. Bill asks us about the correlation between expenses and wealth, Brian wonders whether maxing out his HSA or 401k makes more sense, and Kevin hits us up for an answer about the Vanguard college savings plan. With a little luck, we even might have answered one or two correctly! Plus, on the Haven Life line, we answer a question from Ray about 529 plans. He asks about penalties inside these plans.

But that's not all....in our headline segment we're joined by Greg Johnson from Club Thrifty. Are funeral directors ripping families off? He'll answer a question we found in a recent New York Times article. Of course, we'll talk about being financially faithful, about OG's five iron, Doug's air bath, and more.

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

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