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Motley Fool Answers Podcast by Alison Southwick

Motley Fool Answers Podcast

by Alison Southwick

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If you have big questions about your capital and investment strategy, the folks at Motley Fool have produced a quick Q&A podcast to help you find solid financial footing. Hosted by the witty Alison Southwick alongside money expert Robert Brokamp (“Bro”), each episode addresses the latest round of listener-based topics surrounding personal finance, market trends, retirement saving, and more. Southwick and Brokamp offer balanced advice that challenges conventional wisdom while at the same time providing no-nonsense planning for an ever-changing marketplace. This podcast is recommended for fans of Suze Orman and NPR’s Marketplace.


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Court is in Session: Judge Bro Residing


Tue, Apr 25, 2017


We’re going to bring forth a judge’s ruling on some controversial cases in personal finance. Should you try to beat the market? Should you use your Roth IRA as an emergency fund? Should partners have separate financial accounts? Judge Bro brings the gavel down once and for all.



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Top Priorities and Common Pitfalls for Every Decade of Life


Tue, Apr 18, 2017


We’re visiting each decade of life from your 20’s into retirement and listing the priorities you should set and the most common mistakes to avoid. We’ll also answer your question about avoiding dividend stocks for tax reasons. Thanks to Warby Parker for supporting Motley Fool. Order your FREE Home Try-On's at http://www.warbyparker.com/fool



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How I Achieved an 814 Credit Score


Tue, Apr 11, 2017


We’re joined by a Motley Fool analyst who will share his story of how he went from a lousy credit score to a stellar one. We’ll also answer your question about when to tell if you’re over-concentrated in a sector and play a round of “Can I throw it out already?!”



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Invest like a Fool: Biotech Stocks


Tue, Apr 04, 2017


With help from the Industry Focus team, we’re going to do a deep dive into the Biotech sector, how to invest, stocks to watch, and more. We’ll also answer your question about brokerage diversification. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/fool.



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Motley Lessons of April Fool’s Pranks Past


Tue, Mar 28, 2017


An April Fool’s prank put The Motley Fool on the map more than 20 years ago and we’ve been celebrating the day ever since. Motley Fool Employee #3 joins us to talk about our history of joking around—and teaching investing lessons—on April 1. We’ll also answer your question about diversifying your IRA.



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Housing Mailbag Spectacular


Tue, Mar 21, 2017


We’ll answer your questions related to buying a home including setting priorities, investment properties, and more.

Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Listen to Audible's new original series: Ponzi Supernova. Details at audible.com/ponzi. Audible and Amazon Prime members listen free.



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The Ins and Outs of IPOs


Tue, Mar 14, 2017


In the wake of Snap’s initial public offering, we’ll discuss why companies decide to go public, how they do it, and whether individuals should consider investing in IPOs. We’ll also answer your question about where to invest mid-term money.



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Put Values-Based Investing to Work in Your Portfolio


Tue, Mar 07, 2017


We’re going to explore the growing trend of values-based investing including how to evaluate the environmental, social, and governance impact of publicly-traded companies. Not only does ESG investing help you sleep better at night, it can boost your returns. We'll also answer your question about when you should use a Roth rather than a 529 to pay for junior’s college tuition.



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The 2017 Loofie Awards


Tue, Feb 28, 2017


It’s the Second Annual Loofie Awards where we pause to reflect on the year in personal finance and investing. This year, we’re giving out awards including the Best ETF, Best Credit Card Rewards, and Best Performance in a Drama or Business Scandal. Thanks to Thumbtack for supporting Motley Fool. Hire local, skilled pros for just about anything at thumbtack.com today.



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How to Fight About Money


Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Couples and money expert Olivia Mellan joins us to talk about solving financial conflicts with your schmoopie. We’ll also answer your question about how to avoid common mistakes in the wake of a financial windfall and then predict our chances of divorce in a sort-of-not-at-all scientific way.



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Special Hugs With Warren Buffett


Tue, Feb 14, 2017


When it comes to investing advice, no one is sexier than Warren Buffett so we’re sharing some of our favorite Buffett quips that combine love and money. We’ll also answer the question you’re too afraid to ask about Dodd Frank…ummm, what is it, exactly?



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How Do You and Your Schmoopie Compare to the Average Couple?


Tue, Feb 07, 2017


We’ll dig up some interesting stats and surveys that reveal how most couples deal with money in their relationship. How do you and you schmoopie compare? Get your pen ready because we’ll also answer your question about Bro’s favorite retirement calculators.

Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30-day trial at audible.com/fool.



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Military Money


Tue, Jan 31, 2017


With the help of a letter from listener Sergeant Y and returning guest Douglas McCormick, we'll explore the personal finance challenges faced by those in the military. We'll also answer your question about whether or not to front-load your Roth IRA contributions.



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Be More Productive in 2017


Tue, Jan 24, 2017


Motley Fool Cofounder David Gardner joins us to share the tactics he has adopted to set priorities and become more productive. We’ll also answer your question about when to sell your best performing stocks and review some productivity apps.



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How to Keep Those Health Resolutions in 2017


Tue, Jan 17, 2017


Health and wealth are closely linked so this week we’re trying to help you keep your New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself (yes, we know you at least thought about it). We look at the science of motivation and incentives, the importance of an Accountabili-Bestie, and more. We’ll also answer your question about if maxing out your 401k and Roth contributions is enough to retire on and review some healthy habit apps.



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Science-Backed Hacks to Being Happier in 2017


Tue, Jan 10, 2017


This week we’re exploring the extensive science of happiness. We’ll suggest three small steps you can take to be happier in 2017 and review a few apps that promise to improve your mood. Bro will also answer your question about how to invest a lump sum when you fear a market downturn is imminent.



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A Lazy (and Smart!) Person’s Guide to a Wealthier 2017


Tue, Jan 03, 2017


We’re kicking off the New Year with a step-by-step guide to putting your budgeting and bill paying on autopilot so you’ll have more time to do the things you love in 2017. We’ll also review a couple apps to help you manage your money and explain which investments belong in your traditional retirement accounts, versus brokerage, versus Roth.



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Family Inc. – Manage your Family Finances Like a CFO


Tue, Dec 20, 2016


Douglas McCormick joins us to talk about his book, Family Inc., and the benefits of applying business principles to your own family finances. We’ll also answer your question about after-tax 401k contributions, share some listener feedback, and then exchange anniversary gifts (Warning: We get a little self-indulgent).



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Mailbag: Self-directed IRAs, 529s, Calculating Investing Returns and More


Tue, Dec 13, 2016


We tackle your questions including what to do with a lump sum of money, the complex world of self-directed IRAs, claiming Social Security benefits from an ex-spouse, analyzing a pension payout and much MUCH more. PS: Here’s that time-weighted returns excel spreadsheet Bro mentions: http://tinyurl.com/hd3f6rm



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The Science of Better Gift Giving


Tue, Dec 06, 2016


Impress your friends and family and make Santa jealous! We’ll cover five scientifically-proven ways to become the best gift giver on the block. Also, we answer a listener question about how to present a gift of stock and we ask a bajillion favors of you, our listeners.



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Eavesdropping: The Best of Boston Member Event


Tue, Nov 29, 2016


We’re sneaking you into the recent member event in Boston so you can hear the best bits that were delivered on stage. David Gardner shares investing advice worth embroidering on a pillow. Morgan Housel explains why you’re not too late to invest in the most disruptive trends of today and tomorrow. And Tom Gardner sits down with the cofounder of the Conscious Capitalism movement to discuss why responsible companies outperform. We also answer your very personal question about our personal finances.



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5 Ways to Maintain (and Not Gain) Over the Holidays


Tue, Nov 22, 2016


The Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer is back to share 5 tips for maintaining--and not gaining--weight over the holidays. Don’t worry, you can still have festive fun. We also answer your question about laddering bond funds and Bro makes a pricey wager.



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Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur


Tue, Nov 15, 2016


If you’re looking to make some extra money, starting a side job/venture/gig/hustle is all the rage these days. Kimberly Palmer joins us to talk about her book, “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life” and how to turn your passions and skills into additional income. We’ll also answer your question about making the most of a 403b and delve into the darkest corners of Etsy.



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How to Invest If ________ Wins the Election


Tue, Nov 08, 2016


Prognosticators have been working overtime to predict what will happen to the economy when Trump or Clinton win the election. If history has taught us anything, they’re probably wrong. Fool historian, Matt Trogdon, joins us to talk about the folly of letting an election impact your investing decisions. Also, we get the inside scoop from Disney World Cast Members on how to plan the best Disney vacation ever.



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That'll Happen the Day the Cubbies Win the World Series


Tue, Nov 01, 2016


You say the Chicago Cubs may finally win the World Series after a 108-year drought? Well, crazier things have happened! Especially in the world of finance. Motley Fool analyst Jim Royal joins us to talk about a few economic events that pundits and experts said would never happen…but did! Womp womp!



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The Witch of Wall Street


Tue, Oct 25, 2016


She’s been called the Witch of Wall Street, but also, more charitably, the Warren Buffett of her time. With the help of humorist/historian Therese Oneill (author of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners) we explore the bizarre life and peculiar habits of Hetty Green—the woman who defied Victorian-era conventions and made bajillions of dollars in the process. Thanks to Criquet for supporting this episode. Get 20% off your first purchase at criquetshirts.com/fool with the promo code “fool.”



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Bonus Episode: Building a Better Baby Boomer Portfolio


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


If you're one of the 75 million baby boomers who are planning to retire in the coming years, it's time to position your portfolio to defend against every possible economic onslaught. Ron Gross joins us for this bonus episode to talk about the benefits for soon-to-be-retirees — or anyone looking for a more conservative approach to investing — of becoming a Wealth Defender. For more Foolish guidance and free reports, go to http://defend.fool.com



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Decoding the Quarterly Earnings Report


Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Earnings season is upon us again when many publicly-traded companies can bury us in an avalanche of accounting mumbo-jumbo and excuses. What’s an individual investor to do? What should you believe? And what really matters? Motley Fool Advisor, Seth Jayson, joins us to unpack a typical earnings report and shares his approach to earnings season.



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Confessions of a Mutual Fund Manager


Tue, Oct 11, 2016


We covered some basics of mutual funds last week, but we needed more answers (see show name). We collared Fool Funds Chief Investment Officer, Bill Mann, brought him into the studio, and forced him to fess up about what’s really going on in the mutual fund world. We also answer your question about the benefits of creating your own benchmark.



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5 Things You Maybe Didn't [But Definitely Should] Know About Mutual Funds


Tue, Oct 04, 2016


Mutual Funds can seem as simple as a basket of puppies, but they are way more complex and much less cute. Robert Brokamp helps us get past the basics of mutual funds to understand the inner workings that can affect your bottom line. We’ll also answer your question about tax managed funds and meet some historically unreasonable people.



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How to Write a Letter Worth Millions of Dollars


Tue, Sep 27, 2016


When it comes to your history with money, you’ve made some smart decisions and a few mistakes. Sure, finance is personal, but don't keep it to yourself. Be a great example AND a horrible warning to your loved ones so they can benefit! Personal finance expert, Kimberly Palmer, joins us to talk about why you should write a letter to your kids or grandkids to share your money experiences. She’ll cover what to write and when to deliver it.

Thanks to Pearl Auto for supporting the Motley Fool. Go to http://pearlauto.com/fool to get FREE two-day shipping!



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Whatever Happened to the BRIC?


Tue, Sep 20, 2016


For more than 15 years, analysts have been predicting that Brazil, Russia, India, and China—aka the BRIC—were going to take off economically and these emerging markets were the place to be investing. So what happened? Do they really deserve a place in your portfolio or are there better options? Joe Magyer, Foolish Fan Favorite, gives us an update on the BRIC and shares his strategy for getting international exposure.



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Get on the Bus, We're Taking You to School


Tue, Sep 13, 2016


Summer is over and as the kiddos head back to class, so do we with bite-sized money lessons in History, Econ, Math, and English. We’ll dissect the Dutch Tulip Mania, learn about three key ratios, explore the origins of the word “portfolio,” and more. We’ll also answer your question about how to weigh rental properties in your portfolio.



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Mailbag Time! 401ks, Post-Retirement Sources of Money, So Many Insurance Questions!


Tue, Sep 06, 2016


Should you max out your 401k or invest in individual stocks? Does it make sense to pay off student debt with a 401k loan? How can you make your dwindling funds last post-retirement? Is long-term care insurance worth it? So many questions! We have so many answers thanks to special guests Joe Perna and Sean Gates, financial planners with Motley Fool Wealth.



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Putting the Fun in Hedge Funds


Tue, Aug 30, 2016


Hedge Funds! What are they? How do they work? Are they worth it? Ron Gross is our tour guide as we venture into the pricey, exclusive, and loosely-regulated world of Hedge Funds. We'll also answer your question about diversifying your portfolio if you only own 2 stocks.



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The GOATs of Investing, Part Two: Electric Boogaloo


Tue, Aug 23, 2016


Robert rounds out the list of the Greatest [Investors] Of All Time with four more inductees and three honorable mentions. We'll also answer your question about whether you should diversify your assets when it comes to who's managing your money.



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The GOATs of Investing - Part 1


Tue, Aug 16, 2016


Now that we all know the meaning of the acronym GOAT, we’re going to look at the Greatest [Investors] Of All Time. We'll introduce you to five of the most influential investors ever, as well as share their most notable quotable and peculiar quirks. We'll also answer your question about whether to cash out a pension in a lump sum and manage it yourself or let it ride.



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Which Countries Will Take Home the Medals?


Tue, Aug 09, 2016


In the spirit of competition, we will make medal predictions for which countries will be the leaders in tech, manufacturing, energy and more in the years to come. We’ll also answer your question about how much money you should have in the stock market and we’ll get an insider’s guide to Rio. Stick with us here. It’s a long episode, but we have a ton of fun.



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Never Sell Stocks


Tue, Aug 02, 2016


Jason Moser joins us to talk about how to identify the kind of stocks that you'll want to hold forever. A handful Motley Fool analysts will share their "never sell" stock and we'll answer your question about how to adjust your financial game plan when your income changes...dramatically.



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Millennials are the Worst, AMIRITE?! (Actually, No)


Tue, Jul 26, 2016


If you ask the Internet, Millennials are the worst generation ever. But is that really true? We’re going to dig into the research to find out if Millennials are just as entitled, lazy, and lousy with money as the prevailing opinion believes they are. We’re also going to answer a couple questions about required minimum distributions (fun!) and then have our very own battle of the generations between a Boomer, Gen X-er and Millennial.



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The Anti-Reading List


Tue, Jul 19, 2016


While everyone else is telling you what you should read this summer, we're giving you a list of what to avoid. Morgan Housel joins us to share his anti-reading list (okay...and a book recommendation too). We also ask fellow Fools what they are doing this summer instead of lounging by the pool with a good book and answer your question about how to smooth out market volatility in your portfolio.



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Credit Score Mailbagapalooza


Tue, Jul 12, 2016


We enlist the help of NerdWallet Investing Writer (and Answers Alum) Dayana Yochim to answer your pressing credit-related questions including which type of debt to pay down first, how to overcome a slip-up, and why you should get at least one credit card even if it's at Old Navy (just make sure you pay it off every month).



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Could You Benefit from a Little Financial Therapy?


Tue, Jul 05, 2016


Financial therapy is a growing trend in financial planning that helps reveal your deeply-held beliefs about money--particularly the beliefs that are holding you back from reaching your goals. We'll also answer your question with four questions that will determine whether or not to take an ownership stake in the company where you work. Also, Alison apologizes to the great state of New Hampshire.

 



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Where to Live If You Want to Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Foolish


Tue, Jun 28, 2016


We'll not-literally travel these great United States to discover the best place to live—from a Foolish perspective. We'll also answer your question about how to evaluate your investing prowess and ask the world what it really thinks of Americans. It's mostly good!



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Get Ready for the New Retirement


Tue, Jun 21, 2016


Retirement just ain't what it used to be. Stock market returns, fewer employer benefits, and even changes in life expectancy mean your retirement will be very different from your parents'. We will break down the challenges and opportunities and explain how to navigate them. We'll also answer your question about fundamental index funds and explore the storied success of animal stock-pickers.



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FoolFest - A Festival of Fools


Tue, Jun 14, 2016


We give you a sneak peak at FoolFest, a two day celebration of investing and Foolishness. We'll share speech highlights from Motley Fool Co-founder and CEO Tom Gardner, NY Times Bestselling Author Dan Pink, and Shareholder Advocate Nell Minow. We'll also answer your question about investing in gold.



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June Mailbag with Foolish Investor Ron Gross


Tue, Jun 07, 2016


With the help of Foolish Investor, Ron Gross, we'll answer your most pressing investing-related questions. What metrics matter when researching companies to invest in? What happens when a company repurchases shares? Why buy anything other than dividend-paying stocks? And more! Bonus: Ron defines discounted cash flow better than Bill Barker.



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The Robots Are Coming… For Your Money


Tue, May 31, 2016


The hottest trend in personal finance is the rise of so-called "robo advisors" like Betterment and Wealthfront who promise to manage your money for a low fee. Robo advisors can be a great option for many people, maybe even you. We’ll look at the industry, discuss the pros and cons, and talk about performance. Also, we’ll outline some ways to put your skills as an investor to work finding a great place to work.



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Ancient Secrets of Travel Hackers Revealed


Tue, May 24, 2016


We sit down with two accomplished travel hackers to learn how they maximize credit card points to get free travel around the world. International First Class? Yes, please! We’ll also answer a listener question about being the most tax efficient with your retirement accounts, and then test your tipping smarts.



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Journal Your Way to Investing Success


Tue, May 17, 2016


An investing journal is a great way to hold yourself accountable, understand your temperament, and squash your bad habits. You will not regret starting one. We promise. In this episode we'll talk about the why and how of keeping an investing journal, answer a listener question about borrowing from a rollover IRA, and try to convince you to give us gold Krugerrands and Shirley Temples.



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Where to Stash Your Pile of Cash for the Best Return


Tue, May 10, 2016


Whether you're saving up for an emergency fund, a mortgage down payment or college tuition, you might be sitting on a big pile of money and not sure where to put it. And with interest rates as low as they are—it's painful to see it just sit there earning nothing. We'll talk about a few options for where to stash your cash to get the most out of it—safely. We’ll also answer a listener's followup question about bonds and delve into some listener feedback.

Thanks to Audible for supporting this episode. Get a free 30 day trial at audible.com/fool.



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Dear Ladies: You Were Born to Be Awesome with Your Money


Tue, May 03, 2016


When women take the reins of their personal finances, it’s abeautiful, lucrative thing. We interview Jean Chatzky, bestsellingauthor and financial editor for NBC's Today Show, about women andmoney. Jean will also answer a few of your questions and we’ll hearsome solid mom-life advice from a few Fools.



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What Would Warren Buffett Do?


Tue, Apr 26, 2016


With the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting this weekend, we're going to play a few rounds of "What Would Warren Buffett Do" with the help of a couple Motley Fool Analysts. We'll also answer your question about the right number of stocks to own. And before we’re done, we'll learn a few money lessons from the other Buffett...Jimmy Buffett.



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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bonds


Tue, Apr 19, 2016


In this episode, we’ll talk about the benefits and basics of bonds. Even better, we enlist the help of the original man-behind-the-glass, Steve Broido, to hear how bonds fit into his portfolio.



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Take Steps Now to Make Your Taxes Less Brutal Next Year


Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Your Future Self will say “Thanks, Past Self!” after you follow advice from Megan Brinsfield (aka Taxy Pants) to ease the pain of doing your taxes next time around. We’ll also talk about the super duper ultra back door Roth IRA and play a rousing game of Flummox the Fools.



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3 Peculiar Traits of Wealthy People


Tue, Apr 05, 2016


Morgan Housel joins us to talk about 3 common (and peculiar) traits that wealthy people tend to share. We’ll also answer your question about the benefits of keeping real estate in a self-directed IRA and explore the urban legend of eschewing a retirement home for a cruise ship.



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Find Out Why You REALLY Do What You Do With Your Money


Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Every time you take an action with your money—whether it’s buying stuff or investing in stocks—you’re making a statement about your values and getting an emotional kickback. And you thought you were just buying a car to get you places. Not so! We’ll help you psychoanalyze the actions you take with your money and if you’re letting your emotions undermine your underlying goals. We’ll also answer a listener question on how to figure out when it’s worth it to go back to school.



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Give Your Finances a Good Spring Cleaning


Tue, Mar 22, 2016


Spring is here and what could be more fun than playing hooky from work and spending the day cleaning up your finances? We’re being serious here. We’ll discuss the benefits of having a Financial Health Day and give you our best tips for making it count. We’ll also answer your question about finding the right savings rate before we head to Myrtle Beach (in our minds) and celebrate spring break. SPRING BREAK!



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Finding Your Very Own Pot O’ Goals


Tue, Mar 15, 2016


Catching Leprechauns is hard. Luckily, you can still find that pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow by being strategic about setting and achieving your financial goals. We’ll also answer a wee lad’s question about getting started investing and share some money lessons best served with a pint of Guinness.



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Bonus Episode: March Mailbag


Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Why bonds are riskier than you think. Should you use limit orders to sell stocks? Sell your house or get a roommate? Pay off the mortgage or save for a college tuition tsunami? A checklist for a June Bride on combining finances and more.



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5 Ways You Could Be Wrecking Your Retirement


Tue, Mar 08, 2016


There are countless ways you could destroy your retirement savings (investing in Orange Juice Futures and Pokemon cards comes to mind), but we’re only going to focus on 5 common mistakes that even you could be guilty of committing. We’ll also answer your question about comparing market index funds and share the results of our listener survey.



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Cutting the Cable Cord in 5 Easy Steps


Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Alison is the expert this week as she tries to convince Robert to cancel his cable subscription. We’ll give you a 5 step plan to cutting the cord, including tips and tricks to keep watching your favorite shows and events.

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It’s the Loofie Awards! Celebrating the Best in Personal Finance


Tue, Feb 23, 2016


Welcome to our first annual awards show! We're naming the best mutual funds, credit cards, online brokers and more with the help of Nerd Wallet.

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America Versus The World


Tue, Feb 16, 2016


We’re going on a round the world journey to see what it’s like to be an investor living in countries that aren’t the U.S. We'll compare fees, investing options, and awareness with the head of The Motley Fool's international outposts, Brian Richards. Robert runs down the list of the 3 kinds of insurance you need (yes, only 3) and then we take a look at the personal finance indiscretions of Presidents past.



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5 Financial Rules of Thumb (and the Exceptions)


Tue, Feb 09, 2016


We’ll cover some of the most useful rules of thumb to estimate if you’re on track in your net worth, retirement savings, emergency fund and more. Bonus rules for how much you should spend on a house and car. Robert also explains the danger of shorting stocks and we’ll help you get lucky in love this Valentine’s Day with a few money pickup lines.



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Your Super-Savvy Investing Questions Answered


Tue, Feb 02, 2016


We answer listener questions about investing including tax-loss harvesting, buying stocks on margin, and the very important difference between the price and value of a company’s stock. Then we’ll Tiptoe Through the Tooltips with Bro and 3 sites to help you quickly estimate your tax bill (or refund!) this year.



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7 Simple Steps for Millennials (Or Anyone, Really) to Get Your Finances On Fleek


Tue, Jan 26, 2016


On Fleek? Do the kids still say that? Johnnie Weathersby, Gentleman about town, joins us to share his step-by-step guide to money like an adult. We’ll also tackle the right and wrong way to measure your investing success.



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BONUS: Full interview with Motley Fool Co-Founder, David Gardner


Tue, Jan 19, 2016


Our interview with Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner ran a little long so we had to edit it down to fit the show. But, dear listeners, we didn't want to deprive you of his fabulously futuristic insights. So here's the whole shebang, including how sheer laziness can be one of your best investing traits.



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How to Profit from the Impending Robot Uprising


Tue, Jan 19, 2016


If anyone knows what the future looks like at The Motley Fool, it’s our co-founder David Gardner. He joins us to talk about which tech trends he has his eye on, as well as how to find—and invest in—the companies that are driving the future. We’ll also answer a listener question about when to consider a Roth 401k and then meet this week’s Money Morons.



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Yes, Grumpypants, You Can Retire Without the Lottery


Tue, Jan 12, 2016


We play Pollyanna to all the negative voices in your head that tell you you'll never have enough money to retire (Yes, even if you don't have a big salary or are getting a late start). We also ask some of our favorite financial advisors for their #1 best way to be better with money in 2016.



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Your Chances for Financial Success, Predicted by 3 Questions


Tue, Jan 05, 2016


It turns out that correctly answering three little questions can predict how financially successful you'll be in life. Sadly most people can't ace the test (but we're confident you can!). We also sit down Tess Vigeland to talk about taking the leap to find happiness in your career and Robert delivers an update on his good habit challenge.



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Mailbag: Gaining lost ground on retirement, the right number of stocks to own, and more.


Tue, Dec 22, 2015


Some send letters to Santa, you send letters to us! So let’s close out the year by digging into our mailbag. We’ll talk about whether you should take matters into your own hands to get better investing returns, the tax implications of dividends, and what’s the right number of stocks to own if you’re just starting out.



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A Non-Boring Guide to Understanding the Federal Reserve


Tue, Dec 15, 2015


Everyone’s eyes are on The Federal Reserve this week as its Board of Governors meets to discuss hiking interest rates in the US for the first time since 2006. We’ll help you be the smartest person in the room (assuming Janet Yellen's not there) when it comes to understanding the Federal Reserve and how we all should feel about a rate hike.



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5 Weird Ways to Spend Less This Holiday Season


Tue, Dec 08, 2015


We asked and you responded! We'll share our listeners' best tips and hacks for managing money. We're also going to cover 5 bizarre (but scientifically proven!) ways to spend less when you're shopping over the Holidays—or whenever.



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2015 Holiday Gift Guide - With Something for Everyone


Tue, Dec 01, 2015


Here are our best ideas to help you tackle your holiday gift list. There's something for every budget and every age to help you help the ones you love be better with money. We also reveal the secret to giving memorable presents that really matter.



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6 Reasons We’re Living in the Greatest Period in World History


Tue, Nov 24, 2015


While some people like to harp about the good old days, the truth is that this is an amazing time to be alive. Quite possibly the best ever. So we should all take a moment to ponder depressing historical statistics and be thankful for what we've got.



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Awkward (but Crucial) Conversations for Your Holidays


Tue, Nov 17, 2015


What’s more brutal than talking to your family about politics, sex and religion over the Holidays? Money! It’s not easy, but a few frank and honest conversations with your family members can result in a joyous New Year (and beyond). We'll explain what you should tackle and how to broach the subject of retirement and estate planning with your family members.



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Practical Hacks for Building Better Money Habits


Tue, Nov 10, 2015


Everyone has at least one bad money habit that leads them to spend too much or save too little. In this show, we’re going to share some practical tips and tricks to help you break the bad money habits and replace them with better ones. We’ll also get some decent love advice from the Federal Reserve.



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How to Find the Financial Advisor of Your Dreams


Wed, Nov 04, 2015


We break out the polyester pants and the double entendres to play the Financial Advisor dating game. We’ll give you the questions to ask and the red flags to look out for when enlisting help managing your money. We also look at the pros and cons of 401k loans and avoid saying the word leakage.



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Stock Market Superstitions: Invest…IF YOU DARE


Tue, Oct 27, 2015


We investigate some of the most infamous stock market superstitions with Morgan Housel and taste test the best goodies pumpkin spice season has to offer. It’s a very Halloween episode of Motley Fool Answers and [spoiler] it’s going to get weird.



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Two Fools Debate: Mortgage versus investing, annuities, and when to take Social Security


Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Should you pay down your mortgage or invest the money? Are annuities good or bad? Collect Social Security ASAP or wait? We debate the merits of both sides of common money conundrums. Also, we head to the mailbag for your questions on managing your 401k yourself, owning your company’s stock, if it’s ever too late to open a Roth, and more.



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Secrets from the Diary Of a Financial Advisor


Tue, Oct 13, 2015


We found the diary of a financial advisor and brought him on the show to talk about the surprising things he’s learned throughout his career. Also, is being frugal in your DNA and can a family of four really live off of $14K a year?



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Preferred Stock, MLPs, and Two Dividends to Watch


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Mailbag time! James Early is back to answer your burning questions about swanky-sounding preferred stocks, the pains of loving MLPs and how to convert your portfolio to a dividend producing machine.



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5 Stupid Things People in Finance Say All the Time


Tue, Sep 29, 2015


Financial pundits and talking heads often say dumb stuff on CNBC or in the Wall Street Journal. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, joins us to call out some of the worst offenses. We’ll also tell you about a couple financial experts you SHOULD listen to and Robert defends arguably the worst financial advice ever for 20 year olds.



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International Investing Made Easy


Tue, Sep 22, 2015


Fool Funds Chief Investment Officer Bill Mann challenges some of the common misconceptions held by Americans about investing overseas. He also shares the lessons he learned as a Siberian underwear purveyor.



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3 Tips to Get Your Kids Investing


Wed, Sep 16, 2015


We offer a few rules of thumb for getting kids excited about investing and explore the options for setting up their brokerage accounts.



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How to Pay for College Without Getting Eaten by a Dragon


Tue, Sep 08, 2015


We read a choose your own adventure tale on how to save for college, introduce Robert to the world of LARPing, and answer your questions about the Backdoor Roth.



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How to Survive a Bear [Market] Attack


Tue, Sep 01, 2015


You might as well embrace the bear, because it’s a part of investing you can’t escape. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, is back to explain the history of bear markets and your best course of action when the stock market tanks. Also, what to do when your 401k options stink and Robert explains why not all annuities are created equally.



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5 Ways Your Brain is Sabotaging Your Money


Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Biases prevent all of us—yes, even you—from managing money intelligently. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, joins us to talk five common biases and how you can reduce the damage they inflict on your finances. Also, Robert answers your questions about how to break up with your underperforming mutual fund.



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Mailbag: Real Estate Edition


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Beginner advice for investing in real estate, vacation home considerations, buying versus renting, and much more. Experts from around The Motley Fool answer your questions about all things real estate related.



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Money Mistakes of the Rich and Famous


Tue, Aug 11, 2015


We highlight a multitude of celebrity money sins so that us little people can learn from their mistakes. Death, taxes, and all that other fun stuff.



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3 Rule-Breaking Stocks to Watch


Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner reveals his strategies for picking market-pummeling stocks (not an exaggeration) and three companies he likes and owns. Plus, it’s time for a mid-year financial review and more.



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Getting Started with David Gardner


Tue, Jul 28, 2015


David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, on his investing philosophy, how he got started, and the etymology of the word “investor.” Plus Dayana’s update on her Comcast bill and why a Harvard economics professor says investing is really, really hard, even for him.



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Mailbag! Your 911 Fund, IRA Rollover Advice and Missing Wills


Tue, Jul 21, 2015


The bottom line on your emergency fund, an investment that puts your eggs in many baskets, how to find out if someone dearly departed has left you any money, and more of your pressing money questions answered.



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3 Small Steps For a Healthier, Wealthier Life


Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Better health equals higher wealth. It’s a scientific fact! We discuss three simple changes you can make every day to be healthier and wealthier. Also, Fools share their favorite travel websites and Robert endorses a creative hack for building better habits.



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Dividends: Next Level Stuff


Tue, Jul 07, 2015


Dividends analyst James Early is back to explain four dividend investing strategies and gives his best advice if you’re just starting out. Also, Robert reports back on his online grocery price comparison—did Amazon beat out Costco, Target, and Giant? Listen and find out.



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Dividends Are Awesome: Get some!


Tue, Jun 30, 2015


Companies that pay dividends tend to outperform the rest, making them a great addition to your portfolio. Foolish dividends analyst, James Early, discusses the basics of dividends and reveals four of his favorite dividend payers right now. We also discuss the best day to shop at Whole Foods and Robert reveals some very naughty financial advisors.



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Where to Find $300,000


Tue, Jun 23, 2015


We’ll show you how to use the aggregation of marginal gains to create serious money for retirement. Also, our summer reading list and the cost of a Sex Pistols credit card (high fees is punk, right?).



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How to Ask For a Raise


Tue, Jun 16, 2015


Advice from the guy who signs our paychecks on how to successfully negotiate a raise. Also, the morality of defaulting on student loans and a free financial life planning website we like.



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How to Negotiate Like a Pro


Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Slash your cable bill and other service costs with tips from Motley Fool CFO and master negotiator Ollen Douglass. Plus, answers to your money etiquette question about splitting the restaurant tab, and which company has the worst customer service in America.



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