Info

Motley Fool Answers

Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. Send your questions to answers@fool.com.
RSS Feed
2019
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2018
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2014
December


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: 2015
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.

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.

Dec 8, 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.

Dec 1, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov 4, 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.

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.

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.

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?

Oct 6, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sep 8, 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.

Sep 1, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Aug 4, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Jul 7, 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.

1 2 3 Next »