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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.
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Dec 26, 2017

Tax reform! It’s happening! Bro explains what changes are in store and the steps you can take to maximize your benefit.

Dec 19, 2017

Cozy up, kids, it's story time with Uncle Bro and Auntie Alison! We'll check in on everyone's favorite reindeer and then cross the Pacific for a delicious tradition from Alison's happy place. And speaking of traditions, Bro will share some of the best holiday traditions that you sent our way. All that and presents, on this week's Answers.

Dec 12, 2017

Alison is back with five more ways that retailers and marketers try to get you to spend ALL the money around the Holidays. We’ll also answer your question about term versus whole life insurance before we revisit Bro’s Holiday tradition of asking listeners to share their family Holiday tradition. 

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Dec 5, 2017

Whether you’re shopping online or throwing elbows at the mall, retailers are trying tap into your most primal instincts to get you to spend, spend, spend this (and every) Holiday Season. We’ll talk about some of the most ubiquitous, and effective, marketing tactics so you can spot them out in the wild.

Nov 28, 2017

Start your New Year’s resolutions planning now with the help of Gretchen Rubin, the author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and The Four Tendencies. She recently sat down with Alison at Fool HQ to discuss how to motivate others, how to acquire better habits, and how to use the threat of embarrassing pictures on Facebook to get stuff done.

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Nov 21, 2017

Everywhere we turn people are talking about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Maybe it’s because Bitcoin has increased in value by over 400% this year alone. So what is a cryptocurrency anyway? How does it work? And are we missing the boat by not investing it in?

Nov 14, 2017

We’re back with 5 more reasons to break up with an investment thanks to the help of Motley Fool Analyst Jason Moser. We’ll also answer your question about selling stocks to buy a new house and learn 3 money lessons from Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting the show.

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Nov 7, 2017

Now with 1000% more pumpkin spice! Cozy up with our all-mailbag episode and Ross Anderson from Motley Fool Wealth Management. We’ll cover transferring a Coverdell, consolidating 401(k)s, timing the market, living off dividends and more. Also, Alison asks for travel advice…again (because the first time was so successful!).

Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! You’re going to die! If you want to avoid putting your loved ones into a living hell of legal nightmares, heed the warnings of seven estate planning horror stories. We’ll also answer your question about directing employer and personal 401(k) contributions into specific accounts.

Oct 24, 2017

In our fourth and final episode on market crashes, we’re visiting The Great Recession with Morgan Housel, Partner at the Collaborative Fund. We’ll also answer your question about balancing stocks and index fund exposure.

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Oct 17, 2017

Nerd is the new black (or really, green) in part 3 of our series on market crashes. Hundreds of dotcoms enter the Thunderdome that is the Information Age, only a handful survive. Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund joins us.

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Oct 10, 2017

We’re making two stops in the latest in our series on market crashes with the help of Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund. We’ll start in the 70s during the energy crisis and then hop back into our DeLorean and head to Black Monday. We’ll also answer your question about whether a kid’s retirement account will impact financial aid. Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at slack.com.

Oct 3, 2017

This October we’re kicking off a four-part series on market crashes with the help of Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund. First Stop: The Great Depression. What made it so great, anyway? We’ll also answer your question about a bucket-method for managing your portfolio.
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Sep 26, 2017

Bro interviews the authors of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty—which reveals the surprising results of a year-long study of the money habits of 235 American households. We’ll also answer your question about investing your emergency fund in a municipal bond fund.

Sep 19, 2017

Sometimes you’re put in a position where you have to sell stocks—and breaking up can be hard. We’re going to talk about five reasons to sell stock and how to figure out which stocks to sell. We’ll also answer your question about trusts and hear some heartbreaking stock breakup stories from Foolish Analysts.

Sep 12, 2017

Beth Kobliner, the author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not), joins us to talk about ways to get your kids to save more money, no matter how old they are. We’ll also answer your question about the nitty gritty of determining your savings rate for retirement, and share the stories of our favorite kid entrepreneurs.

Sep 5, 2017

More than 20 years ago The Motley Fool Investment Guide helped launch a revolution by demystifying Wall Street and empowering millions of people to start investing. The newly revised and updated 3rd edition of the book hits stores today and to help celebrate Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner joins us to share some of The Fool’s most timeless investing lessons. Get a copy of the book at book.fool.com.

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Aug 29, 2017

Nathan Hamilton is back with ways you can fix your finances that don't involve cutting back on your spending. We'll also answer your question about what to do with leftover 529 money and visit the town of secret Coca-cola millionaires.

Aug 22, 2017

Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund is back to discuss five ways businesses and investors can have a sustainable competitive advantage over the competition. We’ll also answer your question about why stocks get crushed even when they beat earnings expectations and take a pop quiz in famous failures.

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Aug 15, 2017

We are amid the second longest bull market in history—but we all know that it won’t last and a pullback is coming. But when? And how should you prepare? We’ll also answer your question about selling off stocks you’ve let get dusty, and consult the omens for how to invest for the solar eclipse.

Aug 8, 2017

What’s on the mind of the kids these days? Turns out, probably the same stuff as you. We’ll answer questions submitted by The Motley Fool’s summer interns such as: How to prioritize saving for a retirement versus a house. Are high fee credit cards worth it? And what’s the best strategy around tax-loss harvesting?

Aug 1, 2017

Hear some of the highlights from FoolFest, our annual event dedicated to investing Foolishly, including lessons in embracing failure from Texas Roadhouse Founder and CEO, a fascinating inside look at Bernie Madoff with The Wizard of Lies author Diana Henriques, and learn the valuable investing lesson from the fraudulent brokerage firm that never made a trade.

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Jul 25, 2017

The fifth and final installment of our deep dive into market sectors goes head first into Energy with Industry Focus’ Taylor Muckerman. We’ll also answer your question about currency fluctuations and look at developments in VERY-alternative energy sources.

Jul 18, 2017

Our culture, gender or even where we were raised can have a huge impact on how we talk about money (or anything, for that matter). In this week’s episode, Dr. Deborah Tannen, a superhero in the world of linguistics, joins us to explain the various styles in communication and how we can better understand each other. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/fool And thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at slack.com

Jul 11, 2017

Judge Bro is bringing down the gavel on cases involving Social Security, buying a home, the Latte Effect, and more. We’ll also answer your question about what to do if your company’s 401k options are lousy and estimate how much those monthly expenses add up in retirement.

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