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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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Jul 5, 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.

 

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!

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.

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.

Jun 7, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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May 3, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 5, 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Mar 8, 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.

Mar 1, 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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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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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.

Feb 9, 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.

Feb 2, 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.

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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