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Nov 24, 2020

With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Management financial planner Ross Anderson, we’ll answer your questions about tax loss harvesting, life insurance, bond funds, and so much more.

Nov 17, 2020

What's so good about consumer goods? Emily Flippen joins us from the Motley Fool Industry Focus podcast to talk about the companies that sell us the stuff.

Nov 10, 2020

Bro explains why many people who choose a traditional retirement account would be better off with a Roth.

Nov 3, 2020

Dr. Megan McCoy joins us to discuss the feelings behind our finances. And the father of the “4% rule” suggests the number could be higher.

Oct 27, 2020

Motley Fool Analyst Jim Mueller joins us to answer your questions about calculating portfolio returns, why bother with cash or bonds, whether you should take defensive action because of the election, and much more. And if your kid is obsessed with retirement, find out how they could be on TV!

Oct 20, 2020

The S&P 500 has trounced smaller, cheaper, and non-U.S. stocks over the past several years. Is this just a typical cycle, or will the trend continue? Senior Advisor Bill Mann joins us to explain what’s happening and what to do.

Oct 13, 2020

How to maximize the returns from your 401k as well as evaluate your options and lobby for a better plan at your workplace.

Oct 6, 2020

Abi Malin, analyst with The Motley Fool’s Discovery: IPO Trailblazers service, joins us to explain the IPO process and talk about recent and upcoming IPOs to watch.

Sep 29, 2020

Megan Brinsfield from Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to talk about Incentive Stock Options, HSAs versus FSAs, tax benefits for working from home, and more.

Sep 22, 2020

We’re joined by Dr. Rakesh Kochhar from the Pew Research Center to help us understand how the unemployment rate is calculated, how to dig into the numbers of the monthly Jobs Report, and the impact of COVID-19 on workers in the US.

Sep 15, 2020

Richard Johnson of the Urban Institute discusses the likelihood that workers over the age of 50 will experience a career disruption, and how to increase the chances that you can work well into your 60s.

Sep 8, 2020

Bankrate’s Jeff Ostrowski joins us to discuss how residential real estate has fared during the pandemic, the challenges of refinancing, housing affordability, and more.

Sep 1, 2020

Bola Sokunbi, CEO and Founder of Clever Girl Finance, talks about growing up in Nigeria, saving more than $100,000 in three years on a mid-level salary in NYC, and starting her own business after being spurned by investors and banks.

Aug 25, 2020

We'll answer your questions about the backdoor Roth, "investing" in insurance, Risk Parity ETFs, selling stocks to pay off your mortgage, and much more.

Aug 18, 2020

Financial Planning Fool Amanda Kish is back to discuss what you should do to be a successful investor.

Aug 11, 2020

Financial Planning Fool Amanda Kish joins us to discuss the things you should not do if you want to be a successful investor.

Aug 4, 2020

Tiffany Aliche explains how she went from being unemployed and in debt, to founding a multimillion-dollar business – all while providing life-changing financial education.

Jul 28, 2020

Jason Moser joins us to answer your questions about trimming your winners, muni bond taxes, a War on Amazon basket of stocks, modern portfolio theory, and more.

Jul 21, 2020

Dan Kline joins us to talk about the recent Twitter hack, TikTok privacy concerns, and scams amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 14, 2020

Fool.com contributor, Brian Feroldi, joins us on how to teach kids of all ages about money and investing including conversation starters, key concepts, and more.

Jul 7, 2020

Bro explains why retirement planning will become even more challenging. And Alison reveals three lessons related the unveiling of the Fool’s new logo, including one from the best-performing stock of the past 25 years.

Jun 30, 2020

Ross Anderson of Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to answer your questions of rollovers, RMDs, Roths, REITs, and things that don’t begin with R (such as the value of hiring a financial advisor).

Jun 23, 2020

Millions of people are opening their first brokerage account and giving day trading a try on sites like Robinhood. Motley Fool Contributing Analyst Matt Frankel joins us to talk about why now, how this will likely end, and whether it’s actually a good thing.

Jun 16, 2020

We’re joined by Motley Fool analyst Alyce Lomax to discuss how to evaluate companies based on their dedication to environmental, social, and corporate governance best practices.

Jun 9, 2020

Dr. Trevon Logan, from the Department of Economics at The Ohio State University, joins us to talk about reasons behind the wealth gap between black and white families in America.

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