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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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Now displaying: Page 11
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.

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.

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?).

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.

Jun 9, 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.

Jun 2, 2015

In most cases, it's not a good idea. But there are some situations when it's okay to dip into your retirement savings before it's time. Plus, how to vet a charity and the correct spelling of "promissory."

May 26, 2015

We discuss "wife bonuses" (yeah, it's a thing), how to get your credit score for free, and three steps to help divorce-proof your finances.

May 19, 2015

Tips on how to bring up this sensitive topic, a checklist of things to cover, and a rundown of red flags that may indicate your parent or elderly relative is being scammed.

May 12, 2015

Money tips, job hunting advice, life lessons, and why ages 26 and 32 are markers of true adulthood. Plus we share the major regrets from our youths so that you don’t end up like us.

May 5, 2015

Is the system going to run out of money? Should people apply for benefits as soon as they can? We tackle some of the biggest myths and give tips on how to get the most out of what you put into it.

Apr 28, 2015

We’ll help you figure out if you’re behind on retirement savings and give you six steps to get yourself back on track. Plus we get Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg to dish about will power, forming good habits, and his book, The Power of Habit: Why We What We Do In Life and Business.

Apr 21, 2015

Advice on allowance, dealing with the "I wants," tools to help instill values, and how to answer uncomfortable questions like, "Why don't we have [showy item the neighbors own]?" from New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, author of "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money."

Apr 14, 2015

Are you ready? (We have a checklist.) Which broker should you use? What companies should you buy? When should you pull the trigger? How many shares? What about selling? Listen up and check out our new Guide to Investing for Beginners.

Apr 7, 2015

We drop some truth bombs on the most oft-repeated lies about money. Plus Carl Richards, the New York Times "sketch guy" columnist, reveals the juiciest parts of his brand new book, The One-Page Financial Plan (actual size: 211 pages).

Mar 31, 2015

Have you ever received a "clarification letter" from the IRS? Uh oh. Our on-call CPA Megan Brinsfield shows us how to steer clear of the IRS's scrutiny while we fess up to our own audit near-misses. Plus, a review of wacky excuses people use to get out of paying taxes.

Mar 24, 2015

Do you have a Type A personality? Are you a generous person? Are you on the road to wealth? What kind of investor are you? Special guest CPA Megan Brinsfield reveals about what your tax return says about you. Plus, we play a rousing game of "Is It Deductible?!"

Mar 17, 2015

Sticking it out for just a few more years can pay huge financial and personal dividends.

Mar 10, 2015

Celebrating 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway's annual letters, we share 10 Warren Buffett quotes to help you invest as successfully* as the Oracle of Omaha. (*Your mileage may vary. But we promise it'll improve.)

Mar 3, 2015

Advice to help you rock your retirement accounts. Plus we clear up common mistakes and misconceptions so that you don't hit any sour notes.

Feb 24, 2015

See how you stack up as we peek into the wallets, bank accounts, credit card bills and brokerage statements of Average Joe and Jane Q. Public. Also, we chat with Econ Talk's Russ Roberts.

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