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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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May 30, 2017

Industry Focus host and Fool.com editor Vince Shen joins us to explain which reports of death in the consumer goods sector are greatly exaggerated. We’ll also answer your question about how to decide if you should manage your own portfolio in retirement or leave it to a professional.

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May 23, 2017

Women often face headwinds that prevent them from earning, saving, and investing for retirement. We’ll identify the challenges and discuss ways we can all help the women we love have a fret-free retirement. We’ll also taste test some Oreos with MarketFoolery’s Chris Hill and Jason Moser. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting The Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/fool.

May 16, 2017

Morgan Housel—former Fool and Forever Friend—is back to share some of the most dangerous terms financial pundits and experts use all the time. We’ll also answer your question about how to buy stocks in a college savings account and play a rousing game of “Johnny Depp payed how much for what?!” Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool Answers. Learn more at slack.com.

May 9, 2017

Getting a great deal on a mortgage can save you a heap of money in the long run. Motley Fool Analyst Nathan Hamilton is back to share his advice for how to cut your mortgage costs. We’ll also answer your question about whether the Shiller Ratio is keeping Bro up at night and see how we all compare to the average homeowner.

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May 2, 2017

Let’s take a dive into the deep end of the financial sector! With the help of Motley Fool’s Industry Focus Host Gaby Lapera, we’ll discuss why financial stocks belong in your portfolio and the basics of the sector. Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at slack.com. Also thanks to Warby Parker for supporting The Motley Fool. Order your FREE Home Try-On's at http://www.warbyparker.com/fool.

Apr 25, 2017

We’re going to bring forth a judge’s ruling on some controversial cases in personal finance. Should you try to beat the market? Should you use your Roth IRA as an emergency fund? Should partners have separate financial accounts? Judge Bro brings the gavel down once and for all.

Apr 18, 2017

We’re visiting each decade of life from your 20’s into retirement and listing the priorities you should set and the most common mistakes to avoid. We’ll also answer your question about avoiding dividend stocks for tax reasons. Thanks to Warby Parker for supporting Motley Fool. Order your FREE Home Try-On's at http://www.warbyparker.com/fool

Apr 11, 2017

We’re joined by a Motley Fool analyst who will share his story of how he went from a lousy credit score to a stellar one. We’ll also answer your question about when to tell if you’re over-concentrated in a sector and play a round of “Can I throw it out already?!”

Apr 4, 2017

With help from the Industry Focus team, we’re going to do a deep dive into the Biotech sector, how to invest, stocks to watch, and more. We’ll also answer your question about brokerage diversification. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/fool.

Mar 28, 2017

An April Fool’s prank put The Motley Fool on the map more than 20 years ago and we’ve been celebrating the day ever since. Motley Fool Employee #3 joins us to talk about our history of joking around—and teaching investing lessons—on April 1. We’ll also answer your question about diversifying your IRA.

Mar 21, 2017

We’ll answer your questions related to buying a home including setting priorities, investment properties, and more.

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Mar 14, 2017

In the wake of Snap’s initial public offering, we’ll discuss why companies decide to go public, how they do it, and whether individuals should consider investing in IPOs. We’ll also answer your question about where to invest mid-term money.

Mar 7, 2017

We’re going to explore the growing trend of values-based investing including how to evaluate the environmental, social, and governance impact of publicly-traded companies. Not only does ESG investing help you sleep better at night, it can boost your returns. We'll also answer your question about when you should use a Roth rather than a 529 to pay for junior’s college tuition.

Feb 28, 2017

It’s the Second Annual Loofie Awards where we pause to reflect on the year in personal finance and investing. This year, we’re giving out awards including the Best ETF, Best Credit Card Rewards, and Best Performance in a Drama or Business Scandal. Thanks to Thumbtack for supporting Motley Fool. Hire local, skilled pros for just about anything at thumbtack.com today.

Feb 21, 2017

Couples and money expert Olivia Mellan joins us to talk about solving financial conflicts with your schmoopie. We’ll also answer your question about how to avoid common mistakes in the wake of a financial windfall and then predict our chances of divorce in a sort-of-not-at-all scientific way.

Feb 14, 2017

When it comes to investing advice, no one is sexier than Warren Buffett so we’re sharing some of our favorite Buffett quips that combine love and money. We’ll also answer the question you’re too afraid to ask about Dodd Frank…ummm, what is it, exactly?

Feb 7, 2017

We’ll dig up some interesting stats and surveys that reveal how most couples deal with money in their relationship. How do you and you schmoopie compare? Get your pen ready because we’ll also answer your question about Bro’s favorite retirement calculators.

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Jan 31, 2017

With the help of a letter from listener Sergeant Y and returning guest Douglas McCormick, we'll explore the personal finance challenges faced by those in the military. We'll also answer your question about whether or not to front-load your Roth IRA contributions.

Jan 24, 2017

Motley Fool Cofounder David Gardner joins us to share the tactics he has adopted to set priorities and become more productive. We’ll also answer your question about when to sell your best performing stocks and review some productivity apps.

Jan 17, 2017

Health and wealth are closely linked so this week we’re trying to help you keep your New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself (yes, we know you at least thought about it). We look at the science of motivation and incentives, the importance of an Accountabili-Bestie, and more. We’ll also answer your question about if maxing out your 401k and Roth contributions is enough to retire on and review some healthy habit apps.

Jan 10, 2017

This week we’re exploring the extensive science of happiness. We’ll suggest three small steps you can take to be happier in 2017 and review a few apps that promise to improve your mood. Bro will also answer your question about how to invest a lump sum when you fear a market downturn is imminent.

Jan 3, 2017

We’re kicking off the New Year with a step-by-step guide to putting your budgeting and bill paying on autopilot so you’ll have more time to do the things you love in 2017. We’ll also review a couple apps to help you manage your money and explain which investments belong in your traditional retirement accounts, versus brokerage, versus Roth.

Dec 20, 2016

Douglas McCormick joins us to talk about his book, Family Inc., and the benefits of applying business principles to your own family finances. We’ll also answer your question about after-tax 401k contributions, share some listener feedback, and then exchange anniversary gifts (Warning: We get a little self-indulgent).

Dec 13, 2016

We tackle your questions including what to do with a lump sum of money, the complex world of self-directed IRAs, claiming Social Security benefits from an ex-spouse, analyzing a pension payout and much MUCH more. PS: Here’s that time-weighted returns excel spreadsheet Bro mentions: http://tinyurl.com/hd3f6rm

Dec 6, 2016

Impress your friends and family and make Santa jealous! We’ll cover five scientifically-proven ways to become the best gift giver on the block. Also, we answer a listener question about how to present a gift of stock and we ask a bajillion favors of you, our listeners.

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