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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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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.

Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Listen to Audible's new original series: Ponzi Supernova. Details at audible.com/ponzi. Audible and Amazon Prime members listen free.

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.

Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30-day trial at audible.com/fool.

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.

Nov 29, 2016

We’re sneaking you into the recent member event in Boston so you can hear the best bits that were delivered on stage. David Gardner shares investing advice worth embroidering on a pillow. Morgan Housel explains why you’re not too late to invest in the most disruptive trends of today and tomorrow. And Tom Gardner sits down with the cofounder of the Conscious Capitalism movement to discuss why responsible companies outperform. We also answer your very personal question about our personal finances.

Nov 22, 2016

The Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer is back to share 5 tips for maintaining--and not gaining--weight over the holidays. Don’t worry, you can still have festive fun. We also answer your question about laddering bond funds and Bro makes a pricey wager.

Nov 15, 2016

If you’re looking to make some extra money, starting a side job/venture/gig/hustle is all the rage these days. Kimberly Palmer joins us to talk about her book, “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life” and how to turn your passions and skills into additional income. We’ll also answer your question about making the most of a 403b and delve into the darkest corners of Etsy.

Nov 8, 2016

Prognosticators have been working overtime to predict what will happen to the economy when Trump or Clinton win the election. If history has taught us anything, they’re probably wrong. Fool historian, Matt Trogdon, joins us to talk about the folly of letting an election impact your investing decisions. Also, we get the inside scoop from Disney World Cast Members on how to plan the best Disney vacation ever.

Nov 1, 2016

You say the Chicago Cubs may finally win the World Series after a 108-year drought? Well, crazier things have happened! Especially in the world of finance. Motley Fool analyst Jim Royal joins us to talk about a few economic events that pundits and experts said would never happen…but did! Womp womp!

Oct 25, 2016

She’s been called the Witch of Wall Street, but also, more charitably, the Warren Buffett of her time. With the help of humorist/historian Therese Oneill (author of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners) we explore the bizarre life and peculiar habits of Hetty Green—the woman who defied Victorian-era conventions and made bajillions of dollars in the process. Thanks to Criquet for supporting this episode. Get 20% off your first purchase at criquetshirts.com/fool with the promo code “fool.”

Oct 21, 2016

If you're one of the 75 million baby boomers who are planning to retire in the coming years, it's time to position your portfolio to defend against every possible economic onslaught. Ron Gross joins us for this bonus episode to talk about the benefits for soon-to-be-retirees — or anyone looking for a more conservative approach to investing — of becoming a Wealth Defender. For more Foolish guidance and free reports, go to http://defend.fool.com

Oct 18, 2016

Earnings season is upon us again when many publicly-traded companies can bury us in an avalanche of accounting mumbo-jumbo and excuses. What’s an individual investor to do? What should you believe? And what really matters? Motley Fool Advisor, Seth Jayson, joins us to unpack a typical earnings report and shares his approach to earnings season.

Oct 11, 2016

We covered some basics of mutual funds last week, but we needed more answers (see show name). We collared Fool Funds Chief Investment Officer, Bill Mann, brought him into the studio, and forced him to fess up about what’s really going on in the mutual fund world. We also answer your question about the benefits of creating your own benchmark.

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