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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

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Introducing the new Motley Fool Money

We have a new address, and I'm not talking post cards! Going forward you can catch Bro and Alison every Tuesday as part of the new Motley Fool Money podcast. Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect from the daily show, starting on January 5, 2022. See you there!

Dec 31, 2021
So Long, and Thanks for All the STOCKS!

It’s the last episode of Answers (but don’t worry, we’re just moving to Motley Fool Money every Tuesday). We’ll reminisce on our biggest lessons learned over the last seven years and answer your questions, some financial, some festive.

Dec 21, 2021
Why So Sad, Portfolio?

Motley Fool Analyst Bill Mann joins us to talk about why the market is up but your portfolio may be down. We’ll share some big news and battle our online shopping demons.

Pretty please take our survey on what you want to hear on the show!

Dec 14, 2021
Meet Ted Benna, the “Father of the 401(k)”

Tens of millions of workers contribute to 401(k)s, thanks to a benefits consultant who got creative with a 1978 law. That consultant, Ted Benna, joins us to talk about how he came up with the idea, how he got Uncle Sam’s seal of approval, and the ways that Wall Street have abused the 401(k). He also discusses his new book, “401(k)s and IRAs for Dummies,” including why he thinks Roths are over-sold and his recommendations for retirement plans for small business and the self-employed.

Dec 07, 2021
An Interview With Michael Kitces

The financial planner’s financial planner talks Roths, asset location, and managing sequence of returns risk. He also tells the story of how he got into the financial advice biz, and offers some career-development and time-management advice.

Nov 30, 2021
Inflation Conflagration! Also, Bitcoin

Alison asks Bro 10 burning questions about inflation, including why it's so high, is it worse in the U.S., and what can be done about it — both nationally and in your portfolio. And Fool analyst Aaron Bush answers a listener question about choosing the new Bitcoin futures ETF over actual Bitcoin.

Nov 16, 2021
Your Investing Lessons, Finding a Financial Planner, and Eye-Popping I Bonds

Alison and friends share some investing lessons from listeners, Bro interviews Sheryl Garrett, founder of the Garrett Planning Network, about finding the right fee-only planner for your circumstances, and we answer a listener question about I bonds and their current 7.12% yield.

Nov 09, 2021
Crypto Scams, Finding Financial Harmony, and Selling Stocks

Motley Fool Analyst Eric Bleeker joins us with his advice to avoid getting burned when investing in crypto. Bro interviews Bill Schultheis, author of The Coffeehouse Investor's Ground Rules: Save, Invest, and Plan for a Life of Wealth and Happiness. And we answer your question on picking which stocks to sell when you need the cash to buy a home (or whatever, it’s none of our business).

Nov 02, 2021
A Chat With Morningstar’s Christine Benz

Morningstar’s Director of Personal Finance, who has twice been named to Barron’s list of "100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance," explains how she builds her model portfolios, how people should approach the long-term care conundrum, how to close the gender gap in finance, and what she learned from her “faux-tirement.”

Oct 26, 2021
Facebook in Your Portfolio? Achtung Baby!

We’ll argue the bear and bull case for investing in Facebook with the help of Jason Moser and his alter ego. Robert explores a more holistic approach to evaluating your expenses with the help of financial planner Matt Trogdon. We’ll answer your question about capital gains taxes and include one too many U2 references.

Oct 19, 2021
Foolish Investing Lessons, Paying for College, and 401k Rollovers

Foolish analysts share the stock that taught them their biggest investing lesson. Bro interviews saving for college expert Mark Kantrowitz about… well, saving for college. And we answer your questions about options for rolling over your old 401k.

Oct 12, 2021
Thriving in a Time of Great Resignation

Americans are quitting their jobs at record rates and we discuss how to thrive amidst this existential labor crisis. Bro explains the work to retirement ratio for saving enough and we’ll answer your question about building up cash in a frothy market.

Oct 05, 2021
Marshal All Your Resources for a Successful Retirement

Wade Pfau is one of America’s top financial-planning experts and the author the recently published Retirement Planning Guidebook: Navigating the Important Decisions for Retirement Success. Bro talks with Wade about how to coordinate your portfolio, Social Security, home equity, insurance, and different types of accounts to create dependable income that lasts as long as you do.

Sep 28, 2021
A Bad Year for Chinese Stocks, Red Flags for Pyramid Schemes, and Asset Location

Chinese stocks are down 14% so far this year, Motley Fool analyst Ben Ra joins us to explain why. The Ascent’s Brian Frey shares the buttery soft red flags of a pyramid scheme. And we answer Adam’s question on which types of stocks belong in which types of accounts.

Sep 21, 2021
Another Exceptional Year For Stocks

The Motley Fool’s Chief Investing Officer shares his latest thinking on the market, get more out of your spending with Values Based Budgeting, and we answer Ken’s question on when to take Social Security.

Sep 14, 2021
Why It’s Expensive to Be Poor, Gauging your Retirement Readiness, and The World’s Best Sister

We’ll unpack how banking and managing your money can be much more expensive to do when you’re poor. Bro interviews Roger Young of T. Rowe Price about determining whether you’re saving enough for retirement. And we answer a question from a generous sister.

Sep 07, 2021
Risky Retirement Business

The National Retirement Risk Index measures how many Americans will be able to maintain their standard of living after retirement. Are you at risk? We'll find out today as Bro goes right to the source, with special guest Geoffrey Sanzenbacher from The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

Aug 31, 2021
Who’s Afraid of Hipster Antitrust?

Alison explains hipster antitrust and wonders how we should feel as investors and consumers, Bro shares the five rules for the Roth five-year rules, listener David asks how to choose what to sell under the 4% Rule.

Aug 24, 2021
From the Vault: How to Negotiate Anything

Back to vault! In this episode, then-CFO of The Motley Fool (now Managing Director of Motley Fool Ventures), Ollen Douglass, joined us to share his advice for how to negotiate your bills (and more!). Alison was mean to a vegan for no good reason while Dayana Yochim shared etiquette for splitting the dinner tab.

Aug 17, 2021
From the Vault: 5 Ways Your Brain is Sabotaging Your Money

In this episode from the vault, Morgan Housel joined us to talk about how to keep your emotions from sinking your wealth. We also discussed recent (lol, 2015!) allegations about Amazon’s toxic workplace culture.

Aug 10, 2021
From the Vault: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bonds

We’re visiting the Answers vault and dusting off this fan favorite episode featuring Steve Broido. The original man behind the glass joined us to talk about the basics of bonds, including bond funds and his particular fondness for municipal bonds.

Aug 03, 2021
July Mailbag of Moser

Motley Fool Senior Analyst Jason Moser joins us to answer your burning questions about STOCKS! Including dividend stocks, spicy stocks, stocks about to be acquired, and the completely-not-scientific-but-still-handy Gardner-Kretzmann Continuum (and more!)

Jul 27, 2021
Travel Hack Your Way to a Cheaper Vacation ...

...And then send us a postcard! Dan Miller, founder of the Points With a Crew blog, joins us to talk about travel hacking and how you can cut vacation costs by maximizing your credit card points.

Jul 20, 2021
Think You’re Too Smart to be Scammed? Think Again.

Ron Lieber with the New York Times is back to talk about some of the most common scams in current circulation and why younger people are more susceptible to falling for them.

Jul 13, 2021
Life Insurance for Fun and Profit

Okay, we’re kidding about the fun part. But Joe Perna with Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to talk about everything you’d want to know about life insurance including who needs it, how much, what kind, possible tax benefits, and more.

Jul 06, 2021
June “But It’s a Dry Heat” Mailbag

Jenn Thomas with Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to answer your questions on how much you need to live that sweet FIRE life, building up (and where to stash) your emergency fund, whether tis nobler to invest or pay off student debt or your mortgage, and much more.

Jun 29, 2021
When and How to Get Financial Advice

How can you find a professional who works on your terms, and at a reasonable price? Sean Gates of Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to discus the choices.

Jun 22, 2021
How to Choose the Right Broker or Robo-Advisor

What differentiates one firm from another? Matt Frankel, who reviews discount brokers and robo-advisors for The Ascent (a Motley Fool company), breaks down the important criteria. And Alison digs into the research about how working from home affects productivity.

Jun 15, 2021
The Delusions Of Crowds With William Bernstein

Are we living in the End Times? Again? Are we falling for a financial bubble? Again? Author William Bernstein is here to expose the roots of human irrationality and the cost of mass mania. Plus, Alison teaches us the poetry of yogababble.

Jun 08, 2021
6 Myths About the FIRE Movement

Diania Merriam, founder of the EconoMe Conference and host of the Optimal Finance Daily podcast, debunks common misconceptions about the Financial Independence/Retire Early movement. And Alison blames everyone and their mortgage broker for skyrocketing home prices.

Jun 01, 2021
May-be it’s the May Mailbag Episode! (It Is.)

We just can’t get enough of Motley Fool contributor Dan Caplinger as he helps us answer your questions about SPACs, Variable Universal Life Insurance, maximizing accounts, hopes for Gen X, and more.

May 25, 2021
Eight Ways to Rescue Your Retirement

It’s not too late! Brian Feroldi joins us to lay out the steps you can take to supercharge your savings. Also, Alison explains why the environmental impact of Bitcoin isn't just a bunch of hot air.

May 18, 2021
The 6 Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor

The Motley Fool Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner, is back to share his 6 Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor and Bro reconsiders retiring after age 67 (wait, what?!).

May 11, 2021
Six Traits of a Rule Breaker Stock

Motley Fool Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner, joins us to share his investing philosophy and the traits he looks for in a Rule Breaking company.

May 04, 2021
April Mailbag With a Couple of Goofballs

Longtime Motley Fool analyst Tim Beyers joins us to discuss how much to invest in one stock, whether to invest a lump sum all at once, accounts for kids, and which types of options strategies are most Foolish.

Apr 27, 2021
The State of Real Estate in the United States

Matt Argersinger, senior advisor for Motley Fool Millionacres, joins us to talk about how Covid-19 has impacted residential and commercial real estate and offers his advice for homeowners and investors going forward.

Apr 20, 2021
Get Ready to Live to 100… If the Robots Don’t Take Over First!

The authors of The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World discuss how individuals, corporations, and governments should be preparing for increasing longevities, accelerating technological innovations, and the end of retirement as we know it. And Alison takes on the debate over whether index funds are good for the economy.

Apr 13, 2021
The Deets on SPACs

Bill Mann joins the show to explain the nuts and bolts of SPACs as we take Euphonium Industries public.

Apr 06, 2021
March Mailbag Mayhem with Megan

With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Financial Planner and tax expert, Megan Brinsfield, we’re answering your questions about finding or becoming a professional financial planner, using your stimulus check to jumpstart your kid’s retirement savings, and lots of tax stuff. (No actual mayhem ensued.)

Mar 30, 2021
J. Money Brings Sexy Back to Your Greenbacks

The founder of tells the tale of how he became a successful financial blogger (and millionaire), and also discusses his latest project, And Alison provides the ABCs of NFTs.

Mar 23, 2021
There’s an App for That

Whether you’re learning to budget, looking to geek out on your investment returns, or wondering if you’re on track to retire early, there’s an app, tool, or website for that. We’re joined by a couple money nerds at The Motley Fool with their personal reviews of tools like Mint, Personal Capital, various retirement calculators, and more.

Mar 16, 2021
Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Uncle Sam

Bro interviews tax expert Ed Slott about his latest book, “The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb.” Also, can using an app influence your financial behavior for the better?

Mar 09, 2021
Climate Change and a Net Zero Economy

If BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and The Motley Fool CIO Andy Cross agree that climate change is the most important trend to watch in investing, then it must be worth talking about. Motley Fool Analysts Alyce Lomax and John Rotonti share their advice for investors.

Mar 02, 2021
February Chill Mailbag

Motley Fool Analyst Emily Flippen joins us to tackle your questions including investing with your emergency fund, calculating your savings rate, when to rebalance outsized positions, and more.

Feb 23, 2021
Morgan Housel on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

Morgan is back to discuss the most important lessons from his book, “The Psychology of Money” – and how they’ve informed the way he manages his family’s finances.

Feb 16, 2021
Morgan Housel Explains It All

Morgan Housel, author of The Psychology of Money, joins us to share his takeaways amidst the GameStop fracas, Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO, and this seemingly never-ending party in the stock market.

Feb 09, 2021
What Will College Really Cost?

New York Times columnist Ron Lieber joins us to discuss his latest book, The Price You Pay for College. And Alison answers an old question with new research: Does money buy happiness?

Feb 02, 2021
The Super Bowl of Mailbags

Motley Fool analyst Ron Gross joins us to answer your questions about how many stocks you should own, what makes a 401(k) stink, what to do when your spouse wants you to sell all your stocks, and much more.

Jan 26, 2021
What a Year! What Should You Do Now?!

Motley Fool Chief Investment Officer Andy Cross joins us to look back at 2020, offer suggestions for newer investors, and provide his thoughts on comparisons of today’s market to the dot-com bubble.

Jan 19, 2021
You Say You Want A Resolution?

Bro pulled some strings and got both Megan Brinsfield and Sean Gates to join us and talk about what they're doing, what they're not doing, and what you should consider doing to improve your finances in the new year. Plus, Alison tries her two hands at telling it like an economist.

Jan 12, 2021
Healthy Living for Fun and Profit

Bro reminds you of how living a healthy life increases your chances of a living a wealthy life. And with the help of Jason Moser, we’ll explore how you can also grow your wealth by investing in companies that are trying to make us all healthier with a few fitness-related stocks to watch.

Jan 05, 2021
Auld Lang Mailbag

2020 is almost over, but not before our final mailbag of the year. Buck Hartzell joins us to answer your questions about owning company stock, investing for kids, emergency accounts, and so much more. Grab a nog, put your feet by the fire, and get yourself some Answers, Fool!

Dec 22, 2020
Banking in 2020 and Beyond

It’s the final episode in our series on sectors with help from fellow Fools over on the Industry Focus podcast. Today we’re joined by John Maxfield to talk about banks, big and small. Plus, Bro looks around your house while Alison sings about America.

Dec 15, 2020
Tech in 2020 and Beyond

It’s the second part of our series with the help of the folks over at Industry Focus. This week, Dylan Lewis joins us to talk about how the tech sector did in 2020 and what to watch in 2021.

Dec 01, 2020
Cornucopia of Questions Mailbag

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 24, 2020
Investing in Consumer Goods

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 17, 2020
To Roth or Not to Roth

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

Nov 10, 2020
An Intro to Financial Therapy

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.

Nov 03, 2020
Fall Into the October Mailbag!

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 27, 2020
Small Caps, Value, International – Oh, My!

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 20, 2020
7 Ways to Make the Most of Your 401k

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

Oct 13, 2020
The In’s and Out’s of IPOs

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.

Oct 06, 2020
It’s the September Mailbag!

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 29, 2020
What’s Behind the Unemployment Numbers?

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 22, 2020
Will You Be Able to Work as Long as You Want?

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 15, 2020
What’s Up With Mortgages and Real Estate

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 08, 2020
A Chat With Bola Sokunbi of Clever Girl Finance

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.

Sep 01, 2020
August Mailbag with Sean Gates

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 25, 2020
5 Investing Virtues

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

Aug 18, 2020
7 Investing Sins

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

Aug 11, 2020
Mastering Money With the Budgetnista

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.

Aug 04, 2020
July Mailbag with Jason Moser

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 28, 2020
Hacks, Scams, and ID Theft (Oh My!)

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

Jul 21, 2020
They Learn It By Watching You, All Right?!
39:16 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 14, 2020
5 Ways the Pandemic Is Imperiling Retirement

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.

Jul 07, 2020
June Mailbag: Market Timing, Target Date Funds, and School Loans

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 30, 2020
The Rise of the Robinhood Trader

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 23, 2020
All About ESG Investing

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 16, 2020
Understanding the Black/White Wealth Gap in America

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.

Jun 09, 2020
Getting Real With Real Estate

The real estate market is bigger than the stock market, yet most people don't invest in it. Fool real estate expert Matt Argersinger of (a Motley Fool company) joins us to explain how the typical, non-tycoon person can begin to build their property empire... or at least earn attractive returns with tax benefits. Also, Alison discusses the future of where we'll work.

Jun 02, 2020
May [We All Stay Healthy] Mailbag

Motley Fool Contributor Dan Caplinger joins us to answer your questions about the backdoor Roth IRA, navigating the new RMD rules, tax gain harvesting and more.

May 26, 2020
College After Coronavirus

How has the college experience changed and what could it look like going forward? Bro explains how, for the near term, it will be more solo and less solo cups. However, In the long run, we might see much-needed disruption in higher education (for the better).

May 19, 2020
Which Companies Won’t Survive the Pandemic

With the help of Motley Fool Contributor Dan Kline, we’ll talk about which companies are least likely to survive the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

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May 12, 2020
Moms Deserve a Little Financial Self Care

This week we're joined by Chelsea Brennan, founder of the Smart Money Mamas blog, on how handling your money can be the ultimate form of self care and bro delivers the highlights from the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.

May 05, 2020
April Mailbag: Backdoor Roth, Dividend Aristocrats, and How to Write a Song

This month we’re answering your questions about the wash sale rule, preferred stock, retirement accounts for the self-employed, and more with the help of Motley Fool Contributor Asit Sharma.

Apr 28, 2020
Financial Help: Where to Get It. How to Give it.

Dann Albright from The Ascent joins us to share the many places you can receive or give financial relief during the coronavirus crisis.  Learn more at

Apr 21, 2020
5 Common Investor Questions [Mostly] Answered

Motley Fool contributor Brian Feroldi joins us to talk about the most common questions he’s hearing from individual investors amidst the financial fallout of COVID-19. Have we hit the bottom of the market? Should I buy airline stocks?... and more.

Apr 14, 2020
Why You Should Care About the CARES Act

Bro outlines eight provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act that may fortify your finances for the coming year.

Apr 07, 2020
March On Mailbag
We're social distancing but still dispensing answers to your questions about investing and keeping your financial goals on track amidst record volatility.
Mar 31, 2020
Recession. Recession? Recession!

We’re all reeling from the financial fallout of the covid-19 outbreak and facing the likely threat of a recession. Bro explains what that means and offers his best advice on how to get your financial life in order and tap into emergency sources of money.

Mar 24, 2020
How to Embrace the Bear (Market)

It took over 10 years, but we are officially in bear market territory and likely at the start of a very bumpy ride in the stock market. Motley Fool’s Chief Investing Officer, Andy Cross, joins us to share what it was like during the last two bear markets as well as five Foolish rules he learned for coming out on top.

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Mar 17, 2020
Is Financial Infidelity Really Worse Than Regular Infidelity?

With the help of HerMoney’s Dayana Yochim, we’re going to talk about financial infidelity: What is it, how to prevent it, and what to do if you or your significant other is guilty of it.

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Mar 10, 2020
Investing in the Time of Coronavirus

It was a stressful week in the world and in the markets as countries work to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Motley Fool analyst Bill Mann joins us to share his insight into the top headlines as well as how he’s managing his money amidst the volatility.

Mar 03, 2020
February Mailbag: IPOs, International Stocks, Market Machinations and More
Motley Fool analyst Ron Gross joins us to answer your questions about sky high market valuations, IPO warning signs, starting an investment club and more.
Feb 25, 2020
How to Land a Better Job
Members of The Motley Fool's recruiting team join us with their best advice for how to make your resume and cover letter stand out, nailing a job interview, and how to negotiate a great offer.
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Feb 18, 2020
How Does America Compare to the Rest of the World?

Last week we looked at how you might compare to the average American. This week we’re looking at how America compares to the rest of the world around issues of debt, college spending, retirement savings, and more.

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Feb 11, 2020
How Do You Compare to the Average American?
Bro will walk us through the heaps of research to see how you compare to the average American in all things financial: debt, savings, income, and more. Also, which way will your credit score when the new FICO scoring system is in place? Probably up because you're smart and listen to this podcast.
Feb 04, 2020
Jeepers! It's the January Mailbag!
Motley Fool Wealth Financial Advisor Sean Gates joins us for our first mailbag of 2020. We'll be answering your questions about how much to pay for financial planning advice, asset allocation as retirement approaches, improving your company's 401k options, and more.
Jan 28, 2020
Marie Kondo Your Money

It’s our annual clean-up-your-financial-stuff-and-get-organized episode. This year we have the help of Dayana Yochim from HerMoney with tips and tricks for tidying up your accounts, portfolio, documents, and life in general.

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Jan 21, 2020
Make Work Work for You in 2020

The Motley Fool's VP of People Insights, Kara Chambers, joins us to talk about what makes us feel fulfilled at work and shares hacks to improve your job situation in 2020. Also! We're hiring at The Motley Fool! Learn more at

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Jan 14, 2020
Five-Minute Money Maximizers for a Richer 2020

Having more money in the future can be as easy as taking a handful of simple steps today that can be done in only a few minutes. We’re also going to find out what tools Fools use to stay on track with their spending and investing goals and look back on the wellness trends of the last decade.

Jan 07, 2020
Mailbag Episode Decades in the Making

It’s a big investing-a-palooza as we finish the year with a mailbag of your STOCKS!-focused questions with help from The Motley Fool’s Chief Investment Officer, Andy Cross.

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Dec 31, 2019
Five Years of Answers: The Highs, Lows, and Everything In-Between

It's our 5th Anniversary Episode! We're joined by former Answerer and now personal finance expert at HerMoney, Dayana Yochim, to talk about the money trends that defined the last five years.

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Dec 17, 2019
How Do You Compare to the Average Holiday Shopper?

We're joined by the Katherine Cullen of the National Retail Federation to talk about holiday shopping trends, spending, and more.

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Dec 10, 2019
What's the Deal with Venture Capital?

Ollen Douglass, the head of Motley Fool Ventures, joins us to explain the world of venture capital and Bro delivers his end of year financial checklist.

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Dec 03, 2019
November Mailbag with a Side of Stuffing

This month we’re answering your questions about the wash-sale rule, Finnish tax law (yes, seriously), evaluating ETFs, and more.

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Nov 26, 2019
A Westerner’s Guide to China

We’re joined by Motley Fool Analyst Ben Ra to discuss how China’s history influences its mindset on capitalism and business.

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Nov 19, 2019
Spreading Like FIRE

The ChooseFI Guys are back to talk about their new book and a documentary about the growing FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement.

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Nov 12, 2019
A Proper English Brexit

This week we’re joined by Sam Robson from Motley Fool UK to explain the ongoing drama as the UK negotiates to leave the EU. We ask the embarrassing questions so you don’t have to.

Nov 05, 2019
October Mailbag

We're answering your questions around the scariest of subjects: Taxes! The kiddie tax, tax implications of retiring overseas, do you really have to pay taxes on every little dividend, and more. To get 50% off our Stock Advisor service, go to

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Oct 29, 2019
Thunderdome of Stocks

We’re pitting the most recent graduates of The Motley Fool’s Investor Development Program against each other in a stock pitching battle. Four stocks enter. You vote for the winner.

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Oct 22, 2019
How Couples Can Make it Work

We're joined by Jennifer Petriglieri, author of Couples That Work, to discuss her research on how dual-career couples can successfully navigate the tough transitions in life and ultimately thrive together.

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Oct 15, 2019
Gaming, ESports, and Kids These Days

Jason Moser is back as we talk about investing in gaming companies and esports (and come to the realization that we, too, are gamers). To get 50% off our Stock Advisor service, go to

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Oct 08, 2019
Make the Most of Your 403(b)

Dan Otter and Scott Dauenhauer of explain how to navigate the shark-infested waters of retirement plans for teachers and other non-profit employees. And Alison relays her lessons from the WeWork IPO debacle. (To get 50% off our Stock Advisor service, go to 

Oct 01, 2019
September Mailbag

Get on the bus, kiddos! We're going to combat the summer slide with our biggest mailbag yet.  We're answering your questions about selling grandpa's stocks, stop-loss orders, retiring on $1.5 million, and more.

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Sep 24, 2019
How Are Americans Really Coping with College Costs?

We're joined by Caitlin Zaloom, NYU professor and author of Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost. Her research explores the financial and moral conflicts Americans face when paying for college.

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Sep 17, 2019
The Battle of the Streaming Stars

With the help of Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser, we're going to look at the state of video streaming including new offerings from Disney, Apple, and more. Does increased competition signal the decline of Netflix?

Sep 10, 2019
The Most Common Financial Mistakes

Josh Strange, CFP, joins us to talk about the most frequent foibles he encounters as a financial advisor. Also, why paying $800,000 to cast a hex on the SEC never pays off, and how a frugal carpenter has sent 33 kids to college.

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Sep 03, 2019
August Mailbag

Abi Malin, Motley Fool Analyst, joins us to answer your questions including how to separate the wheat from the chaff on your watchlist, owning a home versus renting, the deal with dividends, and more.

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Aug 27, 2019
How Much Do You Need to Retire?
Most Americans have only a vague idea of how much they should be saving. Jeanne Thompson, Head of Workplace Solutions Thought Leadership at Fidelity Investments, explains the company’s age-based savings guidelines, the cost of health care in retirement, and how retirement planning can present more challenges for women.
Aug 20, 2019
FoolFest 2019 Day 2 - Investing Boogaloo

Let’s head back for Day 2 of FoolFest where we’re going to sit in on a session of Foolish Analysts sharing their top stock recommendations.

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Aug 13, 2019
FoolFest 2019 - Making Sense of the Market

We’re sneaking you into FoolFest 2019 so you can learn investing insights from Motley Fool analyst alongside hundreds of your closest investing friends you haven’t met yet.

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Aug 06, 2019
Reindeer in July Mailbag

It’s the July Mailbag where we answer your questions about dividends, deciphering your ROTH/traditional 401k components, buying on margin, how to find a financial planner, and more.

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Jul 30, 2019
5 Financial Statistics that Scared the Heck Out of Us
40:35 contributor Maurie Backman joins us to share the scariest financial statistics she’s encountered.

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Jul 23, 2019
Death and How to Plan for the Inevitable

The final in our series on financial decisions for major life events is… very final. Motley Fool Wealth Management Planners Megan Brinsfield and Sean Gates join us to talk about preparing for the inevitable for yourself and those you love.

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Jul 16, 2019
Different Kinds of Stupid

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund is back to share lessons you can learn from all the different kinds of stupid in the world.

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Jul 09, 2019
Investing In Augmented Reality

Jason Moser joins the show to try and convince a skeptical Alison to invest the growing trend of Augmented Reality. Will he succeed?

Jul 02, 2019
The Non-GAAP June Mailbag

Ron Gross joins us to tackle many of your numbers-based investing questions around stock valuation, earnings reports, EBITDA and more.

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Jun 25, 2019
Retiring Later for Fun and Profit

Whether they are doing it because they need to or because they want to, people are more often likely to work later in life or opt for a semi-retirement. We’re joined by AARP’s Susan Weinstock to talk about why this trend isn’t going to change, and how you can plan for the realities of a later retirement.

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Jun 18, 2019
An Amicable (as Possible) Divorce

The latest in our series on major life events leads us to divorce. Motley Fool Wealth planner, Amanda Kish guides us on how to make the split as amicable as possible.

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Jun 11, 2019
What’s the Deal with Drug Prices?

We’re joined by Leigh Purvis of AARP to discuss why prescription drug prices are so high in the U.S., possible policy solutions, and what you can do in the meantime to save money.

Jun 04, 2019
It’s Maylbag Time! (Get it? Mail. May. Wordplay!)

Time for another mailbag where we answer your investing and personal finance questions. This week, Emily Flippen is back to talk about investing in Chinese stocks, when to sell, and more.

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May 28, 2019
Market Volatility, IPOs, and More with Morgan Housel

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund is back to talk about recent market volatility, IPOs, and whether or not to increase your cash position.

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May 21, 2019
Advice for Selling a House

In the next in our series on major money events, Ross Anderson of Motley Fool Wealth Management shares his advice and personal experience when it comes to selling a house.

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May 14, 2019
Make Your Donation Dollars Go Farther

Phil Buchanan, author of the book Giving Done Right, joins us to talk about philanthropy and charitable giving.

May 07, 2019
BONUS: “Investing In Asia” Preview

It’s a sneak preview of “Investing In Asia”, the newest podcast from The Motley Fool!  If you’re looking to invest in some of the most exciting emerging market opportunities in the world, join this weekly journey around Asian markets.

May 03, 2019
April Showers Bring Mailbag Questions

We’re answering a record number of questions this month including more on 20-30-50 budgeting, stashing your emergency fund in CDs, required minimum distributions, 15 versus 30 years mortgages, and more.

Apr 30, 2019
Alternative Investing for your IRA

You can’t invest in Beanie Babies, but you can invest in more than just stocks and bonds in your IRA. Eric Satz of AltoIRA joins us to discuss alternative investing options for your retirement accounts.

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Apr 23, 2019
Different Kinds of Smart

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund is back to talk about ways you can be smarter in life and investing.

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Apr 16, 2019
Foolish Guide to Buying a Home

Home sweet home or a money-pit nightmare? Ross Anderson, a planner with Motley Fool Wealth Management, joins us for the third installment of our series that tackles major life events -- this time to help you navigate how to (or whether to) buy that sweet little house you've been dreaming of.

Apr 09, 2019
The Aging Workforce: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown.

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund joins us to talk about the aging workforce and the impact it could have on global economic growth, your wallet, and your portfolio.

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Apr 02, 2019
March Winds Mailbag

We're answering your questions about tax optimization with asset location, gifting stock, how to help parents catch up for retirement, and more.

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Mar 26, 2019
Deconstructing the 4% Rule

Bro interviews financial-planning expert Wade Pfau about the assumptions underlying the 4% safe withdrawal rate in retirement, and whether they’re still valid. And Alison discusses whether an elite college degree is worth the price.

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Mar 19, 2019
Foolish Guide to Having Kids

We assume you already know how to make a baby (special hugs!), but do you know how to support one financially? For the second in our series that tackles major life events, Dan Messeca, a planner with Motley Fool Wealth Management, offers up advice on the money moves you should make and pitfalls to avoid when having kids.

Mar 12, 2019
Investing In Real Estate

With the help of Thomas Castelli from The Real Estate CPA, we're going to discuss investing in real estate, including a few ways to do it, the tax benefits, and more.

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Mar 05, 2019
Freezing February Mailbag

It’s the February Mailbag! With the help of Motley Fool analyst Emily Flippen, we’ll answer your very impressive questions about retiring early, generating income, lifecycle funds, and just what are Bro’s credentials anyway?

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Feb 26, 2019
The 2019 Loofie Awards (The Angry Year)

It’s the fourth or maybe fifth annual Loofie Awards where we celebrate the best (but this year mostly the worst) in business and finance. We’ll say goodbye to some truly horrible CEOs, say hello to some comeback kids, and give awards for Best Number and more.

Feb 19, 2019
Foolish Guide to Getting Married

For the first in our series tackling major life events, Sean Gates from Motley Fool Wealth Management offers advice on managing your money and mistakes to avoid when getting married.

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Feb 12, 2019
It’s Always Stock O’Clock

Alison is taking you to fraud school with lessons from Theranos and the Fyre Festival and Bro explains why everyone should own stocks, even in retirement.

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Feb 05, 2019
January Mailbag: Timing the Market, Time in the Market, and First-Time Dads

This month we're answering your questions about tricks for timing the market (spoiler: there aren't any), allocation advice if you're coming up on retirement, and how you shouldn't feel guilty about putting your retirement over your kid's college fund.

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Jan 29, 2019
A Tribute to John Bogle (And Emergency Funds)

We’ll cover everything you need to know about emergency funds--how to build one, where to keep it, and what to do if you don’t have one when an emergency happens. We’ll also honor the life of John “Jack” Bogle, founder of Vanguard and creator of the first index mutual fund.

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Jan 22, 2019
Marshaling All Your Resources for Retirement

Bro interviews Larry Swedroe, co-author of “Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement.” And Alison challenges Bro and Rick to guess the prices of the weirdest products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Jan 15, 2019
Resolve to Make Better Resolutions

With the help of Motley Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer, we’ll help you improve your chances of having a healthier/wealthier 2019 with tips for losing weight, eating better, and spending smarter.

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Jan 08, 2019
Were the Gurus Right About 2018?

As the prognosticators make their predictions for 2019, how accurate were they about the last year? Bro knows and he’ll tell you.

Jan 01, 2019
Happy Holidays, the Market is Crashing

Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after Uncle Bro calms your rattled nerves about where the economy and stock market is headed.

Dec 18, 2018
Culture Crusher or Crushed by Culture?

There is plenty of evidence showing the link between a strong company culture and stock performance. But what if a great culture goes bad? Bryan Hinmon, Chief Investment Officer of Motley Fool Asset Management discusses the red flags of a corporate culture on the decline.

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Dec 11, 2018
IP-Oh My Goodness

This year could be the biggest one for IPOs in nearly two decades. Motley Fool Analysts Matt Argersinger and Aaron Bush are going to dive into several of these interesting, young, founder-led companies and reveal which ones they think could be great investment opportunities for your portfolio.

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Dec 04, 2018
Cornucopia of Financial Advice

It’s a horn of plenty advice on investing in dividend stocks, how to invest for your kids, paying off student debt, what to do when one of the companies you own is acquired and more.

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Nov 27, 2018
Let Us All Give Thanks for Asset Allocation

Pull up a seat because Uncle Bro is serving a great big heaping helping of advice on asset allocation. We’ll also pay tribute to the world’s most outrageous shareholder activist.

Nov 20, 2018
Let's Debunk Some Retirement Myths!

We’re debunking common retirement myths with the help of writer, Maurie Backman. Alison shares your moving and homebuying/selling advice.

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Nov 13, 2018
How High Will Cannabis Stocks Go?

Get it? Weed jokes! With the help of Motley Fool Canada Analyst, David Kretzmann, we’re going to dig deep into the investing thesis of the burgeoning cannabis industry.

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Nov 06, 2018
October Mailbag of Investing Goodies

Instead of candy, we’re going to fill your pillowcase with your investing-related answers to your questions, such as how much should you allocate across market caps, how much is too much Apple or Netflix, what is Berkshire without Buffett, and much more.

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Oct 30, 2018
Confronting the Specter of Long-Term Care

October isn’t only the month of ghosts and goblins – it’s also officially long-term care planning month. Dr. Jean Accius of AARP joins us to discuss the latest trends in long-term care, government assistance, and senior housing.

Oct 23, 2018
Serious Fun with Taxes

With the help of Megan Brinsfield, a financial planner with Motley Fool Wealth Management, we’ll explore the new tax laws and discuss ways to reduce your tax bill come April. We’ll also explore the October Effect and whether this month really is a cursed time for investors.

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Oct 16, 2018
How to Become Financially Independent by Your 30s

With the help of Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett, the guys behind the popular ChooseFI website and podcast, we’re going to learn more about the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement and how you can gain financial independence to create the life you want.

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Oct 09, 2018
Disaster-Proof Your Finances

Bro offers advice on how to prevent financial disasters in your life and what you can do to minimize the damage when the unexpected happens.

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Oct 02, 2018
September Mailbag: Inheriting Stocks, Dividends, Inverse ETFs, and More

We're joined this month by Sean Gates from Motley Fool Wealth Management who will help us answer your questions about tax issues related to inheriting stocks and dividends, shorting the market with inverse ETFs, and much more.

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Sep 25, 2018
Call it a Comeback

With the help of Motley Fool analyst, Seth Jayson, we’re going to look at the recent comeback stories of some beaten down stocks (like Lululemon, Chipotle) and discuss successful investing tips when analyzing stocks that have taken a hit.

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Sep 18, 2018
When the Stuff You Own Starts to Own You

This week we’re all about stuff: Why so many of us have too much of it, how harmful it can be, and what you can do to get rid of it (or help a love one).

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Sep 11, 2018
How to Cope As a Caregiver

Caring for an aging loved one is no easy feat. We’re joined by AARP’s Amy Goyer, who will share her remarkable first-hand experience as well as her advice for managing the challenges you’ll face as a caregiver.

Sep 04, 2018
August Mailbag – Life Insurance, Inheritances, Solo 401(k)s and More

We’re joined by Ross Anderson to help us tackle your questions about investing in collectibles and silver, whether a VUL is a good substitute for a 529, and when to tell if higher fund fees are worth it.

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Aug 28, 2018
Share the Love of Investing

We learn from two Motley Fool members on how they are sharing the love of investing with their kids—and how you can do it, too.

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Aug 21, 2018
Know When to Fold 'em: Foolish Selling Principles for Long-term Investors

Motley Fool’s Chief Investing Officer, Andy Cross, and the advisor on Motley Fool’s Total Income service, Ron Gross, share their Foolish take on when to sell a stock. Filmed in front of a live FoolFest audience.

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Aug 14, 2018
How to Get a Great Mortgage


The Ascent’s Austin Smith is back to share advice on how to get the best mortgage for you. We’ll also cover the growing menace of robocalls and Bro introduces us to another Philanthropist Next Door.

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Aug 07, 2018
July Mailbag: Advice for College Students, Basics of Buybacks, Dividend Stocks

We’re tackling your investing questions with the help of Motley Fool Analysts Jason Moser and Abi Malin including whether you should sell your winners, how to learn more about financial statements, voting versus non-voting shares, and more.

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Jul 31, 2018
FoolFest: 25 Years of Foolishness with Tom and David

It’s time to take our annual trip out to FoolFest where you can listen in to the best parts of the conference without leaving the comforts of home. To celebrate our 25th anniversary of The Motley Fool, it’s an all-founder episode with Tom and David Gardner.

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Jul 24, 2018
You Should Ask for a Raise – Yes, You

With the economy humming along and the employment rate so low, we’re joined in the studio by Lee Burbage and Kara Chambers of The Motley Fool’s People Team with their advice on how and why you should ask for a raise.

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Jul 17, 2018
Credit Card Trends to Watch

The head of The Motley Fool's new personal finance site, The Ascent, joins us to talk about three credit card trends. Alison is going to debunk the myth of the wunderkind tech entrepreneur and Bro will introduce us to an inspiring philanthropist next door.

Jul 10, 2018
Money Lessons from George Washington

To celebrate the 4th of July here in the US, Bro cannot tell a lie as he shares money lessons from the life of George Washington. He'll also share a tale of financial independence of a couple who retired 27 years ago at age 38. The Motley Fool's interns share their summer recommendations.

Jul 03, 2018
Junetacular Mailbag

With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Management financial planner Sean Gates, we'll answer your questions about health insurance for early retirees, avoiding transaction fees, finding a fair fee-only advisor, and whether you should prioritize paying off your mortgage.

The information in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended as personal financial advice

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Jun 26, 2018
The Awfulizer Analyzes the Stock Market with Optimistic Results

This week, we're exploring why there's room for optimism in the stock market, even if you're an awfulizer like Bro. We're also going to light the campfire of science in order to roast the famous marshmallow test.

Jun 19, 2018
Financial Advice for Every Dad (And the People Who Love Them)

Whether you’re a new dad, a dad of teenagers, or empty nester, we’ve got financial advice for whatever stage of Fatherdom you are in. For everyone else, enjoy our Father’s Day Gift Guide—because his nagging was actually hinting this whole time.

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Jun 12, 2018
A Tale of Three Fools

Special treat! Today we are joined by three of our podcast listeners -- people just like you! They'll share stories of their own financial journeys and some things they learned along the way. Plus, a mostly true and entirely Foolish walk down memory lane.

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Jun 05, 2018
May The Mailbag Be With You

Naima Barnes joins us to answer your questions about long term care insurance, getting the best deal on a car loan, health savings accounts, calculating your savings rate and more.

May 29, 2018
How to Make Sure Your 401k Plan is an A-OK Plan

Chances are you’re saving for retirement with the help of a 401k or 403b. Sadly, many plans are mediocre to horrible. We’re here to help you figure out if you’ve got one of the good ones—and what to do if you don’t.

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May 22, 2018
Kids and Money: Parental Instincts Gone Wrong

Beth Kobliner joins us to talk about how common parental instincts aren’t always right when it comes to teaching kids about money.

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May 15, 2018
It’s Not Too Late to Put Your Financial Life in Order

New York Times reporter John Schwartz joins us to talk about his book, “This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order,” and Bro shares 5 investing lessons from the fall of General Electric.

May 08, 2018
Investing Mailbag with Jason Moser

Jason Moser joins us to answer your investing-related questions like buying your first stock, comparing ETFs and mutual fund performance, moving to cash, and his favorite investing books.

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May 01, 2018
What's the Deal With China?

The potential for a Trade War with China continues to dominate the headlines. With the help of Scott Kennedy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies we'll talk about what it means for us as consumers and investors.

Apr 24, 2018
Sinking our Teeth Into the FANG

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (ahem, Alphabet) have had a heckuva ride lately. We’ll talk to Motley Fool Analyst, Matt Argersinger about the Zuckerberg Capitol Hill hearings and other recent events that have weighed on these tech giants.

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Apr 17, 2018
5 Common Myths About Paying for College

With the help of financial advisors from, we’re going to debunk the most common myths about applying for student aid and paying for college. We’ll also talk about the point when investment returns outweigh your contributions to your retirement stash and what you should do about it.

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Apr 10, 2018
The 3rd Annual Loofie Awards

Celebrating the best, and sometimes less-than-best, in investing and personal finance. This year we’re recognizing the Foolish Stock of the Year, Unsung CEO, Best Cryptocurrency To Go Broke With and more! With special guests: Motley Fool Analysts Tim Hanson, Aaron Bush and Matt Argersinger.

Apr 03, 2018
Marvelous March Mailbag

We’ll answer your questions about the benefits of after-tax 401(k), the Backdoor IRA, i-savings bonds, and if Bro really meant it when he said you should treat a pension like a bond.

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Mar 27, 2018
The Financial Foibles of Mark Twain

Author Alan Pell Crawford joins us to talk about his book, “How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain.” We’ll also learn a few lessons from the downfall of Theranos and its relentlessly deceptive founder.

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Mar 20, 2018
Ball Like Buffett, Invest like LeBron

You read that right.  March Madness is here, and everyone is talking about basketball, so we’re talking about basketball the only way we know how: in the context of money. And when it comes to managing it, you’d have a hard time finding a better pair of ballers and money managers than Warren Buffett and LeBron James.

Mar 13, 2018
Global Investing Trends You May Be Overlooking

Motley Fool Australia's Scott Phillips joins us with a global perspective on some of the trends driving opportunities for investors right now. We'll also talk about the big takeaways from Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders and get an insider's guide for traveling to Australia.

Mar 06, 2018
February Mailbag of Love

This month we’ll answer your questions about financial planning tools, investing in peer-to-peer lending, annuities, Social Security divorce benefits, and more. What was that ridiculous url Bro said again?

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Feb 27, 2018
The Olympics of Investing

It's time once again to hand out the medals to countries who are crushing it for investors. We'll get expert commentary on winners in Robotics, ECommerce, and more. Bro also shares some controversial ideas about how to factor your home into your net worth.

Feb 20, 2018
Money and Your Honey: Bro's Tips and Tidbits

Bro shares his best advice when managing money with your shmoopy. We'll also talk about the crazy week of volatility in the stock market and the science behind being lovesick.

Feb 13, 2018
How to Be Happier and Have Less Stress and Anxiety

Whether you’re experiencing stress over money, your job, relationships, or politics, Pete Shalek, the Founder of Joyable, joins us to talk about ways to reduce your anxiety and be a happier person. We’ll also talk about people increasingly cashing out their 401(k)s early and play a game of Would You Rather. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast.

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Feb 06, 2018
January Mailbag: 457s, 529s, and Lots of Tax Stuff

The head of Motley Fool planning, Megan Brinsfield (aka Taxypants), joins us to answer your questions on term life insurance, diversifying employer stock, and taxes. We’ll also share some listener tips and feedback. Thanks to LegalZoom for supporting The Motley Fool.  Get special savings by going to use Fool at checkout.

Jan 30, 2018
Happier at Work in 2018: Land the Job of Your Dreams

One way to be happier (and healthier, and wealthier) is to get a better job. With the help of The Motley Fool’s team of ace recruiters, we’re going to discuss how to stand out from the crowd and get a shiny new job.

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Jan 23, 2018
Healthier in 2018: What Works for Us
Being healthier means being wealthier and, with the help of The Motley Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer, we’re sharing how we stay motivated to exercise and eat better. We’ll also talk about how most individual investors missed the boat on this bull market and how your financial advisor might be incentivized to put you in pricier options.
Jan 16, 2018
Wealthier in 2018: 7 Things to Do in Under 15 Minutes

Bro shares seven things that you can do in 15 minutes or less to be wealthier in 2018 and beyond. We’ll also take a look back at how the market did in 2017 and what the experts say you should expect in 2018.

Jan 09, 2018
More Organized in 2018: Advice from Extreme Cleaning Expert Matt Paxton

Here's to being more organized in 2018 with advice from Matt Paxton, extreme cleaning expert from A&E's show Hoarders! We'll also answer your question about figuring out how much money you'll need in retirement.

Jan 02, 2018
The 12 Days of Taxmas

Tax reform! It’s happening! Bro explains what changes are in store and the steps you can take to maximize your benefit.

Dec 26, 2017
Holiday Story Time Special

Cozy up, kids, it's story time with Uncle Bro and Auntie Alison! We'll check in on everyone's favorite reindeer and then cross the Pacific for a delicious tradition from Alison's happy place. And speaking of traditions, Bro will share some of the best holiday traditions that you sent our way. All that and presents, on this week's Answers.

Dec 19, 2017
5 More Sneaky Ways Retailers Will Get You This Holiday Season

Alison is back with five more ways that retailers and marketers try to get you to spend ALL the money around the Holidays. We’ll also answer your question about term versus whole life insurance before we revisit Bro’s Holiday tradition of asking listeners to share their family Holiday tradition. 

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Dec 12, 2017
5 Sneaky Ways Retailers Will Get You This Holiday Season

Whether you’re shopping online or throwing elbows at the mall, retailers are trying tap into your most primal instincts to get you to spend, spend, spend this (and every) Holiday Season. We’ll talk about some of the most ubiquitous, and effective, marketing tactics so you can spot them out in the wild.

Dec 05, 2017
How to Bend Others, and Yourself, to Your Will

Start your New Year’s resolutions planning now with the help of Gretchen Rubin, the author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and The Four Tendencies. She recently sat down with Alison at Fool HQ to discuss how to motivate others, how to acquire better habits, and how to use the threat of embarrassing pictures on Facebook to get stuff done.

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Nov 28, 2017
What’s the Big Deal with Bitcoin?

Everywhere we turn people are talking about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Maybe it’s because Bitcoin has increased in value by over 400% this year alone. So what is a cryptocurrency anyway? How does it work? And are we missing the boat by not investing it in?

Nov 21, 2017
5 More Reasons to Sell a Stock – It’s Not Me, It’s You

We’re back with 5 more reasons to break up with an investment thanks to the help of Motley Fool Analyst Jason Moser. We’ll also answer your question about selling stocks to buy a new house and learn 3 money lessons from Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting the show.

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Nov 14, 2017
Sweater Weather All Mailbag Fuzz Fest

Now with 1000% more pumpkin spice! Cozy up with our all-mailbag episode and Ross Anderson from Motley Fool Wealth Management. We’ll cover transferring a Coverdell, consolidating 401(k)s, timing the market, living off dividends and more. Also, Alison asks for travel advice…again (because the first time was so successful!).

Nov 07, 2017
Estate Planning Horror Stories

Happy Halloween! You’re going to die! If you want to avoid putting your loved ones into a living hell of legal nightmares, heed the warnings of seven estate planning horror stories. We’ll also answer your question about directing employer and personal 401(k) contributions into specific accounts.

Oct 31, 2017
A History of Market Crashes, Pt. 4: The Great Recession

In our fourth and final episode on market crashes, we’re visiting The Great Recession with Morgan Housel, Partner at the Collaborative Fund. We’ll also answer your question about balancing stocks and index fund exposure. and enter MOTLEY FOOL in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

Oct 24, 2017
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 3: The Dot-Com Bubble

Nerd is the new black (or really, green) in part 3 of our series on market crashes. Hundreds of dotcoms enter the Thunderdome that is the Information Age, only a handful survive. Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund joins us.

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Oct 17, 2017
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 2: The Energy Crisis and Black Monday

We’re making two stops in the latest in our series on market crashes with the help of Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund. We’ll start in the 70s during the energy crisis and then hop back into our DeLorean and head to Black Monday. We’ll also answer your question about whether a kid’s retirement account will impact financial aid. Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at

Oct 10, 2017
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 1: The Great Depression

This October we’re kicking off a four-part series on market crashes with the help of Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund. First Stop: The Great Depression. What made it so great, anyway? We’ll also answer your question about a bucket-method for managing your portfolio.
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Oct 03, 2017
Americans and Money – Down to the Last Penny

Bro interviews the authors of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty—which reveals the surprising results of a year-long study of the money habits of 235 American households. We’ll also answer your question about investing your emergency fund in a municipal bond fund.

Sep 26, 2017
5 Reasons to Sell a Stock: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Sometimes you’re put in a position where you have to sell stocks—and breaking up can be hard. We’re going to talk about five reasons to sell stock and how to figure out which stocks to sell. We’ll also answer your question about trusts and hear some heartbreaking stock breakup stories from Foolish Analysts.

Sep 19, 2017
Teach Your Kids to Save, No Matter Their Age

Beth Kobliner, the author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not), joins us to talk about ways to get your kids to save more money, no matter how old they are. We’ll also answer your question about the nitty gritty of determining your savings rate for retirement, and share the stories of our favorite kid entrepreneurs.

Sep 12, 2017
David Gardner’s Greatest Hits

More than 20 years ago The Motley Fool Investment Guide helped launch a revolution by demystifying Wall Street and empowering millions of people to start investing. The newly revised and updated 3rd edition of the book hits stores today and to help celebrate Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner joins us to share some of The Fool’s most timeless investing lessons. Get a copy of the book at

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Sep 05, 2017
5 Ways to Fix Your Finances Without Cutting Back

Nathan Hamilton is back with ways you can fix your finances that don't involve cutting back on your spending. We'll also answer your question about what to do with leftover 529 money and visit the town of secret Coca-cola millionaires.

Aug 29, 2017
5 Sustainable Sources of Competitive Advantage

Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund is back to discuss five ways businesses and investors can have a sustainable competitive advantage over the competition. We’ll also answer your question about why stocks get crushed even when they beat earnings expectations and take a pop quiz in famous failures.

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Aug 22, 2017
The Dow Days of Summer

We are amid the second longest bull market in history—but we all know that it won’t last and a pullback is coming. But when? And how should you prepare? We’ll also answer your question about selling off stocks you’ve let get dusty, and consult the omens for how to invest for the solar eclipse.

Aug 15, 2017
Young Whippersnapper Mailbag

What’s on the mind of the kids these days? Turns out, probably the same stuff as you. We’ll answer questions submitted by The Motley Fool’s summer interns such as: How to prioritize saving for a retirement versus a house. Are high fee credit cards worth it? And what’s the best strategy around tax-loss harvesting?

Aug 08, 2017
The Best of FoolFest 2017

Hear some of the highlights from FoolFest, our annual event dedicated to investing Foolishly, including lessons in embracing failure from Texas Roadhouse Founder and CEO, a fascinating inside look at Bernie Madoff with The Wizard of Lies author Diana Henriques, and learn the valuable investing lesson from the fraudulent brokerage firm that never made a trade.

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Aug 01, 2017
5 Trends to Watch in the Energy Sector

The fifth and final installment of our deep dive into market sectors goes head first into Energy with Industry Focus’ Taylor Muckerman. We’ll also answer your question about currency fluctuations and look at developments in VERY-alternative energy sources.

Jul 25, 2017
A Superhero’s Guide to Talking About Money

Our culture, gender or even where we were raised can have a huge impact on how we talk about money (or anything, for that matter). In this week’s episode, Dr. Deborah Tannen, a superhero in the world of linguistics, joins us to explain the various styles in communication and how we can better understand each other. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to And thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at

Jul 18, 2017
Judge Bro: Court is Back in Session

Judge Bro is bringing down the gavel on cases involving Social Security, buying a home, the Latte Effect, and more. We’ll also answer your question about what to do if your company’s 401k options are lousy and estimate how much those monthly expenses add up in retirement.

Jul 11, 2017
4 Credit Cards Pitfalls (And How to Avoid Them)

We’re going to discuss four common credit card pitfalls and how you can avoid them. We’ll also answer your question about keeping things financially equal with the kids and get advice from Ben Franklin on how to write a solid will. Thanks to Slack for supporting The Motley Fool. Learn more at

Jul 04, 2017
3 Things to Know Before You Invest in Tech

With the help of Industry Focus’ Dylan Lewis, we’re focusing on technology and what you need to know before you invest in the sector. We’re also going to answer your question about the differences between share classes and laugh at some of the worst names in tech startup history. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to

Jun 27, 2017
FoolFest QuestionFest

We’ll answer questions received during FoolFest. Is long term care insurance worth it? Can you make your nest egg grow in retirement? Does Bro actually use research to back up his claims?

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Jun 20, 2017
Domo Arigato, Mr. Broboto

One of the fastest growing trends right now is the rise of automation. Are robots, algorithms, and artificial intelligence going to put you out of a job? What companies are leading the charge and should you invest in them? We’ll tackle these questions and assuage Bro’s fears of a robot uprising with the help of Motley Fool senior analyst Simon Erickson.

Jun 13, 2017
Money Stress in the Workplace

Kent Allison from PwC joins us to share the results of the latest Employee Financial Wellness Survey. We’ll also answer your question about required minimum distributions for inherited retirement accounts and give thanks for the modern workplace.

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Jun 06, 2017
5 Trends to Die for in the Consumer Goods Sector

Industry Focus host and 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 30, 2017
Why Women Have a Tougher Road to Retirement – And What We Can All Do About It

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

May 23, 2017
Dangerous Words in Finance

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

May 16, 2017
4 Ways to Cut Your Mortgage Costs

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 09, 2017
Invest Like a Fool: Financial Sector Stocks

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 Also thanks to Warby Parker for supporting The Motley Fool. Order your FREE Home Try-On's at

May 02, 2017
Court is in Session: Judge Bro Residing

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 25, 2017
Top Priorities and Common Pitfalls for Every Decade of Life

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

Apr 18, 2017
How I Achieved an 814 Credit Score

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 11, 2017
Invest like a Fool: Biotech Stocks

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

Apr 04, 2017
Motley Lessons of April Fool’s Pranks Past

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 28, 2017
Housing Mailbag Spectacular

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

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Mar 21, 2017
The Ins and Outs of IPOs

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 14, 2017
Put Values-Based Investing to Work in Your Portfolio

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.

Mar 07, 2017
The 2017 Loofie Awards

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 today.

Feb 28, 2017
How to Fight About Money

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 21, 2017
Special Hugs With Warren Buffett

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 14, 2017
How Do You and Your Schmoopie Compare to the Average Couple?

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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Feb 07, 2017
Military Money

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 31, 2017
Be More Productive in 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 24, 2017
How to Keep Those Health Resolutions in 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 17, 2017
Science-Backed Hacks to Being Happier in 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 10, 2017
A Lazy (and Smart!) Person’s Guide to a Wealthier 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.

Jan 03, 2017
Family Inc. – Manage your Family Finances Like a CFO

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 20, 2016
Mailbag: Self-directed IRAs, 529s, Calculating Investing Returns and More

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:

Dec 13, 2016
The Science of Better Gift Giving

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.

Dec 06, 2016
Eavesdropping: The Best of Boston Member Event

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 29, 2016
5 Ways to Maintain (and Not Gain) Over the Holidays

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 22, 2016
Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur

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 15, 2016
How to Invest If ________ Wins the Election

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 08, 2016
That'll Happen the Day the Cubbies Win the World Series

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!

Nov 01, 2016
The Witch of Wall Street

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 with the promo code “fool.”

Oct 25, 2016
Bonus Episode: Building a Better Baby Boomer Portfolio

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

Oct 21, 2016
Decoding the Quarterly Earnings Report

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 18, 2016
Confessions of a Mutual Fund Manager

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.

Oct 11, 2016
5 Things You Maybe Didn't [But Definitely Should] Know About Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds can seem as simple as a basket of puppies, but they are way more complex and much less cute. Robert Brokamp helps us get past the basics of mutual funds to understand the inner workings that can affect your bottom line. We’ll also answer your question about tax managed funds and meet some historically unreasonable people.

Oct 04, 2016
How to Write a Letter Worth Millions of Dollars

When it comes to your history with money, you’ve made some smart decisions and a few mistakes. Sure, finance is personal, but don't keep it to yourself. Be a great example AND a horrible warning to your loved ones so they can benefit! Personal finance expert, Kimberly Palmer, joins us to talk about why you should write a letter to your kids or grandkids to share your money experiences. She’ll cover what to write and when to deliver it.

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Sep 27, 2016
Whatever Happened to the BRIC?

For more than 15 years, analysts have been predicting that Brazil, Russia, India, and China—aka the BRIC—were going to take off economically and these emerging markets were the place to be investing. So what happened? Do they really deserve a place in your portfolio or are there better options? Joe Magyer, Foolish Fan Favorite, gives us an update on the BRIC and shares his strategy for getting international exposure.

Sep 20, 2016
Get on the Bus, We're Taking You to School

Summer is over and as the kiddos head back to class, so do we with bite-sized money lessons in History, Econ, Math, and English. We’ll dissect the Dutch Tulip Mania, learn about three key ratios, explore the origins of the word “portfolio,” and more. We’ll also answer your question about how to weigh rental properties in your portfolio.

Sep 13, 2016
Mailbag Time! 401ks, Post-Retirement Sources of Money, So Many Insurance Questions!

Should you max out your 401k or invest in individual stocks? Does it make sense to pay off student debt with a 401k loan? How can you make your dwindling funds last post-retirement? Is long-term care insurance worth it? So many questions! We have so many answers thanks to special guests Joe Perna and Sean Gates, financial planners with Motley Fool Wealth.

Sep 06, 2016
Putting the Fun in Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds! What are they? How do they work? Are they worth it? Ron Gross is our tour guide as we venture into the pricey, exclusive, and loosely-regulated world of Hedge Funds. We'll also answer your question about diversifying your portfolio if you only own 2 stocks.

Aug 30, 2016
The GOATs of Investing, Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

Robert rounds out the list of the Greatest [Investors] Of All Time with four more inductees and three honorable mentions. We'll also answer your question about whether you should diversify your assets when it comes to who's managing your money.

Aug 23, 2016
The GOATs of Investing - Part 1

Now that we all know the meaning of the acronym GOAT, we’re going to look at the Greatest [Investors] Of All Time. We'll introduce you to five of the most influential investors ever, as well as share their most notable quotable and peculiar quirks. We'll also answer your question about whether to cash out a pension in a lump sum and manage it yourself or let it ride.

Aug 16, 2016
Which Countries Will Take Home the Medals?

In the spirit of competition, we will make medal predictions for which countries will be the leaders in tech, manufacturing, energy and more in the years to come. We’ll also answer your question about how much money you should have in the stock market and we’ll get an insider’s guide to Rio. Stick with us here. It’s a long episode, but we have a ton of fun.

Aug 09, 2016
Never Sell Stocks

Jason Moser joins us to talk about how to identify the kind of stocks that you'll want to hold forever. A handful Motley Fool analysts will share their "never sell" stock and we'll answer your question about how to adjust your financial game plan when your income changes...dramatically.

Aug 02, 2016
Millennials are the Worst, AMIRITE?! (Actually, No)

If you ask the Internet, Millennials are the worst generation ever. But is that really true? We’re going to dig into the research to find out if Millennials are just as entitled, lazy, and lousy with money as the prevailing opinion believes they are. We’re also going to answer a couple questions about required minimum distributions (fun!) and then have our very own battle of the generations between a Boomer, Gen X-er and Millennial.

Jul 26, 2016
The Anti-Reading List

While everyone else is telling you what you should read this summer, we're giving you a list of what to avoid. Morgan Housel joins us to share his anti-reading list (okay...and a book recommendation too). We also ask fellow Fools what they are doing this summer instead of lounging by the pool with a good book and answer your question about how to smooth out market volatility in your portfolio.

Jul 19, 2016
Credit Score Mailbagapalooza

We enlist the help of NerdWallet Investing Writer (and Answers Alum) Dayana Yochim to answer your pressing credit-related questions including which type of debt to pay down first, how to overcome a slip-up, and why you should get at least one credit card even if it's at Old Navy (just make sure you pay it off every month).

Jul 12, 2016
Could You Benefit from a Little Financial Therapy?

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.


Jul 05, 2016
Where to Live If You Want to Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Foolish

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 28, 2016
Get Ready for the New Retirement

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 21, 2016
FoolFest - A Festival of Fools

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 14, 2016
June Mailbag with Foolish Investor Ron Gross

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.

Jun 07, 2016
The Robots Are Coming… For Your Money

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 31, 2016
Ancient Secrets of Travel Hackers Revealed

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 24, 2016
Journal Your Way to Investing Success

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 17, 2016
Where to Stash Your Pile of Cash for the Best Return

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 10, 2016
Dear Ladies: You Were Born to Be Awesome with Your Money

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.

May 03, 2016
What Would Warren Buffett Do?

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 26, 2016
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bonds

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 19, 2016
Take Steps Now to Make Your Taxes Less Brutal Next Year

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 12, 2016
3 Peculiar Traits of Wealthy People

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.

Apr 05, 2016
Find Out Why You REALLY Do What You Do With Your Money

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 29, 2016
Give Your Finances a Good Spring Cleaning

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 22, 2016
Finding Your Very Own Pot O’ Goals

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 15, 2016
Bonus Episode: March Mailbag

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 10, 2016
5 Ways You Could Be Wrecking Your Retirement

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 08, 2016
Cutting the Cable Cord in 5 Easy Steps

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.


Mar 01, 2016
It’s the Loofie Awards! Celebrating the Best in Personal Finance

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 23, 2016
America Versus The World

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 16, 2016
5 Financial Rules of Thumb (and the Exceptions)

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 09, 2016
Your Super-Savvy Investing Questions Answered

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.

Feb 02, 2016
7 Simple Steps for Millennials (Or Anyone, Really) to Get Your Finances On Fleek

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.

Jan 26, 2016
BONUS: Full interview with Motley Fool Co-Founder, David Gardner

Our interview with Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner ran a little long so we had to edit it down to fit the show. But, dear listeners, we didn't want to deprive you of his fabulously futuristic insights. So here's the whole shebang, including how sheer laziness can be one of your best investing traits.

Jan 19, 2016
How to Profit from the Impending Robot Uprising

If anyone knows what the future looks like at The Motley Fool, it’s our co-founder David Gardner. He joins us to talk about which tech trends he has his eye on, as well as how to find—and invest in—the companies that are driving the future. We’ll also answer a listener question about when to consider a Roth 401k and then meet this week’s Money Morons.

Jan 19, 2016
Yes, Grumpypants, You Can Retire Without the Lottery

We play Pollyanna to all the negative voices in your head that tell you you'll never have enough money to retire (Yes, even if you don't have a big salary or are getting a late start). We also ask some of our favorite financial advisors for their #1 best way to be better with money in 2016.

Jan 12, 2016
Your Chances for Financial Success, Predicted by 3 Questions

It turns out that correctly answering three little questions can predict how financially successful you'll be in life. Sadly most people can't ace the test (but we're confident you can!). We also sit down Tess Vigeland to talk about taking the leap to find happiness in your career and Robert delivers an update on his good habit challenge.

Jan 05, 2016
Mailbag: Gaining lost ground on retirement, the right number of stocks to own, and more.

Some send letters to Santa, you send letters to us! So let’s close out the year by digging into our mailbag. We’ll talk about whether you should take matters into your own hands to get better investing returns, the tax implications of dividends, and what’s the right number of stocks to own if you’re just starting out.

Dec 22, 2015
A Non-Boring Guide to Understanding the Federal Reserve

Everyone’s eyes are on The Federal Reserve this week as its Board of Governors meets to discuss hiking interest rates in the US for the first time since 2006. We’ll help you be the smartest person in the room (assuming Janet Yellen's not there) when it comes to understanding the Federal Reserve and how we all should feel about a rate hike.

Dec 15, 2015
5 Weird Ways to Spend Less This Holiday Season

We asked and you responded! We'll share our listeners' best tips and hacks for managing money. We're also going to cover 5 bizarre (but scientifically proven!) ways to spend less when you're shopping over the Holidays—or whenever.

Dec 08, 2015
2015 Holiday Gift Guide - With Something for Everyone

Here are our best ideas to help you tackle your holiday gift list. There's something for every budget and every age to help you help the ones you love be better with money. We also reveal the secret to giving memorable presents that really matter.

Dec 01, 2015
6 Reasons We’re Living in the Greatest Period in World History

While some people like to harp about the good old days, the truth is that this is an amazing time to be alive. Quite possibly the best ever. So we should all take a moment to ponder depressing historical statistics and be thankful for what we've got.

Nov 24, 2015
Awkward (but Crucial) Conversations for Your Holidays

What’s more brutal than talking to your family about politics, sex and religion over the Holidays? Money! It’s not easy, but a few frank and honest conversations with your family members can result in a joyous New Year (and beyond). We'll explain what you should tackle and how to broach the subject of retirement and estate planning with your family members.

Nov 17, 2015
Practical Hacks for Building Better Money Habits

Everyone has at least one bad money habit that leads them to spend too much or save too little. In this show, we’re going to share some practical tips and tricks to help you break the bad money habits and replace them with better ones. We’ll also get some decent love advice from the Federal Reserve.

Nov 10, 2015
How to Find the Financial Advisor of Your Dreams

We break out the polyester pants and the double entendres to play the Financial Advisor dating game. We’ll give you the questions to ask and the red flags to look out for when enlisting help managing your money. We also look at the pros and cons of 401k loans and avoid saying the word leakage.

Nov 04, 2015
Stock Market Superstitions: Invest…IF YOU DARE

We investigate some of the most infamous stock market superstitions with Morgan Housel and taste test the best goodies pumpkin spice season has to offer. It’s a very Halloween episode of Motley Fool Answers and [spoiler] it’s going to get weird.

Oct 27, 2015
Two Fools Debate: Mortgage versus investing, annuities, and when to take Social Security

Should you pay down your mortgage or invest the money? Are annuities good or bad? Collect Social Security ASAP or wait? We debate the merits of both sides of common money conundrums. Also, we head to the mailbag for your questions on managing your 401k yourself, owning your company’s stock, if it’s ever too late to open a Roth, and more.

Oct 20, 2015
Secrets from the Diary Of a Financial Advisor

We found the diary of a financial advisor and brought him on the show to talk about the surprising things he’s learned throughout his career. Also, is being frugal in your DNA and can a family of four really live off of $14K a year?

Oct 13, 2015
Preferred Stock, MLPs, and Two Dividends to Watch

Mailbag time! James Early is back to answer your burning questions about swanky-sounding preferred stocks, the pains of loving MLPs and how to convert your portfolio to a dividend producing machine.

Oct 06, 2015
5 Stupid Things People in Finance Say All the Time

Financial pundits and talking heads often say dumb stuff on CNBC or in the Wall Street Journal. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, joins us to call out some of the worst offenses. We’ll also tell you about a couple financial experts you SHOULD listen to and Robert defends arguably the worst financial advice ever for 20 year olds.

Sep 29, 2015
International Investing Made Easy

Fool Funds Chief Investment Officer Bill Mann challenges some of the common misconceptions held by Americans about investing overseas. He also shares the lessons he learned as a Siberian underwear purveyor.

Sep 22, 2015
3 Tips to Get Your Kids Investing

We offer a few rules of thumb for getting kids excited about investing and explore the options for setting up their brokerage accounts.

Sep 16, 2015
How to Pay for College Without Getting Eaten by a Dragon

We read a choose your own adventure tale on how to save for college, introduce Robert to the world of LARPing, and answer your questions about the Backdoor Roth.

Sep 08, 2015
How to Survive a Bear [Market] Attack

You might as well embrace the bear, because it’s a part of investing you can’t escape. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, is back to explain the history of bear markets and your best course of action when the stock market tanks. Also, what to do when your 401k options stink and Robert explains why not all annuities are created equally.

Sep 01, 2015
5 Ways Your Brain is Sabotaging Your Money

Biases prevent all of us—yes, even you—from managing money intelligently. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, joins us to talk five common biases and how you can reduce the damage they inflict on your finances. Also, Robert answers your questions about how to break up with your underperforming mutual fund.

Aug 25, 2015
Mailbag: Real Estate Edition

Beginner advice for investing in real estate, vacation home considerations, buying versus renting, and much more. Experts from around The Motley Fool answer your questions about all things real estate related.

Aug 18, 2015
Money Mistakes of the Rich and Famous

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 11, 2015
3 Rule-Breaking Stocks to Watch

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.

Aug 04, 2015
Getting Started with David Gardner

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 28, 2015
Mailbag! Your 911 Fund, IRA Rollover Advice and Missing Wills

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 21, 2015
3 Small Steps For a Healthier, Wealthier Life

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 14, 2015
Dividends: Next Level Stuff

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.

Jul 07, 2015
Dividends Are Awesome: Get some!

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 30, 2015
Where to Find $300,000

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 23, 2015
How to Ask For a Raise

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 16, 2015
How to Negotiate Like a Pro

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 09, 2015
Raid Your Retirement Account!

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."

Jun 02, 2015
Divorce-Proof Your Finances

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 26, 2015
Talking to Your Parents About Money

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 19, 2015
Advice for College Grads

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 12, 2015
Social Security Myths & Misconceptions

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.

May 05, 2015
Playing Catch-Up: 6 Tips for Late-Starters

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 28, 2015
Spoiled Rotten: Raising Kids That Aren't

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 21, 2015
Buy Your First Stock! Here's How

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 14, 2015
Money Lies We All Believe

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).

Apr 07, 2015
IRS Audit: Are You In Danger?

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 31, 2015
What Your Tax Return Says About You

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 24, 2015
5 Reasons to Delay Retirement

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

Mar 17, 2015
Secrets to Warren Buffett's Success

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 10, 2015
IRAs, 401(k)s: Stuff You Need To Know

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.

Mar 03, 2015
Are You Financially Average?

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.

Feb 24, 2015
Bad Financial Advice: Red Flags, Must-Ask Questions

Warning signs that you're getting bad financial advice from your money pro. Plus, breakup lines to help you get out of a bad relationship.

Feb 17, 2015
Couples & Cash: How to Have "The Talk"

Don't let money issues become a sore spot in your relationship. We share our top tips to make managing money with your Shmoopy painless, productive -- and even fun!

Feb 10, 2015
Mailbag! First Investments, IRA Limits, Financing a New Business, Credit Score Dings and More

How much money do I need to start investing? What's the best way to invest for kids? Is this going to hurt my credit score?  Answers to these and other listener questions, plus our inaugural inductee into the Money Hall of Shame.

Feb 03, 2015
Easy Tricks for Sticking to a Budget

Make it easy. Make it automatic. Here are our best ideas for keeping your budget on track. Plus, everyday budgeting heroes at The Motley Fool share their No. 1 piece of advice.

Jan 27, 2015
Impress People at Parties With Your Investing Knowledge

Matt C. has a confession: "When my friends start talking about investing I just nod my head and pretend to know what they're talking about... I'm too embarrassed to admit that I don't know the difference between a stock, a bond and a mutual fund." You're in a safe place with us, Matt. We'll help you - and others - hold your own the next time the topic arises.

Jan 20, 2015
Credit Score Facts and Fallacies

Credit Score Facts and Fallacies: Your parents might not buy you ice cream for bringing home a good credit score. But a top-notch money GPA will get you favorable financial treatment (and pay off handsomely, to boot). We set the score straight on the mysteries, misconceptions and must-follow rules for stellar credit.

Jan 13, 2015
Checklist for a Financially Fit 2015

Forget New Year's resolutions (too much pressure!). Instead follow our five-point checklist (easy!) to set yourself up for a financially fit 2015.

Jan 06, 2015
The 411 on your 401k

What they are, why you should care, mistakes people make (full disclosure: including our own boneheaded blunders) and two things to do right this very moment to improve your returns.

Dec 30, 2014
When Good Debt Goes Bad

Sometimes "good debt" turns out to be not-so-good after all. When it comes to mortgages and student loans, don't blindly follow the old financing rules-of-thumb.

Dec 23, 2014
End the Year Strong

We've picked out our favorite year-end financial "to dos" so you can make the dwindling days of 2014 pay off handsomely for years to come.

Dec 16, 2014