So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

By Farnoosh Torabi

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 Sep 17, 2019


Host Farnoosh Torabi is an award-winning financial strategist, TV host and bestselling author. So Money brings inspiring money strategies and stories straight from today's top business minds, authors and influencers. What was their financial journey and how do they master their money today? Hear from inspiring individuals and learn about their financial philosophies, wins, failures and habits. Plus, their secret guilty pleasures. On Fridays, tune in as Farnoosh answers your biggest questions about money, career, guests, you name it. Submit your question for Farnoosh at

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1232: Impact Investing and How to Align Your Portfolio with Your Values
Guest Janine Firpo brings advice on how to create a values-driven investment strategy. She is a seasoned values-aligned investor and social innovator, with a long history of working at the intersection of women and their money. Her book, Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World, was a collaborative effort with almost 150 women. Topics discussed include how to identify your values as they pertain to your investments, how to begin making socially-driven changes to your portfolio and how to measure your impact? Does socially-conscious investing come at a financial cost? More about Janine: From the early years of Apple Computer to senior positions with Hewlett-Packard, the World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Janine has always found herself making an impact. In 2017 she left a successful 35-year career in technology and international development to focus on how women can create a more just and equitable society through their financial investments. She is a lead investor in Next Wave Impact, an impact fund designed to help more women become angel investors. And, she chairs the board of Zebras Unite, an organization that is developing the capital structures, community, and culture that non-unicorn start-up businesses need to thrive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 28, 2021
1231: Actress and Author Annabelle Gurwitch on Financial Fragility and Adapting to Midlife
Actor, activist and author Annabelle Gurwitch joins to discuss her latest bestselling book, You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility. The book is a collection of raw and honest essays that capture the issues Gurwitch grapples with in midlife, from divorce to financial fragility. As the Library Journal says, "Gurwitch’s perspective on both the major and the mundane will be relatable to anyone who understands how the American Dream has devolved into a fever dream. Her stories are as personal as they are universal...The latest from Gurwitch will have readers rolling with laughter one minute and picking up the phone to commiserate with friends or family the next." You can learn more about Annabelle and her work here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 26, 2021
1230: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Get Remarried if it Means Giving Up My Ex's Social Security Benefits?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh: a listener is considering remarrying, however, it would mean losing out on her ex husband's social security benefits. What's the right move? Also: rules around inherited IRAs and benefits to 457b plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 23, 2021
1229: Tackling $650,000 in Student Loan Debt
Imagine having $650,000 in debt? What would be your game plan? Amber Masters joins to talk about how she and her husband plan to squash their massive student loan debt (mostly from his schooling) and how, along the way, she's building an app to help others become debt free. More about Amber: She is an attorney turned entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of the app, Paidback, which makes debt payoff simple and fun. While practicing as an attorney, Amber created the website to document her journey paying off $650,000 in student loans. She's been featured on CNBC, ABC, and Yahoo Finance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 21, 2021
1228: Sunny Israni, Co-Founder of Clasp on Financial Inclusivity and Feeling "Safe" in the Financial World
Sunny Israni, better-known as The Money Gay on TikTok, is committed to making personal finance accessible and interesting for groups traditionally left out of the personal finance conversation. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and spent six years on Wall Street as an Analyst at Merrill Lynch. Additionally, Sunny is a serial entrepreneur who founded two companies prior to his current venture, Clasp, a financial wellness coaching platform, with his co-founding partner, Katherine. He's a software engineer, previously at Bloomberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 19, 2021
1227: *NEW* Ask Farnoosh: Should I Buy a Home with My Boyfriend?
'Ask Farnoosh' is back with a fresh episode highlighting some of the top questions posed by viewers. This week: How to apply for a mortgage when one spouse is out of work; Risks to closing old credit cards; the best investing books and whether or not to go in on a home purchase with an unmarried partner. Farnoosh selects TWO show reviewers to each receive a free 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 16, 2021
1226: How to Reverse-Engineer Financial Success
For generations, we’ve been taught there are two ways to succeed—either from talent or practice. But In his new book, Decoding Greatness: How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success, award-winning social psychologist Ron Friedman shares a powerful third path—one that has quietly launched icons in a wide range of fields, from artists, writers, and chefs, to athletes, inventors, and entrepreneurs: reverse engineering. Farnoosh and Ron discuss the technique behind reverse-engineering, ways to apply it to your financial and career success and why humans are so fascinated - and obsessed with - success.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 14, 2021
1225: How to Be a Feminist Dad with Jordan Shapiro, Author of Father Figure
Might it be time to rethink some aspects of fatherhood? What does it mean to be a feminist father? Author Jordan Shapiro writes about it in his new book, Father Figure, a book that Adam Grant describes as a "thoughtful and long-overdue exploration of fatherhood and masculinity in the 21st century that redefines what it means to be a good father." Drawing on research in sociology, economics, philosophy, gender studies, and the author's own experiences, Father Figure explores the psychology of fatherhood from an archetypal perspective, as well as a cultural history that challenges familiar assumptions about the origins of so-called traditional parenting roles. What paradoxes and contradictions are inherent in our common understanding of dads? More about Jordan: He has a PhD, is father to two children and step-father to two more. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner Amanda Steinberg. He teaches in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program. He’s senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and nonresident fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. His previous book, The New Childhood (2018), received wide critical acclaim and has been published in 11 languages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 12, 2021
1224: Ask Farnoosh: Setting Financial Boundaries with Family, Asking for a Raise, Whether to Buy an Investing Course and More
This episode is a replay and originally aired on Friday, June 19, 2021. On this Friday's Ask Farnoosh listeners ask: Are investing courses worth it? How to anticipate and budget for home maintenance costs? How to ask for a raise after learning a colleague makes more? How to set financial boundaries with family members you are supporting? Plus, Farnoosh selects her reviewer of the week for a free 15-minute money session! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 09, 2021
1223: The Price You Pay for College with Ron Lieber, NYT Columnist
This episode originally aired on January 27, 2021. It is “the most complex and emotionally fraught financial decision that many families will ever make,” says my guest Ron Lieber about college. This high-stakes money move is a source of anxiety, stress and confusion. Too often, it leads us down the wrong path of over-borrowing for a school that under-delivers. In his latest book, The Price You Pay for College, Ron help readers make the most financially and emotionally-intelligent decision possible in selecting a school. We’ll discuss why the cost of college is SO high (over $300,000 for a private four-year college, on average), some secrets to paying for college (ever hear of merit aid?) and how to properly “value” the college experience, especially in the post-Covid world. Ron’s book is available here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 07, 2021
1222: The Truth About Being Very Rich with Author Jennifer Risher
This episode originally aired on May 19, 2021. While the ultra-rich don’t ever have to worry about affording their needs (or wants), they may suffer from some big problems related to being wealthy. As guest Jennifer Risher explains, it can be hard to maintain close relationships and come to terms with your financial reality when you’re rich. In her book, We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth, Risher shares her own personal journey of coming into extraordinary wealth, as well as the voices of others in her demographic and the hidden impact of wealth on identity, relationships and sense of place in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 05, 2021
1221: Ask Farnoosh: All Things Investing with SoFi's Liz Young
Today's Ask Farnoosh focuses entirely on investing, answering your hottest questions about 401(k)s, brokerage accounts, and how to save for your future if you're self-employed. Also, what to make of the meme stock craze? This is a special episode produced in partnership with our friends at SoFi, the all-in-one platform where you can save, you can spend, earn, borrow, invest. Now at SoFi you can buy stocks and ETFs and open an automated portfolio all with no account minimums and zero commission on trades. Plus, members now have access to upcoming IPOs before they begin trading on an exchange. Through SoFi social investing, you can also follow other members and see what they're investing in. You can visit to sign up for a SoFi active invest account and enter to win $5 to $1,000. Helping me answer your questions today is Liz Young, SoFi’s head of investment strategy where she is responsible for providing economic and market insights to a variety of audiences. Liz is passionate about educating others on investing to help people feel empowered to take a more active role in their financial futures. ### Disclaimer: Terms and conditions apply. Loans originated by SoFi Lending Corp. or an affiliate. CFL #6054612, NMLS #1121636 ( Equal Housing Lender. Brokerage products offered through SoFi Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. SoFi Money® is a cash management account, which is a brokerage product. Neither SoFi nor its affiliates are a bank. Advisory services are offered through SoFi Wealth, LLC an SEC-registered Investment adviser. Investing early in a new issue involves substantial risk of loss. The decision to invest should always be made as part of a comprehensive financial plan taking individual circumstances and risk appetites into account Social investing is meant to be informational and is not advice. Any actions other users take should not be considered as the basis for an investment decision. Investing comes with risks including the risk of loss. Liz Young is a Registered Representative of SoFi Securities and Investment Advisor Representative of SoFi Wealth. Her ADV 2B is available at This information isn’t financial advice. Investment decisions should be based on specific financial needs, goals and risk appetite. Diversification can help reduce some investment risk. However, it cannot guarantee profit nor fully protect in a down market. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design), and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. The SoFi Credit Card is issued by The Bank of Missouri (TBOM) (“Issuer”) pursuant to license by Mastercard® International Incorporated and can be used everywhere Mastercard is accepted. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. SoFi doesn’t provide tax or legal advice. Individual circumstances are unique. Consult with a qualified tax advisor or attorney about your specific needs.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 02, 2021
1220: Talking About Covid with Your Children with Nerissa Holder Hall, Founder of Mirror Mirror Books
Nerissa Holder Hall is the founder of Mirror Mirror Books, a direct-to-consumer publishing company that creates picture books that help little kids handle life's big moments. Mirror Mirror's books come in 14 versions so the child in the book can look a bit like the child in your life. Their first book, The Day I Beat the Germs, tackles the COVID-19 pandemic. Nerissa is an award-winning producer of games, television, podcasts and social networks for kids. She has almost two decades of experience in children's media including with Nickelodeon, PBS/WNET, Pinna and Callaway Digital Arts where she led product development for a Ready to Learn project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Nerissa has a degree in English from Wellesley College and a Masters degree in communication and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Nerissa was born and raised in New York. She founded Mirror Mirror Books with her husband with whom she lives, works and raises their 5-year old twins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 30, 2021
1219: How to Raise Money Smart Kids with Author and Teacher Rob Phelan
Rob Phelan is the author of the children's book M is for Money, which aims to introduce 3-8 year old children to age-appropriate money words and normalize conversations about money between family and friends. He is a high school personal finance teacher in Maryland, where he lives with his wife and son who is almost two years old. He is part of the ChooseFI Foundation team, a non-profit with the mission of bringing high quality and free personal finance education to underserved communities, and the owner of The Simple StartUp, a digital camp for kids to help them start their first business. For more check out: M is for Money - Kickstarter campaign for M is for Money Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 28, 2021
1218: Ask Farnoosh: Reducing Student Loans, Investing in REITs and Affording a High-Cost of Living City
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, listeners ask about ways to reduce their student debt burden, how to afford housing in a high-cost of living area like New York or San Francisco, whether to invest in REITs and how often to check one's investment portfolio? Plus Farnoosh shares big news related to a personal project. And a new reviewer is selected to receive a free 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 25, 2021
1217: Why (and How) to Be Proud of Your Privilege with Hitha Palepu, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Hitha Palepu is a multi-hypenate - an entrepreneur, investor, author and creator of #5SmartReads. She's the CEO of Rhoshan Pharmaceuticals and an investor in over 15 women-led and women-focused companies. Her second book We're Speaking: The Life Lessons of Kamala Harris will be published this fall. On the show, we discuss the topic of privilege. Why, even if you have a lot of it, it is OK to be proud of your success. Hitha is the single daughter of immigrant parents. She shares what drives her to keep so many projects and tasks going on at the same time, how she manages her time, and advice for those of us who want to invest in other companies. Hitha is an avid angel investor and she’ll also walk us through some ways to get involved without a lot of money. Hitha lives in New York City with her husband and sons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 23, 2021
1216: Affording Parenthood (While Working) with Author Daisy Dowling
On today's show, a conversation about the financial and career-related costs of being a working parent - and how to design a more fulfilling, dignified (and affordable) life for you and your family, especially as we emerge from the pandemic. Guest Daisy Dowling is a 20-year Wall St. veteran who now coaches working parents, helping them get to the top of their game (she’s also a mom to two young kids). Her new book is WORKPARENT: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. She offers great advice for aspiring parents, as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 21, 2021
1215: Ask Farnoosh: Setting Financial Boundaries with Family, Asking for a Raise, Whether to Buy an Investing Course and More
On this Friday's Ask Farnoosh listeners ask: Are investing courses worth it? How to anticipate and budget for home maintenance costs? How to ask for a raise after learning a colleague makes more? How to set financial boundaries with family members you are supporting? Plus, Farnoosh selects her reviewer of the week for a free 15-minute money session! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 18, 2021
1214: LGBTQ+ Financial Rights & Suze Orman on Being Gay in the World of Finance
In celebration of Pride Month, NextAdvisor Editor-in-Chief Adam Auriemma stops by the show to share some of the site's latest coverage related to LGBTQ+ financial rights. He also provides the behind-the-scenes of his new interview with Suze Orman on how being gay has been the foundation to her success. We also highlight some LGBTQ+ personal finance experts to follow. To sign up for Adam's June 24th Livestream with Suze Orman click here.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 16, 2021
Bonus: Understanding Financial Abuse with Survivor Mercii Thomas
This episode is brought to us in partnership with the Allstate Foundation. [Trigger Warning] Today’s show focuses on a very serious issue, domestic violence and specifically, financial abuse, described as the invisible weapon of domestic violence. It is something that happens in nearly all cases of domestic violence - 96 percent of domestic violence victims experience financial abuse. We will hear from one very brave survivor, Mercii Thomas, who recently left her abusive partner, a man that made her financially and geographically reliant on him. We’ll discuss the importance of understanding financial abuse and how that can prevent a victim from breaking free. We’ll explore the prevalence of domestic violence and financial abuse and the importance of financial empowerment....and share important resources for victims, survivors and their allies. If you or someone you know wants to learn more about these issues, you can visit If someone needs immediate help, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You can also learn more about financial abuse and the signs here in my latest blog post. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 15, 2021
1213: The Ambition Penalty When Women Ask for More with Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez
Financial expert Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez discusses her latest work exploring what she calls the “ambition penalty” — the social, professional and financial costs women face when asking for more. Understanding it is critical for tackling gender inequality when it comes to money, she says. Because nothing will change if we keep telling women to step up, only for them to be pushed down when they do. You can read her full article at Bloomberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 14, 2021
1212: Crypto Week: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Buy Bitcoin?
We are capping Crypto Week with guest Hilary Hendershott, CFP and Founder of Hendershott Wealth Management, in a discussion about whether or not it is wise to invest in the crypto space. Will we regret ignoring the craze in, say, 30. years? How to buy a cryptocurrency? How to invest in blockchain technology? What do you do if you want to sell your stake? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 11, 2021
1211: Crypto Week: How Crypto Can Help Close the Wealth Gap
Our conversation picks up where we left off in the previous episode about the impact that the blockchain and cryptocurrency may have on the world, with a deeper look at what it can mean for the racial and gender wealth gaps. Our guest is Cleve Mesidor, founder of the National Policy Network of Women of Color in Blockchain. A Washington insider, she served as an Obama Presidential Appointee, a senior staffer in Congress, and in the leadership of national political campaigns. She is also the author of the book THE CLEVOLUTION, A gritty and honest memoir where she chronicles her nomadic journey that begins during the tumultuous 70s in Haiti and later migrating to NYC and then into Washington politics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 10, 2021
1210: Crypto Week: How Will Crypto Impact the World? What Are NFTs?
Today we will examine what adoption of crypto and the blockchain will mean for the world - the environment, business, innovation. What world will we be living in where crypto will dominate? My guest is Ollie Leech, Experienced Editor and Technical Analyst at CoinDesk, a leading media platform for cryptocurrency news and research. We also explore the world of NFTs, Non-Fungible Tokens, and what makes them valuable and useful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 09, 2021
1209: Crypto Week: What is Bitcoin and Why Should I Care?
I’m excited to announce that this is CRYPTO WEEK! We begin with a conversation with two highly knowledgeable guests who will provide us with the BASICS. What is the history of crypto? What is bitcoin? What is the blockchain? Why should we care? My guests are Kiana Danial, author of Cryptocurrency Investing for Dummies and CEO of InvestDiva, an award-winning, internationally recognized personal investing and wealth management expert. And my colleague John Puterbaugh who is the editorial director for NextAdvisor, a personal finance publication in partnership with TIME. John has more than 10 years of experience leading editorial teams in personal finance, consumer advocacy, and local news. He’s written extensively about cryptocurrency for NextAdvisor.  (The ETF referenced in the episode, that Farnoosh has purchased, is BLOK (This is not an endorsement or recommendation.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 07, 2021
1208: Ask Farnoosh: Best Time to Ask for a Raise, Breaking Up with a Financial Advisor, 529s and More
It's a jam-packed Ask Farnoosh with numerous questions answered. Learn how to find an estate planning attorney, break up with a financial advisor, start a 529 plan, talk about money with your partner for the first time and when is the best time to ask for a raise . Farnoosh also selects her reviewer of the week to receive a free 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 04, 2021
Bonus: Is Cash Going Away? The Future of Payments
This episode is produced in partnership with FIS, advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests. Today's episode centers around the future of payments. What is going to happen to cash and credit cards? What are the various options with which we are going to pay for goods and services going forward? Change is afoot. The pandemic accelerated a lot of the innovation within the tech space as it pertains to payments and e-commerce. Our guest is Nicole Jass, Senior Vice President of Products in the Merchant Solutions group at FIS (NYSE: FIS). FIS is a Fortune 500 company that holds leadership positions in payment processing, financial software and banking solutions. Nicole and I discuss the future of cash and electronic payments and changes in the world of e-commerce. Plus, are malls really going away? And yes, we discuss bitcoin! To read more about FIS and my article about the future of fintech, click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 03, 2021
1207: How Health Care Fails Pregnant Families with Ashley Brichter, Founder and CEO of BirthSmarter
There is no rule book when it comes to parenting. I remember when I was pregnant with my first child, a friend who’d just had her baby said to me at my shower, “Your one job is just make sure the baby stays alive.” And I thought to myself…that’s it? That’s an interesting standard. And you know what, I now totally understand where she was coming from. On today’s show we’re talking to guest Ashley Brichter, founder and CEO of Birthsmarter, a community and digital platform providing practical wisdom and guidance to the next generation of families. Ashley is an educator, speaker, and health and wellness advocate with over a decade of experience as a doula, birth educator, solo-entrepreneur, and mom of two. With over a decade of experience supporting new parents, Ashley provides one-on-one support, group classes, lectures, and distance learning for the perinatal population and the professionals who serve them. Together we discuss the features in our health care system…issues only exacerbated by Covid, the inequities faced by Black and brown pregnant women an how families can get affordable support before and after birth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 02, 2021
1206: Generation X: Money, Life and Legacy with Margit Detweiler
They may be called the "forgotten generation," but Generation X, those born between 1966 and 1980, are the trailblazers of our time, according to guest Margit Detweiler, founder of — a Webby-honored storytelling platform, live event series and community for grown-ass, Gen-X women aka those of us who are, in fact, "just getting started." Farnoosh and Margit discuss Gen X's superpowers, the legacy they'll leave the next generation and what would you do with your career if the Internet crashed? More about TueNight: Its weekly newsletter, the TueDo List, was just a Webby honoree in 2021 and named one of the top women-led newsletters by Forbes. Their storytelling lineup is consistently great and has included luminaries such as What Not To Wear’s Stacy London, NY Attorney General Tish James, novelist Amy Sohn, musician Jill Sobule, author Ada Calhoun and many others. In April of this year Margit launched TueNighters a private, subscription-based community with events and workshops tailor-made for Gen-X women. More about Margit: She also runs Gyrate Media, a boutique content strategy firm that works with brands like Verizon, AARP, P&G, Brandless, J&J, Citi and many others. Previously, she was the editorial director for and Aol Health, executive editor at and managing editor and music editor of the Philadelphia City Paper. She's an award-winning reporter and editor and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Redbook, Refinery29, the Associated Press, Village Voice, Bust, and many others. A born and bred Philadelphian, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and beagle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 31, 2021
1205: Ask Farnoosh: Tax-Efficient Investing, Whole Life Insurance and Where to Park My Cash for the Mid-Term?
This week on Ask Farnoosh: How to find a financial professional who's also good with taxes? Is whole life insurance worth it? How much company stock is too much to own? Where to park cash you may need in the next 5 years for a wedding? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 28, 2021
1204: The Case for Equal Parenting and How it Can Support Financial Equity
In my latest installment of my monthly NextAdvisor column “Closing the Gap,” I cover the financial inequities divorced moms face after marriage. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2018, moms lead 80% of single-parent households as primary custodians—and often bear the brunt of financial obligations. But if we believe that time is the great equaliser and that equality - particularly financial equality - between men and women is critical, then a move towards equal parenting time following a divorce could support that. There are, of course, cases where either partner isn't fit to spend time with the kids or there is a history of abuse or addiction. Every family situation is individual and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But my guest, Emma Johnson, founder of Wealthy Single Mommy and a divorced mother of two children, is a vocal champion for the assumption of 50/50 parenting, making appearances in the media and state capitols to share her evidence that joint custody can help support financial equality between parents. This episode shares her perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 26, 2021
1203: The Financial Cost of Having a Disability with Author Emily Rapp Black
One in four adults has a disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet our country and culture falls behind in supporting this community in many ways to achieve the same opportunities as everyone else. This episode explores the financial inequalities, specifically, as well as some of the emotional and social struggles when you're a person living with a disability, as experienced by guest and memoirist Emily Rapp Black. Black lost her left leg at the age of six, due to a congenital birth defect. She was soon after chosen as the poster child for the March of Dimes. Her experiences living with a disability have led to the publication of several books including Poster Child: A Memoir, The Still Point of the Turning World, and her forthcoming book, Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg (June 15, 2021). She is a former Fulbright scholar and recipient of the James A. Michener Fellowship. She is an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine. You can learn more about her at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 24, 2021
1202: Ask Farnoosh: How to Manage Money Post-Divorce & How Much is "Too Much" in Savings?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, listeners ask about the best ways to manage money following a divorce, how a person's job can impact a mortgage approval and where to save money that you'll want to tap five or seven years from now. Plus: How much is *too* much in savings? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 21, 2021
Digital Banking Scams and How to Protect your Money
This episode is brought to us in partnership with Zelle. When was the last time you used cash? Or even pulled out your wallet to pay for something? The pandemic has led to a higher adoption of payment apps and has only accelerated the growth in the industry. Cash may be King or Queen...but paper money is going the way of the dinosaur - fast. According to a new survey by Zelle, today more than 80% of consumers either use or plan to use P2P services – and nearly 1/5 (19%) of consumers began or plan to use P2P during the pandemic. You’re probably familiar with many of the P2P payments currently on the market including Zelle, the one that I use often. And while convenient, we need to be careful. Our guest is the COO of Zelle, Donna Turner and she'll walk us through the safe ways to use peer to peer payments, and we’ll touch on some of the unfortunate scams that have made the news, fraud cases that have victimized users...and how to avoid them or seek a resolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 20, 2021
1201: Why It's Really Hard Being Rich with Jennifer Risher, Author of We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth
While the ultra-rich don't ever have to worry about affording their needs (or wants), they may suffer from some big problems related to being wealthy. As guest Jennifer Risher explains, it can be hard to maintain close relationships and come to terms with your financial reality when you're rich. In her book, We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth, Risher shares her own personal journey of coming into extraordinary wealth, as well as the voices of others in her demographic and the hidden impact of wealth on identity, relationships and sense of place in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 19, 2021
How to Control Spending in the "New Normal"
This episode is brought to us in partnership with Zelle. The summer is traditionally a high season for spending. And this year it might be even more of a financial frenzy. From vacations to your kids camp, family gatherings and outdoor events, we missed out on a lot of these key experiences last summer. But now with vaccinations on the rise, hold on! I predict quite the rebound. That’s good for the economy...but what about our wallets? Today’s show we’ll discuss more of what we can expect from a consumption standpoint this summer, what will consumer behavior be like, and how to make smart money decisions in this relatively emotional time. Are there ways to save? New ways to budget? And what about sharing expenses with others? Rose Corvo, Chief Marketing Officer at Zelle, joins to share insights from a new survey and advice for listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18, 2021
1200: How to Make a Financial Impact and Create the World You Want to Live In
How to effectively make a financial impact towards the causes you care about most? Guests Christen Brandt and Tammy Tibbetts, who built the wildly successful nonprofit She’s the First from the ground up, discuss how to create meaningful impact in a world that so desperately needs it. Where do you begin? What causes should you focus on? How do you know if a non-profit is legitimate? In their new book Impact, Brandt and Tibbetts share stories and interactive activities to help readers find their focus, identify partners, and plug into movements for long-term, systemic change. The authors will donate all their future proceeds from book sales to She’s the First indefinitely. Learn more at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 17, 2021
1199: Ask Farnoosh: My In-Laws Are Pressuring Us to Buy a House!
On this week's Ask Farnoosh: What to do when parents start interfering with your financial moves? A listener says her father-in-law, as his "dying wish," wants to see her and her husband buy a house. (Yikes!) Plus, how to best spend (or save) a raise at work, advice for establishing credit as a new resident in the U.S. Farnoosh also picks her reviewer of the week and discusses her appearance in a Netflix series! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 14, 2021
1198: Aging with Power with Fashion Icon and Author Norma Kamali
At 75 years old, fashion designer Norma Kamali continues to innovate and create impact in the industry. Discover how she has self-funded her business with no debt and her secret to creating and selling bestselling designs. Her new book is called I Am Invincible, a mantra for women taking them through every decade of their journey and guiding them into how to live their best, healthiest and most fulfilling life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 12, 2021
1197: Real Estate Investing in Black Communities with Lisa Phillips
As featured in Farnoosh's column for NextAdvisor, guest Lisa Phillips is a real estate investor who specializes in Black communities. Rather than zero in on up-and-coming markets where you can buy low and flip high, Phillips is pouring her money into the same neighborhoods in which she was raised: predominantly Black and brown, working class towns where you can find fixer-uppers for $30,000 or less. With smart and strategic upgrades, she’s proving it’s possible to turn properties into welcoming and safe homes. Today she is the founder of Affordable Real Estate Investments, runs the Facebook community Sub30KMastermind and is the author of the book Investing in Rental Properties for Beginners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 10, 2021
1196: Financial Advice on TikTok? Really?
This week, Farnoosh answers listeners questions about when is the 'right' time to start getting ready to buy a home, what to do with an old TSP retirement account, the truth about financial advice on TikTok and how to get over the fear of investing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 07, 2021
1195: How Sensitivity Can Be Your Superpower at Work
Are you sensitive? Well then guess what - you have a superpower, says guest Melody Wilding, author of the new book Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions at Work. Wilding draws on decades of research and client work to examine the intersection of sensitivity and achievement in the workplace and offers neuroscience-based strategies you can use to reclaim control of your life and reach your full potential. Trust Yourself offers concrete steps to help what Wilding calls “Sensitive Strivers” – empathetic, driven individuals—break free from stress, perfectionism, and self-doubt to achieve confidence, overcome imposter syndrome, speak and act with assertiveness, build resilience, and find the confidence to work and lead effectively. Learn more at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 05, 2021
1194: Financial Infidelity and Secretly Carrying $100k in Credit Card Debt
Guest Melissa Houston shares how she secretly racked up over $100,000 in credit card debt, the day she confessed to her husband and her emotional road to recovery. More about Melissa: She is a Certified Professional Accountant and a Business Finance Coach with over 20 years of professional experience.  Melissa coaches entrepreneurs to become confident with managing the cash in their business so that they make their business more profitable.  Melissa teaches her signature 5-step Cash Confident framework.  Melissa is a regular contributor with and  Melissa is the host of the Think Like a CFO podcast. When Melissa isn't busy helping entrepreneurs make their business most profitable, you can find Melissa up at her cottage with her husband, 2 teenagers and 3 dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 03, 2021
1193: Ask Farnoosh: Biden's Capital Gains Tax Hike, Post-Vaccine Spending and Investing in Art
It's a jam-packed Ask Farnoosh Friday with questions related to President Biden's tax change proposals, whether it's OK to paint your house versus pay off student loans, how to curb the impulse to spend on outings and vacations once you're vaccinated and finally, advice for investing in art. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 30, 2021
1192: Why We Should (and Can) All Be Millionaires with Rachel Rodgers
Our discussion around women and wealth continues with guest Rachel Rodgers, founder of HelloSeven and author of the the highly anticipated book We Should All Be Millionaires (out May 4). In her book Rachel teaches women how to make the kind of money that will give them the authority to make meaningful changes in their communities and close the opportunity gap that exists today. It’s not just about being wealthy, it’s about having a mindset of wealth. More about Rachel: She is a business coach, mother, wife, intellectual property lawyer and CEO who says that according to the “State of Women-Owned Businesses” 2019 report, women own 51% of all businesses in the US but only bring in 4.2% of the revenue. For women of color, those numbers are even less. Follow Rachel on Instagram @RachelRodgersESQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 28, 2021
1191: A Mom's Guide to Managing Money with Author Catherine Alford
Guest Catherine Alford shares advice from her new book, Mom's Got Money: A Millennial Mom's Guide to Managing Money Like a Boss, an instruction manual to help moms use the skills they already possess to become extraordinarily confident managers of their money. More about Catherine: She is a nationally recognized financial educator who started her business with a $10 domain name and grew it into a multifaceted, six-figure digital media company. She is the creator of, and the co-founder of Through her work, she offers a suite of digital products and services include financial writing, public speaking, and influencer marketing all with the goal of helping women become more financially confident. Over the years, her writing and expertise have been featured in dozens of media outlets including Good Morning America, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Real Simple, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider, and many more. She currently lives just outside of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, their boy/girl twins, and a rescue dog named Julep. Follow Cat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 26, 2021
1190 Ask Farnoosh: How Do Wealthy Women Invest?
In this week's Ask Farnoosh, one listener, who is close to erasing $100,000 worth of debt, wonders how to now move onto her savings goals when she's so exhausted from her debt payoff. Another listener wonders how high-earning women invest (or should invest) their money, and is there any benefit to keeping all of your investments at one brokerage? Farnoosh weighs in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 23, 2021
Bonus: From College Dropout to "Most Admired" CEO, In Conversation with Kirk Simpson, CEO of Wave Financial
We are in conversation with an entrepreneur named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the growth sector. Kirk Simpson, is the co-founder and CEO of Wave Financial, an accounting software business, that was recently acquired by H&R Block for over $500 million CAD. Like many founders, Simpson's journey didn’t come without its share of struggles and financial hardships. And today in this climate of economic difficulty and struggle for small businesses, his lessons can hopefully shed some optimism and insight to what it takes to see a business through to an acquisition. But that’s not to say that Simpson's work and his team’s work at Wave Financial is complete.  This episode is brought to us by Wave Financial at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 22, 2021
1189: The Brain Science of Branding and Spending Triggers with Leslie Zane
What compels us to spend on certain brands over others? Guest Leslie Zane runs Triggers Brand Consulting, the first female-founded brand consultancy in the U.S.. A Harvard Business School graduate, Leslie is known in the industry for her expertise in applying brain science to branding. She was the first person to include a man in an advertisement for a baby care product. Farnoosh and Leslie discuss the "triggers" that get us to spend on certain products and services over others. Plus, Leslie's advice for women workers in today's rough job market, her own upbringing as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and the biggest investing mistake she made. Helpful links: Triggers® Brand Consulting – Leslie's article in Harvard Business Review -   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 21, 2021
1188: The New Economics of Dating and How to Measure Your "Match"
We're discussing dating, finding love and the economics of today's modern romances with Jon Birger, author of Make Your Move: The New Science of Dating and Why Women Are In Charge. Farnoosh and Jon discuss the perils of dating apps, the best places to find love today and why we ought to redefine the idea of an "equal" partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 19, 2021
1187: Ask Farnoosh: The "Struggles" of an Overnight Tech Millionaire
Did you read the article in New York Magazine this week about the young woman who made $6 million in her start=up company's IPO? And how she's very, very troubled by it? Farnoosh and co-host Georgia Lee Hussey, founder of Modernist Financial, analyze the situation! And answer your money questions including: Should I finance IVF? and What's the best investment for a 20-something earning a steady paycheck? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 16, 2021
1186: Jannese Torres-Rodriguez, Financial Freedom for Latina Women
Jannese is a nationally-acclaimed Latina Money Expert, Educator, Speaker, Writer and Business/Wealth Coach. She became an accidental entrepreneur after a job loss led her to create a successful Latin food blog, Delish D’Lites. Now, she helps her clients and listeners build successful online businesses that allow them to pursue financial independence and freedom. Jannese is on a mission to educate marginalized communities on topics like entrepreneurship, investing, and building generational wealth through her personal finance podcast, “Yo Quiero Dinero.” The podcast has been featured by BuzzFeed, Business Insider, NextAdvisor (Time), Grow Magazine (CNBC), Bankrate and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 14, 2021
1185: Writer Rachel Sklar Talks Single Motherhood, Selling Her Company and Bitcoin
Entrepreneur and writer Rachel Sklar joins the podcast to share the behind-the-scenes of selling her company The, a global community of high impact women in media, technology & entrepreneurship, why being a single parent has proven to be her greatest joy in life and Rachel's experience buying and selling bitcoin. Learn more about Rachel and her work at You can follow her on Twitter and IG @rachelsklar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 12, 2021
1184: Ask Farnoosh: How to Be a Better Spender, Affording City Living and Life After Student Loans
Listeners ask about how to best afford moving to a more expensive city, splitting rent when you earn less than your partner and how to get more comfortable with spending. Guest co-host is Brittney Castro, CFP and Founder of Financially Wise Inc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 09, 2021
1183: Think Like a Breadwinner with Jennifer Barrett, Author and Money Expert
Though nearly half of working women in the United States are now their household's main breadwinner, most women still aren't raised to think like breadwinners. Financial expert Jennifer Barrett wants to change that. In her new book THINK LIKE A BREADWINNER Barrett aims to break barriers down and help close the gender gaps—in wages, wealth and leadership—for good. More about Jennifer: She is the Chief Education Officer at Acorns, a financial wellness app with more than 8 million users, and the founding editor of its popular money site, Grow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 07, 2021
1182: The Lost Art of Connecting with Susan McPherson
At a time when we are more physically distant than ever before—how can we reverse the growing trends of disconnection to forge meaningful connections in business and in life? Guest Susan McPherson is the author of THE LOST ART OF CONNECTING: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships. In the book Susan argues that we need to foster value-based connections by going back to basics. Technology she says, is a tool, not a means to an end. To forge lasting relationships, we need to reconnect with people as human beings—especially right now. Making a genuine connection sparks learning, knowledge sharing, reduces burnout, spurs innovation, and creates a sense of purpose and well-being. The book offers a practical three-step framework to harness our shared humanity and shape our interactions daily—whether on Zoom or in real life. More about Susan: She has a lifetime of experience building genuine connections in and out of work. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection of brands and social impact. She has contributed to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and has received numerous accolades for her voice on social media platforms from Fortune Magazine, Fast Company and Elle Magazine. She resides in Brooklyn. Visit to learn more about Susan and her book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 05, 2021
1181: Ask Farnoosh: Leasing a Car, Investing in Crypto, Paying off $80k in Student Loans
This week's Ask Farnoosh answers listeners questions related to paying off student loans and whether it's OK to invest at the same time, what to do with a $10,000 cash bonus from work, maybe invest in crypto? And what's wise: buying or leasing a car? Farnoosh weighs in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 02, 2021
1180: How to Get Financially Whole with Tiffany Aliche "The Budgetnista"
Tiffany Aliche, aka The Budgetnista, is back on So Money, sharing insights from her new #1 bestselling book Get Good with Money: 10 Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 31, 2021
1179: Helping Refugee Youth Gain Financial Literacy with Charlie Grosso, Founder of Hello Future
Guest Charlie Grosso is the founder of Hello Future, a nonprofit organization that bridges the education gap for adolescent refugees. The organization teaches the essential skills needed to become entrepreneurs and community leaders, starting with digital literacy and basic digital skills and later, storytelling, media literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and financial literacy. More about Charlie: She is Chinese-American and has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, having founded her first business at the age of 20. On the show, she describes the challenges of navigating her personal pursuits with her family's cultural expectations for her future, as well as how she's been able to stitch together so many wonderful and different career paths from being a photographer to documentarian to now, running an education non-profit. Learn more at and Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 29, 2021
Bonus: Financial Relief for Struggling Homeowners and Renters
Happy Monday! Delivering a special BONUS episode, in partnership with Fannie Mae, providing timely advice and support for struggling homeowners and renters impacted financially by COVID-19. The pandemic has hurt so many millions of Americans from being able to pay their bills, including their housing payments. It’s been especially challenging for people of color who have been disproportionately impacted economically. Joining to provide some solutions is Danielle McCoy, Vice President and Fair Lending Officer at Fannie Mae. She and Farnoosh discuss Fannie Mae's #HeretoHelp education effort, the ins and outs of forbearance, and why it might be a real option for homeowners right now. They also tackle some of the myths surrounding forbearance and how it impacts one's credit. Also: important advice for renters that may need some financial assistance right now, how to know if you can qualify for free financial counseling and the best ways to negotiate with your landlord. To learn more about the strategies discussed, please visit Please note, since the recording of this podcast the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended its temporary halt in residential evictions order through June 30, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 29, 2021
1178: Ask Farnoosh: A Weird 401(k) Problem, Buying a House with an Inherited Roth IRA and Free Credit Counseling
We cover a lot of ground on Ask Farnoosh, answering questions related to a strange 401(k) at work, the pros and cons to placing a smaller down payment on a home, using an inherited Roth IRA to pay for a home purchase and where to turn for free credit counseling. Plus, Farnoosh's thoughts on this year's Equal Pay Day and the latest reviewer to win a free 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 26, 2021
1177: How a Local Bakery (Barely) Survived the Pandemic
By the end of 2020 roughly 3 out of every 10 small businesses that were open in New Jersey at the beginning of 2020 had closed. Today we're spotlighting a local bakery in Montclair, NJ (my town) for a behind-the-scenes look at how it managed to stay afloat in the pandemic. Rachel Wyman is the owner of the Montclair Bread Company, a bakery that specializes in artisan bread, classic pastries and specialty donuts. It is also a beloved community gathering hub. In our conversation, Rachel shares the tumult of the first few months of the pandemic, having to furlough a majority of her staff and quickly rethink her business plan. We touch on the importance of having multiple revenue streams and ways to build a loyal community of customers. Rachel grew up in Maryland and as a child watched her grandmother make wedding cakes. After graduating from the University of Florida with a French degree, she studied baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where she discovered a passion for baking bread. She has worked for Bread Alone Bakery, Amy’s Bread, and the Ritz-Carlton and has developed bread recipes for Wegmans, Whole Foods, Target, and Starbucks. She is a mom of three children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 24, 2021
1176: The Financial Benefits of a College Gap Year with Abby Falik, Founder of Global Citizen Year
The pandemic drove many incoming freshman students to defer their first year of college and take an unexpected 'gap year.' But what if this became the norm? Guest Abby Falik is a social entrepreneur and founder of Global Citizen Year, an organization that supports students between high school and college, helping them to approach higher ed with more intention and purpose. On the show Abby and Farnoosh discuss the benefits of slowing down the approach to college enrollment, how colleges and universities perceive the students that take a so-called "gap year" and why Abby thinks some colleges will be forced to close in the coming years. More about Abby: She is the Founder & CEO of Global Citizen Year, an award-winning social entrepreneur, and an expert on the changing landscape of education. She is a frequent speaker and writer, and has been featured in prominent forums and news outlets including the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Fast Company Innovation Festival, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR.  Learn more: Global Citizen Year Website: Twitter: @GlobalCitizenYr Facebook: Instagram: Abby Falik Website: Twitter: @abbyfalik Facebook: LinkedIn: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 22, 2021
1175: Ask Farnoosh: Claiming the Stimulus Check, Retiring Early and Buying an Investment Property
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, listeners want to know if it's better for married couples to file taxes separately to claim the stimulus, how to retire by 42 and when to know if purchasing an investment property is really worth it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 19, 2021
1174: Squashing $170,000 Worth of Debt with Financial Coach Britni Ross
Our guest today erased six figures worth of consumer debt and now runs a successful business, while teaching many on how to reclaim their financial health. Britni Ross is a Business & Financial Educator and Coach who focuses on helping you break your financial handcuffs so you can create a life and work you love. From budgeting to wealth building, Britni teaches you how to take command of your money story. Over the last decade, she has paid off over $170,000 in personal debt and left her corporate job to test her skills at running a business. Britni is a wife, mother, and multi-passionate entrepreneur who lives in Ohio where she continues working toward her goal of becoming financially independent. Beyond her coaching business, she also runs a successful e-commerce company with her husband from the comfort of their 13-acre countryside property. Blog/Site: Instagram - Free Resource for the Podcast Audience: (custom offer will be live before our interview) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 17, 2021
1173: Recalculating Your Career in a Post-Covid World with Lindsey Pollak
Guest Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author and career and workplace expert. Her newest book, Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work, is a direct response to the COVID crisis, is an inspirational, practical, and forward-looking career playbook for recent grads, career changers, and transitioning professionals looking to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace. More about Lindsey: Lindsey was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, which honors the top global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Lindsey is a graduate of Yale University. You can learn more about her work on her website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 15, 2021
1172: Ask Farnoosh: Can (and Should) You Buy a House in this Crazy Market?
This week's Ask Farnoosh episode covers pros and cons to buying in today's hot real estate market, financial (and life) advice for your 30s and the lowdown on Health Savings Accounts. Guest is Adam Auriemma, Editor in Chief of Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 12, 2021
1171: Promoting Inclusivity at Work, Closing the Wage Gap and Building Generational Wealth
We cover it all today! From how businesses can (and should) be more inclusive, the fight for equal pay at work and how to create generational wealth. My guest is Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group. For over twenty years, Daisy has made it her mission to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive. A human capital executive and expert on diversity, equity and inclusion, Daisy inspires and equips global leaders and organizations to think inclusively, lead with purpose, embrace courage and shape the future of work. She's consulted mega-watt companies including Google and Disney. In our conversation we discuss: today's blueprint for creating a more inclusive culture at work, how to teach empathy, Daisy's childhood, as a Dominican-Puerto Rican-New Yorker, of being "close to wealth" but not wealthy and how she's creating generational wealth for her daughter and siblings. More about Daisy: Her TEDx talk Inclusion Revolution and upcoming book with Seal Press by the same title calls on everyone, from an individual contributor to a CEO, to take on the work of dismantling inequity in the workplace. Learn more at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 10, 2021
1170: How One Mom Stopped Shopping on Amazon for Good
#BoycottAmazon has been trending on Twitter lately. Maybe you’ve seen the headlines about Amazon’s alleged unsustainable and unfair working conditions or grown concerned about the massive wealth chasm between the company’s founder and its 1.3 million employees.  Perhaps you’ve witnessed several mom and pop-owned businesses close their doors during the pandemic, while Amazon earned billions. You may be embarrassed about the amount of money you spend at the retail behemoth. Or maybe you just want to better support minority-owned businesses. Whatever the reason, you may be compelled to quit Amazon for good. Today’s episode interviews one New York City journalist and mom who’s given up her Amazon spending as best she can. Julie Scelfo officially kicked her Amazon habit in 2019 for “a combination of reasons,” she told me. Between the excessive packaging that made recycling a “part-time job,” the financial toll on mom-and-pop stores, and the overtime delivery teams suffered around the holidays to get Amazon packages to doorsteps, Scelfo had witnessed enough. The site was once her go-to for everything from laundry detergent to books, baby gifts, and kid clothes, but she banned it altogether. As an activist, this isn’t Scelfo’s first retail boycott. Several years ago, she gave up the Gap when she saw the clothing store monopolizing city street corners and edging out smaller shops. “I’ve always tried to spend my dollars in line with my values.” But, she admits, “it’s not so easy.” Listen to find out more about Julie’s reasons for banning Amazon, how she’s finding alternative vendors and how others can follow in her footsteps. More about Julie: She is a journalist, author and justice advocate who helps people discover the forces that help shape human thinking. Recently, she gave a TED Talk about how humans make meaning and why being “media savvy” — having an understanding how media works — is essential for parsing today’s cluttered information environment. Previously, Scelfo was a staff writer for The New York Times, where she wrote stories about how we live in contemporary American society that frequently ended up on the Times’s most-emailed list. Before joining the Times in 2007, Scelfo was a Correspondent at Newsweek where she covered breaking news, including the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Scelfo is most popularly known as the author of The Women Who Made New York (Seal Press/Hachette, 2016), a collection of intersectional biographies that reveal how it was women — and not just men — who built one of the world’s greatest cities. Irin Carmon described the book as “both a public service and a pleasure;” Maria Popova of Brain Pickings deemed it “rigorously researched and elegantly written.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 08, 2021
1169: Ask Farnoosh: Roth IRA Penalties, Stock "Slices" and Locking in a Mortgage Rate
Farnoosh answers listeners' questions about what to do after accidentally contributing to a Roth IRA when your incomer exceeded the limit, as well as whether it's wise to invest in stock "slices." Also: When does it make sense to pay for and lock in a mortgage rate and what is the best way to save for a child's future? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 05, 2021
1168: Using Your Intuition to Achieve Financial Goals with Laura Day
How can we use our intuition to drive smart decisions during a time of great uncertainty? New York Times-bestselling author Laura Day has spent nearly four decades helping individuals, organizations, and companies harness and develop their innate intuitive abilities to create profound change. Newsweek magazine calls her “The $10,000-a-Month Psychic,” adding “When business people need a crystal ball, they turn to consultant Laura Day, the ‘intuitionist.’” We discuss: How to harness your intuition? What is intuition, actually? What are her predictions for the economy? How can our intuition help us achieve financial goals? More about Laura Day: Her work has helped demystify intuition and bring it into the mainstream. In her workshops and presentations, she demonstrates the practical, verifiable, and sometimes astonishing uses of intuition in the fields of business, science, medicine, and personal growth. She is the author of six bestselling books including Practical Intuition and The Circle. She has appeared on numerous TV networks and programs, including CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, The View, Extra, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. For more information, please visit: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 03, 2021
1167: How to Brag Better with Author Meredith Fineman
On today's episode: How to brag about your accomplishments without sounding pompous? How to get ahead at work with an effective "bragging" strategy? Meredith Fineman is the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion. She is an entrepreneur, writer, and media expert with over a decade of experience training individuals to use public relations as a catalyst for positive career change. She is the founder and CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company with a focus on visibility and voice. She speaks and trains a number of topics, and is best known for her speaking and training on women and bragging. She is also the creator and host of the second-hand and sustainable fashion podcast, It Never Gets Old. To learn more about Meredith check out: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 01, 2021
1166: Ask Farnoosh: Is it a Good Time to Buy a House? And is it Wise to Pay Down my Mortgage Early?
Lots of real estate questions on So Money today. From figuring out whether it's a wise time to buy a home in seller's market and whether or not it's worth it to pay off a mortgage early, Farnoosh tackles listeners' biggest questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 26, 2021
Bonus: How Will Robots Change Our Financial Lives?
How do you feel about the idea of robots playing a bigger role in our financial lives? What does that even mean? I recently teamed up cloud computing firm Oracle to ask over 9,000 consumers and business leaders around the globe about their thoughts on the relationship between money and tech — specifically AI (artificial intelligence) and robots. What we discovered is that two in three people (67%) say they trust robots more than humans with their money. And 8 in 10 consumers think automated tools will replace personal financial advisors in the coming years.  Joining me today to discuss all of this for this special bonus podcast brought to us by Oracle, is Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, who has a diverse background in finance and technology; she is currently an executive director at Oracle and previous to Oracle she held positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Motorola. She and I discuss the benefits of leveraging technology in our financial lives and what this trend means for advisors. Kimberly also shares personal stories of her upbringing and what drove her to the field of tech and science. To learn more about the survey visit More about Kimberly: She is a global technology and finance leader with over 29 years of career achievements. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and has received many awards and recognitions for her expertise and leadership, including Accounting Today's “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” and CPA Practice Advisor's “25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting.” For the last 16 years, Ellison-Taylor has served in global leadership roles for Oracle Corporation and also currently advises C-Suite executives on cloud solutions that innovate and transform business. She is also an adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon University’s Chief Information Officer Certificate program, teaching courses in Emerging Technologies & Innovation.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 25, 2021
1165: Investing in Women, Disrupting the Legal Industry and Common Startup Mistakes with Candice Cook Simmons, Founder of the Cook Law Group
The pandemic has spurred disruption and acceleration around the world. Our guest Candice Cook Simmons, Founder of the Cook Law Group, is navigating these times by disrupting her industry, and investing more in female-led start-ups. She discusses why investing in women makes great financial sense, how her law firm works with clients in a more collaborative and affordable way and the biggest mistakes founders make in launching their businesses that can lead to legal challenges. More about Candice: She is Founder and Managing Member of The Cook Law Group and a Co-founder of Wrd Ventures, She has been featured in The New York Times as one of the top women attorneys in New York and selected as a “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer.” Through Wrd Ventures—an early stage venture fund developed with Venmo Co-founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail—she invests in underrepresented founders.  A native of Atlanta, Candice Cook Simmons lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. You can learn more about Candice here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 24, 2021
1164: The Future of Money with Daniel Simon, Author of The Money Hackers
Fintech is changing our lives, from Robo-advisers to mobile banking and Bitcoin. In his new book, The Money Hackers, author Daniel Simon focuses on some of fintech’s most powerful disruptors - a ragtag collection of financial outsiders and savants - and uses their incredible stories to explain not just how the technology works, but how the Silicon Valley thinking behind the technology works...and the future of fintech. What more can we expect? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 22, 2021
1163: Ask Farnoosh: Why D*ve R*msey Got it Really Wrong About Stimulus Checks
Farnoosh shares her opposing thoughts on finance guru D*ve R*msey's comments on F*x N*ws regarding why a $600 or $1400 stimulus check is bad news for Americans. Also: How to research and negotiate your rates as a freelancer or contractor? Another listener asks: What if you don't have any financial goals right now? And, finally, do you really need life insurance? Really? Farnoosh also selects her iTunes reviewer of the week to receive a free 1:1 money session with her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 19, 2021
1162: Leveraging Your Artistic Assets with Steven Wallace, Composer, Singer and Filmmaker
Prolific composer and artist Steven Wallace joins So Money to discuss the release of highly anticipated film musical Hal King, a hip hop/r&b style musical set in the jazz era of the late 1950's. Steve shares his rich journey mastering the fields of music, performance and filmmaking. We discuss the challenges of being a person of color in a classically white industry, and the behind-the-scenes of how he funded his film. More about Steve Wallace: He is a singer and composer from Chicago and most recently a composer with BMI’s Lehman Engel Workshop for composers and lyricists. His professional expertise incorporates a plethora of genres and styles from Soul, Hip Hop, Blues, and Classical. In the span of his career, Mr. Wallace has released 15 of his own albums independently as an artist, produced, performed and written on over 100 albums with credits including Ledisi, Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, and Eric Roberson, as well as gaining nods from the likes of Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Just Blaze and others for his fantastic and creative ideas. As a composer, Steve Wallace has written a book of 15 art songs, 2 symphonies, 4 operas, 2 musicals and a variety of chamber works for various instruments. Mr. Wallace is also a very accomplished classical singer and has performed worldwide as a soloist, on tours, and as lead tenor roles in operas such as Carmen, La Boheme, and La Traviata with respected opera companies nationwide. Here's where you can watch the trailer for Hal King. The film is currently streaming on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and Google Play. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 17, 2021
1161: How to Make Hard Decisions About Money & Life...Easy
Guest Stef Ziev is an executive coach and creator and host of the Permission to Choose podcast. She shares her strategies for helping clients overcome decision paralysis, overcome mental blocks and make choices aligned with their values. More about Stef: She is a former TV Executive turned certified life and executive coach who appears as an expert on NBC’s Today show, as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio on various channels.= Stef spent nearly two decades as an award-winning senior development executive in the entertainment industry. She worked for DreamWorks and The Oxygen Network where she developed and oversaw original movies and series for television, several of which won and were nominated for awards, including an Emmy. Stef’s goal with every client is to remind them they have the choice to live and lead with more joy and freedom which creates more impact with greater ease. For more information, please visit: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 15, 2021
1160: Ask Farnoosh: Financial Advice For My 40s (And You Can, Too!)
As Farnoosh journeys further into her 40s, she shares her top pieces of financial advice to accomplish in the next decade. Plus, listeners ask: How to talk to parents about their finances if they're stubborn or too proud (but you know they're struggling), how to create a bridge between a current career and a future one, and how self-employed can best save for retirement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 12, 2021
1159: Smart Ways to Invest in Real Estate in 2021
If you're interested in building wealth through real estate investments, our guest Fee Gentry can help. She is an Austin-based real estate agent and "agent for change," focused on supporting female and Black investors navigate the real estate market successfully. She is on the Board of Directors at eXp World Holdings. We discuss: how buyers can negotiate in the competitive sellers' market, the risks that come with FHA loans and hot markets that are headed for more appreciation in the coming years. More about Fee Gentry: Before immersing herself in the real estate world, Fee was as a serial entrepreneur. She earned her MBA and founded several businesses in the rehab, fitness, and sports training industries, including a post-rehab company working with athletes including those in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NCAA, and the Olympics. She became a Realtor in 2004 with the mission to help her clients achieve what she believes to be a vastly important step in obtaining financial freedom: home ownership. Over the past 15 years, she has generated exciting opportunities for her clients and helped them accomplish their home ownership goals. Her personal website is here.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 10, 2021
1158: How to Practice Anti-Racism in Money and Work with Trudi Lebron, Founder of ScriptFlip!
Today's podcast centers around ways business owners and individuals can lead with a greater commitment towards equity and inclusion, From more conscious day-to-day spending to making an impact - both inside and outside of work - guest Trudi Lebron, diversity, equity and inclusion coach, shares actionable steps we can aspire to to pursue. More about Trudi Lebron: She teaches individuals and institutions how to build successful, anti-racist businesses. In the past seven years, she has grown her company, Scriptflip!, into a multi-six figure machine for helping others maximize their social impact. Trudi is the host of the Business Remixed Podcast, has been featured in Forbes and was recognized as one of the Hartford Business Journal 40 Under 40 Leaders in 2016. She lives in Hartford with her two children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 08, 2021
1157: Ask Farnoosh: What do you think of the Robinhood app?
On this Friday's Ask Farnoosh, listeners want to know about whether or not to quit a job, how to handle a $40,000 signing bonus and how to teach kids of all ages about money. Plus, hear what Farnoosh thinks about the Robinhood app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 05, 2021
1156: Didn’t get a stimulus check? How to claim that money on your taxes
Tax season is delayed this year. What will that mean for our taxes? Adam Auriemma, Editor-in-Chief of NextAdvisor, joins to share some important IRS updates. If you didn’t get a stimulus check, learn how to claim that money on your taxes. More about Adam: He is the editor-in-chief of NextAdvisor, the personal finance channel of TIME. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Money Magazine and a deputy bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal. Teams working under Adam’s leadership have received the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism, a National Association of Black Journalists Digital Media Commentary Award, and an Emmy nomination for Best Cultural/Topical Documentary. Subscribe to NextAdvisor's newsletter: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 03, 2021
1155: Following a New Career Path at 40 with Tina Wells, Entrepreneur and Author
At age 16, Tina Wells began what would become a multi-million dollar marketing firm, Buzz Marketing Group, that would claim Apple, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Johnson and Johnson and other top brands as clients. Today, at age 40, she is pursuing a new path that entails building a publishing empire focusing on tween girls. In our conversation, she discusses her business beginnings in high school to her recent - hard, but important - decision to pivot, as well as her business relationship with Target. More about Tina Wells: She is the founder of RLVNT Media, a multimedia content venture serving entrepreneurs, tweens and culturists with authentic representation. Tina is also the author of seven books, including the best-selling tween fiction series Mackenzie Blue, its 2020 spinoff series, The Zee Files, and the marketing handbook, Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right. Learn more at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 01, 2021
1154: Ask Farnoosh: What's All This GameStop Drama and Why Does it Matter?
Today’s Ask Farnoosh focuses on a recent market event that’s taken Wall Street and the investing world by storm: the GameStop "Short Squeeze." The stock has soared an epic 1,700% recently since December, driven by smaller investors. Dr. Hans Boateng, The Investing Tutor, helps Farnoosh break down this story, and provides his take on who's really to blame, what's at stake and why all of this matters to us. Follow Dr. Hans on Instagram @TheInvestingTutor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 29, 2021
1153: The Price You Pay for College with Ron Lieber, NYT Columnist
It is "the most complex and emotionally fraught financial decision that many families will ever make," says my guest Ron Lieber about college. This high-stakes money move is a source of anxiety, stress and confusion. Too often, it leads us down the wrong path of over-borrowing for a school that under-delivers. In his latest book, The Price You Pay for College, Ron help readers make the most financially and emotionally-intelligent decision possible in selecting a school. We'll discuss why the cost of college is SO high (over $300,000 for a private four-year college, on average), some secrets to paying for college (ever hear of merit aid?) and how to properly "value" the college experience, especially in the post-Covid world. Ron's book is available at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 27, 2021
1152: How Women Can (and Should) Make More Money with Claire Wasserman
Ladies Get Paid is not only a fast-growing community for women seeking career support and guidance, it is now a bestselling book. Co-founder and author Claire Wasserman joins to share some of her best advice for navigating your career in 2021, why promoting gender equality at work is not just the right thing to do, but a wise business decision, and how to successfully ask your boss for more money over Zoom. More about the book: Ladies Get Paid follows the lives of real women who each face different professional challenges, from being a perfectionist to navigating office politics, to negotiating their salary. Woven throughout is actionable advice and tangible tools to equip and empower the reader to level up at work and bring other women with them. Learn more at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 25, 2021
1151: Ask Farnoosh: I earn $6k a month from my side hustle. Can I quit my day job?
This week's So Money mailbag includes questions related to quitting a day job to pursue a side hustle, saving up to buy a home and convincing reluctant parents to save and invest for retirement. Joining as co-host is Philip Barker, an avid So Money listener. Philip began his career in advertising, and after some self-discovery, found himself wanting to help others. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago in May 2012, he began a career in clinical social work in a high school setting, specializing in adolescent behavior and substance use issues. In 2015, Phillip began his own psychotherapy practice and now sees clients privately and consults with organizations on clinical and social-emotional concerns, as well as advocating for diverse, inclusive workspaces. He is also a Certified Financial Social Worker, bridging his passions for personal finance and emotional well-being. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 22, 2021
1150: How a Black-Owned Trading Firm is Helping to Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap
There are many reasons for the existing racial wealth gap. The fact that most Black households don't invest does not help. According to the Federal Reserve only 33.5% of Black households owned stocks in 2019, according to data released recently by the Federal Reserve. Among white households, the ownership rate is nearly 61%. Guests Ernest Gains and Latoya Smith are expert investors and the founders of a Black-owned stock market and trading education company called The Profit Room, which seeks to educate students on how to confidently invest in the market and build wealth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 20, 2021
1149: Divorcing in a Pandemic (and Other Tough Stuff) with Kimberly Seals Allers
Kimberly Seals Allers is a maternal and infant health advocate and tech founder. Her latest passion project is Irth (as in Birth but we dropped the B for bias), a "Yelp-like" review and rating app that addresses racism and bias in maternity and infant care.  In her conversation with Farnoosh, she shares the inspiration of Irth, a well as her own personal pregnancy journey. Later, she speaks candidly about her challenging divorce and the surprising financial moves she made during that process. Kimberly offers key advice on how women of color can best navigate this recession and how all women can prepare for a divorce in this moment. More about Kimberly: She is an award-winning journalist, five-time author, international speaker, strategist and advocate for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on birth, breastfeeding and motherhood at the intersection of race, class and policy. To learn more about Kimberly and her work, visit and Follow her on social: @theirthapp on Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 18, 2021
1148: Ask Farnoosh: Best Financial Advice for Generation X?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, questions from the So Money mailbag include: Should we sell our house or rent it out? How much is too much owning company stock? And what is some specific financial advice for Generation X, those who are in their 40s and 50s? So Money also celebrates its 6th year anniversary today! Joining to co-host this week is Aditi Shekar, Founder & CEO, Zeta, a tool to help young couples master their money together. As her relationship with her boyfriend-turned-husband evolved over 15 years, she realized the need for tools designed specifically to help couples deal with and talk about their finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 15, 2021
1147: Find Your Dream Job in 2021 (and Earn Passive Income!) with Ramit Sethi
If you want to land your dream job this year or negotiate for a much bigger raise, this episode is a must-listen. Friend of the show Ramit Sethi, author of The New York Times bestselling book I Will Teach You to Be Rich, joins Farnoosh to share real scripts, strategies and solutions for achieving career greatness, especially in these strange and challenging times. How to ace the job interview? How to ask for more money at your current job? How to leverage your soft skills to get high-paying jobs in finance and tech? Also, what are some smart ways to establish passive income streams? More about Ramit: He has become a personal development expert to millions of readers in their twenties, thirties, and forties. He started his website,, as a Stanford undergraduate in 2004, and he now hosts over a million readers per month on his blog, newsletter, and social media. The IWT community includes over 1 million monthly readers, 300,000 newsletter subscribers, and 35,000 premium customers. You can learn more about Ramit's course, Find Your Dream Job 2.0, at And follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 13, 2021
1146: Navigating Motherhood, Money and Work in a Female-Led Recession
Government subsidized child care. Super flexible work schedules. The current recession has been extra devastating for women workers and we need all the help we can get. Guests Amy Nelson and Samantha Ettus, co-hosts of the new podcast What's Her Story with Sam & Amy, join to discuss some potential solutions to support female professionals in today's economy, as well as their own personal journeys navigating work, life, money and motherhood in 2020 and now. What’s Her Story with Sam & Amy is a podcast for women from two renowned entrepreneurs, Samantha Ettus and Amy Nelson. Each episode features a woman at the top of her field sharing her story - the personal and professional - as she has never told it before. Guests include Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle, Padmasree Warrior, Arianna Huffington and more! As one review shared: “Listening to What’s Her Story with Sam & Amy is like eavesdropping on smart women having a conversation.” The podcast is powered by Sam’s company, Park Place Payments, and Amy’s company, The Riveter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 11, 2021
1145: Ask Farnoosh: My Partner Has $400,000 in Student Loans. What Should I Do?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, is it smart to step in and help a partner who's buried in student loan help by offering to help him or her pay it off? What are some graduate-level programs worth paying to study? Can I invest in both a 401(k) and an IRA? Listeners send in the BEST questions and Farnoosh selects a winner for her weekly 15-minute money phone calls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 08, 2021
1144: Mastering Awkward (But Important) Money Convos with Family and Friends
Financial author Erin Lowry joins Farnoosh to discuss the advice from her latest book Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations, They discuss why we should normalize prenups, talking to our parents about their retirement plans, asking colleagues about their salaries and setting financial boundaries with friends that earn more (or less) than you. Plus: how to tell your friend you can't afford to be in her wedding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 06, 2021
1143: Money Fluency, Financial Sustainability and the Benefits to Slowing Down
For the first fresh episode of 2021, Farnoosh sits down with the multi-talented Umbreen Bhatti, Director of The Athena Center for Leadership, Barnard College. Umbreen works with young women to build a better world. She has worked in top positions in media and law. Farnoosh and Umbreen spoke about her role at The Athena Center, how she is helping students become more money fluent. The conversation also shifted to financial sustainability, how to make conscious money moves and purchasing choices that can make an impact. And what are the benefits of slowing down your life? More about Umbreen: She is the Constance Hess Williams ‘66 Director of the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College, where she works with young women building a better world. Previously, Umbreen led the innovation lab at KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR | PBS station. Umbreen also serves on the board of Global Press, a news organization dedicated to reinventing the craft and business of international journalism by recruiting diverse populations of local women and training them to become professional, ethical journalists. She lives in New York.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 04, 2021
1142: Ask Farnoosh: The new FICO score, real estate investing and managing a cash windfall
If you've chosen to spend your New Year day listening to So Money - you're on the right track! This episode is a replay of one of the most popular Ask Farnoosh recordings of 2020 - lessons on managing credit, spending a windfall and investing in real estate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 01, 2021
1141: Best of 2020: How to Create a Healthier Money Mindset
Today's show reviews some of the best discussions related to money mindset in 2020. The way we think is so much of where our financial reactions and decisions arise. How to develop a healthier mindset to help you make better money choices? Conversations with Arian Simone, Morgan Housel and Leisa Peterson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 30, 2020
1140: Best of So Money 2020: Black Wealth Matters
Today’s episode shares moments from 2020’s Black Wealth Matters series, discussions about what it means to be Black in America and trying to achieve financial freedom. Hear excerpts from Farnoosh’s conversations with Talaat and Tai McNeely, Yemi Rose and Queen Latifah.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 28, 2020
1139: Ask Farnoosh: What are some smart ways to earn passive income?
Not surprising, this Ask Farnoosh episode, which first aired earlier in 2020, became one of the top-downloaded episode of the year. Who doesn't want to learn how to make more money, right? The episode was also so much more -- with questions related to improving credit, investing and finding a financial planner, all things that were relevant then and now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 25, 2020
1138: Best of So Money 2020: Buying, Selling and Investing in Real Estate
A review of some of the top interviews related to real estate in 2020, including conversations with real estate guru and author Ilyce Glink, co-hosts of The Bigger Pockets podcast Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench, and Michelle Bosch, real estate investor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 23, 2020
1137: Best of So Money 2020: Farnoosh's Favorite Episodes
Farnoosh reveals a few of her favorite episodes from 2020. We'll hear excerpts from her conversations with Heather Chauvin, an entrepreneur and mom of four who battled stage 4 cancer, Bill Perkins, author of the book Die with Zero and Gravity CEO Dan Price on how he managed to keep his business operating without layoffs in the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 21, 2020
1136: Ask Farnoosh: College Savings Plans, the Student Loan Crisis and Negotiating a Salary
On today's Ask Farnoosh, CFP and founder of Modernist Financial Georgia Lee Hussey joins to answer your latest money questions: How to adjust college savings plans with the new administration? Who's responsible for the student loan debacle? Really? Farnoosh and Georgia have a healthy debate. Also: Can you use health insurance as a bargaining chip when negotiating a salary? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 18, 2020
BONUS: Managing Student Loan Debt (Part II)
Today’s episode is the second of two bonus shows dedicated to answering your student loan questions, a collaboration with TIAA, a leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. TIAA has been working hard to help its participating employers provide student loan repayment solutions to workers. You may have heard of some companies providing benefits related to student loan debt repayment. Well, TIAA is part of this movement. To help, they’ve created a collaboration with Savi, a social impact technology startup that’s working to solve the student debt crisis by helping workers discover new repayment and loan forgiveness options, specifically the Federal Public Student Loan Forgiveness program enrollment. If you missed last week’s BONUS episode, the part one of our two-part series, please check it out. We talked about how to negotiate a refinance with your PRIVATE student lender and whether or not we can count on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program? PSL F? Will it be sticking around? My guest is Snezana Zlatar, Senior Managing Director and Head of Financial Wellness and Innovation for TIAA. We navigate some of your student loan questions - from how to best deal with GRADUATE student loan debt to financial aid options for single moms and people of color? Snezana also shares more about the TIAA Savi collab and how it’s saving some workers with student loans who take advantage of the solution, thousands of dollars per year. To learn more visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 17, 2020
1135: Managing Money in Your Business...Better. Guest: Melanie Hopkins, Founder of Finance Friend
You might be great at making money in your business...but can you manage it, too? The pain point of many business owners and entrepreneurs is, funny enough, figuring out the money stuff and running that aspect of the business more smoothly. Guest Melanie Hopkins, founder of Finance Friend, helps business owners become empowered in their financial management. Finance Friend is a business management and financial consulting firm. Her client roster ranges from human rights nonprofits to artisanal cheese makers to tech startups. She's saved businesses from financial ruin and can help them find better ways to keep the money they make. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 16, 2020
1134: The Psychology of Money with Author Morgan Housel
Mastering money has little to do with math. Instead, behavior is the most important side of investing, says today's guest Morgan Housel, author of the top-selling book The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness. We discuss many of his insights including the underestimated power of luck and risk, how the only way to stay wealthy is being both frugal and paranoid, and the fallacy of 'earned success' and 'deserved failure.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 14, 2020
1133: Ask Farnoosh: Your Top Money Questions for the New Year
*This episode is brought to us by COUNTRY Financial. We're looking ahead and helping you answer some of your 2021 money questions today. I’ve recently partnered with COUNTRY Financial, and they conducted a survey checking in on how Americans are feeling about their finances. Are we optimistic? worried? Well, 38% say they believe their finances will improve in the New Year. And ahead of this episode I asked YOU on Instagram for your top financial questions as we ring in 2021, so we'll be tackling some of those in a moment with special co-host Troy Frerichs, Vice President of Investment Services at COUNTRY Trust Bank. We've got questions about what to do with an inheritance someone recently received, whether to max out a 401(k) before the tax deadline and whether to use savings for paying down debt or keeping it put? The COUNTRY Financial Security Index, a survey conducted by Ipsos, an independent research firm, on November 6-9, 2020 of 1,015 American adults (18+). The full survey results can be found in the COUNTRY Financial newsroom at  Troy’s comments are his own, and while he is here on behalf of COUNTRY Trust Bank, anything stated should not be considered individual investment advice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 11, 2020
BONUS: Managing Student Loan Debt (Part I)
Today’s episode is one of two bonus shows dedicated to answering your student loan questions, a collaboration with TIAA, a leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. TIAA has been working hard to help its participating employers provide student loan repayment solutions to workers. They’ve created a collaboration with Savi, a social impact technology startup that’s working to solve the student debt crisis by helping workers discover new repayment and loan forgiveness options. The solution helps individuals with their student debt, specifically their Federal Public Student Loan Forgiveness program enrollment. My guest is Snezana Zlatar, Senior Managing Director and Head of Financial Wellness and Innovation for TIAA. We navigate some of your student loan questions - from how to negotiate lower rates on your private loan and whether it’s wise to put extra money towards your student loans or a retirement plan? Snezana also shares more about the TIAA Savi collab and how it’s saving workers with student loans who take advantage of the solution an average of $1,900 a year. To learn more visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 10, 2020
1132: Why the Future is Bright for Professional Women with Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network
While 2020 was a step backwards for female employment, my guest believes that big changes are afoot to support professional women in the workplace. Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission of changing the culture of business from the inside out by providing professional women with a supportive community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate's Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate's impact. Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 09, 2020
1131: Comedy, Money and the Middle East with Negin Farsad
Negin Farsad was named one of the 53 Funniest Women by Huffington Post and her TEDTalk on social justice comedy has been seen by millions. She is author of How to Make White People Laugh, host of political comedy podcast Fake the Nation, regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and frequent co-host on Neil DeGrasse Tyon’s Star Talk. She’s been on HBO's High Maintenance and Comedy Central’s Nightly Show among others. She wrote/directed The Muslims Are Coming! (Netflix) with Jon Stewart and David Cross. Her latest 3rd Street Blackout is on Peacock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 07, 2020
1130: Ask Farnoosh: Money Strategies for Married Couples
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, a listener requests financial advice for her relationship. Another fan wants to know how to best save for a child's college education. Also, will housing prices cool in 2021? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 04, 2020
1129: The Truth About Financing a Documentary with Film Maker Wendy Sachs
What does it cost to produce a documentary? Can you get rich selling a project to Showtime or Amazon? Wendy Sachs recently pivoted from her career as a bestselling author and speaker to produce a documentary. She spent three years on the road following the political campaigns of, among others, Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to ever be elected to Congress. Fresh from that experience, she's on So Money to discuss the behind-the-scenes reality of raising money for her project and how she ultimately negotiated deals with two major streaming channels. Her documentary, Surge, is about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic 2018 midterm election. It premiered on Showtime this fall and is currently airing on Amazon, as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 02, 2020
1128: Career Support and Strategies for Women of Color by Women of Color
Rha Goddess and Deepa Purushothaman were brought together over five years ago. Deepa was a “first” Senior Partner at Deloitte. Rha left corporate America and the chemical industry as an “only” two decades ago to focus on helping leaders find their passion, purpose and calling. Deepa has spent years focusing on women’s leadership and inclusion strategies to help WOC navigate corporate structures. Rha has helped hundreds of high impact leaders realize they can work in ways that honor their values and uplift new definitions of power, profitability and success. Together, they have discovered that there is a collective untapped power that WOC have yet to harness and leverage. Visit to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 30, 2020
1127: How I negotiated a speaking deal to earn 10 times more.
(Replay) I recently had an experience that was proof positive of all the advice shared on So Money about how to negotiate your worth. The following episode offers the the play-by-play that happened over email and my notes to you. It's the actual script (with some omissions for privacy). Plus, answers to your money questions about building credit and making the most of a lump sum payment. This episode originally aired on January 31, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 27, 2020
1126: How Marijuana Went Mainstream with Heather Cabot, Author of The New Chardonnay
From Snoop Dogg to Martha Stewart and suburbia, marijuana has entered the mainstream. What drove this movement? It's a story about business, race, politics and of course, money. Our guest is Heather Cabot, award-winning journalist and author of The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream. More about Heather: Her book was named a Good Morning America “must-read” and has earned praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and Katie Couric for the book’s deep reporting and entertaining storytelling. Heather also hosts The New Chardonnay podcast and is a former ABC News correspondent and anchor. Cabot serves on the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumni board and is a contributor to Forbes. She is also the co-author of the WSJ-acclaimed book Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech (St. Martin’s Press).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 25, 2020
1125: Pivoting When Your Entire Industry Shuts Down with Margaret Skoglund, Founder Virtual Broadway
When Broadway went dark in March 2020 following the pandemic, countless artists and performers found themselves suddenly out of work, including Margaret Skoglund, a Broadway show manager. Her pivot in the following months would not help her to rebound, but many of her creative colleagues. She founded Virtual Broadway, a platform that connects people to the world's most successful performers with professionally-produced, custom video experiences for your business or for your friends and family.  More about Margeret: A former Duke Women’s Basketball manager, she traded games for performances and practices for rehearsals when she moved to New York City to manage Broadway shows. Over a dozen years later, favorites include Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia!, What the Constitution Means to Me, and Once On This Island as well as The Lion King and Newsies First National Tours. Other credits include Executive Producer of The Seagull (2018 Tribeca Film Festival) and Associate Producer of the inaugural Festival of New American Musicals in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she served on the Duke University Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-founded Open Stage Project, a non-profit that introduces high school women from underserved communities to backstage jobs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 23, 2020
1124: Ask Farnoosh: Save extra cash for retirement or a home down payment?
Questions this week about how business owners can raise prices without turning off existing clients. Also, how to find a mentor and earn more media for your company? And if you had to choose: would you save an extra $2,000 a month for retirement or for a future home? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 20, 2020
1123: How to Create a Fearless Money Mindset with Arian Simone
Arian Simone knows what it’s like to experience financial highs and lows. She went from being abruptly fired, forced to live in her car, and living off food stamps to becoming a philanthropist and running her own venture capital fund. Her book, The Fearless Money Mindset, is like a booster shot of optimism and can help transform how you look at your finances. Her book The Fearless Money Mindset provides a close-up view inside the life of Arian detailing her life lessons, business wins, and humorous adventures that have impacted her personal and professional journey. Arian's open transparency illustrates that a simple shift in perspective can ultimately move you closer towards achieving what's possible. “Many people have more fear in being broke, rather than faith in having abundance,” says Simone. Her journey is one of perseverance, business savvy, and faith. And it’s a testament to believing that when your luck is down, it’s only temporary — an essential reminder this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 18, 2020
1122: Negotiate a Raise (or Anything) with Alexandra Carter, Author of Ask For More
Can you *really* ask for a raise right now? In a recession? Our guest Alexandra (Alex) Carter says it's not impossible. She's spent that last 11 years helping people negotiate successfully in all realms of life. Her first book Ask for More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything, was published May 5th by Simon & Schuster and became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller — the first negotiation book solo-authored by a woman to make that list. More about Alex: She is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. She has spent the last eleven years helping thousands of people negotiate better, build relationships and reach their goals. In 2019, Alex was awarded the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University’s highest teaching honor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 16, 2020
1121: Ask Farnoosh: First-Time Homebuyer Advice and How to Best Save for Retirement? IRA or 401(k)
This week's edition of Ask Farnoosh responds to audience questions related to home buying. Is it OK to buy a home if you don't have a lot of cash for a downpayment? Also, what's better for retirement savings, a Roth IRA or 401(k)? Plus, Farnoosh provides an overview of her latest column about what President-elect Biden's plans may mean for our finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 13, 2020
BONUS: Farnoosh talks saving, budgets and preparing for a layoff on the Hello Monday podcast
A special drop! In case you missed it, Jessi Hempel, host of the amazing podcast Hello Monday, interviewed me about the relationship between money and work, why money is really important (and when it is not), and what we all can be doing to take control of our finances—especially this year. Jessi was also a guest on So Money this past Monday. As two female podcast hosts determined to grow our shows, we thought it would be fun to air our episodes on each other's feeds. Hope you enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 12, 2020
1120: The Best Business to Start Now with Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec
A recession is historically a great time to start a successful business. Shark Tank star and serial entrepreneur Robert Herjavec joins Farnoosh to discuss the start-up opportunities he sees for entrepreneurs, as well his own journey learning about money and being raised the son of immigrants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 11, 2020
1119: The Future of Work with Jessi Hempel, Host of Hello Monday
What will be the future of the workplace? How can women, who've been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and recession, land back in their careers? Guest Jessi Hempel is a senior editor at large at LinkedIn and host of the Webby-nominated podcast Hello Monday. For the past 17 years, she has been writing and editing features and cover stories about the most important people and companies in technology. Most recently, she was the head of editorial for Backchannel and a senior writer at Wired, where she profiled Dr. Fei-Fei Li and covered Uber’s attempted comeback. Earlier in her career, she was a senior writer for Fortune, where she co-chaired Fortune’s Aspen tech conference. Before that, Hempel wrote for BusinessWeek, and TIME Asia. She has appeared on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox, and CNBC, addressing the culture and business of technology. Hempel is a graduate of Brown University and received a Masters in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She lives in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 09, 2020
1118: Ask Farnoosh: What Does the Election Mean for Our Finances?
Farnoosh discusses what a Biden or Trump win may mean for taxes, jobs, stocks and more. Bankrate's Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride weighs in with advice and historical context. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 06, 2020
1117: Raising Strong and Financially Secure Black Kids with Anne-Lyse Wealth
How can Black families raise financially savvy children? What are the specific challenges families of color face when it comes to creating and leaving a financial legacy? Guest Anne-Lyse Wealth is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and personal finance coach and author of Dream of Legacy, Raising Strong, and Financially Secure Black Kids. She began her career as a financial auditor at Ernst & Young. Before embarking on her journey to increase financial literacy in the Black community, she worked in finance and accounting for over a decade. Anne-Lyse grew up in Cameroon and France and moved to the United States at 18 years old. She is a mother of three girls and is passionate about closing the racial wealth gap. In her new book, she shares tools to overcome intergenerational trauma affecting the Black community and develop the mindset conducive to building generational wealth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 04, 2020
1116: How to Make Big Life Changes and Move in the Pandemic
If you're considering making a big move - personal or professional - in this strange moment, my guest today will offer inspiration and guidance. Chanie Wilschanski is a friend of the podcast, first visiting the show in 2018 to discuss her role as the breadwinner in her marriage, raising four children and running her own company. Today Chanie talks about why and how her family decided to move to Florida this summer, against all fears and uncertainty. For them this move required a giant leap of faith. Chanie's mindset and strategy towards this shift is commendable. More about Chanie: She is an Early Childhood Leadership Coach and CEO of Schools of Excellence where she has worked with hundreds of EC Directors and School Owners who are working to build a School of Excellence with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership and a collaborative culture. Chanie began her journey over a decade ago, teaching toddlers at the acclaimed Preschool of the Arts in New York City for 8 years until she continued her path into high studies and earned her Masters in EC and Special Education. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 02, 2020
1115: Ask Farnoosh: Should We Sell Our House Right Now?
Is now a smart time to sell? What's the best way to find a financial planner? How to best pay for a kitchen remodel? How can I save on home and auto insurance right now? Farnoosh tackles your most recent financial questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 30, 2020
1114: Financial Advice for Teachers with Professor Mark Schug
This episode is dedicated to all of our great, hardworking teachers who deserve far more than they earn. Our guest Mark Schug is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and co-author of the new book, Teachers Can Be Financially Fit: Economists’ Advice for Educators. It may seem unrealistic for teachers to build wealth, knowing how underpaid many of them are, so Mark and I discuss saving, investing and earning strategies for educators to help them get ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 28, 2020
1113: Managing Motherhood and Work with Mandi Woodruff Santos, Co-Host of the Brown Ambition Podcast
Mandi Woodruff is the executive producer and co-host of the Brown Ambition Podcast, which she launched in 2015 with Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche. Brown Ambition has been named one of the Best Financial Podcasts of 2020 by Business Insider and was nominated this year for a Plutus Award for best podcast. Mandi has more than a decade of experience as a personal finance editor and reporter, and now serves as the Senior Content Director for, an online marketplace where you can shop and compare everything from mortgages to personal loans.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 26, 2020
1112: Ask Farnoosh: How to Manage Family Finances in the Pandemic?
Today’s Ask Farnoosh focuses on questions related to managing your family finances in this pandemic and recession. I recently partnered with COUNTRY Financial and they recently conducted this eye-opening survey which points to some major financial struggles across the nation. It found that 51% of parents have financial concerns with extra food, childcare, technology and internet costs and 27% of parents have had to delay paying rent, credit card bills, auto insurance bills or retirement contributions. I'm joined by Troy Frerichs who is COUNTRY’s Vice President of Investment Services to help answer listener questions including: How to be a new parent and manage the related costs and time pressures of working and raising your child from home? How to get back in the workforce if you've had to quit your job during Covid to take care of your family? How to navigate the increased costs of college kids returning and living back at home? You can learn more about the COUNTRY survey and get access to some really helpful content and articles at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 23, 2020
1111: Kara Goldin, Founder of Hint Water and Author of Undaunted
Like so many great entrepreneurs’ stories begin, Kara Goldin discovered her business idea through solving a problem in your own life, wanting to regain her health in her 40s. As she committed to drinking more water in her own life - and adding natural flavors to the drink - a business was born. Hint is now one of the leading beverages in the world and Kara called one of the leading six distruptors in business — alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Her latest endeavor is the launch of her book: Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt and Doubters. Part autobiography, part business memoir and lots of insights on self-development, Undaunted offers inspiring stories that impart lessons that any reader can apply to their own path. While most motivational business and life books try to offer quick fixes, Undaunted focuses on long-term success, showing you how to take control of breaking down barriers and moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 21, 2020
1110: Sally Taylor: Vice President and General Manager, FICO
This episode is part of a two-episode series in partnership with FICO. Our initial episode tackled all of your top credit score-related questions. FICO's Joanne Gaskin joined to co-host. You can listen to the full episode here. Today we welcome Sally Taylor, Vice President and General Manager of B2B Scores at FICO. As a product executive in the predictive analytics and decision management space, Sally has many years’ experience shaping, managing and delivering products that help businesses improve their operations and generate high ROI. She's been part of amazing transformations – such as leading the FICO Scores adoption to revolutionize the mortgage industry, to initial business uses of mathematical optimization in the credit industry – to currently making analytics accessible and consumable via the FICO Analytic Cloud Marketplace. In her current role, Sally manages a team of 60 professionals responsible for business development and partner relations, product strategy and management, marketing, analytic and software development, analytic delivery and project management for global business-to-business FICO score products. Learn more about Sally: FICO Blog: FICO Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the FICO Score Spotlighting global financial inclusion innovation at 2019 FICO World VIDEO – Fox Business: What is a FICO Score? Forbes byline: Top Three Data Trends Helping To Transform Lending Thrive Global: FICO VP Sally Taylor: “As with any social movement, walls come down when people respect and understand each other.” Yahoo Finance: 10 Powerful Women in Finance Share Their Ideas on Achieving on Gender Parity Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 19, 2020
1109: Ask Farnoosh: Should I wait to invest until after the election?
How do elections impact the stock market and is there reason to pause your investment strategy until after November 3? This week's Ask Farnoosh responds to audience questions related to the election, as well as whether it's smart to withdraw from one's 401(k) to invest in real estate? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 16, 2020
1108: How to Talk to Your Kids About Money with Authors Doug Nordman and Carol Pittner
Whether you’re struggling for the words (and patience) to discuss topics like allowances and college costs with your teenager or want to encourage your 4th grader to save at a young age, my guests have advice on how to teach financial principles to your kids throughout the years. Doug Nordman and Carol Pittner are the father-daughter authors of the book Raising Your Money-Savvy Family for Next Generation Financial Independence. The book is part personal stories, part practical advice, guiding readers on how to instill financial values in their kids starting as early as Kindergarten, or as the authors say, “after they stop eating money.” We discuss their own personal memories of discussing money when Carol was growing up, as well as how families that may be struggling with money can open up to their kids about it in a meaningful (and not scary) way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 14, 2020
1107: The future of school and a new business that solves a massive problem.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in the pandemic, as families struggle to address the education gap for their kids, a group of moms got together to create an essential platform for parents and teachers to connect called The Learning Match. Julie Plake McMinn and her co-founders built The Learning. Match to connect families to trusted, qualified and experienced educators in their local community and virtually nationwide. Access to The Learning Match is always free for educators, and during the current beta testing is also free for families. With more than 15 years of experience, Julie is an all-around marketing, branding, and PR pro. She is equally at home planning a major event, creating marketing strategies and communications plans, or engaging top editors and producers. A move to New York City after she graduated from Penn State University, marked the start of her communications career: She began as a marketing and advertising assistant at Niche Media, a luxury-lifestyle magazine publisher. Working on Niche titles such as Gotham and Hamptons, Julie was thrown head first into the world of networking and relationship-building for the jet set. As a result of Julie’s own networking, entrepreneur and business owner Bethenny Frankel reached out when she needed an assistant. In 2008, she became Bethenny’s right hand—coordinator of chaos—handling everything from scheduling to marketing to product launches to the development of the Skinnygirl Brand. Learn more about The Learning Match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 12, 2020
1106: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Buy or Lease a Car?
**This episode of So Money is sponsored by Auto Navigator from Capital One.** Today we're answering your money questions related to buying a car, a deep-dive on all-things auto. The fact is many of us are shopping for a new set of wheels these days. Sales of new vehicles are up big time, thanks to extremely low interest rates and rising demand from those who want an alternative to buses, trains and taxis…and more freedom to get around. Given this trend, I thought it would be helpful to dedicate an entire Friday show to providing advice and strategies for securing a great auto deal in today's market. I've recently partnered with Capital One and I'm excited to soon bring on Dave Kang, the CMO of Capital One’s Consumer Auto Finance, for his insights. We discuss: When leasing may make more sense than buying a car? Should I buy a new car or used? How to best negotiate in this economy? To check out Capital One's AutoNavigator tool described on the episode, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 09, 2020
1105: How to Pick Winning Investments (and What is Going on with the Markets?) with The Investing Tutor, Dr. Hans Boeteng
If you're looking at the stock market and wondering why it's not suffering as much as the economy, my guest can explain. Dr. Hans Boeteng is also known as The Investing Tutor and he dedicates his work to teaching others how to analyze and engage wisely in the stock market. Dr. Hans shares his methodology for picking winning stocks (not something we recommend if you aren't already investing for retirement through a diversified portfolio in your 401k or IRA). But if you're ready to "play" in the market with some extra cash that you don't absolutely need, Dr. Hans has a strategy for us. More about Dr. Hans: He was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He earned his Path of Distinction MBA from William and Mary and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher College. After he discovered how rich families built their fortune using the stock market, he decided to become an investor. He has read over 400 books, 40,000 financial articles and spent 11 years pursuing mastery. Dr. Hans has impacted the lives of countless professionals and placed many families on the path to Generational Wealth. You can learn more about Dr. Hans and his teachings at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 07, 2020
1104: How Race Impacts Real Estate Decisions with Popcorn Finance Host Chris Browning
A lot of Americans are choosing to relocate in the pandemic, but as my guest Chris Browning, host of the podcast Popcorn Finance explains, moving to a new part of the country can be challenging when you're Black or a person of color. Worrying about being accepted and safe is something he and his wife have experienced when thinking about whether to relocate from Los Angeles. More about Chris: He is the creator and host of the award-winning, short-form podcast Popcorn Finance & the call in, money advice show This is Awkward. Each week Chris discusses finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. Topics range from understanding the basics of investing to his love of tiny homes.  Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance with an emphasis in financial planning and still maintains his position as a financial analyst specializing in revenue analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 05, 2020
1103: Ask Farnoosh: Should We Wait to Buy a House and Rent, Instead?
Is now a 'good time' to buy or rent? Do I need life insurance? How should I tackle my fiance's student loans? All these questions answered and more in this week's Ask Farnoosh. Guest co-host is So Money fan and listener Susan Reade, General Manager of multiple radio stations in Edmonton, Canada, breadwinning wife and mom of two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 02, 2020
1102: Money and Mimosas Founder Danetha Doe
Danetha Doe is the creator of Money & Mimosas® and host of the Money Sex Power podcast. Money & Mimosas is a financial well-being resource enjoyed by readers in over fifty countries. Danetha was named a personal finance expert by TIME, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal. She was recognized as a millennial thought leader by the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs and a millennial entrepreneur to watch by the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Danetha is the star financial expert in the Webby Award winning TV series, Going From Broke, produced by Ashton Kutcher, which garnered over 12 million views in its first season. Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Elle, The Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, NBC and more. A former NFL cheerleader turned money maven and entrepreneur, Danetha believes that charting your own path is the key to financial freedom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 30, 2020
1101: How to Make the Most of the School Year with Education Expert Ana Homayoun
There’s plenty to be frustrated with, as a parent to a child experiencing school virtually this fall. Same for teachers, administrators and students. These are unprecedented times and the path forward is unclear. All are struggling. But, what are the bright sides? How can families navigate this challenging academic year with more success (regardless of income)? This show is dedicated to offering positive solutions to an otherwise challenging school year with guest Ana Homayoun, noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker, and educator. Her work focuses on helping students develop empathy and executive functioning skills in today’s tech and social media world. More about Ana: She is the author of three books: That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, The Myth of the Perfect Girl, and Social Media Wellness. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News, as well as on Fast Company, CNBC, and ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR. In 2001, Ana founded Green Ivy Educational Consulting, LLC, an internationally recognized organization that works with parents, students, educators, and employers. She works with schools, universities and corporations consulting with parents, students, educators and employers about promoting intrinsic motivation, authentic engagement, and overall wellness. In early 2019, with the support of the Foundation for the Carolinas, she launched the Life Navigator Middle School Program, a school advisory curriculum and school coaching program designed to promote executing functioning skills and student wellness as well as social and economic mobility. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 28, 2020
1100: Ask Farnoosh: When Will New York City Make a Comeback?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi responds to audience questions related to the real estate market, specifically in New York City. Will the Big Apple get its groove back in the next year or two? Also: how parenthood can make you more productive at work (and richer), and best ways to save and invest for mid-term goals like buying a car or supporting a relative through college. Co-host Chelsea Silveira Burgos revisits the show. She is an avid So Money listener and personal finance enthusiast pursuing financial independence with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. Chelsea and her family live in California where they own their home, save for retirement and college, and are working toward becoming debt-free. Chelsea is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and works primarily with children on the Autism spectrum. She is an adjunct instructor for her online grad program and has a private tutoring client who connected with Chelsea on Instagram after Chelsea was reposted by a few popular accounts in the field of ABA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 25, 2020
1099: The GirlBoss Sophia Amoruso on Failure, Cancel Culture and Her Newest Endeavor
Sophia Amoruso, aka THE GIRL BOSS, is a New York Times bestselling author and serial entrepreneur. In her latest venture, she’s going wheels up with a new program called Business Class, an in-depth online entrepreneurship course that covers the fundamentals of starting and scaling your own business. Registration started yesterday at It’s a course Sophia says she’s prepared to teach like no one else, thanks to her successes and failures running high-profile businesses. You may know Sophia as the author of the NYT bestseller GirlBoss, which chronicles her personal journey of dumpster diving, shoplifting…starting an eBay account and turning it into a clothing empire called Nasty Gal. Since then it’s been a rollercoaster of a timeline. Shortly after appearing on the cover of Forbes in 2016 as one the country’s richest self-made women, Sophia’s business NastyGal, the primary source of her wealth, filed for bankruptcy. Sophia moved on quickly, raising money to start her next business Girl BossMedia…That company acquired by Attention Capital and earlier this year Sophia stepped away from the CEO position. And in recent months the GirlBoss movement, which she became the poster woman for, has been criticized for its lack of inclusivity and diversity. Sophia here gives a bold interview, talking openly about her ups and downs, what she makes of the “cancel culture” around GirlBoss…and why she’s actually glad she never became too too rich. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2020
1098: Suzanne Somers on Health, Wealth and Reinvention
I first came across Suzanne Somers in the summer of 1986, as I was watching reruns of the early episodes of Three’s Company with my mom in our living room in Massachusetts. I was 6 years old, maybe too young to be watching a sitcom BUT old enough to recognize and appreciate that the actress who played the bubbly Chrissy Snow was hilarious and captivating. Years later I would watch this actress reveal more than just her performing skills…but also her brilliance as a savvy business woman, serial entrepreneur, world-renowned health advocate and multi-bestselling author…. Suzanne Somers is now 73 years young, and in the current chapter of her life, she is a leading voice on anti-aging. Her latest book - A New Way to Age - is now in paperback and it presents a revolutionary philosophy for a longer and better-quality life with easy-to-understand lessons and doctor interviews. Hear Suzanne discuss her storied career, getting fired from Three's Company and they keys to her 50-year marriage. More about Suzanne Somers is the author of twenty-seven books, with millions of copies in print globally, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sexy Forever, Knockout, and Ageless. She lectures all over the world and received an honorary doctorate from National University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 21, 2020
1097: Ask Farnoosh: House Rich But Cash Poor. Now What?
Farnoosh Torabi answers listeners' questions related to retirement preparation, paying off student loans versus investing and dealing with a scarcity mindset that prevents you from spending money, even when it's a good idea. Plus, Farnoosh reflects on home ownership and the benefits to selling so that you can activate your home equity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 18, 2020
1096: Closing the Education Gap with Nitiya Walker, Founder of Seeds of Fortune
Nitiya Walker is a social entrepreneur who's paying it forward. Her foundation Seeds of Fortune helps minority teen girls apply for college scholarships, as well as teaches career and financial management skills. After personally benefiting from a full scholarship to college, Nitiya realized the power and freedom that comes with starting your adulthood debt-free. Seeds of Fortune has so far awarded over $8 million in grants to young women. More about Nitiya: She was awarded the 2018 Educational Leadership Award from State Senator Kevin S. Parker and the 2018 Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni Honor Roll. She was also 2016 Semi Finalist for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Change the World Competition, and invited to attend the 2016 White House United State of Women Summit. Upon graduating from Babson College, she was selected to participate in the competitive Viacom Summer Associates career, where she went on to launch her career working such prominent events such as the BET Awards. To learn more about scholarship opportunities or how to contribute, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2020
1095: Financial Advice for Women Right Now with CFP and Author Sarah Catherine Gutierrez
The pandemic-recession continues to create bigger challenges for women. Today's guest Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, author of But First, Save 10 and founder of Aptus Financial, shares strategies that women can practice to protect their financial security today and in the future. Sarah hold an MPP from Harvard University and the CFP® and CRPS® designations. SC was recently recognized in the Investment News 2020 40 under 40 class of investment advisors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 14, 2020
1094: Ask Farnoosh: Should I sell my house so I can invest more for retirement?
In this week's Ask Farnoosh, Farnoosh answers questions from listeners regarding ways create a will and trust affordably, how to build a financial plan when you've just graduated from college and ways to convince a sibling to be more financially supportive of aging parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2020
1093: Yumna Jawad, Founder of Feel Good Foodie on How to Build a Top Instagram Business
I've been cooking a lot more over the last six months and have discovered some incredible recipes from the spectacular Yumna Jawad, founder of Feel Good Foodie – a blog dedicated to sharing modern healthy-ish recipes with feel good ingredients. Yumna has a business degree from the University of Michigan and a background in Marketing and branding. She started micro-blogging on Instagram in July 2013 and eventually garnered over 2 million followers. She then launched the website to house hundreds of recipes, with a focus on healthy Mediterranean food. Her recipes and photos have been featured in Parade, Yahoo, BuzzFeed, Food Network Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. She was also named by US Weekly and SELF Magazine as a top healthy food blogger to follow and has appeared on national television on Live with Kelly & Ryan. Yumna and I discuss the behind-the-scenes of running a wildly successful Instagram business, how she plans to continue growing and the lessons learned about money and negotiating at a young age. Plus, the mega brand deals she's passed on and WHY. Visit to follow Yumna and her recipes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 09, 2020
1092: New Ways to Think About Debt, Saving and Retirement with Financial Expert Ali Katz
Ali Katz is a personal finance expert, seven-figure entrepreneur, and lawyer who as made over a million dollars of financial mistakes in her life. Her experiences have helped her to establish a new way of thinking about money and steering one's financial life. She talks about the biggest mistakes we may be making with our money right now, why we need to change our thinking around debt, the pursuit of financial sovereignty and how to heal personal financial trauma in our lives. To learn more about Ali, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 07, 2020
1091: Ask Farnoosh: Answering All Things Credit with FICO
We are focusing on all-things credit today, thanks to our friends at FICO. Earlier, I asked you to submit your top credit-related questions and we've rounded up many of them for this episode. From how to boost your credit score to confusion around how credit scores get calculated and how marriage can impact your credit...we have all the answers! Joining me to help tackle your questions is Joanne Gaskin, the Vice President of Scores and Analytics at FICO. She is responsible for the strategic direction of FICO’s scoring products and business partnerships serving the needs of the mortgage industry and led the FICO Mortgage Recovery Initiative launched in 2009. Joanne has more than 20 years of experience in banking and financial services. She led efforts to address some of the most important topics impacting the mortgage market today: regulatory compliance, credit risk management, data security and e-mortgages. She is a graduate of the Mortgage School of Banking, earning the Accredited Mortgage Professional Designation. More about FICO: Founded in 1956, FICO is a data analytics company based in San Jose, California focused on credit scoring services. Its FICO Score, a measure of consumer credit risk, has become a fixture of consumer lending in the United States and is used in more than 90% of lending decisions today. Now more than ever, FICO believes in empowering communities by way of financial education and is committed to providing consumers with tools to maintain their financial health.  Check your score: You can check your FICO Score via, or, Additionally, many financial institutions provide consumers with free access to their FICO Score through the FICO Score Open Access program. Check your free credit report:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 04, 2020
1090: Financial Empowerment for Women of Color with Bola Sokunbi
(A replay) For many women, especially women of color, access to financial education isn’t as readily available. But our guest today is trying to change that once and for all. Today we’re welcoming the founder of Clever Girl Finance, Bola Sokunbi. Bola received an early lesson in money when her father became ill and had to stop working unexpectedly. The problem with this was that he had used up all of his money to send her three brothers to college and didn’t have any money left over for Bola to further her education. Luckily, it was her mother, who began as a home maker, who told her that she would pay for Bola’s schooling from the money that she’d set aside from her side hustles and entrepreneurial pursuits over the years. Because of her mother’s hard work, Bola was able to leave Nigeria, get an education and go on to found her own business, empowering women to be financially savvy. Her company, Clever Girl Finance has helped thousands of women, over the years, receive coaching and financial education they need to advance their lives. Bola is also the author of the fourth coming book, Clever Girl Finance: Ditch Debt, Save Money and Build Real Wealth. It will be available on June 25th. Learn more about Bola at and follow her on Instagram @clevergirlfinance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2020
1089: Three Biggest Questions for Planning Your Financial Life with George Kinder
Can asking just three questions transform your relationship with money? Our guest today is called the father of financial life planning. George Kinder is a Harvard educated economist turned CPA, turned financial adviser. He’s known for revolutionizing financial advice for now 30 years. He’s trained over 3,000 professionals around the world in the field of financial life planning where he has three questions to help clients figure out what they value most and how to design their financial life around their values. He’s the founder of the Kinder Institute of Life Planning and his recent book is called A Golden Civilization and the Map of Mindfulness, drawing on 50 years as of mindfulness practitioner and over 30 years as a mindfulness teacher. George has been named one of the 35 most influential people in financial services. George’s website: His company website: Book and Movement website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 31, 2020
1088: Ask Farnoosh: How Can I Double My Net Worth in 8 Years?
This week on Ask Farnoosh, listeners ask about how to accelerate net worth in the few, critical years before retirement, as well as how to ask for a raise if you work in a government job. Plus: pensions and investing in the stock market. Is it a 'good' time to be investing? CFP and founder of Modernist Financial, Georgia Lee Hussey joins the show as co-host. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 28, 2020
1087: The Financial Triumphs of an Undocumented Immigrant
(Replay from August 26, 2019) Daniela Pierre-Bravo has a lengthy roster of accomplishments: She is a booking producer for MSNBC’s Morning Joe and recently co-authored a book with Mika Brzezinski, providing straight-talking advice for millennial women in the workforce, entitled Earn It! But none of these opportunities were handed to her. Moving to the U.S. from Chile when she was a teenager, she found out she was an undocumented resident when applying for college...and, as a result, was unable to work, drive, or receive financial assistance for school. How she persevered is a story of grit, determination and optimism. Daniela became a Dream Act student and took the opportunity to side-hustle her way through school to graduate on-time and debt-free. That drive continued as she entered the workforce. Follow Daniela on twitter @dpierrebravo and on the Know Your Value website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 26, 2020
1086: The Budget Mom on How to Erase $80,000 of Debt in Eight Months
If you’ve ever felt like budgeting just doesn’t work for you, my guest Kumiko Love can relate. Frustrated by traditional budgeting methods, she created her own technique to pay off almost $80,000 of debt in eight months. And this technique helped launch her business, The Budget Mom. A few years ago Kumiko was struggling to pay down her debt. As a single mom, she knew that she needed to get out of the cycle of making minimum debt payments each month, but she had tried and failed to stick to a budget numerous times. So, she created a method that she could actually stick to. She calls this her Budget by Paycheck method and as she was using it to get out of debt, she started a blog to share her journey. That blog has now turned into a business that just launched its first physical product, the Budget by Paycheck Workbook™. You can learn more about Kumiko on her website and you can follow her on Instagram @thebudgetmom on Facebook @thebudgetmom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 24, 2020
1085: Ask Farnoosh: Is it OK to spend money right now?
In this week's Ask Farnoosh, a discussion on the best places to store cash in a recession, collecting unemployment while on the Paycheck Protection Program (how does that work?) and a recap of Farnoosh's latest Bloomberg Opinion piece on why it's OK to spend money right now (with caveats.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 21, 2020
1084: Mastering Video Basics for Your Business and Career with Producer Kristian Golick
How to leverage video in today's world to grow your business, brand or career? How to stand out from the crowd and create compelling video on a budget? Kristian is a professional video content producer that teaches entrepreneurs how to incorporate video into their business and everyday life. He believes video is still an underused tool that can help businesses thrive (even in a pandemic). He started his career in TV commercial advertising. Soon after, he started his own business as a wedding videographer. After devoting years to the wedding industry, Kristian realized that his skills and business mindset could better serve the entrepreneurial market. His current projects include online course creation for clients and online consulting for people wanting to learn how to incorporate video into their business. Connect with Kristian Instagram: @Kristiangolickfilms Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 19, 2020
1083: Women, Work and the Financial Impact of the Pandemic with Lacy Garcia, Founder of Willow
The pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in this country in terms of unemployment, stress and family care. Guest Lacy Garcia, founder of financial startup Willow, discusses the challenges and the long-term impact of the toll. Willow’s mission is Women face a unique set of challenges when it comes to navigating life events and transitions such as divorce, loss of a spouse, career changes, family planning and finances and retirement – particularly in the new reality we find ourselves today. Women have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the unemployment rate for women was lower than for men. Now, it is the opposite. Women are bearing more of the burden when it comes to childcare, homeschooling and taking care of aging parents. More women’s longer-term career prospects are at risk as they are having to either leave or remain out of the workforce for longer. It is no surprise that the financial stress combined with quarantine is pushing many marriages to a breaking point and an increase in divorces is expected. Lacy Garcia is the daughter of a Cuban refugee who says her money mindset was shaped early on. She combined her work in education and financial services to launch the virtual fintech company Willow and financially empower women throughout their life journeys including divorce, retirement and more. Learn more about Willow and Lacy Garcia at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 17, 2020
1082: Ask Farnoosh: Ignoring Student Loans, Benefits of a Cash-Out Refinance and Dealing with Credit Fraud
How to invest in a rental property when you're in a different country? Should you just ignore your federal student loans while the automatic deferment is in place? Is there any benefit to paying them down? And what about cash-out refis? Are they worth it? Farnoosh addresses the latest money questions from the So Money mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 14, 2020
1081: Organizing Important Documents in a Pandemic Recession with Lisa Woodruff, Author of The Paper Solution
America is drowning in paper. If you stacked all the paper the average family uses in just one year, the piles would be as tall as a two-story house. And 43% of Americans categorize themselves as “disorganized.” Lisa Woodruff to the rescue. She is an organizational expert and author of THE PAPER SOLUTION: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life. Now more than ever, with the pandemic upon us, the need to have our paperwork organized is paramount. Lisa offers advice and free resources to help us all improve our relationship with paper. Check out for Lisa's free emergency medical printables. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 12, 2020
1080: Defying Odds with Tech Entrepreneur Myoshia Boykin-Anderson
Myoshia Boykin-Anderson has had an incredible journey that led her to found her company AndTech Solutions in 2009. As a mother with no savings and no college degree, she was laid off from her corporate job and vowed to never put herself in that position again. Myoshia launched AndTech and it has grown into a seven-figure consulting firm providing custom application development and other technology services to some of the top organizations in the country. In our conversation, we discuss how, as a double minority, she overcame barriers to starting a thriving business in the field of tech, the inspiration born out of being a young, single mother and memories of her childhood classmate in Houston, Texas, George Floyd. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 10, 2020
1079: Ask Farnoosh: How to Recover from Bankruptcy?
In this week's Ask Farnoosh, CFP and founder of FIT Advisors, Anjali Jariwala joins to answer listeners' questions about bankruptcy, paying off debt, saving for a home and creating a financial plan. More about Anjali: She is the founder of FIT Advisors - a financial planning firm serving physicians and business owners virtually across the US. Prior to launching her own firm, Anjali spent over 6 years years working with Fortune 500 clients at a top 4 accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and 2 years with a large, prestigious financial planning firm serving high net worth individuals. During her career, she would often share financial advice with family and friends, but began to realize that not only did most of them lack access to the best personal finance information, but also their busy family lives meant they just didn’t have the time to pull it all together on their own. So, she decided she could make a bigger impact by starting her own firm. Anjali utilizes her expertise in tax and finance to empower her clients to discover and reach their life goals while building a stable financial future.  Anjali hosts Money Checkup podcast - a semi-monthly checkup that discusses the many facets of financial well-being. She was named one of Investment News Top 40 under 40 for 2019 and named one of Financial Advisor magazine’s Young Advisors To Watch for 2020. Anjali has been featured in Blomberg, US News and World Report, New York Times, USA Today, Business Insider, Investment News and more. Learn more about Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 07, 2020
1078: BiggerPockets Money Co-Hosts Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench on Recession Economics, Real Estate Investing and Early Retirement
What is the deal with the stock market? How is the current recession different than the one from 2008/2009? How to think about real estate and your portfolio now? We are in conversation with the co-hosts of the BiggerPockets Money podcast, Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen. They're here to share their perspectives and best advice on how to navigate the economy now. Scott Trench is the CEO and President of Scott has dedicated his career to helping ordinary Americans build wealth in part through real estate investing. Since joining BiggerPockets in 2014, Scott has authored the wealth building book Set for Life and joined Mindy Jensen as a host of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast . He stays active in the BiggerPockets forums and contributed hundreds of articles, market analyses, and files to BiggerPockets. He has also contributed to other personal finance blogs, along with traditional news outlets including Time, CNBC, and NBC. Mindy Jensen has been the Community Manager for for the last five years, helping less experienced folks learn how to invest in real estate the RIGHT way. She has spent the last 22 years live-in flipping houses, moving into very unattractive homes and making them beautiful - all while paying $0 in capital gains taxes because these homes are her primary residence. Mindy joins Scott Trench every Monday morning on the BiggerPockets Money Podcast to share the money stories of their guests. Mindy truly believes financial freedom is available for anyone. Mindy studied Fashion Design, the stupidest major ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 05, 2020
1077: The Case for Spending All Your Money Before You Die with Bill Perkins, Author of Die with Zero
In his new book, Die with Zero, Bill Perkins challenges the notion of passing down your wealth. In fact during a health screening, his doctor asked in the evaluation about financial stress: “Do you have fears of running out of money?” Bill said, “I hope I run out of money!” We discuss the merits of spending more money in your living years, how to calculate getting to "enough" net worth and how to balance taking care of children and dependents with the notion of dying with zero. Bill is the CEO of BrisaMax Holdings. After training on Wall Street, he made his fortune in Houston as an energy trader. He has been Reuters, Financial Times, TIME magazine, Cigar Aficionado, BusinessInsider, and appears frequently on CNBC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 03, 2020
1076: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Use Student Loans to Invest in the Market?
Delyanne The Money Coach Barros joins Farnoosh to answer the latest money questions from the audience. Questions include: Is it wise to use student loans to invest in the market? Why is one of my credit scores so different from the rest? Should I help my boyfriend with his credit card debt? How to become a professional investor without a college degree? Sticking with this week’s lineup of FIRE members who are bringing a fresh voice and face to the space, Farnoosh’s co-host today is Delyanne Barros who is new to the FIRE movement... A lawyer by day and founder of Delyanne the Money Coach a popular Instagram and TicTok feed. You can find her at Delyanne is Brazilian and the first in her family to accomplish many milestones including attending college, becoming an employment attorney, and conquering New York City.  After living in NYC for 14 years, the mecca of the financial industry, Delyanne realized that her financial knowledge was limited to the outdated advice of her parents. Once she discovered the F.I.R.E. movement, she set on a path to retire from the traditional 9-5 grind at 45 years old. However, Delyanne quickly realized that the financial space was lacking the voices of people she could relate to, especially women and Latinas.  That’s when she decided to become that voice and launch Delyanne The Money Coach where she provides coaching and education in a fun and relatable way. Delyanne is on a mission to educate and guide new investors to a life that is debt-free, abundant, and financially independent.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 31, 2020
1075: F.I.R.E. Movement Feature: Our Rich Journey’s Amon and Christina Browning
We continue to take a closer look and have deeper conversations with some of the minority faces of the FIRE movement. On Monday we spoke with Paula Pant, a Nepalese-American woman and founder of the Afford Anything blog and podcast. Today, we’re in talks with married couple Amon and Christina Browning, founders of Our Rich Journey, a popular blog and YouTube channel: At the age of 39 and 41, Amon and Christina achieved financial independence and retired early (FIRE). They quit their federal government jobs, retired, and moved to Portugal with their two daughters (ages 11 and 12). On their FIRE journey, they lived and worked in California, Spain, and Japan while saving more than 70% of their income; they discovered “house hacks” to live rent and mortgage free for more than ten years; they learned to travel-hack free luxury vacations for their family all over the world.   Their YouTube channel (“Our Rich Journey”) documents the unique ways they save, make, and invest money - the FIRE way. In just over two years of starting their YouTube channel, their channel garnered more than 280,000 YouTube subscribers and over 13 million video views. Their FIRE story has been featured in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, the UK's Daily Mail, and Parade Magazine.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 29, 2020
1074: F.I.R.E. Movement Feature: Paula Pant, Founder of Afford Anything
This week I’m chatting with a number of people who identify as members of the FIRE movement, which stands for Financial Independence Retire EarlY. The mission is to intensely save and invest —over half your income—so you can retire sometime by 40 or sooner. The movement is often associated with white men who have high earning careers in software engineering or finance. And as a result the FIRE saving and investing advice and pursuit of FIRE  can be inapplicable to many..  So this week we’re speaking to the minority members of the FIRE group that are making the movement more diverse, more inclusive and more relevant. Today we’re speaking with Paula Pant, a prominent leader of the Financial Independence Retire Early movement and an enthusiastic investor with a soft spot for spreadsheets. She is the Founder of Afford Anything, a personal finance and financial independence website and host of the award-winning Afford Anything podcast. Paula’s core belief that “you can afford anything, but not everything” is the backbone of Afford Anything. Through expert interviews and bi-weekly “Ask Paula” episodes, listeners learn to think critically about how they spend limited resources like time, money, and energy. Paula survived Covid 19 earlier this spring so our conversation starts there…and we dive into her financial belief systems in this unusual time…have they changed?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 27, 2020
1073: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Buy a Home with My Partner? We're Not Married.
Is it too risky to buy a home with someone you're not married to? What are some ways to protect yourself if you choose to be a co-borrower on the mortgage? In this week's Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi also addresses questions related to career pivots and how to transition to being a financial planner, as well as the best way to pay off high interest credit card debt. Does doing a balance-transfer make sense? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 24, 2020
1072: Pivoting to a Web-Only Business in the Pandemic with Sarah Farzam, Founder of Bilingual Birdies
Learn how one small business is transitioning to an all digital-only experience for its kid clientele and expanding its work force and creating job opportunities for more individuals at the same time. Sarah Fazam, founder of Bilingual Birdies, began the business over 12 years ago to encourage cross-cultural awareness through foreign language and live music curriculum. The programs teach Spanish, French, Mandarin, and English (ESL) through live music, movement, dance, puppetry, and theatre-based games. Sarah is of Mexican and Iranian descent. Her parents met in an ESL program, and as she says, "language is a part of my legacy." For more, check out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 22, 2020
1071: How to Live on the Smallest Budget with Jully-Alma Taveras, Founder of Investing Latina
What is the LEAST amount of money you could spend each month, while staying current with bills and other financial responsibilities? Guest Jully-Alma Taveras is the founder of Investing Latina on Instagram and YouTube, an online community for financially powerful women. She is also a Contributor to Next Advisor where she's provided a strategy for how to live on the smallest budget possible. She, herself, has calculated she can live on less than $600 a month. How? You'll have to listen! More about Jully: She is a writer and producer and you can find her on Youtube where she creates videos to educate women about personal finances, investing, and entrepreneurship.    Check out Jully's work; Youtube: Instagram: Twitter:   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 20, 2020
1070: Ask Farnoosh: Making More Money and Investing in Dividend Stocks and SRI
A teacher asks how she can make more money and another listener wants to know how to begin investing in Socially Responsible Investments, Plus: dividend investing and how to incorporate Black Lives Matter in our personal finance choices. Farnoosh has answers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 17, 2020
1069: Monetizing Your Skills and Life Post-Layoff with Stacia Crawford, Journalist and Entrepreneur
On today's show with guest Stacia Crawford, we're discussing life after a layoff, monetizing your skills, as well as the behind-the-scenes of producing for one of the country's top television stations. Stacia is an award-winning journalist with more than 3 decades of experience in the broadcasting industry, including 25 years as a TV producer in Chicago. Her vast experience as a television news producer has positioned her to be a skilled communications specialist, media trainer, and PR strategist. As a news producer, she understands what editors, producers and bookers want, and she knows what it takes to deliver. Stacia provides customized training to help clients better understand the media and deliver clear, concise key messages and provide useful content. Stacia is also an expert at developing story angles, story pitches, and marketing those pitches to get them on the air and in print. Her network of long-standing relationships with the media and the business community offer a clear advantage for her clients. She is the creator of such programs as “Be Seen, Get Booked,” “Brand and Deliver,” and “ Lights, Camera, Access” in which she helps entrepreneurs, authors, and industry professionals harness the power of the media to increase their visibility, get more leads, and make more money. Stacia also hosts the popular More Than a Soundbite Podcast in which she interviews top media professionals all over the country and delivers powerful strategies to help listeners get booked on TV, on radio, in publications and on podcasts. Stacia is also a teacher at heart and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago where she teaches writing and reporting for TV news. This Baltimore native earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 15, 2020
1068: Dealing with Childhood Financial Trauma with Author Leisa Peterson
Establishing a healthier mindset and management around money requires reconciling with the past, and facing any potential childhood money trauma head on. Financial author Leisa Peterson, author of The Mindful Millionaire, opens up about her early years, depicted as “white trash” and the learnings and (un) learnings that helped her heal and grow her wealth. Says Leisa, “Somehow I found a way to break free of thinking of myself as white trash which is how people thought of our family in our neighborhood. Some kids told me they couldn't play with me because their parents didn't feel like my family was safe. It went deep and was classism at its worst. I'm still breaking through the shame of what I felt when I was young.” Blog: Podcasts: Art of Abundance on iTunes and Mindful Millionaire Book: The Mindful Millionaire (click to access book trailer) is available for pre-order on Amazon, B&N and IndieBound Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 13, 2020
1067: Ask Farnoosh: Where to Save for a Goal 10 Years Away?
On this week’s Ask Farnoosh, a listener asks about intermediate savings and the best place to either save or i vest that money. Also: consolidating your student loan with your spouse’s loan. Good idea? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 10, 2020
1066: How to Land a Great Job in a Pandemic and Recession with Expert Lauren McGoodwin
How to find meaningful work right now? How to be a true Ally in the workplace and how to reframe your career ambitions in the near future? We're talking managing your career in a pandemic and recession with Lauren McGoodwin, founder of the Career Contessa and author of the new book POWER MOVES: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose. Lauren's book is a much-needed handbook filled with practical information, advice, and essential tools (including helpful graphics), to guide women toward building successful careers on their own terms. It is an essential career resource for anyone feeling stuck or unfulfilled, and it will give every woman the courage to know themselves, where they are and where they want to be. For more on Lauren McGoodwin, visit her at, and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @CareerContessa.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 08, 2020
1065: New York Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
Rodneyse Bichotte is the first Haitian-American woman elected in New York City, representing Brooklyn as the Assemblymember and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. She represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.  We discuss how a life-changing accident at the age of ten led Rodneyse to a career in public service, key initiatives she is working to pass to better the lives of the most vulnerable in New York City, and her economic predictions for the future of the Big Apple. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Rodneyse is the first Engineer elected to the New York State Legislature; and the first woman to chair the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee. To learn more about Rodneyse and visit the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Center check out: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 06, 2020
1064: Ask Farnoosh: Best Credit Cards, HELOCs and Buying versus Renting
In this episode of Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi and guest Georgia Lee Hussey, CFP and CEO of Modernist Financial, address recent questions posed by listeners. What are the best credit cards for big purchases? Should I take out a student loan or pay for school in cash? Should I tap my home equity line of credit to renovate my home? And much more. Plus, Farnoosh selects 3 iTunes reviewers to each receive a free 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 03, 2020
1063: Adam Auriemma, Editor-in-Chief of NextAdvisor
Joining me today is the new Editor-in-Chief of NextAdvisor, Adam Auriemma. NextAdvisor is a brand new personal finance platform that just launched earlier this summer, in partnership with Time Magazine. I am a contributing editor for the platform and my first piece is about how we bought a house in the pandemic (all the behind-the-scenes!). The site is full of timely and important content related to financial wellness and making smart money moves. One piece I really love is 50 Smart Money Moves You Can Make Right Now, which Adam authored after interviewing many experts including Suze Orman, Mel Robbins, and Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial. Adam and I discuss: How NextAdvisor's point of view is slightly different in the world of personal finance content. How the platform is thinking about money in the context of race and class. How Adam's personal views on money have shifted in the pandemic and recession. More about Adam: He is a personal finance journalist and the former editor-in-chief of Money magazine. He has also been a deputy bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal, managing editor of The Daily Beast, and deputy editor of Fusion, a joint venture of Univision and ABC News. Teams working under Adam’s leadership have received the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism, a National Association of Black Journalists Digital Media Commentary Award, and an Emmy nomination for Best Cultural/Topical Documentary. Follow NextAdvisor on Instagram @NextAdvisor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 01, 2020
1062: Black Wealth Matters: Tiffany Dufu, Author of Drop the Ball and Founder of The Cru
In our final installment for Black Wealth Matters, we welcome Tiffany Dufu. She is founder and CEO of The Cru. Their algorithm matches circles of women who collaborate to meet their personal and professional goals. She’s also the author of the bestselling book ​Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less​. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.” Tiffany and I discuss how she was able to raise $1 million for her startup when only .0006% of Black women receive tech venture funding. She also shares pivotal money memories from childhood....and also, what to make of the Girlboss movement and its recent criticisms for not being inclusive enough? Named to Entrepreneur's 100 Powerful Women and Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany has raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls. She was a launch team member to Lean In and was Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, one of the fastest growing millennial professional networks. Prior to that, Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, as a Major Gifts Officer at Simmons University, and as Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 29, 2020
1061: Black Wealth Matters: Yemi Rose, Founder of
The newest guest in our #BlackWealthMatters series is entrepreneur Yemi Rose. He is the founder of OfColor, a digital financial wellness platform focused on providing content and banking tools built around how people of color save, spend, and build our legacies differently. We discuss the role financial services has played and continues to play in widening the racial wealth gap. Growing up in Jamaica and the differences of “being Black” there versus here in the United States. Why we may want to rethink the expression “racial wealth gap.” Does it deserve a renaming? How his startup OfColor will provide better access to financial tools and education to an underserved community. Yemi has spent almost two decades at the intersection of financial services and communications/marketing focused on financial wellness, most recently as the Vice President of Financial Wellness Enterprise Initiatives with Prudential Financials’ Global Communications Group. In this most recent role, he led the development of Prudential’s Financial Wellness Census research project, as well as “The Cut,” which focused on underserved consumers. He writes and speaks extensively on the racial wealth gap, and his writings on the subject have been published in Black Enterprise, The Root, Blavity, and After beginning his career as a Capital Markets Intelligence Associate for Thomson Financial, he served as an Investor Relations Director for several top-tier financial communications agencies, before moving to in-house roles. He has served as a senior executive at KPMG and BlackRock Inc., where he worked on helping them to maximize the value of their acquisitions and fintech ventures. He holds both a bachelor's and a Master's degree from Cornell University. Yemi was born and raised in Jamaica, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in New Jersey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 26, 2020
1060: Black Wealth Matters: "The Budgetnista" Tiffany Aliche
Back by popular demand is Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. She shares her personal challenges with building wealth, all while building a multi-million dollar business. Also: Why she distanced herself from the FinCon events and her latest appearance on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. More about Tiffany: She is an award-winning teacher of financial education and is quickly becoming America’s favorite, personal financial educator. The Budgetnista is also an Amazon #1 bestselling author of The One Week Budget and the Live Richer Challenge series. Through her company, The Budgetnista, Tiffany has created a financial movement that has helped over 1 million women worldwide collectively save more than $150 million, and pay off over $100 million in debt, purchase homes and transform the way they think about their finances. Tiffany credits her experience as a preschool teacher for 10 years in Newark, NJ for defining her purpose behind The Budgetnista: education. In 2019, Tiffany transformed her commitment into legislation when she partnered with Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight to write a bill that was later signed into Law A1414 (The Budgetnista Law). This law made it mandatory for financial education to be integrated into all middle schools in New Jersey. To learn more check out and Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 24, 2020
1059: Black Wealth Matters: NBA Sports Agent Dominique Stapleton
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, 15.7% of NFL players have filed for bankruptcy within twelve years of retiring. A Sports Illustrated article reports that 78% of NFL players and 60% of NBA players face major financial challenges post retirement. Dominique Stapleton is not only a sports agent, she is a financial educator to her clients who desperately need literacy and guidance. After working with athletes on their money for a few years Dominique wanted to offer her clients more. This year, she became a Certified NBA sports agent and vows to be the bridge between athlete success off and on the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 22, 2020
1058: Black Wealth Matters: Rachel Rodgers, Founder of
We welcome entrepreneur Rachel Rodgers back to the show to talk about how business owners can go beyond the traditional lip service of "supporting" supporting Black Lives Matters and actually serving as Allies and practicing anti-racism within their companies. Rachel is a woman of color, a mother of four and a seven-figure business owner — in that order. Rachel started her career working as a lawyer with nonprofits, federal judges and Hillary Clinton. Rachel is founder of Million Dollar Badass, a high-level Mastermind for women looking to take their businesses from 6 to 7 figures. She firmly believes all women should desire to become millionaires – because of the profound impact a woman’s money can make on the world. Learn more about Rachel at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 19, 2020
1057: Black Wealth Matters: His and Her Money Founders Talaat and Tai McNeely
A new Northwestern University study based on data from the Federal Reserve estimates that on average for every dollar of accumulated wealth that white families have, many black families have just one cent. Our guests Talaat and Tai McNeely, founders of His and Her Money, are on a mission to help change that quotient. The McNeely's are Financial Educators and co-authors of Money Talks: The Ultimate Couple's Guide To Communicating About Money. They are also the hosts of the top-rated podcast, "The His and Her Money Show" and creators of Power Couples University. Talaat and Tai McNeely (His and Her Money) have been featured in numerous publications such as Black Enterprise,,, Essence, and Business Insider. We discuss: How and why they paid off their mortgage in 25 years. As parents, the conversations Talaat and Tai are having with their three kids regarding money and race.  And should personal finance get political? What does that even mean?  To learn more visit the following sites: The McNeeley's Website - Youtube - Community - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 17, 2020
1056: Black Wealth Matters: Donovan Ramsey, Journalist and Author
Today’s guest is my former editorial assistant and right hand guy, Donovan X Ramsey, who first appeared on the show in 2015. As a friend and accomplished journalist focusing on the topic of black identity, politics and patterns of power in America, I wanted to catch up with Donovan for my #BlackWealthMatters series. Key takeaways from our interview: How Donovan's upcoming book, When Crack Was King, chronicles the 1980's and 1990'se pidemic, its misperceptions and the way policing changed during those years. Donovan's own experiences with racial discrimination in graduate school and beyond. The truth about what publishing pays. Donovan and Farnoosh disclose their book advances. More about Donovan: He is called "an indispensable voice on issues of racial identity, politics, and patterns of power in America," by American culture critic Rich Benjamin. Donovan's commentary on racial politics during the Obama era has been featured in The New York Times and his reporting and commentary on the criminal justice system have appeared in outlets including WSJ Magazine, The Atlantic, GQ, Gawker, BuzzFeed, Vice, and Ebony, among others. Donovan served most recently as the commentary editor at The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization dedicated to the U.S. criminal legal system. Before The Marshall Project, he worked as an editor and writer at a number of outlets including Complex, NewsOne, and NBC's Donovan holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently completing his first book, a history of the crack cocaine epidemic for One World—an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade book publisher. You can learn about Donovan on his website and follow him on Twitter @iDXR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 15, 2020
1055: Black Wealth Matters: Stephanie Vaught, Founder of Social Money Finance
Stephanie Vaught, J.D. is a Gen X Financial Coach and Founder of Social Money Finance, LLC. Her company specializes in teaching effective money management and helping people build a life they love. Stephanie was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She attended Detroit Public Schools and received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 2000. In 2007, Stephanie graduated with a Juris Doctor and concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has spent most of her professional career in law and community advocacy. In 2009, Stephanie developed a profound interest in personal finance – mostly based on the need to manage her own household and entrepreneurial endeavors. In 2015, Stephanie made a career shift and became a certified financial counselor. She began working with a financial nonprofit counseling and educating thousands of people across the country about financial literacy and helping them to reach their personal financial goals.  In 2018, Stephanie decided to take her financial knowledge coupled with her legal skills and experience back to a community of her peers and founded Social Money Finance, LLC. Her mission is to empower people to increase their financial literacy, challenge unproductive money habits, and improve their financial place for themselves and their family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 12, 2020
1054: Black Wealth Matters: Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah made her first big splash onto the music scene at age 19, with the release of her hit rap single “Ladies, First.” For the next three decades, the Newark, New Jersey native would go on to build a multi-faceted and dynamic career as a musician, actress, producer and philanthropist, blazing a trail for other Black female artists.  I recently sat down with Queen during her press tour for The Queen Collective, her latest endeavor which provides opportunities for women of color in film to tell stories from their viewpoint. The mentoring and development program, in collaboration with Tribeca Studios and Procter and Gamble, selected two winners this year and their projects will premiere on BET Networks, Saturday, June 13th at 9:00 p.m. ET.  In our conversation, she shared some of the financial lessons experienced while growing up and building her business, as well as her ideas on how we can promote more equality in the workplace and close the racial wealth gap.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 10, 2020
1053: Black Wealth Matters: Dr. Nicole Garner Scott, Financial Expert and Entrepreneur
Dr. Nicole Garner Scott is the Atlanta-based founder of Amount Financial Services. She is dedicated to creating financial breathing room for households of underrepresented communities. She has created wide-scale programs to empower others to change their financial trajectories, focused on legacy building and generational wealth.  Dr. Scott is a sought-after speaker and received an honorary doctorate for her work in business from the Obama Association.  Together we explore some of the historical barriers to wealth that have continued to be road blocks for people in the Black community, as well as how the financial expert community can be more sensitive and mindful when offering advice. To learn more about Dr. Scott, please visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 08, 2020
1052: Black Wealth Matters: Minda Harts, Bestselling Author of The Memo
Continuing our Black Wealth Matters series with Minda Harts, founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color, and author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. An Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, she is also a sought-after speaker on the topic of workplace diversity and inclusion. She lives in New York City. In The Memo, Minda provides a roadmap for women to not only navigate but change the system that they are working within. And she makes it clear that yes, the discrimination you are feeling, those microaggressions, they are real — and we need to acknowledge them so we can change our reality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 05, 2020
1051: Black Wealth Matters: Myleik Teele, Founder and Chief Experience Officer of curlBOX
Over the years many outstanding Black individuals who fought racism and oppression to achieve personal wealth and career success have graced my podcast. For the next 10 episodes - from today June 3rd through June 24 - I’ll be re-sharing and re-amplifying some of their voices and work, their stories of resilience, hard work and triumph. I’m calling this series BLACK WEALTH MATTERS.  I announced this on Instagram earlier in the week. It is my small way of contributing to this human rights issue of racial equality. It’s the quickest action I know to take that would hopefully have a meaningful get us to unlearn, re-evaluate and better understand what it means to be a Black person in this country while trying to establish personal wealth.  Thank you to everyone who responded to my announcement with guest recommendations for Black Wealth Matters. I’ve taken them all into account and keeping a folder and hoping to work my way to speaking to all of them - if not this month - in the coming months. Please keep the guest suggestions coming. Today -- We are revisiting my conversation with Myleik Teele from 2015. Myleik is the Atlanta-based founder and chief experience officer of Curlbox, the first exclusive monthly subscription box for naturally curly hair.  curlBOX has major partnerships with brands and distributors including Procter & Gamble, Walmart, Target, and Shea Moisture, and more.  A teacher at heart, her wildly popular, #MyTaughtYou podcast has become her global classroom where women from all walks of life tune in for guidance and a healthy dose of motivation to live life on their own terms.  You just heard at the top of this show - a moment from our conversation - when she candidly opens up about her relationship with money. Even as a wealthy woman, she is, as she says, cautious with her money, perhaps overly cautious. To learn more about Myleik visit: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 03, 2020
1050: Stimulus Checks, Mortgage Forbearance and Rent Negotiation with Lauren Silbert of
From how to spend the stimulus check to mortgage forbearance and rent negotiations, Lauren Silbert, VP and General Manager of personal finance website shares some of the top searches on the site - and answers to people's biggest money questions. More about Lauren: She was named a “Corporate Champion” in Folio Magazine’s 2019 Top Women in Media Awards. She also appears in print, broadcast and streaming media as a personal finance and careers commentator and expert.  The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 01, 2020
1049: Ask Farnoosh: Your Home Buyer Checklist
This week's Ask Farnoosh covers more real estate ground, as well as questions about investing for retirement. Farnoosh also shares her homebuyer checklist for anyone interested in purchasing a home this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 29, 2020
1048: Behind-the-Scenes of Real Estate with Million Dollar Listing's Tracy Tutor
Sticking with the week's theme of real estate, Tracy Tutor, star of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, joins the show with details of the behind-the-scenes housing activity in the Los Angeles area. Tracy is a mother, entrepreneur and Real Estate agent with over 15 years of experience. She can currently be seen on the 12th season of Million Dollar Listing LA - the first and only female in the cast! In her new book, Fear is a Four-Letter Word, provides a go-to manual for women who struggle to convince people they're in charge. She shares intimate details from her early years struggling to break into the cut-throat industry and a recent success that helped seal a deal that nobody thought could be won. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 27, 2020
1047: ICYMI: All Things Real Estate with Ilyce Glink
Real estate expert Ilyce Glink answers all of our top questions about buying and selling in the current market. How has the pandemic impacted housing prices and is now a good time to buy? This episode originally aired on May 6, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25, 2020
1046: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Change My Investments?
This week Farnoosh welcomes back financial advisor and founder of Modernist Financial Georgia Lee Hussey to answer listeners' questions including: Should I change my investments? What's the right price for a pre-nup? Should I ask for a raise? How can I move up in my career right now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 22, 2020
1045: Financial Survival in a Pandemic with Certified Financial Planner Tom Corley
For many, 2020 will be characterized as the year of survival. Our guest Tom Corley, CFP, offers financial advice to help us keep head above water as we navigate all the uncertainties. Tom Corley is CPA, CFP, holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation and is a bestselling/award-winning author. His books include: Rich Habits, Rich Kids, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and Effort-Less Wealth - Smart Money Habits at Every Stage of Your Life. Tom has appeared on or in CBS Evening News, The Dave Ramsey Radio Show, CNN, MSN Money, USA Today, The Huffington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Money Magazine, and many other media outlets and podcasts in the U.S. and 27 other countries. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider and CNBC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 20, 2020
1044: Navigating Grief with Sarah Nannen, Author of Grief Unveiled
We are experiencing grief in all forms these days. Whether it's grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of connection with others or the loss of a job and financial grief...Navigating a tremendous loss is one of the hardest things in life. My guest Sarah Nannen helps us find our way through and offers a new way of thinking about grief that may leave us far more hopeful and at peace. Sarah Nannen is a transformation teacher and guide as well as an author, speaker and podcast host. She became a military widow and solo mother of four in 2014 when an aviation accident claimed her husband’s life. Her journey through grief informs her renegade work with those navigating painful life transitions who seek to live extraordinary lives. She’s devoted her career to teaching sustainable well-being and a new paradigm of deep, systemic integration of mind-body healing, with a specialization in grief and trauma support and recovery. Sarah is the founder and co-owner of Renkon Yoga Studio, a community-focused studio rooted in the power of human connection. Her expertise will be featured in two upcoming docu-series on the topics of trauma and conscious parenting; a collaborative production between Hay House,’s Urban Monk Productions and The Sacred Science, releasing in 2021. Sarah lives in central Illinois with her fiancé Brad, their four children and their rescue pit bull, Luna.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18, 2020
1043: Ask Farnoosh: Should I Offer to Get Laid Off?
Should I offer to voluntarily quit my job right now? Should I save more or invest? And what are some good personal finance resources for teens? Farnoosh addresses listeners top money questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 15, 2020
1042: Gaining Financial Confidence with Author Lydia Fenet
LYDIA FENET knows how to drive a negotiation and ask for what she wants - something that may feel challenging to do right now. As Global Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s Auction House, Lydia has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations and raised over half a billion dollars for nonprofits globally. She was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Crain’s, and has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Town & Country. She is the author fo the widely acclaimed book, ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You.' Learn more about Lydia at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 13, 2020
1041: The Future of College and Millennial Wealth with Scott Galloway, NYU Professor and Co-host of Pivot
Exploring the future of college and millennials, as well as the trickle-down impact of the $2 trillion stimulus on corporations, individuals and the economy. What will the college experience look like and how much will it cost? What is the opportunity for Millennials right now, as they grapple with how to add value and become financially secure in the years to come? Guest Scott Galloway is a Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing. He is also the co-host of Pivot, a podcast produced by Recode and Vox Media. More about Scott: He was named “One of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants in 2012. He is the founder of Red Envelope, Prophet Brand Strategy, and L2 Inc., acquired by Gartner (NYSE: IT) in March 2017. Scott’s books The Four (Portfolio Penguin, 2017) and The Algebra of Happiness (Portfolio Penguin, 2019) debuted on The New York Times and Apple bestseller lists. Scott has served on boards of directors including The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN), and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley. Follow Scott on Twitter @profgalloway Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2020
1040: Ask Farnoosh: Getting Divorced in a Pandemic. Help!
The latest questions from listeners include how to manage finances post-divorce (and during a pandemic), paying down student loans with varying interest rates and how to bring up the concept of a prenup to your partner. Plus, Farnoosh shares behind-the-scenes and insights into her latest experience buying a home and moving in these strange times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 08, 2020
1039: All Your Real Estate Questions Answered with Ilyce Glink
ok How will the pandemic impact real estate? Is now a smart time to buy? Sell? Rent? What housing trends might we see in the wake of Covid 19? Real estate guru Ilyce Glink joins Farnoosh to share insights and reports from the latest real estate activity around the country. Ilyce is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, blogger, author, radio talk show host, TV reporter, and owner of Think Glink Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 06, 2020
1038: Fighting Limiting Money Beliefs (Especially Now) with Erika Gerdes
Letting go of expectations - personal, professional and financial - is a great challenge for many of us right now. This podcast focuses on how to continue to create forward momentum for yourself, even as it may not feel like much is in our control right now. Guest Erika Gerdes is an authenticity advocate speaker, coach and writer. She is the designer of The Art of Undoing, which helps people undo their limiting beliefs and reactive patterns to unlock greater confidence, joy and impact. Erika is a former global business executive at Google, where she worked for 12 years before leaving at the height of her career, as a single mom, to pursue her mission for helping people live into their full range and amplify their impact. To download her free guide, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 04, 2020
1037: Ask Farnoosh: Should I buy a house? Should I pay off my fiancé's debt? Is it safe to rollover my 401(k) right now?
Host Farnoosh Torabi addresses listeners' questions about home buying, managing money in a relationship and safely rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA. Plus, exciting news: So Money has been nominated for a 2020 Webby Award! You can vote here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 01, 2020
1036: The Pandemic's Impact on the Influencer Market with Instagram Star and Entrepreneur Katie Sturino
How has the pandemic influenced the influencer market? With the downturn in the economy many businesses have pressed PAUSE on marketing and our guest Katie Sturino, entrepreneur and social media influencer shares insights and personal experiences. How is she managing her personal finances and business in this market and what is her advice for business owners and brands as they turn to the internet for more exposure (and sales?) More about Katie: She is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, body positivity advocate and fierce animal activist. Through her personal platforms, @katiesturino and, she lends her voice and personal style to raise awareness for size inclusivity, empowering women of all sizes to find their confidence and celebrate their style. Her regular content series, #SuperSizeTheLook and #MakeMySize have gone viral, reaching millions of people and attracting global media attention. Katie is also the founder of MEGABABE, an innovative beauty brand offering non-toxic, solution-oriented products that allow people to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin. Most recently, Katie launched BOOB SWEAT, a weekly podcast that tackles often “taboo” topics such as Dating in your 30s, Botox, and Divorce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 29, 2020
1035: Fitness Guru Shaun T on Building Wealth, Investing in People and Minding Your Health
Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness motivator, husband, father of twins, TV host and social media influencer (over 3 million followers). On today's episode Shaun T shares his financial experiences from childhood, how he built his fitness empire and his advice for staying motivated and focused on health in these challenging times. He is the creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP HOP ABS, FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, CIZE, SHAUN WEEK and his new record breaking mega-hit, TRANSFORM :20. – a 20 minute dynamic step workout that will transform you physically and mentally. Through personal appearances, his SAFE SPACE online support group and academy, his podcast Trust and Believe with Shaun T, and his self-help memoir T IS FOR TRANSFORMATION, Shaun T is focused on affecting positive life changes in people around the world and proving that becoming the best version of yourself is attainable. Learn more about Shaun T on his website and be sure to check out Farnoosh's interview on his podcast, Trust and Believe, today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27, 2020
1034: Ask Farnoosh: Should I still go to graduate school in the fall?
Listeners send in their most pressing financial questions amid the pandemic and economic slowdown. Will the 10% early withdrawal penalty be waived if I withdraw early from my pension? Can I negotiate my credit card payments? Should I continue plans to attend graduate school in the fall? Should I put my start-up plans on hold? Ask your questions for the Friday episodes via Direct Message on Instagram or clicking on Ask Farnoosh on the website.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 24, 2020
1033: Heather Chauvin on Life, Work and Money After Battling Stage 4 Cancer
Life throws us all curveballs - especially now. Guest Heather Chauvin shares how to handle them and emerge triumphant. Being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer was the kick in the pants that my guest today says she needed to prioritize her finances and build a richer life. With cancer treatments exceeding $1,000 a week, her family of five was barely able to make ends meet. Within a few years of Heather's diagnosis, she became a multi-six figure business on her way to a seven-figure year. Today she is cancer free and managed to pay off $60k in credit card debt along the way. More about Heather Chauvin: She is a leadership coach and strategic parenting expert who helps ambitious women become leaders at work and home. Drawing from her professional experience as a social worker and her life experience raising three boys, Heather created a signature approach to focus her clients on sustainability, profitability and ease in business and life. She is the host of the Mom Is In Control Podcast where she reveals her most vulnerable truths about womanhood, marriage, parenting, living through stage 4 cancer and running a successful business—without burning out. Heather has been featured as a TEDx speaker and on The OWN Network, CTV, and The Jenny McCarthy Show. She has also appeared in Entrepreneur and Real Simple. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 22, 2020
1032: How One Small Business is Avoiding Layoffs, Gravity CEO Dan Price
As CEO of his company, Dan Price went from earning $1 million a year to $70,000 to now $0…as his business Gravity Payments struggles to stay afloat amidst the current economic crisis You may remember Dan who joined us on the show back in 2015 to share news of how he'd raised the minimum salary at his company to $70,000 and he, himself taking a massive pay cut to $70,000. Now, facing a 55% drop in revenue in a matter of weeks, Gravity Payments, like so many businesses, had to make quick financial decisions to avoid bankruptcy…rather than layoff his employees, as many businesses do and have done…Dan has managed to keep everyone on staff…with a unique strategy, he’s here to talk about…and something I think can be a lesson for many employers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 20, 2020
1031: Ask Farnoosh: Affording a Home, Repaying Student Loans and Retiring Early in a Recession
From home affordability to student loan repayment to retiring early, Farnoosh and special co-host Georgia Lee Hussey address the latest questions from So Money listeners, amidst the economic crisis. Georgia is Founder and CEO of Modernist Financial, which is on a mission to build a world where progressive people feel permission to enjoy today, while also investing in our common future. Georgia is a queer female founder who started her career as a writer and artist and then went on to spend a decade working in finance as a CFP. She was baffled by the industry’s lack of transparency and culture of conformity, which inspired her to launch a different kind of firm – one that truly centers individuality and self-efficacy. Modernist Financial has been named one of the largest LGBTQ+ owned businesses in Oregon and one of Portland’s largest wealth management firms. You can find more information at her company website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 17, 2020
1030: What's in the Stimulus Plan...Actually?
From expanded unemployment benefits to the stimulus check and the Paycheck Protection Plan, the federal government's $2.2 trillion stimulus plan or the C.A.R.E.S. Act is starting to make an impact on society, as consumers and business owners struggle to make ends meet in the pandemic. What's in the plan, specifically, and what will it mean for our personal finances? We welcome Certified Financial Planner and wealth manager Hilary Hendershott to help us break it all down. Hilary is the host of the Profit Boss Radio Podcast. She was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and is known as "The Investor's Voice of Reason." Check out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 15, 2020
1029: A Different Way to Save, Advice from BetterWealth Founder Caleb Guilliams
My guest today is a wealth manager who says despite the downturn in the market, his clients didn't lose any money. How is that possible? Caleb Guilliams is the founder and CEO of BetterWealth, a company committed to showing people how to have more efficiency and control over their money today while maximizing their future wealth potential. At an early age, Caleb read every financial book he could get his hands on and was fascinated with the idea of ordinary people being able to achieve extraordinary wealth. While still in college, he was promoted to take over the entire investment division at a local community bank where he committed to finding a better way to wealth for his clients. He traveled across the country for over two years learning from top financial experts. He eventually discovered proven strategies and principles that can empower anyone to create and protect real wealth. More about Caleb: He is the author of The AND Asset, and host of the BetterWealth Podcast. Learn more about Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13, 2020
1028: Ask Farnoosh: Taking on Debt to Survive the Pandemic
Is it OK to take out a student loan right now - even if you don't *need* it - to help cover living expenses in case the pandemic leads to more financial stress in your life? Also what is the best way to support the economy and local small businesses if savings is low or your job isn't secure? Host Farnoosh Torabi answers your latest money questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 10, 2020
1027: The Audacity to Be Queen with Author Gina DeVee
Gina DeVee is a women’s empowerment and success coach with a new book coming out later this month called The Audacity to Be Queen. While the launch, she says, has been impacted by the health crisis, she’s finding that the content of her book is serving as a guide now more than ever - to help her work through the uncertainties and discover the gifts. In The Audacity to Be Queen, DeVee invites modern-day women to take ourselves off the back-burner financially, romantically, physically, and socially—and step into our greatness. Only from the position of Queen can you fulfill your purpose, and in this pivotal moment, time is of the essence. The age of Queen, she says, is now. In our conversation we discuss:  How to have complete clarity on your big career moves Achieve goals with purpose and pleasure Make invest and enjoy money with fulfillment For more, visit: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 08, 2020
1026: Regaining Control of Your Life with Susie Moore
In uncertain times, we grow even more uncertain about our choices, our self-worth, and direction in life. I wanted to invite back one of my best friends and mentors Susie Moore to share her wisdom and reflections on how we all can feel more in control during of our lives right now. Susie has a new book that is deeply relevant, considering all that we are experiencing right now. The book is called Stop Checking Your Likes — Shake Off the Need for Approval and Live an Incredible Life. Visit where you can receive some bonuses if you purchase the book now through the end of April. On the show Susie and I discuss how to stop intentionally making life harder. We sometime do this (myself included) - whether it’s with work or parenting — because we think harder equals better, more worthy. It doesn’t. We discuss how to have a healthier relationship with social media and Susie’s own practices that allow her to overcome the social and economic challenges of her childhood and be in the driver’s seat of her own happiness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 06, 2020
1025: Ask Farnoosh: I can't work due to Covid-19. What now?
Farnoosh address some of your latest money questions surrounding all the economic uncertainty and turmoil. From job loss to investing, refinancing a mortgage and more. What are the best money moves right now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 03, 2020
1024: Managing Financial Stress in Your Relationship with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin
Now more than ever, couples are faced with tough financial circumstances. Are you ready and willing to work through this with your partner? Lindsay Bryan-Podvin is a biracial financial therapist, speaker, and author who is passionate about helping high-earning couples recommit to their relationships using shame-free money coaching. It's her mission to teach all her couples how to stand in their power by including money in their relationship. She and I discuss how we develop ideas around money as children, the importance of reframing unhelpful thoughts about money and the importance of creating SMART goals and thinking forward with your finances. Connect with Lindsay at and on Instagram: @mindmoneybalance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 01, 2020
1023: Living in Italy, Financial Expert David Bach on Managing Your Mind and Money Right Now
We are in conversation with the one and only David Bach, financial expert and 10-time New York Times Bestselling author. I trust and appreciate David's advice and his perspectives SO MUCH, ever since he wrote his first book The Automatic Millionaire and saw him appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. David has since become a friend, a mentor and a frequent guest on So Money. He has kindly stopped by this podcast a bunch of times and now more than ever, I'm excited to have him join to share his reflections on all that's happening amidst the Coronavirus. Did you know that David's been living in Italy for the past year? We discuss his day-to-day life with the entire country in quarantine, and how to keep our mind and money healthy during these challenging times. To learn more about David and his 5-day challenge, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 30, 2020
1022: Ask Farnoosh: Your Latest Coronavirus Money Questions
How to continue to pay rent if I've lost my job? Can I afford to continue investing? Where is the market headed and how might it impact my job security? Farnoosh and special co-host Georgia Lee Hussey, CFP and Founder of Modernist Financial, join to answer your top financial questions right now. Plus, hear who won a free 15-minute money session with Farnoosh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 27, 2020
1021: The Trick to Knowing Your Worth with Kara Loewentheil
We’re discussing on the show today something that may feel completely unimaginable right now — how to earn MORE money in 2020. Many of us started the new year with ambitions to get a raise or increase business revenue. Now, we may have lost hope. My guest today is staying optimistic and has some interesting perspectives on how to frame your mind around earning your worth this year and any time. Kara Loewentheil is a Master Certified Coach with a B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Harvard Law. In the last three years after pivoting from a legal career, she has grown her life coaching business from 0 to 7 figures. She's the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast Unf*ck Your Brain which has been downloaded over 5M times, and she has been featured in outlets like Marie Claire, Mind Body Green,, and The Huffington Post. Kara lives in New York City. Learn more at Link to Download // The Confidence Cheat Sheet: Kara's three ways to create self-confidence that *actually* work using cognitive-science-based techniques. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 25, 2020
1020: Minding Your Personal Health and Wellness with Fitness Guru Tracy Campoli
Staying indoors is currently best for the public's health, but how can we be sure to take care of our personal health at the same time? Finding time to workout and eat healthy can feel especially challenging during these stressful and overwhelming times. And as the saying goes, health is wealth. Tracy Campoli offers some great advice for listeners, as well as her own journey to building her business. She is a lifestyle and wellness coach that helps women lose weight and get fit without dumb diets or boring boot camp workouts or burpees. Her YouTube channel has over 20 million views. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 23, 2020
1019: Ask Farnoosh: How to Manage Your Money Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
Farnoosh has been giving some counterintuitive advice lately related to our finances amidst the health crisis. And she's not apologizing! This week she answers more of your top questions including: Should I invest or pay down debt? Should I take money out of my house downpayment fund and place it in the stock market? How can I make money from home right now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 20, 2020
1018: Coronavirus & Your Money: Parenting While Working From Home with Pamela Pekerman
Many families will be home for weeks and months to come, attempting to work and parent under one roof. Our guest Pamela Pekerman is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Hustle Like a Mom, and a regular on local morning shows. She's been working from home for many years -- but the past week she's also been parenting at the same time. Hear her advice on how to create structure and sanity at home and how many workers can pivot to making money on the internet. To download Pamela's tips to navigate working from home, managing kids/schooling, and suggested "class" offerings that educate and entertain visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 18, 2020
1017: Coronavirus and Your Money: Earning More in a Recession with Business Coach Kimberly Lucht
Kimberly Lucht is a business coach who helps women make their first six figures doing what they love. Degree-trained in psychology, she previously directed and tripled the growth of a woman-focused non-profit. Now she’s committed to helping female entrepreneurs have their first six-figure year through in-person workshops, online programs, and one-on-one coaching. One of the focal topics of the episode is how small business owners can attempt to earn more money this year with all the economic uncertainty right now. Kimberly's been featured in Money, Business Insider, Create & Cultivate, Well + Good, and Greatist and currently lives in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 16, 2020
1016: Ask Farnoosh: Coronovirus Impact on Our Finances with Bankrate's Greg McBride
While it may not feel all that appropriate to talk about money at a time when human lives are at stake, the coronavirus is taking a toll on our finances...and fear hath taken over. The stock market suffered one of its worst declines this week and many of you have been writing in asking about how to manage your investments, as well as how to prepare for the likelihood of a recession. This episode is dedicated to answering some of your top concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on our finances. Joining to help steer the show is Greg McBride, CFA, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Analyst, for With nearly a quarter century of experience in personal finance, Greg is a subject matter expert that has the unique ability to provide both in-depth commentary and practical advice to consumers. Through's Money Makeover series, he has helped consumers plan for retirement, manage debt and develop appropriate investment allocations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 13, 2020
1015: How Trauma Impacts Financial Wellness with Psychotherapist Nicole Symcox
Our guest today is Nicole Symcox, a highly sought-after licensed psychotherapist who helps her clients deal with trauma and - in many cases - put them on the road to recovery to a happier, healthier financial relationship and financial life. It is true that psychological trauma impacts our finances. It’s complex. It impairs our ability to make healthy financial decisions and to feel connected to our money. This is where we start with Nicole. We go right at it to discover the root of this and how, if you have experienced trauma in your life, how that may be linked to your money struggles and how you can begin the journey to recovery.  Learn more about Nicole at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 11, 2020
1014: Managing Money in Your Relationship with Dr. Joy Lere
Dr. Joy Lere is a psychologist who focuses on money and mindset. Through her work she has seen that lack of money knowledge combined with discomfort talking about money create a perfect storm for relational discord, underearning, overspending, lost investment opportunity, and crippling financial stress. But it really doesn’t have to be this way for any of us. I’m excited to welcome Joy to the show and hear how she helps clients to work through their mental money roadblocks.  Learn more about Joy on her website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 09, 2020
1013: Ask Farnoosh: What is Farnoosh Doing with Her Money Amidst Coronavirus Threats?
We begin today's Ask Farnoosh with a page out of Farnoosh's money journal where she shares personal thoughts and honest advice regarding the Coronavirus and its impact on our personal finances. A listener also asks whether or not it's wise to refinance a mortgage to a 15-year term, especially if the higher payments will prevent her from investing in the market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 06, 2020
1012: How to Avoid Working-Mom Burnout with Kari Clark, Founder of Uplift
Kari Clark founded Uplift out of her own experience. She has two kids (ages 6 and 4) who both made her better at her job and life. Post-kids, she made a significant career shift, saw improved performance reviews, lost 45 pounds and gave away half of her possessions. Life changes like having a baby are proven to be great times to adopt new habits. She wants to rewrite the script on what being a working mom means. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 04, 2020
1011: Coronavirus' Impact on Our Finances with Investopedia's Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver
What kind of impact can we expect from the global spread of the Coronavirus on our personal finances? Guest Caleb Silver shares his perspectives. Caleb is the Editor in Chief of Investopedia, the world's leading source of financial content on the web, ranging from market news to retirement strategies to investing education. More about Caleb: He began his career producing wildlife documentaries in South America and the American southwest. His career in business news began at Bloomberg, where he worked as a senior television producer and was nominated for a 2003 Emmy Award. Caleb then joined CNN, serving as a Senior Producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, as well as the Executive Producer of Caleb and his team at CNNMoney were nominated for an Emmy Award for New Approaches to Business & Financial Reporting. He then returned to CNN as the Director of US business news. Caleb left CNN in 2014 to form Frog Pond Productions, a digital production and consulting company, and then joined Investopedia in January 2016 as the VP of Content. He also serves as the treasurer of the executive board of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Caleb is frequently featured as a markets, economic and consumer trends expert on NBC, MSNBC, ABC Radio, Marketplace Radio and Cheddar TV, in addition to markets commentary in his daily newsletters.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 02, 2020
1010: Ask Farnoosh: Is Spending Money on Storage Worth It?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh listeners want to know the cost-benefit of storing furniture and other household items. Also: the benefits of working with a financial planner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 28, 2020
1009: How Working Moms Can Achieve Career and Financial Fulfillment with Blessing Adesiyan
Guest Blessing Adesiyan is the founder of Mother Honestly, a platform that inspires, encourages and guides the modern ambitious woman to thrive in and beyond motherhood. Through online content, and offline activations, Mother Honestly empowers and elevates mothers to lead bigger, better and deeper lives. Learn more about Blessing and Mother Honestly at and on Instagram @MotherHonestly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 26, 2020
1008: Tapping Your Way to Financial Clarity with NYT Bestselling Author Nick Ortner
Tapping has become a fast-growing, simple way to address both the emotional and physical problems that tend to add stress to our lives. Guest Nick Ortner is the CEO of The Tapping Solution, a company designed to bring the effective and simple healing method, Tapping, to the mainstream. On the podcast, Nick describes Tapping as a mix between the ancient practice of acupuncture and modern psychology. He takes listeners through a tapping exercise on the podcast and claims this can provide us with financial clarity. Learn more about Nick at and connect with him on Instagram @NickOrtner and on Facebook @nortner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 24, 2020
1007: Ask Farnoosh: How to deal with a spouse's six-figure debt?
This week on Ask Farnoosh, special co-host Priya Malani, the founder and CEO of Stash Wealth joins to answer listener questions. From how to make money from what you KNOW to dealing with a partner's six-figure debt and saving for *something* when you don't know what that something is yet. To sign up for MoneyMASTERED™, the new video course from Stash Wealth, go to and use the code SOMONEY100 for $100 off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 21, 2020
1006: How to Get Paid to Speak with Grant Baldwin
Have you ever wondered how people become professional speakers and get paid to speak? My guest today is Grant Baldwin, author of the new book The Successful Speaker. He has spoken at over 500 events to over 500,000 people and teaches everyday people on how to build a speaking business from scratch - and rake in thousands doing what they love. More about Grant: He is a nationally known speaker, podcaster, and author who has helped thousands of people start and build their own speaking businesses through his Booked and Paid to Speak Training Course. Learn more about Grant on his website and connect with him on Twitter @GrantBaldwin, Facebook @GrantBaldwinFans, and Instagram @GBaldwin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 19, 2020
1005: How I paid off $111,000 in debt with Allison Baggerly of Inspired Budget
On her blog and popular Instagram account, Inspired Budget, Allison Baggerly teaches her budgeting method to thousands of followers. Her advice stems from her own personal journey to pay down $111,000 in debt in 4.5 years. Learn more about Allison on her website, And connect with her on Instagram @InspiredBudget Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 17, 2020
1004: Ask Farnoosh: The new FICO score, real estate investing and managing a cash windfall.
This week's Ask Farnoosh plucks questions from Farnoosh's Instagram followers related to managing a cash windfall, understanding how the new FICO score works and real estate investing for starters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 14, 2020
1003: Designing Your Financial Life with Entrepreneur Tobi Fairley
Are you being intentional about the DESIGN of your life? When we think of design...we think home interiors. We think of designing a website. But what about your life? Your business? While we it isn’t as simple as picking out fabrics or a color scheme, guest Tobi Fairley believes that we can all be in control of our life’s design to feel better about our interior...our money, our work and our relationships Tobi Fairley is known for her bold use of color in interior design, but she’s also one of the nation’s most progressive-thinking entrepreneurs. Tobi is passionate about her full-service interior design company and her consulting firm which are focused on helping clients design their homes, their businesses, and their lives, with a special interest in promoting wellness and balance for entrepreneurs, CEOs, and creatives. Tobi established her firm more than 19 years ago and her projects have spanned the nation and beyond. Her award-winning interior design, product design and ideas have been featured on television and in publications worldwide including House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, Huffington Post, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Coastal Living, Southern Cottages, Creative Live, the Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC. In 2017, Tobi was a columnist for Traditional Home magazine with a feature in each issue chronicling her own home renovation and reveal. Learn more about Tobi on her website and connect with her on Instagram @TobiFairley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 12, 2020
1002: Iranian American Journalist Farnoush Amiri on Immigration, Culture Shock and Building a So Money Life
I’m a first generation Iranian-American. And so the beginning of this year was especially worrisome when we learned that the our president had ordered the assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani, the leader of the Foreign Wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, raising already heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Like many I was really scared about a war erupting...and more lives being sacrificed over something that I honestly don’t think can be solved on the battlefield. Subsequent to this, Iran admitted to accidentally taking down the the Ukrainian jetliner that killed all 176 people on board. In its aftermath, as this is a financial podcast, I thought, what could I share here that was of relevance to us? Well, I recently came across an NPR interview with Farnoush Amiri, who is an Iran-born U.S. citizen, and thought she would be a fantastic guest. In the NPR interview she described a great secret that she and her family kept after a terrifying incident in their home in 2005. She shares this in our conversation, too, but the bigger takeaways from our discussion are her immigrant experiences - lessons both unique and universal, as well as her life today as a financially independent Millennial living in New York City. Listen to learn how she’s creating a SO MONEY life in the context of all that is happening between the two countries she knows and loves. More about Farnoush: She is Iranian American journalist at The Associated Press, based in New York City. She was born in Iran and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of five, where she grew up in Orange County, California, with her parents and younger brother. Farnoush has reported from across the country and in Puerto Rico, where she covered the intensive aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She currently serves on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association.  Connect with her on Instagram @FarnoushAmiriNYC and on Twitter @FarnoushAmiri   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 10, 2020
1001: Ask Farnoosh: Should I pay off my boyfriend's debt?
In the latest installment of Ask Farnoosh, Farnoosh answers listeners questions related to helping pay down a significant other's student loans. Is it recommended? Also: renting versus buying and leaving your job before bonus season. Is there a way to make up for it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 07, 2020
1000: So Money Celebrates 1,000 Episodes
Today marks five years, 12 million downloads and 1,000 episodes. Farnoosh Torabi celebrates this major So Money milestone with a tribute to her dedicated listeners, reflections on some of the craziest never-before-told stories of producing the show and special cameos from her children who help answer listeners' questions. Plus, we hear from So Money fans from around the world and their financial triumphs. Prizes and charitable donations to boot! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 05, 2020
999: How to Attend Grad School for Free with Danielle Forbes
Many of you have expressed interest in attending graduate school, so today's episode is all about how to go for FREE. My guest today is a listener who reached out and suggested that we focus on this topic. Danielle Forbes has a PhD in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From that school, she also holds a Master’s in Education Policy Studies. She also has two bachelor’s degrees in English and African-American studies from Penn State. Clearly, Danielle is passionate about education. She's even more passionate about helping others get to school affordably within their means, possibly even for free. Danielle was able to attend graduate school for free, so she’s going to talk not just from her personal experience but also her research, and all the different ways that you can bank on going to college or graduate school for much less than the sticker price - from scholarships to fellowships and tuition waivers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 03, 2020
998: Ask Farnoosh: How I negotiated to almost 10 times the initial offer.
I recently had an experience that was proof positive of all the advice shared on So Money about how to negotiate your worth.  The following episode offers the the play-by-play that happened over email and my notes to you. It's the actual script (with some omissions for privacy). Plus, answers to your money questions about building credit and making the most of a lump sum payment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 31, 2020
997: Creating Passive Cash Flow with Real Estate Pro Michelle Bosch
Michelle Bosch first became interested in real estate investing when her father suddenly passed away. She witnessed how a modest investment in real estate was able to keep her family afloat and provide her with some financial support in adulthood. With that appreciation for how powerful real estate investing can be, Michelle went on to build an eight-figure land investment and auction company. She started by flipping dirt, as she describes. Today she is the Co-Founder and CFO of Orbit Investments and a full-time real estate investor. She has bought and sold over 4,000 pieces of real estate and built the 3rd largest land investment and auction company in the US. She is also the Co-Creator of the Land Profit Generator Program and Host of The In FLOW Podcast for Women. Learn more about Michelle on her website, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 29, 2020
996: Owning Your Financial Edge with Harvard Professor Laura Huang
How can you get the obstacles and adversities that are working against actually work for you? My guest today is Laura Huang, a professor at Harvard Business School who has spent her career studying implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. Her new book is called Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage. Laura describes EDGE as that elusive quality that gives you an upper hand and attracts attention and support. Some people seem to naturally have it.  But the rest of us can create our own from the challenges and biases we think hold us back, and turning them to work in our favor....including financial challenges. Learn more about Laura on her website and connect with her on Instagram @LauraHuangLA and Twitter @LauraHuangLA Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 27, 2020
995: Ask Farnoosh: Money and In-Laws, Timing Your Home Sale Right and Making Money in College
This Friday's Ask Farnoosh addresses some of the recent questions that have come through the pipelines from listeners. Questions related to whether or not to sell a home now or later, dealing with a tricky financial proposal from in-laws and ways to make money in college. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 24, 2020
994: Gaining Financial Dominance with Author Lindsay Goldwert
We’ve talked at length on this show about financially empowering women: how to speak up at work, get paid what you deserve, and take control of your finances. But what if we've been communicating it all wrong? What if, instead, we should be seeking Power not Empowerment? My guest Lindsay Goldwert is a freelance writer, podcaster and stand-up comedian who is tackling the topic of financial dominance in her new book, Bow Down...and doing so in an unconventional way. She traveled the country shadowing women who are part of the BDSM subculture (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) to learn the best ways to get what you want - and have your money serve you.  Learn more about Lindsay on her website: and connect with her on Twitter @LindsayGoldwert and LinkedIn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 22, 2020
993: The Man Who Solved the Market Author Gregory Zuckerman
When we think of extraordinary investors, names like Warren Buffett, George Soros, and Ray Dalio might come to mind. But how about Jim Simons, founder of Renaissance Technologies? He's referred to as the greatest money maker in modern financial history, generating over $100 billion in profits....yet his life story has been a relative secret to many. In his new book, The Man Who Solved the Market, author Gregory Zuckerman looks into the world of Simons, who is now 81 years-old, and how his data-driven, algorithmic approach to investing has had unexpected, and far reaching implications on our world.  Zuckerman is a Senior Writer at The Wall Street Journal and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award. Learn more about Zuckerman on his website and connect with him on Twitter @GZuckerman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 20, 2020
992: Ask Farnoosh: What the heck is a Backdoor Roth IRA?
Special co-host Georgia Lee Hussey, financial planner and founder of Modernist Financial joins Farnoosh to answer your money questions related to saving, investing for retirement and managing credit card debt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 17, 2020
991: Financial Scarcity and Striking Out on Your Own with Entrepreneur Shanna Goodman
Our guest today shares an unexpected story about how a childhood growing up on a family ranch inspired her to get outside of her comfort zone and strike out on her own. It's a compelling and relatable story about trusting nobody but yourself to create financial security in your life. Shanna Goodman is the creator of AMP'D, which helps small businesses build million-dollar brands. AMP'D was developed with Shanna's 15 years of business development experience, including five years as a brand strategy agency owner. She comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, often learning business strategy at the dinner table as a child. She contributes regularly to Business Insider, is an influencer on, and is the mother of two very independent daughters.  To access Shanna's free resources for small business owners, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 15, 2020
990: Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International. It is a grassroots organization that helps women in the most devastatingly damaged communities in the world. To fund this, the concept is simple: one woman here can sponsor one woman there to help her receive the business and life skills that will transform her family and community. This model has grown and they’ve been able to help over 478,000 marginalized women in eight conflict areas. For her work creating Women for Women and her global journalism, Zainab was recently awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Award.  Today, Zainab's work in journalism and media has led to the creation of several shows including: #MeToo, Now What? Original series on PBS (2018); The Zainab Salbi Project, original series on Huffington Post (2016); The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic where she started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world; and her latest Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi at Yahoo News. She frequently appears on MSNBC as a commentator on current news. Zainab is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, If You Knew Me You Would Care, and her latest, Freedom is an Inside Job. You can learn more about Zainab on her website and learn more about Women for Women at Connect with Women for Women on Instagram @womenforwomen, Facebook @womenforwomen, and Twitter @womenforwomen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 13, 2020
989: Ask Farnoosh: What are some smart ways to earn passive income?
Want to earn more money in 2020? Host Farnoosh Torabi provides answers to listeners top money questions...from top side hustles to maximizing retirement savings to finding a financial planner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 10, 2020
988: Setting a Date with Financial Destiny with Sigrun Gudjonsdottir
Iceland was the first country to have a female president, a democratically-elected female president who served for 16 years. Our guest today, Sigrun, remembers vividly what it felt like to grow up in Iceland and have that be her reality. And she says it is - no doubt- why she grew up to be the sort of woman who believes that anything is possible. As we kick off a new important year, 2020, Sigrun, a female advocate and business coach, stops by the show to lend us her vision so that we can get closer to achieving whatever we want this year. A little bit more about Sigrun:. For much of her career, she ran companies as the CEO. She even turned down the top role as CEO of Nisan, Sweden. She is now the CEO of her own company, a world renowned speaker, a podcast host, and she’s on a mission to help women and men turn their passion into profits.  Sigrun has a famous quote: “Put a date on your dreams. The rest is logistics.” I think I’m going to get that framed as my go to motivational poster for 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 08, 2020
987: Minda Harts: Financial and Career Equality for Women of Color
Minda Harts is the author of The Memo, a roadmap for women of color to not only navigate but change the system they are working within. The top-selling book is packed with strategic and tactical wisdom, including a chapter devoted to white readers and what they can do to actively create inclusive work environments. Learn more about Mind at and And connect with her and The Memo on Facebook, on Instagram @MindaHarts and on Twitter @MindaHarts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 06, 2020
986: Ask Farnoosh: Financial and Career Advice Before You Have Kids (Replay)
Special co-host Jamila Souffrant, founder of Journey to Launch, is back on the show, this time co-hosting and helping answer a wide range of questions from So Money listeners. Today's questions: Is it better to make an additional principal payment on a mortgage each month or invest in an index fund? What to do when you're in your 60s with no savings or retirement? What can a professional woman in her late 20's - who wants children one day - do to prepare best for the time and money constraints of parenthood? To learn more about Jamila, visit You can also follow her on Instagram. This episode aired originally on Sept 28, 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 03, 2020
985: Best of 2019: Farnoosh's Favorite Episodes
It's impossible to pick the "best" interviews of 2019, but these are the episodes that really struck a chord - on many levels - with host Farnoosh Torabi. Highlights from conversations with Karen Rinaldi, Eve Rodsky, Paul Ollingers and Busy Philipps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 01, 2020
984: Best of 2019: Money Advice for Millennials
They say that youth is wasted on the young but the younger guests I had on my podcast this year defied many of the negative stereotypes about Millennials and young adults we hear. From a woman who saved $100,000 by age 25 to a young man who - despite many odds - would become one of the top real estate brokers in his generation, there was MUCH to learn from some of my guests who were just starting out in the real world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 30, 2019
983: Ask Farnoosh: How to combine finances with my spouse? (Replay)
Replay from June 7, 2019 This Friday, lots of questions about best ways to invest for retirement and steps for co-mingling finances with a partner. I recently got married and we've been together for 10 years. We have built our lives together, but still have separate bank accounts. We are now talking about combining some money to create a household account. He uses a credit union, I use a bank. Is there a benefit to either? Does it matter? Special co-host is Catie Hogan is a financial planner with the women-owned Element Financial Group. She’s also the author of the humorous and informative book The Millennial’s Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together, and an accomplished humor writer and performer. Catie is on a mission to help young adults, particularly women and those in marginalized communities, become more financially literate and empowered. She does this using simple explanations of complex topics, personal anecdotes, and humorous relatability. Catie understands what it means to be a broke Millennial. She finished college with six-figures in student loan debt, worked entry-level jobs to make ends meet, and had no idea how or where to save and invest money. But after reading several personal finance books, she realized she was one of millions of young adults in this situation—and this became the catalyst for her current career. Catie is putting a fresh, new spin on the fundamentals of personal finance. She believes learning how to be a successful adult doesn't have to be so serious. Catie's book: Element Financial Group: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 27, 2019
982: Best of 2019: Stories of Financial Triumph
This episode is dedicated to some of the best moments on So Money where guests revealed their financial challenges and how they triumphed from sometimes great tragedy. Theirs are stories of strength, resilience and determination.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 25, 2019
981: Best of 2019: Money and Relationships
We’re reflecting on some of the best conversations related to money and relationships, strategies and lessons from people who’ve worked through financial challenges with either a partner or a parent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 23, 2019
980: Ask Farnoosh: How much should we pay for housing?
This week, Farnoosh helps listeners with their questions related to buying a home in a high cost of living area, where to invest and how to negotiate when an investor offers you money for your business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 20, 2019
979: Tracy Litt, Certified Mindset Coach and Author
Tracy Litt is a certified mindset coach, best selling author, rapid transformational therapist, and awe-inspiring speaker. She is the founder of The Litt Factor, a personal growth and coaching company, and Worthy Human, an inspirational and empowering merchandise line. Learn more about Tracy on her website, and connect with her on Instagram @TheLittFactor and Facebook @TheLittFactor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 18, 2019
978: Personal Finance for Creatives with Paco de Leon
My guest today is on a mission to make finance fun. Paco de Leon realized that she had a knack for understanding and explaining money in a way that was exciting and made people actually want to learn. After varied career experiences in banking, consulting, and the marijuana industry, she realized that what she was really good at was helping creative people understand their money. That realization led her to create The Hell Yeah Group and become the co-host of Refinery 29’s Money Diaries Podcast.  Learn more about Paco by visiting Connect with The Hell Yeah Group on Instagram @thehellyeahgroup, Facebook @thehellyeahgroup and Twitter @hellyeahgroup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 16, 2019
977: Ask Farnoosh: Should I freeze my kids' credit?
This week, Farnoosh answers questions related to retirement savings, freezing credit reports and term life insurance. Plus, she selects a new reviewer to receive a free 15 minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 13, 2019
976: Hitting Rock Middle with Author Sallie Holder
Sallie Holder is the author of the forthcoming book Hitting Rock Middle, a step-by-step plan to help you start creating the path to your greatest potential – a place that includes true fulfillment and success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 11, 2019
Bonus: Actress Busy Philipps on Earning Your Worth
The actress Busy Philipps is known for hit shows like NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks,” the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek,” and ABC’s “Cougar Town.” She is also a writer and a social media personality with 2 million followers on Instagram. I caught up with Philipps on her media tour with brand partner HotelTonight. (Philipps and HotelTonight ran a contest to give five “planners” last-minute spontaneous getaways.) And during our conversation, she mentioned yet another role. It’s one that isn’t as public-facing, but it is just as notable: fierce negotiator. In our quick convo, she opens up about her financial upbringing, the financial freedoms that come with having a popular social media platform, and the time she walked away from what would become a successful TV series … with no regrets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 10, 2019
975: Modern Manhood Author Cleo Stiller
Cleo Stiller has always liked to have conversations that other people don’t feel comfortable having. She hosted a show called “Sex Right Now with Cleo Stiller” and when the #MeToo movement started gaining mainstream attention, she was inundated from questions from male viewers. Questions like, “I’m a single guy and I don’t know how to approach women” and “I’m a new parent to a son and I don’t know how to raise a good man.” With these questions, she saw an opportunity: we as a society needed to have an open conversation where people could come together and feel safe asking these questions and getting answers. That didn’t exist, so she created it. Her new book, Modern Manhood dives into the complicated world of trying to be a good man today. Connect with Cleo Stiller on Twitter and Instagram @cleomsf.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 09, 2019
974: Ask Farnoosh: How to convince my company to offer paid family leave?
This week on Ask Farnoosh, how a health savings account can also be a retirement savings supplement, reasons why employers should offer maternity leave, the financial benefits of moving to a more affordable location and forming an investing club. Plus, Farnoosh selects a new reviewer for a free money consult. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 06, 2019
973: Money Expert Tasha Cochran, Host of One Big Happy Life
Our guest today served in the military, then became a teenage mom, then went to Yale, got her law degree and now runs a multiple six figure business, Tasha Cochran is the founder of the website and YouTube channel, One Big Happy Life with her partner Joseph. Together, they share a ton of educational resources and the most personal details of their financial life, including how much they make and how they budget. Learn more about Tasha on her website, And connect with her on Youtube and on Instagram @onebighappylife Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 04, 2019
972: Rising the Ranks in Broadcast News with Nneka Faison
Nneka Faison has an impressive history of career achievements: Ivy league graduate, Anchor and Reporter, named "40 Under 40" Leader by Boston Business Journal, and most recently, becoming the Managing Editor of WCVB-TV's Award Winning News Magazine show, "Chronicle." From 2017 to 2018, Faison was a fellow at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism where she completed course work and research on youth media consumption and journalism business models. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and received her BA degree from Princeton University. Connect with Nneka on Twitter @newsneka and at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 02, 2019
971: Ask Farnoosh: First-Time Home Buying Tips
Got questions about real estate? Today’s episode has lots of answers! We have a very special themed episode and it’s all going to be about real estate. Many of you are in market or interested in buying. We’ve got you covered, and I couldn’t think of a better, more experienced person to co-host than Ilyce Glink, author of the real estate bible: 100 Questions Every First Time Homebuyer Should Ask. We’re also addressing questions from our audience, including: Trevor: I’m looking at getting a rental property. What’s a good base rate of return? Jonathon: Manhattan is oversaturated. Do you think it is better to buy rental properties over a property to live in? Natalie: What’s the lowest down payment a first time home buyer can put down? More about Ilyce Glink: She is an award-winning television and radio personality, a communications and media strategist, an innovator in content marketing and the founder of three Chicago-based companies. Her latest project, Best Money Moves, is a mobile-first employee benefit designed to help measure and dial down financial stress. She is a nationally-syndicated columnist, a regular contributor to WGN radio, a top blogger for CBS MoneyWatch and a best-selling author. Ilyce is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!, and she has nearly 1 million books in print. Her latest ebook/webinar offering is Intentional Investor: How to be Wildly Successful in Real Estate. She is the publisher of, a site dedicated to helping consumers make the best decisions with their money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 29, 2019
970: U.S. CEO of Babbel, Julie Hansen
Julie Hansen knows how to build companies. She’s helped launch well-known websites like,,, and the number one website for golfers at Time Inc. And she took Silicon Valley Insider and turned it into Business Insider — one of the most well-known business sites around. Now Julie has embarked on a different challenge: take a thriving European company and help it find success in the US. For the past two years Julie has been the US CEO for Babbel, a language learning startup. Learn more about Babbel by visiting their website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 27, 2019
969: Cheddar TV Anchor and Financial Journalist Hope King
Hope King is an anchor with Cheddar, where she leads the company's business, markets, technology, transportation, and telecom coverage. She began her journalism career five years ago after graduating from Columbia Journalism School with a Master of Science degree. She has previously worked for Business Insider and CNN. Hope is currently in the second act of her professional career -- the first being finance. Hope is a former Merrill Lynch executive who helped lead a $200 billion product group.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 25, 2019
968: Ask Farnoosh: How to manage social life when friends are much richer?
This week's questions concern feeling pressure to spend like well-off friends, ways to teach kids about money and affording 6 months of planned unemployment. Special co-host Alexandra Stockwell joins. Alexandra is a Relationship and Intimacy Expert, known as The Relationship Catalyst. She is the creator of the Conscious Partnership Program and the author of the forthcoming book “Uncompromising Intimacy”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 22, 2019
967: Raising Money for Your Start-Up with Karen Cahn, founder of iFundWomen
Karen Cahn is the Founder and CEO of iFundWomen, and has dedicated her career to closing the funding and the confidence gap for women entrepreneurs. Named on NASDAQ’s “10 Best Sources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs”, iFundWomen is a startup funding platform providing female entrepreneurs access to capital, coaching, and connections critical to launching and growing their businesses. Karen is a pioneer in tech and media. She was an early Google Intrapreneur where she spent 10 years leading various monetization teams in search, display, and video. Most notably, Karen started the Branded Entertainment business at YouTube, when, back in the olden times of YouTube 2006, she and a rogue group of sales and product managers, made the connection between big consumer brands and video creators, thus creating the first native video ad experiences monetized on YouTube. Most recently, Karen spent three years as General Manager of AOL Original Video, and was responsible for business strategy and strategic partnerships. In this role, Karen built AOL’s female creative economy in video and as a result, nabbed AOL its first-ever Emmy nod. Karen is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girls education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council and invests her “human capital” in their pipeline of high-growth, women-led companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 20, 2019
Bonus: Smart Spending Ahead of the Holidays
This episode is brought to us thanks to So Money sponsor Chase. Have you begun your holiday shopping yet? To control the spend over the past few years, as our family has grown, my relatives and I like to participate in a Secret Santa. I have just two people to shop for, as opposed to twenty! And those gifts can be extra special. It's just one way I recommend making your own traditions around the holidays to both enjoy the festivities but also be mindful of your finances. Today’s episode has some advice for all of us, as we embark on the spending frenzy. As part of So Money’s partnership with Chase and as the financial education ambassador for Chase, we welcome BJ Mahoney, General Manager Chase Freedom to the show today. He shares some interesting research related to holiday spending, as well as seasonal savings tips. For more, check out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 19, 2019
966: Patriarchy Stress Disorder with Dr. Valerie Rein
Have you ever hesitated to lean in and play and think big with money? My guest today knows why. Dr. Valerie Rein has spent years working with high achieving women, women who want to have it all and thrive. But what she found in these clients, and eventually in herself, is that often when we’re getting ready to soar, our nervous system will hold us back, signaling to ourselves that we’re not safe. She’s named this response PSD: Patriarchy Stress Disorder. And through her research and over 20,000 hours as a therapist and coach, she’s created a process and new book to help break through it. Learn more about Valerie by visiting her website,, downloading a free chapter of her book, or listening to her podcast, Her Success Radio. Connect with her on Instagram @drvalerierein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 18, 2019
965: Ask Farnoosh: How to get a job after a year of unemployment?
On this week's Ask Farnoosh, one listener wants to know how to get back in the workforce after taking one year off. What is the best way to do that? Also, when is it smart to take some of your savings and invest it in the market...and when is it OK to tap your emergency fund? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 15, 2019
964: Package Your Genius with Amanda Miller Littlejohn
For many of us, the day we get cut off from our parents is a "money moment," right? Some of us may have had experience with this. For others, it’s completely foreign. Wherever you are in your financial life, I think you’re going to appreciate today’s interview with Amanda Miller Littlejohn, a top nationally recognized expert on personal branding. Amanda is also a podcast host and author of the book Package Your Genius. Amanda is an idea oven, a brand problem solver and creative power house who works at the intersection of public relations, journalism, marketing and social media. How and why she built her business is a very personal journey. And we connect all of the dots on today’s episode - from her experiences with money and her parents, to later in her marriage and the financial complexities that inspired her to finally take the reins in her financial life. Learn more about Amanda on her website: Check out her podcast, too, at Package Your Genius. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 13, 2019
963: Cathy Heller, Author of Don't Keep Your Day Job
Cathy Heller is a fire hose of inspiration. She’s the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, which was given the #1 spot on iTunes recommend list of shows for the New Year in 2018 and 2019. Cathy’s new book shares the title of her podcast [Don’t Keep Your Day job] and it's filled with inspirational stories from people within her own tribe who have decided to take control of their life’s journey. Her book goes into detail about how to find the work you were meant to do, how to grow your business, and level up your quality of life all around.  Learn more about Cathy at and And connect with her on Instagram @cathy.heller and on Facebook @dontkeepyourdayjob Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 11, 2019
962: Ask Farnoosh: The Best Tax Deductions and When to Hire (or Not Hire) a Career Coach
From tax deductions to starting your own retirement plan when you're self-employed, Farnoosh and co-host Crystal Lewis answer your biggest money questions of late. Co-host Crystal Lewis is a So Money listener and a Texas Certified Public Accountant with 20+ years of accounting experience. She is currently the Corporate Controller at International Risk Management Institute. She is also a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach.  She also has great information for parents and young adults seeking financial education at  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 08, 2019
961: MSNBC's Alicia Menendez, Author of The Likeability Trap
"I’m someone who cares very much about being well liked. It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where I can say that and own that because it feels lame to care as much as I do," says our guest Alicia Menendez, an award-winning journalist. Does that sound familiar? Can you relate to that? Menendez speaks about this personally on the show and now in a new book called The Likeability Trap. Her book observes this fundamental paradox and empowers readers to let go of old rules and reimagine leadership rather than reinventing themselves. Alicia is an MSNBC anchor and host of the Latina to Latina podcast. Dubbed Ms. Millennial by the Washington post, journalisms, new gladiator by Elle and a content queen by Marie Claire. Her interviews and reporting have appeared on ABC news, Bustle, PBS and Vice news. A native of Union City, New Jersey, Alicia is a graduate of Harvard College.   She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.  For more about Alicia, visit: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 07, 2019
960: Eve Rodsky, New York Times Bestselling Author of Fair Play
We are fortunate to have Eve Rodsky, author of the now New York Times bestseller Fair Play. For anyone who feels as though they have yet to really figure out domestic work in their relationships, to make it 'fair play,' Eve’s got the book, she’s got the game, she’s got the manual and she has the science. It is a fascinating conversation about how she arrived at this topic. How her work is impacting families in particular men, and simple steps that all of us can follow to have more peace on the home front.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 04, 2019
959: Ask Farnoosh: We earn six-figures but live paycheck to paycheck. Help!
Advice for one Silicon Valley household that's making over $100,000 a year, but still managing to live above their means. Farnoosh and special co-host Michael Reynolds, founder of Elevation Financial and the podcast Wealth Redefined answer your questions. Also on today's episode: how Roth 401ks work, paying down a mortgage, and smart budgeting advice. Listen to the end when Farnoosh reveals the winner of the 15 minute money session with her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 01, 2019
958: A New Career Track for Moms with Park Place Founder Samantha Ettus
Samantha Ettus is a renowned speaker, bestselling author of five books and CEO and founder of Park Place Payments. Park Place is a women-owned company fundamentally changing the lives of people seeking opportunities to re-enter the workforce. At the same time, it’s also revolutionizing the payment processing industry. Samantha was on the back show in 2015, just before her most recent book, The Pie Life, was released. She is a champion for women achieving their dreams and she’s a mom with a Harvard MBA. She believes that to do all the things, we need to let go of all of our guilt and our desire for perfection and enjoy the messy, bumpy ride. Samantha and I talk about how she got the idea for Park Place Payments, the need its filling and how she was able to raise money, She has a great story about how when one door shut, several more opened and it ended up helping her raise all the money that she needed to launch the business. Visit ParkPlacePayments to learn more and join to be an account executive. Use the code Farnoosh for a $100 discount for initial training, ongoing weekly training, business cards, a Park Place Payments email address, access to marketing materials, and the creation of all proposals when you are prospecting a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 30, 2019
957: Investing and the Recession with David Stein
Investing can give even the most confident a little anxiety. So when it comes to understanding how to invest, especially with talks of a recession - it helps to have a professional who can reassure and break things down. David Stein has managed billions of dollars as a professional advisor. Now, he shares his knowledge with the rest of us on his podcast and book, both entitled Money For The Rest of Us. You can learn more about David on his website: And connect with him on Instagram @JDStein on Twitter @JDStein Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 28, 2019
956: Ask Farnoosh: What is the best way to budget my money?
Farnoosh and special co-host (and listener) Madison Hopkins answer listeners' money questions, including how to properly budget to end the month without overdrafting. Also: how to save on medical expenses and whether it's a good idea to cash in on your company's stock to pay down debt? Madison Hopkins is the creator of Blissed-out Dollar Bills which is helping millennials get comfy with their personal finances. While working with one of the world's largest mutual fund companies, Madison gained the experience and knowledge that she's now using to help everyday women understand their money and investing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 25, 2019
955: The Father of Financial Life Planning, George Kinder
My guest today is called the father of financial life planning. Harvard educated economist turned CPA, turned financial advisor, George Kinder was looking for a deeper way to connect his clients to their values and goals in life. Rather than asking the standard, “When do you want to retire?”, he developed a three-question framework to help clients find their path to freedom and live the life they want to live. He now runs the Kinder institute where he trains other financial planners to help their clients in the same way. What would life look like if we used money to support our goals and dreams? His books and trainings are all about freedom. In his new book, A Golden Civilization and The Map of Mindfulness, Kinder draws on 50 years as a mindfulness practitioner, over 30 years as a mindfulness teacher, and his experience training financial advisors globally to challenge the basic concepts of economics, our understanding of democracy, of space-time, and our own hearts. His objective is to bring greater levels of freedom everywhere. Learn more about George Kinder on his website Connect with him on Twitter @GeorgeDKinder and on Facebook @GeorgeDKinder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 23, 2019
954: Personal Finance for Grad Students with Emily Roberts
There’s personal finance advice out there tailored to pretty much every category you can think of. But what about graduate students and PhDs? Where can they turn for financial advice to help them not graduate with a mountain of debt after so many years in school? Our guest Emily Roberts graduated from college with $17,000 in student loan debt. She decided to continue her education and get her PhD but realized that she was facing a difficult financial situation: living on a small stipend from her university. Rather than continue to rack up more debt, she began to learn about personal finance. After she and her husband both spent over six years getting their PhDs, they finished their program with over $100k in net worth. Now Emily is determined to help other graduate students take control of their financial future, no matter what their income.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 21, 2019
953: Ask Farnoosh: I'm $25,000 in credit card debt. Is debt consolidation a smart move?
This Friday, Farnoosh Torabi and special co-host Priya Malani, a founding partner of Stash Wealth, help answer listeners' financial questions. Today's topics range from prenuptial agreements to debt consolidation, as well as advice for those seeking to pursue a career in finance and financial consulting. What is the future of the industry? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 18, 2019
952: Diversity, Inclusion and the Will to Change with Jennifer Brown
How can companies thrive as the world evolves and the marketplace changes? Jennifer Brown is here and she's on a mission to help businesses become more inclusive by creating a workplace where employees can thrive by being who they are. She believes that when employees are able to bring their true self to work, they’re able to motivate and contribute in a way that will boost the bottom line. But it's not always so easy, right? Jennifer is the founder of Jennifer Brown Consulting. She's an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant and author of the book Inclusion: Diversity, The Workplace & the Will to Change.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 16, 2019
951: Couples That “Work" with author Jennifer Petriglieri
Two-thirds of professionals today are dual-career couples, but the talent management within companies isn’t set up to support them. How do you make work work when you and your partner both have fulfilling careers? My guest today, Jennifer Petriglieri has spent years researching how individuals can craft and sustain their personal identities. In her book, Couples That Work, she shares how dual-career couples can manage their work-life journey together. Connect with Jennifer on twitter @jenpetriglieri Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 14, 2019
950: Ask Farnoosh: What's the best way to start investing?
This week's Ask Farnoosh episode tackles your money questions related to investing, preparing for the cost of a baby, negotiating a starting salary and much more. Tune in for this week's winner for a free money session with Farnoosh. Plus, special co-host Chelsea Silveira Burgos, a SO MONEY listener, joins the mic. More about Chelsea: She is a personal finance enthusiast pursing financial independence with her husband and 3 year old daughter. Chelsea and her family live in Central California. She and her husband own their home, save for retirement and college, and are working toward becoming debt free. Chelsea has her Master in Education and works with young children with developmental delays. Chelsea is an avid podcast listener, essential oil devotee, and the friend you DEFINITELY want at the party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 11, 2019
949: Finding the funny in finance with Paul Ollinger, host of Crazy Money
Paul Ollinger is a nationally-touring stand-up comedian, Ivy League MBA and former Facebook sales leader. He performs at comedy clubs and corporate events all over North America. He is also the author of You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian’s Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools..  Paul's is the host of the podcast Crazy Money, which promotes financial wisdom and better living through no-holds-barred conversations about the role of money in our lives. Paul and I discuss the economics of stand-up comedy, how to make money in the business, the importance of financial runway when you're pursuing your passion and the power and controlling your content. Learn more about Paul by visiting his website And connect with him on Twitter @Paul_Ollinger and Instagram @Paul_Ollinger.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 09, 2019
948: Ali Brown, World Leading Business Entrepreneur
Ali Brown is one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and coaches who has dedicated her career to empowering women entrepreneurs to create wildly successful businesses. Her journey started when she left her New York Ad agency. She struggled at the beginning to find clients and was flat broke. She hung in there and after building it into a successful marketing communications company, she saw firsthand what worked, and what didn’t. Now Ali helps guide other women through the ups and downs of starting their own business. Through her website and her podcast, Glambition Radio, she reaches thousands of women each day to help them take their business from tens of thousands of dollars to millions. To learn more about Ali’s Iconic event happening in November, click here. You can also learn more about Ali at website, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 07, 2019
947: Ask Farnoosh: I have $230,000 in student loans! Help!
How to make money from home; True costs to home ownership in NYC; And how to manage with a $230,000 student loan balance. Farnoosh also selects this week's REVIEWER for a 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 04, 2019
946: Career, Kids and Comebacks with Jennifer Gefsky and Stacey Delo
It is difficult to juggle parenthood with your career, that's an understatement, and find a path that works for both your ambitions and your family life. More than 15 million women find themselves on what they call the messy middle. My guest today, Jennifer Gefsky and Stacey Delo are behind the website Après, which helps women return or pivot in their careers. Now they have a book to help their audience called Your Turn: Careers, Kids and Comebacks-- A Working Mother’s Guide. We talk about how to anticipate the financials of becoming a mother, a parent while working, how to re-enter the workforce as seamlessly as possible and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 02, 2019
945: Ladies Get Paid Founder Claire Wasserman
Claire Wasserman is the founder of Laides Get Paid, a company that provides the tools, resources, and community to help women negotiate for equal pay and power in the workplace. She dreamed up the idea for Ladies Get Paid after a frustrating work trip. Ladies Get Paid holds town halls and community meetups, provides training, and has an active online community. Join Claire Farnoosh and others on November 2nd in Brooklyn for the official conference Get Money Get Paid. Head to and use the promo code SOMONEY15 for 15% off your ticket. Learn more about Ladies Get Paid on their website and connect with them on Instagram @LadiesGetPaid on Twitter @LadiesGetPaid and on Facebook @LadiesGetPaid.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 30, 2019
944: Ask Farnoosh: Selling a Timeshare, Charging People for Your Advice and Investing While Living Overseas
Tips for selling a timeshare, managing money before an international move and how to start charging for your advice! This Friday's Ask Farnoosh episode also announces one recent listener from the reviews page on iTunes to receive a free 15 minute money session with Farnoosh.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27, 2019
Bonus: Ask Farnoosh: Marriage and Money, How to Have "The Talk" with Your Fiancé?
We’re in conversation with Gerry Weil who manages Schwab’s branch in Houston, Texas. We’re answering your money questions that have come through on Instagram about how to have the "money talk" with a fiancé, paying down a student loan through the Income Based Repayment program, paying off a mortgage early and investing in a 401(k) as a foreign national. As many of you know, I’m working with Charles Schwab to help spread financial literacy to the masses and it’s been a really great collaboration so far. I’m a Charles Schwab customer and have been for many years. So before we get started, just want to thank Charles Schwab for helping us get this financial education content to you. To learn more about Schwab and how to work with them, visit Schwab offers a range of services for people looking to invest and plan for their future, whether you want to invest on your own with the help of do-it-yourself tools and educational resources, get some periodic guidance from a professional, or work with someone in a branch. Find it all at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 26, 2019
943: Chana Ginelle Ewing, Author of An ABC of Equality
Words matter, and having the proper language to discuss money and our emotions related to money sometimes have the battle. My guest today believes we must start by teaching important words at a young age.  Chana Ginelle Ewing is an accomplished entrepreneur. She’s the founder and CEO of Geenie. It’s a self-development platform for black women. She’s also a recently published author having just released her first book, An ABC of Equality. The book aims to teach children and everyone of all ages about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it by breaking down keywords, from ability, to gender, to multiculturalism. While the book doesn’t speak specifically about money, Chana and I had a very deep conversation around our early understandings of what money is, its constructs, its influences (for me, the all too economically charged school cafeteria growing up in Massachusetts) and so much more. You can learn more about Chana and her book on her website, and connect with her on Instagram @chanaewing and on Twitter @chanaewing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 25, 2019
942: Paula Rizzo, Author of Listful Living and Emmy-Award Winning Producer
Overwhelmed, over-worked, and feeling like you just can’t ever get enough done? According to today’s guest, the secret to solving that is to create lists. Paula Rizzo is an Emmy-award winning television producer and productivity powerhouse who helps people stop wasting their precious minutes each day by utilizing lists. She has created a formula for creating the perfect to-do list that can help beat stress and she’s sharing it in her new book, Listful Living.  Learn more about Paula on her website and on Connect with her on Twitter @ListProducer and on Instagram @listproducer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2019
941: Ask Farnoosh: Financial Planners vs Robo-Advisors
Farnoosh welcomes Tom Bonsaint, an avid listener and former college buddy to the show as co-host. Questions today regard how to take on a healthy amount of risk when investing, smartly managing the proceeds of a house sale and the pros and cons of robo investing. Plus, Farnoosh selects a recent reviewer to receive a free 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20, 2019
940: Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, Author of That Will Never Work
What does it take to bring a world-changing idea to life? My guest today co-founded a company we all know, that fundamentally changed the way that we experience media. Marc Randolph is a veteran entrepreneur and investor who's best known for co-founding and serving as CEO of Netflix. I'm sure you've heard of Netflix. How do you take an idea to rent movies over the internet and turn it into a company with some 150 million subscribers? Well, it takes grit, it takes gut instincts, it takes failure and determination. Marc's book, That Will Never Work, is out now. It's about taking a leap in business and in life to bring your ideas to market and change the world. Marc and I talk about the beginnings of Netflix, borrowing money from his mother and what happened in that meeting with Blockbuster all those years ago when they actually pitched Blockbuster to buy Netflix.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 18, 2019
939: Health and Wealth with Kelly Brogan, M.D.
Kelly Brogan is a holistic psychiatrist who has gone through a radical transformation in her career. When she began her career she was — as she says — great at prescribing drugs. But after an experience treating her own thyroid condition, she put down her prescription pad. In the nine years since then, she’s focused her work on treating and healing her patients with more natural solutions. In her new book, Own Your Self, Kelly shares how she believes people can become free from depression, anxiety, and fatigue and finally become their real selves. Learn more about Kelly on her website and connect with her on Youtube, Instagram and Twitter @KellyBroganMD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2019
938: Ask Farnoosh: What's the deal with Roth IRAs?
From confusion around ROTH IRAs to investing in a 401k when you're not a U.S. resident, Farnoosh has answers to your money questions. Plus, tune into hear the TWO reviewers selected for a free money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13, 2019
937: Diane Harris, Award-Winning Personal Finance Journalist
Empathy, experience, and expertise; just a few of the reasons why our guest today is one of the leading personal finance authorities. Welcome to So Money, everybody. I'm your host, Farnoosh Torabi. Diane Harris was the first woman ever to be appointed editor-in-chief of Money Magazine. There, she helped the brand transition to the digital world with and brought important and sometimes taboo issues related to women and money to the forefront. After 22 years at Money, she is now one of the top editors at Newsweek.  Her childhood made a significant impact on her desire to help others with their finances. We begin our conversation talking about a recent cover story for Newsweek that Diane wrote, the topic, the biggest myths about student loans. I was shocked. So much to discuss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2019
936: Christina Stembel, Farmgirl Flowers
Ever have an underwhelming experience ordering flowers online? I’ve had many and our guest today became committed to fixing that problem and has created a multimillion dollar business. Christina Stembel knew she always wanted to start a company, living in San Francisco where it seems like everyone has a successful startup. She was constantly brainstorming ways to disrupt old industries.  Eventually, she found herself with a million-dollar idea. Flower delivery. It was a rough start, unable to raise any money, Christina bootstrapped her company, starting with $49,000 in savings. Thanks to her drive and determination, she was able to weather the trying times, and there were many, to grow Farmgirl Flowers into a 23-million-dollar business. That’s how much they made last year in revenue; $23 million from flowers and Christina has her sights set on growing this to a billion-dollar company.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 09, 2019
935: Ask Farnoosh: Financial Stress is Weighing on My Marriage. Help!
This Friday, Farnoosh answers your financial questions related to money and marriage. Specifically, how to work through the emotional stress that financial challenges create in your relationship. Also, how to ask for a raise when your company flat out rejects out and says they only give big raises for promotions? It's also 401(k) Day! Farnoosh shares her advice on investing in a workplace retirement account and how to best supplement retirement savings when your employer makes you wait 6 months until being able to participate in a 401(k) plan.  Plus, sharing both a positive and critical review from listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 06, 2019
934: The Illusion of Money with Kyle Cease
What if money didn’t matter? What would you do and how would you live your life differently?  Kyle Cease is a comedian and transformational speaker who is taking on the topic of money in his new book and documentary, The Illusion of Money. Kyle believes that your fear of money is keeping you from living the life of your dreams. He’s come to this career as a motivational speaker from an interesting starting place: a comedian. He spent his 20’s touring thousands of venues with his stand up routine and has done hundreds of TV and movie appearances. How did he go from a career in comedy to writing a book about money and living your fullest life? I’m happy to welcome Kyle Cease on the show today to share his story and more. Learn more about Kyle on his website:  Connect with him on Twitter @kylecease and on Instagram @evolvingoutloud and on Youtube.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 04, 2019
933: Affording a Career Pause with Erika Parker Price, Host of Ready Pause Go Podcast
To all my parents out there listening you know that the juggle and struggle between career and family life is tough. It's so hard that 43% of mothers take a career break. But once that career break is over, getting back in the workforce is the new challenge. Our guest is Erica Parker Price, who knows all too well the difficulties of returning to work after a career pause. She spent the first 12 years of her career working in technology and negotiating multimillion-dollar projects. But after her second child was born, she decided to quit to raise her sons. Once she was ready to re-enter the workforce, her gap meant she struggled to find a job. She couldn't return to tech, and it took her years to find her ways into a new industry. Frustrated by the experience and wanting to help other career pausers along the way, she launched Ready Pause Go, a service and podcast coaching Women on had a transition back into the workforce. Learn more about Erika on her website: and connect with her in the Ready Pause Go Facebook group or on Instagram @readypausego Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2019
932: Ask Farnoosh: How to negotiate my salary when switching industries?
This Friday, Farnoosh answers your questions related to salary negotiations, putting your teen on a budget and how to trust all the "success" stories we often hear about online entrepreneurs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 30, 2019
Bonus Ask Farnoosh: I'm 40, a freelancer and late to saving for retirement. Help!
Special co-host Julie Lambert from Charles Schwab and Farnoosh answer questions about planning for retirement when you're getting a little bit of a late start (and you're also a freelancer), as well as things to think about if you're looking to move to New York City and start a family.   [Farnoosh has been compensated by Charles Schwab. Farnoosh is not affiliated with Schwab and the views she expresses may not necessarily reflect those of The Charles Schwab Corporation or its affiliates. Farnoosh is a client of Schwab.] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 29, 2019
931: Securing your financial legacy with Natalie Elisha Gold
Are you making the right financial moves not just for yourself, but for your family, and your legacy, and the future? This is a passion topic for my guest today, Natalie Elisha Gold. She’s an attorney and wealth coach who helps women protect their legacies and future. She wants us all to talk about money, learn about money and get our financial and legal docs in a row right now. Time is of the essence.  She gives women the nudge they need to plan for things that aren’t pleasant to think about but are so important to do — like creating a will and guardianship documents.  Natalie is a mother. She is an attorney. She is a wealth coach. She is the author of Money Momma: The Women’s Wealth Bible for the Digital Age. We discuss the importance of striking out on your own, but also the conservative steps that you need to take to be able to protect your ability to take on risks, to have a legacy, to provide for your family in the event of the unexpected. Learn more about Natalie on her website and connect with her on Instagram @natalie_elisha_gold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 28, 2019
930: Career and financial success as an undocumented immigrant with Daniela Pierre-Bravo
Daniela Pierre-Bravo has a lengthy roster of accomplishments: She is a booking producer for MSNBC’s Morning Joe and recently co-authored a book with Mika Brzezinski, providing straight-talking advice for millennial women in the workforce, entitled Earn It! But none of these opportunities were handed to her. Moving to the U.S. from Chile when she was a teenager, she found out she was an undocumented resident when applying for college...and, as a result, was unable to work, drive, or receive financial assistance for school. Luckily, she became a Dream Act student, and from there, took the opportunity to side-hustle her way through school to graduate on-time and debt-free. That drive continued as she entered the workforce. Follow Daniela on twitter @dpierrebravo and on the Know Your Value website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 26, 2019
929: Ask Farnoosh: Should I buy long-term care insurance? I'm 37.
This week, Farnoosh answers your money questions related to long-term care, whole life insurance and real estate. Is a cash-out refinance a smart way to leverage your home's equity to buy an investment property? Also, Farnoosh selects a recent reviewer on iTunes to receive a free 15-minute money session with her.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 23, 2019
928: Thriving as a female in tech and family breadwinner with Google's Bethanie Baynes
Bethanie Baynes is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Google and has been with the company for 15 years. She’s worked to overcome gender bias in tech and is a strong female advocate. She’s also a breadwinning woman and has, what she calls, a Flip Family. When her husband was laid off, it felt natural for him to become a stay-at-home dad. They soon realized that many of their friends and family saw it differently. In her efforts to create a community for fellow female breadwinners, Bethanie founded the Breadwinning Women at Google. You can find Bethanie on her site Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 21, 2019
927: The Budget Mom (Kumiko Love)
If you’ve ever felt like budgeting just doesn’t work for you, my guest Kumiko Love can relate. Frustrated by traditional budgeting methods, she created her own technique to pay off almost $80,000 of debt in eight months. And this technique helped launch her business, The Budget Mom. A few years ago Kumiko was struggling to pay down her debt. As a single mom, she knew that she needed to get out of the cycle of making minimum debt payments each month, but she had tried and failed to stick to a budget numerous times. So, she created a method that she could actually stick to. She calls this her Budget by Paycheck method and as she was using it to get out of debt, she started a blog to share her journey. That blog has now turned into a business that just launched its first physical product, the Budget by Paycheck Workbook™.  You can learn more about Kumiko on her website and you can follow her on Instagram @thebudgetmom on Facebook @thebudgetmom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 19, 2019
926: Ask Farnoosh: Should I refinance my mortgage?
Farnoosh answers your top money questions related to refinancing, as well as managing a past due personal loan with a relative and the impact the FIRE movement and more people retiring early may have on society. Farnoosh also selects a winner for a 15-minute money session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 16, 2019
925: From the Projects to the Penthouse with CURLS CEO Mahisha Dellinger
What does it take to go from growing up in poverty to running a multi-million dollar business and having a TV show on The Oprah Winfrey Network? Our guest today knows all about this. Mahisha Dellinger had a very tough financial upbringing but she was determined to succeed. After college, she graduated and began working in marketing at Intel. While it seemed like a great job, the dream job, stable company with a lot of perks, a big part of her always wanted to strike out on her own. She got the idea to begin an eco-friendly line of hair products for naturally curly hair, and we'll talk about how she transitioned from corporate America to taking the leap to ultimately start CURLS. It was an idea that has in five years scaled BIG. CURLS has now teamed up with Target to bring her products into their stores. Mahisha is also the author of the book Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse. Her business has even caught the eye of Oprah, and Mahisha has had the opportunity to have her own show on The Oprah Winfrey Network. Mahisha talks about not really being able to secure a small business loan, despite having good credit, despite having good sales, and why that served her well in the end. Learn more about her business at and follow her on Instagram @mahisha_dellinger and twitter @mahishadelling1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 14, 2019
924: The Equation for Financial Independence with the ChooseFi Founders
What is the equation for financial independence? Today we have the co-hosts of the very popular ChooseFI Podcast, Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett. Both of these friends come to the personal finance space with their own unique experiences.  Brad and his partner saved a million dollars in just 11 years. Jonathan was able to pay down a $168,000 in student loans. In 2017, Jonathan and Brad saw the need to bring even more community to the FIRE Movement, Financial Independence Retire Early Movement. After meeting up a few times together, they decided to create that community with their podcast called ChooseFI.  Today, ChooseFI is helping to spread the FIRE Movement. Their crowdsourced podcast is over 2,600 reviews and their Facebook group has over 48,000 members. Their message is spreading and their podcast is a big force in this movement. We talk about their histories with money, how they educate their audiences around financial independence and is there an equation for financial independence? There actually is one. I was curious to find out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 12, 2019
923: Ask Farnoosh: My Identity Was Stolen. What Now? (A Replay)
**This podcast originally aired on August 10, 2018** This week's #AskFarnoosh addresses a listener's concerns about identity theft, as well as investing in index funds, renting versus owning and a mother who refuses to learn about the household finances because "it isn't her job." Oof! Special co-host Addy Adewusi, a listener, joins Farnoosh with some great perspective and advice. For more, check out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 09, 2019
922: Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran (A Replay)
**This episode originally aired on June 4, 2018** Our guest today needs no introduction. She had 22 jobs by the age of 23. She built a $5 billion business with a $1,000 loan. She's a shark on ABC's Shark Tank and host of her new podcast called Business Unusual. We are in conversation with the one and only Barbara Corcoran. I have had the privilege of interviewing Barbara many times over the years and every time, I get goosebumps. Every time I get a little nervous. I get butterflies in my stomach. That's why I think I love her. She's the real deal. On our show today, she talks about childhood; goes down memory lane and talks about the impact that her mom had on her relationship with money today as an adult woman. She talks about why she felt lost the moment when she sold Corcoran Real Estate, her real estate empire for 66 million dollars. If you listen to any show this week, make this the episode you definitely reserve. Follow Barbara on Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 07, 2019
921: Paying Down $600k in Debt with Drs. Renée and Nii Darko (Replay)
**Originally aired on Jan. 31, 2018** What would you do if you woke up with $662,000 of student loan debt? Yes, you heard that right, $662,000 in just student loan debt. Well, that’s what happened to Drs. Renée and Nii Darko. After meeting in medical school and completing rigorous surgical residencies, Renée and Nii woke up to see their total debt balance had ballooned to the high six figures after years of deferment and forbearance. Stressed, confused, and not making any progress on actually paying down their principal, the Darko family decided to get serious. They cut out their pricey insurance policies, took on a significant amount of extra shifts at hospitals all over the country, and reprioritized everything. And by prioritize, I mean they only paid $200/month in groceries for 2.5 years! The result of all this hard work and adhering to that strict budget was that they paid off all their debt in only 3 years! Today, I’m talking to the couple about how they did it and the challenges they encountered along the way (like the three failed IVF rounds that they paid for in cash). You’ll also hear about how paying off their debt has given these two physicians financial independence, enabling them to pursue their passions and business pursuits, like Dr. Nii’s website and a podcast called Docs Outside the Box. To visit the couple’s blog, head to Renée runs Pre-med Strategies, a pre-med consultation business to help students overcome the challenges of getting into medical school. You can visit the website here: To learn more about Dr. Nii Darko, please visit his website, Docs Outside the Box, at or find him on twitter @DocsOTB. Equal Access Health is their locum tenens business, which you can learn more about here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 05, 2019
920: Ask Farnoosh: What Risks to Consider When Renting Out Home? (Replay)
**Originally aired on February 7, 2018** My husband and I will be quitting our jobs later this year to travel globally for a year. Aside from savings and insurance, what should we consider? My husband and I contribute to our retirement, savings and children's 529 plans. Should we be adding to these buckets or putting our money elsewhere? What are risks to consider when renting out part of your home? Answering these questions and more with co-host and marketing consultant Erica Gellerman. To learn more about Erica visit or follow her on Twitter @ericagellerman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 02, 2019
919: Kari Skogland, Director The Handmaid's Tale (Replay)
**This podcast originally aired on April 25, 2018.** Did you know only 7% of film directors in the U.S. are women? That gap is hopefully narrowing soon, as women in the movie industry (and everywhere) are demanding equal pay, equal treatment, and equal opportunities. Our next guest is a rising star - named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its “Ten Directors to Watch." Today, we're welcoming Kari Skogland to the show. She's an award-winning director and producer known for her contributions to popular shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Walking Dead, The Americans AND House of Cards. Today, Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale premieres on Hulu. Kari is a champion for women in the movie industry. She’s a big believer in sweat equity, taking risks, re-inventing yourself, and of course, being smart with your money. How does all of that actually play out? And what is the ONE big ticket purchase Kari’s saving up for these days? You can learn more about Kari’s company, Mad Rabbit, here: and follow Kari's Twitter:  @KariSkogland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 31, 2019
918: Vicki Robin, Co-Author of Your Money or Your Life (Replay)
**This podcast originally aired on May 9, 2018.** Which is more important: your money or your life? Over 25 years ago, our guest asked the world this fundamental question, and her book became an international sensation. Today, I’m honored to welcome Vicki Robin to the show. Vicki is the co-author with the late Joe Dominguez  of the iconic book, Your Money or Your Life, which she recently revisited and updated for 2018 with a new forward by Mr. Money Mustache, who has been a guest on the show as well. If you haven't heard of Vicki Robin before, she really began the Financial Independence movement before it was trendy. She realized the importance of living well on less quite early in her life, and she has spent the past few decades teaching this and other principles to people all over the world. With over a million copies sold in a dozen languages, Your Money or Your Life remains one of the preeminent guides on personal finance in existence. Today, I’ll dig in and ask Vicki questions about her childhood, what made her write the book, and if she thinks our society has learned some of the lessons and the steps to financial independence that she teaches. To learn more about Vicki, visit You can also follow her on Twitter @Vicki_Robin. The website for her iconic book is   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 29, 2019
917: Ask Farnoosh: What Financial Advice Would You Give Yourself in College?
In this episode of Ask Farnoosh, Farnoosh answers listeners' questions about the best way to "put to work" an extra $2,000 a year, deciding between two internships, and financial advice the host would give herself if she could turn back time to when she was embarking on college. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 26, 2019
Bonus Ask Farnoosh: Worth it to pay down my mortgage early?
We’re in conversation with Justin Sinnott who is a certified financial professional and financial consultant in Charles Schwab’s Seattle branch. We’re answering your money questions that have come through on Instagram and the website. We’ve got questions about whether or not to pay down a mortgage early, how to tackle family planning and buying a home at the same time...and how much is too much to save for retirement? As many of you know, I’m working with Charles Schwab to help spread financial literacy to the masses and it’s been a really great collaboration so far. I’m a Charles Schwab customer and have been for many years. So before we get started, just want to thank Charles Schwab for helping us get this financial education content to you. To learn more about Schwab and how to work with them, visit Schwab offers a range of services for people looking to invest and plan for their future, whether you want to invest on your own with the help of do-it-yourself tools and educational resources, get some periodic guidance from a professional, or work with someone in a branch. Find it all at +++ Farnoosh has been compensated by Charles Schwab. Farnoosh is not affiliated with Schwab and the views she expresses may not necessarily reflect those of The Charles Schwab Corporation or its affiliates. Farnoosh is a client of Schwab. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 25, 2019
916: Eric Chesin, SVP, Head of Strategy for Realogy