Anyone who tells you women don’t need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they’re the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where HerMoney comes in. In her frank, often funny, but always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice.
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What are some of the ugly truths that keep women of color from having a seat at the table in corporate America? Minda Harts, author of “The Memo: What Women Of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table,” joins us to discuss. Minda weighs in on microaggressions, what corporate America is doing wrong (and right) when it comes to advancing women of color, and what all women can do to secure a seat at the table in a remote work world. In Mailbag, we discuss long term care policies, how to recover $2,000 from a former financial advisor, and where to invest and give back at the same time. In Thrive, the four financial gaps that impact women when it comes to Social Security.
Financial success doesn’t come overnight, but it can come if we learn to retrain our brains to achieve our most important money goals. We chat with Barbara Huson, author of “Rewire For Wealth,” about how we can step into the driver’s seat of our money and our careers. Barbara discusses the differences between men and women in how we approach our financial lives, and how we can move past our fears. In Mailbag, we talk about saving for retirement, putting kids through college, and claiming your ex-husband’s Social Security benefits. In Thrive, Jean weighs in on the most essential skills you’re building while working from home.
When’s the last time you got a bargain? This week, we’re talking about negotiating BIG purchases, like houses and cars, with Tonya Rapley, founder and CEO of MyFabFinance.com. Tonya worked as a car salesperson, and just purchased her first home along with her first company. We talk negotiation skills, dealer discounts, no-haggle lots, and the best times of the month (and day!) to pull the trigger on a new ride. In Mailbag, we talk about target date funds, buying a home after living small, and whether it’s possible to hit a $1M savings goal. In Thrive, what to do if your company is reopening, but you’re just not comfortable going back into the office.
So many of us are struggling right now, and we're tackling listener questions on job loss. We hear from a listener who is unsure which source of income to tap if her job search takes longer than she'd like. We also hear from a woman who is debating a balance transfer and a 401(k) loan in order to manage her credit card debt situation. We also guide a couple debating taking money from their 401(k)s in order to pay off their house, and we advise a woman who is worried about being able to retire as planned. If you've suffered a job loss, the whole HerMoney team is rooting for you. Got a question for us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ree Drummond, best known as “The Pioneer Woman,” is one of the most loved chefs in America, and this week she sits down with us to talk about her favorite recipes, cooking for any budget, kitchen mishaps, her most-used gadgets, and how she stays organized. In Mailbag, saving for retirement in an IRA, market volatility, and the best places to save money. In Thrive, our biggest money regrets and how to avoid them.
We’ve entered into a new era of workplace communication, one in which we must offer empathy and transparency, and convey urgency and excitement, all without handshakes, lunches, or happy hours. Behavioral scientist Lindsay Kohler breaks down how to keep your productivity up, improve your communication skills, set boundaries, and challenge your own biases while working remotely. In Mailbag, we tackle refinancing a child’s student loan, a backdoor Roth conversion, IRA contributions, and whether $10,000 is best put towards paying off loans or investing in the stock market. Lastly, in Thrive, how Neflix can improve your credit score. (No, really!)
When invested the right way, your money can impact change while also earning big returns. We break down what it means to put your money where your mouth is, with Fidelity Investments’ Eliza Badeau and Nicole Connolly. Bigger ESG funds are up 10% year over year, far outperforming the DOW and the S&P 500. Eliza and Nicole dive into how we can get involved today. Eliza breaks down how Fidelity is addressing the inequalities that different underrepresented communities face, and how the social changes that we’re going through as a nation are impacting the investing landscape, particularly for Millennial investors. In Mailbag, we tackle questions on investing vs. paying down a mortgage, transferring a 529 plan to a different state, doing a ROTH IRA conversion, and getting a prenup. In Thrive, how to do a mid-year financial check-up.
What role does luck play in life? How does luck relate to fate, and how does all of this tie back into what we can and can’t control? We’re discussing it all this week with Maria Konnikova, author of “The Biggest Bluff.” She talks about what good investors have in common, and the truth behind the “illusion of control.” We discuss emotions, and why they’re so critical to our decision-making process, and we get a crash course on how to bluff — and how to know when we’re being bluffed. In Mailbag, we talk aging parents, target date funds, and caring for a significant other financially. In Thrive, should you take a gap year if your college is closed this fall?
In this episode, we dive into all your questions on investing in an IRA vs. a money market fund, what to do with your stocks during times of market volatility, and whether you can open a 529 for a child who hasn’t yet been born. We also tackle a question on planning for the financial needs of an autistic older brother, and a question on balancing retirement contributions amidst mortgage refinancing and HELOCs. Got a question for us? Email us at email@example.com.
When’s the last time you took a trip somewhere other than your local grocery store? And what are we supposed to do with all those credit card miles and points we’ve been accruing? We discuss with The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly. He tells us how to get the safest flight possible for the best price, how to decide if you need a new kind of credit card, and what to do with our points right now. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk through credit freezes for 5-year-olds, how to allocate retirement investments, and UTMA/UGMA accounts for kids. In Thrive, car insurance companies offering refunds.
Women of color are behind white women in almost every financial and career measurement. Today, we take a look at action steps that white women can take to be allies and advocates, and begin to truly make an impact. Administrative Judge Karen Ortiz and CEO of communications firm CJC Insights, Chanel Cathey, join us to talk about what it’s like to be the only woman of color in the room, and the biases and stereotypes that we all need to watch out for in our daily lives. In Mailbag, we talk about financially supporting our parents and paying down credit card debt with personal loans. In Thrive, the essential items that every woman should build into her budget.
Health matters have been a priority for all of us lately, and when we’re sick, the last thing we want to deal with are insurance questions and medical bills. Janine Urbaniak Reid, author of “The Opposite of Certainty” joins us to share her story and discusses some of the tactics that she used to get answers. She dives into the topic of resiliency, and opens up about how we can all “live a life you don’t hate, in circumstances you do.” She also tackles how to stay positive through it all, how to support a friend who is hurting, and how to truly live in the present. In Mailbag, we tackle questions on asking for a raise during the pandemic and refinancing a home. In Thrive, a chat with your parents about their financial situation.
Lauren Maillian, CEO of digitalundivided, joins us for a chat about Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, and the barriers women face in the world of fundraising and founding companies. We dive into how women can create a safety net for our own financial security at the same time we’re building a business, why “scrappiness” is at the heart of entrepreneurship, and how everyone can help create opportunity, share influence, empower, and uplift. In Mailbag, we talk whole life and term life insurance, and what to do about health insurance (and claiming a pension) when you retire before 65. In Thrive, what to do if your summer internship was sidelined.
“Americans Are Shopping For Groceries Like It’s 1996.” That headline caught our eye because it’s true — we’re cooking at home, we’re ordering everything from Amazon, and our spending habits have radically changed. Will they ever go back to “normal”? Dan Frommer, Founder of The New Consumer, joins us to share why it’s like “a switch flipped, and we skipped 15 years into the future.” Dan talks about some of the pitfalls of shopping online, and the growing popularity of direct-to-consumer brands, like Warby Parker and Glossier. We also talk about where to get the best bargains out there right now. In Mailbag, what to do with 529 funds that may have been refunded, how to prioritize funds between debt repayment and investing, and navigating target date funds. In Thrive, the steps you need to take to keep your connections strong in this happy hour-less era.
Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Obama and CEO of Shift7, joins us for a candid conversation on inclusion and diversity. For Megan, inclusion means that all people are able to bring forward their greatest self, not “stomp on others.” She and Jean talk about the importance of supporting innovators, how tech is helping us to drive bias from movies and television, and the importance of “being there” for LGBTQ youth. In Mailbag, we hear from Marcia Mantell again on a question about Social Security for freelancers, and we take listener questions about setting up IRA accounts, and the pros and cons of having all your investments at one firm. In Thrive, what it really means for your bottom line when you file early for Social Security.
We dwell with these things, and we dwell within them every single day of our lives, so when one of these things is a source of negativity for us, it impacts everything. Marisa Meltzer, author of “This Is Big: How The Founder Of Weight Watchers Changed The World — And Me,” dishes on all things body positivity, dieting, and how our relationships with food and money are so closely intertwined. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn check in with a very special guest — Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is The New Black — to help answer a question about managing finances while incarcerated. We also tackle questions on paying down debt and downsizing.
Jean sits down for an important discussion with Sharon Epperson, Senior Personal Finance Correspondent at CNBC. Sharon weighs in on how to show support for Black friends and colleagues during this time, and how to help elevate voices of color. Sharon offers a suggested script for diving into conversations, and a look at her favorite sources for education. In Mailbag, we discuss saving for a house while paying down debt, investing in the market, and supporting aging parents. In Thrive, why you should check your junk mail for your stimulus check — that might actually be a debit card.
Everything women need to know about social security, both today and in retirement, with Marcia Mantell, author of “What’s The Deal With Social Security For Women.” We discuss the best claiming strategies for women (including when to file), the rumor that social security may not be there for us when we need it, and why women are different when it comes to social security. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle where to invest additional funds in retirement, how to help victims of domestic abuse get back on their feet financially, and how to avoid falling into the lifestyle inflation trap. In Thrive, how to get out of the negative feedback loop that may be preventing you from pursuing your bigger financial goals.
How do we spruce up our LinkedIn profiles in order to stand out from the herd? Allison Nunes, workshop ambassador for LinkedIn’s “Rock Your Profile” program shares all her secrets. We cover job alerts, networking, applying for jobs, perfecting your profile, getting recommendations, and so much more. In Mailbag, we talk about online savings accounts, women bonding together in retirement (Golden Girls style), and buying a historic home.
Women in tech. It’s a broad topic, and Hilary Gosher, Managing Director at Insight Partners, is here to help us distill it all. She discusses the importance of women in tech, and the barriers to increasing our presence in this male-dominated world. She shares how we can get more women interested in pursuing tech careers — it’s not just semiconductors anymore. The pair also discuss startup culture, female mentorship, and co-working spaces like Luminary and The Wing. In Mailbag, what to do with a 401(k) from a previous job, updating a will before you get married, and entrepreneurship vs. full time jobs.
Barstool sports now boasts 66 million monthly users and annual revenue of $100 million. Erika Nardini is the woman who took them to the top. She discusses her work ethic and drive, her journey to the helm of Barstool, and what it's like to work alongside its founder, Dave Portnoy. She dives into the allegations that she’s a “token” female CEO, and what goes into the “secret sauce” that makes their podcasts so popular. She also talks about her time in competitive sports. In Mailbag, questions on co-signing loans, best budgeting apps, and retirement asset allocation.
Kendra Scott’s classic jewelry designs sparkle, but not as much as her incredible philanthropic and educational efforts. She shares how she built her billion dollar business, her best advice to fellow entrepreneurs, hard truths about her first entrepreneurial failure, and how retail can continue to thrive. In Mailbag, planning for a baby after a job loss, asking an employer for work-from-home flexibility, and starting a business vs. building an emergency fund. Also, free credit reports and how to get yours.
How can we help the small businesses in our lives succeed? How can entrepreneurs weather this storm? Scott Omelianuk, Editor-In-Chief of Inc. Magazine, weighs in and says we all need to remember that we are shaping the world we want to live in with our wallets. He discusses the funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and how to apply. In Mailbag, questions from small business owners, a woman in the middle of home renovations, and a couple looking to buy a more affordable home.
What does it truly mean to truly disconnect? Celeste Headlee, author of: “Do Nothing: How To Break Away From Overworking, Overdoing, And Under-living,” tells us how we can all stop sabotaging our well-being and start living instead of doing. In order to fully decompress, we have to distance ourselves from technology, and examine whether we might be suffering from the “busy-ness” delusion — we are not as busy as we think we are. Celeste breaks down the tactical changes needed to bring us closer to our big life goals. In Mailbag, saving for college, filing for bankruptcy, and the best budgeting tools on the market.
Your questions on filing for unemployment, pulling money out of a 401(k), and home refinancing. Also, converting your portfolio to cash, and a debate on putting money into an emergency fund vs. paying down credit card debt.
Tara Schuster, VP of Talent and Development at Comedy Central, and author of “Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies And Other Rituals To Fix Your Life From Someone Who Has Been There,” talks about how small daily indulgences are a form of self-care that can make our lives better. and how gratitude lists can change our entire perspective on thankfulness. Tara breaks down how she learned to “re-parent” herself, and how gratitude changed her life. She also discusses how to elevate others, and be the kind of supportive friend we all wish we had. In Mailbag, home buying during the time of Coronavirus, funding a child’s college education with money from an IRA, stimulus check questions.
Why do 90% of people think geniuses are always men? Bestselling author and journalist Janice Kaplan discusses her book, “The Genius Of Women,” which details how generations of women have broken down seemingly unshakeable barriers, and the powerful forces that have rigged the system against us for centuries. We talk about the traits that many female geniuses share, how to tune out the “negative radio” that may be playing in our heads, and how we can each find our own area of genius. In Mailbag, online savings accounts, 529 plans, and striking a balance between keeping money liquid and keeping money invested.
Since coronavirus hit, we’ve been unsure what’s next with our jobs and income, our childrens’ education, our investments — and our health. Carl Richards, Certified Financial Planner author of “The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money,” joined us to discuss making good decisions without panicking, and a step-by-step approach to regaining feelings of control. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about whether buying a car during corona is smart, refinancing student loans, and catching up on retirement contributions while the markets are down.
In the age of coronavirus, should you keep your investments as they are? Tweak a bit? Do something more drastic? This week we sat down with Jeanne Thompson, Senior Vice President of Fidelity Workplace Consulting, to discuss our retirement contributions and how to make sure our investment mix is still on the money. We talk about hardship withdrawals, 401(k) loans, and other liquidity solutions including HELOCS and zero interest credit cards. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle financial priorities right now — and how to handle a drop in your accounts.
Suze Orman is in the house! The author of ten New York Times bestsellers, is out with a new book, “The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime.” Listen in as Jean and Suze dive into all the market worries surrounding coronavirus and the downturn in the markets, how 2020 differs from from what we saw in 2008, and the danger of getting out of the stock market and not getting reinvested in time to catch the inevitable rebound. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn dive into the fees on 529 plans, and discuss new career opportunities.
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become a seriously successful influencer, this is the show for you. Danielle Bernstein is the founder of world-renowned fashion blog and social media platform WeWoreWhat. She talks about her journey into entrepreneurship, what it’s like to find a business partner, and what it means to her to be a good role model for young women. In Mailbag, “recasting” a mortgage, and what to do with a $13,000 gift.
Who better to teach us about power — how we can hold it, get more of it, and use it to our advantage — than dominatrixes? Lindsay Goldwert is the author of the book, “Bow Down: Lessons From Dominatrixes On How To Get Everything You Want,” and she says even women who aren’t comfortable with the concept of control can learn to assert it. It involves practice, asking tons of questions, and learning to negotiate. In Mailbag, Kathryn and Jean talk about credit card rewards and financial priorities, including debt payoff vs. retirement.
Dr. Melanie Katzman, author of “Connect First: 52 Simple Ways To Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy At Work,” dives into some of the simple things we can do to improve our working lives, and how to make our colleagues feel good in the process. We discuss how people who work from home can feel they are part of the group, and how much salary is “enough” to make us happy. In Mailbag, what inflation means for retirement savings, whether a Solo 401(k) or a SEP IRA is right for an entrepreneur, and how to keep cash handy for an emergency.
In this episode, we look at how we can get more women to become active investors, and how we can recognize if a career in investing is right for us. Janet Cowell, the CEO of the nonprofit Girls Who Invest, dishes on the best ways to talk to young girls about investing, and how older women can get started in a career in finance. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle questions on how student loans impact your credit score, what to do with a pension plan from a previous employer, and which online savings accounts are best for business owners.
In this Mailbag-only episode, Jean offers advice to a couple struggling with budgeting and credit card debt. We also hear from a mom wondering if her daughter should put her boyfriend on the lease for her apartment. Jean also guides a woman wondering how she can support her sister-in-law who was in an abusive relationship and faced homelessness, and advises a listener on getting a prenup before her second marriage.
Business coach Keren Eldad guides us in what it means to be an overachiever, and what drives us to want to be among them. How can we all avoid burnout, and the trap of perfectionism? Why do we pursue money and status, only to find that happiness eludes us? How can we turn off the negative radio in our heads that tells us we’re not good enough? In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle questions about Roth vs. traditional 401(k)s, the decision to get an MBA, and how to protect an elderly parent’s assets.
Abby Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments, sits down with Jean to talk about her career progression at Fidelity, and female investors. Abby dishes on some of the biggest mistakes she’s seen leaders and corporations make over the years, and the importance of reinventing yourself when you see the world start to change. The pair also discuss how women can be more confident when it comes to making our money work for us. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle questions around saving for retirement, balance transfer credit cards, and how to save for retirement while also planning for a new baby.
Here to dish on how to stay safe from would-be scammers is Frank Abagnale, author of the book “Scam Me If You Can.” Yes, THAT Frank Abagnale — about whom the iconic movie “Catch Me If You Can” was made. Frank educates us on some of the more common scams out there, and the dangers of answering robocalls and phishing emails. In Mailbag, ESG funds, frequent flyer miles, negotiating for bonuses and relocation fees, and saving for a down payment on a house.
Maxine Trump is the writer, producer and director of the film, “To Kid or Not To Kid,” which confronts societal expectations around motherhood. We tackle why society may be so late in approaching motherhood as a choice, dive into the term “childfree,” and discuss the growing number of women who are choosing that path. We touch on how financial questions and career decisions influence women’s choices. In Mailbag, questions about investing, making catch-up contributions, and the decision to make home renovations or move.
Jean talks to Stacey Delo and Jennifer Gefsky, co-authors of “Your Turn: Careers, Kids and Comebacks — A Working Mother’s Guide.” They run Apres, a digital career platform for women who are returning to the workforce. They discuss what it means to step out of the workforce, how to weigh the expense of daycare against your salary, and how to determine what you might be losing out on in terms of salary and retirement savings if you take a break. In mailbag, financial advisors, HSA contributions, and investment options.
All things moving and selling your home, with Caroline Carter, founder and CEO of Done in a Day. Caroline dives into how we can all bring our stress levels down when embarking on a move, and dishes on some of the best things people can do before they put their homes on the market. She also offers a step-by-step guide for how to tackle the moving process in the most efficient way possible. In Mailbag, saving for college, target date funds, and recession fears.
Will this be the year you secure that promotion, land a new job or start your side hustle? Julie Morgenstern is here to tell us how to get there. Julie offers tips for how to get the most out of the hours you have, and shares her favorite tricks for crafting the perfect to-do list. In Mailbag, guidance on credit utilization, employee stock purchase programs, and buying vs. leasing cars.
In this Mailbag-only episode, Jean answers a question about how business credit cards can impact your personal credit, and how adding a child to your credit card as an authorized user can help them build credit. Jean also guides a listener wondering if she should claim bankruptcy, see a credit counselor, or cash out a retirement annuity in order to get back on track. Lastly, we advise a woman who is looking to pay down debt with personal loans, while also working to improve her credit score.
In this Mailbag-only episode, Jean advises a woman who co-signed for her daughter’s student loans and is now struggling to repay the debt. We also hear from a woman whose ex is refusing to help with their kids’ tuition. Jean also guides a listener on how the 529 accounts she has for her nieces might impact their ability to get financial aid, and what to do with those accounts before they head to college.
In this Mailbag-only episode, Jean advises a woman on how much she really needs to save for retirement. Is $1.7 million per person the right amount? Jean guides a mother of twins who is saving for retirement in a 401(k) and also considering investing in real estate and putting money into an HSA. Lastly, we tackle the question of investing worries that are rooted in a fear of losing money, and a question about selling stock in order to pay off the mortgage early.
Jean sits down with Allison Gilbert, author of “Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.” Her book has been described as a “how-to” manual for remembering our loved ones. Allison shares with us some of her favorite ways for processing grief and honoring our loved ones. In Mailbag, we advise listeners on paying down debt during a divorce, refinancing home loans, and getting a prenup before entering into a second marriage.
In this Mailbag-only episode, Jean advises a listener on how to buy a new home when all your money is tied up in your old one, as well as the ins and outs of selling a rental home while keeping some money liquid for a new home purchase. Also, paying off a mortgage early, and renovating a home vs. staying put.
In this Mailbag-only episode, Jean offers her thoughts on how women with limited incomes can afford to adopt, starting 529 plans for children, and strategies for supporting adult children through grad school without enabling them. Also, how to help kids save, and how parents can open a brokerage account to get children excited about investing.
Tracy Keogh, Chief Human Resources Officer at HP, dishes on how to climb the ladder, negotiate, get better opportunities at work, and increase your earning power. She offers us all a mini-course in some of her favorite negotiating tactics, including how to create a term sheet, how to ask for an off-cycle review to get a bump sooner than expected, and how to avoid negotiating against yourself. In Mailbag, where to get the best returns when you invest and the importance of having a diversified portfolio.
What do the legal sex trade, gambling, and horse trading all have in common? They’re some of the unlikely places economist Allison Schrager has spent years studying risk, and we were blown away by the insight she shares on risk management and negotiating. To research her book, Allison spent time with sex workers and managers at Nevada’s bunny ranch, and the lessons she learned are pretty incredible. In Mailbag, a money trade-off question, advice for a woman who is underpaid, and investment strategy thoughts for an Australian couple in the US.
Why do people continually fail to take action on things that are difficult for them? Jeff Kreisler, author of “Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path To Easy Street,” tackles that question and many more. Jeff talks about sunk cost fallacy, solution aversion, and all the ways we allow ourselves to make poor financial decisions. In Mailbag, high yield savings accounts and where to find the best rates, and advice for first-time investors.
Author and journalist Mitch Albom has penned some of the most influential books of our time — Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, and Finding Chika. Mitch sits down with Jean to talk about some of his charitable work, and offers his thoughts on the most precious thing you can ever give someone, as well as what we can all do with our money to make us happy. In Mailbag, saving in your 401(k) vs. paying down credit card debt, 401(k) loans, and how to invest or sell stock options provided by your company.
What are you doing in 2119? That’s the year the American Association of University Women predicts that the gender pay gap will finally close, unless we take steps to bridge the gap sooner. Katica Roy is a gender economist and CEO of software company Pipeline. She shares some fascinating (and infuriating) facts about how often women are underpaid, and what corporations can do to help speed change. In Mailbag, questions about dating and debt, what to do with old retirement accounts, and how to manage asset allocation if you’re part of the FIRE movement.
Jean sits down with Shelley Emling, Editor-In-Chief at AARP’s The Girlfriend, to talk all things Gen-X women and how they can get back on track for retirement. What can Gen-X women do to get off the sidelines and build the self-confidence they need to ask for raises and make empowered financial decisions? In Mailbag, the best way to manage credit cards while keeping your credit utilization rate low, and whether or not to move money in your 401(k) or sell stocks.
Scott Rieckens, author of Playing With Fire, and producer of the recent documentary by the same name, walks us through his journey into the FIRE movement, (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and how he learned to prioritize his spending and saving goals — and how we can do the same. In Mailbag, questions about taking a job you’re overqualified for in order to get your foot in the door, and what to do for health insurance when you’re between jobs.
Rabbi Steve Leder, author of several critically acclaimed books, including “More Money Than God,” offers heaps of wonderful insight on this week’s episode. He shares why he became a Rabbi, and how to raise healthy, well-grounded humans in the instant-gratification reality we live in. In Mailbag, Jean advises a woman who recently found herself as her family’s primary breadwinner, and tackles a question on how much you really need to save for retirement.
This week’s guest, marketing guru Seth Godin, has some motivation that’s going to change the way we think about our personal brand. Seth says that the strength of your personal brand — and perhaps even your entire career — hinges on a single question: Do you do what you say you’re going to do? In Mailbag, Jean advises a woman who rents out part of her home and is looking into refinancing her home loan, and where to invest once you’ve maxed out your 401(k).
This week we sit down with financial therapist and Prudential financial wellness advocate Amanda Clayman. In her role, Amanda guides her clients on how they can positively change their overall approach to their finances. Amanda describes why and how our thoughts and feelings may shape our financial choices, and walks us all through her holistic approach. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about the pros and cons of closing credit cards you no longer use.
Vicki Robin, co-author of “Your Money Or Your Life,” challenged a generation of people to think critically about what they were really working toward financially, and how they could live authentically in a consumer-driven world. Vicki and her late partner Joe Dominguez are credited with sowing the seeds of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) as it is known today. Vicki speaks some hard and necessary truths about the concept of “enough,” and how we can fully embrace what’s “enough” for us. In Mailbag, how to build credit scores and credit history for young people.
Husband and husband team David Auten and John Schneider are known as the “Debt Free Guys” for a reason. They offer some inspiring advice on how to live a fulfilling life without sacrificing financial security. They break down how to discuss financial anxiety with your partner, how to take a good look at what you may be doing wrong with your money, and how to weigh the financial priorities (and sacrifices) in your life. They also tackle the questions as to why the LGBTQ community assumes more debt than the heterosexual population, and why same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a mortgage. In Mailbag, how credit cards closed due to inactivity may impact your credit score, whether you should contribute to your spouse’s 401(k), and tips on saving for grad school.
If you’re feeling a little anxious about your finances, well, we don’t blame you. That’s why we sat down with wealth advisor Ed Butowsky, author of “Wealth Mismanagement.” He gets candid about the Federal Reserve’s recent rate cut, how to stay calm in the face of a potential market swings, and what the heck an inverted yield curve is, anyway. He gives us his suggestions for tried and true stock sectors that can weather any storm. In Mailbag, tips on reducing your credit card debt in the face of competing priorities, like student loans and your mortgage.
Jean sits down with Megan Schleck, co-founder and CEO of COIN, a conscious investing platform that allows us to put our money into companies making an impact in the areas we care most about. The pair discuss creating an avenue for everyday investors to have a place where their voice can be heard (for as little as $50!), and mission-based investing. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about how age is more than just a number, and encouraging women in the C-suite.
Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, author of the book, Investing in Financial Research: A Decision-Making System for Better Results, helps us break down the decision-making process and help us gain the confidence we need when faced with life’s big “what to dos.” She shares her method for decision-making, dives into the concept of risk, and explains how we can feel more empowered when navigating the emotional aspects of big decisions. In mailbag, helping a parent save for retirement when they’re new to the country, what to do when a child doesn’t qualify for a federal student grant or loan because of 'the parents’ savings, and getting out of debt after divorce.
Should you invest in crypto and blockchain? If you buy crypto, how do you use your money? Kiana Danial, author of Cryptocurrency Investing for Dummies, and CEO of InvestDiva, answers all our questions, and discusses her journey into investing in cryptocurrency. She shares her thoughts on exactly when we're all going to be able to use cryptocurrency in a "real" way, just as we would with any other purchasing app. Hint: The future isn't so very far away.
When many people hear the word "wealth," they think about dollars and cents, but it's so much more than that, says Veronica Dagher, host of “The Secrets Of Wealthy Women” podcast. Veronica shares most important career and financial advice she's gotten from female CEOs and other women leaders. In mailbag, Jean tackles a questions from a listeners on funding home improvements, how to ask for a raise at your annual review, and whether or not to buy a home for your mother-in-law.
Is ESG investing on your radar? That stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, and it’s huge for people who want to invest in companies they can feel good about. Nicole Connolly, Head of ESG investing and Portfolio Manager for the Women’s Leadership Fund at Fidelity Investments, breaks down how we can all put our money where our mouth is when it comes to supporting companies that are doing the right thing. Nicole also talks about the Women’s Leadership Fund at Fidelity, a fund that invests in companies that support future female leaders. In mailbag, Jean breaks down tax laws for folks with side hustles, and talks about how we can all strike a balance between investing using your head and your heart.
Krazy Coupon Lady Joanie Demer on what style of couponing may work best for you, and how 10 minutes of effort each week could save you $50. She discusses some of the mistakes she's made and the differences in the type of discounts offered by loyalty programs, in-store promotions and coupon stacking. In Mailbag, negotiating vacation days and a flexible schedule as part of your total compensation package, how to successfully consolidate retirement accounts, and whether or not there's a benchmark spending timeline for retirement.
Today, 85% of millennials are planning to take career breaks, but returning to the workforce after time away can be much more challenging than landing that first job. Addie Swartz, CEO of ReacHIRE, a company that partners with Fortune 500 companies to create re-entry opportunities for women of all ages, at all stages of their careers, talks about the resources women need to get back to work, including free online courses, resume updates, and networking. In Mailbag, the best bank and investment account security protocols, ways to eliminate credit card debt, and why remote workers are happier and more productive.
When's the last time you asked for a raise? Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development organization that helps women negotiate for pay and power at work, dishes on power, value, the wage gap, and why women have to ask for more money. She walks us through the negotiating process and tells us why you should always walk through the door with three numbers in mind. In Mailbag, home building and some of the best ways to increase your retirement savings.
Today, most of us are taking better care of our health. We’re more active, get more Vitamin D, and stress a little less. As for our finances, sometimes these feel-good vibes — including summer vacations — cause us to amp up our spending. If your wallet is starting to sweat (like ours), then Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The 30-Day Money Cleanse, is here to whip our finances back into shape. In Mailbag, is it smarter to pay additional money toward the principal on a home mortgage or to invest that money in an index fund?
You know those people on Instagram who are always traveling to fabulous places, making you wonder how they afford it, and why you aren’t doing the same thing? This week we’re getting all of the answers — and travel savings secrets — from Rachel Rudwall, an Emmy-nominated on-camera host and producer, who has traveled to all seven continents, lived in three countries and journeyed through nearly 70 nations — all on a limited budget. She’s got millions of airline miles and she knows how to use them. In Mailbag, pensions and other retirement savings strategies.
What has held you back in your career, or with your money? Maybe you were scared — of what would happen, of failure, of the reaction of the people you know and love. Although getting over fear may be a goal, there's another way: You could do it scared. So says our guest Ruth Soukup, author of “Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love.” She walks us through how and why it works. In Mailbag, where to build your savings to buy your first home and why we have many credit scores.
Entrepreneur coach Ali Brown on how to stand out online and position yourself as a ‘category of one.’ How to understand tall poppy syndrome, avoid excellence burnout and master the 80/20 rule with your time. Then, in Mailbag, how to create a budget in retirement, when young adults should get their first credit cards and how one woman can approach the guilt associated with financial success.
You’re trying to save more money, but can’t find the spare change, or maybe you’re trying to stop snacking at 4pm, but reach for the cookie like clockwork. The latter was exactly what was happening to Charles Duhigg, and he was so eager to break his own bad habits, he went on to become an expert in changing our behavior with his bestsellers, “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better.” We explore the psychology behind habit formation and discuss solutions for long-term behavior modifications. In Mailbag, we go over how to choose a Roth IRA, a financial planner and how to start investing with your kids.
“Do you want kids?” Like it or not, it’s a question you’ve probably been asked (many times). No matter what your answer is, having a baby costs about $11,000, and that’s without complications. Run into fertility issues, and solutions can run into the thousands. Enter FemTech: Companies and products that are looking to tackle fertility, like Ava, a wearable fertility tracker.Ava’s co-founder and president, Lea von Bidder, discusses all things fertility, including the emotional and financial costs. In Mailbag, incorporating tax diversification into retirement planning, fixing errors on our credit reports and understanding our credit scores.
What's your most limited resource? Money? It might feel that way, but the real answer is time. You can earn more money. You can't get more hours or minutes or seconds...or years. The latter — particularly as it relates to compound interest, giving your money time to grow — is just one of the things we dive into with Grant Sabatier, a leader of the "Financial Independence, Retire Early" (FIRE) movement, and author of “Financial Freedom.” In Mailbag, does going to a more expensive college mean more success? Plus: How to tackle crippling credit card debt.
Whether you're reading the list of Fortune 500 CEOs and board members, or a roster of members of Congress, the lack of women in numbers is hugely apparent. It provided the impetus for Laura to start her “She Said / She Said” podcast and this week we're digging into how to bridge the gap — for ourselves and for society as a whole. In Mailbag, fraud alerts vs. credit freezes, and how to say, “no, thank you,” to buying into all of your friends’ side hustles.
Erin Lowry on her book, “Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money.” She did the legwork on everything from opening accounts (what kind?), figuring out what to put in them (stocks, bonds, funds?), how to invest when you want to make an impact in the world and more. In Mailbag: How to handle a rental property that’s underwater, and financial tradeoffs (invest or pay down the mortgage?).
This week, we're talking with Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe and founder of Know Your Value, and Daniela Pierre-Bravo, her Morning Joe producer. The two discuss their book, “EARN IT! Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond,” inspired by Daniela's journey from DACA recipient/DREAMer, struggling to pay her way through college, to NYC success. It involves Greyhound busses, resume fibs, and great advice for positioning yourself to rise in any career. In Mailbag: Can you put a price on happiness and Roth 401(k)s?
Questions on the documentation needed for purchasing a home and the decision to tap into an IRA before retirement. Also, how to find the right financial planner, how to approach paying off six-figure student debt and when to pull money from your savings for your investments.
Do you anticipate other’s needs before your own? Does your brain house the master to-do list for your entire family? You're a queen of emotional labor — the unpaid and unnoticed work that many women do to keep their loved ones happy. Gemma Hartley, author of "Women Aren’t Nags; We’re Just Fed Up," tells us all how we can cut back, and stand up for ourselves. In Mailbag, how to invest in Roth IRAs, prioritize saving versus investing, plus the dos and don’ts for downsizing.
Esther Wojcicki, a leading American educator and mother who raised three superstar daughters, offers advice for raising successful people. Her daughters? Susan, the CEO of YouTube, Janet, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco and Anne, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. In Mailbag, where you can get the biggest returns on your savings and negotiating credit card interest rates.
Money is a leading cause of stress in relationships, and, consequently, a leading cause of divorce. But not for the McNeely’s. Talaat and Tai McNeely, the couple behind His and Her Money, paid down one partner’s $30,000 credit card debt—and a $330,000 mortgage—together. They tell us how, and, get this: They never fight about money. Yes, we asked for all the secrets. In Mailbag, one listener questions whether achieving a perfect credit score of 850 is actually possible. It is. (It’s not easy, but it is.) We go over how to boost your score, how to build credit for new college grads and how to work through decision fatigue when it comes to your finances. Plus: Venmo recently changed its user agreement to indicate that it may “engage in collection and other efforts” to recover lost monies. Will you be receiving a Venmo from them? We know, very meta. Find out in Thrive.
“Life isn’t about winning. Life is about a journey. Life is about finding your happiness with whatever that genius is that you have." So says Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed, the beauty brand that’s challenging industry titans in the hair color space. She walks us through her career highlights and lowlights (ba-dum-bum!), including an unexpected firing that changed her entire perspective on work, family, happiness...and life. Plus, as a VC, she shares her take on the elements that create a successful business. In Mailbag, we discuss what you can do with your 401(k) if you’re leaving your job—and budgeting for charitable giving with donor advised funds. In Thrive, if we’ve learned anything in the past month, it’s that there’s a right way and a wrong way to get your kid into college. But just because you aren’t out there bribing coaches doesn’t mean you might not be making a few mistakes of your own. We discuss.
Did you know that one in two LGBTQ adults associate money with anxiety, which is significantly more than straight, cisgender people who do? That was just one of our important takeaways from the 2019 LGBTQ Money Matters Survey, which was driven by this week's guests, Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, hosts of the Nancy podcast and special series, Queer Money Matters. We discuss their findings, their stories and solutions for the increased costs the LGBTQ community often face when it comes to careers, parenthood, marriage, healthcare and more. In Mailbag, we discuss a hierarchy of how to use your tax return money with debt, emergency savings, retirement savings and family planning all in mind. Plus: Tax filing exemptions for expats. In Thrive, we’re talking about the “Failure to Launch” effect. In other words, what to do when parents are financially supporting their adult children for much longer than they thought they’d be...we discuss!
Remember our recent listener survey? (Thank you to everyone who weighed in!) One major finding: You want more Mailbag. Message received. In this bonus show, we discuss: the tax differences between Traditional and Roth IRAs, the best places to save and grow money for short-term goals, the pros and cons of reverse mortgages, the considerations for one listener who might get a home equity loan to help her daughter pay down debt and why freezing your credit is still a must. Have a question for the show? Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many of the female founders we’ve featured on the show, either personal problems or macro pain points served as inspiration for their companies. For Heidi Zak, ThirdLove, was no different. Nearly seven years ago, the co-founder and co-CEO set out to change the dismal relationship she, and—as it turns out—millions of other women (including the HerMoney team) have with their bras. “Every woman has a bra story,” she says, and this week we hear hers, discuss ours, and learn the best practices for buying, maintaining and even donating bras. (If you’re like us, you're doing it wrong!) Plus: Heidi gets honest about her experience in building and scaling a company that’s unapologetically for women. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on consolidating 401(k)s, picking a retirement plan when your company doesn’t offer one and using company stock for making a down payment on a first home. We end the show with some important news on finding love in the digital age: “Romance scams” are costing people more money than any other form of fraud, according to the FTC.Looking to donate your bras? Here are two options: -https://isupportthegirls.org/ -https://brarecyclingagency.com/And if you know of any others, please email us at email@example.com!
We’re at HerMoney headquarters this week, because when Carl Richards flies nearly 9,000 miles from New Zealand to New York City, has time to record and your studio is temporarily unavailable, you make it work. Carl is a CFP, an author, The Sketch Guy for The New York Times and the creator of a new workshop geared towards helping couples talk about money called “Talking About Money”—and that’s exactly what we do this week. Carl teaches us why talking about money with our partners and spouses can be tricky and how we can become better communicators. We lose the shame, we lose the blame and we learn to take “time outs.” It’s a must-listen. In Mailbag, we discuss closing credit cards without lowering your credit score, and why you might want to consider investing in a Roth IRA over a Traditional IRA after contributing the max to your employer’s plan. And, inspired by our conversation with Carl, in Thrive, we talk about first impressions and why your nonverbal expressions matter when making connections.
Building off of last week’s “Women With Money” episode that focused on how and why more of us should be investing in addition to our retirement accounts, we’re with investing expert Manisha Thakor. She’s VP of financial wellbeing at Brighton Jones and host of the "true WELLth podcast." We discuss the psychology of investing, the difference between active versus passive investing styles and best practices for working with financial advisors. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on closing credit cards without hurting your credit, whether it's a smart move to help a boyfriend's family with student loan debt and the complications that can ensue come tax time. Plus: Our Thrive segment is courtesy of one of our amazing listeners, Pam, who emailed us a few weeks back after Episode 149, in which we talked about the new rules of resume writing. Her advice will help your resume get seen!P.S. Jean’s new book, “Women With Money,” hits stands this week! Order yours today at WomenWithMoneyBook.com.
The tables are turning for women and money—and the roles are reversing in this week’s episode. To celebrate the upcoming launch of Jean’s new book, “Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve,” Kelly interviews Jean for the very first time. Women have more money and more power than ever before and there’s more coming our way. We talk about the important ways in which we can use our money and our power to make life better for us, for the people we love and for the world. Above all, learn more about Jean—and why this book is more personal for her than any other book she’s written before. We close the show by answering your questions (of course) on paying off mortgages in the FIRE movement, FAFSA considerations for students who take breaks between school, the pros of tax-deductible IRAs and more. Women With Money is available for preorder now on WomenWithMoneyBook.com.
When it comes to saving more money, you’re tired of hearing to pack your lunch and make your own coffee, right? We get it. Because we’re tired of it, too. Trouble is, many of us do spend the majority of our disposable income on food. We literally eat our money. If we could get ourselves to cook even a little bit more, we could seriously save. Which is why we were so thrilled to hear cookbook author and New York Times food columnist, Melissa Clark, tell us she cooks, because she's lazy. Seriously. She argues that it's a lot less work than eating out. And she has a point. Which you'll see as she takes us through cost-effective recipes, some common excuses for not cooking and which ingredients and kitchen supplies you can cut corners on. (If it sounds like we're geeking out, it's because we are. Just a little bit.) In Mailbag, we answer your questions on renovating a house, paying off five-figure credit card debt and setting up 529s for nieces and nephews. Plus: Did you know over 90% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to check you out? We discuss what to have on your profile.
When it comes to being happy at work, guess which factor matters the most? The nature of our work? No. The money? Nope. OK, it's the people we work with. And, if you’re lucky, you have a work wife. This week we’re with Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, work wives and founders of the popular fashion and design website, Of a Kind. They’re out with the new book, inspired by their relationship, “Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses.” We discuss why these relationships are valuable (in more ways than one), how to take a friendship to the next level (i.e., starting a business together) and how to talk money with your besties, in general. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on the concept of gender-neutral investing and where to invest and save for the short-term. And since we’re on the subject of relationships, would you break up with someone because of their credit card debt? Interesting research in Thrive.
We’re sitting down with Emmy award-winning journalist and producer, Laura Ling. (Yes, the Laura Ling who was was arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days after reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women.) She’s now the host of the Everyday Bravery podcast, which documents people overcoming hardships. We discuss how to build your resiliency muscle, the power of mentorship and her personal caregiving story (a reminder that if you’re taking care of kids and your parents simultaneously, a) you’re not alone and b) you’re nothing short of amazing!). In Mailbag, we answer your questions on negotiating benefits packages and investing in real estate. Plus: Another friendly reminder to just say NO to store credit cards. Why in Thrive.The HerMoney Listener Survey: http://hermoney.com/survey
How about Xer? Boomer? Having a multigenerational team at work can be a wonderful thing. The diversity of ages brings different experiences, different lenses—all of which can strengthen your company’s culture and increase your chances of success. But communication across the generations? That can be trying. Enter our guest, executive coach Lisa Lord. After today’s session — i.e. episode — you’ll have a new framework for figuring out what you want out of your job, how to interact effectively with all of your colleagues and even how to score a promotion you’re not qualified for (yet). In Mailbag, we answer your questions on where to save or invest money for a first home and financial considerations for first-time parents. Stick around for Thrive to hear the new rules of résumés.Have you taken our listener survey yet: http://hermoney.com/survey? To improve the show, we’re conducting a survey to learn more about you, what you think and what you want more (or less) of moving forward. It should take five minutes of your time. As a thank you—upon completion—we’ll enter you into our giveaway of $100 Amazon gift cards and signed copies of Jean’s new book, "Women With Money."
With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we decided to romance you with an entire show dedicated to your taxes. We shouldn’t have, right? But we did and we should, because this will be the first filing season that taxpayers see the full effects of the tax reform that was passed in 2017. And given that this was one of the biggest overhauls of the tax code in over 30 years, there will be tons of changes. Will they affect you? Let’s find out. Our date and tax expert this week is Maggie Klokkenga, senior advisor at Clayton Financial Group. Maggie is both a CPA and CFP®, and, best of all, she’s a longtime HerMoney community member, which is how we met. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on backdoor Roth IRAs, 529 savings plans, tax software and filing jointly. Plus: If you’re one of the many people who didn’t adjust their tax withholding last year—or you can’t remember the last time you did—then it’s time to do that. We tell you how.As always, thank you for listening. To improve the show, we’re conducting a survey to learn more about you, what you think and what you want more (or less) of moving forward. The survey should take five minutes of your time. As a thank you—upon completion—we’ll enter you into our giveaway of $100 Amazon gift cards and signed copies of Jean’s new book, "Women With Money." Please share your opinion here: http://hermoney.com/surveyResources mentioned in the show: IRS Withholding Calculator: https://bit.ly/2aLxK0A NerdWallet Withholding Calculator: https://bit.ly/2X0zcCk
“Becoming a millionaire is not a private country club—it’s a result of many many years of hard work.” This week we’re back with retirement expert and Ramsey Personality, Chris Hogan, who’s out with his new book, “Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—and How You Can Too.” Chris and the Ramsey research team surveyed over 10,000 U.S. millionaires to discover how they reached seven-figure status. Not surprisingly, it starts with getting in the right headspace. Oh, and Andy Puddicombe, consider Chris your competition. (If you listened to Episode 49, then you know what we’re talking about!) In Mailbag, we answer your questions on being more hands-on with your retirement investments, budgeting for childcare and retirement planning with a pension. Then, should you share your salary with your colleague—your male colleagues? We discuss in Thrive.
Building on last week’s episode on the FIRE movement, this week we sit down with Jamila Souffrant, creator of the blog and podcast, Journey To Launch, in which she chronicles her and her family’s experience towards financial independence. “For most people who hear about FIRE movement it seems overwhelming,” says Jamila. “I like to modify it and say it [financial independence] can mean anything you want it to mean. In my case, it meant I wanted to retire from my corporate job to do work I love.” Jamila is candid on how she and her husband increased their savings rate, modified their investments and managed their accounts together to make this happen. In fact, we all might want to take a lesson in financial togetherness (and respect) from this couple. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on maxing out 401(k)s without compromising your short-term goals, protecting your finances when buying property with a future spouse and funding HSAs. And Jamila’s story has us wondering: Do you feel engaged in what you're doing at work? If not, we discuss new research that can help in Thrive.
Only you can prevent running out of money in retirement. OK, we’ll cool it with the fire and Smokey The Bear puns. This savings crisis is one we’ve covered before, but this week we’re discussing what thousands of people are calling the solution: The FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) Movement. Our two experts, Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett, co-hosts of the ChooseFi podcast, explain what it is, its “simple math” and why it’s so popular: “You know, I think all of us kind of understand the golden years are the years that you're allowed to do everything that you've really wanted,” says Jonathan. “Now society has given you the permission to go do that...I don't just want my golden years right—I want my best years.” Then, in Mailbag, we answer your questions on how college students can start investing and building credit when they have none. Plus, there’s another gap—not in our favor—we can add to the list: the stress gap. Sigh, and talk solutions with us in Thrive.
Double lives. Deception. Shame. Nope, it’s not an episode of “Dirty John” (though it could be)—it’s this week’s podcast. Abby Ellin, an award-winning journalist and author of the new book: “Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married,” is in the studio and does she have a story to tell! She also equips us with advice for how to be smarter even when we’re confronted with some of the most-skilled liars. Then, in Mailbag, we discuss how you can ask for more financial responsibility at home without implying you don’t trust your partner—and we answer your questions on long-term care policies for singles (plus other insurances singles should strongly consider) and the 4% retirement rule. In Thrive, staying on the theme of couples and money: Who do you think should pick up the check on a date? We discuss.
We’re in the second week of 2019 — and with our New Year’s resolutions fresh in our minds — we thought it’d be an opportune time to talk about abundance. Or rather, the art of abundance with Leisa Peterson. Leisa is a wealth coach, business strategist, podcaster and author, who is known for her ability to quickly identify the exact issues that are holding us back from achieving our goals. She’s helped thousands of people (including us) develop practical skills for attracting greater wealth, freedom and peace of mind. In Mailbag, we cover your questions on refinancing student debt, aligning your budget with your ethics and exploring career opportunities in the financial services industry. Finally, have you heard of the FIRE movement? We’ve mentioned it on the show before and we have a podcast dedicated to it coming up soon. In the meantime, a FIRE 101 in Thrive.
Happy New Year HerMoney! Goodbye 2018 and goodbye investing confidence gap. After decades of focusing on why women weren’t investing, the broader conversation is shifting to why — and how — women are growing their wealth. We’re kicking off another fantastic year of important conversations with HerMoney’s champion from day one, Kathy Murphy. She’s the president of personal investing at Fidelity, which is out with new research on women and investing. A finding we’re thrilled to hear: Over 70% of women say it’s time to demand more from their money and that they’re going to take action in the next six months. Let’s join them! Kathy tells us how. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on Social Security, opening up a Roth IRA and buying a house in the current market. Plus: We know women are more likely to take career breaks for childcare — and now we have an idea of how much it can cost them. We discuss in Thrive.
Too many of us can relate to the fact that personal finance wasn’t something we were taught growing up. It’s a big reason why this show exists and it’s also why Dina Shoman founded inherQuests, a company that creates financial education products for kids. She’s on a mission to increase financial literacy for our future generations, starting with little girls. She shares what’s working, what isn’t and how we can start talking to our kids about money in a way that sticks. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on getting out of debt, getting money in foreign countries and combining finances for newlyweds. Finally, you know we love highlighting gratitude practices, especially the simple ones, like writing thank-you notes. But it turns out if you’re writing one to a hiring manager, you might want to put away the pen and paper. Why in Thrive.
This week, we’re tackling the subject of aging, which, according to new research, more women are looking forward to. Excuse us? Yep, financial challenges aside, more women are excited about aging, particularly about what their lives will look like as they age. It’s rooted in the idea of, “The best is yet to come.” But the best will only come if you’re feeling your best, and that means taking care of yourself. Enter: The always-wonderful Jillian Michaels. Just days after losing her home in the California Camp Fire, Jillian spent time with us to discuss her latest book, “The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty.” We run through all six and how you can apply them today, because “Aging gracefully doesn’t have to mean giving up and accepting decay,” writes Jillian. “It means keeping yourself in fantastic health, inside and out, for a hell of a long time …” In Mailbag, we answer your questions on union memberships, rebalancing 401(k)s and prioritizing HSAs. Then, if you’re like us — and many other rewards-points junkies — the allure of getting a new credit card with a big, fat rewards bonus sends your heart fluttering: 50,000 points, 70,000, 100,000, oh my! But, what then? How to maximize them in Thrive.
We’ve got the O.G. B.F.F. (best financial friend) on the show this week. Shannon McLay is the founder and CEO of The Financial Gym, a financial services company that’s disrupting the industry’s approach with women (and some men) on how they overhaul their relationships with money and work towards financial success. We discuss why women want (and need) different financial advice, what's working, what isn't and how Shannon is successfully raising capital for her company from men who can't relate. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on finding a job in the financial services industry, balancing wants vs. needs and understanding an annuity alongside other retirement accounts. Finally, because there’s so much going on in our world that’s blazing a light on our differences rather than our similarities, we thought it would be nice to focus on something we all want: happiness. Join us in Thrive.
Earlier this year, America's student debt hit 1.5 trillion dollars — and guess who holds most of it? Yep, us ladies. We hold nearly two-thirds of all student loan debt in the United States. To bring it closer to home, the average graduate walked off campus with around $39,400 last year, which is up six percent from 2016. It's trending up, so what can we do for ourselves and our loved ones to lower the cost? One (big) option: 529 college savings plans. We have Abby Chao, co-founder and COO of CollegeBacker, to talk us through what they are, how they work and how you can easily get your loved ones on board. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on retirement planning for when you're out of work, credit cards for new adults and how to go from joint accounts to yours, mine and ours. In Thrive, HerMoney reporter Kathryn shares her coverage on the increase in workplace demotions. We discuss what to do and how to handle them.
If you texted, emailed, Slacked and DM'd with people more than you talked to them face-to-face today, then this week's episode is for you. Erica Keswin, author of the new book, "Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World," is all about learning how to speak in a human voice, finding the sweet spot between tech and connect and meetings that won't waste your time. She's our new girl crush. And we cover it all. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on selling stock, rolling over retirement accounts and dealing with medical collections. And, in Thrive, some great news: There are more 401(k) and IRA millionaires than ever before, according to a new report from Fidelity — woo-hoo! You can be one, too. Keep listening!
Finding roommates and funding businesses are no easy feats. Ask Elien Becque. She's the founder and CEO of RoomZoom, a roommate matching web app designed to take the stress, financial risk and guesswork out of finding a roommate. We’ve covered the trend of more couples cohabitating before marriage to save money, but we haven’t discussed a similar trend of more Americans — in non-romantic relationships — choosing to room together for the same reason. Elien is our new guide for how to find the perfect match. She also gets real on the highs and lows of running an early-stage company — her entrepreneurial story is both refreshing and relatable. In Mailbag, Kelly and I talk Venmo and answer your questions on retirement: saving strategies with a pension, saving strategies without a pension and whether or not it's OK to use them for paying off the mortgage. Plus: It's Open Enrollment time. Are you set for next year? We discuss health care in Thrive.Something easier than choosing a health care plan? Subscribing to our free weekly newsletters! Just text "HERMONEY" to 888-111 to subscribe.
TGIF! To celebrate, we're taking you back to our live show at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston. After our interview with Harvard’s Brigitte Madrian and our Mailbag (listen to both in Episode 134), we hosted a HerMoney Happy Hour. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy 30+ minutes of women getting real about their relationships with money.
Whether you're an entrepreneur, a wantrepreneur (our favorite new word) or neither, the ability to market yourself is crucial. We all need to be able to create strong brands — personal and professional — and this week we get advice on how from the best. Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, an agency that creates marketing strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors, gives us a private consultation. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on using life insurance plans for college savings, trusts, and credit card balance transfers. In Thrive, Fair Isaac Corp. — the creator of FICO credit score — is introducing a new scoring system called the UltraFICO in 2019. Learn how it could impact you.
HerMoney recently went on a road trip to Boston for a live show with Harvard’s Brigitte Madrian at the PRX Podcast Garage. We discuss her extensive research on 401(k)s — savings rates, leakages and the possible relationship they have with credit card debt — if you were auto-enrolled into yours, then you definitely want to tune in. We also explore the idea of sidecar plans. Have you heard of them? In our live Mailbag, we answer attendees' questions on how to get more of our girlfriends talking about money, how to approach the current real estate market, how to ride the stock market (rollercoaster) and more. In fact, so much more, including a taste of a HerMoney Happy Hour (!), that we're making this a two-part special. Stay tuned for more!
We (and by we, we mean the entire personal finance community) talk a lot about saving for retirement, but not enough about how to make our money last as long as we're going to. So we're going to change that. One possible solution for better guaranteeing income in retirement: annuities. One woman who's making annuities sound much sexier than they are: Elaine Larsen. At speeds of over 280 mph, Elaine has made a career out of going as fast as possible for five seconds down a straight and narrow quarter-mile track as hot-rod race car driver. However, after a major wreck in 2011, she realized she wasn’t invincible and that it was time to start planning for retirement. She shares her story and how an annuity was right for her and her family. In Mailbag — after retirement is taken care of, how should you invest an extra $10,000? We offer ideas and answer your other questions on freezing credit for toddlers and buying into CDs at credit unions. Plus: Venmo is about to get more expensive. Hear why in Thrive.
With giving season upon us, we started asking ourselves how we can make bigger impacts — not just at the end of the year — but perhaps year round? We all have causes we care about, but when does it make sense to take donating money, time or resources a step further? When does it make sense to start a charity or not-for-profit organization of your own? To help us answer these questions, we’re sitting down with Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization charity: water, which focuses on the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on healthcare plans for people in their 50s and 60s, forgotten stocks and freezing and unfreezing your credit — which you can now do for free. No more excuses — and more details in Thrive.
The loss of an identity. The loss of a paycheck. Sometimes they're one in the same. This week we're discussing how to navigate major life changes with two of my favorite women, Lisa Oz and Jill Herzig, great friends and hosts of the new podcast, "You Turns by HowStuffWorks." We love the name — and the concept. We sit down with both to discuss the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly when making personal and professional transitions (e.g. sending a kid off to college or losing your job). In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on earning extra income while on Social Security Disability Income SSDI, and how to (nicely) ask your credit card company for lower interest rates. (Yes, it's possible.) In Thrive, we discuss the new and troubling research that shows many women are opting for “intentional invisibility” in the office.P.S. If you're in Boston, come see us LIVE on 10/27: https://bit.ly/2CS1Z5o.
For many of us, the tables eventually turn, the roles reverse and it becomes time to take care of the people who took care of us for so many years. Becoming caregivers for our parents is often uncomfortable, emotional and comes at a time when many of us are still revving up at work (and, yes, women are more likely to leave the workforce for this, too). Stories like this week's guest, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien's, remind us that we're not alone in this. Soledad gets candid about her caregiving experience, her evolving relationship with money and what she's hearing from other women leading up to this year's midterm elections. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on warming up to Venmo (as a parent), accessing your free credit reports and investing $10,000 just because. And, whether you're a parent of a college student or a college student yourself, building your credit while in school is not just smart, but doable. We tell you how.
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, oh my! This week we're getting hormonal with my good friend, Randi Hutter Epstein, author of the new book: "Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything" — which, by the way, includes our finances. We talk emotions (and money), birth control (and money), egg freezing (and money) and how to save, yes, money, on shopping for medical care. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on selling stocks, protecting your newborn's identity and HELOCs. And a question for all of us: Could our friendships be holding us back at work? We discuss in Thrive. If you haven't already, please check out the *NEW* HerMoney.com — and please subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2DNigd4
The fear that you'll run out of money in retirement is big and real and daunting. Which is why we're always excited to hear about it when someone — somewhere — has a new idea to help us conquer the challenges of making our money last. This week's hero: Morningstar's Head of Behavioral Science, Dr. Stephen Wendel. He outlines how a handful of modest (and specific!) changes, when made simultaneously, can amount to much bigger nest eggs. So, calm your retirement anxieties — and geek out on the research — with us. Then, in Mailbag, we’re discussing 401(k) rollovers, the 5-year rule on Roth IRAs and having a dedicated savings account for healthcare. And in Thrive, how to budget with a cash-only diet.
This week we’re speaking with a woman who’s on a mission to make other women, "really f***ing rich." And who doesn't like the sound of that? Cindy Eckert, founder and CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals is leading this charge, while simultaneously supercharging our sex lives. Her company — which she sold for $1 billion and bought back for practically nothing — created Addyi, the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women. We talk hormones, big pharma, negotiations and how to handle sexism. Her strategy: "Kill them with competence." It's a must-listen. In Mailbag, we dive into credit cards, student loans and other financial trade-offs. And, in Thrive, we discuss troubling research on the big little lies we tell when women outearn their husbands.
It’s college application season for thousands of high school seniors across the country — and the ones who love them. Whether you're up against the deadline this year — or see it coming around the corner — it's never too early to start strategizing. We sat down with independent university admissions counselor and founder and CEO of IvyWise, Dr. Kat Cohen, to talk not just about reigning in the cost of college, but the cost of applying itself. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on wealth strategies for singles, bankruptcy scores and credit cards for young adults. Then, in Thrive, meet HerMoney reporter Kathryn Tuggle! She shares her reporting on how — and why — pet insurance can be a smart move.
Questions on retirement for investing options, the perks of making additional mortgage payments, 529 alternatives, why someone might put her home in a trust, and how to build an emergency fund and pay down debt at the same time.
We're getting up close and personal about our spending habits with Lindsey Stanberry, author of the book "Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Your Finances... And Everyone Else's." She offers an inside look into the spending habits of women across the country. In Mailbag, credit card loyalty, balance transfers and health insurance.
Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary discusses her quest for the perfect credit score. (Yes, she has an 850!) She dishes on spending in line with your values and how to live a debt-free life. In Mailbag, taking on significant student loans, Roth IRAs and earning money working from home.
Do you trust your bank? We're diving into all our feels around our country's banking system with UPenn's Lisa Servon, author of "The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives." We discuss large and small banks, credit unions and online banking alternatives. In Mailbag, catch-up strategies for retirement savings and real estate as an investment strategy.
Were you raised to be financially independent? MSNBC LIVE anchor Stephanie Ruhle dishes on her upbringing, her career transition, and the financial advice women need most. In Mailbag, SEP IRAs and high-interest checking accounts.
This week we dig deep into the confidence gap with life coach Cara Alwill Leyba. We discuss her book, "Like She Owns The Place, Give Yourself The Gift of Confidence and Ignite Your Inner Magic," what confidence looks like, feels like and how you can get more of it. In Mailbag, what to do with a CD that's coming due, how to pay off your mortgage faster, and where to find a fee-only financial advisor.
Stella & Dot CEO and founder Jessica Herrin talks financial independence, home business opportunities, and saving and investing. In Mailbag, the pros and cons of using your savings to learn a new skill and checking your credit report and score for free.
Just like you fell for Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, we’ve fallen for Danica McKellar IRL. Not only is she a brilliant actress, she’s also an internationally-recognized mathematician and the author of a number of books aimed at helping girls become more confident with math. We talk math phobias and why the stereotypes about women and math still linger today. In Mailbag, questions on life insurance for children, IRAs and finding an advisor.
Nely Galán, the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo), talks strategy, sacrifice and self-control. She joins us for an inspiring conversation on immigration, building wealth, real estate, overachievers, and our ever-growing to-do lists. In Mailbag, getting your rent reflected on your credit report, and selling a home in a down market.
What's your definition of success? Career? Family? Both? We're tackling the question with Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace, authors of the new book: "The Ambition Decisions." We discuss work-life balance, motherhood, happiness and more. In Mailbag, how much to save, and getting 401(k) dollars from past employers.
All your questions on tuition reimbursement programs, the pros and cons of using a 0% APR credit card, how your stellar financial habits can boost your partner’s, plus waiving annual fees on credit cards.
When Laurie Burrows Grad's husband died, she put her feelings into a wonderful book, "The Joke’s Over, You Can Come Back Now: How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived." She gives us a window on widowhood, and schools us on what to say to friends and family who are grieving. In Mailbag, aggressively saving for retirement diversifying your retirement savings between Traditional and Roth accounts, and taking loans to pay off student loans.
This week we're talking divorce — an important topic for all women whether you’re single, engaged or married. Divorce expert Stacy Francis discusses why many women feel most confident with managing money when we're single, and offers some advice on how to deal with divorce if it happens. In Mailbag, balance transfer offers, investments for women in their 70s and how to prioritize retirement savings when paying off student debt.
Money, dating and relationships. This week we're with Meredith Golden, former psychotherapist and founder of Spoon Meet Spoon. We learn how matchmaking is big business in the U.S., and talk dating in the digital age, including which apps are right for you. In Mailbag, we talk marrying debt, annuities and how much we spend on skincare and cosmetics.
Fran Hauser, author of "The Myth of the Nice Girl," is here to talk about the conflicted relationship women all have with being nice. When you're nice, you can be seen as weak or ineffective. When you're assertive, you're bitchy. It sounds like a lose-lose, but Fran says it doesn’t have to be. In Mailbag, Roth IRAs for teens, umbrella life insurance policies for families and why you don't touch a 401(k) before retirement.
Life coach Lauren Handel Zander, author of “Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life,” helps us figure out not just what we want out of life, but how to get there — and it all starts with getting honest with ourselves about money, careers, health, relationships and more. In Mailbag, we tackle credit scores and how to ask for a pay bump when you know someone at the company is leaving.
How do you feel about what you're doing with your time? Do you feel like you're having an impact? That's the topic we tackle this week with Facebook's Head of Groups and Community Jennifer Dulski. Her book, "Purposeful" offers the leadership skills necessary for taking an idea from infancy to impact. In Mailbag, we discuss merging finances with partners and how to shop for health insurance when you have a disability.
There are many things women are better at than men, but taking care of our health isn’t necessarily one of them. We sit down with Jean's longtime OB-GYN and friend, Dr. Rebecca Brightman, to cover costs and considerations for women's health in every decade. In Mailbag, how to manage an income when a big portion of it is a bonus — and what you can do with an excellent credit score.
Executive coach Liz Bentley is here to help us think about the future of our careers, and how to ask for feedback that will help us constantly evolve. In Mailbag, how college grads can prep for the job hunt, and tax implications for hiring a personal assistant.
"Freeze your eggs. Free your career." That was the headline on an April 2014 cover of Businessweek featuring this week's guest, Brigitte Adams. Adams went on to found Eggsurance, an egg-freezing education site, and she gets granular on the process. In Mailbag, we talk credit freezing, SEP IRAs and student loan refinancing.
Talking about money and death can be awkward. That’s why we're chatting with Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, authors of, "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome." We discuss grief, family dynamics, inheritances, wills, the importance of having good executors and what to say to people when it feels like there are no right words. In Mailbag, HSAs, post-divorce retirement considerations and prepping college grads for managing money.
Does women + Investing = Fear? It might, according to research from our guest, Libby Leffler, VP of Membership at SoFi. She gives us her take on how to get more involved with your investments. In Mailbag, whole life insurance policies, how to rollover retirement accounts and how to pay down debt and build emergency savings.
Kate White, author of The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success, offers her advice on negotiating and how being a "good girl" can hold you back. In Mailbag, credit repair services, Facebook scams and tax deductions.
Sheila Nevins, longtime President of HBO Documentary Films has spent years telling other people's stories. But in this episode she opens up about her own. We have a no-holds-barred conversation on what it was like to be a career-driven woman in the 1970s, the #MeToo movement, her relationship with money, and her feelings about aging. In Mailbag, saving before you start investing, and couples compromising on debt tolerances.
After paying off $30,000 of debt in two years, Cait Flanders found herself spending too much because she never addressed why she got into debt in the first place. She went on a two-year shopping hiatus and discovered her spending was more emotional than anything else. In her book, "The Year of Less" she chronicles her journey and teaches us to hack our shopping habits for the better. In Mailbag, short-term and long-term investment decisions and lowering your credit card's interest rate.
It's time to start approaching each year and decade of our lives more intentionally. We're chatting with therapist Dr. Meg Jay, author of "The Defining Decade" about how to take control, reduce our anxieties and build identity capital. In Mailbag, how to gain more financial power.
Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, Wharton's top-rated professor and bestselling author offers up his surprising research on originality, including the fact that people who are "idea machines" are more likely to procrastinate, more likely to play it safe and just as likely to feel the same fear and doubt that the rest of us do. In Mailbag, we cover how to raise kids who want to be investors, and why you need a cohabitation agreement if you're moving in with the LOYL.
In this Bonus Mailbag, questions on tax brackets in retirement, credit cards for business expenses, balancing student loan repayments with retirement savings and getting the whole family on board for an estate planning discussion.
When it's likely safe to hand over your social security number, and when it's not. Also, questions on using trust money for student loans and managing finances as freelancers.
In today’s Bonus Mailbag, we cover Roth IRA conversions, high-yield online savings accounts and loans for flight school.
Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier and Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics, joins us to talk happiness, meditation and money. He shares how you can train your mind just the way you can train your biceps in the gym. We talk about what to do with the negative voice inside our heads, and he guides us through a meditation at the end. In Mailbag, planning for retirement early and exploring new ways to invest your money.
In today’s Bonus Mailbag, we answer your questions on entertaining pyramid schemes, exploring retirement plans for small businesses, using savings bonds to repay student loans and buying gold as an investment.
Mailbag-only episode on financial planners, retirement specialists, HSAs for long-term care and when to pull your credit report in the home-buying process.
A chat with Gianna Wurzl and Ashley Sumner, founders of Quilt, the new female-only coworking start-up that enables women to work out of one another’s homes. We talk purpose, passion, productivity, matchmaking and why working with other women helps you achieve your personal and professional goals. In Mailbag, credit cards in college, tax scams, and the cost of assisted living.
You've all heard the joke, right? Well, we're not laughing, and neither is Joanne Lipman, author of the new book by the same title. (Subtitle: What Men Need to Know (And What Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together.) She's got actionable solutions for closing the salary gap, and tips for how to stand up for yourself and inspire more men to do so for you. In Mailbag, budgeting for healthcare and whether Roth IRAs can double as emergency funds.
David Bach, author of the bestseller "Smart Couples Finish Rich" answers all of your questions on how to handle volatile markets (and trying to time them). We also discuss whether to dip a toe into Bitcoin or one of the other cryptocurrencies.
This week, psychology experts and wife-and-husband duo Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski discuss their new book, Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. The Pawelskis have clued into the fact that how we behave with money can make a big difference in the success or failure of our relationships. Whether you're single, dating, married, divorced or widowed, their wise words can help lead you in the right direction. In Mailbag, HSAs, credit card debt, and how to sell your home.
This week we're talking power, purpose and legacy with Pattie Sellers, founder of Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women (MPW) franchise and SellersEaston Media. You'll learn the importance of knowing and sharing your story for personal and professional success, and how the "good girls" in us could be holding us back from making important jumps. In Mailbag, extended warranties for new cars, repayment plans for medical bills and first-time investment moves for millennials.
Closing the gender pay gap is Mika Brzezinski’s mission. As co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and the force behind the “Know Your Value” movement, she shares proven how-to strategies for all women, in every industry. In Mailbag, personal loans, prepaying mortgages and 529s.
Daniel H. Pink, author of “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing," says timing is a science — not an art. He shares how we can make systematically better decisions at work, at school, at home — and for our wallets. In Mailbag, retirement catch-up moves and when to take a severance package.
At AARP's Family Caregiving summit we had some amazing conversations with bestselling author Lee Woodruff (who cared for her husband, ABC's Bob Woodruff, after he suffered a traumatic brain injury while reporting in Iraq), Sheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO of Care.com (who founded the site as a young working mother with two young children and ailing parents) and actress and activist Holly Robinson Peete (who at 19 years old was the caregiver for her father and, two decades later, for her son with autism).
When the worst headache of her life turned into a near-death experience, CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent Sharon Epperson was forced to stop and reevaluate how she manages her family and career. She’s healthy now, and here to share how she managed, with everything from emergency savings to estate-planning. In Mailbag, lifestyle inflation and how to control it when you receive raises or other windfalls.
Jill Martin and Joy Bauer are my NBC TODAY sisters, and for the past few years, we’ve teamed up for segments to help you with your money, health and organization-related resolutions. And that’s exactly what we’re doing in this episode. In Mailbag, estate planning with a parent and how to handle your 401(k) when your company goes Roth.
“Know your worth and then add tax.” Robin Arzon, lawyer-turned-health-and-wellness-influencer, is the bestselling author of “Shut Up And Run,” and the VP of Fitness Programming for Peloton. She gets us focused on our health and wealth so that we can make this year our best one yet. In Mailbag, 401(k) rollovers, financial considerations for caregivers and how to prioritize credit card debt with building emergency savings.
Are you happy at work? Does your job excite you? Does it make you feel fulfilled? Does it make you feel like you have a purpose? This week Kathryn Minshew, CEO & founder of TheMuse.com, tells us how to find more joy and fulfillment in our work.
Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2006 to 2011, Sheila Bair steered the agency through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and was the woman responsible for the successful safekeeping of $6 trillion of Americans’ savings. Her leadership earned her the nickname the “new sheriff of Wall Street.” We discuss the lessons all of us can take away from the last recession. In Mailbag, how to find a financial planner and remove a delinquency from your credit report.
With over a million charities in the United States alone, figuring out where to direct your money can be an overwhelming decision. How will your donation line up with your values and goals? How will it change the world? They're big questions, but we've got answers from Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. In Mailbag, questions on car deals, 401(k) rollovers, stock options for kids, and year-end tax planning.
Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, wealth psychology expert and author of the book “Breaking Money Silence,” says that in a world where money can grant self-worth, power, respect, freedom and even love, there can be prices to pay for money silence. In Mailbag, we talk building money confidence, choosing an online bank and picking the right credit-monitoring service.
Before you do any shopping this week — either in-store or online — take 35 minutes to listen to this episode. We're with Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He discusses his book, Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter, and answers: Why does paying for things often feel like it causes actual pain? When is a sale not really a sale? In Mailbag, investing in your early 20s and how to broach estate planning with your parents.
A follow-up chat with fellow financial journalist Stacey Tisdale. We discuss feminism, race, resilience and entrepreneurship.
In this Mailbag-only episode, we're talking about taking on a mortgage in retirement, buying a new car, using rewards credit cards strategically and more.
When we shut off the lights and can’t shut off our brains, what should we do? This week, we sit down with Nancy H. Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador, to discuss why our sleep is suffering, how to turn it around and why doing so is in our finances’ best interest as well. In Mailbag, we talk personal loans, where to keep emergency savings for the best returns, and traditional and Roth 401(k)s.
Raising a child isn't cheap, and one study estimates the lifetime costs of treating and caring for an individual with autism can be $2.4 million. Judith Newman is the author of To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines, and she shares her story. In Mailbag, we talk taxes, investing in retirement and how to dodge bank fees.
Buying health insurance has never been more complicated, and we know you've probably got questions. So, with the help of Nate Purpura, VP of Consumer Affairs at eHealth.com, we've got answers on open enrollment and more.
In the last few years, Dr. Nancy Snyderman lost her father, left her job at NBC News, let go of her identity as a journalist, and had to figure out who she was without all of them. She talks about the importance of knowing herself at her core as work identities come and go. In Mailbag, caretaking and credit reports.
Conversations are essential to our survival, yet we’re having less of them and getting worse at them. Celeste Headlee is the author of “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter,” and she shares five ways we’re holding ourselves back from being better communicators. In Mailbag, credit freezes and the FAFSA and consolidation loans.
In this Mailbag-only episode, we discuss short sales and reverse mortgages.
Being a mother is hard. Going at it alone? Even harder. Emma Johnson is the author of the book “The Kickass Single Mom,” and we discuss her journey, operating from a place of confidence and the importance of financial independence.
This week, we’re talking with “professional oversharers” Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer — Cat & Nat. They head up a rapidly-exploding online community of like-minded moms, and are known for saying what you’re thinking. We discuss how the besties-turned-business partners handle money both personally and professionally. In Mailbag, buying a home with a VA loan and finances for couples who aren’t planning on tying the knot.
Like a fine wine, Hoda Kotb keeps getting better with age. She takes us through the pain points of her 40s — cancer and divorce — and how all of them made her fearless. She also tells us how in her 50s, she's in a job she pushed for, and in a relationship that makes her happy. She's living her life by her own rules and sharing how you can do the same. In Mailbag, credit cards and credit scores.
Starting a new job, buying a house, getting married, getting divorced, having a baby or having a baby move back home — all of these events not only shake up your life, but your finances, too. Fidelity's senior vice president of Thought Leadership, Jeanne Thompson, takes us through the research on how not all events are created equal when it comes to the impacts they have on your physical and financial health.
Long before “Catch Me If You Can” was made into a movie, Frank Abagnale was one of my go-to sources on all things identity-related. In the years since, he’s consulted with companies, governments and organizations big and small about how to keep their data (and yours) safe. He tells us what we need to do now to protect against identity theft.
When it comes to long-term success, how you fail is more important than the failure itself. This week, author and educator Rachel Simmons gives us a private lesson on failing well, and a look at the culture of mean girls and why it's important to surround yourself with women who help you shine. In Mailbag, we talk investing in a bull market and 529s.
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better, on how people respond to internal expectations (the ones you set for yourself) and external expectations (the ones others and society set for you). How to break habits and make new ones. In Mailbag, flat-fee real estate agents and credit cards for recent grads.
Admit it. You've thought about starting a business, launching a side gig or taking that brilliant idea of yours and seeing if it actually has legs. JJ Ramberg, host of Your Business on MSNBC and founder of Goodshop.com, helps female entrepreneurs make it happen. In Mailbag, pensions, free FICO scores and investment moves to make in college.
Alice Finn's career has taken her from NASA to wealth management, and in her book, Smart Women Love Money, she lays out the only five things you need to do to guarantee financial success. In Mailbag, questions about maximizing a post-divorce nest egg, and paying off debt.
What happens when you go all in? Can you have work, friends, a relationship, kids and money all on your own terms? Ann Shoket, author of The Big Life, says it's possible, and tells us all how to do it. In Mailbag, we talk combining finances before marriage and HSAs.
We sat down with Gloria Steinem and Stacey Tisdale to talk financial independence, reproductive rights and how the pay gap is wider for black women. In Mailbag, using a Roth IRA to repay student loans, playing catch-up on retirement savings after co-signing on a loan, and choosing a debt management plan.
The average woman buys 64 items of clothing every year, then wears each one just three times or less. Jennifer Hyman, founder and CEO of Rent The Runway, says social media has completely changed the way we shop for clothes. She shares her secrets and philosophies. In Mailbag, budget-tracking apps, refinancing student loans, and Roth IRAs.
Melanie Lockert, author of the book Dear Debt, shares how she finally made the critical mid shift from complete denial of her own $81,000 in student loan debt, to being obsessed about paying it off — and then got other people to face the financial music, too. In Mailbag, 403(b)s, the hidden allure of tag sales and the importance of saving automatically.
In this Mailbag episode, we answer questions about whether extra cash should go to home improvements or paying off debt, hiding debt in a relationship, buying rental properties and more.
This week, we talk slowing down and getting out of your comfort zone with positive psychology life coach Caren Osten. She helps her clients find balance, resilience and positivity during transitions and tells us how we can do the same. In. Mailbag, getting a break on your credit card fees and eliminating clutter in the kitchen.
Bobbi Brown literally changed the face of cosmetics when she launched Bobbi Brown Essentials over 25 years ago with her barely-there makeup and message of confidence. We talk confidence, business savvy and how to use makeup to enhance your self-esteem — not cover up your insecurities. In Mailbag, index funds and ETFs, and whether your teen's summer job impacts the FAFSA.
This week we're talking with The Wharton School's Katy Milkman, whose research explains why changing our behaviors can be so difficult, and how we can finally make changes. In Mailbag, how to prioritize savings with credit card debt, what to do with old 403(b) accounts and how to handle those sometimes-pricey hobbies for kids.
Alex Daly, The Crowdsourceress, discovered she was so good at helping other people use crowdfunding to bankroll their businesses that she turned it into a business. She shares her secrets. In Mailbag, balancing family goals and a newborn, and aligning your investments with your personal values.
David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire, dishes on automation, meditation and sabbaticals, and how they can lead to a richer life. In Mailbag, pet insurance, the case for renting versus buying, and what to do with your tax refund.
Angie Morgan, Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and author of “Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success,” is here to help us dig into personal growth, letting go of the things you cannot control, and how confidence is everything. In Mailbag, college savings plans and kid-preneurs.
In this Mailbag-only episode, we answer your questions on student loans, Roth IRAs, investing for the self-employed, married couples balancing 401(k) contributions, managing your spending when you’re planning to live till 100, and more.
Kyle Taylor, founder and CEO of The Penny Hoarder, had a spending addiction and could not ask his parents to bail him out one more time. So he started gig work, and then he started blogging about how you could do the same. If you've ever wanted to earn some extra money on the side, we've got the skinny. In Mailbag, inheritance, saving for a down payment and retirement planning for the self-employed.
Politics, sex, religion or money: Which of these topics is most likely to make you uncomfortable? For many, the answer is money. Gaby Dunn, host of Bad With Money, is here this week to discuss her bad habits and talk strategies for bettering your personal relationship with money. In Mailbag, homeowners insurance, emergency funds and what to do with work bonuses.
Jill Schlesinger, CBS personality and host of the "Better Off" podcast, breaks down markets, investing, health care and why it's all more important if you're a woman. In Mailbag, debt consolidation and what to do with a windfall.
The cost of healthcare and prescription drugs in the US are astronomical, but help is here in the form of Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, author of "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back." In Mailbag, choosing the best credit card, financial planning for single women and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Good wife, good mother, good daughter, good sister, good friend, good worker. Isn't enough enough already? Tiffany Dufu, author of, "Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less," says yes. She talks about letting go of those unrealistic expectations and balancing your best self. In Mailbag, credit score changes and when to see a financial planner.
Turn your business idea into a reality with coach Christy Wright, author of the book "Business Boutique: A Woman's Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves." In Mailbag, we speak with Joe Saul-Sehy, host of Stacking Benjamins, about investing on a dime, down payments for a first home and high-interest savings accounts.
At Stanford University, students wait in line for professor Bill Burnett's course-turned-bestseller, Designing Your Life. You don't have to. Burnett says that if you want to improve your relationships at home and at work, you have to face your problems head on, including the money ones. In Mailbag, negotiating at work, investing beyond your 401(k), and getting a prenup.
Calling all broke millennials: This week Erin Lowry is here to help you set your priorities straight, get a budget, and tackle your debts. In Mailbag, using credit card points, and staying sane during rocky markets.
Financial aid expert Kelly Peeler helps us parse those maddeningly complex financial aid offers, and offers tips on how to negotiate for more. In Mailbag, how to start investing, med school debt, target date funds, and buying your first home.
Motivational coach Jen Sincero shares the secret sauce that allowed her to triple her income in three months, with tips from her new book, You Are a Badass at Making Money. In Mailbag, student loan defaults, employer pensions and public vs. private school.
How kids can understand the value of a dollar, when we rarely touch one. Financial literacy expert and best-selling author Beth Kobliner discusses her new book, Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not). In Mailbag, when to take Social Security, when to start a college savings plan for a newborn and how to get the family back on track after a job loss.
Betty Liu, Bloomberg anchor and founder of Radiate, Inc., is here to teach us all how to negotiate and get the best, most lucrative job offers that we can. In Mailbag, when to keep a credit card open, financial prep for having a baby and how best to start a college fund.
Chris Hogan, and trusted voice on retirement, says retirement isn’t an age, it’s a financial number. He explains how to calculate and achieve it, and how it can be as simple as saving $10 a day. In Mailbag, when to close store credit cards, and how to become a financial planner.
Self-sabotage can be one of the most damaging behaviors in our lives, especially when it comes to our money. Thankfully, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen helps us all get self-sabotage to stand down. She says giving up isn’t failure if it moves us forward — cutting our losses is sometimes the best choice. In Mailbag, what to do with unused gift cards, how long you need to keep the paperwork when you sell your home, and permanent life insurance.
Women are living longer than ever before, and since your health and financial life are critically intertwined, I joined forces with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic to help us all "AgeProof" our lives. In Mailbag, questions about health spending accounts, how to dig out of a personal family debt crisis, how to get ready to buy a home.
Money and sex. They're the two things couples fight about most and talk about least, so we're turning up the heat with love and relationships expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz, from Married At First Sight, She says there are ways to keep your relationship on track even when your finances are in flux. In Mailbag, financial infidelity and kids paying for college.
Investing isn't hard, but that first step can be. But women are actually better investors than men. This week we're cutting the excuses with Kathleen Murphy, the President of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments. Murphy breaks down how and why to start investing in your 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond. In Mailbag, questions on gift cards, how long to save paperwork for taxes and whether millennials need life insurance.
If you, your adult kids or your friends are single and looking, it may be time to run the numbers. "Date-onomics" author Jon Birger says the "man deficit" is a real thing, but there are ways to increase your odds, and we've got 'em. In mailbag, finding the right financial planner, and paying your mortgage with a points-earning credit card.
Do you feel like your business idea is an impossible dream? It doesn't have to be. Kathryn Finney, founder and managing director of digitalundivided, a social enterprise that supports women of color entrepreneurs, shares her advice for how to start and grow a business. In Mailbag, we talk risk tolerance for saving for a home and for retirement, and how freelancers can save.
Remote work. Digital nomads. Fun office spaces. Jennifer Berrent, Chief Culture Officer at WeWork takes us through how she creates a culture and work space that reflects the needs of a dynamic workforce in it, and how you can do the same. In Mailbag, we talk paying off credit cards and emergency funds.
In this Mailbag-only episode, we cover teaching kids about money, saving for college, life insurance, online wills, splitting the dishes in divorce, HSAs, tax deductions for home offices and more.
Work-life wellness expert Samantha Ettus offers strategies for letting go of guilt, and for releasing your inner badass. In Mailbag, we talk about allowances for kids, how much to start investing, and how to get a raise.
Tiffany Aliche, "The Budgetnista," is famous for saving $40,000 in two years on a $35,000 salary, and she used that money to buy a house and secure her own financial future. Now she's helping others do the same. In Mailbag, who pays for a wedding, spouses who hide debt, and the best budgeting apps.
"Spend less, save more." That's always an important goal, but next year, with interest rates inching up, it's more important than it has been in a while. Liz Weston, who literally wrote the book on how to get your credit score into tip-top shape, is here to help us do just that. We also discuss how to hire a financial planner and how to maximize your Social Security. In Mailbag, we talk negotiating a tax payment plan with the IRS.
Women are better investors than men. This week we tell you why and share secrets for investing success, courtesy Dr. Daniel Crosby, psychologist and bestselling author of "The Laws of Wealth." In Mailbag, we talk HSAs and credit counseling services.
Are you feeling frantic this holiday season? Do you feel like you spend way too much time trying to be perfect at everything you do, only to disappoint the ones you love — and yourself? "Present Over Perfect" author Shauna Niequist joins us to discuss. In Mailbag, where to put money when saving for a home, and the best insurance for you and your family.
Millennials have had it rough, with a recession and a mountain of student debt, but it's time they got their financial acts in gear. Financial expert Stefanie O'Connell shares how to do just that, and how she lived on $225 a week. In Mailbag, how to add a second credit card to your wallet and Roth 401(k)s.
Kelly Peeler, CEO and founder of NextGenVest (a company that hooks incoming students up with money mentors) breaks down the process of applying for student aid, choosing a college and even the question of whether you can negotiate for more money from a school you really want to attend. We also talk FAFSA, and the best credit cards for students.
Money-saving tips and tricks for the holiday season, with consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow. A rundown on “bargain brain” and the allure (and danger) of the outlet mall. Plus, best times for you to shop for pretty much everything on your list. In Mailbag, how to safely close credit cards you’re not using, and paying down student debt.
Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and “Shark Tank” investor, parlayed a $1,000 loan from a friend into a $5 billion empire. This week, she tells us how to push forward to succeed, even when you’re at your most afraid. In Mailbag, we talk supplementing your income during maternity leave and where to put extra money once you meet your 401(k) cap.
Are you happy with your job? Or do you feel like you're wasting time in the wrong career — but don't know what your next move would be anyway? Career coach Maggie Mistal has tactical advice for how you can switch it up while simultaneously increasing your take-home pay. And if you're looking to get back into the workforce, Cheryl Casone, author of "The Comeback," shares her advice. In Mailbag, advice for rolling over your retirement plan and how to buy a house if your credit is sub-par.
A look at how credit card points and airline miles can help you jet set around the world for next to nothing, and a chat about the power of positivity with Daryn Kagan, author of "Hope Possible," and Trent Swanson, a frequent flyer mile hobbyist. In Mailbag, we talk long-term care insurance and checking your credit score.
Work because you want to, not because you have to. Radio host, columnist and my friend Clark Howard shares everyday hacks that can turn into big payoffs. And if you have some credit card debt you’d like to zap away, Lauren Greutman, author of the book “The Recovering Spender,” shares how she broke her spending addiction and dug out of $40,000 in credit card debt. In Mailbag, a look at where to put your retirement contributions.
What’s it like to be in business with your best friend? Ann Friedman, co-host of podcast Call Your Girlfriend, joins us to discuss how best to negotiate your salary and shopping while buzzed. In Mailbag, we talk about saving for retirement without a 401(k), and what to do with extra money once you finally pay off your credit card debt.
Do you make your financial decisions based on fear? Stress? Guilt? Impulse?We dig into a better way to go about it with best-selling author Suzy Welch, including tips on how to stand up and face your financial fears. Then we sit down with Bobbi Rebell, author of the new book "How To Be A Financial Grownup."
A special episode from FinCon, featuring money bloggers Sarah Li Cain of High Fiving Dollars and Chelsea Fagan of The Financial Diet. Both get candid about their once rocky relationships with money — one involving a selfish boyfriend and the other an arrest — and how they turned them around. In Mailbag, we tackle money bloggers’ financial confessions.
Your house is not just where you lay your head — it’s a pricey (and important) line item on your budget. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, fills us in on how not to get ripped off on home repairs. We’re also joined by PwC real estate expert Mitch Roschelle to talk about buying and selling smart. In Mailbag, we tackle marriage in retirement, and Roth 401(k)s.
168 hours. That’s how many each of us have in a single week. So how come it seems that some women seem to get it all done, no sweat, while others struggle to pack it all in? The brilliant Laura Vanderkam has some solutions — including how you can be the boss of your schedule (and your technology) rather than the other way around. In Mailbag, we talk spending tracking apps.
Would you tell a friend what you get paid? Would you do it if you knew it would help her get paid fairly? Meredith Rollins, editor in chief of Redbook magazine has done it — and she says we all should follow suit. In Mailbag, we talk incentive credit cards and refinancing student loans.
Student loans, credit card debt, retirement, oh my! This week we decided to devote the entire episode to answering your questions. How to finance graduate school? What’s the fastest and cheapest way to pay off $30,000 of credit card debt? Annuities in retirement — yea or nay?
If you want the next half of your life to be just as good as the first, then you've got to get a grip on these three things, says Jo Ann Jenkins, the new CEO of AARP. We talk about how to reimagine the life you're living now to put yourself on a healthier, wealthier and more self-satisfied track. Then "Behavior Gap" author Carl Richards explains why he believes you should wait 72 hours before buying pretty much anything.
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg started theSkimm — the daily email newsletter that millions of women start their morning with — by floating it on their credit cards. It wasn’t until this year that they dug their way out of debt. How did they do it, and what’s their best advice for women entrepreneurs? In Mailbag, we talk about when you may need a financial planner and how to transfer balances on your credit cards for less.
Social media expert Randi Zuckerberg helps untangle our wired lives, showing ways to use tech to hack your daily tasks and even bring the family closer together. In Mailbag, we discuss starting a business and how to find the best interest rates on your savings. We wrap things up with "Smart Mom, Rich Mom" author Kimberly Palmer, with tips for raising money-smart kids.
Sarah Newcomb, the author of the book “Loaded,” figured she could solve all of her own money problems by getting tactical and practical, yet, she still struggled with her money. Eventually a course on money psychology set her straight. She offers her candid advice on a new way to frame the want vs. need dividing line. In Mailbag, we talk HSAs and money conflicts.
To paraphrase Sara Bareilles: We want to see you be brave managing your money. And who better to inspire us to get there than best-selling author and preeminent TED talker Dr. Brené Brown? Brené takes us on a deep dive into some of the other basic human emotions — like guilt and shame — and how they’re entangled in our money mindsets. In Mailbag, we discuss annuities and getting a will.
Tired of all the negative talk surrounding the word “midlife”? So was my friend and psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig — so much so, she wrote a book about it: “Your Best Age Is Now.” If you’re regretting not doing what you always wanted to do, get over it and do it now! Robi tells us how. In Mailbag, we talk emergency funds, starting over after divorce, and we ask Kerry Cooper, CEO of Choose Energy, for savings tips so that your wallet doesn’t feel the heat this summer.
Tips on parenting and money from PureWow editor Jillian Quint. We take on sticky situations like splitting the check at a group dinner and talking with your parents about their retirement plans. And play along with us as we get down and dirty about when to save and when to splurge. Organic milk? Chicken? Car seats? And since so many of you have asked how to choose a financial planner, we decided to invite Liz Davidson of Financial Finesse to give us some expert advice.
Dr. Ben Sorensen, leadership trainer and executive coach, knows how women can learn to be more assertive at work and at home. I recently met him at a conference and wanted to share him with all of you. Ben and I teach you the right words to say to communicate more effectively –– without the backlash. Of course Kelly joins me to answer your financial questions, and in a very special Thrive segment this week, Alison Sweeney, you know her from “The Biggest Loser” and “Days of our Lives,” shares her distressing story of identify theft and how her fans saved her from more financial peril.
I am so proud to call Jane Bryant Quinn a friend as well as a mentor. You know her as a female pioneer and personal finance advocate, trusted by millions as a columnist for Newsweek, a reporter for CBS News and a prolific author, but to me, she is an inspiration. This week we dig in and get granular about the biggest financial fear going: Outliving your money. Jane explains simple strategies that’ll get you there, and why “right-sizing” your life now –– not later –– can be key.
“I lost my job, I lost my breasts, I lost my hair and I found myself.” That’s Rene Syler, former anchor for CBS News’ The Early Show, on HerMoney explaining what happened in a tumultuous two years of her life. In this week’s episode, Rene candidly shares with us her transition from network news to entrepreneur, author and host of her new web series “The Good Enough Mother.” We talk about why it’s powerful to own our truth rather than sugarcoat it. “I got fired, fired, fired, fired,” she says. We also dish on why women like us care so much about our hair.
Candid. If I had to pick one word to describe Jennifer Weiner, author of “Good in Bed,” “In Her Shoes” and so many other great reads, I’d pick that one. Though, smart, funny and fearless also come to mind. I knew I wanted her on the podcast the minute I read her frank essay about the fact that she and her new husband are polar opposites financially. We had a fun and very frank conversation about negotiating money, particularly in a second marriage, how she worries about raising two young daughters to respect money and why she waited to have a million dollars in the bank before she had her kids.
Dave Ramsey asks, “Will The 50-Year-Old You Be Mad At The 25-Year-Old You?” This week I traveled to Nashville to sit down with financial powerhouse Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze. We talk about how the baby steps to take control of our own financial lives haven’t changed in the 25 years Dave and I have been doing this – and how they have. In particular, we dive into the impact social media is having on our spending and saving (not always for the good) and how you can raise financially savvy kids like Rachel, who, by the way, has a new book coming out soon called, “Love Your Life, Not Theirs.”
In this episode, I fill you in on how I found over $1,000 in missing money (my own, embarrassingly) and how you can do the same. And, I get the down and dirty on GRIT and how the power of “Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity” can take you from ordinary to extraordinary. Advertising aces Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, authors of a great new book on the subject, share how two girls from the Bronx with no special advantages, rose through the male-dominated, cutthroat world of advertising to run their own booming ad firm.
Tell your children how much money you make! That’s what Ron Lieber, NYT best-selling author, personal finance columnist and father says to do if you want to raise kids who are grounded, giving and smart about money. Get paid for chores? No! Have a say in how the family gives to charity? Yes! We also talk about why expectations for girls are still different than those for boys and how to change that. In Mailbag, we talk about creating savings habits for life, and what to do if you have too many high interest credit cards.
We all know Jillian Michaels is an expert at getting people motivated to change their lives, but she struggles with a work/home balance just like the rest of us. Jill admits money is an uncomfortable topic for her, but she sees psychological parallels in building strong fitness and financial habits. As she heads toward the altar with her partner of many years, we get personal with advice about setting up a financial life that works. I also answer your financial questions about helping new college grads get off on the right financial foot and how women may be better at multitasking than men, but it might actually stall our careers.
This week on HerMoney: Building your brand, honing your credit and Giada De Laurentiis. The Food Network star and restaurateur talks candidly about rising to the top in the male-dominated food world and how hard it’s been to be both heard and respected. She candidly talks about her life after a tough divorce and how she’s raising her 8-year-old daughter to know and respect the value of money. And since we are all essentially “brands” these days, she shares advice about how she honed hers and how you can and should do the same. We also dive into why it’s so hugely important for women to have strong credit in our own names (and how to build it if you don’t have it).
Sex. Money. Power. Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, is very much in tune with the voice of her magazine. She is comfortable talking about anything. And this week nothing is off the table. She speaks candidly with me about how money can be the greatest stress in a relationship, why women need to reasonably know their worth in negotiations and how earning more makes women feel empowered. We also discuss sexuality in the workplace and how social media is impacting our culture for better and worse. We’ll answer your financial questions about credit limits, how best to pay for continuing education and if your recent graduate should hire a financial advisor.
They call her “The Chairwoman” on CNBC’s Fast Money, but hedge fund manager Karen Finerman also manages life at home including two sets of twins. Learning to balance work and life, Karen has come to a number of surprising conclusions – including her belief that working from home is “the worst.” She tells us why. Driven to make a lot of money since she was a teen, Karen talks bluntly about why women must be financially independent, and how many women get in the way of their own success. She also fills us in on how being risk-averse is a double-edged sword.
Arianna Huffington, one of the most influential women in the world, was falling apart at work because she was – literally – exhausted. This week she shares her inspirational wake-up call with us. Her book, The Sleep Revolution, is based on science-based secrets that can help us all sleep our way to success. Arianna says lack of sleep costs the U.S. economy $63 billion a year, and no surprise, it’s more of a problem for women! Of course, we all sleep more soundly when we are not worried about money, our family, our jobs or our relationships. But, Arianna says, we need to think of that problem in reverse. Being well rested is the key to regaining control.
It’s Criminal! I’m hooked on the hit podcast “Criminal”, so I am thrilled to have the show host and producers Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer join me for this week’s episode of HerMoney. P and L proudly tell us how they had the courage to take a huge risk many women fear, using their own money to pursue their passion and start their own business. We talk about their struggle to juggle two jobs, recording at night after their day jobs in a closet full of clothes to save money (and because – surprise – the acoustics are great) and how it feels now that they are a huge success. We share advice about how they should visit their money, yes, visit their money, now that they have some, and why you should too.
More money won’t always make you more happy, but how you use and manage your money can. This week, Jean chats with happiness guru and best-selling author, Gretchen Rubin, and they explore how you may effectively build better habits for both. Hear about Gretchen’s Happiness Manifesto, the importance of knowing yourself before creating or changing habits and learn why you should make your bed every day.
Anyone who tells you women don’t need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they’re the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where HerMoney comes in. In her frank, often funny, but always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice.