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Financial Freedom Podcast

Author: Steven J. Richardson, Esq.

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A semi-monthly podcast that brings you advice and interviews with experts on various important topics to help you make better and smarter financial decisions in order to improve or maintain your financial situation.
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June was that they were issuing their own credit card, in partnership with Goldman Sachs. Lots of great features were detailed, and a sleek, modern design for the card was revealed. But now that the card is generally available in the United States, the question becomes, should you get one? Are all of the features that were announced worth it? Is it for you or should you look to get another card (assuming you are looking for one)? That’s why in this episode of the podcast I wanted to talk about the pros and the cons, and help you to decide whether the Apple Card is right for you.
Being in financial difficulty is stressful. You have debt that you can’t pay, you keep getting letters and phone calls demanding money you don’t have, and court officers are standing at your door to serve you with lawsuits. This can really weigh you down. Under these circumstances, it is natural for people to come up with reasons in their heads as to why things aren’t so bad; it’s a coping mechanism. They tell themselves things to make themselves feel better. That’s understandable. The problem is, those reasons are seldom true, can lead them into more trouble, and away from the very solution that they need. That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk about the 5 lies people tell themselves about debt. I have heard these many times over the past 30 years, and it pains me every time because it prevents them from doing the right thing for their situation.
Anyone who wishes to achieve financial independence needs to start taking the appropriate steps as soon as possible. The earlier in your life you start, the sooner you will reach a point where you no longer need a paycheck. That’s when you know you can retire and start enjoying life full time! There is a growing movement now in the world called FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) that argues against the idea that you can’t or shouldn’t retire before age 65. Its members advocate for an early start towards savings and investment, in order to reach financial independence sooner and retire early. Two of the biggest champions of this movement are Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung, who managed to build a net worth of over $1 million and retire at age 31 to travel the world and live a nomadic lifestyle. That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk to them about their new book, how it came about, and how you too can quit like a millionaire!
Home ownership has, for decades, been the “American Dream.” It gave people a financial goal to work towards, saving their money for a downpayment and trying to get their credit up to a point where they could qualify for a mortgage. In many ways, it has also become a bit of a status symbol. But lately, the Millennial Generation has been questioning the wisdom of this and saying it is better to rent, rather than own, and tie up your money in a downpayment. But are they right? Is it better (and financially smarter) to rent these days rather than own? To get a realtor’s perspective on this I spoke with frequent guest Lynn Stambaugh of Cardinal Real Estate Services here in Woodbury, NJ, on her thoughts as to which is better and why.
The vast majority of the people that come to me to file bankruptcy do so because of out of control credit card debt. The totals can run from the tens- to the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Credit card debt can drag you down and prevent you from having financial freedom.  But are credit cards, in and of themselves, bad? Is it the card (and the system) itself that is bad or how we use them? Personal finance expert Dave Ramsey writes on his web site questioning whether you really need a credit cards and gives six reasons why you shouldn’t. But is he right? That’s why in this episode of the podcast I take a look at those six reasons and discuss the case for (and against) credit cards.
Graduating from college or university with your degree is a momentous occasion. You finally made it! You’re ready to go out into the real world and make your mark. But this occasion brings with it new challenges that you will have to face, such as finding a job (if you haven’t already) and figuring out how you are going to deal with your student debt.  That’s why in this episode of the podcast I wanted to talk about how you can meet those challenges by finding the right job, figuring out how you are going to live on the income that job will provide, and how you are going to start payments on your student loans before the grace period ends!
We all fall into some bad habits at one time or another, and it can be difficult to get out of them. But sometimes those bad habits can have lasting effects on your life and can affect your financial freedom. They can get in the way of your saving money, spending responsibly, and having an enjoyable life both now and in retirement. That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk about 8 bad habits that you should avoid or break that could be keeping you from saving money and realizing your dreams for a great retirement!
In order to complete any project, you need the right tools, and it’s no different when you are trying to establish and maintain financial freedom. For that you need the financial products that line up with your needs, priorities, and goals. They need to be the right ones for you. That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk about how to identify and find the right banks, credit cards, and financial advisors that will give you the greatest chance for success. You might end up switching products down the road as your goals and priorities change, but these will at least get you started.
Even with the Affordable Care Act, many people, especially millennials, struggle with the cost of health insurance premiums. People in their 20s are less likely to need healthcare than those over 40, but when they need it, it can be beyond reach without insurance. But how does a young adult, just starting out in the workplace, balance rent, car payment, student loan payment (if they graduated with debt), and a health insurance premium? The answer may lie in something called a Health Savings Account. That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk about these accounts, how they help balance health insurance costs, and can benefit you later in life.
A key part of establishing and maintaining financial freedom is having a job you love that provides you with an income that allows you to have the lifestyle you want while still saving and investing for the future. But what if you don’t have that job right now? What if you find yourself dead-ended in a position with no real opportunities for advancement and increased income? What if you followed all of my tips from Episode 66 on asking for a raise, but didn’t get one? If that’s the case, then you need to move on to a new position elsewhere. That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk about what you need to know to look for and secure a better job with a better future!
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