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Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. Send your questions to
312 Episodes
It’s the second part of our series with the help of the folks over at Industry Focus. This week, Dylan Lewis joins us to talk about how the tech sector did in 2020 and what to watch in 2021.
With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Management financial planner Ross Anderson, we’ll answer your questions about tax loss harvesting, life insurance, bond funds, and so much more.
What's so good about consumer goods? Emily Flippen joins us from the Motley Fool Industry Focus podcast to talk about the companies that sell us the stuff.
To Roth or Not to Roth

To Roth or Not to Roth


Bro explains why many people who choose a traditional retirement account would be better off with a Roth.
Dr. Megan McCoy joins us to discuss the feelings behind our finances. And the father of the “4% rule” suggests the number could be higher.
Motley Fool Analyst Jim Mueller joins us to answer your questions about calculating portfolio returns, why bother with cash or bonds, whether you should take defensive action because of the election, and much more. And if your kid is obsessed with retirement, find out how they could be on TV!
The S&P 500 has trounced smaller, cheaper, and non-U.S. stocks over the past several years. Is this just a typical cycle, or will the trend continue? Senior Advisor Bill Mann joins us to explain what’s happening and what to do.
How to maximize the returns from your 401k as well as evaluate your options and lobby for a better plan at your workplace.
Abi Malin, analyst with The Motley Fool’s Discovery: IPO Trailblazers service, joins us to explain the IPO process and talk about recent and upcoming IPOs to watch.
Megan Brinsfield from Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to talk about Incentive Stock Options, HSAs versus FSAs, tax benefits for working from home, and more.
We’re joined by Dr. Rakesh Kochhar from the Pew Research Center to help us understand how the unemployment rate is calculated, how to dig into the numbers of the monthly Jobs Report, and the impact of COVID-19 on workers in the US.
Richard Johnson of the Urban Institute discusses the likelihood that workers over the age of 50 will experience a career disruption, and how to increase the chances that you can work well into your 60s.
Bankrate’s Jeff Ostrowski joins us to discuss how residential real estate has fared during the pandemic, the challenges of refinancing, housing affordability, and more.
Bola Sokunbi, CEO and Founder of Clever Girl Finance, talks about growing up in Nigeria, saving more than $100,000 in three years on a mid-level salary in NYC, and starting her own business after being spurned by investors and banks.
We'll answer your questions about the backdoor Roth, "investing" in insurance, Risk Parity ETFs, selling stocks to pay off your mortgage, and much more.
5 Investing Virtues

5 Investing Virtues


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

7 Investing Sins


Financial Planning Fool Amanda Kish joins us to discuss the things you should not do if you want to be a successful investor.
Tiffany Aliche explains how she went from being unemployed and in debt, to founding a multimillion-dollar business – all while providing life-changing financial education. To take our very brief survey go to Thanks for helping us out!
Jason Moser joins us to answer your questions about trimming your winners, muni bond taxes, a War on Amazon basket of stocks, modern portfolio theory, and more.
Dan Kline joins us to talk about the recent Twitter hack, TikTok privacy concerns, and scams amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Comments (7)

Matthew Cibellis

my new fav MF guest Megan McCoy. can you share a link to what she called something like "Odd Cline's money script inventory"??? and the 5 wellbeing things she referred to?

Nov 6th

Brian Holt

love the podcast but I am about to lose my mind. why whenever Robert speaks is there a sound of clicking? is it me? it sounds like a mouse click, a tounge click, some sort of @#$%ing click. again I love you guys but save my sanity fix the audio.

Oct 6th
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Haley Keller

this is the wrong episode - the one that plays is a Rule Breaker podcast

Sep 3rd

Jamie Kurisunkal Jacob

These are very good investments virtues to follow especially hold for more than 3 years.

Sep 1st

Matthew Cibellis

July 9 2020 update Everyone, please read this today. discover something called "payment for order flow" before getting involved with Robinhood. I think I'd rather pay fees to trade. NYTimes: "Robinhood Has Lured Young Traders, Sometimes With Devastating Results" Robinhood Has Lured Young Traders, Sometimes With Devastating Results

Jul 9th


The host was already irritating, now adding topics to insult your intelligence. Removing this from my library. I like most foolish podcasts, don't know why this one is so bad.

Jun 9th
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