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Host Farnoosh Torabi is an award-winning financial strategist, TV host and bestselling author. So Money brings inspiring money strategies and stories straight from today's top business minds, authors and influencers. What was their financial journey and how do they master their money today? Hear from inspiring individuals and learn about their financial philosophies, wins, failures and habits. Plus, their secret guilty pleasures.

On Fridays, tune in as Farnoosh answers your biggest questions about money, career, guests, you name it. Submit your question for Farnoosh at
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"One of the real challenges that ambitious women face is working a lot...this idea that work has to be kind of not just efficient but it has to be across expansive amounts of hours and without really allowing for pleasure.”Raise your hand if you’re out there trying to kill it at work and at home and everywhere else in between. It can be a lot, right?Our two guests are the co-founders of a program called Integrated Hustle, which helps women align their personal vision with their professional ambition.This idea of achieving balance is something that we all know is impossible. But is there a way to achieve an Integrated Hustle? Through their program, Laena and Ami give their clients the tools the emotional support and a little bit of therapy to help them navigate both the personal and the professional with flying colors.But to get there, there are certain mindsets and certain belief systems that we just have to release. And I discovered that I’m as much on this journey as everybody else. I was learning all the way through this interview...and hope you do, too.You can learn more about Laena and Ami on their website: follow them on Instagram @integratedhustle
"When people give, it’s not only about making the world a better place but we find that it makes us happier too. When we’re happier, our mental health is better and hopefully our financial health is better and our physical health is better. It’s a good thing for all of us.”  You heard it here, giving can lead to happiness. We’re dedicating today’s show to the topic of philanthropy and in particular, the gender differences when it comes to giving. Our guest is Andrea Pactor who is the managing director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. The institute was created to provide research in giving to help create powerful female philanthropists. A lot of questions on the show today about why are there gender differences when it comes to giving, what are those differences? Some really fascinating data, Andrea and her team found around how people give and the results of giving, you know? They say money doesn’t buy happiness but the research says that when we give, it can feel very rewarding and it can give us all the happy feels. Andrea has also advice for us around how to actually construct a giving plan. Do you have a giving plan, what’s involved? How do you even start it? How can it actually be helpful to us as we decide how to give and how not to give as it may be.
Co-host Allison Task, coach and author of Personal Revolution joins Farnoosh to answer your top money questions related to negotiating your salary during a career switch to the pros and cons of taking on a loan to support your growing business. Originally aired May 8, 2018.Follow Allison on Instagram @AllisonTask
"I was young, I was in my 30s when this started hitting me head on and none of my friends were going through this, nobody really understood. When’d say, you know, no, I really can’t do that tonight or I can’t attend this event or what have you. Many times, it was because I was busy taking care of my mom but often times it was because I was just exhausted.” Did you know that one in four millennials is a caregiver? Nobody teaches us how to prepare for or how to care for our parents as they get older. But how do you have those discussions when you move from being their child to being their caregiver? Our guest today is Kelli Bradley who is the founder of The Devoted Daughter that provides families with resources as they transition to becoming caregivers for aging family members. Kelli didn’t start her career in senior care. It wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with diabetes that Kelly became her full time caregiver. It was only then that she realized that there weren’t many resources to turn to for support. So, she created one of the leading in-home care companies, serving thousands of families, but she wanted to help even more people navigate this emotional period and that’s where her book Always Her Daughter  comes in. Also, she has a course called The Devoted Daughter Playbook.In our conversation, we talk about how Kelly afforded not just the finances of taking care of her mother but the time. How do you balance managing your mother’s life and your own? How to assess assisted living facilities and nursing homes? And how to empower your siblings who may not be as helpful or cooperative as you to get on board and chip in?Kelli's Book: Always Her Daughter. A memoir and professional guide based on her experience in senior care. The Course: Playbook for aging parents. How to have the talk with your parents: how to take away the keys? When is it time to move? Step-by-step get your questions answered.  
"When we actually retired and we didn’t actually buy a house, that was one of the reasons, because we were able to put our money into the stock market and actually invested and have it pay us money, rather than pay money into a mortgage. That’s just completely mind-blowing for people back. Even my parents were just absolutely disgusted by the fact that I didn’t buy a house, to the point where they’re like – I was like, “Oh, God. I hope they don’t disown me.” We are back in conversation with Kristy Shen, as well as her husband Bryce Leung. Kristy was on So Money a few years back, as I was doing a week-long special on early retirees. Kristy is Canada's youngest retiree ever. She built a 1 million dollar portfolio by the age of 31, and then spent the next few years traveling the world. She and her husband have a new book called Quit Like a Millionaire. In it, she documents her journey from childhood poverty in China to being fully financially independent and a millionaire in her 30s. Kristy and Bryce are part of the FIRE Movement. Heard of that? FIRE stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. Their book is a bold contrarian guide to retiring at any age. They've got a formula to financial independence. No matter where you are, where you're living, how old you are, what your likes and dislikes are, I mean, personally, I don't want to leave New York City, so do they have a plan for me? They do. Learn more about Krisy’s book at Visit her blog at Follow her on Twitter @Firecracker_Rev.
This Friday, Farnoosh answers your money questions related to high yield savings accounts, college savings plans, preparing well for a job interview and affording a home renovation with a home equity line of credit. To send your questions to Farnoosh direct message her on Instagram @FarnooshTorabi.
If you told me that you had two people who knew that if they sit face to face, it’s too difficult because it’s intimidating and it makes them feel vulnerable or it makes them angry and emailing each other works for them, I would say, ‘more power to you.”How do you talk money with your partner? If you are in the midst of a financial issue with your loved one or if money is a leading stress in your relationship, this episode’s for you. Our special guest today is Debra Roberts, a licensed certified social worker who has spent more than 20 years helping clients of her private practice, learn how to communicate more effectively with one another.  She’s worked with couples to improve communication at home, as well as business owners to help them improve engagement in the workplace. We focus a lot today on financial conversations, how to have difficult money talks with your partner and also how to have a better money relationship with yourself. Debra's book is The Relationship Protocol: How to Talk, Diffuse and Build Healthier Relationships. Learn more at  
In 2009 Samantha Razook was finishing a program in Industrial Design and searching for something her young daughters could do while she got a “real job”. While the economy was struggling, she decided to start a camp, initially just for her daughters and their friends. But that first camp turned into a business that has grown into Curious Jane, a summer camp and print magazine that has projects revolving around science, engineering, and design. In 2014, Curious Jane was the recipient of the Chase’s Mission Small Business Grant — an unrestricted $250k awarded to 12 businesses from an applicant pool of over 35,000. Today, Curious Jane runs camps, classes, and workshops year-round; prints project books and a maker magazine for girls; and collaborates with like-minded organizations to share content with girls nationwide. Curious Jane has partnered with TheConfidence Code for Girls, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and LiveGirl, Inc.Learn more about Curious Jane at their website: follow Curious Jane on Instagram and Facebook where they share fun project ideas. You can find Curious Jane on Instagram @curiousjane_fun and on Facebook
In this week's Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi and So Money fan Anne Rocheleau, tackle your money questions including how to approach a boss who has been avoiding talking about your raise, finding affordable coaching support for a small business, and purchasing multiple homes.More about Anne: She grew up in Massachusetts (in the same town as Farnoosh!) and moved to beautiful Portland, Oregon three years ago. She received a BS/MS in chemical engineering and a PhD in biomedical engineering. She works as a research scientist at a start-up company that is developing a diagnostic device for malaria and sickle cell disease. She became interested in personal finance after finishing grad school and feeling behind her peers in retirement savings. She is passionate about empowering women in personal finance as well as in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
In this bonus episode Farnoosh and her co-host tackle your latest money questions, including, how to pay off debt while trying to save, the differences between index funds, ETFs and mutual funds, how to benefit from employee stock purchase programs, and much more.Special co-host is Tiffany Dolby. Tiffany manages Schwab’s branch in Winnetka, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She has been with Schwab for almost eleven years and started her career right out of college. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Purdue University.As many of you know, I’m working with Charles Schwab to help spread financialliteracy to the masses and it's been a really great collaboration so far. I'm a Charles Schwabcustomer and have been for many years. Before we get started, I just want to thank CharlesSchwab for helping get this financial education content to you.To learn more about Schwab and how to work with them, visit Schwab offersa range of services for people looking to invest and plan for their future, whether you want to investon your own with the help of do-it-yourself tools and educational resources, get some periodicguidance from a professional, or work with someone in a branch. Find it all at Farnoosh has been compensated by Charles Schwab. Farnoosh is not affiliatedwith Schwab and the views she expresses may not necessarily reflect those of The Charles SchwabCorporation or its affiliates. Farnoosh is a client of Schwab.
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