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Now, I disagree with Martin Lewis (the founder of moneysavingexpert.com) on many issues related to debt but on no issue are we more at logger heads than on student loans! Martin Lewis is of the view that UK student loans are not really loans but a form of tax, a graduate tax, in his view…his reasons for thinking this way are based on the way student loans are currently structured. I disagree because viewing UK student loans as a just another tax ignores the following critical issues which are explained in the podcast: 1. UK student loans are not interest free; 2. The repayment threshold can change, so: caveat emptor; 3. Student loans might not be forgiven in the future; 4. Student loans reduce the rate at which you can save, invest and jump onto the property ladder… In the ideal world, student loans wouldn’t exist and everyone could get a tertiary education for free. However, student loans do exist and I think it is helpful to view them as loans and to either avoid them or use them wisely as elaborated in this podcast. RESOURCES B School for Kids: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Money Mammoth by Brad Klontz Amazon USA: https://amzn.to/3KLjmTK Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3vL7Vrg Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
There are a lot of apps out there right now purporting they’re the divine intervention you’ve been waiting for to turn your kids into personal finance ninjas…news flash: you can’t delegate teaching your kids about money to an app. The app may be able to relay some basic knowledge but ultimately the best builders of wealth need to only master one thing: their emotions. And, like as not, all the behaviours around money in your house – and yes, not talking about money at all counts as ‘a behaviour’ are all adding up towards what your children will ultimately believe about money and how it ought to function in their lives. This is what financial psychologist Brad Klontz calls money scripts. In addition, we humans are hard wired with certain biases: loss aversion, optimism or confidence bias, the pull of instant gratification, action bias and a bias towards earning rather than saving, to name a few. The money scripts you pass on to your children interact with these biases to determine their future responses, fears, anxities and attitude to their financial affairs. So, now that I have scared the bejesus out of you, what can you do to pass on a more rational approach to money. Well, before you expose them to cash cards or debit cards give them cash – I’m a supporter of making them earn it – then see what they instinctively want to do with it and capitalise on the teaching moments that will bring, and there will be many. My son’s basic knowledge of money acquired through our going through stage 1 of B.School for Money-wise, Wealth-bound kids means we are now having really good discussions about money and his reactions to it. And having heard Brad Klontz on Paula Pant’s Afford Anything and now on Hidden Brain I have bought Money Mammoth (Amazon USA, Amazon UK) and if I enjoy that I will read more of his books. Are you consciously thinking about how your household’s behaviours around money are impacting your impressionable little ones? RESOURCES B School for Kids: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Money Mammoth by Brad Klontz Amazon USA: https://amzn.to/3KLjmTK Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3vL7Vrg Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#38 What is the one financial goal you would like to achieve in 2021? - Reduced debt? - Increase pension contributions? - Increase pension contributions? - Save more for children? Extract from the "2021 Life and Career Planners", link below" Most people want to handle their money better but they don’t take any steps to improve their financial knowledge. Simple commitment you can make to handle your money better include: • Instead of taking taxis/cabs, I will take the bus whenever possible; • I’ll spend less on makeup by… • I’ll spend less on magazines by… • I’ll spend less on clothes by… • Whenever I want something I’ll wait at least [3] days before I buy it • I’ll spend less on food at work by having breakfast before I leave home and taking sandwiches into work; • I’ll stop leaving the heating / air conditioning on all day and set it on a timer; • I’ll reduce my home’s heating cost by reducing the temperature on the thermostat by [2] degrees; • Our family will eat out twice a week only instead of the current [4] times a week; • I’ll set a standing order on my bank account so that every [20th] of the month [150.00] goes into my savings account. Related resource, get the annual planner: https://payhip.com/b/buSJ Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#37 In this final episode for 2020, find out a little more about me, Heather, the Host of The Money Spot Podcast through an interview that I had with Alex Sapala. For more on Alex Sapala click the link just below. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/the-real-heather-katsonga-woodward-interviewed-by-alex-sapala Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#36 In this episode find out what percentage of black people own their own homes and what their pension pots look like relative to other ethnic groups. Further, are the earnings of black people lower than earnings of other ethnic groups? Are black Brits enjoying the same rates of social mobility? What challenges do black Brits face in the job market? All this and more in today's episode. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/the-wealth-of-black-people-in-britain-and-factors-hindering-financial-success Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#35 Do black children really have challenges that are unique to them? What are those challenges? Find out in this episode: black children are excluded from school at higher rates than other ethnic groups and the evidence suggests it's not because they are actually more naughty or more aggressive - in fact, some research suggests black children have a higher aptitude relative to other ethnic groups going into school and within a year that educational advantage has been eroded. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/7-things-that-hold-black-children-back-from-succeeding Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#34 D asks: Hi Heather, my name's D I wonder if you can maybe help advise me, I’m hoping to figure out a plan for myself and kids so that I feel secure and I’m financially independent. I wonder if maybe property is something you would suggest. I am in my 50’s, been with my husband since school and married for nearly 25years. We have adult kids who live with us and one is dependent with medical needs. We lived in another country for most of our married life (kids were born there and we all have dual nationality and financial investments and accounts in both countries). We came back to the UK on an expat assignment and are currently still caught in the rental accommodation ‘trap’. I need more control over my life and financial independence to feel secure following a traumatic experience. However, my husband has the career (travelled a lot with his job before the virus) and I’ve been the stay at home mum and carer to our child with medical needs. I went to university but stupidly didn’t continue with a career. Is there any financial advice you can give me that I can use (at my age) so that I can begin to be financially comfortable and independent please? I’d like something that can provide an income and security and am interested in property but don’t know if that’s possible for someone with no knowledge of the UK property market. Thank you for any advice you can offer. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/stay-at-home-mum-in-my-50s-how-can-i-gain-financial-independence-and-freedom Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#33 Ronjoy asks: Dear Miss Katsonga, What is your opinion on Critical illness cover? What are the alternatives (for lump sum payout to cover mortgage or other debts) in case one partner is unable to work? Thanks! Ronjoy Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/5-ways-to-remain-financially-afloat-during-unemployment Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#32 Fifi asks about how best to manage her money when her income from month to month fluctuates a lot with some months bringing in just enough for her to get by. She also wonders how best to manage her credit score and to boost her monthly income. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/how-do-i-manage-my-finances-when-my-self-employed-income-fluctuates-so-much Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#31 Grace asks: Hi Heather My name’s Grace. I’m looking into saving money for my little one so that it can be invested in the same way as government-backed child trust funds. My older one has a child trust fund but I don’t know how to go about opening something similar for my younger child. As I understand it, banks don't offer government-backed child trust funds anymore. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/whats-the-alternative-to-a-child-trust-fund-a-junior-isa Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#30 David asks: Hi Heather I’m really enjoying your podcasts and have already given a 5 star rating. I am 57 and plan to retire at 60 so love your retirement items. When talking about 4% draw down for retirement income, it’s never clear if the figures are before or after tax. For example 4% of £1m is £40k, but after tax this could be nearer £30k. If you then get a state pension of say £9k, the figure before tax is £49k, but after tax it is nearer £35k. So when you talk about money needed in retirement, do you mean before or after tax? Thanks, David Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/is-the-4-pension-drawdown-rule-before-or-after-tax Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#29 Jennifer asks: Hey Heather, my name's Jennifer, I want to start a side hustle but I don't know where to start or how to organise myself. No one that I know has a side hustle; they just do the 9 to 5 then chill...are side hustles just not a British thing? Please help me with some tips, I need some direction...thank you! Related resource and Sylwia's contact details: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/starting-a-side-hustle-in-the-uk-things-to-think-about-with-sylwia-kotarba-harris Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#28 Mary asks: Hi Heather, it's Mary here. When is a good time to draw equity from my house: when I retire, which is in about 5 years, or before? Thanks for the help. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/qa-when-is-a-good-time-to-release-equity-from-your-house-for-retirement Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#27 Nik asks: Hi Heather, just discovered your podcast and blog. Really inspiring. Could I ask a question? I have about £10k to invest and I’m considering three options. I’d really appreciate your help in deciding what to do. 1. Add to my passive investment portfolio which is spread across equities and bonds. It’s down about 8% since Feb. I’m not planning to access this for 7 to 10 years. I could put it in now as a lump sum or drip feed 2.5k every week for the next month. I see the advantage as cheaper units and likely long term growth. The disadvantage obviously is that the market could drop significantly again. I know it’s dangerous to try to time the market. 2. Invest in my SIPP which has similar funds but will lock my money in for the next 12 years. As a higher rate tax-payer I know there are significant benefits. 3. Buy added Civil Service defined benefit Alpha pension. A 10k lump sump would buy approximately £1k self added pension or £900 self and dependent pension. The defined benefit looks attractive but again the money would likely be locked in until I turn 67. Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Many thanks Nik M Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/should-my-bonus-go-into-my-isa-personal-pension-or-work-pension Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html B. School: for money-wise, wealth-bound kids: https://bit.ly/3gnX2AA Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#26 Harriet asks: Hi Heather, My name’s Harriet. Thanks for the UK-focused personal finance podcast. I feel slightly worried that I don’t have a will because of the covid-19 pandemic. I have children and some assets and I want to go about getting a will in place in the right way, please tell me what I need to think about so I get my will done correctly from the get-go. ​Thanks a mil. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/why-you-need-a-will-even-if-you-have-no-assets-or-no-children If you would like to get in touch with Julia to learn more about wills, estate planning and getting your affairs in order, these are her details: Julia Fleetwood julia.fleetwood@twp.co.uk Phone: 0121 472 0644 m.me/Juliathewillwriter (Facebook messenger) www.twp.co.uk Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#25 Kimberley asks: Hi Heather, my name's Kimberley. My husband and I have worked hard to build a financial safety net for our family. We both come from modest backgrounds and weren’t taught much about money so we’ve had to figure everything out on our own and made quite a few mistakes along the way. Do you have any tips we can use to teach our children about managing money so that they make far fewer mistakes than we did? Thank you! B. School: for money-wise, wealth-bound kids: https://bit.ly/3gnX2AA Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/its-true-you-really-can-raise-money-wise-children-that-generate-wealth-from-a-young-age-here-are-9-tips-on-how-to-do-it Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
#24 Tsungi asks: Hey Girl! I’ve been trying to get my cancelled flight to Zimbabwe refunded for a month but haven’t made any progress, do you have any suggestions? Tsungi Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/qa-how-do-i-get-my-refund-fast Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
Part 5 - In this 5-part series, Mark Katsonga Phiri talks us through his life story during the course of a 4-hour road trip. From the first business that he helped his mother with when he was only 11 years old, to his 7th business which went from 0 to a million dollar business in a year. However, it’s actually his 6th business that gave him the profit to start the 7th that I found the most exciting because it was about to go bankrupt when the decision to advertise it for sale in a newspaper led to a very unexpected turn in the business’s fortunes. Enjoy the series. I hope you find something you can relate to in it. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/third-world-poor-to-dollar-millionaire-the-story-of-business-man-mark-katsonga-phiri-my-dad Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
Part 4 - In this 5-part series, Mark Katsonga Phiri talks us through his life story during the course of a 4-hour road trip. From the first business that he helped his mother with when he was only 11 years old, to his 7th business which went from 0 to a million dollar business in a year. However, it’s actually his 6th business that gave him the profit to start the 7th that I found the most exciting because it was about to go bankrupt when the decision to advertise it for sale in a newspaper led to a very unexpected turn in the business’s fortunes. Enjoy the series. I hope you find something you can relate to in it. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/third-world-poor-to-dollar-millionaire-the-story-of-business-man-mark-katsonga-phiri-my-dad Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
Part 3 - In this 5-part series, Mark Katsonga Phiri talks us through his life story during the course of a 4-hour road trip. From the first business that he helped his mother with when he was only 11 years old, to his 7th business which went from 0 to a million dollar business in a year. However, it’s actually his 6th business that gave him the profit to start the 7th that I found the most exciting because it was about to go bankrupt when the decision to advertise it for sale in a newspaper led to a very unexpected turn in the business’s fortunes. Enjoy the series. I hope you find something you can relate to in it. Related resource: https://www.katsonga.com/wealthblog/third-world-poor-to-dollar-millionaire-the-story-of-business-man-mark-katsonga-phiri-my-dad Ask me a question: https://www.katsonga.com/coach.html Choose a book: https://www.katsonga.com/mybooks.html Support the podcast: In $: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheMoneySpot In £: https://www.patreon.com/TheMoneySpot Your way: https://www.paypal.me/katsonga
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