The Stacking Benjamins Show

by StackingBenjamins.com / Westwood One Podcast Network

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According to FastCompany, "the Stacking Benjamins podcast...strikes a great balance of fun and functional." Created live from Joe's mom's half-finished basement....you'll hear a parade of financial headlines, personal finance experts, creatives, and people with stories that inspire us. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, hosts Joe Saul-Sehy & OG meet at the card table and bring you guests, trivia, your letters about saving, investing, and risk management, and much more. Academy of Podcast winner for "best business podcast of the year," 2017 Plutus award winner for "best personal finance podcast," and Kiplinger magazine's only recommended personal finance podcast. You'll like this podcast if: you enjoy chatty, laid back money talk at a relaxed pace with lots of humor attached. You won't like this show if: you're looking for hard-core, genius money-nuggets presented at a fast pace.

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Last updated on August 07, 2020, 10:58 pm

#1

Innovation, Community, Money and Fear (with Matt Ridley)

July 13, 2020 • 83m

What are the secrets behind great innovation? Whether in your work life - like creating a system to streamline mornings at the office - or your personal life, innovation has affected everything around you. But where do great ideas come from? Beyond simply coming up with new ideas, does innovation takes a willful, focused effort to succeed? What exactly are the steps needed to create the perfect environment for innovation? Sharing his secrets today on how to create a better (and more lucrative) future is TED speaker, commentator, and author of The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything, Matt Ridley. In his newest book, How Innovation works, Matt shares how the history of innovation has shaped the world, covers many of the circumstances that made innovation possible, and outlines some pretty good guesses on what's coming to our world in the future. Plus, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has been making the rounds in the headlines for encouraging investors to "buy, buy, buy!" Dave claims making money in the market is beyond easy. To see if he agrees, we'll ring up Brian Barnes, the CEO of M1 Finance. While we have Brian on the line, we'll also ask about him the current day-trading mania, and if "winning" is really as easy as people online try to make it seem. In our other headline of the day, why are Vanguard and State Street holding out on the newest ETF craze to hit the market? Should everyday investors be just as wary? During our discussion on the new financial product known as ANTs (active nontransparent ETFs), we'll touch on the true issue behind the active vs. passive debate, the usefulness of having a technological, research-driven, approach to investing, AND the golden question: can you really outperform the market? We'll round out the show with a... I hesitate to use the term "question" here. (You'll see what I mean when you get there.) During the Haven Life Line Adam does asks us: why do people keep making the same financial mistakes over and over again when there's over a century of market data? Adam covers a bunch of great points that we mostly agree with, but we do get to hear one of OG's evolving theories. While I also hesitate to endorse Doug's segment today for personal reasons, we also give him some airtime for his donut-themed trivia.

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Lessons From Some of The Biggest Investing Mistakes of All Time (with an intro to OneClass)

July 26, 2019 • 69m

Everyone has made mistakes during their life. Lord knows, we've made our share. While we thankfully forget about a lot of the smaller mistakes we make, the larger mistakes tend to stay with us as lessons we can use to help us in the future. Learning from your own mistakes is great, but being able to learn from another person's mistakes and saving yourself some heartache is even better. Today we're giving you a free "head directly to Go and collect $200" card by sharing with you some of the WORST investing decisions of all time, as shared by one publication. Halfway through the show, our roundtable discussion will take a break for our Fintech segment. With colleges opening up their doors for the fall semester soon, we'll focus on one company that's striving to improve student grades AND earn them some extra cash while doing it. Joe will sit down with Jerry Zheng from One Class, and get some detailed bullet points on just how the note-taking company works. Plus, we'll answer a voicemail from K during our Magnify Money segment. K wants to get into real estate and is looking for ways to save for a down payment. While lowering her contributions to her retirement accounts make the most sense to her the idea still makes her cringe. What if she never finds a buying opportunity and misses out on money she could have been earning? Thoughts? Looking for something deeper than what we give you on the show? Three days a week not enough? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: The Stacker.

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#7

Freelance Your Way To Freedom with Vincent Pugliese (SB RWD 106)

April 29, 2020 • 64m

Welcome to our Wednesday rewind show! With so much job uncertainty going around right now, the Fintern decided now would be a good time to revisit a great interview we had with freelance extraordinaire Vincent Pugliese. Vincent took himself from a mountain of debt to a successful freelance business, and shared with us his stories, lessons, and experiences he learned along the way. You can read the original show notes below: He had $140,000 in debt, a crappy paying job, and a baby on the way. What would Vincent Pugliese do? We ask the award-winning photographer that very question on today's show. He's photographed four Presidents and every major sport's national championship in the USA, but his debt story will have you shaking your head today. Plus, in our headlines segment, health savings accounts are all the rage, but what's going on with all of this money sitting in cash? We'll address that AND talk about new tax law spurring 401k contributions. We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Chris, who wonders, "Should a 20 year old hire a financial advisor?" Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more. Thanks toThanks to TurboTax Live for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA backed with a one-hundred percent Accuracy Guarantee. Connect with a TurboTax Live expert at TurboTaxLive.com/SB. Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on consolidation loans, credit cards, student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

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#9

How To Crush Holiday Networking Events (plus an intro to Blendtique)

November 30, 2018 • 73m

If you're like me, holiday parties are a mix of sheer terror, the threat of being stuck in a corner in the world's second most boring conversation, and hoping that you don't accidentally stick your foot in your mouth. So, to help us all not only navigate the holiday party scene but to crush it, we're asking all of our party conversation strategy questions to Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Whether you're usually the "life of the party," or you're an introvert who's anxious just THINKING about an office party, Vanessa has simple, effective strategies that will change the way you think about office parties. Plus, instead of hosting a party where guests stand with glasses and talk, how about a better solution that'll make you the talk of your circle of friends for the next year? Today we're talking to the founder of Blendtique, Billy Dimm. Whether or not you saw Bill on Shark Tank, we think you'll love this idea of a wine-blending party. You and your friends enjoy an evening of laughing, chatting, and creating your own perfect vino blend. After we talk to Billy we'll take some time to not only answer Doug's trivia, but also answer a question from Mike about credit card payment discrepancies. Mike's "pay in full" payment option left a $111 balance on his account. The bank then charged Mike interest, which he got reversed. What's the deal, is the bank being misleading? Looking for something deeper than what we give you on the show? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: The Stacker.

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#10

Skipping College, Frugality, Early Retirement and Side Hustles: The People of FinCon 2017

November 10, 2017 • 54m

What's your money story? Today we hear fantastic stories from the phenomenal people who attend FinCon...and man, did they not disappoint. The only rule was that we couldn't know who they were ahead of time. So today we met Felicity, who tells us some great lessons about pets, real estate, and more....then we talk to Geeta, who's a high schooler on a WAY different path than most people toward financial independence. Think there's only the college path toward retirement? Geeta will give you a MUCH different approach than most kids. Then we talk to Yinan Du from Beam. Everyone's asking, "How does Beam offer such high interest rates when banks are offering\low rates?" He answers this question AND how Beam operates on today's show. Then we return to the FinCon from to talk to Chris from KeepThrifty. His family moved from a spacious big home to a tiny house. Why? How? He'll explain on today's show (he quit his job recently also...how's he going to afford that?). Finally we talk to financial analyst Dedra Shores, who works with individuals and small business owners to help them decipher their money situation. What SHOULD keep people up at night? Dedra fills us in.  It was SO fun meeting these random people at FinCon '17....they have great stories and I can't wait for you to hear them.   Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn-dot-com-slash-sb and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

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#11

An Economist Walks Into a Brothel (with Allison Schrager) DETAILS

June 03, 2019 • 72m

Allison Schrager is an economist who's studied negotiation, diversification, and also, the topic we'll discuss in today's episode, risk. She'll explain risk using a lens that we haven't seen someone use before...the eyes and actions of legal sex workers. To illustrate how people think about risk, she visited brothels, horse breeders, and, among others, poker players. We'll discuss the many ways we miscalculate risk, how to make better decisions, and what happens when we evaluate the wrong types of risk. And in our headlines segment, we'll call up Madeline Hume from Morningstar. They've completed a report on the state of 529 college savings plans nationally, and Joe and Madeline will dive into the data. We'll talk ab out the latest innovations in plans, plus shine a spotlight on some of the best and worst states to invest your hard-earned college money. Plus, we'll look at one piece describing a shakeup in the online financial planning community that could spell trouble for industry leader Vanguard. In our Haven Life Line segment, we'll throw out the line to Jason, who has some questions for OG about risk parity. Would something like a a 50/50 split between stocks and long-term treasuries a good idea? What are the possible downsides? After we spend some time giving advice to Jason we'll tear open Chris's letter, who has some social security questions. Considering the investments and pensions Chris and his wife already have on the table, would it make more sense to defer taking social security? We'll give our thoughts, but if you're looking for a more in depth conversation about social security you can check our our previous interview with Philip Moeller and Paul Solman. Thanks to Skillshare for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get TWO months of courses for free at Skillshare.com/SB. Thanks to Simple Contacts for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Save $20 on your first Simple Contacts order at http://www.simplecontacts.com/sb and use promo code: sb.

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#12

Conquering Fear To Reach Bigger Goals (with Akshay Nanavati)

November 26, 2018 • 72m

If anyone knows about fighting fear, it's Akshay Nanavati. While fighting overseas with the Marines, Akshay lost people close to him and subsequently suffered PTSD. He'll share his story of overcoming his own paralyzing fear, fighting demons, and achieving some HUGE goals on today's show. Whether you're afraid of asking for a raise, of starting a workout program to feel better (and earn more money), or to get started saving, investing, or paying down debt, there's something for everyone on today's show. In our headlines segment we'll talk about HSA myths. What do you believe about HSAs that might not actually be true. Or, as HSAs become more prevalent, what do you need to know about them. Even if you're already well versed on HSAs, you'll find something new on today's show (even WE found a myth that we didn't know!). In our second headline, we'll talk to Beverly Harzog from US News and World report about the new ultra FICO scoring system. Who will this help? How do you ask to have your credit re-scored? What credit basics should you know? We'll talk to Beverly about all of the above on today's podcast! Of course, that's not all. We'll throw out the Haven Life line to listener Rachel, who has some BIG life decisions to make. Should she stay in her townhouse or pursue her dream of moving to the mountains, even if it means a much longer commute to work, new debt, and probably some unforeseen consequences. And don't worry... we'll still take some time for Doug's trivia. Looking for something deeper than what we give you on the show? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: The Stacker.

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#13

Mortgages 101 (plus: your subscriptions are killing you)

March 04, 2019 • 80m

Whether you've never purchased a home before or just don't know much about the process, we've got a treat for you today. We're going to dive into everything mortgages 101 today, like PMI, the negotiability of fees, and the lie that everyone quoting rates is telling (those rates "might not be what you think they'd be.") On today's show we welcome the guy who's teaching us everything millennials need to know about mortgages, Jeff VanNote. During our headlines segment, we'll start with one piece detailing how Americans would spend a life-changing sum of money. Do you know how you would spend yours? In our second headline, we talk to head of retirement research from Carson Wealth, professor Jamie Hopkins. Could you be on the hook for your parents' long term care? Plus, in a special third headline, one Florida man received a $980,000 tax refund. Before you start asking how you can cash in as he did, you'll want to find out the rest of that story. Later on, we'll field a Haven Life Line call from Michael, who has $5,000 in savings. He's put in about $500 into Acorns so far to start investing, but should he be doing more? And in our letter segment, Allen tells us how he's been socking away $100 per month since his daughter has been born. She's going off to college in a couple of years, and Allen wants to keep socking away $100 for her in a Roth IRA once she graduates. Where's the best place to start the account? As always, we'll still save some time for Doug's (completely epic) trivia. Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings. Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/sb and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

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#14

From Shopaholic to Money Ninja (with Michelle Bobrow)

May 30, 2018 • 60m

She struggled with credit card debt, student loans, and more, but now Michelle Bobrow's not only a money ninja...she'll help teach you how to manage your money better on today's episode. We'll talk about Michelle's early days of spending mistakes (that may sound like mistakes many of us have made), plus lessons she learned while working on Wall Street.  Our first headline covers the one fifteen minute hack one publication says you should implement if you want to manage your money better. Wonder what it is? You won't be disappointed, although it may not be what you think. Also, we'll tackle news that everything is getting more expensive more quickly than before. Ever wonder how inflation actually works? We'll explain that and more on today's show. Plus, we're throw out the Haven Life line to Mollie, who's wondering which insurance plan is better: should they use her plan which has smaller premiums, or her husbands, which has smaller deductibles when you use the coverage? We'll also another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia, and more. Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings. Thanks to Stamps.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins. For a 4 week trial (that includes a digital scale and postage) go to Stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage, and enter SB.

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#16

Becoming the NEXT Millionaire Next Door (with Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw)

December 05, 2018 • 59m

How will YOU become the next millionaire next door? Believe it or not, it's been 23 years since The Millionaire Next Door shook the foundation of what people thought about wealth. You mean LOTS of people built their wealth in other ways than inheriting a bunch of money or working in huge income jobs? ...and that just because you LOOK wealthy doesn't mean you ARE wealthy? Today we talk to Dr. Sarah Fallaw (researcher and also the daughter of Thomas Stanley, author of the Millionaire Next Door) about how YOU can set yourself up to join this elite group. We'll discuss your friends, where you live, financial advisors, and more. Plus in our headlines segment, the results of a new survey are out about investor expectations, and they aren't good. Many investors have...maybe unrealistic ideas about their investment strategies. We'll explain on the show. Plus, one company has created a new credit card that will help you save into your 401(k) plan every time you save. Too good to be true? We'll answer that question on the show. Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Jon, who wants us to shed some light on the difference between a Roth 401k and an after tax basis employee savings and stock ownership plan. Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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#18

One Redditor's Guide to Cleaning Up $16,000 of Debt (plus an intro to Bumped)

July 19, 2019 • 76m

With debt piling up, savings gone, and your credit cards maxed out, how do you pull yourself out of the hole and get on the right financial path? The first step, of course, is to stop digging, which is what one Reddit user did after racking up over $16,000 in credit card debt. They also posted a list of things they did to make their debt go bye-bye and their Benjamins start to pile up. While it may not be quick or easy to get yourself back to being debt-free, there are definite steps you can take to get yourself into the world of financial freedom - and we'll walk through one piece which reported on the Reddit forum, adding in experts and other information. How much of it is helpful and what isn't? Depends on what section of the piece we're talking about. Today, helping us dig in today is a crack team of internet stars. First, making her return trip to the basement is Chelsea Brennan (Smart Money Mamas), second, we'll welcome Len Penzo (LenPenzo.com), and then we'll say hello to the guy from our own podcast, OG. How would you like to earn stock rewards from companies where you already shop? While you shouldn't shop more to get rich (that won't end pretty), it would be nice to get some extra stock just for buying pillowcases, right? We thought so too, and that's why halfway through the show we'll take a little break from our discussion while Joe rings up and chats with founder David Nelsen from Bumped. Plus, after we subject entertain our roundtable with a round of Doug's trivia we'll break out the Magnifying Glass and answer a listener voicemail from Tyler. His 401k plan is expensive. How does he control his costs of investing for retirement?

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#19

Manifesting "Happy Money" (with Ken Honda)

June 05, 2019 • 71m

How do you make all of your financial transactions happy ones? How do you introduce the idea of abundance into your life? Ken Honda believes that while money can't make you happy, we DO attach lots of emotions to those bills in our wallet. Why shouldn't we actively manage our self talk around our money? That's the question Ken asks and answers on today's show. We'll talk about gratitude, sharing, making more money, changing your mindset, and creating more "Happy Money" in your life. Plus, in our headlines segment, stock market investors aren't the only one worried about fees...the Justice Department is currently taking a look into the world of real estate and hidden realtor commissions. So, what does that mean to you? We'll discuss how sneaky commissions impact the home buying process for both sellers and buyers. In our second headline, the IRS has announced a higher limit for HSA contributions in 2020. We'll have you covered with everything you need to know by the end of today's headlines segment. Then, after a little break for Doug's trivia, we'll answer Cal's voicemail call to the Haven Life Line. Cal's planing on semi-retiring soon. He thinks he'll use his 401k to subsidize his post 55 years. Is this a solid plan, or is there something he's missing? And during our letters segment we'll tear open some mail from Adrian, who write's in with a some questions about opening up a Roth IRA for kids. Is it true that minors can have an IRA once they earn income? Does that have to be through a W2, or does chore money work too? Thanks to Skillshare for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get TWO months of courses for free at Skillshare.com/SB.

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