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Brian Preston’s “Money Guy” Blog and Podcast
28 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Do You Need a 3 or 6 Month Emergency Fund?
We hear about term and whole life insurance all the time - so do you need it? And should you have a 3 or 6 month emergency fund? We'll walk you through these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode!
26 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Should I Reduce My Retirement Savings to Pay for a House?
The housing market is insane these days - so should you reduce your retirement savings to help pay for a house? And what's the best way to pay for grad school? We'll walk you through these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode!
31 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Do Rich People Have Access to Better Investments?
Do you need to be rich to have access to the best investments? Turns out, a lot of people would answer "yes" to this question. But there's something about actively managed investments that many people don't know... and it might change their minds. Producer Rebie joins the show as we break down the details, give you some good news about your wealth building potential, then answer your questions live from the chat!
34 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Debt Snowball vs. Debt Avalanche: Which is the BEST Way to Pay Off Debt?
If you find yourself with too much debt, you’re not alone. America has a debt problem. The accumulation of high-interest debt is one of the quickest ways to derail your financial life, so it’s no surprise that strategies and philosophies on debt re-payment are a popular topic among financial commentators. With so many people telling you what to do with your debt, how do you know which approach is the best? In this episode, we break down two of the most popular approaches to debt re-payment (the Debt Snowball and the Debt Avalanche,) then do the math to help you understand which one will maximize your money and get your finances back on track! For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/06/debt-snowball-vs-debt-avalanche-best-way-to-pay-off-debt/
72 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
You're Getting Robbed - You Just Don't Know It!
Inflation is on the rise, but the higher prices may be hard to catch. Here's how to tell if you're being ripped off! Then we'll answer your financial questions live from the chat!
52 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Millionaires Share Their Secrets to Financial Success!
This is a peak behind the curtain on how millionaires get on the path to financial success and stay there. We're sharing everything we've learned through our own experience - the good and the bad, the successes and the failures. We are your case studies! Here are nine "secrets" to financial success that we believe have made all the difference in our own lives and the lives of our wealth management clients. Take these and make them your own to set yourself up for long-term success! For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/06/millionaires-share-secrets-to-financial-success/
33 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
How Should You Invest Your Roth IRA?
Where should you invest in your Roth IRA? And where does saving for a down payment on a house fall in the Financial Order of Operations? We'll walk you through these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode!
49 minutes | May 28, 2021
7 Things We Wish We Knew About Money Earlier!
Have you ever stumbled upon some life-changing information and thought, "If only I had known about this sooner!" or "What have I been doing my whole life?" For young Brian Preston, that was discovering the joys of buying the nicer laundry detergent. In this episode, we walk through the life-changing financial advice you need to know! We hope you have a "if only I had known" moment today, so you don't have to experience it later. Put these financial truths and hacks to work and watch your financial life change for the better!
69 minutes | May 26, 2021
The IRS is Hiring 87k New Employees - Should You Be Worried?
Is the IRS targeting crypto?? With the announcement of 87,000 new employees and an emphasis on tax evasion, the IRS is certainly giving us something intriguing to keep an eye on. After we talk through this announcement from the IRS, we'll be answering your financial questions live from the chat. See you there!
60 minutes | May 21, 2021
Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisors EXPOSED!
We feel like the masked magician - revealing all the secrets about the financial advisor industry! Whether it's learning how to spot conflicts of interest to catching major red flags, we're going to reveal exactly how the wealth management world operates. We'll share our own code of ethics, conflicts of interest, and fee structure, along with advice on how to vet your own financial advisor. For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/05/dirty-secrets-of-financial-advisors-exposed/
27 minutes | May 19, 2021
Do You Actually Need a Financial Advisor?
Why do you need a financial advisor if index investing beats managed investing after fees? And does a financial planner help you buy or sell a house in this crazy market environment? We'll walk you through these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode!
62 minutes | May 14, 2021
How to Buy and Sell a Home in a Housing Bubble! (By Age)
The real estate market is white hot. Prices are up, interest rates are low, and people are clamoring to get their foot in the real estate door in many cities. Whether buying, selling, or renting, it can be hard to decide which option is best for you and how to do it right. This episode walks you through the financial factors you need to consider when making housing decisions at every age! For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/05/how-to-buy-and-sell-in-a-housing-bubble-by-age/(opens in a new tab)
86 minutes | May 12, 2021
Are Your Taxes About to Become a Nightmare?
Taxes! Let's cut through the noise of this hot button issue. We'll talk through an overview of what the new policy proposals mean, and what to expect in your financial life.
38 minutes | May 7, 2021
Is $1,000,000 Enough to Win Financially?
Anyone can build wealth. It's not always easy, but that simple belief motivates us to teach smart financial strategy to everyone who will listen. We love revealing how the power of compounding interest can turn you into a millionaire, as illustrated in our Wealth Multiplier. But what about inflation? What about people in high cost of living areas? What about the uncertainty of social security? Without fail, we have naysayers bringing up these questions and more, saying that $1,000,000 does not count as financial success. Let's take an honest look at the naysayers' perspective - what should we consider and where do they go wrong? Ultimately, we'll make sure these fears don't knock you off track from achieving your financial potential! For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/05/is-1000000-enough-to-win-financially/(opens in a new tab)
33 minutes | May 5, 2021
What Age Should You Retire?
What are some of the things you should think about when you're selecting when you want to retire? And should you prioritize a Roth IRA or an HSA first? We'll walk you through these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode!
57 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Average 401(k) Balance by Age (2021 Edition): Are You Behind?
It's shocking that 35% of American employees are leaving free money on the table by not getting their employer match. 401(k) accounts tend to hold the largest amount of assets in the average portfolio. In fact, 80% of millionaires invested in their 401(k) match and many credit this account as being a huge catalyst to reaching their first $1 million. How does your 401(k) balance compare to the average American? This episode helps you discover not only how powerful this wealth building tool can be, but gives benchmarks for where most people are and where you should be in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond! For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/04/average-401k-balance-by-age/
72 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Is the Financial Institution Against You?
We were recently sent an article called, "It’s Not What You Earn, But What Your Parents Have that Truly Counts." So... if your parents weren't rich, should you stop expecting to have wealth? Is there data to support this claim? Join us in this episode to hear our (very strong) opinions on this article, then we'll answer your questions!
52 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Stock Market is at an All-Time High! - Should You Be Worried?
It's difficult to ignore market volatility. News about its rise and fall gets plastered on every news and media outlet. Many will even tell you what you should feel about it and how that emotion should affect your financial decisions. So, what's really going on with the stock market right now? Does the recent volatility and current all-time high mean we should be worried? How can we protect our finances and stay secure in the event of downturn? This episode unpacks all of these questions and more. For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/04/stock-market-is-at-an-all-time-high-should-you-be-worried/(opens in a new tab)
35 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
When Should You Chase Your Dream Job?
Should you go after your dream job when you're younger, or wait until you have a stable income and then chase that dream job? And when should you prioritize paying off your mortgage? We'll walk you through these questions and more in this week's Q&A episode!
49 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Average Debt By Age (How Do You Compare Against Normal Americans?)
In this episode, you'll learn: How to protect yourself from getting trapped in too much debt How to avoid the biggest debt pitfalls at every age Healthy ways to approach big sources of debt like mortgages, auto loans, and student loans How you measure up to your peers For more information, visit: https://www.moneyguy.com/2021/04/average-debt-by-age-2021/
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