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How Can I Face My Financial Fears?

New York Times science writer John Schwartz was confident writing about infrastructure, rockets, and climate change but when it came to his personal finances, he just couldn’t face it. How can we be so smart in life but willingly turn a blind eye to our money lives? Actually it’s pretty easy to put things off. Until you can’t. John Schwartz, author of “This is The Year I Put My Financial In Order,” has been through it all: High interest credit card debt, foreclosure, career volatility,...


Teach Me To Be a "Financial Grownup"

When do we finally feel like financial adults? Maybe when we get our first jobs or when we take out our first loan? Some people seem like they're born ready to tackle their money. But the rest of us… well, we feel like we’re always going to be amateurs when it comes to our finances. Bobbi Rebell, CFP, is the author of the book “How to Be a Financial Grownup” and host of the Financial Grownup podcast. She talks to me about money shame, learning (or not learning) from our parents, knowing...


Help, Health Insurance is Confusing!

We all know how important health insurance is. But why does it have to be so complicated? It’s bad enough that it’s one of the biggest bills we pay each month. But in today’s political climate, it’s hard to understand what’s going on. For most of us, we just want to be able to go to the doctor when we’re sick and not have to pay a fortune when the bills come. We all have different health issues that require different kinds of care. In the U.S.,12.2% of adults are living without any kind...


How Can I Teach My Kids About Money?

If only teaching kids about money was as much fun as teaching them to ride a bike or taking them to their first soccer class. It isn’t easy. After all, teaching kids about personal finance reminds us how little we knew at their age -- and how little we know now. Learning about financial responsibility doesn’t have to be as painful as a trip to the dentist. It helps to have an account that can not only show them how saving and investing works but one that will belong to them one day. On...


Saving and Investing: What's the Difference?

Let’s get back to basics. What’s the difference between saving and investing? We learn about savings from the time we’re little. We put spare change in our piggy banks or put that $25 we got for our birthday in a savings account. But how is that different than investing that money? Saving and investing are both great strategies to help reach your goals. But there’s a real difference between the two. One can help you get to your short-term goals (vacation, a rainy day fund, a new laptop)...


“Ack, Why I Do I Need a Will?”

Making a will. The idea of it seems so depressing and well, final. A lot of us put it off until it’s too late. Why do we put off making a simple document that will make our family’s lives easier? I can tell you that. Because it scary to think about death and dying, especially when we’re in our 20s and 30’s. But making a will isn’t just for parents and grandparents. It’s for writers, artists, aunts, uncles, and anyone who cares about where their money, stuff, and legacy is handled after...


I Don’t Get It: What’s Inflation?

Has your grandfather ever told you that in his day, you could buy a whole shopping cart of groceries for $10? Or that a movie used to be a quarter? He was talking about inflation. In short, your money doesn’t buy as much as it used to. How does this happen? Well, that’s where it gets a little more complex. Luckily, we have Jeremy Quittner, Stash’s financial writer, to explain it all to us. We tackle inflation, interest rates, and how it all affects the economy. Thanks for listening to...


Love & Money Nightmares! How to Talk Finances With Your Partner

Not talking about money can turn even the best relationship into a bad romance. It’s a tough conversation to have. But think about it--money touches every part of our lives, including our love lives. The rent, bills, vacations, unequal salaries, cosigning loans, different career goals, these can all factor in big tensions. When there’s the d-word. Debt. How can you touch on this topic without endangering feelings or bringing up feeling of shame? Money is a part of trust in a...


Volatility! How to Cope When Markets Are Crazy

There's never a dull moment in the markets. Some days they’re up, some days they’re down. If you’re new to investing, this can be pretty scary. If your first instinct is to panic and and sell when the Dow takes a tumble, take a breath. After all, it’s normal for markets to be volatile. Nearly a decade of growth? Now that’s unusual. On this bonus episode, I sat down with Stash co-founder Ed Robinson. We talk about volatility, interest rates, and investing through good times and bad. Got...


The Potent Truth About the Business of Marijuana

The business of marijuana is growing up. Nearly two thirds of Americans say marijuana should be legal, according to a 2017 Gallup poll. That’s up from 60% in 2016, and just 34% in 2002. In the U.S, there are now 29 states that allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for medical purposes. Companies are exploring industrial uses for lubricants, fabrics and textiles, as well as plant-sourced ingredients for beauty and body care. Cannabis is also a real estate play -- yes, real estate. At the...


Why Do We Spend Money Irrationally?

On this week’s episode of Teach Me How To Money, we talk to Jeff Kreisler, author of the “Dollars and Sense.” He talks about the “pain of paying” and how companies exploit it to keep us spending money on things we don’t need. Why do we spend money? Here’s one reason: It feels good. Science A swipe of a credit card, the click of that button, it can feel like a hug. Until you look at your bank balance and wonder where all your money went. Face it, when it comes to money and spending,...


How Comedian Mark Normand Saves Money (While Being Funny)

We’re thrilled to being you season 2 of Teach Me How to Money! On this week’s episode, we talk with NYC comedian Mark Normand (Comedy Central, “Conan,” “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”) about how he handles his money while making a living as a funny person. At 21, Mark came to New York with $400 and a dream and not much else. Now he’s older, wiser (sort of), and ready to take steps to become a financial adult. Investing, home ownership, retirement,...


How to (Not) Fight About Money Over the Holidays

Bad gifts! Unpaid loans! Dr. Greg Cason from Bravo’s ‘LA Shrinks’ tells us how to avoid holiday money clashes. On this week’s episode of “Teach Me How to Money,” Dr. Cason, gets to the heart of holiday money fights with family--and offers tips on how to keep it together, no matter your situation. Take a break from wrapping gifts and drop us a line. We really, really want to hear from you! Send us questions at teachmehowtomoney@stashinvest.com. We’ll do our best to answer them all. Thanks...


How Can I Follow My Dreams While Still Paying My Bills?

The horror! On this episode of “Teach Me How to Money,” Mike O’Shea, the director of the critically-acclaimed breakout vampire film “The Transfiguration,” talks all about being an artist without a trust fund, being successful-ish, and the real financial life of an artist--before, during and after “making it.”


Can Fantasy Football Teach You About Investing?

If you’re a fantasy football veteran (or a newbie, like me), you’ve learned a lot about how to build a great team that can take you through the season. Here’s what you may not have known: Many of the strategies you used to create your fantasy football roster are useful when it comes to building an investment portfolio. In this week’s episode of “Teach Me How to Money,” I get into the end zone with my fantasy football teacher and guru, Ryan Finneran. (He’s also on Stash’s brokerage and...


How Can I Escape Black Friday Shopping Madness?

Black Friday is nearly upon us. You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. Now all you’ve got to do is brace yourself for the lines, the pushing, the shoving and the headaches. Personal finance writer Catey Hill, talks to Teach Me How to Money about staying sane while you shop for the holidays.


What's Inside Trump's Tax Plan?

So last week, House Republicans released a plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code.If approved in the Senate and signed into law by the president, it would be the first major tax overhaul in more than a generation.On this week's episode of Teach Me How to Money, Stash's lead financial writer Jeremy Quittner breaks it all down to tell us what it all means.


"How Do I Ask For a Raise?"

It’s the scariest question to ask: “Can I have a raise?” If you feel you’re ready for a bump in salary, it’s important to get your strategy together. Before you go marching into your boss’s office, listen to these solid tips from Natalie Ledbetter, head of People Ops at Stash.


Why Is Saving For Retirement So Scary?

Today on "Teach Me How to Money," we talk with Devin Wilmot, Stash copywriter and big idea guy, about why the idea of saving for retirement freaks us out -- and why there's no "one-size-fits-all" retirement plan.


Here’s a Tip! Don’t Listen to Investment “Advice”

Buy low! Sell high! People love to give investment advice -- but is it any good? Stash CEO Brandon Krieg talks strategy vs. the value of a 'hot tip.'


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