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Better Off with Jill Schlesinger

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Host Jill Schlesinger, CFP, tackles sometimes uncomfortable and even controversial money and investing issues, without the financial jargon, to get to the heart of what’s important for anyone to know. Jill interviews informative and entertaining guests each week to uncover surprising insights and provide actionable information so you can make the most of your money.

Host Jill Schlesinger, CFP, tackles sometimes uncomfortable and even controversial money and investing issues, without the financial jargon, to get to the heart of what’s important for anyone to know. Jill interviews informative and entertaining guests each week to uncover surprising insights and provide actionable information so you can make the most of your money.
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Host Jill Schlesinger, CFP, tackles sometimes uncomfortable and even controversial money and investing issues, without the financial jargon, to get to the heart of what’s important for anyone to know. Jill interviews informative and entertaining guests each week to uncover surprising insights and provide actionable information so you can make the most of your money.

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Episodes

BONUS call 048: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

1/16/2018
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Bitcoin was all the rage at the end of 2017 and it's showing no signs of letting up in 2018, so it's appropriate that we have our first cryptocurrency BONUS call from Steve in Georgia. Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more listener questions plus an informative interview. Better Off is sponsored by...

Duration: 00:08:38


Ep. 054 - Gaining an Edge on Your Career and Life

1/11/2018
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It’s 2018 and that means that many of you have gotten on the resolution bandwagon. The most common ones are to exercise more/eat less; save more/spend less; and of course one of our favorites: SLEEP MORE! Career objectives are among the most difficult to tackle. After all, if “Getting a New Job” were so easy, you probably would have done so already. Today’s guest is here to help kick-start your efforts. Pat Hedley, the author of the recent book, Meet 100 People: A How-To Guide to the...

Duration: 00:31:51


BONUS call 047

1/9/2018
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The age-old question of whether it makes sense to pay off your mortgage...it never goes away. I understand that you want to be debt free, but keep in mind that there is such a thing as good debt. That's what I explained to Joe from Chicago on the latest BONUS call. Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more...

Duration: 00:10:36


Ep. 053 - Eight Financial Resolutions for 2018

1/4/2018
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A colleague recently asked me how he might be able to finally stick to a budget. For years, he had tried to create and adhere to a specific annual spending plan, only to blow a hole through it at some point during the year. "What's wrong with me?" He said. "I know that I should do it, but there's always something that comes up." Let me be the first to admit that I am not a fan of budgets. In the same way that I think most crash diets lead to failure, the majority of budgets or new year's...

Duration: 00:22:35


BONUS call 046

1/2/2018
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Raise your hand if you know what SIPC stands for? That's what I thought :) Thanks to Jim, our first BONUS caller of 2018, you're all going to get educated a bit! Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more listener questions plus an informative interview. Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let...

Duration: 00:05:58


Ep. 052 - Fifty Years of 60 Minutes with Jeff Fager

12/28/2017
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‘Twas the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and not a soul was paying attention to their finances…except everyone scrambling to make year-end tax moves! Even with the tax bill looming, this is also the week when you should unplug (except from this podcast!), relax, eat, have a glass of wine, forget about all your worries and recharge for 2018. That’s why we’re keeping it short and sweet this week with Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes and author of the new book, Fifty...

Duration: 00:19:51


BONUS call 045

12/26/2017
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Welcome to the post-Christmas edition of the BONUS call! Only in his early 50s, Jeff from Georgia already has well over a million dollars and wanted to run his longterm game plan by us. Is this a good time to try some market timing?? Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more listener questions plus an...

Duration: 00:11:50


Ep. 051 - Tax Reform and What it Means for You

12/21/2017
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Big changes are coming to the U.S. tax code, but how will it impact YOUR bottom line? This week we’re doing something a bit different. No guest! Just me diving deep and offering up my two cents on the GOP’s plan to remake the tax system for the first time in over three decades. Given the historic nature of the event, I wanted to break it down and mull over some of these questions: Thanks for allowing me to hog the mic and rant! Depending on how it goes, you may be hearing a bit more of...

Duration: 00:31:40


BONUS call 044

12/19/2017
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If you ever take a look at the investments in your retirement plan chances are you'll see a bunch of target-date fund options. Sometimes people think they're the best option...kind of like one stop shopping. And sometimes they are. But sometimes they aren't, which is what Suzen from Chicago found out on the latest BONUS call. Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of...

Duration: 00:06:00


Ep. 050 - Bond Boot Camp: What They Are and How They Work

12/14/2017
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What’s a portfolio without a bond position? It’s incomplete and potentially riskier than necessary. We field so many questions about your portfolios and asset allocation and while stocks may seem sexier because of their upside potential, you always hear me stress that everyone needs exposure to bonds as well. We rarely dive into bonds in great detail--what they are, how they work, and why you absolutely need them, which is why I thought it would be time for a little Bond Boot Camp. Our...

Duration: 00:36:57


BONUS call 043

12/12/2017
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This week on the BONUS call it's the age-old question about big city living...should I buy or keep on renting? Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more listener questions plus an informative interview. Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a rating or review...

Duration: 00:08:43


Ep. 049 - Financial Journalist Felix Salmon is a Curmudgeon and a Baker

12/7/2017
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This week is another example of how the podcasting world really is like a small fraternity/sorority where hosts often appear on each other’s shows. Today it’s Felix Salmon, host of the Slate Money podcast, joining us on Better Off. If you’re not familiar with Felix, I think the best way to describe him is as a contrarian and/or curmudgeon...something he happily admits! I’m a big Felix fan and have been reading (he did stints at Reuters, Portfolio Magazine and Euromoney) and listening to...

Duration: 00:37:35


BONUS call 042

12/5/2017
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This week we have what I believe is our first call ever from Alabama as we welcome Katrina to the show. Katrina and her husband have a lot of money in traditional retirement accounts and are now wondering if it makes sense to start using the Roth 401(k) function through their jobs? Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so...

Duration: 00:10:24


Ep. 048 - Rich People are Anxious...and What That Says About Society

11/30/2017
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Mom always said, ”money can’t buy happiness,” but it sure can make life easier. So it was with some skepticism that I invited this week’s guest Rachel Sherman, associate professor of sociology at the New School in New York City, on the show. Sherman’s recent book, Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence, explores what’s going on inside the heads of the one percent. I know, I know...who wants to hear unhappy, wealthy people whine about all their problems? Cue the sarcastic “Oh those...

Duration: 00:36:45


BONUS Episode - Charitable Giving Boot Camp on #GivingTuesday

11/28/2017
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Instead of the usual Tuesday BONUS call, we’re doing something different for this week only. Today is “Giving Tuesday”, a global day of charitable giving, which was created to balance the vast consumerism that flourishes during Black Friday weekend through the end of December. To help explain the importance of philanthropy and how to maximize your annual giving, we’re fortunate have Michael Thatcher, the CEO of Charity Navigator as our guest. Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has...

Duration: 00:22:19


Ep. 047 - Preserving and Sharing Humanity’s Stories with StoryCorps

11/23/2017
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Since this episode is dropping on Thanksgiving we thought we’d do something a bit different. Instead of focusing on bettering ourselves financially, we wanted to introduce you to StoryCorps, a non-profit organization that strives to make the world better off by preserving and sharing stories, build connections and create a more just and compassionate world. In short, it serves as a good reminder of the things that matter most. And who better to help us stay in the giving thanks spirit...

Duration: 00:23:21


BONUS call 041

11/21/2017
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Today on the BONUS call we're discussing my favorite topic of annuities with Roland who has a sneaking suspicion that his financial advisor may not be steering him in the right direction. Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more listener questions plus an informative interview. Better Off is sponsored by...

Duration: 00:06:56


Ep. 046 - Food Stamps, Grants, Loans, and Behavioral Economics with Michael Lewis

11/16/2017
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For the second time this year we have a repeat guest on Better Off. When you have a chance to grab Michael Lewis, you grab him, and that’s what we did! In early June, Michael was on the pod to discuss his latest book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. (He’s a prolific writer and chances are you’ve picked up at least one of his books, including Moneyball, The Big Short or Flash Boys.) Since the Undoing Project is now out in paperback, and Richard Thaler was just...

Duration: 00:31:46


BONUS call 040

11/14/2017
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A 401(k) or a Roth 401(k)...which one is right for you? That's what Pat from Virginia wanted to know on the latest BONUS call. Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you on. Don't forget, a brand new episode of the Better Off podcast comes out Thursday so stay tuned for more listener questions plus an informative interview. Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a...

Duration: 00:06:12


Ep. 045 - Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

11/9/2017
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Do you have to be an “entrepreneur,” replete with a big, fat business plan in hand, to make a little extra cash on the side? What if I told you that in 27 days you can come up with an idea, implement it, and potentially start making some extra income on the side? That is what you call a Side Hustle, which also happens to be the title of the latest book from Chris Guillebeau, this week’s guest on Better Off. While the thought of quitting your day job to pursue a business of your own may...

Duration: 00:35:12

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