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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

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


BONUS call 039

11/7/2017
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On the latest BONUS call it's Ralph from Missouri who may win the 2017 Father of the Year Award! Being the nice guy that he is, Ralph wanted to know the pros and cons of helping his daughter pay off a student loan. So nice! 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...

Duration: 00:06:30


BONUS call 038

11/4/2017
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Surprise, surprise...it's a BONUS call on a Saturday! Since we haven't had any calls on the last few episodes, we thought we'd throw you guys a bone :) So sit back and enjoy our chat with Rod about whether or not he should pay off his mortgage. Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a rating or review in iTunes. Connect with me at these places for all my...

Duration: 00:08:57


Ep. 044 - The Four Tendencies with Gretchen Rubin

11/2/2017
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We all fall into at least one of four personality categories: We’re either Upholders, Questioners, Obligers or Rebels, according to our guest Gretchen Rubin. Her latest book, The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better, is already a bestseller. Rubin says that understanding which category defines you, can transform what you do at home, at work, and in life by helping you make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and...

Duration: 00:34:39


BONUS call 037

10/31/2017
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Imagine that you have a very cheap mortgage but the rate is adjustable and not fixed. Also imagine that you have the cashflow to lock it in. Should you do it? That's the scenario on the latest BONUS call as we're chatting with Matt in Pennsylvania. Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a rating or review in iTunes. Connect with me at these places for all my...

Duration: 00:13:13


Ep. 043 - The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google with Scott Galloway

10/26/2017
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Maybe I’m dating myself, but there was a time that whenever I would hear the “Big Four,” I would always think of the big four accounting firms...Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC. Well, it’s now 2017, and the new, much bigger, Big Four are Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple. Given their outsized share of the marketplace, not to mention our lives, are these companies monopolizing our lives in a negative way? Our guest this week, Scott Galloway, certainly thinks so. Scott is a...

Duration: 00:35:14


BONUS call 036

10/24/2017
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This week on the BONUS call it's Chipper from Atlanta with the age-old question of renting vs. buying. There is no rule that says it's always better to own. For some, renting can be a better long-term option. Chipper, currently a renter who despises debt, is wondering if he can make more in the stock market instead of tying up his cash in a house? Good question! Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a rating or review in iTunes. Connect with...

Duration: 00:09:50


Ep. 042 - The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History with Diana Henriques

10/19/2017
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Ask some Wall Street veterans where they were on October 19, 1987 and they will likely regale you with details of any crisis. My life changed that day in ways that often creep up on me. Indeed, Black Monday was the single worst day in Wall Street history, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging by more than 22 percent in one session--that’s the equivalent of the blue chip index diving by more than 5,000 points today. It was a “First Class Catastrophe”, according to our first class...

Duration: 00:41:05


BONUS call 035

10/17/2017
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Does having a job with a great pension mean you should stay there no matter what? That's what Nathan from Upstate New York is trying to decide. Nathan has a solid job with an awesome pension but was recently offered a new job without a pension. As I like to say, money makes life easier, but doesn't guarantee happiness. Better Off is sponsored by Betterment. Please let us know what you think by leaving a rating or review in iTunes. Connect with me at these places for all my...

Duration: 00:09:52


Ep. 041 - The Equifax Data Breach with Credit Expert John Ulzheimer

10/12/2017
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How many of you were impacted by the recent Equifax data breach? I was, Mark was, and considering 145.5 million other Americans were impacted, I’m going to guess that includes many of you too. Now that the news is out, heads have rolled (CEO Richard Smith has stepped down), Congressional hearings have taken place, where do things stand? More importantly, what should you do? Who should you trust? In times like these, there’s one go-to person: John Ulzheimer, the foremost authority on...

Duration: 00:33:56


BONUS call 034

10/10/2017
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Nowadays it's becoming more and more common for employers to offer a traditional 401(k) as well as a Roth 401(k). Our BONUS caller today, Andrea from Minnesota, has both options and is wondering which one she should use? Or should she use both? 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...

Duration: 00:07:24


Ep. 040 - The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education

10/5/2017
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So often on this podcast, and on my radio show, we field questions from recent grads with insane amounts of student loan debt. Sometimes it’s enough debt to wreck a life. There’s enough blame to go around, but so often it’s a case of students feeling the pressure to go to fancy, high priced colleges to study what seems like an obscure major. But before you think that I am about to argue that every able-bodied student should be studying for a degree in a STEM (science, technology,...

Duration: 00:39:48


BONUS call 33

10/3/2017
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I love when we get calls from young people, and that's the case on the latest BONUS call with Ruth from Cleveland. Ruth, just 24 years old, is already a great saver but she's wondering if there's a better alternative to a plain old savings account? 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...

Duration: 00:06:11


Ep. 039 - Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy with Tim Harford

9/28/2017
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How many of you rode an elevator today? Or Googled something? Or use index funds in your financial lives? I’m going to guess all of you did at least one of those things. I’m also going to guess that you probably didn’t realize that those three things are among the 50 inventions that shaped the modern economy. That’s according to the list compiled by BBC and Financial Times journalist Tim Harford, our guest this week on Better Off and author of the new book, Fifty Inventions That Shaped...

Duration: 00:36:51


BONUS call 032

9/26/2017
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This week on the BONUS call we've got Samantha from North Carolina. Samantha, who is currently in grad school at Duke University, will be entering the real world in May of 2018 and wants to know what steps she should take to immediately pay off her student loans. The good news is that Samantha had some soccer scholarships along the way so the damage isn't too severe. Have a finance question? We want to hear from you! Email us at askjill@betteroffpodcast.com and we'll arrange to get you...

Duration: 00:07:48


Ep. 038 - How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street with Rana Foroohar

9/21/2017
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As you’ll recall, we did our fair share of explaining why Wall Street matters, on the episode featuring Bill Cohan. Today we’re doing a 180 with financial journalist and author Rana Foroohar. Rana’s book, Maker and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street, doesn’t exactly paint our economic system in the best light. The book, just released in paperback, explores how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have infiltrated...

Duration: 00:37:04


BONUS call 031

9/19/2017
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This week we have our longest BONUS call yet from Chris in Minnesota. Why was it on the longer side? Because Chris had some questions about the tricky world of life insurance products. Chris is currently using a product to save for college education and wanted to know if he should keep on doing what he's doing or if it's time to mix things up. 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...

Duration: 00:14:19


Ep. 037 - MONEY’s 2017-18 Best Colleges For Your Money

9/14/2017
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It’s September and by now, the kids are back to school. Not surprisingly, I used to love this time of year. What can I say...you guys know I’m a total geek. Whether you’re sending your little ones off for the first time or your kid is entering the final chapter of high school, the most expensive part of their education is yet to come! I know, I’m such a Debbie Downer. But the cost of college is no joke and if handled without forethought, it can wreak havoc on the financial lives of...

Duration: 00:36:47

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