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5 Reasons to Sell a Stock: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Sometimes you’re put in a position where you have to sell stocks—and breaking up can be hard. We’re going to talk about five reasons to sell stock and how to figure out which stocks to sell. We’ll also answer your question about trusts and hear some heartbreaking stock breakup stories from Foolish Analysts.

Duration: 00:22:53

Teach Your Kids to Save, No Matter Their Age

Beth Kobliner, the author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not), joins us to talk about ways to get your kids to save more money, no matter how old they are. We’ll also answer your question about the nitty gritty of determining your savings rate for retirement, and share the stories of our favorite kid entrepreneurs.

Duration: 00:45:48

David Gardner’s Greatest Hits

More than 20 years ago The Motley Fool Investment Guide helped launch a revolution by demystifying Wall Street and empowering millions of people to start investing. The newly revised and updated 3rd edition of the book hits stores today and to help celebrate Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner joins us to share some of The Fool’s most timeless investing lessons. Get a copy of the book at Sponsored link: code: fool.

Duration: 00:46:34

5 Ways to Fix Your Finances Without Cutting Back

Nathan Hamilton is back with ways you can fix your finances that don't involve cutting back on your spending. We'll also answer your question about what to do with leftover 529 money and visit the town of secret Coca-cola millionaires.

Duration: 00:22:57

5 Sustainable Sources of Competitive Advantage

Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund is back to discuss five ways businesses and investors can have a sustainable competitive advantage over the competition. We’ll also answer your question about why stocks get crushed even when they beat earnings expectations and take a pop quiz in famous failures. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting The Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to

Duration: 00:31:22

The Dow Days of Summer

We are amid the second longest bull market in history—but we all know that it won’t last and a pullback is coming. But when? And how should you prepare? We’ll also answer your question about selling off stocks you’ve let get dusty, and consult the omens for how to invest for the solar eclipse.

Duration: 00:28:46

Young Whippersnapper Mailbag

What’s on the mind of the kids these days? Turns out, probably the same stuff as you. We’ll answer questions submitted by The Motley Fool’s summer interns such as: How to prioritize saving for a retirement versus a house. Are high fee credit cards worth it? And what’s the best strategy around tax-loss harvesting?

Duration: 00:23:43

The Best of FoolFest 2017

Hear some of the highlights from FoolFest, our annual event dedicated to investing Foolishly, including lessons in embracing failure from Texas Roadhouse Founder and CEO, a fascinating inside look at Bernie Madoff with The Wizard of Lies author Diana Henriques, and learn the valuable investing lesson from the fraudulent brokerage firm that never made a trade. Get $25 off your first purchase at

Duration: 00:22:22

5 Trends to Watch in the Energy Sector

The fifth and final installment of our deep dive into market sectors goes head first into Energy with Industry Focus’ Taylor Muckerman. We’ll also answer your question about currency fluctuations and look at developments in VERY-alternative energy sources.

Duration: 00:39:08

A Superhero’s Guide to Talking About Money

Our culture, gender or even where we were raised can have a huge impact on how we talk about money (or anything, for that matter). In this week’s episode, Dr. Deborah Tannen, a superhero in the world of linguistics, joins us to explain the various styles in communication and how we can better understand each other. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to And thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at

Duration: 00:33:11

Judge Bro: Court is Back in Session

Judge Bro is bringing down the gavel on cases involving Social Security, buying a home, the Latte Effect, and more. We’ll also answer your question about what to do if your company’s 401k options are lousy and estimate how much those monthly expenses add up in retirement.

Duration: 00:25:04

4 Credit Cards Pitfalls (And How to Avoid Them)

We’re going to discuss four common credit card pitfalls and how you can avoid them. We’ll also answer your question about keeping things financially equal with the kids and get advice from Ben Franklin on how to write a solid will. Thanks to Slack for supporting The Motley Fool. Learn more at

Duration: 00:28:37

3 Things to Know Before You Invest in Tech

With the help of Industry Focus’ Dylan Lewis, we’re focusing on technology and what you need to know before you invest in the sector. We’re also going to answer your question about the differences between share classes and laugh at some of the worst names in tech startup history. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to

Duration: 00:36:12

FoolFest QuestionFest

We’ll answer questions received during FoolFest. Is long term care insurance worth it? Can you make your nest egg grow in retirement? Does Bro actually use research to back up his claims? Thanks to Away for supporting Motley Fool Answers. Go to and use the promo code fool to get $20 off your order! Thanks also to Thumbtack! Hire local, skilled pros for just about anything at today.

Duration: 00:36:13

Domo Arigato, Mr. Broboto

One of the fastest growing trends right now is the rise of automation. Are robots, algorithms, and artificial intelligence going to put you out of a job? What companies are leading the charge and should you invest in them? We’ll tackle these questions and assuage Bro’s fears of a robot uprising with the help of Motley Fool senior analyst Simon Erickson.

Duration: 00:33:51

Money Stress in the Workplace

Kent Allison from PwC joins us to share the results of the latest Employee Financial Wellness Survey. We’ll also answer your question about required minimum distributions for inherited retirement accounts and give thanks for the modern workplace. Sponsored link: code fool

Duration: 00:35:00

5 Trends to Die for in the Consumer Goods Sector

Industry Focus host and editor Vince Shen joins us to explain which reports of death in the consumer goods sector are greatly exaggerated. We’ll also answer your question about how to decide if you should manage your own portfolio in retirement or leave it to a professional. Get $25 off your first purchase at

Duration: 00:34:53

Why Women Have a Tougher Road to Retirement – And What We Can All Do About It

Women often face headwinds that prevent them from earning, saving, and investing for retirement. We’ll identify the challenges and discuss ways we can all help the women we love have a fret-free retirement. We’ll also taste test some Oreos with MarketFoolery’s Chris Hill and Jason Moser. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting The Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to

Duration: 00:29:20

Dangerous Words in Finance

Morgan Housel—former Fool and Forever Friend—is back to share some of the most dangerous terms financial pundits and experts use all the time. We’ll also answer your question about how to buy stocks in a college savings account and play a rousing game of “Johnny Depp payed how much for what?!” Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool Answers. Learn more at

Duration: 00:29:53

4 Ways to Cut Your Mortgage Costs

Getting a great deal on a mortgage can save you a heap of money in the long run. Motley Fool Analyst Nathan Hamilton is back to share his advice for how to cut your mortgage costs. We’ll also answer your question about whether the Shiller Ratio is keeping Bro up at night and see how we all compare to the average homeowner. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to

Duration: 00:25:51

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