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 Jul 31, 2018


Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. Send your questions to

Episode Date
How to Get a Great Mortgage


The Ascent’s Austin Smith is back to share advice on how to get the best mortgage for you. We’ll also cover the growing menace of robocalls and Bro introduces us to another Philanthropist Next Door.

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Aug 07, 2018
July Mailbag: Advice for College Students, Basics of Buybacks, Dividend Stocks

We’re tackling your investing questions with the help of Motley Fool Analysts Jason Moser and Abi Malin including whether you should sell your winners, how to learn more about financial statements, voting versus non-voting shares, and more.

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Jul 31, 2018
FoolFest: 25 Years of Foolishness with Tom and David

It’s time to take our annual trip out to FoolFest where you can listen in to the best parts of the conference without leaving the comforts of home. To celebrate our 25th anniversary of The Motley Fool, it’s an all-founder episode with Tom and David Gardner.

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Jul 24, 2018
You Should Ask for a Raise – Yes, You

With the economy humming along and the employment rate so low, we’re joined in the studio by Lee Burbage and Kara Chambers of The Motley Fool’s People Team with their advice on how and why you should ask for a raise.

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Jul 17, 2018
Credit Card Trends to Watch

The head of The Motley Fool's new personal finance site, The Ascent, joins us to talk about three credit card trends. Alison is going to debunk the myth of the wunderkind tech entrepreneur and Bro will introduce us to an inspiring philanthropist next door.

Jul 10, 2018
Money Lessons from George Washington

To celebrate the 4th of July here in the US, Bro cannot tell a lie as he shares money lessons from the life of George Washington. He'll also share a tale of financial independence of a couple who retired 27 years ago at age 38. The Motley Fool's interns share their summer recommendations.

Jul 03, 2018
Junetacular Mailbag

With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Management financial planner Sean Gates, we'll answer your questions about health insurance for early retirees, avoiding transaction fees, finding a fair fee-only advisor, and whether you should prioritize paying off your mortgage.

The information in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended as personal financial advice

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Jun 26, 2018
The Awfulizer Analyzes the Stock Market with Optimistic Results

This week, we're exploring why there's room for optimism in the stock market, even if you're an awfulizer like Bro. We're also going to light the campfire of science in order to roast the famous marshmallow test.

Jun 19, 2018
Financial Advice for Every Dad (And the People Who Love Them)

Whether you’re a new dad, a dad of teenagers, or empty nester, we’ve got financial advice for whatever stage of Fatherdom you are in. For everyone else, enjoy our Father’s Day Gift Guide—because his nagging was actually hinting this whole time.

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Jun 12, 2018
A Tale of Three Fools

Special treat! Today we are joined by three of our podcast listeners -- people just like you! They'll share stories of their own financial journeys and some things they learned along the way. Plus, a mostly true and entirely Foolish walk down memory lane.

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Jun 05, 2018
May The Mailbag Be With You

Naima Barnes joins us to answer your questions about long term care insurance, getting the best deal on a car loan, health savings accounts, calculating your savings rate and more.

May 29, 2018
How to Make Sure Your 401k Plan is an A-OK Plan

Chances are you’re saving for retirement with the help of a 401k or 403b. Sadly, many plans are mediocre to horrible. We’re here to help you figure out if you’ve got one of the good ones—and what to do if you don’t.

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May 22, 2018
Kids and Money: Parental Instincts Gone Wrong

Beth Kobliner joins us to talk about how common parental instincts aren’t always right when it comes to teaching kids about money.

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May 15, 2018
It’s Not Too Late to Put Your Financial Life in Order

New York Times reporter John Schwartz joins us to talk about his book, “This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order,” and Bro shares 5 investing lessons from the fall of General Electric.

May 08, 2018
Investing Mailbag with Jason Moser

Jason Moser joins us to answer your investing-related questions like buying your first stock, comparing ETFs and mutual fund performance, moving to cash, and his favorite investing books.

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May 01, 2018
What's the Deal With China?

The potential for a Trade War with China continues to dominate the headlines. With the help of Scott Kennedy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies we'll talk about what it means for us as consumers and investors.

Apr 24, 2018
Sinking our Teeth Into the FANG

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (ahem, Alphabet) have had a heckuva ride lately. We’ll talk to Motley Fool Analyst, Matt Argersinger about the Zuckerberg Capitol Hill hearings and other recent events that have weighed on these tech giants.

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Apr 17, 2018
5 Common Myths About Paying for College

With the help of financial advisors from, we’re going to debunk the most common myths about applying for student aid and paying for college. We’ll also talk about the point when investment returns outweigh your contributions to your retirement stash and what you should do about it.

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Apr 10, 2018
The 3rd Annual Loofie Awards

Celebrating the best, and sometimes less-than-best, in investing and personal finance. This year we’re recognizing the Foolish Stock of the Year, Unsung CEO, Best Cryptocurrency To Go Broke With and more! With special guests: Motley Fool Analysts Tim Hanson, Aaron Bush and Matt Argersinger.

Apr 03, 2018
Marvelous March Mailbag

We’ll answer your questions about the benefits of after-tax 401(k), the Backdoor IRA, i-savings bonds, and if Bro really meant it when he said you should treat a pension like a bond.

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Mar 27, 2018
The Financial Foibles of Mark Twain

Author Alan Pell Crawford joins us to talk about his book, “How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain.” We’ll also learn a few lessons from the downfall of Theranos and its relentlessly deceptive founder.

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Mar 20, 2018
Ball Like Buffett, Invest like LeBron

You read that right.  March Madness is here, and everyone is talking about basketball, so we’re talking about basketball the only way we know how: in the context of money. And when it comes to managing it, you’d have a hard time finding a better pair of ballers and money managers than Warren Buffett and LeBron James.

Mar 13, 2018
Global Investing Trends You May Be Overlooking

Motley Fool Australia's Scott Phillips joins us with a global perspective on some of the trends driving opportunities for investors right now. We'll also talk about the big takeaways from Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders and get an insider's guide for traveling to Australia.

Mar 06, 2018
February Mailbag of Love

This month we’ll answer your questions about financial planning tools, investing in peer-to-peer lending, annuities, Social Security divorce benefits, and more. What was that ridiculous url Bro said again?

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Feb 27, 2018
The Olympics of Investing

It's time once again to hand out the medals to countries who are crushing it for investors. We'll get expert commentary on winners in Robotics, ECommerce, and more. Bro also shares some controversial ideas about how to factor your home into your net worth.

Feb 20, 2018
Money and Your Honey: Bro's Tips and Tidbits

Bro shares his best advice when managing money with your shmoopy. We'll also talk about the crazy week of volatility in the stock market and the science behind being lovesick.

Feb 13, 2018
How to Be Happier and Have Less Stress and Anxiety

Whether you’re experiencing stress over money, your job, relationships, or politics, Pete Shalek, the Founder of Joyable, joins us to talk about ways to reduce your anxiety and be a happier person. We’ll also talk about people increasingly cashing out their 401(k)s early and play a game of Would You Rather. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast.

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Feb 06, 2018
January Mailbag: 457s, 529s, and Lots of Tax Stuff

The head of Motley Fool planning, Megan Brinsfield (aka Taxypants), joins us to answer your questions on term life insurance, diversifying employer stock, and taxes. We’ll also share some listener tips and feedback. Thanks to LegalZoom for supporting The Motley Fool.  Get special savings by going to use Fool at checkout.

Jan 30, 2018
Happier at Work in 2018: Land the Job of Your Dreams

One way to be happier (and healthier, and wealthier) is to get a better job. With the help of The Motley Fool’s team of ace recruiters, we’re going to discuss how to stand out from the crowd and get a shiny new job.

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Jan 23, 2018
Healthier in 2018: What Works for Us
Being healthier means being wealthier and, with the help of The Motley Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer, we’re sharing how we stay motivated to exercise and eat better. We’ll also talk about how most individual investors missed the boat on this bull market and how your financial advisor might be incentivized to put you in pricier options.
Jan 16, 2018
Wealthier in 2018: 7 Things to Do in Under 15 Minutes

Bro shares seven things that you can do in 15 minutes or less to be wealthier in 2018 and beyond. We’ll also take a look back at how the market did in 2017 and what the experts say you should expect in 2018.

Jan 09, 2018
More Organized in 2018: Advice from Extreme Cleaning Expert Matt Paxton

Here's to being more organized in 2018 with advice from Matt Paxton, extreme cleaning expert from A&E's show Hoarders! We'll also answer your question about figuring out how much money you'll need in retirement.

Jan 02, 2018
The 12 Days of Taxmas

Tax reform! It’s happening! Bro explains what changes are in store and the steps you can take to maximize your benefit.

Dec 26, 2017
Holiday Story Time Special

Cozy up, kids, it's story time with Uncle Bro and Auntie Alison! We'll check in on everyone's favorite reindeer and then cross the Pacific for a delicious tradition from Alison's happy place. And speaking of traditions, Bro will share some of the best holiday traditions that you sent our way. All that and presents, on this week's Answers.

Dec 19, 2017
5 More Sneaky Ways Retailers Will Get You This Holiday Season

Alison is back with five more ways that retailers and marketers try to get you to spend ALL the money around the Holidays. We’ll also answer your question about term versus whole life insurance before we revisit Bro’s Holiday tradition of asking listeners to share their family Holiday tradition. 

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Dec 12, 2017
5 Sneaky Ways Retailers Will Get You This Holiday Season

Whether you’re shopping online or throwing elbows at the mall, retailers are trying tap into your most primal instincts to get you to spend, spend, spend this (and every) Holiday Season. We’ll talk about some of the most ubiquitous, and effective, marketing tactics so you can spot them out in the wild.

Dec 05, 2017
How to Bend Others, and Yourself, to Your Will

Start your New Year’s resolutions planning now with the help of Gretchen Rubin, the author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and The Four Tendencies. She recently sat down with Alison at Fool HQ to discuss how to motivate others, how to acquire better habits, and how to use the threat of embarrassing pictures on Facebook to get stuff done.

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Nov 28, 2017
What’s the Big Deal with Bitcoin?

Everywhere we turn people are talking about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Maybe it’s because Bitcoin has increased in value by over 400% this year alone. So what is a cryptocurrency anyway? How does it work? And are we missing the boat by not investing it in?

Nov 21, 2017
5 More Reasons to Sell a Stock – It’s Not Me, It’s You

We’re back with 5 more reasons to break up with an investment thanks to the help of Motley Fool Analyst Jason Moser. We’ll also answer your question about selling stocks to buy a new house and learn 3 money lessons from Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting the show.

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Nov 14, 2017
Sweater Weather All Mailbag Fuzz Fest

Now with 1000% more pumpkin spice! Cozy up with our all-mailbag episode and Ross Anderson from Motley Fool Wealth Management. We’ll cover transferring a Coverdell, consolidating 401(k)s, timing the market, living off dividends and more. Also, Alison asks for travel advice…again (because the first time was so successful!).

Nov 07, 2017
Estate Planning Horror Stories

Happy Halloween! You’re going to die! If you want to avoid putting your loved ones into a living hell of legal nightmares, heed the warnings of seven estate planning horror stories. We’ll also answer your question about directing employer and personal 401(k) contributions into specific accounts.

Oct 31, 2017
A History of Market Crashes, Pt. 4: The Great Recession

In our fourth and final episode on market crashes, we’re visiting The Great Recession with Morgan Housel, Partner at the Collaborative Fund. We’ll also answer your question about balancing stocks and index fund exposure. and enter MOTLEY FOOL in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

Oct 24, 2017
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 3: The Dot-Com Bubble

Nerd is the new black (or really, green) in part 3 of our series on market crashes. Hundreds of dotcoms enter the Thunderdome that is the Information Age, only a handful survive. Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund joins us.

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Oct 17, 2017
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 2: The Energy Crisis and Black Monday

We’re making two stops in the latest in our series on market crashes with the help of Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund. We’ll start in the 70s during the energy crisis and then hop back into our DeLorean and head to Black Monday. We’ll also answer your question about whether a kid’s retirement account will impact financial aid. Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at

Oct 10, 2017
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 1: The Great Depression

This October we’re kicking off a four-part series on market crashes with the help of Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund. First Stop: The Great Depression. What made it so great, anyway? We’ll also answer your question about a bucket-method for managing your portfolio.
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Oct 03, 2017
Americans and Money – Down to the Last Penny

Bro interviews the authors of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty—which reveals the surprising results of a year-long study of the money habits of 235 American households. We’ll also answer your question about investing your emergency fund in a municipal bond fund.

Sep 26, 2017
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.

Sep 19, 2017
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.

Sep 12, 2017
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

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Sep 05, 2017
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.

Aug 29, 2017
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.

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Aug 22, 2017
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.

Aug 15, 2017
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?

Aug 08, 2017
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.

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Aug 01, 2017
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.

Jul 25, 2017
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

Jul 18, 2017
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.

Jul 11, 2017
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

Jul 04, 2017
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

Jun 27, 2017
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?

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Jun 20, 2017
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.

Jun 13, 2017
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.

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Jun 06, 2017
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.

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May 30, 2017
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

May 23, 2017
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

May 16, 2017
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.

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May 09, 2017
Invest Like a Fool: Financial Sector Stocks

Let’s take a dive into the deep end of the financial sector! With the help of Motley Fool’s Industry Focus Host Gaby Lapera, we’ll discuss why financial stocks belong in your portfolio and the basics of the sector. Thanks to Slack for supporting Motley Fool. Learn more at Also thanks to Warby Parker for supporting The Motley Fool. Order your FREE Home Try-On's at

May 02, 2017
Court is in Session: Judge Bro Residing

We’re going to bring forth a judge’s ruling on some controversial cases in personal finance. Should you try to beat the market? Should you use your Roth IRA as an emergency fund? Should partners have separate financial accounts? Judge Bro brings the gavel down once and for all.

Apr 25, 2017
Top Priorities and Common Pitfalls for Every Decade of Life

We’re visiting each decade of life from your 20’s into retirement and listing the priorities you should set and the most common mistakes to avoid. We’ll also answer your question about avoiding dividend stocks for tax reasons. Thanks to Warby Parker for supporting Motley Fool. Order your FREE Home Try-On's at

Apr 18, 2017
How I Achieved an 814 Credit Score

We’re joined by a Motley Fool analyst who will share his story of how he went from a lousy credit score to a stellar one. We’ll also answer your question about when to tell if you’re over-concentrated in a sector and play a round of “Can I throw it out already?!”

Apr 11, 2017
Invest like a Fool: Biotech Stocks

With help from the Industry Focus team, we’re going to do a deep dive into the Biotech sector, how to invest, stocks to watch, and more. We’ll also answer your question about brokerage diversification. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at

Apr 04, 2017
Motley Lessons of April Fool’s Pranks Past

An April Fool’s prank put The Motley Fool on the map more than 20 years ago and we’ve been celebrating the day ever since. Motley Fool Employee #3 joins us to talk about our history of joking around—and teaching investing lessons—on April 1. We’ll also answer your question about diversifying your IRA.

Mar 28, 2017
Housing Mailbag Spectacular

We’ll answer your questions related to buying a home including setting priorities, investment properties, and more.

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Mar 21, 2017
The Ins and Outs of IPOs

In the wake of Snap’s initial public offering, we’ll discuss why companies decide to go public, how they do it, and whether individuals should consider investing in IPOs. We’ll also answer your question about where to invest mid-term money.

Mar 14, 2017
Put Values-Based Investing to Work in Your Portfolio

We’re going to explore the growing trend of values-based investing including how to evaluate the environmental, social, and governance impact of publicly-traded companies. Not only does ESG investing help you sleep better at night, it can boost your returns. We'll also answer your question about when you should use a Roth rather than a 529 to pay for junior’s college tuition.

Mar 07, 2017
The 2017 Loofie Awards

It’s the Second Annual Loofie Awards where we pause to reflect on the year in personal finance and investing. This year, we’re giving out awards including the Best ETF, Best Credit Card Rewards, and Best Performance in a Drama or Business Scandal. Thanks to Thumbtack for supporting Motley Fool. Hire local, skilled pros for just about anything at today.

Feb 28, 2017
How to Fight About Money

Couples and money expert Olivia Mellan joins us to talk about solving financial conflicts with your schmoopie. We’ll also answer your question about how to avoid common mistakes in the wake of a financial windfall and then predict our chances of divorce in a sort-of-not-at-all scientific way.

Feb 21, 2017
Special Hugs With Warren Buffett

When it comes to investing advice, no one is sexier than Warren Buffett so we’re sharing some of our favorite Buffett quips that combine love and money. We’ll also answer the question you’re too afraid to ask about Dodd Frank…ummm, what is it, exactly?

Feb 14, 2017
How Do You and Your Schmoopie Compare to the Average Couple?

We’ll dig up some interesting stats and surveys that reveal how most couples deal with money in their relationship. How do you and you schmoopie compare? Get your pen ready because we’ll also answer your question about Bro’s favorite retirement calculators.

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Feb 07, 2017
Military Money

With the help of a letter from listener Sergeant Y and returning guest Douglas McCormick, we'll explore the personal finance challenges faced by those in the military. We'll also answer your question about whether or not to front-load your Roth IRA contributions.

Jan 31, 2017
Be More Productive in 2017

Motley Fool Cofounder David Gardner joins us to share the tactics he has adopted to set priorities and become more productive. We’ll also answer your question about when to sell your best performing stocks and review some productivity apps.

Jan 24, 2017
How to Keep Those Health Resolutions in 2017

Health and wealth are closely linked so this week we’re trying to help you keep your New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself (yes, we know you at least thought about it). We look at the science of motivation and incentives, the importance of an Accountabili-Bestie, and more. We’ll also answer your question about if maxing out your 401k and Roth contributions is enough to retire on and review some healthy habit apps.

Jan 17, 2017
Science-Backed Hacks to Being Happier in 2017

This week we’re exploring the extensive science of happiness. We’ll suggest three small steps you can take to be happier in 2017 and review a few apps that promise to improve your mood. Bro will also answer your question about how to invest a lump sum when you fear a market downturn is imminent.

Jan 10, 2017
A Lazy (and Smart!) Person’s Guide to a Wealthier 2017

We’re kicking off the New Year with a step-by-step guide to putting your budgeting and bill paying on autopilot so you’ll have more time to do the things you love in 2017. We’ll also review a couple apps to help you manage your money and explain which investments belong in your traditional retirement accounts, versus brokerage, versus Roth.

Jan 03, 2017
Family Inc. – Manage your Family Finances Like a CFO

Douglas McCormick joins us to talk about his book, Family Inc., and the benefits of applying business principles to your own family finances. We’ll also answer your question about after-tax 401k contributions, share some listener feedback, and then exchange anniversary gifts (Warning: We get a little self-indulgent).

Dec 20, 2016
Mailbag: Self-directed IRAs, 529s, Calculating Investing Returns and More

We tackle your questions including what to do with a lump sum of money, the complex world of self-directed IRAs, claiming Social Security benefits from an ex-spouse, analyzing a pension payout and much MUCH more. PS: Here’s that time-weighted returns excel spreadsheet Bro mentions:

Dec 13, 2016
The Science of Better Gift Giving

Impress your friends and family and make Santa jealous! We’ll cover five scientifically-proven ways to become the best gift giver on the block. Also, we answer a listener question about how to present a gift of stock and we ask a bajillion favors of you, our listeners.

Dec 06, 2016
Eavesdropping: The Best of Boston Member Event

We’re sneaking you into the recent member event in Boston so you can hear the best bits that were delivered on stage. David Gardner shares investing advice worth embroidering on a pillow. Morgan Housel explains why you’re not too late to invest in the most disruptive trends of today and tomorrow. And Tom Gardner sits down with the cofounder of the Conscious Capitalism movement to discuss why responsible companies outperform. We also answer your very personal question about our personal finances.

Nov 29, 2016
5 Ways to Maintain (and Not Gain) Over the Holidays

The Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer is back to share 5 tips for maintaining--and not gaining--weight over the holidays. Don’t worry, you can still have festive fun. We also answer your question about laddering bond funds and Bro makes a pricey wager.

Nov 22, 2016
Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur

If you’re looking to make some extra money, starting a side job/venture/gig/hustle is all the rage these days. Kimberly Palmer joins us to talk about her book, “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life” and how to turn your passions and skills into additional income. We’ll also answer your question about making the most of a 403b and delve into the darkest corners of Etsy.

Nov 15, 2016
How to Invest If ________ Wins the Election

Prognosticators have been working overtime to predict what will happen to the economy when Trump or Clinton win the election. If history has taught us anything, they’re probably wrong. Fool historian, Matt Trogdon, joins us to talk about the folly of letting an election impact your investing decisions. Also, we get the inside scoop from Disney World Cast Members on how to plan the best Disney vacation ever.

Nov 08, 2016
That'll Happen the Day the Cubbies Win the World Series

You say the Chicago Cubs may finally win the World Series after a 108-year drought? Well, crazier things have happened! Especially in the world of finance. Motley Fool analyst Jim Royal joins us to talk about a few economic events that pundits and experts said would never happen…but did! Womp womp!

Nov 01, 2016
The Witch of Wall Street

She’s been called the Witch of Wall Street, but also, more charitably, the Warren Buffett of her time. With the help of humorist/historian Therese Oneill (author of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners) we explore the bizarre life and peculiar habits of Hetty Green—the woman who defied Victorian-era conventions and made bajillions of dollars in the process. Thanks to Criquet for supporting this episode. Get 20% off your first purchase at with the promo code “fool.”

Oct 25, 2016
Bonus Episode: Building a Better Baby Boomer Portfolio

If you're one of the 75 million baby boomers who are planning to retire in the coming years, it's time to position your portfolio to defend against every possible economic onslaught. Ron Gross joins us for this bonus episode to talk about the benefits for soon-to-be-retirees — or anyone looking for a more conservative approach to investing — of becoming a Wealth Defender. For more Foolish guidance and free reports, go to

Oct 21, 2016
Decoding the Quarterly Earnings Report

Earnings season is upon us again when many publicly-traded companies can bury us in an avalanche of accounting mumbo-jumbo and excuses. What’s an individual investor to do? What should you believe? And what really matters? Motley Fool Advisor, Seth Jayson, joins us to unpack a typical earnings report and shares his approach to earnings season.

Oct 18, 2016
Confessions of a Mutual Fund Manager

We covered some basics of mutual funds last week, but we needed more answers (see show name). We collared Fool Funds Chief Investment Officer, Bill Mann, brought him into the studio, and forced him to fess up about what’s really going on in the mutual fund world. We also answer your question about the benefits of creating your own benchmark.

Oct 11, 2016
5 Things You Maybe Didn't [But Definitely Should] Know About Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds can seem as simple as a basket of puppies, but they are way more complex and much less cute. Robert Brokamp helps us get past the basics of mutual funds to understand the inner workings that can affect your bottom line. We’ll also answer your question about tax managed funds and meet some historically unreasonable people.

Oct 04, 2016
How to Write a Letter Worth Millions of Dollars

When it comes to your history with money, you’ve made some smart decisions and a few mistakes. Sure, finance is personal, but don't keep it to yourself. Be a great example AND a horrible warning to your loved ones so they can benefit! Personal finance expert, Kimberly Palmer, joins us to talk about why you should write a letter to your kids or grandkids to share your money experiences. She’ll cover what to write and when to deliver it.

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Sep 27, 2016
Whatever Happened to the BRIC?

For more than 15 years, analysts have been predicting that Brazil, Russia, India, and China—aka the BRIC—were going to take off economically and these emerging markets were the place to be investing. So what happened? Do they really deserve a place in your portfolio or are there better options? Joe Magyer, Foolish Fan Favorite, gives us an update on the BRIC and shares his strategy for getting international exposure.

Sep 20, 2016
Get on the Bus, We're Taking You to School

Summer is over and as the kiddos head back to class, so do we with bite-sized money lessons in History, Econ, Math, and English. We’ll dissect the Dutch Tulip Mania, learn about three key ratios, explore the origins of the word “portfolio,” and more. We’ll also answer your question about how to weigh rental properties in your portfolio.

Sep 13, 2016