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The Non-GAAP June Mailbag

42:06 | Jun 25th

Ron Gross joins us to tackle many of your numbers-based investing questions around stock valuation, earnings reports, EBITDA and more. Download the FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits” today at
Retiring Later for Fun and Profit

35:34 | Jun 18th

Whether they are doing it because they need to or because they want to, people are more often likely to work later in life or opt for a semi-retirement. We’re joined by AARP’s Susan Weinstock to talk about why this trend isn’t going to change, and ho...Show More
An Amicable (as Possible) Divorce

35:22 | Jun 11th

The latest in our series on major life events leads us to divorce. Motley Fool Wealth planner, Amanda Kish guides us on how to make the split as amicable as possible. Sponsor Link: $50 off your first job post.
What’s the Deal with Drug Prices?

37:21 | Jun 4th

We’re joined by Leigh Purvis of AARP to discuss why prescription drug prices are so high in the U.S., possible policy solutions, and what you can do in the meantime to save money.
It’s Maylbag Time! (Get it? Mail. May. Wordplay!)

41:32 | May 28th

Time for another mailbag where we answer your investing and personal finance questions. This week, Emily Flippen is back to talk about investing in Chinese stocks, when to sell, and more. Thanks to Airbnb for supporting our show. Go to More
Market Volatility, IPOs, and More with Morgan Housel

36:07 | May 21st

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund is back to talk about recent market volatility, IPOs, and whether or not to increase your cash position. Sponsor Link: Real people, Real brands, Real connection. Go to to learn more.
Advice for Selling a House

46:01 | May 14th

In the next in our series on major money events, Ross Anderson of Motley Fool Wealth Management shares his advice and personal experience when it comes to selling a house. Sponsor link: $50 off your first job post.
Make Your Donation Dollars Go Farther

43:42 | May 7th

Phil Buchanan, author of the book Giving Done Right, joins us to talk about philanthropy and charitable giving. Get 20% off a Grammarly premium account at Get your first two months of Clear for free by going to More
BONUS: “Investing In Asia” Preview

02:30 | May 3rd

It’s a sneak preview of “Investing In Asia”, the newest podcast from The Motley Fool!  If you’re looking to invest in some of the most exciting emerging market opportunities in the world, join this weekly journey around Asian markets.
April Showers Bring Mailbag Questions

45:22 | Apr 30th

We’re answering a record number of questions this month including more on 20-30-50 budgeting, stashing your emergency fund in CDs, required minimum distributions, 15 versus 30 years mortgages, and more.
Alternative Investing for your IRA

33:47 | Apr 23rd

You can’t invest in Beanie Babies, but you can invest in more than just stocks and bonds in your IRA. Eric Satz of AltoIRA joins us to discuss alternative investing options for your retirement accounts. Sponsored link: code fool75.
Different Kinds of Smart

25:24 | Apr 16th

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund is back to talk about ways you can be smarter in life and investing. $50 off your first job post.
Foolish Guide to Buying a Home

46:36 | Apr 9th

Home sweet home or a money-pit nightmare? Ross Anderson, a planner with Motley Fool Wealth Management, joins us for the third installment of our series that tackles major life events -- this time to help you navigate how to (or whether to) buy that s...Show More
The Aging Workforce: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown.

34:51 | Apr 2nd

Morgan Housel from the Collaborative Fund joins us to talk about the aging workforce and the impact it could have on global economic growth, your wallet, and your portfolio. 20% off a Grammarly premium account at
March Winds Mailbag

46:11 | Mar 26th

We're answering your questions about tax optimization with asset location, gifting stock, how to help parents catch up for retirement, and more. Sponsor: Hello Monday from LinkedIn
Deconstructing the 4% Rule

41:15 | Mar 19th

Bro interviews financial-planning expert Wade Pfau about the assumptions underlying the 4% safe withdrawal rate in retirement, and whether they’re still valid. And Alison discusses whether an elite college degree is worth the price. $50 off your firs...Show More
Foolish Guide to Having Kids

44:54 | Mar 12th

We assume you already know how to make a baby (special hugs!), but do you know how to support one financially? For the second in our series that tackles major life events, Dan Messeca, a planner with Motley Fool Wealth Management, offers up advice on...Show More
Investing In Real Estate

41:47 | Mar 5th

With the help of Thomas Castelli from The Real Estate CPA, we're going to discuss investing in real estate, including a few ways to do it, the tax benefits, and more. Sponsor link: Hello Monday from LinkedIn
Freezing February Mailbag

44:31 | Feb 26th

It’s the February Mailbag! With the help of Motley Fool analyst Emily Flippen, we’ll answer your very impressive questions about retiring early, generating income, lifecycle funds, and just what are Bro’s credentials anyway? Thanks to Airbnb for supp...Show More
The 2019 Loofie Awards (The Angry Year)

47:19 | Feb 19th

It’s the fourth or maybe fifth annual Loofie Awards where we celebrate the best (but this year mostly the worst) in business and finance. We’ll say goodbye to some truly horrible CEOs, say hello to some comeback kids, and give awards for Best Number ...Show More
Foolish Guide to Getting Married

41:47 | Feb 12th

For the first in our series tackling major life events, Sean Gates from Motley Fool Wealth Management offers advice on managing your money and mistakes to avoid when getting married. Thanks Audible! Get Power Moves by Adam Grant for free when you sig...Show More
It’s Always Stock O’Clock

26:26 | Feb 5th

Alison is taking you to fraud school with lessons from Theranos and the Fyre Festival and Bro explains why everyone should own stocks, even in retirement. Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Motley Fool. Go to and get $50 off your fir...Show More
January Mailbag: Timing the Market, Time in the Market, and First-Time Dads

48:32 | Jan 29th

This month we're answering your questions about tricks for timing the market (spoiler: there aren't any), allocation advice if you're coming up on retirement, and how you shouldn't feel guilty about putting your retirement over your kid's college fun...Show More
A Tribute to John Bogle (And Emergency Funds)

42:55 | Jan 22nd

We’ll cover everything you need to know about emergency funds--how to build one, where to keep it, and what to do if you don’t have one when an emergency happens. We’ll also honor the life of John “Jack” Bogle, founder of Vanguard and creator of the ...Show More
Marshaling All Your Resources for Retirement

54:33 | Jan 15th

Bro interviews Larry Swedroe, co-author of “Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement.” And Alison challenges Bro and Rick to guess the prices of the weirdest products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Thanks to LinkedIn for sup...Show More
Resolve to Make Better Resolutions

43:33 | Jan 8th

With the help of Motley Fool’s Chief Wellness Officer, we’ll help you improve your chances of having a healthier/wealthier 2019 with tips for losing weight, eating better, and spending smarter. Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting The Motley Fool. Go to...Show More
Were the Gurus Right About 2018?

29:38 | Jan 1st

As the prognosticators make their predictions for 2019, how accurate were they about the last year? Bro knows and he’ll tell you.
Happy Holidays, the Market is Crashing

32:05 | Dec 18th, 2018

Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after Uncle Bro calms your rattled nerves about where the economy and stock market is headed.
Culture Crusher or Crushed by Culture?

31:05 | Dec 11th, 2018

There is plenty of evidence showing the link between a strong company culture and stock performance. But what if a great culture goes bad? Bryan Hinmon, Chief Investment Officer of Motley Fool Asset Management discusses the red flags of a corporate c...Show More
IP-Oh My Goodness

44:50 | Dec 4th, 2018

This year could be the biggest one for IPOs in nearly two decades. Motley Fool Analysts Matt Argersinger and Aaron Bush are going to dive into several of these interesting, young, founder-led companies and reveal which ones they think could be great ...Show More
Cornucopia of Financial Advice

45:54 | Nov 27th, 2018

It’s a horn of plenty advice on investing in dividend stocks, how to invest for your kids, paying off student debt, what to do when one of the companies you own is acquired and more. Sponsor links: Slack: Where work happens. Go to sl...Show More
Let Us All Give Thanks for Asset Allocation

33:45 | Nov 20th, 2018

Pull up a seat because Uncle Bro is serving a great big heaping helping of advice on asset allocation. We’ll also pay tribute to the world’s most outrageous shareholder activist.
Let's Debunk Some Retirement Myths!

30:49 | Nov 13th, 2018

We’re debunking common retirement myths with the help of writer, Maurie Backman. Alison shares your moving and homebuying/selling advice. Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Motley Fool. Go to and get a $50 off your first...Show More
How High Will Cannabis Stocks Go?

34:58 | Nov 6th, 2018

Get it? Weed jokes! With the help of Motley Fool Canada Analyst, David Kretzmann, we’re going to dig deep into the investing thesis of the burgeoning cannabis industry. Sponsored link: code fool75.
October Mailbag of Investing Goodies

45:37 | Oct 30th, 2018

Instead of candy, we’re going to fill your pillowcase with your investing-related answers to your questions, such as how much should you allocate across market caps, how much is too much Apple or Netflix, what is Berkshire without Buffett, and much m...Show More
Confronting the Specter of Long-Term Care

41:34 | Oct 23rd, 2018

October isn’t only the month of ghosts and goblins – it’s also officially long-term care planning month. Dr. Jean Accius of AARP joins us to discuss the latest trends in long-term care, government assistance, and senior housing.
Serious Fun with Taxes

41:48 | Oct 16th, 2018

With the help of Megan Brinsfield, a financial planner with Motley Fool Wealth Management, we’ll explore the new tax laws and discuss ways to reduce your tax bill come April. We’ll also explore the October Effect and whether this month really is a cu...Show More
How to Become Financially Independent by Your 30s

47:59 | Oct 9th, 2018

With the help of Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett, the guys behind the popular ChooseFI website and podcast, we’re going to learn more about the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement and how you can gain financial independence to cre...Show More
Disaster-Proof Your Finances

31:39 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Bro offers advice on how to prevent financial disasters in your life and what you can do to minimize the damage when the unexpected happens. Slack: Where work happens. Go to to learn more. Thanks Netsuite. Get the FREE guide, “Crushing the ...Show More
September Mailbag: Inheriting Stocks, Dividends, Inverse ETFs, and More

42:26 | Sep 25th, 2018

We're joined this month by Sean Gates from Motley Fool Wealth Management who will help us answer your questions about tax issues related to inheriting stocks and dividends, shorting the market with inverse ETFs, and much more. Sponsor link: More
Call it a Comeback

37:24 | Sep 18th, 2018

With the help of Motley Fool analyst, Seth Jayson, we’re going to look at the recent comeback stories of some beaten down stocks (like Lululemon, Chipotle) and discuss successful investing tips when analyzing stocks that have taken a hit. Sponsored l...Show More
When the Stuff You Own Starts to Own You

32:02 | Sep 11th, 2018

This week we’re all about stuff: Why so many of us have too much of it, how harmful it can be, and what you can do to get rid of it (or help a love one). Sponsored link: code fool.
How to Cope As a Caregiver

47:38 | Sep 4th, 2018

Caring for an aging loved one is no easy feat. We’re joined by AARP’s Amy Goyer, who will share her remarkable first-hand experience as well as her advice for managing the challenges you’ll face as a caregiver.
August Mailbag – Life Insurance, Inheritances, Solo 401(k)s and More

44:02 | Aug 28th, 2018

We’re joined by Ross Anderson to help us tackle your questions about investing in collectibles and silver, whether a VUL is a good substitute for a 529, and when to tell if higher fund fees are worth it. Sponsored link: code f...Show More
Share the Love of Investing

50:41 | Aug 21st, 2018

We learn from two Motley Fool members on how they are sharing the love of investing with their kids—and how you can do it, too. Thanks to Away for supporting The Motley Fool. Go to and use the promo code fool to get $20 off a suit...Show More
Know When to Fold 'em: Foolish Selling Principles for Long-term Investors

40:31 | Aug 14th, 2018

Motley Fool’s Chief Investing Officer, Andy Cross, and the advisor on Motley Fool’s Total Income service, Ron Gross, share their Foolish take on when to sell a stock. Filmed in front of a live FoolFest audience. Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack...Show More
How to Get a Great Mortgage

29:33 | Aug 7th, 2018

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. Thanks Handy for your support. To get your first 3-...Show More
July Mailbag: Advice for College Students, Basics of Buybacks, Dividend Stocks

43:15 | Jul 31st, 2018

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. Thanks to...Show More
FoolFest: 25 Years of Foolishness with Tom and David

34:14 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 G...Show More
You Should Ask for a Raise – Yes, You

42:10 | Jul 17th, 2018

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. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting ...Show More
Credit Card Trends to Watch

30:25 | Jul 10th, 2018

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...Show More
Money Lessons from George Washington

29:32 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 inte...Show More
Junetacular Mailbag

43:59 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 o...Show More
The Awfulizer Analyzes the Stock Market with Optimistic Results

26:11 | Jun 19th, 2018

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.
Financial Advice for Every Dad (And the People Who Love Them)

41:04 | Jun 12th, 2018

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. Thank...Show More
A Tale of Three Fools

40:45 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More
May The Mailbag Be With You

39:05 | May 29th, 2018

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.
How to Make Sure Your 401k Plan is an A-OK Plan

30:08 | May 22nd, 2018

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. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting M...Show More
Kids and Money: Parental Instincts Gone Wrong

38:52 | May 15th, 2018

Beth Kobliner joins us to talk about how common parental instincts aren’t always right when it comes to teaching kids about money. Thanks to Molekule and HelloFresh for supporting the show. Get $75 off your first order at code...Show More
It’s Not Too Late to Put Your Financial Life in Order

33:43 | May 8th, 2018

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.
Investing Mailbag with Jason Moser

41:32 | May 1st, 2018

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. Thanks to Blooom for supporting Motley Fool Answers. Get a mon...Show More
What's the Deal With China?

44:48 | Apr 24th, 2018

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.
Sinking our Teeth Into the FANG

36:55 | Apr 17th, 2018

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...Show More
5 Common Myths About Paying for College

47:03 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 contribution...Show More
The 3rd Annual Loofie Awards

27:56 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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...Show More
Marvelous March Mailbag

40:44 | Mar 27th, 2018

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. Thanks to LegalZoom for supporting Motley Fool. Get special savings...Show More
The Financial Foibles of Mark Twain

44:20 | Mar 20th, 2018

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. Sponsored links: More
Ball Like Buffett, Invest like LeBron

29:32 | Mar 13th, 2018

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...Show More
Global Investing Trends You May Be Overlooking

43:00 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 insi...Show More
February Mailbag of Love

42:08 | Feb 27th, 2018

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? More
The Olympics of Investing

44:06 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Money and Your Honey: Bro's Tips and Tidbits

33:43 | Feb 13th, 2018

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.
How to Be Happier and Have Less Stress and Anxiety

39:12 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 ou...Show More
January Mailbag: 457s, 529s, and Lots of Tax Stuff

40:20 | Jan 30th, 2018

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...Show More
Happier at Work in 2018: Land the Job of Your Dreams

36:14 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting T...Show More
Healthier in 2018: What Works for Us

42:38 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 mar...Show More
Wealthier in 2018: 7 Things to Do in Under 15 Minutes

33:50 | Jan 9th, 2018

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.
More Organized in 2018: Advice from Extreme Cleaning Expert Matt Paxton

30:44 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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.
The 12 Days of Taxmas

27:55 | Dec 26th, 2017

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

35:17 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 bes...Show More
5 More Sneaky Ways Retailers Will Get You This Holiday Season

34:36 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 list...Show More
5 Sneaky Ways Retailers Will Get You This Holiday Season

35:33 | Dec 5th, 2017

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, ma...Show More
How to Bend Others, and Yourself, to Your Will

29:06 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 a...Show More
What’s the Big Deal with Bitcoin?

33:13 | Nov 21st, 2017

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 i...Show More
5 More Reasons to Sell a Stock – It’s Not Me, It’s You

40:05 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 Ha...Show More
Sweater Weather All Mailbag Fuzz Fest

29:55 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Estate Planning Horror Stories

27:31 | Oct 31st, 2017

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 persona...Show More
A History of Market Crashes, Pt. 4: The Great Recession

25:09 | Oct 24th, 2017

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...Show More
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 3: The Dot-Com Bubble

33:23 | Oct 17th, 2017

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. Thanks to Harry’s f...Show More
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 2: The Energy Crisis and Black Monday

42:51 | Oct 10th, 2017

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 an...Show More
A History Of Market Crashes, Pt 1: The Great Depression

38:49 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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...Show More
Americans and Money – Down to the Last Penny

35:46 | Sep 26th, 2017

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

22:54 | Sep 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Teach Your Kids to Save, No Matter Their Age

45:49 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 sa...Show More
David Gardner’s Greatest Hits

46:36 | Sep 5th, 2017

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 c...Show More
5 Ways to Fix Your Finances Without Cutting Back

22:58 | Aug 29th, 2017

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.
5 Sustainable Sources of Competitive Advantage

31:23 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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...Show More
The Dow Days of Summer

28:48 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 om...Show More
Young Whippersnapper Mailbag

23:44 | Aug 8th, 2017

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 wo...Show More
The Best of FoolFest 2017

22:23 | Aug 1st, 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...Show More
5 Trends to Watch in the Energy Sector

39:09 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 so...Show More
A Superhero’s Guide to Talking About Money

33:12 | Jul 18th, 2017

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 st...Show More
Judge Bro: Court is Back in Session

25:06 | Jul 11th, 2017

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...Show More
4 Credit Cards Pitfalls (And How to Avoid Them)

28:38 | Jul 4th, 2017

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 fo...Show More
3 Things to Know Before You Invest in Tech

36:13 | Jun 27th, 2017

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 ...Show More
FoolFest QuestionFest

36:14 | Jun 20th, 2017

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 awayt...Show More
Domo Arigato, Mr. Broboto

33:52 | Jun 13th, 2017

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 question...Show More
Money Stress in the Workplace

35:01 | Jun 6th, 2017

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. Spo...Show More
5 Trends to Die for in the Consumer Goods Sector

34:54 | May 30th, 2017

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

29:21 | May 23rd, 2017

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 Marke...Show More
Dangerous Words in Finance

29:54 | May 16th, 2017

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 gam...Show More
4 Ways to Cut Your Mortgage Costs

25:53 | May 9th, 2017

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 ke...Show More
Invest Like a Fool: Financial Sector Stocks

38:02 | May 2nd, 2017

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 Motl...Show More
Court is in Session: Judge Bro Residing

16:02 | Apr 25th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Top Priorities and Common Pitfalls for Every Decade of Life

28:40 | Apr 18th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How I Achieved an 814 Credit Score

22:26 | Apr 11th, 2017

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 o...Show More
Invest like a Fool: Biotech Stocks

25:57 | Apr 4th, 2017

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. Ge...Show More
Motley Lessons of April Fool’s Pranks Past

25:54 | Mar 28th, 2017

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 al...Show More
Housing Mailbag Spectacular

30:27 | Mar 21st, 2017

We’ll answer your questions related to buying a home including setting priorities, investment properties, and more. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Listen to Audible's new original series: Ponzi Supernova. Details at ...Show More
The Ins and Outs of IPOs

27:49 | Mar 14th, 2017

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.
Put Values-Based Investing to Work in Your Portfolio

29:19 | Mar 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More
The 2017 Loofie Awards

30:38 | Feb 28th, 2017

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. Th...Show More
How to Fight About Money

28:36 | Feb 21st, 2017

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 divo...Show More
Special Hugs With Warren Buffett

17:12 | Feb 14th, 2017

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, exactl...Show More
How Do You and Your Schmoopie Compare to the Average Couple?

28:07 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 calcu...Show More
Military Money

21:01 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 c...Show More
Be More Productive in 2017

39:55 | Jan 24th, 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.
How to Keep Those Health Resolutions in 2017

35:36 | Jan 17th, 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 importan...Show More
Science-Backed Hacks to Being Happier in 2017

32:48 | Jan 10th, 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 su...Show More
A Lazy (and Smart!) Person’s Guide to a Wealthier 2017

34:20 | Jan 3rd, 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 whic...Show More
Family Inc. – Manage your Family Finances Like a CFO

33:51 | Dec 20th, 2016

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 e...Show More
Mailbag: Self-directed IRAs, 529s, Calculating Investing Returns and More

34:59 | Dec 13th, 2016

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...Show More
The Science of Better Gift Giving

25:56 | Dec 6th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Eavesdropping: The Best of Boston Member Event

35:23 | Nov 29th, 2016

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 th...Show More
5 Ways to Maintain (and Not Gain) Over the Holidays

28:33 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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.
Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur

25:31 | Nov 15th, 2016

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 h...Show More
How to Invest If ________ Wins the Election

32:39 | Nov 8th, 2016

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...Show More
That'll Happen the Day the Cubbies Win the World Series

29:49 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 ex...Show More
The Witch of Wall Street

35:11 | Oct 25th, 2016

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 t...Show More
Bonus Episode: Building a Better Baby Boomer Portfolio

17:18 | Oct 21st, 2016

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 benefit...Show More
Decoding the Quarterly Earnings Report

33:20 | Oct 18th, 2016

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 J...Show More
Confessions of a Mutual Fund Manager

23:21 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 mutua...Show More
5 Things You Maybe Didn't [But Definitely Should] Know About Mutual Funds

23:00 | Oct 4th, 2016

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...Show More
How to Write a Letter Worth Millions of Dollars

21:45 | Sep 27th, 2016

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 financ...Show More
Whatever Happened to the BRIC?

27:14 | Sep 20th, 2016

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 i...Show More
Get on the Bus, We're Taking You to School

31:52 | Sep 13th, 2016

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....Show More
Mailbag Time! 401ks, Post-Retirement Sources of Money, So Many Insurance Questions!

34:56 | Sep 6th, 2016

Should you max out your 401k or invest in individual stocks? Does it make sense to pay off student debt with a 401k loan? How can you make your dwindling funds last post-retirement? Is long-term care insurance worth it? So many questions! We have so ...Show More
Putting the Fun in Hedge Funds

29:02 | Aug 30th, 2016

Hedge Funds! What are they? How do they work? Are they worth it? Ron Gross is our tour guide as we venture into the pricey, exclusive, and loosely-regulated world of Hedge Funds. We'll also answer your question about diversifying your portfolio if yo...Show More
The GOATs of Investing, Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

35:43 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Robert rounds out the list of the Greatest [Investors] Of All Time with four more inductees and three honorable mentions. We'll also answer your question about whether you should diversify your assets when it comes to who's managing your money.
The GOATs of Investing - Part 1

27:20 | Aug 16th, 2016

Now that we all know the meaning of the acronym GOAT, we’re going to look at the Greatest [Investors] Of All Time. We'll introduce you to five of the most influential investors ever, as well as share their most notable quotable and peculiar quirks. W...Show More
Which Countries Will Take Home the Medals?

41:58 | Aug 9th, 2016

In the spirit of competition, we will make medal predictions for which countries will be the leaders in tech, manufacturing, energy and more in the years to come. We’ll also answer your question about how much money you should have in the stock marke...Show More
Never Sell Stocks

26:15 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Jason Moser joins us to talk about how to identify the kind of stocks that you'll want to hold forever. A handful Motley Fool analysts will share their "never sell" stock and we'll answer your question about how to adjust your financial game plan whe...Show More
Millennials are the Worst, AMIRITE?! (Actually, No)

40:01 | Jul 26th, 2016

If you ask the Internet, Millennials are the worst generation ever. But is that really true? We’re going to dig into the research to find out if Millennials are just as entitled, lazy, and lousy with money as the prevailing opinion believes they are....Show More
The Anti-Reading List

26:23 | Jul 19th, 2016

While everyone else is telling you what you should read this summer, we're giving you a list of what to avoid. Morgan Housel joins us to share his anti-reading list (okay...and a book recommendation too). We also ask fellow Fools what they are doing ...Show More
Credit Score Mailbagapalooza

26:53 | Jul 12th, 2016

We enlist the help of NerdWallet Investing Writer (and Answers Alum) Dayana Yochim to answer your pressing credit-related questions including which type of debt to pay down first, how to overcome a slip-up, and why you should get at least one credit ...Show More
Could You Benefit from a Little Financial Therapy?

26:04 | Jul 5th, 2016

Financial therapy is a growing trend in financial planning that helps reveal your deeply-held beliefs about money--particularly the beliefs that are holding you back from reaching your goals. We'll also answer your question with four questions that w...Show More
Where to Live If You Want to Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Foolish

29:52 | Jun 28th, 2016

We'll not-literally travel these great United States to discover the best place to live—from a Foolish perspective. We'll also answer your question about how to evaluate your investing prowess and ask the world what it really thinks of Americans. It'...Show More
Get Ready for the New Retirement

28:12 | Jun 21st, 2016

Retirement just ain't what it used to be. Stock market returns, fewer employer benefits, and even changes in life expectancy mean your retirement will be very different from your parents'. We will break down the challenges and opportunities and expla...Show More
FoolFest - A Festival of Fools

30:45 | Jun 14th, 2016

We give you a sneak peak at FoolFest, a two day celebration of investing and Foolishness. We'll share speech highlights from Motley Fool Co-founder and CEO Tom Gardner, NY Times Bestselling Author Dan Pink, and Shareholder Advocate Nell Minow. We'll ...Show More
June Mailbag with Foolish Investor Ron Gross

28:19 | Jun 7th, 2016

With the help of Foolish Investor, Ron Gross, we'll answer your most pressing investing-related questions. What metrics matter when researching companies to invest in? What happens when a company repurchases shares? Why buy anything other than divide...Show More
The Robots Are Coming… For Your Money

28:37 | May 31st, 2016

The hottest trend in personal finance is the rise of so-called "robo advisors" like Betterment and Wealthfront who promise to manage your money for a low fee. Robo advisors can be a great option for many people, maybe even you. We’ll look at the indu...Show More
Ancient Secrets of Travel Hackers Revealed

33:50 | May 24th, 2016

We sit down with two accomplished travel hackers to learn how they maximize credit card points to get free travel around the world. International First Class? Yes, please! We’ll also answer a listener question about being the most tax efficient with ...Show More
Journal Your Way to Investing Success

27:39 | May 17th, 2016

An investing journal is a great way to hold yourself accountable, understand your temperament, and squash your bad habits. You will not regret starting one. We promise. In this episode we'll talk about the why and how of keeping an investing journal,...Show More
Where to Stash Your Pile of Cash for the Best Return

30:47 | May 10th, 2016

Whether you're saving up for an emergency fund, a mortgage down payment or college tuition, you might be sitting on a big pile of money and not sure where to put it. And with interest rates as low as they are—it's painful to see it just sit there ear...Show More
Dear Ladies: You Were Born to Be Awesome with Your Money

24:50 | May 3rd, 2016

When women take the reins of their personal finances, it’s abeautiful, lucrative thing. We interview Jean Chatzky, bestsellingauthor and financial editor for NBC's Today Show, about women andmoney. Jean will also answer a few of your questions and we...Show More
What Would Warren Buffett Do?

33:44 | Apr 26th, 2016

With the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting this weekend, we're going to play a few rounds of "What Would Warren Buffett Do" with the help of a couple Motley Fool Analysts. We'll also answer your question about the right number of stocks to own....Show More
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bonds

30:18 | Apr 19th, 2016

In this episode, we’ll talk about the benefits and basics of bonds. Even better, we enlist the help of the original man-behind-the-glass, Steve Broido, to hear how bonds fit into his portfolio.
Take Steps Now to Make Your Taxes Less Brutal Next Year

29:44 | Apr 12th, 2016

Your Future Self will say “Thanks, Past Self!” after you follow advice from Megan Brinsfield (aka Taxy Pants) to ease the pain of doing your taxes next time around. We’ll also talk about the super duper ultra back door Roth IRA and play a rousing gam...Show More
3 Peculiar Traits of Wealthy People

23:19 | Apr 5th, 2016

Morgan Housel joins us to talk about 3 common (and peculiar) traits that wealthy people tend to share. We’ll also answer your question about the benefits of keeping real estate in a self-directed IRA and explore the urban legend of eschewing a retire...Show More
Find Out Why You REALLY Do What You Do With Your Money

27:31 | Mar 29th, 2016

Every time you take an action with your money—whether it’s buying stuff or investing in stocks—you’re making a statement about your values and getting an emotional kickback. And you thought you were just buying a car to get you places. Not so! We’ll ...Show More
Give Your Finances a Good Spring Cleaning

27:35 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Spring is here and what could be more fun than playing hooky from work and spending the day cleaning up your finances? We’re being serious here. We’ll discuss the benefits of having a Financial Health Day and give you our best tips for making it coun...Show More
Finding Your Very Own Pot O’ Goals

29:32 | Mar 15th, 2016

Catching Leprechauns is hard. Luckily, you can still find that pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow by being strategic about setting and achieving your financial goals. We’ll also answer a wee lad’s question about getting started investing and share...Show More
Bonus Episode: March Mailbag

25:37 | Mar 10th, 2016

Why bonds are riskier than you think. Should you use limit orders to sell stocks? Sell your house or get a roommate? Pay off the mortgage or save for a college tuition tsunami? A checklist for a June Bride on combining finances and more.
5 Ways You Could Be Wrecking Your Retirement

26:58 | Mar 8th, 2016

There are countless ways you could destroy your retirement savings (investing in Orange Juice Futures and Pokemon cards comes to mind), but we’re only going to focus on 5 common mistakes that even you could be guilty of committing. We’ll also answer ...Show More
Cutting the Cable Cord in 5 Easy Steps

29:32 | Mar 1st, 2016

Alison is the expert this week as she tries to convince Robert to cancel his cable subscription. We’ll give you a 5 step plan to cutting the cord, including tips and tricks to keep watching your favorite shows and events. Contact: Send love lette...Show More
It’s the Loofie Awards! Celebrating the Best in Personal Finance

29:22 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Welcome to our first annual awards show! We're naming the best mutual funds, credit cards, online brokers and more with the help of Nerd Wallet. Please take our listener survey at More from Dayana Yochim and Nerd Wallet...Show More
America Versus The World

34:56 | Feb 16th, 2016

We’re going on a round the world journey to see what it’s like to be an investor living in countries that aren’t the U.S. We'll compare fees, investing options, and awareness with the head of The Motley Fool's international outposts, Brian Richards. ...Show More
5 Financial Rules of Thumb (and the Exceptions)

23:39 | Feb 9th, 2016

We’ll cover some of the most useful rules of thumb to estimate if you’re on track in your net worth, retirement savings, emergency fund and more. Bonus rules for how much you should spend on a house and car. Robert also explains the danger of shortin...Show More
Your Super-Savvy Investing Questions Answered

22:07 | Feb 2nd, 2016

We answer listener questions about investing including tax-loss harvesting, buying stocks on margin, and the very important difference between the price and value of a company’s stock. Then we’ll Tiptoe Through the Tooltips with Bro and 3 sites to he...Show More
7 Simple Steps for Millennials (Or Anyone, Really) to Get Your Finances On Fleek

25:36 | Jan 26th, 2016

On Fleek? Do the kids still say that? Johnnie Weathersby, Gentleman about town, joins us to share his step-by-step guide to money like an adult. We’ll also tackle the right and wrong way to measure your investing success.
BONUS: Full interview with Motley Fool Co-Founder, David Gardner

29:52 | Jan 19th, 2016

Our interview with Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner ran a little long so we had to edit it down to fit the show. But, dear listeners, we didn't want to deprive you of his fabulously futuristic insights. So here's the whole shebang, including how ...Show More
How to Profit from the Impending Robot Uprising

30:29 | Jan 19th, 2016

If anyone knows what the future looks like at The Motley Fool, it’s our co-founder David Gardner. He joins us to talk about which tech trends he has his eye on, as well as how to find—and invest in—the companies that are driving the future. We’ll als...Show More
Yes, Grumpypants, You Can Retire Without the Lottery

21:43 | Jan 12th, 2016

We play Pollyanna to all the negative voices in your head that tell you you'll never have enough money to retire (Yes, even if you don't have a big salary or are getting a late start). We also ask some of our favorite financial advisors for their #1 ...Show More
Your Chances for Financial Success, Predicted by 3 Questions

28:54 | Jan 5th, 2016

It turns out that correctly answering three little questions can predict how financially successful you'll be in life. Sadly most people can't ace the test (but we're confident you can!). We also sit down Tess Vigeland to talk about taking the leap t...Show More
Mailbag: Gaining lost ground on retirement, the right number of stocks to own, and more.

23:47 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Some send letters to Santa, you send letters to us! So let’s close out the year by digging into our mailbag. We’ll talk about whether you should take matters into your own hands to get better investing returns, the tax implications of dividends, and ...Show More
A Non-Boring Guide to Understanding the Federal Reserve

26:25 | Dec 15th, 2015

Everyone’s eyes are on The Federal Reserve this week as its Board of Governors meets to discuss hiking interest rates in the US for the first time since 2006. We’ll help you be the smartest person in the room (assuming Janet Yellen's not there) when ...Show More
5 Weird Ways to Spend Less This Holiday Season

27:27 | Dec 8th, 2015

We asked and you responded! We'll share our listeners' best tips and hacks for managing money. We're also going to cover 5 bizarre (but scientifically proven!) ways to spend less when you're shopping over the Holidays—or whenever.
2015 Holiday Gift Guide - With Something for Everyone

22:26 | Dec 1st, 2015

Here are our best ideas to help you tackle your holiday gift list. There's something for every budget and every age to help you help the ones you love be better with money. We also reveal the secret to giving memorable presents that really matter.
6 Reasons We’re Living in the Greatest Period in World History

19:49 | Nov 24th, 2015

While some people like to harp about the good old days, the truth is that this is an amazing time to be alive. Quite possibly the best ever. So we should all take a moment to ponder depressing historical statistics and be thankful for what we've got.
Awkward (but Crucial) Conversations for Your Holidays

23:40 | Nov 17th, 2015

What’s more brutal than talking to your family about politics, sex and religion over the Holidays? Money! It’s not easy, but a few frank and honest conversations with your family members can result in a joyous New Year (and beyond). We'll explain wha...Show More
Practical Hacks for Building Better Money Habits

28:43 | Nov 10th, 2015

Everyone has at least one bad money habit that leads them to spend too much or save too little. In this show, we’re going to share some practical tips and tricks to help you break the bad money habits and replace them with better ones. We’ll also get...Show More
How to Find the Financial Advisor of Your Dreams

25:24 | Nov 4th, 2015

We break out the polyester pants and the double entendres to play the Financial Advisor dating game. We’ll give you the questions to ask and the red flags to look out for when enlisting help managing your money. We also look at the pros and cons of 4...Show More
Stock Market Superstitions: Invest…IF YOU DARE

22:04 | Oct 27th, 2015

We investigate some of the most infamous stock market superstitions with Morgan Housel and taste test the best goodies pumpkin spice season has to offer. It’s a very Halloween episode of Motley Fool Answers and [spoiler] it’s going to get weird.
Two Fools Debate: Mortgage versus investing, annuities, and when to take Social Security

24:10 | Oct 20th, 2015

Should you pay down your mortgage or invest the money? Are annuities good or bad? Collect Social Security ASAP or wait? We debate the merits of both sides of common money conundrums. Also, we head to the mailbag for your questions on managing your 40...Show More
Secrets from the Diary Of a Financial Advisor

24:31 | Oct 13th, 2015

We found the diary of a financial advisor and brought him on the show to talk about the surprising things he’s learned throughout his career. Also, is being frugal in your DNA and can a family of four really live off of $14K a year?
Preferred Stock, MLPs, and Two Dividends to Watch

24:13 | Oct 6th, 2015

Mailbag time! James Early is back to answer your burning questions about swanky-sounding preferred stocks, the pains of loving MLPs and how to convert your portfolio to a dividend producing machine.
5 Stupid Things People in Finance Say All the Time

21:32 | Sep 29th, 2015

Financial pundits and talking heads often say dumb stuff on CNBC or in the Wall Street Journal. Morgan Housel, behavioral finance expert at The Motley Fool, joins us to call out some of the worst offenses. We’ll also tell you about a couple financial...Show More
International Investing Made Easy

20:28 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Fool Funds Chief Investment Officer Bill Mann challenges some of the common misconceptions held by Americans about investing overseas. He also shares the lessons he learned as a Siberian underwear purveyor.
3 Tips to Get Your Kids Investing

30:25 | Sep 16th, 2015

We offer a few rules of thumb for getting kids excited about investing and explore the options for setting up their brokerage accounts.