Rank #1: DR 024: How to Invest Like Warren Buffett [Interview withLarry Swedroe]
This is the seventeenth day in our 31-Day Money Challenge. Over 31 days we’ll publish 31 podcasts, each designed to help you move closer to financial freedom. Yesterday we looked at why it’s important to invest like a business owner. In today’s podcast, we interview Larry Swedroe, author of Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren […]
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Jan 17 2014
Rank #2: Betterment vs. Wealthfront
Two of the biggest robo advisors are Betterment and WealthFront. At first glance they may appear to be virtually identical. Both create diversified portfolios with similar low cost ETFs. Both rebalance your portfolio, reinvest your dividends, and offer tax loss harvesting. Both have slick, easy to use websites. But there are some significant differences between […]
Jan 15 2015
Rank #3: Podcast 330: How Will COVID-19 Affect the 4% Rule Over the Next Decade?
COVID-19 is impacting almost every aspect of our lives. Investors now wonder, does the 4% Rule still apply or is it null and void in this economic climate?
May 14 2020
Rank #4: DR 040: How Best to Use a Backdoor Roth IRA
Even if you exceed the income limits for contribution to a Roth IRA, you may still be able to take advantage of this excellent additional retirement account option. You can work through what’s called a “backdoor Roth,” which basically means that you convert traditional IRA contributions into a Roth IRA. The process gets a little […]
Feb 21 2014
Rank #5: DR 198: The 3 Ingredients to Building Lasting Wealth
Building wealth isn’t rocket science. Sure it can be hard to spend less than you make. And investing can be a bit overwhelming at first. But the math behind wealth is really simple. It only has three ingredients. And that’s true whether you’re Warren Buffett or a school teacher. It doesn’t matter how much you […]
Nov 30 2015
Rank #6: DR 217: How to Become a Millionaire the Hard Way
In my weekly Forbes column, I published an article on how to become a millionaire in under 20 years. There’s no mystery to it. Save a reasonable amount of money each month (maxing out a 401k will get the job done) and invest it wisely in low cost index funds. Done and done. And then […]
Jul 13 2016
Rank #7: DR 195: Maxing Out Retirement Accounts
Everywhere you look, experts are telling you to contribute to your retirement accounts. Whether it’s advice from newspapers, blogs, financial planners, or friends, any advice that is worth taking must include planning for retirement. Why? Because it’s that important! Over time, setting aside a small portion of your monthly income can mean the difference between living a comfortable retirement and […]
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Nov 04 2015
Rank #8: DR 090: Roth vs. Traditional IRA or 401k: The Math Behind This Important Decision
It’s without a doubt the most frequent question I receive from readers of this blog. People want to know whether they should put their retirement savings in a Roth vs traditional IRA or 401k. I’ve written a lot about these retirement options. If you are new to retirement accounts, I’d suggest you start by reading […]
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Jul 22 2014
Rank #9: DR 296--The 7 Levels of Financial Freedom
We examine the 7 levels of financial freedom.
Apr 02 2018
Rank #10: DR 171: How to Retire at 40 – Interview With Chris of Eat the Financial Elephant
Since launching the podcast in 2013, I’ve had the chance to interview folks about early retirement. It started with Mr. Money Mustache, who retired at the ripe old age of 30. Then we had Todd Tresidder on the show, a former hedge fund manager who retired at 35. More recently, we talked to Jason of […]
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Apr 14 2015
Rank #11: 5 Reasons Never to Pay Off a Mortgage Early (and 1 Reason You Must)
Whether to pay off a mortgage early is an important decision. For some it’s a question of whether to allocate some extra cash each month to the mortgage. For others it’s a question of whether to pay off the home loan all at once. The lump sum approach often becomes an option from an inheritance […]
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Mar 27 2015
Rank #12: DR 165: Financial Freedom Calculator - How Much Should You Save?
How much should you be saving? It’s a question that we ask a lot, and there are a number of rules of thumb. One answer is based on the 50/20/30 budgeting system. Popularized by Senator Elizabeth Warren, this rule of thumb suggests we should be saving 20% of our income. Any general guideline, however, has […]
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Mar 02 2015
Rank #13: DR 147: 10 Ways to Invest $10,000
A few weeks ago in the Dough Roller weekly newsletter I asked the following question: “What would you do if you came into $10,000?” I received a lot of answers. What surprised me about the responses were how similar they were. The varied in the specific details of how people would spend $10,000, but they shared […]
Jan 09 2015
Rank #14: DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?
Recently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would you suggest reinvesting this money in a used […]
Apr 14 2014
Rank #15: DR 194: Thoughts on Early Retirement
Retiring early is a dream held by many, but few people understand what it takes to make it happen. Even worse, many people don’t realize how much money they’ll need to retire early, so they hold out hope when their chances are slim. Still, it’s important to note that early retirement is absolutely achievable. With a commitment […]
Sep 16 2015
Rank #16: DR 068: The 50-20-30 Budget
How can the numbers 50, 20, and 30 help you manage your finances? Today, we’re going to talk about the 50-20-30 rule of budgeting. A company called LearnVest popularized this rule of budgeting recently, but it’s been around long before them. I’ve seen many financial experts write about it, as well. The bottom line is […]
May 23 2014
Rank #17: DR 046: 4% Retirement Withdrawal Rule--An Interview with Vanguard's Maria Bruno and Colleen Jaconetti
What do retirement planning professionals from Vanguard have to say about retirement topics like the 4% rule? In today’s podcast I interview two investment analysts at Vanguard with over 35 years of combined experience – Maria Bruno, CFP and Colleen Jaconetti, CFP. We talk about everything from the 4% rule to portfolio balancing issues to […]
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Mar 26 2014
Rank #18: Podcast 322: What Can An Investment Advisor Do For You? Interview with Steve Utkus at Vanguard
Investment advice is everywhere. Some advice you'll find for free but if you're looking for professional advice, tailored to your financial situation and goals, you may have to pay for it. Is it worth investing in? We talk to Vanguard's Steve Utkus about assessing the value of advice.
Oct 24 2019
Rank #19: DR 143: Should You Max Out Your 401k Early in the Year?
It’s common financial advice to max out a 401k. Putting as much away in a tax advantaged account as possible is just smart financial planning. There is of course a limit to how much we can contribute each year to a workplace retirement plan. And that has some asking whether they should max out their […]
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Jan 05 2015
Rank #20: DR 108: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?
Imagine you’ve just inherited some money. The amount just happens to match the outstanding balance on your mortgage. Now you have a decision. Do you pay off the mortgage or invest the money for retirement. That’s the question facing a podcast listener named Shelly. Here is her email to me: Great job on your podcasts. […]
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Sep 23 2014