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Motley Fool Answers

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 answers@fool.com.

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Mailbag Episode Decades in the Making

It’s a big investing-a-palooza as we finish the year with a mailbag of your STOCKS!-focused questions with help from The Motley Fool’s Chief Investment Officer, Andy Cross. Sponsor link: Thanks Health IQ. See if you qualify for lower rates! healthiq.com/fool

48mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Five Years of Answers: The Highs, Lows, and Everything In-Between

It's our 5th Anniversary Episode! We're joined by former Answerer and now personal finance expert at HerMoney, Dayana Yochim, to talk about the money trends that defined the last five years. Sponsor Link: GETQUIP.COM/fool to save on gift sets and to get your first refill FREE with a refill plan.

42mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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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. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting The Motley Fool. Get your Free Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/fool

36mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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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.

33mins

9 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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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?!”

22mins

11 Apr 2017

Rank #5

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Deconstructing the 4% Rule

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 first job post. Linkedin.com/fool

41mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Culture Crusher or Crushed by Culture?

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 culture on the decline. Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more. Get the FREE guide, “Crushing the Five Barriers to Growth”, at NetSuite.com/FOOL.

31mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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Share the Love of Investing

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 awaytravel.com/fool and use the promo code fool to get $20 off a suitcase!

50mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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January Mailbag: Timing the Market, Time in the Market, and First-Time Dads

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 fund. Sponsored link: http://www.molekule.com code fool75.

48mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Marshaling All Your Resources for Retirement

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 supporting The Motley Fool. Go to linkedin.com/fool and get $50 off your first job post.

54mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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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. Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Motley Fool Answers. Get your Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/fool

42mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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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. Thanks to Blooom for supporting Motley Fool Answers. Get a month free with blooom401k.com/fool and code fool

41mins

1 May 2018

Rank #12

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Foolish Guide to Buying a Home

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 sweet little house you've been dreaming of.

46mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Know When to Fold 'em: Foolish Selling Principles for Long-term Investors

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.com to learn more.

40mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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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. Get your Free Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/fool

40mins

14 Nov 2017

Rank #15

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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?

33mins

21 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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Foolish Guide to Having Kids

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 the money moves you should make and pitfalls to avoid when having kids.

44mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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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. Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting The Motley Fool.  Go to https://www.linkedin.com/fool and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

34mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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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.

30mins

2 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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Foolish Guide to Getting Married

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 sign up for a free Audible trial at Audible.com/foolpower or text foolpower to 500 500.

41mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #20