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Millennial money expert, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada® and podcast host Jessica Moorhouse interviews top personal finance & business experts (John Lee Dumas, Chris Guillebeau, Bruce Sellery, Preet Banerjee), celebrities (Perez Hilton, Scott McGillivray, Farrah Abraham), as well as inspirational entrepreneurs, authors, bloggers, friends and family to help you learn how to manage your money better, make smarter choices, earn more money, become debt-free and live a more fulfilled and balanced life.New episodes air every Wednesday. For helpful resources, blog posts and podcast episode show notes, visit jessicamoorhouse.com. To enquire about being a guest on a future episode, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/podcastsubmissions.

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Millennial money expert, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada® and podcast host Jessica Moorhouse interviews top personal finance & business experts (John Lee Dumas, Chris Guillebeau, Bruce Sellery, Preet Banerjee), celebrities (Perez Hilton, Scott McGillivray, Farrah Abraham), as well as inspirational entrepreneurs, authors, bloggers, friends and family to help you learn how to manage your money better, make smarter choices, earn more money, become debt-free and live a more fulfilled and balanced life.New episodes air every Wednesday. For helpful resources, blog posts and podcast episode show notes, visit jessicamoorhouse.com. To enquire about being a guest on a future episode, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/podcastsubmissions.

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iTunes Ratings

90 Ratings
Average Ratings
72
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5
2
3

Positive vibes!

By mohanadmk - May 03 2019
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Always lovely hearing Jessica

Refreshing

By Elysian78976 - May 14 2018
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Finance in language I can understand! Thank you
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Mo' Money Podcast

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Millennial money expert, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada® and podcast host Jessica Moorhouse interviews top personal finance & business experts (John Lee Dumas, Chris Guillebeau, Bruce Sellery, Preet Banerjee), celebrities (Perez Hilton, Scott McGillivray, Farrah Abraham), as well as inspirational entrepreneurs, authors, bloggers, friends and family to help you learn how to manage your money better, make smarter choices, earn more money, become debt-free and live a more fulfilled and balanced life.New episodes air every Wednesday. For helpful resources, blog posts and podcast episode show notes, visit jessicamoorhouse.com. To enquire about being a guest on a future episode, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/podcastsubmissions.

Rank #1: 137 Being Smart with Your Debt & Credit - Lisa Zamparo, CPA & Financial Strategist (Millennial Money Meetup #4 Live Recording)

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For my 4th Millennial Money Meetup (and my last one for 2017), I hosted the event once again in downtown Toronto selling out tickets in only a few weeks to 50 attendees. This event was sponsored by Manulife Bank (thank you for making this event possible during Financial Literacy Month) and featured the special guest Lisa Zamparo, a CPA and financial strategist. The theme for this event was debt and responsible credit card use, just in time for the holidays. This is the live recording of Lisa and I's discussion on the subject as well as audience Q&A.

For full episode show notes visit: https://jessicamoorhouse.com/137

Dec 08 2017

52mins

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Rank #2: 051 Money Lessons from a Money Guru - Gail Vaz-Oxlade, TV Personality & Author

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The one and only Gail Vaz-Oxlade and I chat about her career as a personal finance guru, TV host and best-selling author. She also shares her top money tips for getting rid of debt, kicking bad financial habits to the curb and leading a more balanced life.

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This episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast is brought to you byWealthSimple. To learn more about the the fastest-growing automated investing service in Canada and to get your special $50 bonus when you open a new WealthSimple account, go to: wealthsimple.com/jessicamoorhouse.

Before I even recorded my first podcast episode almost a year ago, there was one guest I always dreamed of interviewing. At the time I thought it was just that, a dream, but one year and 51 episodes later it’s now a reality!

I’ve been a huge fan of Gail Vaz-Oxlade for years. I obsessively watched Til Debt Do Us Part when I was 24, broke and living in a basement with two equally broke roommates. It was her say-it-like-it-is attitude and helpful advice that motivated me to save as much as I could and stick to a budget during those tough years. I am so thankful for her show and books, and I know I wouldn’t be as financially on track today if it weren’t for her.

I am also thankful that I got the gumption to ask her to be on my podcast early this year, because I think I got her right in the nick of time! Gail has had a long and successful career as a money guru, and she mentions in this episode, she’s going to be taking a step back to focus on other opportunities.

I hope you love this episode as much as I do! And I ardently encourage you to check out some of her helpful resources, her awesome books (Money Talks is a great read!), and join her community on Facebook. And make sure to check back here next week (or subscribe to my email list) for my final episode of the season where I’ll be doing a special solo episode and giving away some prizes to mark my one year podcast anniversary!

Helpful Resources & Tools

Gail’s Books You Need to Read Right Now

Follow Gail on Social

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/51

May 25 2016

38mins

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Rank #3: 159 How to Become Financially Independent by 35 - Chris Reining, Early Retiree & Writer

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Another inspiring interview to get you excited about FIRE! I interview Chris Reining in this episode, who was able to achieve financial independence by 35 (meaning he saved up $1million), and retire comfortably at 37. Now, he spends his days working out, doing yoga and meditating, and writing on his blog at ChrisReining.com. So, how did he do it? He shares how in this interview, so check it out! 

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I’ve been chatting to a lot more guests this season who’ve been able to achieve financial independence in their 30s, and wow is it inspiring! Because really, they didn’t do anything crazy to achieve financial independence. They just made that their main goal and went for it!

And Chris Reining, who was able to reach financial independence at 35 and retire at 37, is no different. He didn’t come from wealth, and although near the end of his career his was earning money, he was by no means “rich”. He worked in cyber security in Madison, Wisconsin and did two main things to reach his goal of saving up $1,000,000 for retirement.

Practice Value-Based Spending

This term “value-based spending” has been popping up a lot more, and for good reason. It’s taking the extreme out of being totally frugal or a shopaholic. It is giving you permission to spend your money (because after all, that’s what it’s for), but also giving you that balance and perspective so you spend it wisely. By practicing value-based spending, not only will you feel more joy when you do spend money, you’ll also find that there’s a lot more money available to save for your future goals.

Chris shares that when he started practicing this, he found it easy to cut out coffee, cable and his expensive hobby of flying planes. They didn’t align with his values, and so he started only spending money on what did, and then making a conscious effort to live below his means so he could continue to save up and invest for his goal of early retirement.

Earn More Money

As Chris says in our interview together, at a certain point, there’s no where else to cut back, and at that point you’ll need to figure out how to earn more money. What Chris did to grow in his career and earn a higher salary was find a mentor, learn some new skills and push himself to take public speaking lessons by joining Toastmasters.

By doing this, he was able to earn more and reach his goal of financial independence that much sooner.

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/159

May 16 2018

37mins

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Rank #4: 077 Listener Series - How Steve Saved Up $3 Million for Retirement Working a Regular 9 to 5

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Think you can become a millionaire by working a regular 9 to 5 job? I know I have a lot of guests on the show who promote the benefits of entrepreneurship and working for yourself to get ahead financially. But for this Listener Series episodes, I chat with Steve Cousins from Arkansas about how he was able to reach financial freedom by working as an employee for the same company for almost 40 years.

I know, I know, many of us Millennials may think that Steve's story sounds exactly like the advice our parents gave us. Go to university, get a job, work hard, save and contribute to your retirement fund, then you'll be able to retire in style. This was a way more common path for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, but I don't think it's impossible for us Millennials.

When talking with Steve, it becomes clear that that's not exactly the path you need to take to grow in your career. You can't just get any degree. You need to get one that has a high demand for skilled workers.

You can't just work hard. Everyone works hard. You need to realized when it makes sense to stay at a company and when it doesn't. Just like he said, he encouraged some of his co-workers to leave his company because he knew that if they stayed, they wouldn't move up as fast compared to if they went to another company.

And lastly, you can just save and contribute to your RRSP or 401K. You need to live frugally, not try to keep up with the Jones', invest wisely and have a plan to continue to earn money during retirement.

I absolutely love how Steve has become this serial entrepreneur with 4 different jobs now that he's retired. And it's not that he needs the money or is working 24/7 now. He gets to work when he wants to doing what he wants to.

If that's not living the dream, I don't know what is! Thanks Steve for sharing your story with me.

Got a story that you think would be good to share on an episode on of Listener series? Please email me!

For more podcast episodes, check out the Podcast page.

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/77

Nov 24 2016

34mins

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Rank #5: 094 How Saying "No" Can Save Your Finances - Sarah Li Cain, Money Storyteller at High Fiving Dollars

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Personal finance isn't just about money. It's about emotions, habits, triggers, mindsets and relationships. I chat about this and more with money storyteller Sarah Li Cain.

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Personal finance isn't just about money. It's about emotions, habits, triggers, mindsets and relationships. Many of these aspects of personal finance are explored with Sarah Li Cain, author at High Fiving Dollars, in this podcast episode.

Sarah, a fellow Canadian now living in the U.S. with her husband and son, isn't just another personal finance blogger. She's a money storyteller on a mission to teach others about how your actions can truly affect your finances in ways you may have never thought.

Take her story for example. Throughout most of her life she was a "Yes Man." Always saying yes when asked for help and putting herself second to provide for those she loved. This doesn't sound so bad, that is until someone takes advantage of your kindness. Which was the case for one of the relationships she was in, where she found herself stuck with $9,000 in debt after the breakup.

Sarah doesn't want this to be your story, and she shares more thoughtful pieces of advice in our interview. Not only that, she's developed a number of great resources to help you on your personal finance journey I've listed below.

Take Sarah's Spending Triggers Course

Sarah's recently created a two-week course all about the triggers that make us overspend and generally mishandle our money.

If you want to learn how to curb your spending (and find out why you’re doing it in the first place), sign up to take her course. You won't be disappointed!

I was lucky enough to preview her course before she officially launched it, and thought it was a really great and unique program that I knew listeners of my podcast would enjoy.

Register for Sarah's spending triggers course here.

Sarah's Top Blog Posts

Helpful Resources by Sarah

Follow Sarah on Social

For more podcast episodes, check out the podcast page.

Show notes: jessicamoorhouse.com/94

Mar 01 2017

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Rank #6: 215 How to Master Your Money - Sandy Yong, Author of The Money Master

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I met Sandy Yong, author of the soon-to-be-released book The Money Master: Inside Secrets On How to Make Your Money Grow and Stay Safe, about a year ago at the 2018 Canadian Personal Finance Conference. She told me she was working on a book and I soon found out we had very similar personal finance journeys.

Having been brought up in a very frugal family, and having finished her business degree during the Great Recession, Sandy worked hard to pay off her student loan and make her way in the corporate world. She soon realized that being frugal was only one part of mastering your money. You also needed to set financial goals, invest wisely and have a clear action plan for all your hard-earned money.

That’s what led her to discover personal finance books which eventually inspired her to write her own book to reflect her journey and key things young Canadians should know about managing their money better.

In this interview, we touch on what some of those key things are, such as the benefits to passive investing instead of investing in high-fee actively-managed mutual funds, while also discussing some new players in the finance world like investing in the cannabis industry, cryptocurrency and robo-advisors.

Her book isn’t out yet, but you can pre-order your copy today. I’m also going to be giving away copies of her book when it’s out, so make sure to enter to win in my massive book giveaway!

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of his book!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/215

Nov 20 2019

44mins

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Rank #7: 141 Deconstructing FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) - Bob Lai, Blogger at Tawcan

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Have you heard of the FIRE movement before? In this episode I chat with Bob Lai from Tawcan about what it means to be financially independent and how make an investment strategy to get there.

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For anyone who wanted a deep look into the FIRE movement, and to get the low down on how to become financially independent, this is an episode you are gonna love! I chat with Bob Lai, the blogger behind Tawcan, about his plans to reach financial independence while being a single-income family with his wife and two kids.

He even shares what his personal investment strategy looks like: a mixture of dividend paying stocks (a.k.a. blue-chip stocks), index ETFs, and a small percentage of growth stocks.

Now, if you’re just getting started with your investment journey, before getting into DIY investing like Bob, a good place to start is by investing in index mutual funds, like the portfolios that Tangerine offers. It’s actually what I started investing with, as they track the index and charge way lower MERs than the big banks.

Financial Independence vs. Financial Freedom

Most people use these two terms interchangeably, I’ve even been guilty of it. But talking to Bob, I learned that they actually mean to very different things.

Financial independence is when your passive income exceeds your expenses. Many people believe the magic number is to have 25 times your living expenses saved up through savings and investments. Or if you’re more conservative, 33 times your living expenses.

Financial freedom on the other hand is a relatively loose term, but generally speaking mean that you’ve accumulated so much wealth that you don’t even have to worry about or rely on your passive income.

Happiness vs. Joy

Another concept we talked about was the difference between happiness and joy, and balancing the two. You see, happiness is externally driven and has an expiry date. For instance, when you get a raise or buy something you’ve been saving up for. Both of those things would make you happy, for a time, and then it would dissipate.

Joy is internally driven, and is the feeling of being at peace. It’s also less fleeting than happiness, and usually comes about from fulfilling experiences and being around your loved ones.

A big part of the FIRE movement is about focusing on joy instead of happiness. Also, joy doesn’t cost as much as happiness (if we’re talking about happiness through buying goods), so the more you focus on joy, the more money you’ll be able to save to reach your goal of financial independence.

Stocks that Pay Dividends vs. Stocks that Don’t

Not all stocks are the same. Some pay dividends, some don’t. The companies that don’t pay dividends (ie. Facebook) are the ones that are still in a growth stage. Instead of paying dividends to their shareholders, they reinvest their profits to continue to grow the company.

Companies that do pay dividends are companies that are already so big (Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson), that they don’t need to reinvest all of the profits for further growth, so they share their profits with their shareholders (also making those shares more lucrative to potential stock buyers).

Bob’s Top Blog Posts You’ll Want to Read

Learn More About Bob Lai (Tawcan)

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/141

Jan 31 2018

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Rank #8: 173 How to Pay Off Meaningful Debt (and Stay Debt-Free) - Jessi Fearon, Financial Coach

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Jessi Fearon was able to pay off $55,000 in debt in 2 years! Yes, I know, we've all seen headlines like this before, and usually you find out after reading the full news article that they were able to pay off that debt because they got a windfall, their parents helped them, or they earn over 6 figures at their job. Well, that's no Jessi' story. Her and her husband were able to pay that debt off by making some major sacrifices and hustling to make it happen. Now Jessi is a financial coach on mission to help others conquer their finances too!

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For this episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast, I chat with another Jessica who is also a financial coach! I’m talking about Jessi Fearon, who was able to pay off $55,000 in 2 years with her husband, while raising a family of 3 little ones. After being a stay-at-home more for a few years, Jessi now spends her days coaching others how they too can build a solid financial foundation and kick their debt to the curb (for good!) just like her family was able to.

What I love about this episode, and Jessi for that matter, is that she is an open book when it comes to her numbers. Most of the time when you see some headline about someone who paid a big amount of debt in a short amount of time, you eventually find out it’s because they got a big windfall, their parents helped them out, or they earn a high salary. That’s not Jessi’ story at all. For her, it came down to making some tough choices, such as taking on some extra jobs like being a server or dog walker to earn some extra money, or having to trade in her dream truck for a more cost-efficient car to put the difference onto her debt.

Basically, if you’re dealing with debt and need some motivation, this episode is going to make you want to get to work right away and start living a better life!

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/173

Oct 24 2018

48mins

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Rank #9: 052 30 Life Lessons I Learned Before Turning 30 - Jessica Moorhouse

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In the final episode for season 2 of the Mo' Money Podcast, I do a special solo show to reflect on the 30 biggest lessons I've learned over the course of my 30 years on Earth in terms of money, life and balance.

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This episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast is brought to you by Lowest Rates, who are providing $250 for today’s giveaway! To find the lowest rates when it comes to mortgages, insurance and credit cards visit LowestRates.ca.

Today is a pretty big day for me. It’s my one year anniversary of the Mo’ Money Podcast (with 52 episodes in the frickin’ can!), it’s the end of season 2 of my podcast (season 3 to resume in September), and this week is my birthday week. I officially turn 30 on Saturday, but in my mind my birthday lasts a full week. 

Now, this very special solo podcast episode is based on my blog post about the 30 life lessons I’ve learned before turning 30. I thought it would be cool to not just write about this, but also to explain what I’m talking about verbally. Honestly, as much as I love to blog (I mean I’ve been at it for 4 1/2 years now), I really do feel more myself when podcasting. Maybe it’s because there’s no real room to over think things and I can just say exactly what’s on my mind freely. In any case, I think I might do a few more of these blog posts turned podcast episodes in the future. Plus I realized I really miss doing solo shows.

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/52

Jun 01 2016

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Rank #10: 131 How to Build Wealth by Changing Your Money Mindset - Kelley Keehn, Author & Personal Finance Expert

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What's your money mindset and how does it affect how you perceive building wealth? I chat with Kelley Keehn about this and more in this episode.

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Personal finance expert and author Kelley Keehn chatted with me for this fabulous episode of the podcast, and I couldn’t be happier! I love that her mission is to make people feel good about money! Just like she said in our episode, when people feel good about their money, they are better people and thrive in other areas of their lives.

I wholeheartedly agree. When you feel confident in your finances, you feel confident in your life. You start making better and longer-term decisions, instead of decisions based on survival or the immediate future.

We also go a bit deeper in our interview and talk about the different money mindsets people have. Like how they can either help you build wealth and live a life you want, or they can impede you from experiencing your full potential.

I know that my money mindset has evolved over the years, and that’s the amazing thing too. Just because you have say a scarcity mindset, doesn’t mean you can flip the switch into an abundance mindset. Everything is changeable and fixable, you just have to be self-aware and start making small changes to make a big change in the end.

Learn More About Kelley

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/131

Nov 22 2017

38mins

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Rank #11: 165 Get Paid Your Worth: Negotiation Tips - Kathlyn Hart, Salary Negotiation Coach

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For my Season 6 finale episode, I chat with Kathlyn Hart, podcast host of The Big Leap Show and salary negotiation coach. We talk about earning what you deserve, practical ways to ask for a promotion and/or raise, and recognizing when it's time to jump ship for the chance at a higher salary with a different company.

As I mentioned in this episode, I'll be taking the next two months off for a much needed break, but I'll be back for Season 7 in September!

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It’s the Season 6 finale episode, but I’m ending things off with one hell of an inspiring and motivating episode! I chat with salary negotiation coach Kathlyn Hart about what to do (and not to do) to negotiate a higher salary so you can be paid your worth.

It’s actually pretty funny timing this episode because this time 2 years ago is when I asked my boss for a promotion and a raise. I thought I took all the right steps to level up my job and income, but little did I know I actually made a ton of mistakes. So many in fact that I ended up quitting that job.

Obviously, I don’t regret how things turned out. It gave me the push I needed to leave a job that wasn’t fulfilling to run my own business. And now, I’m a year and a half in to being an entrepreneur and I’m so thankful for it.

But, that being said, I sure wish I knew some of the tips and tactics Kathlyn shares in this episode when I was back working a 9 to 5. I wonder how things would have been different.

To sum up some of Kathlyn top tips, I’ve compiled them below in case you want to be brave and get paid better than you are now.

Salary Negotiation Beings in the Job Search

This was a big mistake I made early on. I always chose jobs and industries that were on the downturn or didn’t have any growth potential. Because of this, for most of my corporate life, I earned really low salaries and never got promotions or raises.

Well, what you’re supposed to do is pick a job and industry that are the opposite of that. As Kathlyn mentions, a project manager for a non-profit is going to be paid substantially less than a project manager for a Fortune 500 company. This is something you need to consider before applying for jobs, because it could be the difference of earning $50,000 or $150,000 per year.

Be Confident When Talking Salaries in Interviews

I always dreaded when the interviewer would ask me my salary expectations. Most of the time I was so desperate for the job, I always gave them my lowest possible number, and would always kick myself a few months later when I was in a role making less than I deserved.

Do not do this. Kathlyn has a strategy that focuses on your wish, your want and your walk. Those three numbers are your dream salary, the salary you’d be satisfied with, and the salary that would make you walk away from the job offer because it’s too low. Instead of starting with your lowest offer, ask for your dream salary. Of course, it’s important to back that number up with research, comparables from other jobs in similar sectors, and your skillset. But, if you present your ask with confidence and certainty, the interviewer will be more likely to see your value and want to lock you down for the job.

Be Okay with Walking Away

If you don’t feel like you’re earning enough at your current job, and you feel like you’ve done everything to bump up your salary but nothing’s working, it might be time to walk away. It’s no secret that the easiest way to increase your salary is by jumping ship to another company. Just make sure you’re prepared to ask for the salary you really want before accepting your next job offer.

Download Salary Negotiation Scripts

Download Kathlyn’s free scripts to practice with my texting earnmore to 44222

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/165

Jun 27 2018

47mins

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Rank #12: 093 How to Plan Your Retirement the Smart Way - Fritz Gilbert, Blogger at The Retirement Manifesto

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Saving for your retirement is simple. As Fritz Gilbert from The Retirement Manifesto shares, it all comes down to starting early, spending less than you make, and keeping to it.

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this episode, lots of us young people don't start thinking about planning for our retirement, well...until it's too late. Which isn't a good thing.

It may be difficult wrapping your head around something that won't happen for another 40 or 50 years, but the only way to make sure you'll actually be able to relax and enjoy your retirement is if you start thinking and planning for it as early as possible.

Fritz Gilbert, the blogger behind The Retirement Manifesto, joins me for this podcast episode to share what he's learned about retirement over the years and how he is only a few years away from his early retirement at 55.

Make sure to check out the links below for more helpful resources and tips on how you can start taking action now so you can rest easy later.

Fritz's Advice on How to Retire Early (or Well)

Spend less than you make, and do it for a long time.

Learn More About Fritz's Retirement Manifesto

Fritz's Blog Posts You Need to Read

Follow Fritz on Social

Learn How to Save Money with LowestRates

For more podcast episodes, check out the podcast page.

Show notes: jessicamoorhouse.com/93

Feb 22 2017

28mins

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Rank #13: 003 The Shopping Ban - Cait Flanders from Blonde on a Budget

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Cait Flanders from the popular personal finance blog Blonde on a Budget and I talk about her recent debt pay-off, her shopping ban and her new simplistic lifestyle.

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I really looked forward to having Cait Flanders from Blonde on a Budget on my podcast. I think she was actually one of the first guests I approached to be on the show and she said yes right away (thanks Cait!). Not only is Cait one of my all-time favourite personal finance bloggers, we’ve also become really great friends over the past few years. She is seriously just as genuine in-person as she is on her blog, which is why I think we get along so well. I’m a give it to me (and give it to you) straight kinda gal and Cait is definitely one of the most honest people and bloggers I know. Not many people could write about getting themselves out of debt and embarking on a shopping ban like she does.

A bit of background on how this episode came together, I actually recorded it on site in Vancouver. I went to Vancouver in March to visit my family and while I was there I had a bit of free time. So, I asked Cait to come over and we recorded this episode together. I was pretty nervous because this was the first time I’d ever used all of my podcast equipment by myself (I previously relied on my audio engineering husband), but luckily I didn’t mess anything up and it went pretty smoothly.

Besides Cait being a friend and a favourite blogger of mine, the big reason I wanted her to share her story on my podcast was because it is so relatable. She racked up a bunch of credit card debt, had to move back in with her parents, then started blogging about her situation as motivation to get out of the hole she dug herself. And she did it, and continues to live a more financially responsible lifestyle which includes a shopping ban and living like a minimalist.

We mentioned a few resources on the show, so I wanted to include them below. And if you’re just getting into personal finance and budgeting yourself, I highly recommend checking out Cait’s new Mindful Budgeting Program below. It’s a super handy tool to help you start budgeting with your best foot forward!

Mentioned on the show

Helpful budgeting tools

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/3

Jun 03 2015

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Rank #14: 024 From 6 Figures in Debt to 7 Figures in Savings - Revanche, Blogger at A Gai Shan Life

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Revanche, the blogger behind A Gai Shan Life, and I talk about growing up extremely frugal, helping her family out of a tough financial situation and her aspirations to become a full-fledged millionaire.

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Talk about overcoming some major obstacles, Revanche seriously is one inspiring woman. It’s one thing to try to get yourself out of debt by working hard and saving aggressively, but it’s quite another to do the same to help your family out of a tough financial situation. Although I think Revanche’s story is quite unique, I also feel like she’s not alone in being thrown into a situation where your loved ones need your help and you need to make some big sacrifices to get them out.  I’d love to know in the comments if anyone else has experienced something similar! Please share your stories if you have them.

Although it was a long journey for Revanche, which you’ll learn in our podcast episode together, she didn’t just stop when the debt was finally paid off. She set herself an even loftier goal to achieve next — become a millionaire so she never has to experience debt like that again. I applaud Revanche’s dedication and hard work, and seriously can’t wait until she makes it into the two comma club.

Notable Blog Posts by Revanche

Learn More About Revanche

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/24

Oct 28 2015

37mins

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Rank #15: 014 Climbing Out of Debt by Living like a Frugalista - Catherine MacLean, Blogger at Plunged in Debt

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It's not easy being in debt while supporting a family. Catherine MacLean from Plunged in Debt and I talk about her debt repayment plan, her new frugal lifestyle and what tips and tricks she uses to cut back on spending to balance her budget.

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In this episode I talk to Catherine MacLean from the personal finance blog Plunged in Debt. From the name of her blog, you can guess what it’s focus is on. Catherine and her husband have a huge amount of debt to pay off, and it hasn’t been easy. On top of that they are a young family with a 3-year-old daughter to provide for. 

Fortunately, Catherine is one financially savvy lady and writes about all the different ways she’s found to cut back and save on the little things. If you’re in debt and need some motivation to stick to your budget and kick your debt to the curb, you definitely need to check out Catherine’s blog (and listen to our podcast episode).

In our conversation, Catherine and I mentioned a few of her most notable blog posts, so here they are below for you to check out. I’ve also given some shout outs to some iTunes reviewers, so check below to see if one of them is you!

Blog Posts Catherine Mentioned

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/14

Aug 19 2015

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Rank #16: 184 Living Debt-Free with Shannon Lee Simmons, Author, CFP & Founder of The New School of Finance

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I’ve got another repeat guest on the show, who first appeared on the Mo’ Money Podcast this time last year in episode 151 to promote her first book Worry-Free Money. I’m talking about the lovely Shannon Lee Simmons, and she’s back with her second book all about debt called Living Debt-Free.

Since her first book was essentially the feel-good personal finance book we were all looking for, Shannon’s second book does the same thing for debt. There are so many negative emotions surrounding debt, such as shame and guilt. Debt is bad right? Well, guess what…real people have debt. And they shouldn’t feel shame or guilt for having it. Shame and guilt aren’t exactly motivators to doing anything, so why would we think making people feel bad about their debt will help them get out of it.

Having a Positive Mindset for Debt Repayment Is Key

Instead, Shannon shares stories and advice on how to tackle your debt by adopting a new positive mindset and asking yourself some of these helpful questions:

  • What is your debt holding you back from in life?
  • What kind of life could you have without this debt?
  • What’s really important to you?
  • What are your core life values?

Having clear answers for these questions will help you stay on track to paying off your debt. Yes, strategies like the debt snowball and debt avalanche are helpful too, but from my experience and Shannon’s, people are more likely to get back into debt or stop their debt repayment plan because they lack positive reinforcement and motivation.

By thinking with a more positive mindset, such as “What could I add to my life once I’m debt-free?” instead of being critical of your current situation like “You’re not as well off as your peers because of your debt,” you’ll be able to change your financial picture quicker than you ever thought possible. Not only that, you’ll be able to stay out of debt because you’ll have a clearer vision for your overall finances.

Emergency Funds Are for Emergencies

Recently, there was a question that popped up in my Facebook group asking whether it was a good idea to use Emergency Fund money to pay off debt. Shannon and I both agreed that Emergency Funds should be reserved for emergencies only, not debt. Lack of emergency savings is one of the main reasons people fall into debt. Something unexpected happens, like their car breaks down, they don’t have the money to pay for it, they use credit to fix their car, now their in debt and can only afford the minimum payments.

To avoid this cycle, save up 3 to 6 months of your living expenses and put it in a high-interest savings account. Then don’t touch it until a real emergency happens. And once you touch it, make sure to pay that money back so it’s never empty.

Shannon also suggest having two Emergency Funds. One is for real emergencies that you don’t touch unless you absolutely need to. One is more of a slush fund that you are constantly contributing to, but dipping into when you need cash for unexpected expenses (that don’t fall into the emergency category).

The Only Way to Avoid Over-Spending with Your Credit Card

There are only a few ways to avoid over-spending with your credit card. One way is to use debit or cash for all of your variable expenses, and just link your credit card to any of your regular fixed expenses like your cable bill, phone bill, and utilities.

Or, if you do like to use your credit card for your variable spending, set its limit to the exact amount you’ve budget for variable expenses. Then, as soon as you make a purchase with your credit card, move money from your chequing account to pay off your credit card.

That’s it! There really isn’t any other magic way to do it. Believe me, I’ve tried them and so has Shannon and these are the ones that work!

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/184

Feb 20 2019

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Rank #17: 133 How to Actually Retire Early - Tanja, Blogger at Our Next Life

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Retiring early isn't just for the privileged and doesn't have to be a daydream you refer at your 9 to 5 grind. You can actually retire if you have a plan to get you there, and Tanja from Our Next Life shares how her and her husband were able to do it.

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Ever since I connected with Tanja from Our Next Life about a year ago, I was waiting for the opportunity to have her on my show. But for most of the year she was an anonymous blogger. You see, she was waiting to reveal herself until she was able to hand in her notice at her job so her and her husband could retire early.

Well, she’s handed in her notice and is set to officially retire early this January. I know, I know, this sounds like a dream most of us have had while putting in those long hours at our day jobs. But what’s awesome about my interview with Tanja is she discusses how her and her husband were able to do it. And they didn’t go to any extremes to reach their goal. They didn’t sell all their things or sacrifice their present happiness and comfort to reach tomorrow’s goal of financial independence.

Besides sharing the steps she took to be able to retire early (in her 30s!), she also shares the book that inspired her to take this journey. It’s called How to Retire Early by Robert & Robin Charlton, and it’s a book she highly recommends if anyone wants to learn more about how to make a solid plan to retire early.

I know I’m definitely going to check it out, because achieving F.I.R.E. is definitely one of my new crazy big life goals! And if Tanja can do it, really anyone can do it!

Learn More About Tanja

Follow Tanja

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/133

Nov 29 2017

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Rank #18: 022 This Is How You Make Your Budget Sexy - J. Money, Blogger at Budgets Are Sexy

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J. Money from the popular personal finance blog Budgets Are Sexy and I talk about making money online, getting fired, giving away $90,000 and making budgets sexy again.

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J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy and Rockstar Finance has been in the personal finance game since 2008, so he knows what’s going on when it comes to talking money. In this episode, we discuss how he became a blogger, why getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to him and how he’s been able to give back in a big way.  Not only is J. Money just a super cool, genuine guy — I owe him a big one because talking to him for this episode was the kick in the pants I needed to move forward with my rebrand and future money coaching business. You know when you have an idea, but are just too scared to take action because it’s not perfect yet? I’m a big perfectionist, and it’s definitely held me back from trying new things and taking risks that could help me in the long run. But J. Money is such a an inspiring guy with everything he’s accomplished, I’m gonna take a chapter out of his book and just do it!

So thanks J. for motivating me to start my next chapter. You rock and it was a pleasure having you on the show!

We mentioned a few things in this episode, so I’ve listed everything below. I’m also including J.’s side hustle story series even though we didn’t talk about it because it’s just too cool not to mention on here.

Submit Your Side Hustle Story

  • Got a unique way to make extra money outside of your day job? Submit your cool side hustle story for a chance to be featured on Budgets Are Sexy. I even submitted my story about teleprompting!

Notable Blog Posts by J. Money

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/22

Oct 14 2015

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Rank #19: 124 What You Should Do Before Buying a Home - Penelope Graham, Managing Editor for Zoocasa

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Thinking of jumping into the housing market? There's a lot to know and even more pressure to make a good decision (it is the biggest purchase of your life after all). I talk with Penelope Graham, Managing Editor of Zoocasa to find out what potential home buyers should know before buying their first place.

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If you have some questions about the home buying process, my guest Penelope Graham, Managing Editor for Zoocasa, has the answers!

Penelope was actually one of the panelists for my Millennial Money Meetup #2 in May 2017, and the focus for that event was homeownership and renting vs. buying. She was one of the top voted panelists by attendees, so I knew I needed to bring her on the show to share her wisdom.

Having bought my first place just a year ago, I still remember all the stress, research and more stress that went into finally signing on the dotted line. Toronto is a hot market, so I knew I needed to be prepared and not take this home buying process lightly.

Now that that’s behind me, I want to make sure that other millennials who are thinking of buying are just as well informed and prepared for this very big purchase. And if you have any questions after this episode, contact Penelope and she’ll be happy to guide you on the right path!

Tips If You’re Thinking of Buying Your First Place

  1. Remember that getting pre-approved for a mortgage is your first step. This will help you figure out how much mortgage you’ll be approved for, and how much you can afford and what your budget should me. Also, don’t borrow the maximum you are approved for, especially if only putting 5% down. You don’t want to be house poor after all!
  2. Interview potential realtors as if it was a job interview (because to them, it actually is!). Make sure you pick a realtor that’s the right fit for you, ask for their stats (how much homes sold/bought for clients), ask for references, and make sure they are a full-time realtor and completely invested in working with you.
  3. When given a buyer representation agreement from your realtor, negotiate a term for the contract that suits you best (ie. no longer than 3 months). This way, you can end the relationship if it’s not working and you won’t be tied to a lengthy contract.
For full podcast show notes, visit: https://jessicamoorhouse.com/124

Oct 26 2017

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Rank #20: 204 Your Investing Questions Answered - Jessica Moorhouse

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For my final episode of Season 8 of the Mo’ Money Podcast, I’ve got a solo episode for you, and it’s all about answering your investing questions. I get investing questions all the time at events I organize or speak at, via email or even through social media. So, since I just did my Level Up Your Moneyevent with Erin Lowry which included a Q&A (but wasn’t part of the recording we did), I thought I would do an episode focused solely on answering all your most pressing investing questions.

Now, as a disclaimer, nothing in this episode should be considered financial or investing advice. Heck, nothing on this website or any content I create should be considered advice. It is simple information, facts and opinion. And when it comes to investing specifically, it’s hard to even give a straight answer.

You may have noticed that in the panel discussion recording, and some attendees voiced their frustration. I totally get it, but unfortunately, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all investment advice or recommendations. We’re all at different stages in our lives, with different incomes, circumstances, goals and time horizons. It would be ridiculous to say “Do this and you’ll be fine.” And if someone does tell you that, remember, even if they are an investment advisor, that is their opinion on what they think you should do. Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to investing, and it’s not black and white.

Paying Down Debt. vs. Investing: Which One Should You Do First?

If you’ve got consumer debt (credit cards, line of credit, etc.), focus on paying that all off before investing because it’s unlikely you’ll be able to earn the same or higher interest on your investments that those debts are charging you. If you have student loans or other low-interest debt like a car loan or mortgage, I would say pay down debt and invest. The interest you’re paying is most likely below 5%, and 5% or higher is a very possible return you could make on your investments. Also, no matter what type of debt you have, make sure you have a fully funded Emergency Fund before you start investing.

How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Start Investing?

You’ve got to have that solid financial foundation first before you start investing. That means you have a budget, you’re tracking your spending and net worth regularly, you have a debt-repayment plan, you have a fully funded emergency fund, and have outlined all of your financial goals (short and long-term) first.

How Much Money Do You Need to Start Investing?

There’s no perfect number, but I say once you’ve got your financial foundation set, then work on saving up $1,000 as your initial contribution to your investment plan. I say $1,000 because most robo-advisors actually require that as a minimum initial contribution, and some discount brokerages have similar requirements.

Is Wealthsimple a Good Robo-Advisor?

I get this question a lot, and what I think the real question is is “What’s a good robo-advisor” or “What robo-advisor should I invest with?” Here’s the thing, I do personally like Wealthsimple. I invest with them and have for about 3 years and I like their platform, customer service, and have had an overall good experience with them. But I also invest with Justwealth, and similarly I have had an overall good experience with them too. Heck, I even invest with RBC InvestEase (though a very tiny portfolio with them since I mainly wanted to test them out since I worked with them on a campaign), and I actually really like their platform and customer service to.

The reason so many people think of Wealthsimple first is because they are one of the biggest robo-advisors in Canada, they were one of the first, and they also hands-down do the most marketing. And let’s be honest, their branding is amazing. It’s millennial-focused, it’s beautiful and as someone who used to work in marketing, they are doing everything right.

But, just because I choose to invest with Wealthsimple, or Justwealth, or RBC Investease, doesn’t mean you should. It’s not that easy. You need to do the work to see which one makes sense for you. You need to do your research on each company, the portfolios they offer, the fees they charge, the ease-of-use of their platforms, the quality of their customer service, to see which place makes the most sense to invest with. That’s what I did, and that’s what you as a responsible and smart investor need to do to.

Where to start is by checking out my recommendations page that includes the full list of robo-advisors in Canada, plus two comparison sites that can help you see the difference between all of them (Hardbacon and Autoinvest).

Real Estate Investing: What Do You Think?

The home you live in is not an investment. It’s part of your net worth, but I wouldn’t consider it a real estate investment because you are living in it. This may be a controversial take, but that’s just my point of you. If you own real estate and rent it out, then yes that would be considered an investment.

Now, if you are investing in real estate, you need to determine what portion of your overall investment portfolio is it? Typically, real estate is considered an “alternative investment”, because the traditional investment asset classes are cash, stocks and bonds. So, if real estate is an alternative, most investment experts suggest not to invest more than 5-10% of your portfolio in alternatives.

All I want to really say is that if you choose to invest in real estate, don’t just invest in real estate. Invest in those traditional asset classes, invest in the stock market, make sure your portfolio is diversified. In other words, never put all of your eggs in one basket.

If I Have a Work Pension, Do I Still Need to Invest on My Own for Retirement?

Short answer, of course you do. Even though you have a pension, most likely it won’t be enough, in addition to getting your CPP and OAS payments, to cover your retirement income. To learn more about pensions, I highly suggest listening to episode 180 since it goes in-depth about retirement planning and pensions.

How Much Do I Need to Save Up for Retirement?

One million? Two million? Most people just want a straight up answer but it’s not as simple as that. First, you need to define what your retirement looks like, and then determine how much that will cost in today’s dollars on an annual basis. Then figure out how long you’ll most likely live in retirement. Then make the calculations that include an average inflation rate. Bam, you’ll get a number. The calculation itself is fairly simple, however that doesn’t mean that’s the exact amount of money you’ll need because it’s difficult to predict the future and your future needs. That’s why you need to constantly look at your financial plan and retirement plan every year and adjust when appropriate. I’d also like to recommend to amazing books on retirement income planning:

Should I Participate in My Employer’s RRSP Program?

If they match dollar-for-dollar to your contributions then yes. Even if they have you invested in high-fee actively-managed mutual funds, it’s still worth it because it’s free money from your employer.

I Want to Start DIY Investing, How Do I Build My Portfolio?

Quick answer, you can either look at model portfolios other investors or bloggers share (but please do your due diligence first), you can build your own by finding ETFs that match the benchmarks you want to replicate, or you can take a look at the portfolios offered by robo-advisors and just replicate their portfolios yourself.

How Are My Investments Protected?

Your investments aren’t protected through CDIC or when there are ups and downs in the market, but if you’re more concerned about your robo-advisor, investment firm or discount brokerage become insolvent and you losing your investments, you are protected under the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF).

What’s the Difference Between Index Funds & Index-Based ETFs?

I share way more about this in my investing course, but basically they are two different investment products. Index funds are a type of mutual funds that track the broad market index, and index-based ETFs are more similar to a stock but they also track the movements of the broad market index. So they are similar, but not the same. Also ETFs are typically cheaper.

Should I Invest the Money I’m Saving for a Down-Payment on a House?

In general, no. You should keep it liquid in cash if you plan on buying a place in the near future (so stash it in a high-interest savings account). But, if you do want to invest, invest in something conservative like GICs or a balanced portfolio with a good portion invested in fixed income.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/204

Jun 06 2019

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No-Fee Banks in Canada & USA - Money Minute with Jessica Moorhouse

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Welcome to my new weekly series on the Mo' Money Podcast called "Money Minute with Jessica Moorhouse"!

I love doing interviews for this show, but sometimes I just want to talk to you directly and share some tips or pieces of wisdom that I think could help you on your personal finance journey...all in just a few minutes per episode.

This first episode is me sharing 5 different banks that offer no-fee chequing accounts in both Canada and the US. If you're paying monthly bank fees, I challenge you to calculate how much you're spending on bank fees in a year. You may be surprised! Just think of what you could do with that money instead if you switched to a no-fee bank.

Jan 17 2020

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222 How to Save $13,000 Per Month - Gordon Stein, Author of Cashflow Cookbook

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I can’t believe we’re already celebrating Season 10 of the Mo’ Money Podcast, which is why to kick off this new season I wanted to share a special episode that will hopefully inspire and motivate you to take a good look at your spending and see how you can save some money with minimal effort.

The perfect guest to talk about this with me is Gordon Stein, author of Cashflow Cookbook. In his book he shares 60 different ways you can save between $25 and $900 per month! If you add all of those ways up, you could save $13,000 per month total! You know the old adage “A penny saved is a penny earned”? Well, it’s true! If you can find a way to cut down on costs or save money on things you’re already spending money on, that means there’s more money leftover for you to put towards your emergency fund, a future vacation, or your retirement investments.

And what’s great about Gordon’s book and the tips he shares in this episode is they are all fairly simple to implement and don’t require you to live like one of those people featured on TLC’s show “Extreme Cheapskates”. Because at the end of the day, you probably don’t want to live like an extreme cheapskate, and I sure don’t either. That kind of life, in my opinion, isn’t sustainable for the long-term. But the tips that Gordon shares are, and can save you a ton of money over the course of years and decades.

Also, don’t forget, I’m giving away a copy of his book! To enter to win you just have to visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests.

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/222

Jan 15 2020

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Big Announcement - Live Masterclass & Season 10 Start Date

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I've got something very special to share with you that I needed to jump on here to tell you before the start of Season 10! I am launching my LIVE 6-Week Fix Your Finances Masterclass next week and registration is now open...but not for long. Registration closes on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and the masterclass officially starts on Wednesday, Jan. 15. To learn more and to sign up, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/fixyourfinances

And if that's not exciting enough, Wednesday, Jan. 15 will be the day Season 10 drops. I'll also be doing something very special this season, but you'll just have to wait and see what that is!

Jan 07 2020

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221 How to Be a Value Investor - Danielle Town, New York Times Bestselling Author of Invested

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I can’t believe we’re already here but this is the last episode of 2019 and Season 9 of the Mo’ Money Podcast! And what better way to end it than with an episode all about value investing with New York Times bestselling author Danielle Town.

Although I’ve done a ton of episodes on the podcast on investing, if you’re a long-time listener then you may have found that most of the guests I have on the show tend to say pretty much the same things: keep fees low, diversify and invest in low-cost index funds or index ETFs. Not Danielle! As a value investor following the path of Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, she has an altogether different strategy for reaching financial indepence. Instead of buying investment products that replicate a broad market index, she believes in investing in just a few stocks strategically, buying low, holding on to them, then eventually selling them when they are priced high to earn a nice profit.

There’s obviously quite a bit to know about value investing, and in my opinion, it is an advanced investment strategy that is not easily carried out. That being said, I find it incredibly fascinating and an important strategy to understand when learning about different ways to invest your money. I’m still a huge fan of indexing, but I’m not gonna lie, I’m definitely going to look more into doing some value investing for a small portion of my overall investment portfolio and see how things go. And luckily Danielle’s book breaks the strategy down in a very easy to understand way.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/221

Dec 18 2019

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220 The Life-Changing Reason You Need Emergency Savings - Sharon Epperson, Author & CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

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When I heard Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent, speak at this year’s FinCon, I knew I needed to have her on the show. Her keynote about surviving a brain aneurysm and the importance of having the right insurance and emergency savings made the entire ballroom at the conference so quiet a pin could drop and you’d hear it. Not only that, my mentee who I was connected with as a speaker at the conference, stood up at her speech to share her own health emergency story that I had no idea about. Sharon’s story of why it’s so crucial we all slow down and take care of ourselves moved me, so I hope you feel the same way after listening to this episode.

Below are links to some of the resources we mentioned in this episode, but if there’s one big takeaway I want you to leave with after listening it’s this: nothing is more important in this world than your well-being and health. And personal finance isn’t just about money. It’s about taking care of yourself first. So make sure that you take a look at how you’re covered and start making strides with fully funding your own emergency fund. Moreover, make sure to make a will and assign a Power of Attorney. Because no one can predict when they will experience their own health scare, like Sharon did. The only thing we can do right now is to make a plan for “if” and “when” something happens.

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/220

Dec 11 2019

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219 How to Tackle Debt & Better Understand Credit - Millennial Money Meetup #6 Live Recording

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For my 6th Millennial Money Meetup that took place on Nov. 19, 2019, in Toronto, I was able to once again celebrate and promote Financial Literacy Month in Canada thanks to the help of event sponsor Capital One.

For this meetup, I was joined by a panel of financial experts: money expert and financial journalist Rubina Ahmed-Haq, credit expert and author of The Credit Game Richard Moxley, and Patrick Ens, Head of Customer Acquisitions at Capital One. The theme for this event will be debt & credit, something we’ve all struggled with (or still are) and can learn more about.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/219

Dec 05 2019

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218 The Link Between Behaviour & Investing - Dr. Daniel Crosby, Author, Psychologist & Behavioural Finance Expert

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Learning how to invest isn’t just figuring out the difference between stocks and bonds, choosing between being a passive or active investor, or deciding to hire an investment professional, going with a robo-advisor or doing DIY investing. Investing is so much more than that. Why? Because we’re humans, not robots or computers.

Emotions and behaviour dictate so much about why the stock market goes up and down and what decisions we end of making. Which is why I’ve got Dr. Daniel Crosby on the show who recently authored the book The Behavioral Investor.

In this episode we talk about what the 4 behavioural risks that crush your investment returns:

  1. Ego – We believe we are special and succumb to confirmation bias.
  2. Conversativsm – We like to stick to things we know and thus tend to hold on to losing positions.
  3. Attention – We pay too much attention stories put out by the media or our personal networks, and not enough to stats and simple math.
  4. Emotion – We tend to let our emotions control our decisions and ignore logic.

We also discuss some helpful ways to combat these behaviours:

  1. Ego – Diversify, don’t fall into the trap of investing too much of your portfolio into your home country.
  2. Conservatism – Create a rule-based system for investing and stick to it.
  3. Attention – Stop listening to the noise and get focused. Sometimes the simplest solution is also the best solution.
  4. Emotion – Meditate and stop and think. Also having a barrier such as using dollar-cost averaging, automated contributions and working with an advisor could help so you don’t have too easy access to your money.

There are many more gems in his book so make sure to buy a copy. Also, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of his book too.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/218

Dec 04 2019

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217 What to Know About Health Care & Insurance - Camille Stewart, Vice President of Strategy and Digital Experience at Manulife

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There’s a lot of information out there about health care in the U.S., but what about Canada? Is it actually free? What isn’t covered by our government? And does it make sense to get private health insurance?

I sit down with Camille Stewart, Vice President of Strategy and Digital Experience at Manulife Canada, to discuss all of this and more. Camille became interested in working in insurance because of a personal family experience that she shares in this episode. Ever since then, she’s felt a deep passion for educating others about how to properly protect themselves in terms of their health.

For more helpful resources on health care in Canada and health insurance in Canada, check out the show notes for this episode.

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of one of the books featured on this season of the podcast!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/217

Nov 28 2019

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216 Understanding Financial Abuse - Jana Lynch, Financial Abuse Awareness Advocate

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I’ve been following Jana Lynch for years ever since she was a fellow personal finance blogger (now she is an editor at DollarSprout). And although we’ve crossed paths a number of times at previous FinCons, this year we finally got to spend some time together and I couldn’t help but feel inspired by her knowledge and passion for educating others about financial abuse. I knew I needed to have her on the show to share what she knew because for whatever reason in my 200+ podcast episodes, not once have I interviewed anyone about the very important topic of financial abuse.

But what is financial abuse exactly? According to the Canadian Bankers Association, “Financial abuse occurs when someone tries to take or control what belongs to you for their own benefit, not yours.” Or, as per VeryWellMind, “Financial abuse involves controlling a victim’s ability to acquire, use, and maintain financial resources.” In other words, financial abuse may be hard to see from the outside but it can be just as dangerous and damaging as physical or verbal abuse.

I’m going to share some articles and resources in the show notes for after you’ve listened to this episode. If you or someone you know is experiencing financial abuse, just know that there is help and don’t be afraid to seek it.

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of one of the books featured on this season of the podcast!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/216

Nov 27 2019

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215 How to Master Your Money - Sandy Yong, Author of The Money Master

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I met Sandy Yong, author of the soon-to-be-released book The Money Master: Inside Secrets On How to Make Your Money Grow and Stay Safe, about a year ago at the 2018 Canadian Personal Finance Conference. She told me she was working on a book and I soon found out we had very similar personal finance journeys.

Having been brought up in a very frugal family, and having finished her business degree during the Great Recession, Sandy worked hard to pay off her student loan and make her way in the corporate world. She soon realized that being frugal was only one part of mastering your money. You also needed to set financial goals, invest wisely and have a clear action plan for all your hard-earned money.

That’s what led her to discover personal finance books which eventually inspired her to write her own book to reflect her journey and key things young Canadians should know about managing their money better.

In this interview, we touch on what some of those key things are, such as the benefits to passive investing instead of investing in high-fee actively-managed mutual funds, while also discussing some new players in the finance world like investing in the cannabis industry, cryptocurrency and robo-advisors.

Her book isn’t out yet, but you can pre-order your copy today. I’m also going to be giving away copies of her book when it’s out, so make sure to enter to win in my massive book giveaway!

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of his book!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/215

Nov 20 2019

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214 How to Be Smart with Credit - Jay Acharya, Vice President of Card Partnerships & Customer Management at Capital One

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This week is Credit Education Week, which is why I don’t just have one, but I’ve got two podcast episodes to share with you! Yesterday, I had Richard Moxley on the show to talk about how to win the credit game (or how to understand and be good at managing credit). For today’s episode, I’m talking to Jay Acharya, Vice President of Card Partnerships and Customer Management at Capital One, because Capital One is the sponsor of Credit Education Week, as well as my upcoming Millennial Money Meetup next week!

Every year, there’s a different theme for Credit Education Week. Last year, as you may remember, I had Patrick Ens from Capital One to talk about the theme last year-money mindfulness. This year the theme is #MyMoneyVision, which just means on top of being mindful with your money, it’s important to have a vision for your money.

Just like with anything in life, we won’t change any of our habits without a good reason for doing so. We won’t just start working out because we know we should for our health. We need a clear goal to work towards. I give presentations all the time about how to manage your money better, but I always try to emphasize that nothing I share about how to make a budget or how to pay off your debt will mean anything to you unless you set some strong financial goals.

So I hope you take this opportunity during Credit Education Week to learn more about responsible credit use and to set some financial goals. It’s never to late and you don’t have to wait until the start of the next year. The best time to set a new goal is as soon as possible.

Join the Conversation

To see what other people are talking about for Credit Education Week, follow the hashtags #MyMoneyVision and #CEWC2019

Learn More About Credit Education Week

To learn more about Credit Education Week, visit CEWC.ca and CreditCanada.com.

To Check Your Credit Score for Free

To check your TransUnion credit score for free through Capital One, visit their Credit Keeper page.

Learn More About Capital One’s Cards

As mentioned on the show, if you’re trying to improve your credit score but can’t get approved for a credit card, one route you can take is to get a guaranteed or secured credit card like Jay mentioned. You can take a look at Capital One’s various credit cards here.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/214

Nov 14 2019

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213 How to Play the Credit Game - Richard Moxley, Credit Expert & Author of The Credit Game

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I think we can all agree, the world of credit and credit scores can sometimes feel like a bit of a mystery. That’s why I’ve got credit expert and author of The Credit Game Richard Moxley on the show to finally make sense of things for all of us.

Now, part of the reason there’s a lot of mystery in the credit industry is because the two credit bureaus in Canada, Equifax and TransUnion, aren’t completely transparent and like to keep private a lot of information surrounding how they score consumers when it comes to credit.

Luckily, Richard has taken it upon himself to try to find out some of their hidden secrets and test things out so he can help consumers like you and me, and of course share everything he knows in his latest book The Credit Game.

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/213

Nov 13 2019

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212 Money and Its Effect on Your Mental Health - Melanie Lockert, Author of Dear Debt & Founder of Lola Retreat

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Money and mental health, have you ever wondered if there is a connection? Because there absolutely is. And surprisingly, even though this is something I’ve known for a while, and even experienced in my personal life, I’ve never had anyone on the podcast to talk about it with me.

Luckily, I know people. Like Melanie Lockert, who was on episode 21 of the podcast all the way back in 2015. A lot has happened since we recorded that episode. She published a book called Dear Debt, moved from Portland to L.A., and founded a women’s financial literacy event called Lola Retreat. She’s also become very well known as not only a debt expert, but also a money and mental health advocate.

And that’s what we’re talking about on the show, hopefully to shed some light on a topic not many people are talking about. If you or someone you know is struggling with financial issues, mental health issues, or both, here are some resources we mentioned on the show that you may want to look into for help:

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/212

Nov 06 2019

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211 The New Rules of Couponing - Joanie Demer, Co-Founder of The Krazy Coupon Lady

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Is couponing still as easy to save money doing as it used to be when people would go shopping with their big coupon binders à la Extreme Couponing? Yup, and honestly couponing is so much easier now than it used to be. That’s what Joanie Demer, co-founder of The Krazy Coupon Lady, explains in this episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast. Because so much has changed in the couponing world, if you really want to save on everyday purchases, you’ve got to learn about the new rules (and chuck out the old ones).

Since we’re now living in a very digital world, that’s where you’d start. Sure, you can still get paper coupons and get some savings, but the time and effort may not be worth it. Instead, using apps and browser extensions at check out may be a better way to save money because, well, they take no time and little effort on your part.

As mentioned in this episode, here are some ways to get started saving money through coupons and promo codes online:

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of a book featured on Season 9 of the podcast!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/211

Oct 30 2019

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210 How to Become a Master Networker - AJ Harbinger, CEO & Co-Founder at The Art of Charm

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You may not know this about me, but I’m actually a huge introvert that used to be terrible at networking, or heck, even making new friends! I would get anxious, nervous and would never know how to start or end a conversation. But, I knew that networking and being a good conversationalist was a key component to advancing in life. Your network is your net worth as AJ Harbinger says, and since he’s the CEO and co-founder of The Art of Charm…he would know!

In this episode, we dive deep into what we all should know about having the right social skills to help us advance in our social lives, relationships and of course career. I know for a fact that because I started practicing and just putting an effort into socializing more, that’s why I’ve now got a fairly large network of friends, acquaintances and work-related connections all over the world.

If you know this is something that’s been holding you back from reaching your full potential, luckily this is a learned skill that anyone can master, and you can start today by listening to this episode and then binging The Art of Charm podcast as well.

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of a book featured on Season 9 of the podcast!

In-Person Bootcamps

AJ mentioned on the show that he hosts personal bootcamps all over the world to help people level-up their social and networking skills. If this sounds up your alley, learn more at: https://theartofcharm.com/personal-bootcamp-2

Take the Social Skills Challenge

Join over 50,000 others to learn how to make a great first impression, easily make new friends, and feel confident in any social situation! Sign up to take The Art of Charm’s fee 10-day social skills challenge.

Learn more at: https://challenge.theartofcharm.com/begin

For full episode show notes, visit: https://jessicamoorhouse.com/210

Oct 23 2019

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209 What You Should Know About Self-Directed Investing - Bruno Sandre, Associate Vice President - Client Education at TD Direct Investing

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Happy Investor Education Month! You may not have that’s what October is…but it is! And that’s why I am currently doing a 5-part video series on my YouTube channel as well as doing a bonus episode for the podcast. For this episode, I’m interviewing Bruno Sandre, Associate Vice President of Client Education at TD Direct Investing.

As you can guess from his title, his role is all about improving the financial literacy of TD Direct Investing clients. He doesn’t sell any products, and actually TD Direct Investing can’t try to sway you to do anything when it comes to your investments because they are a discount brokerage. All a discount brokerage can do is provide the tools and platform you need to invest on your own. That being said, they can still provide free and unbiased education to clients, which they do in their Learning Centre which houses a bunch of video courses, masterclasses and webinars.

So, since Bruno knows quite a bit about educating people about investing, I wanted to have him on the show to do a deep dive on the topic of DIY investing, also known as self-directed investing.

Below are some links to videos, blog posts and the webinar that we mentioned in the episode.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/209

Oct 17 2019

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208 Victory Lap Retirement, A New Path to Financial Independence - Mike Drak, Author of Victory Lap Retirement

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I read a lot of personal finance books. I also read a lot of niche books on retirement planning. And I’ve gotta say, most of them are so dry it takes me months to finish them. Not Victory Lap Retirement by Mike Drak though. I was given this book (the 1st edition) by Mike’s co-author Jonathan Chevreau at the Canadian Personal Finance Conference a few years ago, and even though it took me until last winter to finally read it…I loved it! I’d say the only other book that I whipped through in record time was Andrew Hallam’s Millionaire Teacher. So, once I finished reading it, on top of telling everyone I know to read it, I made a plan to get Mike on the show. And here is that episode!

Mike Drak is a 38-year veteran of the financial services industry, so when he started his victory lap in 2014, he felt compelled to write a book about what he knew on the subject. That and he found that all the retirement books out there only talked about saving up enough for retirement, not what life in retirement actually meant. Something to get excited about too, his second book titled Retirement – Heaven or Hell? is coming out in 2020.

Now, what I love most about Mike’s concept of victory lap retirement is that it’s a way to stop thinking of retirement as an end to something. I honestly dread the idea of retirement. It means you’re done with your career and are basically in the last phase of your life. I know many people think of retirement as one big vacation and what’s not to love about that, but for me it always fills me with dread and panic. I don’t want to just hang out with nothing to do and just watch the clock tick. I love working! I love having a purpose! I don’t want to retire!

Mike agrees. We need to stop this idea of full-stop retirement and think of “retirement” as point in your life in which you’ve reached financial independence (you have enough money or assets to live on without working again) so you can do whatever you want with very little risk taken. It’s when you can start a second career, or just devote your time how you want, not how you have to because you need to earn money.

For me, the concept of victory lap retirement fills me with hope, not dread. So if you ever feel a bit panicked when you start thinking about retirement, read this book (and obviously listen to this episode!).

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of her book!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/208

Oct 16 2019

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207 Women, Money & Healthcare - Jean Chatzky, Author, Money Expert & Founder of HerMoney

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I’m so excited to have the one-and-only Jean Chatzky on the show to talk about women, money and healthcare in the United States. In case you aren’t in the loop, Jean Chatzky is the founder of Her Money Media, an organization that strives to promote financial literacy amongst women.

She is also an award-winning editor of NBC Today, and has appears on shows like Oprah, MSNBC, CNN, The View, The Talk just to name a few. She also has her own podcast called HerMoney with Jean Chatzky which has received shout outs from The New York Times, Yahoo Finance and Refinery29.

If that wasn’t enough, she is also the best-selling author of 11 books, including her latest book (that I’m doing a book giveaway for) called Women with Money: The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve.

As you may expect, Jean and I chat about women and money in this episode, since that is a big focus in her writing and her podcast. We also discuss one very important topic that as a Canadian I find fascinating, healthcare in the U.S. I hear it pretty much every time I speak to one of my friends in the U.S.: healthcare costs can be very expensive in America! The system works very differently than in Canada, and although there is always talk about reform, if you’re American you need to figure how to navigate the system as it stands today. That’s why Jean is also an ambassador for HAS Awareness Day.

We talk extensively about health savings accounts, something I’ll be honest I’ve never heard of. In Canada, there’s a thing called health spending accounts, but they are offered by companies or you can set one up if you are a business owner. In other words, they work very differently. We go fairly in-depth about HSAs in this episode, but since there’s quite a bit to know and they are a relatively new type of account, feel free to learn more at HSADay.com.

Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of her book!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/207

Oct 09 2019

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206 How to Talk to Your Parents About Money - Cameron Huddleston, Author of Mom & Dad, We Need to Talk

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This episode is a must a listen because it’s about something we all need to think about. I’m talking about having that important yet awkward conversation with our parents about their financial situation. As we get older, it’s only natural for us to think about the future, and the future of our parents. Although they worry about us as their children, we also worry about them and want to make sure they’ve got everything organized and prepared too.

But, we’re still their children, so it’s a weird path to navigate. We want to respect them, but we also want to protect them. Which is why I’ve got Cameron Huddleston on the show to share her insight into this topic.

She is an award-winning journalist with more than 17 years of experience writing about personal finance and she also recently wrote the book Mom & Dad, We Need to Talk about this very subject. As she explains in our interview together, she had a personal experience with her mother that inspired her to write this book. Now, I hope her story inspires you…plus I’m also giving away a copy of her book!

Visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of her book!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/206

Oct 02 2019

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205 Who Can You Trust? Financial Designations Explained - Matthew Siwiec, Founder of Friendly Financial Coach & CFP Candidate

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I'm back! After taking some time off this summer, I am so excited to be back with Season 9 of the Mo' Money Podcast! With 4 years under my belt, I can't believe how much this podcast has evolved...and grown. Over the summer I crossed the 1 million download threshold, and currently I'm at 1.1 million total downloads! That's a ton of amazing people like you listening to the show, how crazy is that!?

To kick off season 9 of the podcast, I thought this would be the perfect episode. One thing I hear often from listeners is "I want to work with a financial planner, but who can I trust or how can I find a good one?" If you've listened to several episodes of my show, I am not a fan of going to the bank and working with their advisors because they ARE NOT giving you unbiased advice. They work for the bank, and no matter how they are compensated (salary, commission, both), they are incentivized to sell their bank's financial products first, and advice second.

That's why I'm such a big fan of fee-only financial planners. Although you do have to pay money upfront to work with them, and sometimes they can be expensive, they are UNBIASED because they do not work for a financial institution. They are being paid to advise you, and they shouldn't be pushing any particular financial products on you, nor should they be able to sell you anything besides their services.

So, I knew the perfect guest for this episode, my friend Matthew Siwiec, founder of the Friendly Financial Coach. He just finished his CFP exam (which is no easy feat) but has been in the financial advisory industry for over a decade and now works as a fee-only financial planner.

More Info About Financial Designations in Canada Info About Becoming a Financial Planner Info About Becoming a Financial Counsellor Follow Matthew Siwiec

For for full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/205

Sep 25 2019

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Positive vibes!

By mohanadmk - May 03 2019
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Always lovely hearing Jessica

Refreshing

By Elysian78976 - May 14 2018
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Finance in language I can understand! Thank you