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The Financial Samurai Podcast

Helping listeners achieve financial freedom sooner rather than later. Financial Samurai is America's number one personal finance blog and podcast helping you make more money, save more money, and live the life that you truly want.

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The New Three-Legged Stool For Retirement

The old three-legged stool for retirement consisted of: 1) Pension (Company), 2) Social Security (Government), and 3) Personal Savings (You). The NEW three-legged stool for retirement consists of: 1) You, 2) You, and 3) You. It's time to get serious about your finances! To read the post for more details click here. 

11mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Solving The Happiness Conundrum In Five Moves Or Less

I think money counts for at most 40% of our happiness equation, but we're spending the majority of our time thinking about how to get more money, more power, and more prestige and not on the other 60%. As a result, we are not as happy as we could be. This episode discusses ways to try and increase your happiness. See the post here: Solving The Happiness Conundrum

22mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Why $5 Million Is Barely Enough To Retire Early With A Family

$5 million is a lot of money. But it doesn't go very far if you want to retire early with a family in an expensive city like San Francisco. This episode should give folks perspective, help folks re-think their early retirement plans, highlight the cost of kids, and strategize on where they want to retire to.  Read the post here. 

23mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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The Negatives Of Early Retirement Nobody Likes Talking About

Being able to retire early is great, but there are a number of downsides to content with. After leaving work for good in 2012, I'd like to share some surprising things that I went through. I'm sorry to say that early retirement will not automatically make you much happier.  You can read the original post here. 

17mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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A Fed Rate Cut Is An Ominous Sign For Us To Buckle Up

At last! After 10 years, we've finally got our first Fed rate cut. Here's some logical analysis as to why we should all spend a little less, save a little more, and invest more cautiously over the next 12-18 months. If we are indeed at the beginning of a multiple rate cut cycle, history has not been kind to investors. To read the article and check out the charts, click here.

16mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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The Bull Market Checklist To Living Your Best Life Today

There's no point making money if you don't use it to improve the quality of your life. Almost every asset class is going bonkers right now. It feels like we're making free money. Nothing feels better than converting free money into something tangible or creating a wonderful experience.  Check out the post with more charts here. 

16mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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The Bull Market Finally Ends

It was good while it lasted. Now it's time to hunker down. 

11mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Financial SEER - A Way To Quantify Risk Tolerance And Determine Appropriate Equity Exposure

This podcast is for someone who is wondering: Whether they have the proper asset allocation How to reduce investment stress while still benefitting from returns How to quantify their risk tolerance How to continue moving forward on their path to financial freedom despite all the uncertainty You can read more and view charts here.

10mins

9 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Your Chance Of Becoming A Millionaire By Age, Race, And Education

Everybody wants to be a millionaire! Alas, only about 12 million households, or 3% of the U.S. population are millionaires. Here's a deep dive look into your chances of becoming a millionaire by age, race, and education. I firmly believe every Financial Samurai listener will be a millionaire in their lifetimes. See this post for detailed charts and graphs. 

15mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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If I Could Retire All Over Again These Are The Things I’d Do Differently

Retirement has been great so far. But if I could rewind time, here are five things I would have done differently that may help you better plan for your own retirement as well. The article got picked up by CNBC, which made me think of another regret I had, which can be read in the post.  See the post here. 

20mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Reflecting On Two Years Of Being A Stay At Home Dad

Without a doubt, being a stay at home parent is harder than any day job out there. For those of you who are considering giving up your day job to spend those precious first years of life with your newborn, you'll find this episode useful in helping you make your decision. If you're a new father, you will especially appreciate this episode.  Original post here. I love you son very much!

20mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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FS20, A New Property Leading Indicator That Gives Buyers Confidence

Want an edge when buying property? Follow the FS20 rule to take advantage of people who are not as sharp as you.  View episode charts and comments here: FS20 Property Buying Indicator  

10mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Quitting Your Job Is Selfish, Engineering Your Layoff Is The Right Thing To Do

Since publishing my book, How To Engineer Your Layoff, in 2012, I've had a number of people tell me that engineering your layoff is morally or ethically wrong. But I'm here to argue that quitting your job is the morally and ethically wrong thing to do because you leave so many people in the lurch. Creating a win-win scenario and giving your colleagues time to find your replacement is a much better way to go. My book is now in its 3rd edition for 2019 and beyond. 

11mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Why You've Got To Push Yourself Hard Before The Lockdown Ends

Don't you dare slack off. We're almost done with mass lockdowns and now is the time to step things up a notch. There will be consequences if you do not!

9mins

11 May 2020

Rank #14

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Buying Real Estate During COVID-19: Strategies For Getting A Great Deal

Buying real estate during the COVID-19 pandemic is tricky because of lockdowns and lower inventory. But this is a chance for buyers to get a great deal from a doomer bear seller. Highlighted posts: Real Estate Buying Strategies During A Pandemic How To Get Preapproved For A Mortgage

20mins

7 May 2020

Rank #15

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Why The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Could Disappoint And Cause Stocks To Sell Off

I believe the PPP program is the best economic stimulus program the government has ever created. However, more than one month  into the PPP program, there is some disappointing progress. There is also some hesitation by small business owners who have accepted the PPP to spend the money due to fear of it not being forgiven. Let's discuss! Post highlighted: The Paycheck Protection Program

10mins

5 May 2020

Rank #16

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Unemployment Benefit Amounts By State

A look at the latest enhanced unemployment benefits and ranking the highest and lowest unemployment benefit amounts by state. See this post for charts: Highest And Lowest Unemployment Benefit Amounts By State See this post if you need information on how to file: Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits: How To File

17mins

2 May 2020

Rank #17

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What The Doomer Bears Got Wrong

With the S&P 500 up over 25% from its lows, let's look at what the Doomers got wrong so we can potentially make better decisions investment decisions in the future. Post reference: How To Predict The Stock Market Bottom Like Nostradamus

20mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Overcoming The Futility Of Work When You're Losing Massive Money In The Stock Market

Besides working to pay your taxes, perhaps nothing feels more depressing than going to work only to lose more money in your investments. Here are some thoughts on how to overcome this feeling of futility. Read more on FinancialSamurai.com. 

14mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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The SECURE Act Is Better Than A Kick In The Face

At last! The government doesn't something positive for most American's retirement plans! Let's learn about all the things the SECURE Act does to help Americans save more for retirement.  Read the post here. 

13mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #20