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Talking Real Money - Investing Talk

34-year financial talk radio veteran, Don McDonald and former host of Serious Money on PBS, Tom Cock, join forces to talk about real money issues. In each episode, they solve real money problems, dole out real investing (not speculating) advice, and really explain the financial issues that effect all of us. Plus, it's actually fun! Talking Real Money is a podcast designed to provide the real help we all need to enjoy a really great future. Call in with your questions anytime at 855-935-TALK (8255).

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Is Dave Ramsey getting back to basics?

It seems that Dave Ramsey may be giving less bad investing advice.


19 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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Protect Yourself

In this episode, Tom is joined by ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum in Don’s absence. We talk about pet insurance, free credit freezes and check fraud. In addition, we discuss estate planning and wills; financial advisors, and why you should stick to fee-only fiduciaries.


26 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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What should you do after the stock market has dramatically declined?

The Dow losing over 1,000 points sounds scary, but how bad was the recent decline in stocks prices historically?


11 Dec 2018

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Is it good or is it too good (to be true)?

There are good investments and then there are those that sound too good.


17 Apr 2019

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Must everyone believe what you do?

When did we stop listening to those with whom we disagree?


22 Jun 2019

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Most of us really are lousy investors.

Average investors have failed miserably over the past 30 years.


8 Aug 2019

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Could the "4% Rule" still apply if you retire early?

As a "rule-of-thumb" the "4% Rule" has stood the test of time, but could it work for FIRE followers?


7 Mar 2019

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Warren Buffet's indexing bet continues to look brilliant

While Warren Buffet may have lost a fortune on Apple his bet against hedge funds continues to shine.


9 Jan 2019

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The best ways to start building wealth early.

Getting started investing is easier than ever before.


22 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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How you can enjoy a brighter future by avoiding active money management

In this episode of Talking Real Money Quick, Don takes a few calls on proper portfolio allocation and whether it is worth having any actively managed funds. We also breeze through some reminders about avoiding speculation and following financial science rather than outdated beliefs.


4 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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Suze Orman's and Dave Ramsey's Investing Advice is Bad for You

A special episode focusing on why most of the popular financial advice providers – like Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman – give so much terrible investing advice.


11 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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The Only Way to Consistently Buy Low and Sell High

You can't time the market, but a disciplined plan can help you buy and sell.


12 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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What lessons can you learn from a bad financial advisor?

In this short episode of the Talking Real Money, Don was broadcasting live from FinCon 2018 in Orlando. He talks about some of the classes he attended and his surprise encounter with Woodbridge Ponzi promoter, Jordan Goodman.


3 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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No Money Magic

The path to a great future is paved with money. But to have money you have to manage it properly. To manage it properly you need to find somebody that you can absolutely trust to do what’s best for you. Like a fiduciary.


1 Aug 2018

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Market Returns? No Risk? No Way!

The bald-face lies of insurance salespeople.


8 Apr 2020

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Which is Worse: Stocks, COVID-19, or Cars?

Are you afraid of the virus or the stock market? Why not driving?


6 Mar 2020

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SPIVA says: Index investing beats active investing yet again.

The new SPIVA Scorecard is out and, no surprise, active managers can't win.


14 Feb 2019

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Most People are Really Bad Investors

Face it. You're investing badly.


13 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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How to avoid capital gains tax on your home.

You can still avoid paying taxes on the sale of your primary residence.


31 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Some simple steps to protect your wealth.

The Consumerman shares tips to protect yourself online.


19 Jun 2019

Rank #20