DR 048: How to Deal with Your Debt–An Interview with Author Liz Weston

The four letter word of personal finance is debt.  Most of us have it; none of us wants it.  I’ve written a lot about how to get out of debt.  Today I’m excited to have Liz Weston, author of Deal With Your Debt, on the podcast. We cover a lot of questions about debt, credit, […]


DR 047: How to Value a Coin Collection

I recently started collecting coins. I only have a handful right now: mainly Morgan silver dollars. I tend to just pay $40 or $50 for a nice coin, and I don’t have a particularly valuable collection. I just enjoy collecting them. One of my coins is a Morgan silver dollar from 1878. It’s an S […]


Take Advantage of the IRA Catch-Up Rule

In reading about retirement lately, I’ve been reminded of an important money tip. If you’re 50 or older, remember to take advantage of the $1,000 IRA catch up contribution. When you’re 50+, you can contribute more to an IRA than younger folks can. That extra $1,000 added to the limit can make a big difference. […]


4% Retirement Withdrawal Rule–An Interview with Vanguard’s Maria Bruno and Colleen Jaconetti

What do retirement planning professionals from Vanguard have to say about retirement topics like the 4% rule? In today’s podcast I interview two investment analysts at Vanguard with over 35 years of combined experience – Maria Bruno, CFP and Colleen Jaconetti, CFP. We talk about everything from the 4% rule to portfolio balancing issues to […]


The Power of Compound Interest. . .Even Math Geeks will be Amazed

Recently, my friend Jay Monee over at Budgets are Sexy wrote an article about the power of compound interest. (You may remember Jay from my interview with him on how he makes money online.) In his article he asked a great question: “If you start with a penny on day one, and double it every […]


DR 045: How to Diversify Investments When You’re Just Starting to Invest

New investors face unique obstacles. There’s the learning curve. Clear that and there’s still the hurdle of having little money to invest (although there are easy solutions to that one). And then there’s the question of executing an asset allocation plan when you have little capital. That’s the question a reader named Daniel recently asked: […]