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DR 136: 5 Reasons Robo Advisors are Worth the Cost

As robo advisers grow in assets under management, more people are beginning to ask if using one is the right strategy. My last podcast on robo-advisors brought this email from a reader named Steve: The other timely podcast was the robo-advisor one. I’m in the process of helping my mom move her accounts from Morgan […]

DR 135: How a Single Mom of Three is Achieving Financial Freedom–Interview with Christa Miller

Imagine going to college while raising a young child. Imaging graduating from school with more than $200,000 in student loans. Imagine starting a new career as a single mom raising three children. Imagine tackling more than $15,000 in credit card debt. I give you Christa Miller. In today’s podcast she shares her story. We talk […]

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Emergency Fund

DR 124: Where Do People Keep Their Emergency Fund?

Where do people stash their cash for emergencies? That’s the question I asked more than 18,000 subscribers to the weekly Dough Roller newsletter. The common wisdom is to keep emergency funds in an FDIC insured bank account, preferably one that pays a high yield. But with interest rates at historic lows, are people taking on […]

Joshua Sheats of Radical Personal Finance

DR 123: Interview with Joshua Sheats, CFP, of Radical Personal Finance

I met Joshua Sheats earlier this year at a blogger conference. In the span of 30 minutes we talked about everything from budgeting to investing to careers to podcasting. A certified financial planner, among other things, Joshua spent many years in the business. Recently, he hung up his calculator and started a podcast full time […]

Roth IRA Contribution and Income Limits

Roth IRA Contribution and Income Limits for 2014 & 2015

The IRS recently released its 2015 update to income and contribution limits for Roth IRAs.  As detailed below, the contribution limits for a Roth IRA are unchanged for 2015–still $5,500.  The catch-up contribution for those 50 or older, which is not indexed for inflation, remains $1,000.  The income limits to qualify for a Roth IRA, however, […]

Good debt vs bad debt

DR 122: Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

A lot has been written about good debt vs bad debt. As the names suggest, the idea is to avoid bad debt and embrace, at least to a point, good debt. But what do these terms really mean, and how can they help us make sound financial decisions? Like so many financial rules of thumbs, […]

Popular Budgeting Software

And the Most Popular Budgeting Software Is . . .

Last Saturday I asked a question in the weekly newsletter that goes to more than 18,000 beautiful people (join here–it’s free and worth every penny). The question: What software or tool do you use to track your spending? The number and variety of responses was just amazing. Some of the results, as you’ll see, were […]

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DR 121: Which Retirement Accounts Should You Withdraw From First?

Imagine you’ve worked hard and saved for retirement. You have assets in taxable accounts, traditional retirement accounts, and Roth retirement accounts. When you retire, which accounts should you withdraw from first? That’s the question I posed to Stuart Ritter of T. Rowe Price. In the interview that follows, Stuart does a great job of discussing […]

Good debt vs bad debt

DR 120: Should You Save for Retirement or a Home?

Prioritizing financial goals is one of the hardest things to do.  And it comes into play in so many different ways. How much would you save for an emergency fund while you’re paying off all your debt? Which debt should you pay off first? Should you pay off all your debt before saving for retirement? […]

401k & IRA Limits

401k and IRA Contribution and Deduction Limits for 2014 & 2015

The IRS recently released the new 2015 401k and IRA contribution and deduction limits. While 401k limits had remained flat since the last increase in 2012, they are going up again in 2015.  401k and catch-up contribution limits are all increasing.  Limits for IRA contributions, however, are not going up. Here are the detals. 401(k) […]

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DR 119: Advanced Social Security Benefits Strategies–Interview with Marc Kiner

One of the most important and confusing decisions retirees must make is how and when to claim social security benefits. There are countless things to consider including age to start taking benefits, whether you’ll continue to work, spousal benefits, and full retirement age. For that reason, I asked Social Security benefits expert Marc Kiner to […]

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