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Blockchain 101 & How It Will Impact Your Future Wallet With Kendi Lane

Blockchain, cryptocurrency, bitcoin – say what? There are a lot of confusing terms out there, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it. We have all heard about bitcoin – it was on the tip of everyone’s tongue a few months ago and people were investing in it that have never even invested in their 401(k) or IRA (yikes). What about blockchain – the technology that needed to exist before bitcoin? I think it’s time to roll up our sleeves and figure this out.

On This Podcast Episode:

Kendi joined us on the podcast way back in November 2017 talking all things bitcoin. If you haven’t taken a listen to that episode, you need to!

Led by Bitcoin and Ether, cryptocurrencies have lost 10% of their combined value over the last week. Bitcoin on Tuesday dropped 4.5%, and Ethereum — after dropping 17% on Monday — fell another 7% on Tuesday. The total market value of cryptocurrencies worldwide is now at its lowest since November, according to The Wall Street Journal.

So, is this technology something you should put your money into and how will it impact your future wallet (because it isn’t going anywhere). Kendi is a force to be reckoned with and a super smart chic who knows her stuff when it comes to blockchain and the perfect millennial expert to school us all.

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Ask Shannah: Dealing with Student Loans and Debt

In this #AskShannah episode, I’m tackling two complex questions about student loans. Everything from borrowing money from your 401(k) to pay off your student loans, to dealing with student loan debt when you’re in a relationship.

In This Podcast Episode:

Thanks for all the great #AskShannah questions that are coming in. As always, remember you can always submit a question anonymously so I won’t disclose your name when I’m reading over the question.

I’m covering two questions on this episode that I think most of us could relate to in some way. As a reminder, they call this personal finance because it is just that – personal. When you’re making a money decision, you should weigh the pros and cons and then come to a decision that feels good to you and makes sense based on your lifestyle.

  • My question to you is, what benefits (or drawbacks) could there be if I were to take a loan from my 401(k) to pay off my student loans?
  • Which leads me to my question.. Am I wrong to think that having him put some money in a high yield savings account, could help him to pay off his student loans faster due to compounding growth?  

Tune in to hear my thoughts and feel free to send me your own #AskShannah question for a future episode.

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The Gap Between The LGBTQ Community & Financial Planning With The Debt Free Guys

There is a real gap between the LGBTQ community and financial planning and there’s no way to mask it. I have to admit, there were some shocking stats that David and John from The Debt Free Guys talked about on this podcast episode that blew my mind. I didn’t know that in many states just having a picture up in your office or on your desk at work if you’re part of the LGBTQ community could come with heavy financial consequences like losing your job. So, I wanted to find out, why is it that the LGBTQ community is overlooked by the financial industry.

On This Podcast Episode:

David and John from The Debt Free Guys recently wrote an article for GoBankingRates about why the financial services industry needed more LGBTQ people and I knew they had to be a guest on the show. I’ve received a lot of emails with Ask Shannah questions from listeners who feel like they can’t relate to financial advice, are a part of the LGBTQ community, and don’t know where to turn.

In this episode, we will offer some resources, advice, and real talk on this subject.

Even if you aren’t part of this community, this episode will open your eyes to some of the injustice that members of this community face and the financial ramifications of being overlooked and discounted for years.

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Money Wisdom From My Dad (And He’s Pretty Smart)

My dad is somewhat of a legend in the financial services world. He’s been helping people for well over 40 years now and is beloved for his personality and intent on always putting clients needs before his. I know him as Dad and the person who taught me almost everything I know about personal finance.

On This Podcast Episode:

My Dad, Stan, is joining us for a lively discussion about the advice he has about how to be smart with your money in your twenties and thirties. We’ll also talk about the difference between perceptions of money when he was in his twenties versus now – which is always a fun topic for me.

Dad’s top advice:

  • Save for emergencies (and save more than you think)
  • Invest in your 401(k) and don’t touch the money
  • Cover your risks, but only if you have a strong ER fund
  • Don’t be afraid to try and learn when it comes to smart money moves

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Honest Review of Money Apps & Programs to DIY Your Finances

This episode was prompted by an Ask Shannah question from Ashley who was super curious what my opinion was about all the money apps and programs out there. She also wanted to find out what I thought about the idea of DIY finances – is it really possible, or at the end of the day, will you need to hire a financial planner to get a good action plan together. Take a listen to find out!

On This Podcast Episode:

Starting us off, I wanted to share a really cool contest that GoBankingRates ran for the Best Money Expert (besides me). There were lots of entries, and I hope you’ll check it out and see all the different money tips and advice these experts are sharing.

Can you DIY your finances? Well, yes and no.

I’m tackling this question and dishing about my fav money apps and programs including:

Thanks to Our Episode Sponsor:

This episode was sponsored by Beach Body on Demand. Right now listeners can get a free trial membership when you text MYMoney (no spaces) to 303030.

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Top Tips for First Time Homebuyers with Vishal Garg


This podcast episode was inspired by a question sent in from Erin who wanted to know some tips she should be thinking about when she buys her first home. We could do a million podcast episodes just on this topic alone – even if you own a home, there’s always more to learn for the purchase of your next house. That’s why I went straight back to Vishal Garg, CEO of Better (and a previous podcast guest) to answer Erin’s question.

On This Podcast Episode:

The old wise tale was that you needed 20% as a down payment to buy your first house, and forget about it if you were an entrepreneur with a bunch of 1099 income. Thank God those rules are getting thrown away and we can finally get to buying our first home with as little as $10K-$15K as a down payment.

I’m chatting with Vishal on this episode about:

  • Why you so don’t need 20% down payment anymore
  • The curious way you can roll your student loan payment into your mortgage (say what)
  • Possibilities for entrepreneurs with a crapload of 1099’s
  • Top 3 ways to get you in a position to buy

Head over to Better’s site directly to find out more about their unique online mortgage options.

The article mentioned – Best & Worst States to Buy a House

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Summer Money Checklist + Happy Birthday Shannah

Today’s episode was inspired by a listener question wanting to know how to use their summer hours to check some items off the good ole’ money checklist – the only problem is where to start. Your summer money checklist can be comprised of anything that you want to accomplish – but remember to keep it simple and relatively easy to accomplish so you’ll make sure and stick with it.

On This Podcast Episode:

I’m dishing some of my favorite items that can go on your summer money checklist:

  • Update your goals
  • Check on your beneficiaries
  • Boost your credit score (or check it out)
  • Give your 401(k) a little love
  • Negotiate a bill

These are my favs, but you can choose anything that you’d like to get checked off your list this summer. Think about all those loose ends that you haven’t tied up yet.

Also, we’re celebrating my birthday on this episode, and Jeff is joining us for a lightning round of questions all about me. Find out why we’re talking about Kenny Rogers and animal crackers and so many more funny questions thrown my way.

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Why Being Bad With Money Isn’t So Bad With Gaby Dunn + Ask Shannah

You may know of the name Gaby Dunn. She’s host of a popular podcast, Bad With Money, and is also a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, Comedian and YouTuber. Basically, she’s never bored! Gaby realized one day that if she was bad with money, other people must be too, and so she decided to start a conversation around it.

On This Podcast Episode:

“Money scripts, how you think about money based on what your family taught you is a new concept to me. Everybody learned about money by who they were raised by and it’s hard to undo that,” proclaims Gaby on this podcast episode.

This was one of my favorite podcast conversations. Gaby is funny, engaging, and deeply committed to understanding why people are bad with their money. Her podcast hosts intelligent guests and she’s not afraid to be raw and real about her own money journey. We’re covering:

  • How money scripts play into your financial thoughts
  • Why she thinks the lack of financial literacy is a conspiracy
  • How her own money story has shaped her finances
  • Why she feels talking about money is so important…even if it’s a taboo topic

To follow Gaby, you can go here:

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Fool Proof Your 401(k) with Harris Nydick and Greg Makowski + Ask Shannah

Financial experts, Harris Nydick and Greg Makowski, want to help you take the guesswork out of your 401(k). They’ve written a new book, Common Financial Sense, and it’s packed full of great hacks and tips from two experts who know a lot about investing in a 401(k). Their mission to help educate you and provide some solid (and no-nonsense) tips to get your finances fired up.

On This Podcast Episode:

Harris and Greg join me for a podcast episode focused on helping you hack your 401(k). We’re diving into the contents of their new book, Common Financial Sense, to get you some answers. We cover topics such as:

  • Fool Proof Saving 
  • Investing in a 401(k)…do you know two-thirds of the US population doesn’t invest in one at all?
  • And getting ready for the retirement you deserve
  • Demystifying some common investing and 401(k) myths

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Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring this podcast episode. And right now, my listeners can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: http://www.ziprecruiter.com/mymoney!

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A 12-Month Plan to Financial Freedom – Getting Invested with Danielle Town + Ask Shannah

I get sent a lot of books to review for the podcast – some great, some just ok. I sat down with Danielle Town’s new book on a Friday afternoon, Invested – How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions & My Money (with a little help from my dad), and I couldn’t put it down until I read every last word!

On This Podcast Episode:

I’ve had a lot of cool and interesting podcast interviews but this chat with Danielle takes the cake. Her book is all about this 12-month journey that she took with her dad & investing guru, Phil Town, on her journey to financial freedom. The best part, the book details how you and I can follow the exact same process that she went through.

Naturally, I was excited to talk to Danielle about her journey, the struggles, and have her dish any great pearls of wisdom that you should know on your own investing journey. You’ll want to bookmark this podcast episode for sure (and rush out and read her book).

(This episode does not promote investing or investing techniques. Please invest based on your own financial situation or after speaking with your financial advisor.)

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