KTs Money Matters

KTs Money Matters

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August 14, 2019 18 min

In this episode KT discusses:  ·      What lead up to the current trade war·      How China’s and the United States strategies differ·      How it affects your personal economy Key Takeaways: ·      Trade war could be keeping interest rates down·      Now is the time to buy appliances or refinance·      What it could mean f... Read more

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Show Notes: In this episode KT discusses:  ·      The history of prescription drug ads on TV·      How the prescription drug industry works·      How much more Americans pay at the pharmacy compared to the rest of the world Key Takeaways: ·      Find a good healthcare hacker·      Talk to your doctor about options·     ... Read more

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In this episode KT discusses:  ·      How her family is handling an aging mother·      Using doctors to your advantage·      The importance of a family meeting Key Takeaways: ·      Getting along with your siblings in this situation is important·      Offer to help, not take over (depending on your situation)·      Find an ... Read more

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July 24, 2019 20 min

In this episode KT discusses:  ·      The 30% Rule·      Advice for first time home buyers·      The truth about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Key Takeaways: ·      Your apartment choice matters·      Strategies for saving while your renting ·      Don’t think starter home, think 5-year home Quote:  “Homeownership isn’t suppo... Read more

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July 17, 2019 21 min

In this episode, KT discusses:  ·      The travel website competition myth·      Ways to book a better flight or hotel stay·      The power of peer to peer businesses Key Takeaways: ·      The travel industry is worth $1.6 Trillion ·      Travel Websites vs. Booking Direct·      Creative ways to save on Restaurants whe... Read more

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In this episode KT and Jeanna discuss:  ·      Taking the leap to build your business·      The challenges of a subscription business·      Focusing on your target buyers Key Takeaways: ·      Turning a social media following into a business isn’t easy·      Ethics is important in all business·      You can be right, but st... Read more

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In this episode KT and Patty discuss:  ·      Designing the lifestyle you want to live·      Finding your audience·      Focusing on your target buyers Key Takeaways: ·      Seven questions you should ask when you meet someone·      Turning networking into nextworking·      Tips for the social media challenged Quote:&n... Read more

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In this episode KT and Jeanna discuss:  ·      The disconnect between employers and candidates·      Why many Millennials struggle during one-on-one job interviews·      LinkedIn’s role in job recruitment Key Takeaways: ·      Each generation in the workplace communicates differently·      The best time to find a job is when you don’t nee... Read more

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In this episode KT discusses:  ·      All the fees you pay and don’t think about·      What industries are the biggest fee predators·      The fees you can and can’t change Key Takeaways: ·      The average American family spends $3,400/year on fees ·      Pick a category a month to focus on·      The trick behind “dri... Read more

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In this episode KT discusses:  ·      The Fear Continuum ·      Option Strategies for Investors·      What Summer Does to the Markets Key Takeaways: ·      The different ways to own stock·      Don’t own a stock until “the very end”·      Watch out for “building fear”  Quote: “We all understand the marke... Read more

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In this episode KT and Ashley discuss:  ·      The importance of social media marketing·      Having a social media strategy·      Where to focus your social media efforts Key Takeaways: ·      The five biggest mistakes of social media·      Results take time·      Consistency over frequency   Quotes: “Often times people think s... Read more

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May 24, 2019 15 min

In this episode KT discusses:  ·      What a unicorn company actually is·      If unicorns are actually “rare”·      Unicorn hype reminiscent of 1990s .com boom  Key Takeaways: ·      Market value ≠ Profitability ·      The pros and cons of companies going public·      The difference between Lyft and Pinterest’s IPO strategies &... Read more

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May 17, 2019 25 min

In this episode KT discusses:  ·      The state of the real estate market·      Advice for buyers·      Advice for sellers Key Takeaways: ·      The power of the Home Equity Loan·      What today’s home buyers and Gen X have in common·      Don’t get Real Estate FOMO  Quote: “(Young Homebuyers) think about financial stability, c... Read more

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May 9, 2019 34 min

Show Notes: In this episode KT discusses:  ·      Success with photographer and entrepreneur Raya Al-Hashmi ·      Finding your drive·      Adopting the “there’s no plan B” mindset Key Takeaways: ·      Remove the layers to find your authentic life·      How to find your “light”·      Artists need to figure out wh... Read more

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In this episode KT discusses:• Her take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student debt relief plan • Event vs. Education • The hidden cost of college you don’t think aboutKey Takeaways:• Americans have $1.4 trillion in student debt • Big colleges have tax-exempt status • Parents share some of the debt blameQuote: “The root of the problem is college tuition has been growing at twice the rate of inflation for more than 2... Read more

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April 26, 2019 39 min

In this episode, KT and Joe Neff from New Day Solutions discuss:• Short term vs. long term goals• Finding your “monthly nut”• Enjoying the fruits of your laborKey Takeaways:• Start with the basics• Find ways to gamify savings• The importance of tracking every dollar“It’s time to take inventory and see where all the bodies are buried. Who owes what. How much does it cost? How much are you paying in interest? How much is your take-ho... Read more

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April 19, 2019 17 min

In this episode, KT discusses: Going through the financial “Junk Drawer” How “financial life” slows down in the spring Taking a “minimalist” look at your finances Key Takeaways: Know how the new tax laws affected you A $2,000 tax refund might be too much The simple trick to keep your financial paperwork in order Quote:…In this episode, KT discusses:Going through the financial “Junk Drawer”How “financial life” slows down in the spri... Read more

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April 11, 2019 26 min

In this episode, KT discusses The ins and outs of franchises as a business with Brian Grogan and Brent Hillerich of Crescent Franchise Solutions:The number of franchise opportunities in the United StatesThe advantages of franchisingThe costs of franchising besides capital Key Takeaways: There are many franchising opportunitiesFamily issues could pop up when it comes to sell or wind down the businessBanking and financing r... Read more

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In this episode, KT discusses: Who makes better money decisionsWho’s more impulsive with investment decisionsHow you can be a part of the show Key Takeaways: KT’s 24-hour ruleThe importance of a “talk me off the ledge” conversationWomen manage $14 Trillion in assets  Quote: “Why is it important for women to be good at money? It’s important because 80% of women will die alone.” – KT Click here to reach ... Read more

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In this episode, KT discusses: Understanding the difference between balance transfer offers The mystery of the credit score Using balance transfers as a strategy to pay off your debts  Key Takeaways: Pay attention to the term of the offer Always go for 0% Factor in the balance transfer fee  Quote: “With every yin, there’s a yang. Someone offering something slightly different fo... Read more

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