NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

NerdWallet’s objective finance journalists answer real-world questions empowering you to make smarter decisions with your money and help your finances thrive. The Nerds are your resource to make the most of your personal finances, while cutting through the clutter and misinformation of today’s economic news and advice. You’ll get clarity on strategies to help you build your wealth, invest wisely, shop for financial products, and plan for major life events. By the end of each episode, you’ll feel smarter and more informed to make the most of your finances. Future You will thank you. Join hosts Sean Pyles, Sara Rathner, and other expert Nerds as they discuss everything personal finance, including: - Credit cards: credit card rewards, different types of credit cards, credit card annual fees - Investing and retirement: investment strategies, retirement planning, financial independence, investing in the stock market, money market accounts, financial strategies, mutual funds, short-term bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Roth IRA investing, robo-advisors, retirement savings - Personal finance: budgeting methods, emergency funds, paying off debt, frugal living, money management tips, wealth accumulation, money habits, cultivating a money growth mindset, debt-free living, financial resources, budgeting apps and browser extensions, avoiding scams, tax bills, financial success and financial stability - Banking: high-yield saving accounts, online banking, credit unions - Loans: student loans, home equity loans, HELOC, student loan forgiveness - Home: mortgage interest rates, homebuying, home improvement projects, homeowners insurance - Insurance: travel insurance, pet insurance, auto insurance, home insurance You’ll love NerdWallet’s Smart Money Podcast if you like podcasts like Planet Money, The Personal Finance Podcast, DIY Money, Afford Anything, How to Money, The Ramsey Show, Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin, NPR’s Life Kit: Money, Popcorn Finance, Money Girl, Everyone’s Talkin’ Money, So Money with Farnoosh Tarabi, The Money with Katie Show, All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins, The Stacking Benjamins Show, MoneyWatch with Jill Schlesinger, or Your Money, Your Wealth. NerdWallet Compare, Inc. NMLS ID# 1617539 NMLS Consumer Access: http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/

Episodes

June 20, 2024 32 mins
Discover how to navigate financial uncertainty in a creative career with insights from a jazz saxophonist's personal journey. How can creative professionals manage financial uncertainty in their careers?  What are the essential financial strategies for artists dealing with fluctuating income? Hosts Sean Pyles and Abby Badach Doyle discuss the financial challenges in creative careers and strategies for overcoming them to help you un...
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Understand the evolving definition of inflation, potential changes to medical debt reporting and their impact on your finances. Why does the consumer’s perception of inflation differ from the economist’s perspective? How does this shift in understanding impact our economy? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski talk about the gap between how regular people and economists talk about inflation and what this means for consumers. Chief F...
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What drives Mathew Knowles, respected record executive, entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and father to Beyonce and Solange? This special presentation of the podcast Earn & Invest delves into what drove him to succeed and how drive has been both a positive and a negative in his life. The Earn & Invest podcast features thought-provoking conversations intended to empower you to earn and invest wisely, shaping your future while ma...
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Learn how moving could benefit you if you feel compelled to relocate due to safety concerns — and how to budget for a sudden move. How do you financially and emotionally prepare for relocating due to safety concerns?  What are the financial impacts of such a forced move?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Alieza Durana discuss their experiences planning finances for relocations to help you understand the complex challenges faced by individuals ...
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Learn how consumer sentiment affects the economy and your finances, plus insights on job market trends and inflation impact. How do consumer sentiment indexes work and why should you care about them? What impact do these indexes have on the economy and your personal finances? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the intricacies of consumer sentiment, highlighting the University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment and T...
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Learn about the psychology of gambling and smart tips for making home buying decisions amid undesirable interest rates. How can you gamble responsibly?  Should you use all your savings to buy a house outright or take on a high-interest mortgage? 00:48 Gambling Responsibly: Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss the psychology behind gambling, particularly the concept of intermittent reinforcement. They also provide practical adv...
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Understand the urge to spend money while scrolling on social media and learn strategies to control impulsive purchases. How does social media influence spending habits? What are practical strategies to spend less money while scrolling?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Amanda Barroso discuss the psychological tricks of social media and emotional spending to help you understand the subconscious factors that drive your online purchases. Amanda i...
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Discover how many people lie on insurance applications and the potential consequences you face when you do so. Is it okay to lie on your insurance application? What are the consequences if you do? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the findings from a recent NerdWallet survey revealing how many Americans admit to intentionally providing inaccurate information on their insurance applications and delve into the generational ...
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Learn handy tips you probably didn’t know about credit cards and why paying off loans could actually lower your credit score. 00:35 Credit Card Tips: What are some helpful credit card tips? Can paying off your student debt negatively affect your credit score? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss insider credit card tips to help you understand our options when shopping for and using credit cards. They begin with tips and tricks...
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Author Jake Cousineau explains why it’s important to teach interest and budgeting to students — and how to learn as an adult. How can you understand complex personal finance topics as an adult?  What strategies can young people use to achieve financial independence?  Personal Finance Nerd Kim Palmer talks to Jake Cousineau, author of How to Adult: Personal Finance in the Real World, about the significance of personal finance educat...
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Learn why randomly choosing individual stocks can beat expert investing strategies — and what that means for your portfolio. Can random stock picks outperform Wall Street professionals? What kind of portfolio returns can low-cost index investing drive? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski delve into the astonishing results of a dart-throwing experiment by Wall Street Journal columnist Spencer Jakab and his team, which pitted random ...
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Are credit card rewards points more valuable than cash back? This special presentation of All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins features deep dive into credit cards, with a focus on cash back versus points. Chris goes deep on strategies for every spending category and shares his analysis of how to optimize points vs. cash back for the best return on investment. All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins is a podcast about optimizing all aspect...
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Brittney Reynolds explains how sharing her finances publicly on social media helped her get out of debt and develop a new community. What are the benefits of sharing your finances publicly?  How is social media changing the way people talk about money?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the rise of financial transparency on social media and its impact on community building to help you understand the power of vulnerabili...
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Writer, producer, and actor Felicia Day shares her financial journey working in Hollywood, with tips for managing your budget when gigs are inconsistent. What Is Your Time Worth? How do you value your time outside of work?  How can you manage finances in an unpredictable career like acting?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss the concept of time valuation to help you understand how to balance personal worth against income. T...
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Learn how the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) affects your finances. How does the CFPB protect consumers? Why does the recent CFPB court decision matter? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld the CFPB’s funding structure, explaining its significance and what it means for consumer protections. They also explain the history and function...
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“Krazy Coupon Lady” Joanie Demer shares couponing tactics and how coupons work to help you outsmart rising costs even in today’s digital marketplaces. How can you use coupons to help you afford everyday essentials?  Are digital deals and loyalty programs the same as using coupons?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the thrill of couponing and the evolution of coupon strategies to help you understand how to combat rising...
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Learn how the strength of the US dollar impacts your finances, as well as its ramifications on the US and global economies. What does it mean to have a strong dollar? Who benefits the most from a strong US dollar? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski delve into the implications of a strong dollar on both domestic and global economies. They interview Cris deRitis, deputy chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, to demystify what a stron...
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Learn how to build a financial safety net to conserve your wealth and the ins and outs of investing in index funds. How can you build financial resilience to protect yourself from life's economic curveballs?  How do index funds work, and what should you consider when choosing one? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss how you can use elements of financial planning to minimize risk exposure. They offer tips and tricks for financ...
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Discover how you could turn your collectibles and passions into an actual business and stay ahead of market trends. How hard is it to make money from collectibles?  What kinds of things typically become collectible?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the unconventional method of selling collectibles to earn income to help you understand how your passions could yield financial gain. Sean speaks with Tyler Feldman, the Fo...
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Explore key insights into the current real estate market as the Nerds unpack the results of the 2024 Home Buyer Report. Should you rent or own your home? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski explore the financial and lifestyle implications of each choice, drawing insights from a recent NerdWallet survey and a firsthand account from fellow Nerd Elizabeth Renter, who transitioned from homeownership to renting. From rising home prices ...
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