December10

Federal Reserve Rate Hike #2

The Federal Reserve will likely raise short-term interest rates this week, when it convenes the last policy meeting of 2016. The second rate hike of the cycle comes one full year after the first, nine years after the last time it had previously raised rates. The central bank is probably more confident about this action
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December09

#301 In Praise of Passive Investing

Last week it was a listener turned finance coach as a guest…this week it’s a former professional basketball player turned passive investing evangelizer, as our guest. Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download this week’s show (MP3) Before becoming a big shot in the investment world, Dave Butler was draining big shots
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December03

16 Year-End Money Tips for 2016

The 2016 year-end money tips post is a complicated one, because of major tax changes that are expected to occur next year under the Trump Administration. While there is no single plan to analyze yet, both candidate Trump’s plan and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan, would cut ordinary income tax brackets, increase standard deduction amounts and
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December03

Is the US Economy at Full Employment?

It may not feel like it, but the US economy is at full employment. The Labor Department reported that the economy created 178,000 jobs in November, just under the 2016 average monthly creation of 180,000; and the unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low (August 2007) of 4.6 percent. According to the Federal Reserve, there
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December02

#300 Listener Turned Finance Coach

Can you believe it’s already December?  Christmas is just weeks away and before you know it we’ll be talking about financial resolutions for the New Year.  Before that happens we’ve still got a few more shows left in 2016…and on this week’s, it’s a first: a listener-turned-guest!  More like listener-turned-personal finance coach. Download the podcast on
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November26

Tips for Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday

With Black Friday in the rear view window, it’s time to focus on Cyber Monday, a holiday first mentioned in a NRF press release in 2005. At that time, the organization noted that the sharp increase in web traffic after the Thanksgiving weekend occurred because “consumers may have faster or more secure Internet connections at work
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November25

#299 Thanksgiving Holiday Show

It’s Thanksgiving weekend…which means Mark and I are still suffering from food comas…which means this weekend you get a best-of version of Jill on Money! Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download this week’s show (MP3) After making a list, checking it twice and soliciting votes from you, the audience, we’ve
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November19

Does Black Friday Matter?

As we prepare for the retail launch of the holiday season, here’s a question worth tackling: Does Black Friday (or Gray Thursday) matter? If you’re the kind of shopper that delights in the adrenaline rush of shopping in the wee hours of the Friday after Thanksgiving, go for it. For the rest of us, it
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November18

#298 FinTech and Online Brokers

On the show this week we dive into the FinTech world, discussing next-generation online brokers with Hardeep Walia, founder and CEO of Motif. Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download this week’s show (MP3) If you’re a regular listener of Jill on Money, then you know we’re fans of the FinTech
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November12

Will the Post-Election Stock Rally Last?

Stock indexes staged a broad, post-election rally, as investors pushed aside their concerns about a potential global trade war and a clampdown on immigration, and instead bet that President-elect Trump’s promise of infrastructure spending would propel profits at large industrial companies and his tax cuts would boost the economy. (Irony alert #1: Congressional Republicans have
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