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Achieving the Work-Life Balance with Ben Feder

Summertime is all about vacations. Have you taken yours? I’m actually in the middle of mine right now. A nice two week break. I was hoping for three but wasn’t able to pull it off.

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Our guest today, Ben Feder, encountered no such obstacle when he decided to take six months off. Yes, six months! Okay, that’s not quite a vacation, it’s more of a sabbatical.

And as he outlines in his recent book, Take Off Your Shoes: One Man's Journey from the Boardroom to Bali and Back, it was the classic struggle of achieving that highly sought after work-life balance that led to Feder calling a timeout on his professional life.

Described as the The Eat, Pray, Love for busy executives, Take Off Your Shoes invites the reader to join a journey of self-rediscovery.

A hard-charging CEO of a large enterprise, Feder discovers that he is losing the very things that sustained him over his years of business success. Unsettled by his insight and determined to rebuild family relationships and rejuvenate his sense of purpose, he risks his career on a life-altering physical and emotional journey.

Together with his wife and children, Feder sets off for an exotic island on a self-prescribed sabbatical year. That experience transforms them all.

The writing is honest and moving, baring the author’s innermost struggles and fears, and enticing the reader to share his quest. As Feder navigates the thrills and pitfalls of his time away, he draws us into the examinations of values and priorities we all encounter in adult life.

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Should I Pay Off the Car?

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Who really likes having a car loan? No one is the answer. If you have some cash in the bank, enough to pay off the car, should you pull the trigger and free yourself of the debt? As I told Devin from Pittsburgh on the latest BONUS call, it all depends on your unique situation.

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Do I Need This Annuity + Your Money with Ron Lieber

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Why is my advisor trying to get me to buy an annuity? Such a common question on this show, and that's how we kicked things off this week with John from Colorado. Even though John is in great shape with several million saved, that doesn't mean he automatically needs an annuity. Such an interesting call! 

As someone who consumes a massive amount of financial data and then tries to make it palpable to listeners, viewers and readers, I am drawn to those who have an uncanny ability to break through the clutter.

At the New York Times, my-go to writer for personal finance is Ron Lieber. His column, the wildly popular Your Money, covers just about anything and everything that hits you in the wallet, from investing to paying for college to mortgages and homes.

And that pretty much describes how our discussion went. We bounced around -- from Equifax to the cost of college and the fiduciary debate.

Ron is also an accomplished author. His most recent book is The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.

His latest book project, What To Pay For College, is set to be released in 2020 and will ask college presidents questions that families don’t know (or are afraid) to ask, as well as putting the surprisingly small amount of existing data on this topic into context and pulling the curtain back on how schools set prices which can now top $125,000 for four years of tuition, room and board for state residents.

It’s always a blast to talk shop and the state of the financial services industry with a colleague, especially when it’s somebody you so highly respect.

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Rescuing Retirement with Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James

At a time when Congress can’t seem to agree on much, lawmakers are acknowledging that the main retirement savings vehicle, the 401(k), needs some fixing. Before you get too excited, the changes being considered are more like touch ups, rather than a complete renovation.

Early conversations include: requiring plan sponsors to let participants know how much their total savings would translate into monthly income; a repeal of the age limit on IRA contributions; a more liberal approach to pooled 401(k) plans, which would help more small businesses offer retirement benefits to their employees; and the option to use a portion of a tax refund to fund retirement.

While none of these ideas represents a game-changer for retirement savers, it would be the first major enhancement since 2006. But if lawmakers wanted to seek a more radical approach, they would consult with Teresa Ghilarducci and Tony James, co-authors of Rescuing Retirement: A Plan to Guarantee Retirement Security for All Americans, who claim that "The U.S. experiment with 401(k)s and IRAs, launched in the early 1980s, has failed miserably to deliver on its promises."

Ghilarducci, a labor economist and leading expert in retirement security, and James, Executive Vice Chairman of the investment firm Blackstone Group, have a detailed, well-researched and more extreme recommendation for rescuing the U.S. retirement system. It starts with a concept called a “Guaranteed Retirement Account” (“GRA”), which would be offered to every worker, "from Uber drivers to CEOs."

The GRA would be portable, whether you work for a number of different companies or for yourself – and each individual would control his or her account. It would be funded by a minimum 3 percent of salary, half contributed by the worker and half by the employer.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the GRA is that it fixes some of the big problems that are prevalent in current plans, the biggest of which is that right now, saving for retirement is voluntary. The GRA would mandate retirement savings for everyone, including those who work part-time or are self-employed.

If it all sounds too good to be true, I encourage you to check out the book. I was a cynic, but after reading it and interviewing Ghilarducci and James, I’m a convert.

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Why You Need Life Insurance

At what point should you consider purchasing life insurance? And what kind? Term, whole life, etc? That's what we're discussing today with Gabriel from D.C.

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What You Need to Know About PMI + Early Retirement

We kicked off this week with the always popular topic of early retirement. This time it's Terri from New York who is looking to hang it up. Terri and her husband have a pretty solid plan in place but she wanted to run it by me just to make sure she's not missing anything. 

Rising home prices has helped many homeowners get richer on paper...they have also prompted a big influx of questions about private mortgage insurance (PMI) and refinancing, so we figured it was time to bring on an expert.

Nicole Hamilton, a tech executive-turned-mortgage and homeownership expert, founded Tactile Finance, the first digital tools that let people visualize their homeownership outcomes over time, putting consumers on a level playing field with the professionals who serve them.

Nicole is also the author of the book Avoid the Money Pit, Turn Your Home into a Financial Powerhouse, and the founder of Homeownering.com, a company that provides unbiased, independent information for homeowners to get the best financial outcome possible.

We touched on a variety of topics and questions facing the average consumer as they try to navigate the murky waters of homeownership:

  • What if I don’t have 20% for a downpayment?
  • What is PMI?
  • How do I know if I need PMI?
  • Should PMI be a dealbreaker?
  • Will PMI eventually go away?
  • Will PMI go away on its own or is it my responsibility?
  • Is refinancing always a good idea?
  • Pros and cons of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)
  • Should I prepay my mortgage?

All those topics and more! And based on what we’ve been seeing in the inbox, I think we did a pretty good job covering all your burning questions!

So when you’re checking out those open houses this summer, or considering a refi before rates go even higher, playback this episode and you’ll be well armed with loads of information.

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The Positive and the Possible with Donna Orender

Interviewing business executives and leaders is one way I grow and learn. Especially when talking to women business leaders, I find that I walk away encouraged and enlightened. And of course, I especially enjoy it when one happens to be my friend.

That’s the case today with former Goldman Sachs partner Lisa Shalett and former WNBA president Donna Orender, who joined me to talk about Donna’s recently released book, WOWsdom! The Girl's Guide to the Positive and the Possible.

Seven out of ten girls feel they don't measure up academically, physically, or socially. 74% of girls feel they are under pressure to please everyone. These statistics confirm what we already know: the leaders of tomorrow need our support today.

Filled with letters, activities, and no-nonsense advice from influencers, including Lisa, Queen Sugar actress Tina Lifford, CNN Editor-at-Large Kelly Wallace, founder of the Muhammad Ali Center Lonnie Ali, superstar athlete Annika Sorenstam and a certain radio show and podcast host, WOWsdom! celebrates the WOW of girls and the WISDOM of women.

In letters written to themselves, women, men, and girls from all walks of life - artists, athletes, actors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, doctors, scientists, and humanitarians - share their hard-earned wisdom for girls who are seeking guidance and inspiration as they begin their personal and professional journeys.  

Creating a world where the leaders of today help shape and inspire the leaders of tomorrow is what WOWsdom! is all about.

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How to Invest Extra Money

Having some extra money to invest, and not knowing what to do with it, is what I like to call a good problem to have! That's the case with Kelly in Atlanta, who's sitting on 125k with no short term needs on the horizon.

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Was My Annuity a Mistake? + Retirement Game-Changers

If you're a regular listener then you know how I feel about annuities and all the various insurance products being sold to people who more times than not don't need what they're being pitched. 

But what if you already have one? What should you do? Keep it? Get out and pay the surrender charge? Well, it all depends on your unique situation, and that's what we discussed with Stewart from Louisville as we kicked off the latest show. 

In hour two I chatted with Steve Vernon, an old pal of mine from my CBS MoneyWatch days. 

Steve was on to talk about his latest book, Retirement Game-Changers: Strategies for a Healthy, Financially Secure, and Fulfilling Long Life.

The 21st century retirement offers a whole new set of challenges, including longer lives than our parents and grandparents, the demise of traditional pension and retiree health plans, periodic stock market crashes that can derail our retirement, and sky-high medical and long-term care costs.

Retirement Game-Changers helps you navigate these challenges as you transition from your work life into your retirement years. 

In this easy-to-follow guide, you'll discover how to:

  • Generate recession-proof retirement income that lasts the rest of your life 
  • Enhance your health and longevity
  • Protect against ruinous medical and long-term care costs
  • Lead a fulfilling and socially connected life

Retirement Game-Changers might be your road map for planning the most important period of your life. It's time to take charge and make your retirement years count!

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Robots, AI, and Automation with Darrell West

The robots are coming, the robots are coming!!

Okay, so maybe we’re not yet living in a world that looks like the movie Terminator, but it’s safe to say that changes are coming to the workforce as we know it. Robots, artificial intelligence, and driverless cars are no longer things of the distant future. They are with us today and will become increasingly common in coming years, along with virtual reality and digital personal assistants.

That’s what we’re talking about today with Darrell West, a decades-long connection of mine who is vice president and director of Governance Studies and the founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. In his latest book, The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation, West explores the current state of the workplace, how technological innovation will disrupt it and why government policy needs to change to help workers adapt to it.

If companies need fewer workers due to automation and robotics, what happens to those who once held those jobs and don't have the skills for new jobs? And since many benefits are delivered through employers, how are people outside the workforce for a lengthy period of time going to earn a living and get health care and social benefits?

Throughout the pages of this book, West argues that society needs to rethink the concept of jobs, reconfigure the social contract, move toward a system of lifetime learning, and develop a new kind of politics that can deal with economic dislocations.

West presents a number of proposals to help people deal with the transition from an industrial to a digital economy:

  • Broaden the concept of employment to include volunteering and parenting and pay greater attention to the opportunities for leisure time
  • Workers will need help throughout their lifetimes to acquire new skills and develop new job capabilities
  • Political reforms will be necessary to reduce polarization and restore civility so there can be open and healthy debate about where responsibility lies for economic well-being

It’s a fascinating read about what faces us in the days ahead...a discussion that should take place sooner rather than later.

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