Radical Personal Finance

Hey Radicals!

Thank you to so many of you who have inquired of our health and safety following Hurricane Irma.

Here's my personal report for you!

Short version: we are well. :)

Joshua

Direct download: Hurricane_Irma_Report.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:22pm MDT

I've been busy today preparing for Hurricane Irma here at the Radical Personal Finance Global Headquarters.

At the moment, the National Hurricane Center forecasts the eye of the storm to pass squarely over HQ.

So, I thought I'd record a podcast and share a few things with you:

  • Based on watching the Hurricane Irma frenzy, I'm convinced that "societal collapse" scenarios are plausible. I learned this at Costco yesterday.
  • I'm also convinced we live in the greatest time to be alive and that there are so many tremendously powerful companies who are laser-focused on serving their customers. I learned this at Costco today. And from reading this article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/inside-story-what-took-keep-texas-grocery-chain-running-chip-cutter
  • The final 20 minutes of the show involves an off-the-cuff discussion of practical hurricane preparation if you decide to stay put through a storm.

Gotta run! Lots to do...

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0480-Hurricane_Irma_Edition.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:55pm MDT

It's Friday! On Fridays we do a live Q&A show. Today we cover:

  • (2:30) What Should a New Expatriate Do With Their Investment Money?
  • (18:30) What To Do With an Old Pension?
  • (26:40) How Should a Newlywed Approach the Rent or Buy Question?

If you'd like to join me for a future Q&A show, sign up to be a Patron at www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0479-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:04am MDT

Whenever there's a natural disaster, we have various articles on price gouging's lamentability, to wit, its harmfulness and illegality.

But, is it really bad?

I say not.

"Price gouging" (or, more accurately stated, the adjustment of market prices to meet changing demand) has tremendous utility for the well-being of all involved and is absolutely upright, moral, and ethical.

Of course, this guy says it's wrong, morally and economically. I deal with his "arguments" in the show.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0478-Price_Gouging.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:23pm MDT

I've been watching the #HoustonFloods this weekend and considering the lessons I can learn for my own disaster planning.

Today, I share some useful ideas for you about how to plan for events like the Houston Floods.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0477-Financial_Considerations_for_Flooding_Preparation.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:40am MDT

Yesterday I was watching the solar eclipse (up north in the 100% band) and I happened to have breakfast with an expediter.

Not sure what that is?

Basically, a truck driver who drives a van. (More in the audio show.)

As we ate, I tried to lay out a few paths on how he could become financially free based on his current work.

And, I promised him a show on the topic.

So, you get to listen in as I tell him--and you--how any normal person can use a live-on-the-job opportunity as a trampoline to bounce them into the upper tiers of financial abundance.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0476-Pathways_to_FI-Expediting.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:17pm MDT

Time for Friday Q&A! If you'd like to join for a future show, sign up here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Today, we cover:

  • 2:00 Should I refinance my credit card debt by moving it to a HELOC?
  • 34:10 Do you have passion for a job before the fact or do you become passionate about it after you're good at it?
  • 42:30 Should I drop the military's Survivor Benefit Plan for my pension in favor of buying a 10-year whole life insurance policy?

Enjoy!

And remember! I have 27 seats remaining for the new Radical Personal Finance Guide to Career & Income Planning. If you're interested, I'd love to have you in the class. Join here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/career

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0475-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:14am MDT

As I celebrate the opening of the registration page for the beta launch of the new Radical Personal Finance Guide to Career & Income Planning, I intend to share with you a few simple lessons related to career and income.

Today, we begin with the philosophical fundamentals: the interplay of human capital and financial capital. We all start with what we have (human capital) and use it to create financial capital, which we ultimately work to have in surplus. Once we have surplus, we get to decide what to do with it.

Enjoy!

Joshua

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  • If you're interested in joining the beta launch of my new Guide to Career and Income Planning, I've got 65 seats left. Registration closes either on 8/20 or when I sell out the seats, whichever comes first. More details here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/career
Direct download: RPF0474-Human_and_Financial_Capital.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:34pm MDT

I've had a tough summer. I have nothing to complain about. I've been richly blessed and, in almost every way outside of Radical Personal Finance, life has been sweet. But, RPF hasn't been so great for me. And, if it hasn't been so great for me, it might not have been so great for you either.

I thought you might appreciate hearing the explanation and the story.

It's important to me to share the good and the bad--the heights and the lows--with you in order to help you understand that we all share common struggles and trials.

That said, I don't think it's helpful to talk about problems unless I can also suggest a solution. And, thankfully, I've worked out some solutions to my problems. So, now I'm ready to share the problems with you!

I've figured out what's wrong with Radical Personal Finance. And [I think] I've figured out how to fix it!

Here's the story...

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0473-Whats_Wrong_with_RPF.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:51pm MDT

On Fridays we do a live Q&A which is open to Patrons of the show. Become a Patron at www.RadicalPersonalFinance.com/patron

Today we cover:

  • Can I Have Both a SIMPLE IRA and a Traditional IRA
  • What Personal Finance Books Does Joshua Recommend
  • What Three Investments Would I Buy To Leave Alone for a Decade
  • What Are the Rules of Thumb for Who Should Buy Long-Term Care Insurance
  • And more!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0472-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:48pm MDT

On Fridays, I host a Q&A call. Patrons of the show are invited to call in and ask any question they want!

Today, we cover:

  • (1:57) What's the best type of retirement plan for my wife's side business? (SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, Solo 401(k)?)
  • (16:45) How can I help my sister-in-law who is asking me for financial advice?
  • (30:20) Should I pay off my debt as fast as possible or save up and pay it off in large chunks of money?

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0471-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:39pm MDT

There's been an interesting switch in the world of personal finance wherein some people are building financial plans based on extremely low spending projections. In essence, some people assume that if they can live on an extremely low budget per year today, they can build a long-term financial plan predicated on maintaining that spending forever.

I think this is a dangerous assumption. And, in today's show, I explain why.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0470-Danger_of_Low_Spending_Projections.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:39pm MDT

Welcome to another Friday Q&A Show! Today, we cover:

  • Is It Legit That You Can Find Missing Money That's Still Unclaimed
  • Should I Take Free Housing With a Longer Commute
  • How Do I Deal With Massive Medical Bills
  • Do I Need a Personal Insurance Agent
  • What Three Books Would Joshua Take to A Desert Island?

If you'd like to join me for a future Q&A show, become a Patron of the show at www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Joshua

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Direct download: RPF0469-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:50pm MDT

Friday Q&A is back! Today:

  • How does an LLC Protect My Liability and Help Me Save on Tax?
  • How Can I Lower My Tax Bill on the Sale of My House?

If you'd like to participate on a future show, sign up here! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0468-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

I've long struggled to know how to advise people with regard to debt. On the one hand, the use of debt can dramatically increase the financial returns of an investment. On the other hand, debt can have a dramatic negative impact on the lifestyle of the borrower when everything goes wrong.

So, how do we reconcile these two things?

I've come to see that they're two entirely different scales. Because they are two totally different scales (think: how do kilograms and degrees Fahrenheit interact with one another), it's hard to simultaneously factor in both.

Enjoy the show,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0467-Debt-Financial_or_Lifestyle_Risk.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:49pm MDT

I've alluded to my long-term guess that the US Government will default on many of its current promises.

But, I've never really supported that argument.

I thought I'd kick that support off today by sharing with you a succinct and coherent description of the problem by reading Professor Laurence Kotlikoff's testimony to the Senate Budget Comittee in 2015.

Enjoy,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0466-Kotlikoff_Senate_Testimony.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:08pm MDT

I've never invested in raw land. My #1 reason? Since raw land has no utility, there's no way to pull income from it. And at this stage of my life, I value income-producing assets.

But, my guest on today's show has a great system for solving that problem.

He has parlayed raw land into a very helpful income stream leading to his own financial freedom.

Enjoy my interview with Mark!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0465-Mark_Podolsky_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:15pm MDT

Today's episode is Part 2 of a mini-series on the seasons of life.

The world of work is changing rapidly. We find ourselves pressed on all sides to do more work and different work.

And yet in personal finance circles, the focus of our conversation is quite frequently how to get out of work.

I believe work is a blessing and not a curse. And that to run from work is the wrong answer.

And yet how can we adjust our relationship with work so that it feels more meaningful and less ephemeral?

Part of the answer is in learning to work with the natural seasons of life.

Enjoy,

Joshua

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Direct download: RPF0464-The_Seasons_of_Work.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm MDT

Poverty is hard. Money helps to make life less hard. But, in our modern world, it's hard to figure out how much money is enough.

As you go through the seasons of your life the usefulness of money will wax and wane.

Money comes with a cost: time, labor, risk, attention.

You need to think carefully about the season of your life you're in and consider the unique value of money during this particular season.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0463-Seasons_of_Life.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:15pm MDT

Today I have an interview for you with Ben Higgenbotham, a funeral director who's also well in tune with the Radical Personal Finance philosophy.

He's here today to share the inside scoop on how to effectively work with a funeral director so that you can get the funeral experience that your family desires without losing your shirt.

Enjoy!

Joshua

p.s., If you didn't hear it, you might want to first go and listen to Episode 409, "How to Get Yourself Put 6 Feet Under Dirt Cheap!". https://radicalpersonalfinance.com/cheap-burial/

That show was the "radical" approach; this discussion was intended to be a bit more mainstream. This interview was recorded almost immediately after that show was released, but I misplaced the file and neglected to get it into the schedule! Sorry, Ben!

Direct download: RPF0462-Ben_Higgenbotham_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:06am MDT

What do dentists who shoot lions, publicists who make jokes in poor taste on Twitter and Indiana pizza makers have in common? Their lives were suddenly and irrevocably changed for the worst while doing something that they could never have predicted would lead to it.

Avoiding catastrophe is an important pillar of the wealth building strategy that I promote through Radical Personal Finance. As personal finance enthusiasts, we are one of the most prudent groups of people on this planet: we build our emergency funds, insure against negative events, diversify our investments and make careful choices about our spending.

Radical Personal Finance is, however, about going beyond the obvious and into the territory of things less commonly considered, but just as important. I want you to be prepared to deal with a hurricane, becoming a refugee, dealing with food scarcity or even the possibility of getting arrested.

In my experience as a financial advisor, it has often frustrated me with how little care is sometimes taken to ensure the client’s financial security, despite the good intentions of most people in the industry. But why is this possible? The answer is that most people care even less about their data.

It’s shocking to discover how vulnerable we actually make ourselves by not taking simple security measures when using bank accounts, email and social media - vulnerable not only to a loss privacy but potentially to a very real financial loss.

I’ve taken an interest in this subject a while ago, and have been really impressed by the book The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference which stood out in a field where information is often cursory or out of date.

That is why I invited co-author Justin Carroll to Radical Personal Finance to talk about real, actionable ways in which you can become more secure and protect your privacy. This article contains some of the best tools mentioned in our discussion, though for a more complete picture I recommend that you listen to the episode above and purchase the book itself.

But This Won’t Happen to Me

I often get this objection: “I’m not doing anything wrong - why should I be concerned about privacy?”. Here’s an analogy that I’ve found helpful in explaining why I promote these ideas:

Do you remember the time when every phone call was a party line? Anyone in the household could pick up another receiver and there was very little one could do about it at the time. Now, however, you do have a choice - do you want to make everything you search for, consume, talk about as well as access to all of your accounts and purchase history a party line?

Complete privacy and security are very difficult to achieve, but some very simple steps and tools can protect you from most of the headaches in the future.

Another thing to consider is this: You may not be a target right now - but you may become one in the future as your wealth increases, you endorse unpopular political or religious perspectives or just live your life the usual way, as the stories at the beginning of this article illustrate.

This may be a decade from now, but to prevent it you must build the skills and the mindset starting today, because you don’t know what circumstances you will face in the future through no fault of your own, and you can’t control things after the fact.

Some simple tools and habits that have a great impact:

Accounts and Passwords

You are at great risk if you use the same or the same few passwords for all of your accounts. You will see this warning often and for good reason when creating new accounts: it only takes one company to be breached (who didn’t store your data properly) and an attacker gains access to all of your accounts. Alternatively, it’s often enough if they just gain access to your main email and phone account (which isn’t very difficult) and that opens up everything else. Using a different strong password for every account mitigates some of this risk.

Less often mentioned, but equally important is using different and random usernames. Is your email address firstandlast@gmail.com? You’ve just given away an important piece of the puzzle to would-be attacker.

The problem often is safely storing and remembering all of these account names and passwords - that’s where a password manager comes into play. Using LastPass (more convenient) or KeePass (more secure) can make the process a whole lot easier and secure.

Two-Factor Authentication

Nowadays you can often see a website offering (or requiring) you to enter a code from a text message in addition to your password. This is a form of two-factor authentication: an attacker job is made more difficult since he needs access to both your account name and password as well as your phone number. Unfortunately, phone numbers are often accessed by social engineers (who exploit human psychology) or accounts are simply hacked into, making this method not particularly secure.

What I recommend instead is that you use Authy or Google Authenticator on your smartphone. This works in a similar way, but you need actual physical access to your device (as opposed to just the number) which significantly enhances your security.

For even more security, you could purchase a YubiKey, which is a special piece of hardware dedicated entirely to two-factor authentication.

Encrypted Communication

Even though we rarely send long and heartfelt email anymore, there’s still a lot of important information that someone can gain from reading the emails that you send and receive. The same is true for instant messaging and phone calls.

I encourage people who own an iOS to use Facetime Audio instead of calling and to use Signal (iOS and Android) for instant messaging - both of which are encrypted.

Setting up email encryption used to be somewhat difficult, but tools such as Proton Mail offers end-to-end encrypted communication. You can also encrypt sensitive documents with a password using Adobe Acrobat Pro (Windows) or Preview (Mac).

Don’t Trust Your Financial Advisor (or Your Bank)

Just because someone is in the financial industry, it doesn’t mean that they take good care of your information. Bank accounts sometimes have worse-than-average security - make no difference and use the same tools and principles that you would with any other account.

The same is true with financial advisors, accountants etc. Your information is not always stored appropriately - sometimes physical copies are kept that are not secured, sometimes administrative staff has access to digital documents, sometimes your information may be shared between financial advisors at the same firm.

Make sure to compartmentalize information: think carefully if that person or organization really needs this or that particular piece of information, and try not give a complete picture whenever possible. This way, if there’s a breach at a particular firm, that information alone will not be enough to impersonate you or access your other accounts.

Use Cash Whenever Possible

Show me your bank statement, and I’ll tell you who you are.

How much could I learn about you knowing where you shop, where you get your morning coffee, where you fill up your car, where you eat your lunch and what kind of shops you visit? All this information can paint quite an accurate picture of you - there’s no reason to offer it up on a silver plate.

Use cash whenever you can - it’s not so hard to get used to (again).

Maintaining Privacy in Online Payments with Burner Credit Cards

Sometimes you can’t get around using a card - but by sharing your bank-issued credit/debit card details when making purchases, you are losing control over the transaction. Most of the time, everything stays win-win, but in contentious situations it’s often a problem if the merchant has all of your details. In addition, unauthorized spurious charges have been known to occur, sometimes in foreign countries, which drain your time and energy to deal with.

Using services such as Privacy.com, SudoPay (connected with Apple Pay) and Blur you can create credit cards that work only for one transaction, or are used for only one merchant. This also means that you don’t have to use your real name or address when making these payments, protecting you from when (often inevitably) the merchant’s database gets compromised.

In addition, you can also set up additional email addresses and phone numbers - this way, for instance, you can share one virtual number with friends and family, and another virtual one to important accounts, that way your accounts stay safe even if your actual phone number is compromised.

Act Now

The tools here are some of the lowest hanging fruit available to you right now to ensure that your assets and your information stay safe. I’ve gone into even more strategies with Justin in the podcast episode that this article was based on - including owning a car and a house as well maintaining a mailing address as privately as possible.

You can find our discussion above this article, or in iTunes. I also wholeheartedly endorse Justin’s and Michael’s book on the subject, as well as their podcast.

Proper prudent planning beats trying to fight the fires after the fact. Take the steps today to protect yourself so you aren’t caught off guard in the coming decade!

I am available if you’d like to have a phone conversation on this subject.

Here are all the resources mentioned in the podcast episode:

Direct download: RPF0461-Justin_Carroll_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

I frequently get this question: "Joshua, what should I invest my money in?"

Well, that's a hard question to answer. I'm not you, so how should I know?

But, here are the factors I think you should consider in answering that question for yourself:

  1. time
  2. money
  3. knowledge
  4. skill
  5. temperament
  6. timing
  7. opportunities
  8. tools

Joshua

p.s., did I miss any important factors? If so, let me know in the comments.

Direct download: RPF0460-How_to_Decide_What_You_Should_Invest_In.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Many people are far too free with their personal financial information. This can be very dangerous.

You cannot expect your financial advisor to keep your personal information private, secret, and secure.

You've got to take steps to protect yourself.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0459-Dont_Trust_Your_Financial_Advisor.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm MDT

I'm not sure how to explain this one to you via text...perhaps it's just better if you hit play and listen!

:)

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0458-Mexican_Taxis.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:55am MDT

I'm a big fan of Cal Newport's work and I stumbled across this TEDx talk that he gave on the topic of social media.

Consider his points and see how they might relate to your personal social media usage.

It'd be a shame to look back at the end of the year and recognize an alternative use for the hundreds of hours that most of us use in social media activities. Always think about the opportunity cost...

Joshua

Direct download: Quit_social_media__Dr._Cal_Newport__TEDxTysons.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:02am MDT

Hey Radicals!

Today's show is a little audio ramble among friends to tell you that my wife and I are celebrating the birth of a new little baby boy!

(I also tell you about my 3-year-old's first successful investment...and his 100% ROR!)

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0457-Celebrating_a_New_Baby.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:37pm MDT

Rounding out our theme this week of how to survive and thrive during police encounters so that you are not arrested and imprisoned, I bring you an important video by the Flex Your Rights organization.

This one is best viewed as a video and is available for free here: https://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

It contains dramatic presentations and acting and is really well done. I recommend that you don't listen to the audio file here; I recommend you make the time to watch the video yourself, then again with your spouse and children.

However, I find that it's hard to make the time to watch videos, so I'm posting the audio here for you to at least listen to. You'll gain a lot from simply listening to the audio.

But, again, if you can make the time, stop listening and go watch it: https://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

Direct download: 10_Rules_for_Dealing_with_Police_Full-Length.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

This is the audio from a presentation at the CATO Institute by Law Professors James Duane and Randy Barnett. (original video: https://youtu.be/gpkc2FZFR5k)

It is a follow up of the concepts outlined in James Duane's excellent book "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent."

There is very little additional value from watching the video file, so enjoy the audio and you'll get the most important points.


I urge you to make the time to listen to this presentation about why you should not talk to the police, no matter your guilt or innocence in any matter.

This is an audio presentation of this YouTube speech (viewed over 23 million times wherein Regent Law Professor James Duane gives viewers startling reasons why they should always exercise their 5th Amendment rights when questioned by government officials: https://youtu.be/d-7o9xYp7eE

(There is very little added value in the video presentation, so you'll gain the bulk of the knowledge by listening exclusively to the audio.)

Also, you should buy and read the $5 book that Professor Duane wrote to follow up to this speech: "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent." (highly recommended) http://amzn.to/2qgDFDF

Direct download: Don_t_Talk_to_the_Police.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

If you get arrested, you can kiss anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars good-bye.

You need insurance against that eventuality.

Today, I'm going to teach you why it's vitally important that you arrest-proof yourself and how to do it.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0456-Arrest_Proof_Yourself.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

My guest today is Dr. Marilyn Brodeur, founder of the Infant Dental Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Marilyn reached out to me after hearing my response to a caller in Episode 417 who was struggling with a decision of whether to pursue her career aspirations or to focus her attention on her children.

So, I invited her on the store to share her story about how she has built a successful business that allows her a great deal of flexibility and capitalizes on her skills and ability.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0455-Marilyn_Brodeur.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm MDT

I don't have a new, original show for you today. But, I do have this interview that I gave last year on Everything Financial Radio! My segment of the show begins at 22:20. Enjoy!

Direct download: Everything_Financial_Radio_interview_with_Dennis_Tubbergen.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:38am MDT

It's Friday! That means Q&A:

  • Where Should a 48-Year-Old Focus Financially for Retirement?
  • Should I Sell a Stock that Makes Up 25% of My Net Worth?
  • Should I Move Across the Country So My Children Can Be Near Their Grandparents?
  • How Strong Is the California Pension System?
  • Should I Contribute More to Retirement So I Can Pay Less on My Student Loans?
Direct download: RPF0454-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Today we tackle the Rule of 72 with a quick explanation of what it is and why it's useful to you.

Direct download: RPF0452-The_Rule_of_72.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

The Millionaire Next Door Wealth Index:

"Multiply your age times your realized pretax annual household income from all sources except inheritances. Divide by ten. This, less any inherited wealth, is what your net worth should be."

Direct download: RPF0451-The_Millionaire_Next_Door_Wealth_Index.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

About once a week, I get an email asking me for my opinion on network marketing opportunities. So, today, here is my opinion and advice for you!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0450-Network_Marketing.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Here's a great Monday-morning sermon by ETtheHipHopPreacher to kick off your work week. Thank God it's Monday!

Original video: https://youtu.be/5fsm-QbN9r8

Direct download: Secrets_to_success_Pt._1.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:46am MDT

We do a live Q&A show on Fridays. Today we cover:

  • How Do You Help Young People Engage in Goalsetting?
  • How Much Debt Is Too Much on Rental Properties?
  • How Do You Help Your Brother-In-Law Learn About Money?
  • Last-Minute Health Savings Account Contributions?

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0449-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:26am MDT

I've often made comments like, "Your 401(k) won't make you rich." Or, "People Don't Get Rich Because they Invested in Their 401(k)."

A listener recently asked for clarification on that statement. I thought it was so important that I dedicated an entire show to it.

In today's show, I give my defense of my statements and argue my case.

My thesis is simple: high 401(k) balances are correlated to people who are rich, but they are not a causative factor of wealth.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0448-Mythbusting-401k_Doesnt_Make_You_Rich.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 5:13am MDT

A little while back I gave this interview for Joe Fairless on his show, "Best Real Estate Advice Ever." We focused on the intersection between personal finance and professional financial advice. Enjoy!

Joshua

http://joefairless.com/best-financial-advice-achieving-maintaining-financial-freedom/

Direct download: JF2076120Joshua20Sheats.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Today, please enjoy this recording of my appearance on Episode 107 of the Sound Retirement Planning Podcast with Jason Parker!

This show was recorded in Q4 of 2016.

http://soundretirementplanning.com/107-radical-retirement-planning-joshua-sheats-radical-personal-finance/


I see lots and lots of people talking about the idea of "passive income." Everywhere I look, I hear people talking about passive income and why it's so great!

But, I've heard very few people define the concept and explain what a true passive income opportunity is.

And the vast majority of opportunities I hear of don't qualify as passive income in my book.

So, let's bust this "passive income" myth today!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0447-The_Passive_Income_Myth.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

It's Friday! On today's Live Q&A show we cover:

  • Should I sell the house we just moved out of?
  • How Do I Figure Out If I Should Fire My Financial Advisor or Not?
  • How Can I Organize a Really Cool Networking Event for Celebrities that I Admire?
  • How Can Divorced Men Creatively Avoid Paying Higher Child Support?
  • What Competitive Advantage Does Dimensional Fund Advisors Have Over Vanguard?
  • How Has Joshua Changed His Financial Plan Over the Last Three Years?

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0446-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Today, we cover this question:

Joshua,

My husband and I love your show and would LOVE IT if you could help us answer a question from your point-of-view.

Facts:

  1. We're completely debt-free except for our house.
  2. We make around $130,000 per year.
  3. We're currently investing 10% for retirement.
  4. We are dead-set on paying off the house in the next 2.5 to 3 years.

The DILEMMA:

Dave Ramsey suggests saving 15% for retirement for someone in our position. We can do this..but that'll slow down our house payment goal quite substantially (or, in my mind it's substantial, as I want this house paid off TOMORROW!)

The goal after the house repayment is to throw everything we can spare towards investing in retirement funds.

THE QUESTION:

Should we stay strong on our course to pay off the house in 3 years tops only saving about 10% for retirement or do we bump up retirement savings? Ultimately how do I figure out the opportunity cost in each scenario?

Thanks so much!

Taliah

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Direct download: RPF0445-Pay_Off_House_or_Invest_15_Percent.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Today's show comes by inspiration of this listener question: "Joshua, will you please send me a link to the best show on your website for a woman wanting to convince her husband that they can make it financially if she stays home?"

Well, I didn't have such a show. But now I do.

Here it is!

Joshua

DATA:

   Working (Conservative)   Staying at Home   Difference 
       
Husband   $60,000  $60,000  
Wife  $60,000  $-    
Total  $120,000  $60,000  $60,000
       
Employment Taxes (7.65% -- 6.2% SS + 1.45% Medicare)  $9,180  $4,590  $4,590
Income Taxes (Turbo Tax Estimate, 30 years old - 2 kids, no deductions)  $12,849  $1,756  $11,093
   $22,029  $6,346  $15,683
       
Income, net of tax  $97,971  $53,654  $44,317
       
Cost of Childcare ($7k x 2)  $14,000  $-    $14,000
Income, net of childcare  $83,971  $53,654  $30,317
       
Commuting Costs Saved ($200/mo)  $2,400  $-    
Work Lunches Saved (100 lunches @ $15)  $1,500  $-    
Work Clothing Saved ($50/mo x 12)  $600  $-    
Dinners Out Saved ($60 x 50)  $3,000  $-    
Household Savings due to frugality ($200/mo x 12)  $2,400    
   $9,900  $-    $9,900
       
Income, net of working costs  $74,071  $53,654  $20,417
Direct download: RPF0444-Yes_You_Can_Afford_For_Your_Wife_to_Stay_At_Home.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

I've really got a great show for you today. It's one that brings together so many things that I love talking about! Travel with Family, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Financial Independence, and more!

My guest is Anthony Amos.

He's an Australian entrepreneur who started out with a tiny little backyard dog-washing business. He grew it, franchised it across Australia, and then sold it and decided he was rich enough to go into property development.

His timing was not so great (right before the real estate crash) but he suffered through.

Later, he wound up buying the company back and he's in the process of expanding across the United States!

At the moment, he and his family are in the middle of a 50+-state RV trip all across the USA with a goal of raising $1,000,000 for dog rescue. Along the way, they're enjoying an incredible family adventure and publicizing their dog washing business!

This one is well worth your time!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0443-Anthony_Amos_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

It's tax-time! That means that you face a problem: how should you do your taxes? Should you print off the 1040 form from the internet and fill it in by hand? Should you use tax software? Should you hire an accountant?

Here are my thoughts on the matter!

Joshua

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Direct download: 442-How_to_Do_Your_Own_Taxes_The_Easy_Way.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

It's Friday! That means it's time for a live Q&A show.

Today we handle two questions:

  • How Can a 13-Year-Old Young Man Get His Start as a Financial Advisor?
  • How Can an Early Retiree Calculate If He Has Enough Money

Enjoy the show!

Sign up as a Patron to be invited to future Friday call-in shows. www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0441-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Today's show is dedicated to marketing. I focus on answering a specific question about podcast marketing, but I do share a number of tips that are applicable on a broader basis.

Here's the question:

Hi Joshua,

I was inspired to start my own podcast six months ago when I listened to your episode 300 entitled "30 podcasting lessons learned from 300 episodes".

Your words of encouragement were invaluable for me and really made me believe I could do this. Your suggestion to focus on content and not the technical aspect of podcasting was the most significant takeaway for me.

The podcast is only 30 episodes in and we consistently publish an episode every single week but wondered if you could provide some suggestions on how to grow your audience.

Background information:
Candian based personal finance podcast, host/co-host format, with the occasional guest

Thanks so much,
Trevor
Simple Money Solutions podcast

Direct download: RPF0440-Podcast_Marketing.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

I wasn't quite sure how I should approach today's book review of Tony Robbins new money book, so I asked the Radical Personal Finance Facebook group.

I wrote: "I'm about to record my review of Tony Robbins' new book, Unshakeable. Should I do it in my current mood as ticked-off, angry Joshua and rip it to shreds or should I do it in my calm, collected and intellectually neutral voice, carefully presenting the good, the bad, and the ugly? Whadya want?"

Well, most people seemed to want option A, so I turned the mic on and let it rip.

Enjoy my review of Tony Robbins' latest book: Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook: Creating Peace of Mind in a World of Volatility.

Joshua

p.s., If you missed it, here's my 3-hour review and critique of his first personal finance book, Money: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.

 

 

Direct download: RPF0439-Unshakeable_Book_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

I recently completed a brief demographic survey of the Radical Personal Finance audience. I learned a ton about who you are!

I thought it would be fun for me to share it with you and share how it impacted me.

Enjoy!

Joshua

    Do you need a website? Reach out to my own personal web team at www.sillygrasshopper.com and see if they can help you!

Radical Personal Finance Audience Demographics    
    
Gender    
Male    78.9%
Female    21.1%
    
Age    
13-17    0.2%
18-20    0.6%
21-24    6.9%
25-34    48.5%
35-44    29.8%
45-54    9.9%
55+    4.2%
    
Marital Status    
Single    27.4%
Married    70.1%
Divorced    2.4%
Widowed    0.1%
    
Race    
Asian    4.5%
Black    3.9%
Caucasian    82.1%
Hispanic    4.5%
Native American    0.1%
Pacific Islander    0.7%
Other    4.2%
    
Education    
Less than high school graduate    0.4%
Graduated high school / GED    1.7%
Trade / Technical school - no degree    1.5%
Attended college but did not graduate    5.4%
Two year college degree    5.3%
Four-year college degree    50.1%
Masters degree    26.6%
Doctoral degree    9%
    
Income    
<25k    2.8%
25k-49k    7.6%
50k-74k    14.7%
75k-99k    16.5%
100k-199k    40.8%
200k+    17.6%

Direct download: RPF0438-Audience_Demographics.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

On episode 425 of the podcast I interviewed Mr. Money Mustache. That episode was not intended to be an introduction to his teaching or his philosophy; rather, it was a human interest discussion with the man himself.

Today, I introduce you to the philosophy and teaching: the message.

What is mustachianism? What is the plan for financial independence espoused by Mr. Money Mustache?

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0437-Mustachianism_101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Hey Radicals!

We're quickly coming up on Episode 500 of the show. To celebrate, I'd like to do a special show, exclusively featuring your stories.

1. Will you please record a quick 2- or 3-minute audio message telling us about the changes you've made in your life and how you've made financial progress in your life?

I think hearing your story will be so encouraging to all of us.

Also,

2. Will you please send me a picture of you and/or your family for me to post on my screensaver?

I'd like to create a picture gallery of who my listeners are so that I can picture you and record better information for you!

Email those two things to: joshua@radicalpersonalfinance.com

Thank you!

Joshua

Direct download: Episode_500_Request.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

I'm traveling today and unable to record.

Enjoy my recent interview on the Richer Soul podcast!

http://richersoul.com/2017/03/07/ep-0010-richer-soul-joshua-sheats-radical-personal-finance/

Joshua

Direct download: richersoul_episode_10.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:56pm MDT

I learned about business and money during my six years working as a financial advisor than at any other time period in my life.

Today I'm kicking off a series sharing some of the lessons that have most deeply impacted me. I'll share both the lessons I learned from business as well as the lessons that I learned from working with hundreds and hundreds of clients.

Lesson Number 1 is simple: Don't wait for business to come to you; go find it!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0436-Lessons_from_Financial_Advice-1-Go_Find_the_Business.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm MDT

It's Friday. Pay attention. That means the weekend is here. Have you planned and scripted it out for maximum results?

Do it.

Love you,

Talk next week...

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0435-Plan_Your_Weekend.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:23pm MDT

My guest today is a lady named Ruby. We met at Camp Mustache SE 2017 a couple of months back and I got to hear her immigrant story! She and her husband are both recent immigrants to the United States and they are aggressively pursing financial independence.

Enjoy her story!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0434-Ruby_from_the_Philippines_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:15pm MDT

I've been thinking about computer and data security this weekend and I decided to run with that theme for today's show.

I've compiled a simple list of 18 tips for you to enhance your financial security and financial privacy.

These range from the simple (#1 is for you to cover your PIN code with your hand) to the contentious (#10 is my advice as to whether you get greater security from using a credit card or a debit card).

But, they're all useful and free (or at least nearly free).

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: 433-Simple_Free_Ways_to_Protect_Your_Financial_Security_and_Privacy.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:38pm MDT

My guest today is Gwen, writer at www.FieryMillenials.com

She is a hardcore saver who is working her tail off to reach financial independence and to teach others through her story.

This is an ideal follow-up to yesterday's advice to my 22-year-old listener.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0432-Gwen_Fiery_Millennial_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:23pm MDT

Today I answer this listener question:

Hi Joshua,

I am a 22 year old recent college graduate. I have since landed a job and have been working for about 4 months now. Prior to graduating college, I was much less educated on money matters and hardly mindful about my personal finances. Upon graduating, I realized that I knew next to nothing about budgeting, saving, investing, and growing wealth. Additionally, many technical terms and aspects of finance confused me. Since I was going to be getting a “real job” soon and making more money than I ever have before, I decided to self-educate and rid myself of financial ignorance. I began reading books, blogs, watching YouTube videos, and listening to podcasts. I now find myself in a much better position to make sound monetary decisions.

Here is my current situation:
I live at home with my parents rent free.
I am extremely fortunate to have no debt from college.
I have no debt.
I work a full time job and save virtually all of that money. I work a part time job and use that money as my “spending money.”

Essentially, I am blessed to have a blank slate coming out of college.

The downside of my equation is that my full time job does not pay particularly well ~$31,000 a year and I live in an area with a high cost of living (northern VA).

Do you have any advice for someone like me who is just getting started in the real world and wants to begin a path to financial independence?

I do realize that a huge step would be to find a better paying job – I am working on that. However what would you suggest that I do in the meantime to add additional income and begin my journey to FI?

My goal is not to make this all about making more money, but rather to position myself in such a way that I can live life the way that I want. ALSO I want to be in a position where I can easily provide advice and assistance to those who are less well off than I am.

Thank you in advance for any advice that you can provide!

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0431-FI_Plan_for_a_22-Year-Old_College_Grad.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:18am MDT

Today, I answer this question from a listener:

Joshua- Fan of the show and a Naval Officer. I have some questions on overall investing strategy.  I have close to 17 years in the Navy and will likely retire at 20 with a full pension (about $55k/year before taxes), currently have $440k in retirement savings for my wife and I split between Roths and TSP, have over $140k in college savings for my 2 kids (8 and 10 year old, plan on also transferring my GI Bill which will essentially pay for one of their college educations), and have about $30k in taxable accounts.  We are selling our house in Norfolk, VA this year-- been a rental for 5 years but we are moving from Tampa to Jacksonville where I will take Command of a Destroyer there.

So- my question-- I am looking at getting into real estate investing and slowing down retirement savings over the next 5 years (from about $25k/yr to $12k-- maxing out Roths and minimum to TSP).  Curious to hear your take on my overall situation and real estate investing writ large.  Ideally we'd put about $40-50k into things this year-- either buy and hold type rental properties or a flip- and then snowball any earnings plus about $30k annually over the next 4 years until I retire to setup passive income sources.  Thanks!

Direct download: RPF0430-Retiring_Naval_Officer_and_Real_Estate.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:48am MDT

Listener Allyn writes in with this question: "What are your thoughts on using whole life insurance as a college savings plan? If you don't like it, why?"

My thoughts are in the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0429-Whole_Life_Insurance_as_a_College_Savings_Plan.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:57pm MDT

Do you feel richer today than you did yesterday? If not, why not?

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0428-How_to_Get_Richer_Every_Day.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:19pm MDT

Different people learn in different ways. For that reason, we need many new approaches to helping people learn about financial independence.

I'm glad to bring my new friends Jonathan and Brad on the show to talk about their project ChooseFI.com.

Operating under the banner "Experiments in Financial Independence," they're seeking to create a new approach to learning and teaching about financial independence.

Enjoy the interview!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0427-Jonathan_and_Brad_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:26pm MDT

It's Friday! That means a live Q&A show. Today we tackle:

  • Should I Get Rid of my 3rd Car?
  • What is a Modified Endowment Contract and How Does it Work?
  • What Should We Do With All This Extra Money our Church Just Received?

If you'd like to join a show like this and ask your question, sign up to become a Patron! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0426-Friday_Q_and_A.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:31pm MDT

Today, I bring you an interview with the #1 most requested guest! Mr. Money Mustache himself.

I connected with him while up in Gainesville for Camp Mustache a couple of weeks ago.

This interview isn't about the nuts and bolts of Mustachian philosophy or on how to become financially independent in a few short years; those topics have been well covered elsewhere.

This interview is about his current life, current projects, and things he's excited about at the moment.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0425-Mr_Money_Mustache_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm MDT

Every day I mention that little slogan, "financial freedom in 10 years or less" in my intro. It's an aggressive, spicy little slogan. But I probably don't do a good enough job of highlighting what that phrase actually means and how many different ways it can be achieved.

Today I have a really fun profile of someone who has successfully achieved financial freedom in less than 10 years by capitalizing on AirBnB. And doing it with properties that she didn't even own!

Enjoy hearing Zeona McIntyre's story of financial freedom!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0424-Zeona_McIntyre_interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm MDT

Perhaps you've noticed that the topic of refugees has been in the news. The recent news sparked this question in the Radical Personal Finance Facebook group.

If I were unexpectedly detained/deported while I was traveling, with the uncertainty of my job or my possessions (or even my bank accounts) being accessible to me or even available to me if I were to somehow return, what would I do, and how would I manage? How might I create a plan to restart my life from scratch if I had to begin again in a different country?

I think it's a fantastic question!

Today I answer this question in 3 parts:

  1. What can you do to prepare for detainment by foreign border guards?
  2. What should you do if you're caught up in the mess created by the detainment of other people?
  3. What can you do to set yourself up to start a new life in another country if you have to flee in the middle of the night?

Enjoy!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0423-Financial_Planning_for_Refugee_Status.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:40pm MDT

I'm traveling today (appropriately enough), so I'm not able to serve you with a Q&A show today.

Instead, enjoy this recording of my appearance on the Nomad Together Podcast!

This show originally appeared on September 8, 2016 right here: https://nomadtogether.com/financial/

Joshua

Direct download: NOMADTOGETHER035.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

I have a special treat for you today.

If you had the chance to sit down with the former President and CEO of Lehman Brothers and talk about his career and money, would you take that chance?

Well, I did.

And today I share it with you!

I sat down with my friend Andy Sage here at his home in Palm Beach with the microphones fired up for a discussion about his career in the business world, retirement, banking, and much more.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0422-Andy_Sage_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:36pm MDT

I love to learn from people who have experienced great success in their lives.

But sometimes, you can learn more from failure than success!

Today, I've invited a new friend of mine on the show to learn what she learned from her massive failures in the past!

She and her husband were on the fast track toward wealth and financial freedom; they owned a ton of real estate and a thriving business.

And then they lost it all.

Listen to the episode for the gripping account of what that was really like!

Joshua

Direct download: 421-Success-Failure-Success-Felisa.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:44pm MDT

My guests today are Joel and Alexis. I met them while hanging out at Camp Mustache SE in Gainesville and was intrigued by their story!

They went from being a fairly typical young couple with a small savings rate to being radical Mustachians, on track to retire in the next few years!

Enjoy learning how they worked through the problems and challenges to make this change!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0420-Joel_and_Alexis_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm MDT

Car leasing is the most expensive way to operate a vehicle. Car leasing is the cheapest way to operate a new vehicle.

Both of those statements are true.

In today's show I explain why!

And I explain how to get out of a lease if you have one.

Joshua

Time stamps (courtesy of a listener):
0:00 Intro
1:50 Sponsors
4:55 Auto leasing is the cheapest AND most expensive
7:42 “Depreciation” explained
13:38 How does leasing a car work?
16:58 The major problem with leasing, and who leasing is great for
24:26 How to get out of a lease

Direct download: RPF0419-Why_Car_Leasing_is_Expensive_and_Cheap.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:33pm MDT

Quick on-the-road show today to share listeners' suggestions, additional information, feedback, and questions.

Joshua

Timestamps: (thanks to the hard work of a listener!)

0:00 Intro
6:00 Joe recommends a “relationships” budget category, separate from “giving”. (Episode 408)
12:08 Rio asks how to separate personal and business budgets. (Episode 408)
14:36 Guy asks about budgeting for taxes. Should one start the budget using gross or net income? (Episode 408)
18:13 Artem comments about donating a body to science as being different from organ donation. (Episode 409)
20:03 Ross comments that funerals should also be considered a means of closure for the living. (Episode 409)
21:34 Hannah offers insight into the credit score that CreditKarma.com utilizes in its calculations. (Episode 411)
24:35 Guy asks if freezing you credit negates the need for ID protection/insurance services. (Episode 411)
26:38 Kevin offers up a tip of the day. (Episode 411)
27:13 James has concerns about the Personal Capital sponsorship. (Episode 413)
44:24 Advice to podcasters regarding ads, specifically CPA (cost-per-aquisition) vs. CPM (cost-per-thousand).

Direct download: RPF0418-Saturday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:32pm MDT

On Fridays I host a live Q&A show! This show is open for Patrons to call in and talk with me about anything they want to.

If you'd like to participate in this call, become a Patron! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Today we tackle two questions:

  1. Should I Follow Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps and Pay off My House Early?
  2. I Had an Unexpected Child...Should I Finish Graduate School or Drop Out to Be a Mom?

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: 417-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

My guest today is a man named Bill. We met at Camp Mustache SE this past weekend.

As soon as I heard a little bit of Bill's story, I knew I needed to get him on the show for you!

Bill is a really neat guy. He enjoyed a very fun and adventurous career wherein he primarily worked for himself. And then he retired early.

He's a man filled with wisdom.

You'll really enjoy this interview.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0416-Bill_Interview_Camp_Mustache.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

Today I have a simple--but profoundly important--concept for you to consider and embrace: your personal safety.

There are small safety decisions that you can make that have a huge potential impact for you, both monetary impact and personal impact.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0415-Invest_in_Your_Safety.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:41pm MDT

I always keep my eyes out for interesting and unusual lifestyle stories. Last week when I was researching cheap coffin plans, I came across the $5 DIY coffin plans at PiedmontPineCoffins.com.

Upon further reading I became aware that Don and his family live entirely off-grid and that he creates his coffins entirely by hand!

Sounded like a fun story so I invited him on!

Enjoy,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0414-Donald_Byrne_interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:10pm MDT

This past weekend I had the privilege of addressing the very fun crowd of hardcore Mustachians gathered in Gainesville, FL for Camp Mustache SE 2017.

(Mustachian = acolyte of the Mr. Money Mustache blog and personal lifestyle and financial philosophy.)

I was invited to give a presentation and I chose for my topic, "Why Wait Until You're F.I. to Live Like You're F.I.?"

This addresses a theme I often see among the hardcore early retirement crowd. The idea is this: "My life stinks right now but it'll all be great after F.I."

But, is that the best way to approach it? Why not recognize that life can be great now and after F.I.?

Enjoy!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0413-Camp_Mustache_SE_2017_speech.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:49am MDT

On Fridays we do a live Q&A show! If you'd like to join me on the next one, sign up to support the show as a patron! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Today we cover:

  • How Can I Gain Enough Experience to Use my CFP Designation?
  • Can I Unwind My Parents Reverse Mortgage?
  • How Do I Engage In A Meaningful Goal-Setting Process After a Layoff?

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: 411-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

The health of your credit score is an important subject. It's important that you keep your credit report squeaky clean and your credit score high.

Today, I'm going to give you some simple, free tools to do so.

  • How to check your credit reports for free
  • How (and why) to freeze your credit reports
  • How to monitor your credit scores for free

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0411-Check_Your_Credit_Reports.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:32pm MDT

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been steadily flirting with an all-time record of 20,000 points.

I certainly expect it to cross that threshold any day.

But, so what?

Today I tackle these three questions:

  1. What does a 20,000 point DJIA mean?
  2. What does it mean to you?
  3. What should you do about it?

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0410-DOW_at_20k.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:09pm MDT

Ain't it strange how so many of the universal human experiences cost so much?

Childbirth. Marriage. Getting Old. Death. All of them can cost a bunch of money.

But does it have to be that way? Are there alternatives?

Yes.

Guess what: kicking the bucket doesn't necessarily have to break the bank!

There are ways to do it cheaper. If you want to.

Today I tackle funeral expenses. You might not be able to benefit from the savings, but at least your family can have a little more cash left over to celebrate your life!

Enjoy,

Joshua

Direct download: 409-Get_Put_6_Feet_Under_Dirt_Cheap.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:14pm MDT

What's the point of budgeting? Isn't it supposedly supposed to help you get richer?

Well, one way to make budgeting matter is if your budget categories actually help you to understand what's happening with your money.

Today, I walk you through some of my personal budget categories and explain how they impact my spending decisions.

I don't think you'll find these budget categories in any pre-existing software. But I do think they'll be really useful to you!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0408-Budget_Categories.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:59am MDT

I think RVs are awesome. In fact, my family just got back from a very fun 2-week RV trip last week!

But, RVs can also be a major money drain. Much like boats, it's easy to overestimate the pleasure you will get from it and underestimate the hassle.

In today's show, I share with you some of my ideas and thoughts on RVs:

  • Where they work and where they don't
  • Things to consider and keep in mind before you buy
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the various types
  • Tips for buying smart

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0407-Motorhomes_RVs_etc..mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:02pm MDT

Hey Radicals!

Happy new year!

I was planning to come into 2017 with a bang, but a stomach bug turned the bang into a fizzle for me. Oh well!

You'll be hearing some changes to RPF in coming days. I want you to know about those in advance, so tune in for a quick chat today!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0406-My_Plans_for_RPF_in_2017.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:45pm MDT

I missed a couple of important points on the previous show on Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs). Today we wrap those points up with a quick discussion of:

  • catastrophic protection
  • deductibility
  • HSA compliance
  • pre-existing conditions

We also discuss:

  • Self-Insurance
  • Direct Primary Care/Concierge Care
  • Catastrophic Coverage
  • Dread Disease/Critical Illness Insurance
  • Doctors on Call

Enjoy!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0405-HCSM_wrap-up.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:17pm MDT

Today I tell you why we don't have health insurance in my family and what we do instead! We continue our health insurance series today with a discussion of Christian Health Care Sharing Ministries.

Perhaps the Health Care Sharing Ministries shouldn't be in this series because they are not actually health insurance.

But, if you're a participant in an approved organization, you qualify for an exemption to the Obamacare tax penalty (for not having health insurance).

Personally, I love the concept of these organizations and I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Samaritan Ministries (which is the one that my family participates in).

In today's show I give you a background of these companies and my own experience and opinion of them.

There are 5 major options for you:
1. Samaritan Ministries http://samaritanministries.org/ 
2. Christian Healthcare Ministries http://www.chministries.org/ 
3. Medishare – Christian Care Ministry https://mychristiancare.org/medi-share/ 
4. Liberty Health Share http://www.libertyhealthshare.org/ 
5. Altrua Health Share http://altruahealthshare.org/ 

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

p.s., if you join Samaritan Ministries, please remember to tell them that “Joshua Sheats” sent you so that I can get a small discount!

Direct download: RPF0404-Health_Care_Sharing_Ministries.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:03pm MDT

One of the major burdens that the passage of the Affordable Care Act placed upon us is that we are required by law to maintain health insurance coverage. Or, if we don't, we have to pay a tax penalty.

But, as with most taxes, the Obamacare tax penalty is, in some ways, optional.

In today's show I teach you all of the ways that I know to escape it!

We cover:

  • How to calculate the tax penalty
  • What happens if you don't pay the penalty
  • All of the exemptions that you can qualify for

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0403-How_to_Avoid_the_Obamacare_Tax_Penalty.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:13pm MDT

If you're building a business, you may reach a point in time at which you need more money to expand your operation than you're currently receiving from your revenues.

Traditionally, this is where you would either go out and solicit more investors to back you or perhaps go and borrow money from a bank.

But, thanks to major changes in the law, there's another option now available to you: equity crowdfunding.

Equity Crowdfunding is a way for companies to solicit investments from individuals similar to how product crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, et al, solicit sales from individuals.

There are tremendous possibilities here for you as a business owner.

But, don't skip this show if you simply don't own a business.

You may be interested in this topic from the perspective of a business owner! You can participate as an investor with these companies yourself!

Enjoy the show,

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0402-Nathan_Rose_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:36am MDT

So, you set a goal for your income next year. Great! Good job!

That's a nice place to start.

But it does nothing for you if you don't translate it into an hourly income goal.

Listen to the show to find out why and how.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0401-Set_an_Hourly_Income_Goal_and_Plan.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

I learned the hard way not to wait until the end of December to think about how my past year went and how I wanted my next year to go.

Don't wait.

The first two weeks of December are your golden time for your year-end review process.

Details in the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0400-First_Two_Weeks_of_December.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Radicals!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0399-Thanksgiving_Greetings.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 5:08am MDT

One of the thorny research projects which I'm personally undertaking is to study the most effective ways to invest my money and my life into my local community without passing through the financial services intermediaries.

Friends, it ain't easy.

Our entire world is wired to go through the mainstream banking/investment/etc. industry. And it's not easy to break free.

But, I'm convinced that it is possible.

So, I'm working on it.

And today, I've invited a new friend of mine on the show to explain how he does it.

Tim Yarbrough is an entrepreneur and investor from Alabama who has been in business for over 40 years. He has personally invested in dozens of companies there in his community.

Today, he shares his wisdom from 40 years of experience with you and with me.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0398-Tim_Yarbrough_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:17pm MDT

Today we continue our health insurance series with a discussion of the Premium Tax Credit.

The Premium Tax Credit is available for those whose income is between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level who purchase their health insurance through a government-run marketplace.

The dollar amounts involved can be substantial if you're in that range.

Pay attention,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0397-Premium_Tax_Credit.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm MDT

Today I've invited real estate investor Joe Fairless on the show. And yes, we chat about real estate.

But, I don't have him on to speak about real estate exclusively.

Rather, I want you to pay careful attention to how he got into real estate in the first step.

Pay attention to the arc of his overall career.

And then model him.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0396-Joe_Fairless_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:58pm MDT

Today, I share my thoughts on the Trump/Clinton election and connect it with a discussion of why I'm philosophically and morally opposed to Obamacare. (Hint: it's not because I hate sick people.)

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0395-Health_Insurance_Pt_2.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm MDT

In case you haven't heard, this Presidential election is the most important one in your lifetime. And, it will retain that title until November 9 when the 2020 election will take over as reigning champ.

Not only is this the most important election of your lifetime, but if the wrong person is elected, we literally face the end of the world as we know it!

So, what are you to do?

Well, today's show contains my thoughts and advice around presidential politics as well as 10 things you can do that will actually make a difference after you've cast your vote for President of the United States.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0394-On_Voting_Elections_and_Presidential_Politics.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:52pm MDT

Today we embark on our journey through the wild and woolly world of health insurance.

This topic is utterly frustrating to navigate and incredibly divisive in philosophy.

Obviously, it's a perfect topic for Radical Personal Finance!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0393-Health_Insurance_Series_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm MDT

If you look at all of your expenditures and methodically add up all of the money you've spent in the last year on taxes (of all types), you will likely find that taxes are one of your largest spending categories.

So, in our constant quest to lower expenses, what can we do about that problem?

Well, you can engage in good, proactive tax planning and tax avoidance.

And, we've talked about that extensively here at #RadicalPersonalFinance.

But, have you ever thought about getting involved at the root of the problem? In working to roll back the taxes levied upon you at the seat of government?

Most of us haven't.

And the reason we haven't is that we are trained to automatically revert to fighting about national politics.

I'm convinced that national politics is utterly hopeless--at least for now. You have no voice, no power, and your involvement and even your vote are essentially meaningless.

But, take courage.

That doesn't mean that all is lost.

You can make a huge difference if you get involved in local politics.

Your voice and your work and your vote can make a huge difference at the local level.

My guest today is Paul Dorr. He is a former bank owner but he's now a political consultant.

He specializes in helping ordinary people organize themselves politically in order to defeat local tax increases. And he's very good at his job!

He's here today to share with us some of his tips and techniques as well as his personal story.

I think you'll find today's show inspiring and helpful if you care about the cause of liberty.

And it might even help you lower your tax bill.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0392-Paul_Dorr_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm MDT