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Jill Schlesinger on Why Smart People Make Dumb Money Moves

Image of Jill Sclesinger and her book cover The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money

We talk with CBS business analyst Jill Schlesinger about smart people making dumb money moves and how to avoid these traps – if you’re smart enough.

On The BIGG Success Show , we talk with Jill Schlesinger. Jill is an Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award Winning Business Analyst for CBS News, a weekly guest on NPR’s Here and Now, and a Certified Financial Planner. She writes a weekly syndicated column, Jill on Money, and serves as the host of the nationally syndicated radio show and podcast, Jill on Money.

She joins us to talk about her new book, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs*. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

What’s wrong with trying to time the market?

Jill says it’s a classic mistake. Market timing requires two perfect decisions. First, you decide when to sell. Perhaps the market is at an all-time high. But how do you figure out when you’re going to get back in? It’s nearly impossible. And very few people can consistently time the market long-term.

She adds that Warren Buffett, in an annual letter a couple years ago, told his heirs to invest 90% of their inheritance in a S&P 500 index fund, put 10% in bonds, and go to sleep at night.

Jill tells us about a time when she tried to time the market. She became an instant celebrity. Then she flamed out in public. Simply click the PLAY button to hear the full story.

How is investing like “defensive driving”?

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Unbudgeting: Budget Without Budgeting

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Unbudgeting is an alternative to traditional, personal budgeting. Think of it as a way to budget for people who hate budgeting.

Do you prepare a budget for your household? If not, you’re in the majority. Nearly 3 out of 5 people don’t, according to a U.S. Bank Possibility Index study.

We must confess: we don’t prepare a traditional budget, although we have in the past. Now, we practice what we call “unbudgeting”.

We discuss this on The BIGG Success Show today. We’ve found it fits us more naturally than traditional budgeting. See if it makes sense to you.

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4 Takeaways from 3 Renowned Personal Finance Experts

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We share four takeaways from our podcast interview series with three renowned personal finance experts. This show is made possible by FinancialFreedomTool.com.

This is our wrap up show for Money Smart Week, a national public awareness campaign coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances.

To participate this year, we put together a special podcast series, featuring tips from three world-famous personal finance experts from their newest book:

On The BIGG Success Show today, we shared three of our favorite moments from the series, as well as our key takeaway from each of the authors and the BIGG overall takeaway. Here’s a summary of that discussion…

Favorite BIGG Moments

Remember math class? Our favorite moment with Erin was when she compared math class to investing. And it doesn’t have anything to do with numbers! Here’s Erin:
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Money Smart Week Guest on BIGG Success David Bach

David Bach on The Latte Factor

Money Smart Week Guest on BIGG Success David Bach

9-time New York Times best-selling author, David Bach, joins us to share the secrets of financial freedom from his new book, The Latte Factor. This show is made possible by FinancialFreedomTool.com.

Today’s show is part of our special podcast series for Money Smart Week – coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances. Learn more at MoneySmartWeek.org.

Today, on The BIGG Success Show, we’re thrilled to talk with David Bach, one of the most trusted authors of our time. He’s written nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including two that hit #1.

David joins us today to share the secrets to financial freedom from his new book, The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich*. Here’s a summary of our discussion…

Why did you write this book as a parable?

David says he’s wanted to write this parable since 2004. He was on Oprah, talking about The Automatic Millionaire*, his most popular book at that time. It’s about an ordinary couple who achieve total financial freedom at the age of 52, having never earned over $52,000 a year.

It shows, he explains, that you don’t have to be rich to invest. You don’t have to make a lot of money to retire early.

As the book became more and more popular, David realized that one of the best ways to reach people is by telling stories. His favorite books – The Alchemist* by Paulo Coelho and Who Moved My Cheese* by Spencer Johnson – were stories.

He adds: The truth is 98% of the people are never going to buy a financial book. But they’ll buy a story book. So I thought I could reach more people by putting this into a parable. But the story didn’t end there…

David is a BIGG fan of Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. He spent a delightful evening with him back in 2012. As the time to retire neared, Paulo turned to David and said, “What is the book that your soul desires to write, that you have not yet written?”

David replied, “I want to write this book called The Latte Factor, that could inspire tens of millions of young people all over the world to realize that their dreams are closer than they think, that small amounts of money could change everything in their life. I have a son. He’s a teenager. I can’t get them to read my books yet.”

Paulo put his hand on David’s arm and said, “Then David, you must write that book.”

So David wrote The Latte Factor. And his son read it…and immediately acted upon it.

Want to know what George said to give David chills? Then listen to the show. Simply click the PLAY button above.

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Money Smart Week Guest on BIGG Success Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky on Women with Money

Money Smart Week Guest on BIGG Success Jean Chatzky

NBC’s TODAY show financial expert Jean Chatzky joins us to talk about her new book, Women with Money. This show is made possible by FinancialFreedomTool.com.

Today’s show is part of our special podcast series for Money Smart Week – coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances. Learn more at MoneySmartWeek.org.

Today, on The BIGG Success Show, we were thrilled to talk with Jean Chatsky. She’s NBC’s TODAY Show financial expert, the owner of HerMoney Media at HerMoney.com, co-host of the HerMoney podcast, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, and the list goes on.

Jean joins us today to talk about her latest book, Women with Money: The Judgment- Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve*. Here’s a summary of our discussion…

What was your biggest takeaway from hosting HerMoney Happy Hours?

Jean says she learned that, because there is no place to talk about money, women are thirsting to start doing it. These conversations are empowering.

We’re taught NOT to talk about money? Is that bad?

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