The Smart Start Money Podcast
Why Saving for Retirement is Important?

Why Saving for Retirement is Important?

December 30, 2019

Saving for retirement is one of the most important financial goals for everyone. If you are not going to be on the receiving end of a large trust fund or are not already wealthy, saving for retirement should be at the top of the list as a financial goal. Having concerns about retirement is something a number of people have. As we age there can be growing anxiety if there will be plenty of money available to live comfortably to the end of life.

Retirement years should be a time that is enjoyed. Yet, a large part of society does not plan properly for retirement income. Planning for a comfortable retirement is not an option to delay. Why is it so important to plan for the years when our working life ends?

This podcast episode looks at why it is more important than ever to plan for retirement.

Do You Need a Credit Score?

Do You Need a Credit Score?

December 26, 2019

A credit score or otherwise known as a FICO score is a range that tells lenders how good you may be with borrowing money. Many lenders use this score when you apply for a mortgage or auto loan. Not having a credit score can hinder the ability to borrow money. But do you really need one?

This podcast looks at why most people need credit and why a FICO score is important.

The Real Reason Companies Do Not Offer Remote or Telecommute Work

The Real Reason Companies Do Not Offer Remote or Telecommute Work

December 23, 2019

With today’s technology and an increasing number of companies competing globally, it only makes sense to offer remote work to employees. Yet, a majority of businesses small and large are still resisting the opportunity to offer employees the chance to work outside of a traditional office entirely or a percentage of the time. Moreover, some corporations that previously allowed remote workers are now calling them back to work in a physical office.

Employers often claim communication, collaboration and productivity can suffer from workers not be in a centralized location. However, studies do not show this is always the case. What is the real reason more employers do not offer remote or telecommute work?

This podcast looks at the true reason many employers still do not want workers away from the office.

10 Toxic Workplace Signs

10 Toxic Workplace Signs

December 19, 2019

With all of the issues in the workplace today it is not surprising that according to a Gallup poll 70% of people dislike their job. This does not come as a surprise with employers decreasingly treating workers fairly, paying a good wage, and providing a quality work environment.

Toxic work environments today seem to be growing with the push for the new business model of more with less to increase the bottom line on the balance sheet. People are working for more employers that consistently put profits above their employees. This is leaving many workers with a struggle to find a work-life balance. The result is stress and a work environment that could quite possibly be toxic.

This podcast looks at 10 toxic workplace signs. If all 10 of these things are on the list of the employer you work for, it might be time to look for another job. A toxic work environment can hurt your health and well-being.

 

How to Deal With Debt Collectors

How to Deal With Debt Collectors

December 16, 2019

Debt collectors make phone calls every day to collect money that may or may not be owed. It is not uncommon for a person to have one of these collectors contact them at least once in a lifetime. It is estimated that 71 million U.S. adults have debt in collections. Having debt in collections does not make a person bad or irresponsible. It is just something that can either happen by chance or by error.

This podcast looks at what you should do if you receive a phone call from a debt collector.

Does Everyone Need a Financial Advisor?

Does Everyone Need a Financial Advisor?

December 12, 2019

Making investment decisions for retirement or opening a brokerage account to put your money to work can seem complicated. Getting advice from a professional financial advisor can be advantageous in the right setting, but it isn’t something everyone needs. The truth is that for most people the reasons to not have one will outweigh the thought of considering it.

This podcast looks at five reasons why everyone does not need a financial advisor.

 

Why Profits, Greed and Cheap are Hurting America

Why Profits, Greed and Cheap are Hurting America

December 9, 2019

There are not a lot of things made in America any longer. It seems America has lost its way at some point to put profits above people. Many consumer items are cheap to buy, but are people really saving money?

This podcast looks at how the quality of consumer items in America has declined over the years. Big discount retailers are importing most everything they sell to offer things cheaply and increase shareholder profits. The result is Americans are spending more money to continually buy disposable items. Are Americans being trained to buy throw away goods and spend more money compared to buying quality?

Theme Parks are Outpricing the Middle Class

Theme Parks are Outpricing the Middle Class

December 4, 2019

Theme parks seem to be more about the money than the magic these days. The price of tickets and vacationing at popular parks around the country and world have been rising faster than inflation for decades. The rising costs are preventing many middle-income families from being able to afford a vacation at their favorite park destination.

This podcast episode looks at the rising costs of theme park vacations and how many middle-class families can no longer afford them. Even though many popular amusement and theme parks were built on the attendance of the middle class, many of them are shifting to a new business model.

Car Buying Tips

Car Buying Tips

December 1, 2019

Buying a car can be like sitting down at a poker game. It takes patience and the ability to not give away your hand while negotiating for the best price. Following some simple car buying tips can save you thousands of dollars when the game is over.

 

This podcast covers some car buying tips to save money.

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