Myth: Parents must protect their children from college financing decisions

October 11, 2017

Ryan Lane, Senior Editor, American Student Assistance 

The college selection process is complex and stressful, and many parents fail to discuss the long-term financial ramifications of taking on student loan debt with their children. In today’s episode, Kathleen and Ryan discuss how many parents try to protect their children by not talking about money, but do the family a disservice by not engaging in this important and enlightening conversation. Ryan offers tips for involving your children in the college funding decision-making process and how doing so can help them avoid huge student loan debt when they graduate from school. 

Take Aways: 

  1. Start the college application process early by involving your children in the FAFSA process and talking about different ways to finance their education, such as loans, grants, scholarships, and good old hard work.
  2. Schedule a money talk with your children to discuss the FAFSA results, repayment schedule, how it may affect their college choice. Create a mock budget to demonstrate the long-term, real-life impact of each of the funding options.
  3. When discussing this topic with recent graduates, encourage them to pay down student loans faster by making an extra payment per year. Have your child calculate the amount of money saved by avoiding additional interest expenses. Then brainstorm all the other ways they could use this cash. For example, if you save $1000 in interest expense, what could you buy instead? A long weekend in Bermuda comes to mind?!

Guest Bio:

Ryan Lane is the Senior Editor, at the national nonprofit American Student Assistance. In his role, he oversees the development of articles, infographics, course materials for the organization’s free education finance support program: Salt. Working with internal and external subject matter experts, Ryan creates content that simplifies the world of college financing and helps families successfully plan for, pay for, and repay higher education expenses. Over the past three years, he has written about student loans as a co-author of the U.S. News & World Report Blog "The Student Loan Ranger." For more information about Ryan and the ASA, visit http://www.asa.org/.

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Myth: Spending is bad

September 25, 2017

Brittney Castro, CFP®. CRPC®, AAMS®, Founder and CEO, Financially Wise Women 

Many of us grew up with the financial psychology mindset that spending money is bad. For example, do you cringe when you spend money or feel guilty? Do you hide your spending from family members? If so, then today’s episode is for you. Kathleen interviews Brittney Castro about spending – the good and the bad – and busts the myth that all spending is bad. Listen in and you may find that this show affects your spending habits and your romantic relationships. 

Take Aways: 

  1. Conscientious spending is an important part of an overall financial plan. Therefore, when you develop a budget, it’s important to allocate money towards areas that you value most. These areas are those that bring you happiness or joy in your everyday life. For example, one area may be self-care. Investing in restorative activities makes you better able to take care of others and achieve more life/work balance.
  2. Money is a tool to invest in yourself for the long term. By investing in yourself in the long term, you can gain more self-confidence and strengthen your relationships. It’s all about the journey and progress over perfection.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is no limit to the help you can ask for and actually asking for assistance makes your life easier and more fun! So build a team or find the resources to help you achieve your goals. As I always say, “Practice receiving!

Guest Bio:  

Brittney Castro is the founder and CEO of Financially Wise Women, a Los Angeles-based financial planning firm whose mission is to teach women and couples the art of managing their money the fun and simple way. As a Certified Financial Planner® and speaker, Brittney works with busy professional women and couples who are ready to make their finances work for them and use their money to live the lives of their dreams. 

You may have seen Brittney on CNN, CNBC, or CBS. Or you may have read her articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, or Glamour. Because she just loves spreading her wisdom about finance, entrepreneurship and smart investing to the masses. Follow her on twitter @BrittneyCastro.   

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Myth: Only male entrepreneurs are interested in growing their businesses

September 13, 2017

There are many myths about entrepreneurship that can reinforce stereotypes, one of which is that only men want to grow their businesses. Kathleen and Ann bust open this myth and teach listeners the facts about female entrepreneurs and their desire to compete with the big boys. Listen in to their discussion about how women entrepreneurs can position themselves for growth, obtain venture capital, and overcome roadblocks they may face in the process. 

Key Take Aways: 

Women entrepreneurs are interested in growing their businesses but typically approach the growth process differently than their male counterparts. 

Research shows that venture capitalists and bankers ask business owners different questions based on gender and these inquiries influence how funding is provided. 

Both women entrepreneurs and the financial services professional who work with them need to learn how to communicate in a more gender savvy manner and how doing so is a win for both their businesses and their clients. 

Guest Bio: 

Ann Bradt, co-founder of Capital Ready is an accomplished expert in the financial services industry, implementing progressive people strategies for over two decades as a human resources professional at a major Canadian bank. Her extensive experience includes talent planning, leadership development, executive succession, and developing learning strategies. Ann’s passion and drive have equipped her with a broad knowledge of the industry, with her career spanning Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

Capital Ready work with established businesses to help them grow and offer strategic blueprints and action plans to assess barriers and identify opportunities to optimize human and financial capital. To learn more about Capital Ready, visit www.capitalready.ca. Follow us on twitter @CapitalReadyInc

 

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Myth: Keeping business costs as low as possible maximizes profits

August 23, 2017

Many business owners believe they should maximize their profits by keeping their expenses as low as possible. In this episode, Ken Lizotte and Kathleen explore when, how, and why to invest in yourself and in your business and how that leads to sustainable profitability. As you find out, spending money to develop skills or expand your business can actually set you apart from the competition. It is what both these successful thought leaders have done, so listen in and find out how to bust this myth wide open.

Key Take Aways:  

  1. Anticipate expenses. As Ken says, when you do your annual budget, set aside some resources for marketing and personal growth courses or coaching.

  2. Trust your gut. Not all investments, coaches or training programs are for all people. Do your research, and then trust your instincts.

  3. Learn from your mistakes. Part of being a business owner is taking risks and sometimes failing. When you realize that you have made a poor investment of your time or money, change course. It can be difficult to realize you have made a mistake, but the sooner you do and the quicker you change course, the better off you and your business will be. 

Guest Bio:

Ken Lizotte is the author of seven books including his most recent The Speaker’s Edge: the Ultimate Go-To Guide for Locating and Landing Lots of Speaking Gigs (Maven House Press) and The Expert’s Edge: Become the Go-To Authority that People Turn to Every Time (McGraw-Hill). He is the Chief Imaginative Officer of emerson consulting group inc., a Concord, Massachusetts, consulting firm that transforms speakers and consultants into “thought leaders” by helping them write and publish their ideas as articles and books. Kathleen has worked with Ken since 2010.

Ken lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife Barbara, daughter Chloe, and Golden Retriever puppy Beckett.

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Myth: It is okay to ignore your finances.

May 24, 2017

Anne Dickinson, Eye on Your Business

When business owners buy into the myth that it is okay to ignore your finances, their bottom line probably suffers. In this episode, Kathleen interviews Anne about how not knowing “your numbers” negatively affects your business and how more female business owners than men may suffer from this myth.

Listen and learn:

  1. Why financial knowledge is power, and how learning more about your business finances boosts confidence.
  2. How to take one small step at a time to get organized and how working with a bookkeeper can help.
  3. What it takes to be more financially savvy and how taking action reduces your stress and improves your decision-making.

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Anne Dickinson is the cash flow and profits optimizer. She uses her profit leaks x-ray vision to help overwhelmed business leaders take back control of their business finances, stop money from falling through the cracks, and make moves that result in more money, more time, and more freedom.

Creator of the Stop the Profit L.E.A.K.S. Formula™, Anne isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty as she works side-by-side with business leaders to identify and eliminate money leaks, ignite profits and improve cash flow and liquidity to create a strong, healthy business.

Anne has an MBA from Babson College, worked in the Defense and High Tech industries, packaged and sold assets, dissected and improved operations, set up Treasury departments, and owned successful entrepreneurial ventures.

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Myth: Planning is unnecessary because you only live once.

May 10, 2017

Kelly Shikany, CFP® CDFA™, Lakeside Wealth Management

In this episode, Kathleen talks to Kelly about the myth, “Planning is unnecessary because you only live once.” When people buy into this myth they often wait too long to seek the help of an advisor. Kelly busts this myth open and discusses the importance of financially planning for the future so you can enjoy today.

Listen and discover: 

  • How planning for the future now, gives you many more choices when it comes to how you want to live in retirement.
  • Why working with an advisor can help you define your core values so you can build a retirement plan that honors these ideals.
  • That you are never too young to plan for your future because you only live once!

Guest:

Kelly Shikany, CFP® is a member of the Financial Planning Association serving clients at Lakeside Wealth Management in Chesterton, IN, and the surrounding communities. Kelly has 20 years of investment management experience, is a strong advocate for women investors who may be managing life’s milestones, and a supporter of gender equality since 7th grade. She volunteers on the CFP® Boards Pilot program, "Each One Reach Three,” mentors women financial advisors and hosts a quarterly gathering for them to enhance financial confidence and engagement. You can contact Kelly at kellys@lakesidewealth.com, or visit her website at http://www.lakesidewealth.com.

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Myth: Couples need to be equally involved in managing money.

April 12, 2017

Julie Littlechild, Founder, Absolute Engagement

The idea that couples don’t need to be equally involved in managing money sounds contrary to popular financial planning mindsets. Kathleen and Julie discuss what happens when both individuals in a couple are not equally involved in finances, how to handle expectations, and improve effective communications around money. Listeners walk away with tips on how to reframe the money conversation, decide who is better equipped to take the lead on execution vs. vision for finances, and how advisors can help draw both individuals into the discussion. 

Julie Littlechild is a speaker, writer, and researcher. Her firm, Absolute Engagement, conducts on-going research into the drivers of personal, client and team engagement.

Julie has worked with and studied top performing financial advisors, their clients and their teams for twenty years. She is a recognized expert on driving deeper engagement and growth, the author of a popular blog. Her book, The Pursuit of Absolute Engagement, was released in January 2107. For more information, contact Julie at jlittlechild@absoluteengagement.com 

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Myth: I can’t save money.

March 15, 2017

Sam X Renick, Founder Sammy Rabbit

If couples have problems talking about money, just imagine how hard it is for them to teach their kids about money. As a parent, you may avoid money conversations because they can be an emotional or uncomfortable. If you are a teacher, you may not feel qualified to teach about money. But in today’s society of instant gratification, teaching our kids about money, money habits, and attitudes is vital if we want the next generation to have sound financial habits and a secure future. Listen to this episode as Kathleen interviews Sam about how to bust open money myths such as “I can’t save money.” and become involved in empowering the next generation to be financially savvy savers.

Special Offer: FREE download of Sammy Slogans on Money, a set of 15 printable activities that introduce students in grades K through 3 to eight of Sammy’ favorite slogans. (http://sammyrabbit.com/free-resources/)

Sam X Renick is the driving force behind the "It's a Habit" Company and Sammy Rabbit. They are dedicated to improving children’s financial literacy and empowering kids through development of great habits and strategic life skills. Sam has read and sung off key with over a quarter million children around the world, encouraging them to get in the habits of saving money and reading! He has won numerous honors throughout his career including the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education's Lifetime Achievement Award! You can contact Sam at savingsammy@gmail.com

Website: www.SammyRabbit.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samxrenick

Twitter: @SammyRabbit1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsahabit/  

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Myth: You should always financially take care of your family.

February 15, 2017

Rianka R. Dorsainvil, CFP®, Founder and President, Your Greatest Contribution (YGC)

When do you, or should you, stop taking care of your family financially and does this myth affect women and wealth more than men? The idea that you should let your family deal with the consequences of their financial choices may be harder for women to handle than men. In today’s episode, Kathleen and Rianka explore this money mindset and how it negatively affects having financially responsible family members.

Rianka R. Dorsainvil, CFP® is the Founder and President of Your Greatest Contribution (YGC), a virtual fee-only comprehensive financial planning firm dedicated to serving professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. A strong advocate for young professionals, she served as 2016 National President of Financial Planning Association’s NexGen community, and currently sits on CNBC’s Financial Advisors Council. Rianka has been recognized by Investment News 2015 list of top “40 Under 40” financial services professionals, and in Wealth Management and Financial Advisor Magazine’s 2016 list of top 10 CFP holders in the country. For more information, visit Rianka’s website at www.ygcplanning.com.

Twitter: @Rianka_D  and  @YGCPlanning 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/riankad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YGCPlanning/ 

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Myth: Money is the root of all evil

February 1, 2017

Megan McAvoy, President of Aspire to Retire Rich

How many times have you heard that money is the root of all evil? Actually, the true phrase is “for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Quite a different meaning, isn’t it? Listen to Megan and Kathleen discuss how believing that money is the root of all evil affects your financial health and how you can change that mindset by shifting your understanding that there is nothing wrong with money or the possession of money. It is only when money begins to control us that the trouble starts. 

Megan McAvoy inspires and impacts successful women in business to achieve personal wellbeing, business freedom, and financial security so that they may have everlasting fulfillment. She is the President of Aspire to Retire Rich and believes that there has never been a better time for women to understand their relationship to wealth.

For more information visit her new site: www.aspiretoretirerich.com or e-mail her at megan@meganmcavoy.com

Twitter: @Megan_McAvoy

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megmcavoy

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