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Podcast 129: Financial Blogger Conference, Betterment

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Today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two interviews. In the first segment, Tom Dziubek talks with Philip Taylor from PT Money: Personal Finance and Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about this year’s Financial Blogger Conference.

In the second segment, Tom speaks with Jon Stein, founder and CEO of the online investing service Betterment. Jon discusses recent survey results about how young people have been financially planning for the future as well as Betterment’s new financial planning tool.

Consumerism Commentary Podcast #129
Financial Blogger Conference; Betterment’s New Financial Goal Tool: S05E25 / 154 & 153

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Table of contents

[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:43] Interview with Phillip Taylor and Flexo
[00:59] The 2011 Financial Blogger Conference
[01:54] The choice of Chicago
[02:37] The conference itinerary
[04:00] Funding and sponsors
[06:04] Attendees of the event
[07:00] The Plutus Awards
[09:23] What happens in Chicago stays in Chicago
[11:31] Flexo flies first class
[14:42] Interview with Jon Stein, Betterment
[14:58] Explaining Betterment
[16:04] Expected return on investment
[17:47] Betterment’s survey on people’s financial planning
[20:32] Betterment’s goal-based investment tool
[22:30] Future plans for Betterment
[24:12] End

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Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published October 9, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar wylerassociate ♦162 (Cent)

there appears to be an issue with the file, i’m not able to play the podcast.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,485 (Platinum)

Should be working now, thanks!

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avatar DonnaFreedman ♦80 (Newbie)

Rumors of my house-sitting have been greatly exaggerated.

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avatar wylerassociate ♦162 (Cent)

good podcast especially the segment about betterment.

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avatar Philip

Enjoyed being on the podcast, Flexo and Tom. Tom, you should definitely bring those jokes to the conference next year.

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