The Consumerism Commentary Podcast has been on hiatus this summer, but Tom and Jay are returning soon with monthly podcasts featuring interviews with authors, industry experts, and CEOs. In the interim, I will be featuring a few Podcast Special Editions, hosted by myself, also featuring a number of great interviews.
The first of these Special Edition podcasts features the most-read personal finance columnist on the internet, Liz Weston. Liz recently published a new book in electronic format, There Are No Dumb Questions About Money, available from Amazon.com and iTunes. We discuss the questions and answers from the book as well as what led the author to begin writing about personal finance. We also talk about how blogging — and the internet in general — changed the shape of the discussion about personal finance.
[00:00] Introduction from Luke Landes
— [00:38] Interview with Liz Weston
— [00:48] There Are No Dumb Questions About Money
— [02:06] Fear of asking questions
— [07:40] Liz Weston’s background, family life, and journalism
— [10:35] Effect of recession on financial questions
— [12:03] How to handle a mortgage you can’t repay and rebuild credit
— [14:49] Frugal fatigue
— [15:45] Is debt elimination too highly prioritized against retirement savings?
— [20:10] Saving for retirement with low cash flow
— [22:37] Saving for children’s college education
— [28:55] Long-term commitments with opposing financial philosophies
— [31:45] Today’s biggest financial issue for families
— [33:56] The explosion of personal finance blogging
— [37:22] How the internet changed Liz Weston’s writing
Updated September 25, 2012 and originally published September 22, 2012.