253 episodes

You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice.

But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life?

Host Paula Pant interviews a diverse array of entrepreneurs, early retirees, millionaires, investors, artists, adventurers, scientists, psychologists, productivity experts, world travelers and regular people, exploring the tough work of living a truly excellent life.

Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape

Afford Anything Paula Pant

    • Investing
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice.

But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life?

Host Paula Pant interviews a diverse array of entrepreneurs, early retirees, millionaires, investors, artists, adventurers, scientists, psychologists, productivity experts, world travelers and regular people, exploring the tough work of living a truly excellent life.

Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape

    Ethical Investing 101, with Dr. Jon Hale, Head of Sustainability Research for Morningstar

    Ethical Investing 101, with Dr. Jon Hale, Head of Sustainability Research for Morningstar

    #250:
    Should we invest in sustainable funds?

    If we choose sustainable funds, will our investment returns suffer? Will our expense ratios be sky-high? What drawbacks might we face?

    How do we know that these funds are actually ethical? And what choices are out there for people who want to invest ethically or sustainably?

    We invited Dr. Jon Hale to our show today to answer these questions.

    Dr. Jon Hale is a chartered financial analyst and the global head of sustainability research for Morningstar. He directs Morningstar’s research on sustainable investing, which launched with the Morningstar Sustainability Rating for Funds in 2016.

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode250

    • 1 hr 10 min
    How to Talk to Your Parents About Retirement and Beyond — with Cameron Huddleston

    How to Talk to Your Parents About Retirement and Beyond — with Cameron Huddleston

    #249: I’m recovering from Covid-19 at the moment, so I couldn't put together a new episode this week. But in honor of the First Friday of the month, I wanted to re-air this interview with Cameron Huddleston, which we originally aired in August 2019.
    In this interview, we discuss how to have those important but awkward conversations with your parents and grandparents about estate planning, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and more.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    PSA Thursday: I Tested Positive for Coronavirus. Here's What It Feels Like.

    PSA Thursday: I Tested Positive for Coronavirus. Here's What It Feels Like.

    Paula describes the experience of having Covid-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

    • 26 min
    Covid-19 and the Bear Market

    Covid-19 and the Bear Market

    #248:
    We are living in a time of extreme uncertainty.
    Many of us are questioning how we can best use the funds we have to survive it.
    “Should I sell the funds I have invested in the market, or keep contributing?”
    “Should I continue with my plans to invest in real estate?”
    “Should I hoard all of my cash in case this gets worse?!”
    My friend and former financial planner Joe Saul-Sehy joins me on today’s show to shed light on the answers and how to handle the stock market collapse.
     
    Here are the key points we discuss in this episode:
    Don’t panic sell and convert paper losses into real losses. Stay the course. If this is your first bear market, welcome to being a real investor! This is how you grow in the long-term. Dollar-cost averaging is your best friend. How this upcoming recession might be different. The silver lining? The economy was doing well going into this. But the speed at which our markets recover depends on the speed and dedication with which we flatten the curve. The financial principles you can use that will guide you to security in these rough times. P.S. – Unless you’ve been tested, default to the assumption that you’re infected and act accordingly.
    For more information, visit https://affordanything.com/episode248

    • 1 hr 2 min
    OMG Monday: Welp, I Have a Fever of 102.3 Degrees

    OMG Monday: Welp, I Have a Fever of 102.3 Degrees

    It's Quarantine Day 10, and thank goodness I've been staying in, because yesterday I learned that I have a 102.3 degree fever.
    I don't know if it's Covid-19 or if it's a fever with extraordinarily bad timing.

    • 5 min
    PSA Thursday: Social Distancing is Social Solidarity

    PSA Thursday: Social Distancing is Social Solidarity

    A new segment giving tips to help flatten the curve and manage your money during this global event.

    • 20 min

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