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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

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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

    Invest Anywhere: Should I Bother Investing in Long-Distance Real Estate?

    Invest Anywhere: Should I Bother Investing in Long-Distance Real Estate?

    #389: Should you bother investing in real estate … especially from a distance?
    Is the hassle worth it?
    What’s the upside? Do you really want this? Or should you just stick with index funds?
    Isn’t it scary to invest out-of-state?
    How do you know if you’re ready?
    In today’s episode of Afford Anything Presents: Invest Anywhere, my co-host Suni Rao and I tackle these common questions.

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode389
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    • 52 min
    Feeling Anxious About Your Investments?, with Scott Nations

    Feeling Anxious About Your Investments?, with Scott Nations

    #388: Recessions are terrifying.
    Market crashes often bring out the worst in people’s anxieties and fears.
    This fear triggers us to act even more irrationally than usual – which can lead to making expensive mistakes in our investment portfolios.
    In today’s episode, Scott Nations, who spent his career studying market volatility, describes some of the most common cognitive biases and irrational behaviors that investors make. He shares tips on how to master the mental game of investing, especially in turbulent times.
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode388
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ask Paula: Is a Crash Coming?

    Ask Paula: Is a Crash Coming?

    #387: Lila is concerned about inflation and the risk of a recession. Should she invest in the stock market, despite the scary headlines? Or should she pay off her primary residence or her investment properties?
    Linda invested in a 529 for her son’s college, and he’ll be starting in the fall. But, the value of the plan dropped right before she was planning on using it and she is wondering how to keep from losing more money.
    Jen and her husband want to retire in 8 years. They’re hoping to have paid off their mortgage AND hit their net worth goals when they stop working. How should they prioritize between these two goals?
    Do you have a question on business, money, trade-offs, financial independence strategies, travel, or investing? Leave it here and we’ll answer them in a future episode.
    Enjoy!

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode387
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Once-a-Year Special Announcement for Anyone Interested in Real Estate

    Once-a-Year Special Announcement for Anyone Interested in Real Estate

    Register by June 30, 2022 at https://affordanything.com/enroll
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    • 5 min
    The Psychology of Secrets, with Dr. Michael Slepian

    The Psychology of Secrets, with Dr. Michael Slepian

    #386: We all have our secrets.
    We keep some secrets from bosses, colleagues and clients, like the fact that we hope to retire early, change careers, or start a business.
    We keep other secrets from friends and family, like our income, net worth, spending habits and investing mistakes.
    Research from around the world shows that we tend to keep the same types of secrets – around 38 common varieties, including secrets about finances, ambitions, beliefs, habits, unpopular opinions, mental health, trauma, addiction, and drug use.
    These 38 common types of secrets fall into three categories: (1) moral secrets, which we fear will either cast judgment on us or will cause harm to another; (2) relational secrets, which we fear will harm our relationships; and (3) goal and ambition secrets, related to career, business and finances.
    In today’s episode, Columbia University professor Dr. Michael Slepian discusses the secret life of secrets.
    Dr. Slepian is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Prior to that, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
    His research focuses on the social costs of secrecy.
    What impact do secrets have on our lives and health? What are the hidden costs of keeping quiet? Are there certain things that are better left unsaid?
    What should we share, with whom, and when … especially when there are career, social and financial repercussions to revealing information?
    Dr. Slepian joins us today to share his insight. Enjoy!

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode386
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ask Paula: How to Invest When You’re Unsure of the Goal

    Ask Paula: How to Invest When You’re Unsure of the Goal

    #385: Anonymous (“Jennifer”) keeps hearing us say that you should “start with the end in mind” – that your investments should match your goals and timeline. But what if you don’t have any specific financial goal? What if your risk tolerance is different than you once thought?
    Rachel’s new employer won’t let her contribute to retirement for more than a year - what should she do??
    Carri’s parents are in poor health and can’t work much - what should they do about their life insurance policy and their health insurance?
    Do you have a question on business, money, trade-offs, financial independence strategies, travel, or investing? Leave it here and we’ll answer them in a future episode.
    Enjoy!

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode385
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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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3K Ratings

3K Ratings

1snazzynazz ,

Awesome Podcast!

Paula is so knowledgeable and welcoming. She definitely educates her listeners in a way that anyone without much of a financial literacy background can easily understand and follow her. She also explores all the options and weighs their pros and cons which give some great insight on how to make financial decisions. I would love to see Torri Dunlap from the Financial Feminist podcast and or Bola Sokunbi from Clever Girls Know podcast be guests on this show or vice versa. These ladies would undoubtedly have great chemistry!

Jamurphy ,

Sharpen the Saw

Great podcast that helps provide insight into not only how to think about your finances but how to think about hurdles in your everyday life. Paula brings on amazing guests and her interview style allows the listener dive deep into their message. I also enjoy the Ask Paula episodes where she answers listener submitted questions along with that basement podcast guy. I haven’t learned anything from his podcast, but as a guest on Afford Anything Joe provides an interesting contrasting option to Paula’s, demonstrating multiple approach’s to a given situation.

AlwaysLearningInWA ,

Smart, clear and relevant

Favorite finance podcast out there! Paula is amazing at summarizing broad theories to succinct decision making trees, making her advice application to many listeners (seasoned and new-to-personal-finance learners). I always appreciate the opposing views during banter with Joe. Please keep producing!

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