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Money makes the world go round – but how does it shape you as a person? Join comedian and former Facebook Sales VP Paul Ollinger as he extracts a wealth of wisdom from CEOs and celebrities, authors and artists, Olympic gold medalists and Nobel Prize winners – each with a unique perspective on the role that money plays in our lives. At a time when talking about personal finance can still feel taboo, Paul offers refreshingly honest discussions about the motivations and misconceptions surrounding money, ultimately asking: what are the ways in which it can (and can’t) bring us happiness? Crazy Money won’t make you rich. But it will definitely make you think (and laugh).

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger Paul Ollinger

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Money makes the world go round – but how does it shape you as a person? Join comedian and former Facebook Sales VP Paul Ollinger as he extracts a wealth of wisdom from CEOs and celebrities, authors and artists, Olympic gold medalists and Nobel Prize winners – each with a unique perspective on the role that money plays in our lives. At a time when talking about personal finance can still feel taboo, Paul offers refreshingly honest discussions about the motivations and misconceptions surrounding money, ultimately asking: what are the ways in which it can (and can’t) bring us happiness? Crazy Money won’t make you rich. But it will definitely make you think (and laugh).

    Surviving the Market Meltdown with Ben Carlson

    Surviving the Market Meltdown with Ben Carlson

    Ben Carlson is the Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management and the author of several books about investing. He is the founder of the blog ‘A Wealth of Common Sense’. He is, also, a co-founder and co-host of the podcast, Animal Spirits with Michael and Ben, which is an informative and fun podcast about the markets and the economy, et cetera.
    On this week's episode, Ben and I discuss inflation and how it relates to the stock market. This market we find ourselves in, is still very bearish this year and still quite confusing, which is something else we discuss why everything is so confusing. How can we have a recession and very low unemployment? 
    We also discussed 90s Hip Hop. Ben lists the three books he would assign to a 25 year old who wants to learn about money. We talk about what we should and shouldn't do in the stock market is battered and bloody. And we talked about where there is hope for the future of our economy. 
    All this and more with Ben Carlson
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    Website - https://awealthofcommonsense.com/
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    • 44 min
    Universal Basic Income with Andrew Yang - S4 EP 2

    Universal Basic Income with Andrew Yang - S4 EP 2

    Andrew Yang is a former Presidential candidate and the founder of Venture for America. He's also the founder of the Forward Party where he advocates for structural reform to safeguard our democracy. He lays all this out in his new book, Forward, which we discussed today. We also discuss Andrew's life as a teenager, his obsession with post-punk bands like The Smiths, Depeche Mode, and Nine Inch Nails, why he didn’t do drugs as a teenager, and how his parents felt when he got his ear pierced. More to the point of his political career, we talk about how money is the tail that wags the dog and both the GOP and the Democratic Party. He mentions why we should pay our politicians more and we talk about entitlement reform and universal basic income. Even if you don't agree with all his policy ideas, I think you'll agree that Andrew’s efforts to fix the machine of politics are worthwhile and something we should all think about supporting because the current polarized political system is making everybody freaking miserable. All this and more with Andrew Yang.

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    Website - https://www.andrewyang.com/
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    • 51 min
    Racial Wealth Gap with Coleman Hughes - S4 Ep 1

    Racial Wealth Gap with Coleman Hughes - S4 Ep 1

    Today’s guest is Coleman Hughes, he's a writer, podcaster and opinion columnist who specializes in issues related to Race, Public Policy and Applied Ethics. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Review, Quillette, The City Journal and The Spectator. He's appeared on many TV shows and podcasts including Real Time with Bill Maher, Making Sense with Sam Harris and the Jordan B. Peterson podcast. 
    He's also a rapper who goes by the name Coldxman and his latest tracks can be found on Spotify and YouTube. In today's episode Coleman and I talk about the Racial Wealth Gap and its origins, why government action including reparations is not a solution whether a hundred percent of equality among all races is possible or even desirable, how progressive policies that supposedly help African-Americans are actually holding them back and what issues we should focus on if we actually want to empower Black Economic Autonomy. All this and more with Coleman Hughes.

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    Twitter - https://twitter.com/coldxman
    Website - https://colemanhughes.org/
    YouTube- http://bit.ly/38kzium
    Coldxman Music-http://bit.ly/3jXTwAr

    • 38 min
    Buy this, not that! (with Author Sam Dogen)

    Buy this, not that! (with Author Sam Dogen)

    Sam Dogen left his job in investment banking at age 34 to start his financial newsletter, Financial Samurai. He's got a new book out this week called “Buy This, Not That!” How to spend your way to Wealth and Freedom. Today Sam and I discuss his one word definition of 'Happiness', how wearing the right tie helped him get a job at Goldman Sachs, how he transitioned out of investment banking to become an independent financial writer, how the right plan is the key to surviving inflation and the ups & downs of the stock market, and why he advises young adults to forecast their professional misery. We also discuss his best and worst financial investments and among other things, the return on investment of private vs public school.
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    Twitter - https://twitter.com/financialsamurai 
    Website - https://www.financialsamurai.com/
    Link to book - Buy This, Not That! https://www.financialsamurai.com/btnt/

    • 43 min
    Soul in the Game (with Vitaliy Katsenelson)

    Soul in the Game (with Vitaliy Katsenelson)

    Today’s guest is Vitaliy Katsenelson. He's an investor, writer and author of the new book ‘Soul in the Game : The Art of a Meaningful Life’. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of The Black Swan calls the book deep, insightful, inquisitive and civilized, which is a pretty good description of Vitaliy himself. 
    In this episode we discuss what it was like growing up in Russia, north of the Arctic Circle, how America did and did not fit with his expectations, which were set by all the American movies he had seen before he arrived at age 18. Whether rich people are actually happier, what we can learn about careers in comparison from Franz Schubert and Beethoven, what it means to be a student of life, and what may or may not happen in Ukraine. We recorded this conversation in June (2022). This is coming out in July, so I can't say what has or hasn't happened in the meantime. Just so you know. 

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    Follow Vitaliy
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/vitaliyk
    Website - https://contrarianedge.com/
    Link to book - ‘Soul in the Game : The Art of a Meaningful Life’

    • 52 min
    Life after the PGA Championship (with Rich Beem)

    Life after the PGA Championship (with Rich Beem)

    This is an encore episode with Rich Beem, winner of the 2002 PGA Championship, one of professional golf’s four major tournaments. Despite having won twice on tour prior to the PGA, Rich's win at Hazeltine was as unlikely as the groovy dance moves he busted out after sinking his final putt of the tournament. Describing himself as “the luckiest guy in the world,” Rich played the game loose and wide open, but the rising expectations of being a major champion became a distraction, and he never won again on tour. In this chat, Rich speaks candidly about:

    Selling car stereos and grinding his way up the golf ladder,

    Finding purpose and meaning in life as his PGA prospects began to dim. 

    The reason he tells his son that “what you shoot is not you”

    Why he loves working as an analyst at Sky Sports

    Rich was born in Phoenix, AZ, grew up in El Paso, TX and played college golf at New Mexico State University. Today Rich plays on the PGA Champions Tour and works as a TV golf analyst on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland.(Originally posted November, 2020. Follow Rich on Twitter.  

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
386 Ratings

386 Ratings

Financial Samurai ,

Good stuff

I enjoyed speaking to Paul regarding my new book, Buy This, Not That: How To Spend Your Way To Wealth And Freedom. Paul was very prepared, and asked insightful questions. I have enjoyed the various guess Paul has had on his show so far. And I’m looking forward to the new episodes in the future! - Sam, Financial Samurai

NickNam e ,

Insightful

Always a great conversation. Credit to Paul for his effort to research and prepare. Shows respect for both the audience and the star of the episode.

TMoore00 ,

Excellent interviews

Paul does a great job selecting guests. His preparation is apparent and results in excellent interviews. A good blend of thoughtful discussion and entertaining banter. Highly recommend subscribing.

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