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A semi-monthly podcast that brings you advice and interviews with experts on various important topics to help you make better and smarter financial decisions in order to improve or maintain your financial situation.

Financial Freedom Podcast Steven J. Richardson, Esq.

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

A semi-monthly podcast that brings you advice and interviews with experts on various important topics to help you make better and smarter financial decisions in order to improve or maintain your financial situation.

    Is Buy Now Pay Later For You?

    Is Buy Now Pay Later For You?

    At its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple announced that it would be offering a Buy Now, Pay Later program as a part of its financial services to customers. This alternative form of payment for goods and services has had a resurgence during the pandemic, and Apple’s announcement has put it in the news.
    But what is Buy Now, Pay Later, and should you be making use of it as part of your household finances and budget? In this episode, I will dive deep into this service and advise as to whether it is a good idea for you.
    In this episode you will learn:
    What Buy Now, Pay Later Is Its Pros and Cons How it Affects Your Credit Whether You Should Use It  

    • 19 min
    Making a Health Savings Account Part of Your Retirement Plan

    Making a Health Savings Account Part of Your Retirement Plan

    Back in Episode 80 I talked about Health Savings Accounts in conjunction with some high deductible health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act. An HSA is a great idea if you have one of these plans.
    However, since I have been talking about retirement planning and saving lately, I wanted to revisit this great savings option, as these accounts can serve two purposes: protect you from medial costs in a high deductible health plan and help you save for retirement at the same time. Find out how in this episode!
    In this episode you will learn:
    What an HSA is The pros and cons of having one Who can set one up Who can contribute to one (and how much) How an HSA helps with retirement planning Is one right for you? But to learn the most, talk to the HR person with your employer and/or a financial professional to get the right advice for you.

    • 21 min
    Starting Your Kids on the Path to Retirement

    Starting Your Kids on the Path to Retirement

    In the past two episodes, I have talked about financial education for our children and instilling them with a basic working knowledge and literacy when it comes to money. I also discussed in Episode 136 about how you should start saving for retirement in your 20s and how it can be done.
    But what if you started earlier than that? What if our kids started saving for retirement even before they graduated from high school? In this episode of the podcast, I will talk about how parents can help their children start saving for their retirement and get the earliest start doing it.
    In this episode you will learn:
    Why starting your child in saving for retirmenet is a good idea Why a Roth IRA is a better choice How to set up the IRA How to fund the IRA

    • 19 min
    Development of Financial Personalities with Vince Shorb

    Development of Financial Personalities with Vince Shorb

    In the last episode I talked with Jake Cousineau, a California educator who teaches financial literacy to high school students. But looking into this further I discovered that attitudes about money (called Financial Personalities) form way before a child reaches high school. Thus, teaching children from an early age (as I discussed in Episode 130) becomes very important.
    That’s why in this episode of the podcast I talk with Vince Shorb, a financial wellness advocate and educator, who has developed curricula to shape financial personalities early in a child’s life.
    In this episode you will learn:
    What a Financial Personality Is When They Are Formed How Parents and Teachers Can Guide How They Are Formed Why People Make Financial Decisions That Don’t Align With Their Goals About the Behavioral Aspects of Money

    • 36 min
    Personal Finance for the Real World with Jake Cousineau

    Personal Finance for the Real World with Jake Cousineau

    When I was growing up, the boys took shop, and the girls took home ec. The latter, as we would say today, stressed gender roles, and consisted of cooking, sewing, and the like. But real home economics should deal with household finances, budgeting, credit, and the like. It should help to prepare high school students for the real world.
    That’s why in this episode of the podcast, I wanted to talk about how that should change, and has been changing in some schools around the country. To that end, I invited teacher and author Jake Cousineau onto the show to discuss how he is accomplishing just that!
    In this episode you will learn:
    About how personal finance is taught in a high school in California About the importance of learning personal finance at an early age Why high schools should teach personal finance to seniors

    • 41 min
    Financial Planning for Widowed or Divorced Women

    Financial Planning for Widowed or Divorced Women

    There are many challenges that face people on the road to financial freedom, including credit card debt, student loans, and a loss of employment or reduction in income. Overcoming them can be a real struggle, but necessary in reaching financial independence.
    But women, particularly widowed or divorced women, face particular challenges that need to be addressed in order for them to get back onto their financial feet. That’s why, in this episode of the podcast, I talk with Certified Financial Planner Maryann Keith on how she helps women with these issues.
    In this episode you will learn about:
    Why Designating a Deceased Spouse’s IRA as Inherited is Important Dealing with Mortgages in the Deceased Spouse’s Name Accessing the Pension of a Spouse that Dies Before Retirement Financial Planning for When the Alimony Runs Out Educational Planning for the Children After Divorce

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Maryann Keith ,

Great show!

Steve is such a great interviewer and provides unique perspective as an attorney who is really well versed in personal finance. He picks really great experts to be on his show and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I enjoyed my time with Steve and am so happy to have his podcast as a resource to direct friends and clients to. Check this podcast out, you will learn a lot!

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The “Alphabet Soup” of Covid, small business owners & much more

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Great insight and advice

Great insight and advice! Definitely worth a listen.

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