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Helping listeners achieve financial freedom sooner rather than later. Financial Samurai is America's number one personal finance blog and podcast helping you make more money, save more money, and live the life that you truly want.

The Financial Samurai Podcast Sam Dogen: Financial Samurai founder, personal finance blogger

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    • 4.6 • 524 Ratings

Helping listeners achieve financial freedom sooner rather than later. Financial Samurai is America's number one personal finance blog and podcast helping you make more money, save more money, and live the life that you truly want.

    The Career Path From VC, To Big Startup, To Creating Your Own Startup

    The Career Path From VC, To Big Startup, To Creating Your Own Startup

    I talk to Emily Luk, Co-Founder and CEO of Plenty, a wealth platform for today's modern couples about her career path from VC, to joining a big startup, to creating her own startup. I wanted to now why she lifted a cushy job with good pay.
    If you're a couple interested in a great tool to manage your finances together, check out Plenty. They've got a great cash flow tool that enables individual, joint, and private money management. Plenty also offers Direct Indexing investment at a low cost. 
    I've personally met the team multiple times in their offices in San Francisco as I consulted for them. 
    If you've enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Every episode takes hours to produce and every review means a lot.
    Thanks!
    Sam

    • 34 min
    Your Provider's Clock Helps Explain Your Desire To Work And Provide

    Your Provider's Clock Helps Explain Your Desire To Work And Provide

    For the longest time, I've wondered the following about some men:
    Why claim to be retired while having a working spouse? Why work so many hours after having a newborn? Why leave your family when your children are still young and need fathers the most? Doing these things didn't make much sense to me until I had an epiphany: every person has a different inherent desire to provide thanks to biology. And given biology is innate, we cannot help the way we are! 
    Read: A Provider's Clock For Men Is Similar To A Biological Clock For Women
    For those of you with children and/or debt, it's imperative to get an affordable term life insurance policy to protect your loved ones. Take a look at Policygenius, an insurance market place that will offer affordable life insurance quotes in one place with no obligations. 
    My wife and I got matching 20-year term policies during the pandemic and felt an enormous sense of relief. 
    Thank you for your shares and reviews of this podcast. They help keep me recording! Sign up for my free weekly newsletter to never miss a thing. - Sam

    • 22 min
    Investing In Artificial Intelligence With The Fundrise Innovation Fund And Ben Miller

    Investing In Artificial Intelligence With The Fundrise Innovation Fund And Ben Miller

    In this episode, I catch up with Ben Miller, Co-founder and CEO of Fundrise about artificial intelligence and the latest investments by the  Innovation Fund.
    We discuss how company valuations are calculated in the fund, a defense AI investment, and so much more. 
    The Innovation Fund is an open-ended venture capital fund with only a $10 minimum. You can see what the fund is investing in before you decide to invest and how much. Unlike traditional closed-end venture capital funds, you can gain liquidity if you want in one quarter.
    Check out the Innovation Fund here. Financial Samurai is an investor in Fundrise and Fundrise is a long-time sponsor of Financial Samurai. 
    Personally, I'm bullish on artificial intelligence and will be building $500,000 worth of exposure to AI companies and funds that invest in artificial intelligence over the next five years. In 20 years, I don't want my children asking me why I didn't invest in AI near the beginning. 
    Related post: Artificial Intelligence: How To Protect Yourself And Benefit Financially 
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    • 36 min
    Becoming A Children's Book Illustrator And Author With Colleen Kong-Savage

    Becoming A Children's Book Illustrator And Author With Colleen Kong-Savage

    I speak with Colleen Kong-Savage about becoming a children's book illustrator and author, as well as a freelance graphic designer while living in expensive New York City.
    Colleen has a new book out entitled Piano Wants To Play. It is a wonderful book for children and adults of all ages who appreciate music. It is also a touching story about rekindling the joy we had as children.
    Colleen has been a long-time illustrator for Financial Samurai, creating all of the custom Samurai-themed graphics, including the logo and the Financial Samurai mask.
    As you may know, it can be challenging to make a living as a creative professional. Therefore, I'm proud to support Colleen's endeavors.
    If you're looking to support artists, the best way to do so is to purchase their work and hiring them. Please consider purchasing a copy of Piano Wants To Play and visiting Colleen's website at ckongsavage.com.
    If you want to learn more about being a children's author and illustrator, you can check out the resources at www.highlightsfoundation.org and www.scbwi.org.
    If you enjoyed this episode, I'd appreciate a review and a share!
    To Your Financial Freedom,
    Sam

    • 33 min
    Real Estate Commissions Are Already Coming Down Fast

    Real Estate Commissions Are Already Coming Down Fast

    Every residential real estate investor and homeowner is richer after the National Association Of Realtors settled its price fixing lawsuit.
    I know many real estate agents, realtors, and brokerages are upset with the ruling. However, the decision was decided quickly by a jury of our peers. The money that would have went into the real estate industry's pockets are now going back into the homeowners' and investors' pockets. 
    See:
    Why Every Residential Real Estate Investor And Homeowner Is Richer
    Busting The Real Estate Cartel With Attorney Mike Ketchmark
    Recommendations
    Check out Fundrise, my favorite private real estate platform with over $3.3 billion under management for 500,000+ investors. With mortgage rates coming down and the stock market strong, the demand for real estate is building. 
    Fundrise predominantly invests in residential and industrial real estate in the Sunbelt region, where valuations are lower and yields are higher. I believe there is a multi-decade demographic shift towards lower-cost areas of the country thanks to technology. 
    Financial Samurai is an investor in Fundrise funds and Fundrise is a long-time sponsor of Financial Samurai. 
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    If you enjoyed this episode, please share, rate, and review. Every review means a lot as each episode takes hours to produce. 

    • 18 min
    The Most Expensive Cities In America To Own A Home Could Actually Be The Cheapest

    The Most Expensive Cities In America To Own A Home Could Actually Be The Cheapest

    The most expensive cities in America include cities like New York City, San Francisco, and San Jose. However, these expensive cities could actually be the cheapest due to all the income and investment opportunities. Let's explore the reasons why.
    Related post: Income Required To Afford A Typical Home In The Top 50 Cities
    Recommendations
    1) Check out Fundrise, my favorite private real estate platform with over $3.3 billion under management for 500,000+ investors. With mortgage rates coming down and the stock market strong, the demand for real estate is building. 
    2) To invest in artificial intelligence and other private growth companies, check out the open-ended Innovation Fund. You can see what the fund invests in before you invest and how much. The investment minimum is only $10. 
    Financial Samurai is an investor in Fundrise funds and Fundrise is a long-time sponsor of Financial Samurai. 
    Subscribe To Financial Samurai
    To achieve financial freedom sooner, join 60,000+ others and subscribe to the free Financial Samurai newsletter.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share, rate, and review. Every review means a lot as each episode takes hours to produce. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
524 Ratings

524 Ratings

Gd439 ,

Candid and certain qualified

I’ve been listening for a few years now and still find his content entertaining and very insightful. Solid career background and a true family man!

hspraggins ,

Very good, authentic, and excellent advice

Sam begins his journey into FIRE by sharing with us his career story and subsequent transition into (semi) retirement and real estate owner. Each bit of advice and interview comes with a practical and helpful amount of advice, directions, and pitfalls to watch out for. All in, I highly recommend his podcast.

One suggestion: follow the US and/or Asian calendar and provide tips, interviews, etc based on the calendar (eg, during Black History Month focus on how Black entrepreneurs, real estate owners, etc are developing novel ways to generational wealth; during Women's Month do something similar; maybe during a Chinese new year do something focused). I’m certain your listeners would appreciate that!

cstevens21 ,

Excellent insights and relatable content

Sam does an incredible job of breaking down investing strategies and financial concepts. He encourages feedback and genuinenly wants to help others. He offers wonderful perspectives and always gets me thinking about what I can do to improve in many ways of my life, not just with inveseting. He's open and transparent. I love reading his emails and listening to his podcasts. You'll enjoy them as well! They are short, interesting, and informative.

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