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Motley Fool Answers

The Motley Fool
333 episodes
Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. Send your questions to

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The 6 Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor

The Motley Fool Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner, is back to share his 6 Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor and Bro reconsiders retiring after age 67 (wait, what?!).

Six Traits of a Rule Breaker Stock

Motley Fool Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner, joins us to share his investing philosophy and the traits he looks for in a Rule Breaking company.

April Mailbag With a Couple of Goofballs

Longtime Motley Fool analyst Tim Beyers joins us to discuss how much to invest in one stock, whether to invest a lump sum all at once, accounts for kids, and which types of options strategies are most Foolish.

The State of Real Estate in the United States

Matt Argersinger, senior advisor for Motley Fool Millionacres, joins us to talk about how Covid-19 has impacted residential and commercial real estate and offers his advice for homeowners and investors going forward.

Get Ready to Live to 100… If the Robots Don’t Take Over First!

The authors of The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World discuss how individuals, corporations, and governments should be preparing for increasing longevities, accelerating technological innovations, and the end of retirement as we know it. And Alison takes on the debate …

The Deets on SPACs

Bill Mann joins the show to explain the nuts and bolts of SPACs as we take Euphonium Industries public.

March Mailbag Mayhem with Megan

With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Financial Planner and tax expert, Megan Brinsfield, we’re answering your questions about finding or becoming a professional financial planner, using your stimulus check to jumpstart your kid’s retirement savings, and lots of tax stuff. (No actual mayhem ensued.)

J. Money Brings Sexy Back to Your Greenbacks

The founder of tells the tale of how he became a successful financial blogger (and millionaire), and also discusses his latest project, . And Alison provides the ABCs of NFTs.

There’s an App for That

Whether you’re learning to budget, looking to geek out on your investment returns, or wondering if you’re on track to retire early, there’s an app, tool, or website for that. We’re joined by a couple money nerds at The Motley Fool with their personal reviews of tools like Mint, Personal Capital, va…

Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Uncle Sam

Bro interviews tax expert Ed Slott about his latest book, “The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb.” Also, can using an app influence your financial behavior for the better?

Climate Change and a Net Zero Economy

If BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and The Motley Fool CIO Andy Cross agree that climate change is the most important trend to watch in investing, then it must be worth talking about. Motley Fool Analysts Alyce Lomax and John Rotonti share their advice for investors.

February Chill Mailbag

Motley Fool Analyst Emily Flippen joins us to tackle your questions including investing with your emergency fund, calculating your savings rate, when to rebalance outsized positions, and more.

Morgan Housel on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

Morgan is back to discuss the most important lessons from his book, “The Psychology of Money” – and how they’ve informed the way he manages his family’s finances.

Morgan Housel Explains It All

Morgan Housel, author of The Psychology of Money, joins us to share his takeaways amidst the GameStop fracas, Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO, and this seemingly never-ending party in the stock market.

What Will College Really Cost?

New York Times columnist Ron Lieber joins us to discuss his latest book, The Price You Pay for College . And Alison answers an old question with new research: Does money buy happiness?

The Super Bowl of Mailbags

Motley Fool analyst Ron Gross joins us to answer your questions about how many stocks you should own, what makes a 401(k) stink, what to do when your spouse wants you to sell all your stocks, and much more.

What a Year! What Should You Do Now?!

Motley Fool Chief Investment Officer Andy Cross joins us to look back at 2020, offer suggestions for newer investors, and provide his thoughts on comparisons of today’s market to the dot-com bubble.

You Say You Want A Resolution?

Bro pulled some strings and got both Megan Brinsfield and Sean Gates to join us and talk about what they're doing, what they're not doing, and what you should consider doing to improve your finances in the new year. Plus, Alison tries her two hands at telling it like an economist.

Healthy Living for Fun and Profit

Bro reminds you of how living a healthy life increases your chances of a living a wealthy life. And with the help of Jason Moser, we’ll explore how you can also grow your wealth by investing in companies that are trying to make us all healthier with a few fitness-related stocks to watch.

Auld Lang Mailbag

2020 is almost over, but not before our final mailbag of the year. Buck Hartzell joins us to answer your questions about owning company stock, investing for kids, emergency accounts, and so much more. Grab a nog, put your feet by the fire, and get yourself some Answers, Fool!

Banking in 2020 and Beyond

It’s the final episode in our series on sectors with help from fellow Fools over on the Industry Focus podcast. Today we’re joined by John Maxfield to talk about banks, big and small. Plus, Bro looks around your house while Alison sings about America.

Tech in 2020 and Beyond

It’s the second part of our series with the help of the folks over at Industry Focus. This week, Dylan Lewis joins us to talk about how the tech sector did in 2020 and what to watch in 2021.

Cornucopia of Questions Mailbag

With the help of Motley Fool Wealth Management financial planner Ross Anderson, we’ll answer your questions about tax loss harvesting, life insurance, bond funds, and so much more.

Investing in Consumer Goods

What's so good about consumer goods? Emily Flippen joins us from the Motley Fool Industry Focus podcast to talk about the companies that sell us the stuff.

To Roth or Not to Roth

Bro explains why many people who choose a traditional retirement account would be better off with a Roth.

An Intro to Financial Therapy

Dr. Megan McCoy joins us to discuss the feelings behind our finances. And the father of the “4% rule” suggests the number could be higher.

Fall Into the October Mailbag!

Motley Fool Analyst Jim Mueller joins us to answer your questions about calculating portfolio returns, why bother with cash or bonds, whether you should take defensive action because of the election, and much more. And if your kid is obsessed with retirement, find out how they could be on TV!

Small Caps, Value, International – Oh, My!

The S&P 500 has trounced smaller, cheaper, and non-U.S. stocks over the past several years. Is this just a typical cycle, or will the trend continue? Senior Advisor Bill Mann joins us to explain what’s happening and what to do.

7 Ways to Make the Most of Your 401k

How to maximize the returns from your 401k as well as evaluate your options and lobby for a better plan at your workplace.

The In’s and Out’s of IPOs

Abi Malin, analyst with The Motley Fool’s Discovery: IPO Trailblazers service, joins us to explain the IPO process and talk about recent and upcoming IPOs to watch.