The Clark Howard Podcast
The Clark Howard Podcast
Clark Howard
Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for money expert Clark Howard; it’s a way of life. Clark and his crew — Team Clark — are on a mission to empower people to take control of their personal finances by providing money-saving tips, consumer advice, hot deals and economic news to help everyone achieve financial freedom. Clark is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and a consumer reporter for television stations around the country. His podcast, The Clark Howard Show, receives more than one million downloads each month and is a hub for listeners to get valuable advice on-demand any time. Clark answers questions on the most popular business and consumer topics including; how to buy a cars, financing a home, retirement planning, shopping for insurance and getting the most out of your savings. Join the conversation and submit your question to www.clark.com/askclark . Clark spearheads two free resources — Clark.com and ClarkDeals.com — to encourage consumers to save more, spend less and avoid ripoffs.
04.16.21 Clark answers his critics on 'Clark Stinks' // No health insurance? Why now is the time to apply.
Christa shares Clark Stinks posts from the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. There are significant changes for individuals and families that buy their own compliant health insurance policies. A special enrollment period extends through August on Healthcare.gov. If you have a tight income and don’t have health insurance, Clark explains why you should apply now and double check for subsidies. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16
28 min
04.15.21 House mania hits the nation - A revised Clark smart home buying rule / Extended service contracts - what kinds of coverage do you really need?
Home buyers are squeezed right now, having to pay more. Clark discusses the supply problem and the logic behind his new rule on your ownership cycle.  /  Extended service contracts, insurance coverage and warranties on electronics & appliances is a key profit push for retailers. Clark explains what type of insurance you actually should have. Plus, why Clark is neutral on vehicle warranties and what he recommends. Ask Clark topics include: Going solar  /  Home remodeling  /  Replace a lost Social Security card  /  Identity theft  /  Car Insurance  // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15
28 min
04.14.21 Membership has its privileges (and costs) as retailers compete to sign you up. / 2 new home internet choices worth considering.
Clark reviews the new Best Buy membership program as they compete with the bigs - Amazon Prime, Walmart+ & Costco.  Retailers are challenged to connect in new ways. CVS and Walgreens are also offering memberships.  /   Clark & Christa are testing out T-Mobile’s home internet. Hear their verdict on this flat rate alternative to traditional home internet. Simultaneously, more zip codes in the U.S. are able to get Starlink internet from SpaceX, offering high speed unlimited data, soon to blanket the nation. Ask Clark topics include: How to Open a Roth IRA  /  Index Annuities  /  Target Retirement Funds  /  How to Freeze Your Credit  /  Google Flights  // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14
27 min
04.13.21 Online Privacy: Clark tests out a Brave new browser /  Save a ton on your vehicle loan
We’re always being tracked online but there are browsers and extensions to help protect privacy. Clark has tested a couple and reports on ease of use. / How most of us buy a car is a giant rip off. Clark explains how the game is played and how to obtain - or refi your loan the right way. Ask Clark topics include: Deferred Compensation Definition / How to Open a Roth IRA / Investing Guide / FDIC: Deposit Insurance FAQs / Best Online Banks / Travel Insurance / Should You Buy Out Your Leased Car? / Charles Schwab Bank Debit Card Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13
27 min
04.12.21 New strides in financial literacy / How Emperor Clark would fix the U.S. tax system.
We’re seeing more focus on how to reach and teach young people about money. There’s collateral damage due to lack of financial education. Some high school programs exist. TikTok is now offering financial teachings of the basics of personal finance. Starting at age 6, the more parents can talk to kids and teach by example about saving and making money decisions, the better. // Tax policy in the U.S. is a ridiculous mess, and changing all the time. How we do taxes should be non-partisan. But taxes are used to settle scores to the great harm of individuals and economic growth. If Clark ruled the land, how he would make taxes more equitable and understandable. Ask Clark topics include: Guide to DIY Home Security Systems - Wyze Cam smart security camera for $20 - Clark Deals / Taxes Archives - Clark Howard / Experian Boost Review / Free Advice: Clark’s Consumer Action Center - Clark Howard // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12
27 min
04.09.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / A great new employee benefit goes toward education costs.
Christa shares Clark Stinks posts from the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. A new federal law allows employers to pay toward employee student loan debt or for a portion their education, through 2025 - tax free for the recipient, deductible for the employer. Clark explains this voluntary benefit - a win-win. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Consumer Reports- printers / Two-factor authentication with Cash App / Insurance subrogation /  Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 9
28 min
04.08.21 Great news if you're saving for your grandchild's college / What you should know and do about the Facebook data breach.
Historically, 529 plans owned by grandparents negatively impacted the student’s financial aid profile. That changes this fall. Clark explains the new FAFSA rule, and the WRONG way to set up a 529 account. / The Facebook data breach involves more than half a billion people around the world. What info criminals have and what you need to do to protect your identity and your wallet. Freeze Your Credit. Security is not part of the principle architecture of how the internet works, leaving each website to protect its info. Advice for website owners who collect personal information. Ask Clark topics include: Student loans: start with federal borrowing /  7 Best Ways to Save for Retirement in Your 50s / Best Credit Cards for Extended Warranty / Online education / Authorized user / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 8
27 min
04.07.21 News on eviction law and auto loans & a Clark NEVER rule / Why this decade could be a golden age for workers.
Economic fallout from Coronavirus: Clark explains why, as we enter economic recovery, a homeless problem appears. Also, auto loan delinquencies are up. Clark's NEVER rule for car buying. / Jobs are roaring back in the U.S. - Why this decade could be a golden age for workers. Ask Clark topics include: Clark's Maximum Auto Loan Length Rule / How To Spot Financial Abuse of an Elderly Relative or Friend - Clark Howard / How to Buy a New Car / How to Buy a Used Car / How to Open a Roth IRA / Credit Freeze // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 7
27 min
04.06.21 The best printers for home and office / Car rentals are sky high. Booking strategies.
New reviews of affordable printers indicate great improvement. The HP business model means high prices for ink. Epson and Brother have that option, plus, more costly printers requiring very low cost ink which saves big$ over time. / Car rental prices have spiked in many areas. Clark has some workaround strategies to use until costs normalize. Ask Clark topics include: Charitable Gift Annuity /  7 Things To Know Before You Buy Gas at Costco Wholesale / How to Stop Robocalls for Good - Combating Spoofed Robocalls with Caller ID Authentication | FCC / Is a Home Warranty Worth the Money? /  Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 6
25 min
04.05.21  Know your rights with debt collectors / What is “stream creep” and are you paying the price?
A new debt collection rule may kick in this November allowing collectors to contact consumers via email, text and direct messages on social media, with no frequency limits. Regardless, it’s essential to know your rights with debt collectors. Clark offers some key rules to help protect your credit. / As we transition from traditional pay TV to streaming, we can end up paying more if we’re not careful. Are you topping $100 a month? Do you watch every service you’re signed up for? A Clark assignment. Ask Clark topics include: How to Deal With Medical Debt / Identity Theft Guide - Clark Howard / The Best Car-Buying Services in 2021 / Disability Insurance / Companies That Buy Houses for Cash // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 5
23 min
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