August 12, 2020
America is drowning in paper. If you stacked all the paper the average family uses in just one year, the piles would be as tall as a two-story house. And 43% of Americans categorize themselves as “disorganized.” Lisa Woodruff to the rescue. She is an organizational expert and author of THE PAPER SOLUTION: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life. Now more than ever, with the pandemic upon us, the need to have our paperwork organized is paramount. Lisa offers advice and free resources to help us all improve our relationship with paper. Check out for Lisa's free emergency medical printables.
August 10, 2020
Myoshia Boykin-Anderson has had an incredible journey that led her to found her company AndTech Solutions in 2009. As a mother with no savings and no college degree, she was laid off from her corporate job and vowed to never put herself in that position again. Myoshia launched AndTech and it has grown into a seven-figure consulting firm providing custom application development and other technology services to some of the top organizations in the country. In our conversation, we discuss how, as a double minority, she overcame barriers to starting a thriving business in the field of tech, the inspiration born out of being a young, single mother and memories of her childhood classmate in Houston, Texas, George Floyd.
August 7, 2020
In this week's Ask Farnoosh, CFP and founder of FIT Advisors, Anjali Jariwala joins to answer listeners' questions about bankruptcy, paying off debt, saving for a home and creating a financial plan. More about Anjali: She is the founder of FIT Advisors - a financial planning firm serving physicians and business owners virtually across the US. Prior to launching her own firm, Anjali spent over 6 years years working with Fortune 500 clients at a top 4 accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and 2 years with a large, prestigious financial planning firm serving high net worth individuals. During her career, she would often share financial advice with family and friends, but began to realize that not only did most of them lack access to the best personal finance information, but also their busy family lives meant they just didn’t have the time to pull it all together on their own. So, she decided she could make a bigger impact by starting her own firm. Anjali utilizes her expertise in tax and finance to empower her clients to discover and reach their life goals while building a stable financial future.  Anjali hosts Money Checkup podcast - a semi-monthly checkup that discusses the many facets of financial well-being. She was named one of Investment News Top 40 under 40 for 2019 and named one of Financial Advisor magazine’s Young Advisors To Watch for 2020. Anjali has been featured in Blomberg, US News and World Report, New York Times, USA Today, Business Insider, Investment News and more. Learn more about
August 5, 2020
What is the deal with the stock market? How is the current recession different than the one from 2008/2009? How to think about real estate and your portfolio now? We are in conversation with the co-hosts of the BiggerPockets Money podcast, Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen. They're here to share their perspectives and best advice on how to navigate the economy now. Scott Trench is the CEO and President of Scott has dedicated his career to helping ordinary Americans build wealth in part through real estate investing. Since joining BiggerPockets in 2014, Scott has authored the wealth building book Set for Life and joined Mindy Jensen as a host of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast . He stays active in the BiggerPockets forums and contributed hundreds of articles, market analyses, and files to BiggerPockets. He has also contributed to other personal finance blogs, along with traditional news outlets including Time, CNBC, and NBC. Mindy Jensen has been the Community Manager for for the last five years, helping less experienced folks learn how to invest in real estate the RIGHT way. She has spent the last 22 years live-in flipping houses, moving into very unattractive homes and making them beautiful - all while paying $0 in capital gains taxes because these homes are her primary residence. Mindy joins Scott Trench every Monday morning on the BiggerPockets Money Podcast to share the money stories of their guests. Mindy truly believes financial freedom is available for anyone. Mindy studied Fashion Design, the stupidest major ever.
August 3, 2020
In his new book, Die with Zero, Bill Perkins challenges the notion of passing down your wealth. In fact during a health screening, his doctor asked in the evaluation about financial stress: “Do you have fears of running out of money?” Bill said, “I hope I run out of money!” We discuss the merits of spending more money in your living years, how to calculate getting to "enough" net worth and how to balance taking care of children and dependents with the notion of dying with zero. Bill is the CEO of BrisaMax Holdings. After training on Wall Street, he made his fortune in Houston as an energy trader. He has been Reuters, Financial Times, TIME magazine, Cigar Aficionado, BusinessInsider, and appears frequently on CNBC.
July 31, 2020
Delyanne The Money Coach Barros joins Farnoosh to answer the latest money questions from the audience. Questions include: Is it wise to use student loans to invest in the market? Why is one of my credit scores so different from the rest? Should I help my boyfriend with his credit card debt? How to become a professional investor without a college degree? Sticking with this week’s lineup of FIRE members who are bringing a fresh voice and face to the space, Farnoosh’s co-host today is Delyanne Barros who is new to the FIRE movement... A lawyer by day and founder of Delyanne the Money Coach a popular Instagram and TicTok feed. You can find her at Delyanne is Brazilian and the first in her family to accomplish many milestones including attending college, becoming an employment attorney, and conquering New York City.  After living in NYC for 14 years, the mecca of the financial industry, Delyanne realized that her financial knowledge was limited to the outdated advice of her parents. Once she discovered the F.I.R.E. movement, she set on a path to retire from the traditional 9-5 grind at 45 years old. However, Delyanne quickly realized that the financial space was lacking the voices of people she could relate to, especially women and Latinas.  That’s when she decided to become that voice and launch Delyanne The Money Coach where she provides coaching and education in a fun and relatable way. Delyanne is on a mission to educate and guide new investors to a life that is debt-free, abundant, and financially independent.
July 29, 2020
We continue to take a closer look and have deeper conversations with some of the minority faces of the FIRE movement. On Monday we spoke with Paula Pant, a Nepalese-American woman and founder of the Afford Anything blog and podcast. Today, we’re in talks with married couple Amon and Christina Browning, founders of Our Rich Journey, a popular blog and YouTube channel: At the age of 39 and 41, Amon and Christina achieved financial independence and retired early (FIRE). They quit their federal government jobs, retired, and moved to Portugal with their two daughters (ages 11 and 12). On their FIRE journey, they lived and worked in California, Spain, and Japan while saving more than 70% of their income; they discovered “house hacks” to live rent and mortgage free for more than ten years; they learned to travel-hack free luxury vacations for their family all over the world.   Their YouTube channel (“Our Rich Journey”) documents the unique ways they save, make, and invest money - the FIRE way. In just over two years of starting their YouTube channel, their channel garnered more than 280,000 YouTube subscribers and over 13 million video views. Their FIRE story has been featured in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, the UK's Daily Mail, and Parade Magazine.
July 27, 2020
This week I’m chatting with a number of people who identify as members of the FIRE movement, which stands for Financial Independence Retire EarlY. The mission is to intensely save and invest —over half your income—so you can retire sometime by 40 or sooner. The movement is often associated with white men who have high earning careers in software engineering or finance. And as a result the FIRE saving and investing advice and pursuit of FIRE  can be inapplicable to many..  So this week we’re speaking to the minority members of the FIRE group that are making the movement more diverse, more inclusive and more relevant. Today we’re speaking with Paula Pant, a prominent leader of the Financial Independence Retire Early movement and an enthusiastic investor with a soft spot for spreadsheets. She is the Founder of Afford Anything, a personal finance and financial independence website and host of the award-winning Afford Anything podcast. Paula’s core belief that “you can afford anything, but not everything” is the backbone of Afford Anything. Through expert interviews and bi-weekly “Ask Paula” episodes, listeners learn to think critically about how they spend limited resources like time, money, and energy. Paula survived Covid 19 earlier this spring so our conversation starts there…and we dive into her financial belief systems in this unusual time…have they changed?
July 24, 2020
Is it too risky to buy a home with someone you're not married to? What are some ways to protect yourself if you choose to be a co-borrower on the mortgage? In this week's Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi also addresses questions related to career pivots and how to transition to being a financial planner, as well as the best way to pay off high interest credit card debt. Does doing a balance-transfer make sense?
July 22, 2020
Learn how one small business is transitioning to an all digital-only experience for its kid clientele and expanding its work force and creating job opportunities for more individuals at the same time. Sarah Fazam, founder of Bilingual Birdies, began the business over 12 years ago to encourage cross-cultural awareness through foreign language and live music curriculum. The programs teach Spanish, French, Mandarin, and English (ESL) through live music, movement, dance, puppetry, and theatre-based games. Sarah is of Mexican and Iranian descent. Her parents met in an ESL program, and as she says, "language is a part of my legacy." For more, check out
July 20, 2020
What is the LEAST amount of money you could spend each month, while staying current with bills and other financial responsibilities? Guest Jully-Alma Taveras is the founder of Investing Latina on Instagram and YouTube, an online community for financially powerful women. She is also a Contributor to Next Advisor where she's provided a strategy for how to live on the smallest budget possible. She, herself, has calculated she can live on less than $600 a month. How? You'll have to listen! More about Jully: She is a writer and producer and you can find her on Youtube where she creates videos to educate women about personal finances, investing, and entrepreneurship.    Check out Jully's work; Youtube: Instagram: Twitter:
July 17, 2020
A teacher asks how she can make more money and another listener wants to know how to begin investing in Socially Responsible Investments, Plus: dividend investing and how to incorporate Black Lives Matter in our personal finance choices. Farnoosh has answers!
July 15, 2020
On today's show with guest Stacia Crawford, we're discussing life after a layoff, monetizing your skills, as well as the behind-the-scenes of producing for one of the country's top television stations. Stacia is an award-winning journalist with more than 3 decades of experience in the broadcasting industry, including 25 years as a TV producer in Chicago. Her vast experience as a television news producer has positioned her to be a skilled communications specialist, media trainer, and PR strategist. As a news producer, she understands what editors, producers and bookers want, and she knows what it takes to deliver. Stacia provides customized training to help clients better understand the media and deliver clear, concise key messages and provide useful content. Stacia is also an expert at developing story angles, story pitches, and marketing those pitches to get them on the air and in print. Her network of long-standing relationships with the media and the business community offer a clear advantage for her clients. She is the creator of such programs as “Be Seen, Get Booked,” “Brand and Deliver,” and “ Lights, Camera, Access” in which she helps entrepreneurs, authors, and industry professionals harness the power of the media to increase their visibility, get more leads, and make more money. Stacia also hosts the popular More Than a Soundbite Podcast in which she interviews top media professionals all over the country and delivers powerful strategies to help listeners get booked on TV, on radio, in publications and on podcasts. Stacia is also a teacher at heart and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago where she teaches writing and reporting for TV news. This Baltimore native earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
July 13, 2020
Establishing a healthier mindset and management around money requires reconciling with the past, and facing any potential childhood money trauma head on. Financial author Leisa Peterson, author of The Mindful Millionaire, opens up about her early years, depicted as “white trash” and the learnings and (un) learnings that helped her heal and grow her wealth. Says Leisa, “Somehow I found a way to break free of thinking of myself as white trash which is how people thought of our family in our neighborhood. Some kids told me they couldn't play with me because their parents didn't feel like my family was safe. It went deep and was classism at its worst. I'm still breaking through the shame of what I felt when I was young.” Blog: Podcasts: Art of Abundance on iTunes and Mindful Millionaire Book: The Mindful Millionaire (click to access book trailer) is available for pre-order on Amazon, B&N and IndieBound
July 10, 2020
On this week’s Ask Farnoosh, a listener asks about intermediate savings and the best place to either save or i vest that money. Also: consolidating your student loan with your spouse’s loan. Good idea?
July 8, 2020
How to find meaningful work right now? How to be a true Ally in the workplace and how to reframe your career ambitions in the near future? We're talking managing your career in a pandemic and recession with Lauren McGoodwin, founder of the Career Contessa and author of the new book POWER MOVES: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose. Lauren's book is a much-needed handbook filled with practical information, advice, and essential tools (including helpful graphics), to guide women toward building successful careers on their own terms. It is an essential career resource for anyone feeling stuck or unfulfilled, and it will give every woman the courage to know themselves, where they are and where they want to be. For more on Lauren McGoodwin, visit her at, and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @CareerContessa.
July 6, 2020
Rodneyse Bichotte is the first Haitian-American woman elected in New York City, representing Brooklyn as the Assemblymember and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. She represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.  We discuss how a life-changing accident at the age of ten led Rodneyse to a career in public service, key initiatives she is working to pass to better the lives of the most vulnerable in New York City, and her economic predictions for the future of the Big Apple. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Rodneyse is the first Engineer elected to the New York State Legislature; and the first woman to chair the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee. To learn more about Rodneyse and visit the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Center check out:
July 3, 2020
In this episode of Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi and guest Georgia Lee Hussey, CFP and CEO of Modernist Financial, address recent questions posed by listeners. What are the best credit cards for big purchases? Should I take out a student loan or pay for school in cash? Should I tap my home equity line of credit to renovate my home? And much more. Plus, Farnoosh selects 3 iTunes reviewers to each receive a free 15-minute money session.
July 3, 2020
In this episode of Ask Farnoosh, host Farnoosh Torabi and guest Georgia Lee Hussey, CFP and CEO of Modernist Financial, address recent questions posed by listeners. What are the best credit cards for big purchases? Should I take out a student loan or pay for school in cash? Should I tap my home equity line of credit to renovate my home? And much more. Plus, Farnoosh selects 3 iTunes reviewers to each receive a free 15-minute money session.
July 1, 2020
Joining me today is the new Editor-in-Chief of NextAdvisor, Adam Auriemma. NextAdvisor is a brand new personal finance platform that just launched earlier this summer, in partnership with Time Magazine. I am a contributing editor for the platform and my first piece is about how we bought a house in the pandemic (all the behind-the-scenes!). The site is full of timely and important content related to financial wellness and making smart money moves. One piece I really love is 50 Smart Money Moves You Can Make Right Now, which Adam authored after interviewing many experts including Suze Orman, Mel Robbins, and Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial. Adam and I discuss: How NextAdvisor's point of view is slightly different in the world of personal finance content. How the platform is thinking about money in the context of race and class. How Adam's personal views on money have shifted in the pandemic and recession. More about Adam: He is a personal finance journalist and the former editor-in-chief of Money magazine. He has also been a deputy bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal, managing editor of The Daily Beast, and deputy editor of Fusion, a joint venture of Univision and ABC News. Teams working under Adam’s leadership have received the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism, a National Association of Black Journalists Digital Media Commentary Award, and an Emmy nomination for Best Cultural/Topical Documentary. Follow NextAdvisor on Instagram @NextAdvisor.
June 29, 2020
In our final installment for Black Wealth Matters, we welcome Tiffany Dufu. She is founder and CEO of The Cru. Their algorithm matches circles of women who collaborate to meet their personal and professional goals. She’s also the author of the bestselling book ​Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less​. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.” Tiffany and I discuss how she was able to raise $1 million for her startup when only .0006% of Black women receive tech venture funding. She also shares pivotal money memories from childhood....and also, what to make of the Girlboss movement and its recent criticisms for not being inclusive enough? Named to Entrepreneur's 100 Powerful Women and Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany has raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls. She was a launch team member to Lean In and was Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, one of the fastest growing millennial professional networks. Prior to that, Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, as a Major Gifts Officer at Simmons University, and as Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School.
June 26, 2020
The newest guest in our #BlackWealthMatters series is entrepreneur Yemi Rose. He is the founder of OfColor, a digital financial wellness platform focused on providing content and banking tools built around how people of color save, spend, and build our legacies differently. We discuss the role financial services has played and continues to play in widening the racial wealth gap. Growing up in Jamaica and the differences of “being Black” there versus here in the United States. Why we may want to rethink the expression “racial wealth gap.” Does it deserve a renaming? How his startup OfColor will provide better access to financial tools and education to an underserved community. Yemi has spent almost two decades at the intersection of financial services and communications/marketing focused on financial wellness, most recently as the Vice President of Financial Wellness Enterprise Initiatives with Prudential Financials’ Global Communications Group. In this most recent role, he led the development of Prudential’s Financial Wellness Census research project, as well as “The Cut,” which focused on underserved consumers. He writes and speaks extensively on the racial wealth gap, and his writings on the subject have been published in Black Enterprise, The Root, Blavity, and After beginning his career as a Capital Markets Intelligence Associate for Thomson Financial, he served as an Investor Relations Director for several top-tier financial communications agencies, before moving to in-house roles. He has served as a senior executive at KPMG and BlackRock Inc., where he worked on helping them to maximize the value of their acquisitions and fintech ventures. He holds both a bachelor's and a Master's degree from Cornell University. Yemi was born and raised in Jamaica, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in New Jersey.
June 24, 2020
Back by popular demand is Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. She shares her personal challenges with building wealth, all while building a multi-million dollar business. Also: Why she distanced herself from the FinCon events and her latest appearance on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. More about Tiffany: She is an award-winning teacher of financial education and is quickly becoming America’s favorite, personal financial educator. The Budgetnista is also an Amazon #1 bestselling author of The One Week Budget and the Live Richer Challenge series. Through her company, The Budgetnista, Tiffany has created a financial movement that has helped over 1 million women worldwide collectively save more than $150 million, and pay off over $100 million in debt, purchase homes and transform the way they think about their finances. Tiffany credits her experience as a preschool teacher for 10 years in Newark, NJ for defining her purpose behind The Budgetnista: education. In 2019, Tiffany transformed her commitment into legislation when she partnered with Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight to write a bill that was later signed into Law A1414 (The Budgetnista Law). This law made it mandatory for financial education to be integrated into all middle schools in New Jersey. To learn more check out and
June 22, 2020
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, 15.7% of NFL players have filed for bankruptcy within twelve years of retiring. A Sports Illustrated article reports that 78% of NFL players and 60% of NBA players face major financial challenges post retirement. Dominique Stapleton is not only a sports agent, she is a financial educator to her clients who desperately need literacy and guidance. After working with athletes on their money for a few years Dominique wanted to offer her clients more. This year, she became a Certified NBA sports agent and vows to be the bridge between athlete success off and on the field.
June 19, 2020
We welcome entrepreneur Rachel Rodgers back to the show to talk about how business owners can go beyond the traditional lip service of "supporting" supporting Black Lives Matters and actually serving as Allies and practicing anti-racism within their companies. Rachel is a woman of color, a mother of four and a seven-figure business owner — in that order. Rachel started her career working as a lawyer with nonprofits, federal judges and Hillary Clinton. Rachel is founder of Million Dollar Badass, a high-level Mastermind for women looking to take their businesses from 6 to 7 figures. She firmly believes all women should desire to become millionaires – because of the profound impact a woman’s money can make on the world. Learn more about Rachel at
June 17, 2020
A new Northwestern University study based on data from the Federal Reserve estimates that on average for every dollar of accumulated wealth that white families have, many black families have just one cent. Our guests Talaat and Tai McNeely, founders of His and Her Money, are on a mission to help change that quotient. The McNeely's are Financial Educators and co-authors of Money Talks: The Ultimate Couple's Guide To Communicating About Money. They are also the hosts of the top-rated podcast, "The His and Her Money Show" and creators of Power Couples University. Talaat and Tai McNeely (His and Her Money) have been featured in numerous publications such as Black Enterprise,,, Essence, and Business Insider. We discuss: How and why they paid off their mortgage in 25 years. As parents, the conversations Talaat and Tai are having with their three kids regarding money and race.  And should personal finance get political? What does that even mean?  To learn more visit the following sites: The McNeeley's Website - Youtube - Community -
June 15, 2020
Today’s guest is my former editorial assistant and right hand guy, Donovan X Ramsey, who first appeared on the show in 2015. As a friend and accomplished journalist focusing on the topic of black identity, politics and patterns of power in America, I wanted to catch up with Donovan for my #BlackWealthMatters series. Key takeaways from our interview: How Donovan's upcoming book, When Crack Was King, chronicles the 1980's and 1990'se pidemic, its misperceptions and the way policing changed during those years. Donovan's own experiences with racial discrimination in graduate school and beyond. The truth about what publishing pays. Donovan and Farnoosh disclose their book advances. More about Donovan: He is called "an indispensable voice on issues of racial identity, politics, and patterns of power in America," by American culture critic Rich Benjamin. Donovan's commentary on racial politics during the Obama era has been featured in The New York Times and his reporting and commentary on the criminal justice system have appeared in outlets including WSJ Magazine, The Atlantic, GQ, Gawker, BuzzFeed, Vice, and Ebony, among others. Donovan served most recently as the commentary editor at The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization dedicated to the U.S. criminal legal system. Before The Marshall Project, he worked as an editor and writer at a number of outlets including Complex, NewsOne, and NBC's Donovan holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently completing his first book, a history of the crack cocaine epidemic for One World—an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade book publisher. You can learn about Donovan on his website and follow him on Twitter @iDXR.
June 12, 2020
Stephanie Vaught, J.D. is a Gen X Financial Coach and Founder of Social Money Finance, LLC. Her company specializes in teaching effective money management and helping people build a life they love. Stephanie was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She attended Detroit Public Schools and received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 2000. In 2007, Stephanie graduated with a Juris Doctor and concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has spent most of her professional career in law and community advocacy. In 2009, Stephanie developed a profound interest in personal finance – mostly based on the need to manage her own household and entrepreneurial endeavors. In 2015, Stephanie made a career shift and became a certified financial counselor. She began working with a financial nonprofit counseling and educating thousands of people across the country about financial literacy and helping them to reach their personal financial goals.  In 2018, Stephanie decided to take her financial knowledge coupled with her legal skills and experience back to a community of her peers and founded Social Money Finance, LLC. Her mission is to empower people to increase their financial literacy, challenge unproductive money habits, and improve their financial place for themselves and their family.
June 10, 2020
Queen Latifah made her first big splash onto the music scene at age 19, with the release of her hit rap single “Ladies, First.” For the next three decades, the Newark, New Jersey native would go on to build a multi-faceted and dynamic career as a musician, actress, producer and philanthropist, blazing a trail for other Black female artists.  I recently sat down with Queen during her press tour for The Queen Collective, her latest endeavor which provides opportunities for women of color in film to tell stories from their viewpoint. The mentoring and development program, in collaboration with Tribeca Studios and Procter and Gamble, selected two winners this year and their projects will premiere on BET Networks, Saturday, June 13th at 9:00 p.m. ET.  In our conversation, she shared some of the financial lessons experienced while growing up and building her business, as well as her ideas on how we can promote more equality in the workplace and close the racial wealth gap.
June 8, 2020
Dr. Nicole Garner Scott is the Atlanta-based founder of Amount Financial Services. She is dedicated to creating financial breathing room for households of underrepresented communities. She has created wide-scale programs to empower others to change their financial trajectories, focused on legacy building and generational wealth.  Dr. Scott is a sought-after speaker and received an honorary doctorate for her work in business from the Obama Association.  Together we explore some of the historical barriers to wealth that have continued to be road blocks for people in the Black community, as well as how the financial expert community can be more sensitive and mindful when offering advice. To learn more about Dr. Scott, please visit
June 5, 2020
Continuing our Black Wealth Matters series with Minda Harts, founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color, and author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. An Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, she is also a sought-after speaker on the topic of workplace diversity and inclusion. She lives in New York City. In The Memo, Minda provides a roadmap for women to not only navigate but change the system that they are working within. And she makes it clear that yes, the discrimination you are feeling, those microaggressions, they are real — and we need to acknowledge them so we can change our reality.
June 3, 2020
Over the years many outstanding Black individuals who fought racism and oppression to achieve personal wealth and career success have graced my podcast. For the next 10 episodes - from today June 3rd through June 24 - I’ll be re-sharing and re-amplifying some of their voices and work, their stories of resilience, hard work and triumph. I’m calling this series BLACK WEALTH MATTERS.  I announced this on Instagram earlier in the week. It is my small way of contributing to this human rights issue of racial equality. It’s the quickest action I know to take that would hopefully have a meaningful get us to unlearn, re-evaluate and better understand what it means to be a Black person in this country while trying to establish personal wealth.  Thank you to everyone who responded to my announcement with guest recommendations for Black Wealth Matters. I’ve taken them all into account and keeping a folder and hoping to work my way to speaking to all of them - if not this month - in the coming months. Please keep the guest suggestions coming. Today -- We are revisiting my conversation with Myleik Teele from 2015. Myleik is the Atlanta-based founder and chief experience officer of Curlbox, the first exclusive monthly subscription box for naturally curly hair.  curlBOX has major partnerships with brands and distributors including Procter & Gamble, Walmart, Target, and Shea Moisture, and more.  A teacher at heart, her wildly popular, #MyTaughtYou podcast has become her global classroom where women from all walks of life tune in for guidance and a healthy dose of motivation to live life on their own terms.  You just heard at the top of this show - a moment from our conversation - when she candidly opens up about her relationship with money. Even as a wealthy woman, she is, as she says, cautious with her money, perhaps overly cautious. To learn more about Myleik visit:
June 1, 2020
From how to spend the stimulus check to mortgage forbearance and rent negotiations, Lauren Silbert, VP and General Manager of personal finance website shares some of the top searches on the site - and answers to people's biggest money questions. More about Lauren: She was named a “Corporate Champion” in Folio Magazine’s 2019 Top Women in Media Awards. She also appears in print, broadcast and streaming media as a personal finance and careers commentator and expert.  The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice.
May 29, 2020
This week's Ask Farnoosh covers more real estate ground, as well as questions about investing for retirement. Farnoosh also shares her homebuyer checklist for anyone interested in purchasing a home this year.
May 27, 2020
Sticking with the week's theme of real estate, Tracy Tutor, star of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, joins the show with details of the behind-the-scenes housing activity in the Los Angeles area. Tracy is a mother, entrepreneur and Real Estate agent with over 15 years of experience. She can currently be seen on the 11th season of Million Dollar Listing LA - the first and only female in the cast! In her new book, Fear is a Four-Letter Word, provides a go-to manual for women who struggle to convince people they're in charge. She shares intimate details from her early years struggling to break into the cut-throat industry and a recent success that helped seal a deal that nobody thought could be won.
May 25, 2020
Real estate expert Ilyce Glink answers all of our top questions about buying and selling in the current market. How has the pandemic impacted housing prices and is now a good time to buy? This episode originally aired on May 6, 2020.
May 22, 2020
This week Farnoosh welcomes back financial advisor and founder of Modernist Financial Georgia Lee Hussey to answer listeners' questions including: Should I change my investments? What's the right price for a pre-nup? Should I ask for a raise? How can I move up in my career right now?
May 20, 2020
For many, 2020 will be characterized as the year of survival. Our guest Tom Corley, CFP, offers financial advice to help us keep head above water as we navigate all the uncertainties. Tom Corley is CPA, CFP, holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation and is a bestselling/award-winning author. His books include: Rich Habits, Rich Kids, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and Effort-Less Wealth - Smart Money Habits at Every Stage of Your Life. Tom has appeared on or in CBS Evening News, The Dave Ramsey Radio Show, CNN, MSN Money, USA Today, The Huffington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Money Magazine, and many other media outlets and podcasts in the U.S. and 27 other countries. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider and CNBC.
May 18, 2020
We are experiencing grief in all forms these days. Whether it's grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of connection with others or the loss of a job and financial grief...Navigating a tremendous loss is one of the hardest things in life. My guest Sarah Nannen helps us find our way through and offers a new way of thinking about grief that may leave us far more hopeful and at peace. Sarah Nannen is a transformation teacher and guide as well as an author, speaker and podcast host. She became a military widow and solo mother of four in 2014 when an aviation accident claimed her husband’s life. Her journey through grief informs her renegade work with those navigating painful life transitions who seek to live extraordinary lives. She’s devoted her career to teaching sustainable well-being and a new paradigm of deep, systemic integration of mind-body healing, with a specialization in grief and trauma support and recovery. Sarah is the founder and co-owner of Renkon Yoga Studio, a community-focused studio rooted in the power of human connection. Her expertise will be featured in two upcoming docu-series on the topics of trauma and conscious parenting; a collaborative production between Hay House,’s Urban Monk Productions and The Sacred Science, releasing in 2021. Sarah lives in central Illinois with her fiancé Brad, their four children and their rescue pit bull, Luna.
May 15, 2020
Should I offer to voluntarily quit my job right now? Should I save more or invest? And what are some good personal finance resources for teens? Farnoosh addresses listeners top money questions.
May 13, 2020
LYDIA FENET knows how to drive a negotiation and ask for what she wants - something that may feel challenging to do right now. As Global Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s Auction House, Lydia has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations and raised over half a billion dollars for nonprofits globally. She was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Crain’s, and has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Town & Country. She is the author fo the widely acclaimed book, ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You.' Learn more about Lydia at
May 11, 2020
Exploring the future of college and millennials, as well as the trickle-down impact of the $2 trillion stimulus on corporations, individuals and the economy. What will the college experience look like and how much will it cost? What is the opportunity for Millennials right now, as they grapple with how to add value and become financially secure in the years to come? Guest Scott Galloway is a Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing. He is also the co-host of Pivot, a podcast produced by Recode and Vox Media. More about Scott: He was named “One of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants in 2012. He is the founder of Red Envelope, Prophet Brand Strategy, and L2 Inc., acquired by Gartner (NYSE: IT) in March 2017. Scott’s books The Four (Portfolio Penguin, 2017) and The Algebra of Happiness (Portfolio Penguin, 2019) debuted on The New York Times and Apple bestseller lists. Scott has served on boards of directors including The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN), and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley. Follow Scott on Twitter @profgalloway
May 8, 2020
The latest questions from listeners include how to manage finances post-divorce (and during a pandemic), paying down student loans with varying interest rates and how to bring up the concept of a prenup to your partner. Plus, Farnoosh shares behind-the-scenes and insights into her latest experience buying a home and moving in these strange times.
May 8, 2020
The latest questions from listeners include how to manage finances post-divorce (and during a pandemic), paying down student loans with varying interest rates and how to bring up the concept of a prenup to your partner. Plus, Farnoosh shares behind-the-scenes and insights into her latest experience buying a home and moving in these strange times.
May 6, 2020
ok How will the pandemic impact real estate? Is now a smart time to buy? Sell? Rent? What housing trends might we see in the wake of Covid 19? Real estate guru Ilyce Glink joins Farnoosh to share insights and reports from the latest real estate activity around the country. Ilyce is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, blogger, author, radio talk show host, TV reporter, and owner of Think Glink Media.
May 4, 2020
Letting go of expectations - personal, professional and financial - is a great challenge for many of us right now. This podcast focuses on how to continue to create forward momentum for yourself, even as it may not feel like much is in our control right now. Guest Erika Gerdes is an authenticity advocate speaker, coach and writer. She is the designer of The Art of Undoing, which helps people undo their limiting beliefs and reactive patterns to unlock greater confidence, joy and impact. Erika is a former global business executive at Google, where she worked for 12 years before leaving at the height of her career, as a single mom, to pursue her mission for helping people live into their full range and amplify their impact. To download her free guide, visit
May 1, 2020
Host Farnoosh Torabi addresses listeners' questions about home buying, managing money in a relationship and safely rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA. Plus, exciting news: So Money has been nominated for a 2020 Webby Award! You can vote here:
April 29, 2020
How has the pandemic influenced the influencer market? With the downturn in the economy many businesses have pressed PAUSE on marketing and our guest Katie Sturino, entrepreneur and social media influencer shares insights and personal experiences. How is she managing her personal finances and business in this market and what is her advice for business owners and brands as they turn to the internet for more exposure (and sales?) More about Katie: She is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, body positivity advocate and fierce animal activist. Through her personal platforms, @katiesturino and, she lends her voice and personal style to raise awareness for size inclusivity, empowering women of all sizes to find their confidence and celebrate their style. Her regular content series, #SuperSizeTheLook and #MakeMySize have gone viral, reaching millions of people and attracting global media attention. Katie is also the founder of MEGABABE, an innovative beauty brand offering non-toxic, solution-oriented products that allow people to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin. Most recently, Katie launched BOOB SWEAT, a weekly podcast that tackles often “taboo” topics such as Dating in your 30s, Botox, and Divorce.
April 27, 2020
Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness motivator, husband, father of twins, TV host and social media influencer (over 3 million followers). On today's episode Shaun T shares his financial experiences from childhood, how he built his fitness empire and his advice for staying motivated and focused on health in these challenging times. He is the creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP HOP ABS, FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, CIZE, SHAUN WEEK and his new record breaking mega-hit, TRANSFORM :20. – a 20 minute dynamic step workout that will transform you physically and mentally. Through personal appearances, his SAFE SPACE online support group and academy, his podcast Trust and Believe with Shaun T, and his self-help memoir T IS FOR TRANSFORMATION, Shaun T is focused on affecting positive life changes in people around the world and proving that becoming the best version of yourself is attainable. Learn more about Shaun T on his website and be sure to check out Farnoosh's interview on his podcast, Trust and Believe, today.
April 24, 2020
Listeners send in their most pressing financial questions amid the pandemic and economic slowdown. Will the 10% early withdrawal penalty be waived if I withdraw early from my pension? Can I negotiate my credit card payments? Should I continue plans to attend graduate school in the fall? Should I put my start-up plans on hold? Ask your questions for the Friday episodes via Direct Message on Instagram or clicking on Ask Farnoosh on the website.
April 22, 2020
Life throws us all curveballs - especially now. Guest Heather Chauvin shares how to handle them and emerge triumphant. Being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer was the kick in the pants that my guest today says she needed to prioritize her finances and build a richer life. With cancer treatments exceeding $1,000 a week, her family of five was barely able to make ends meet. Within a few years of Heather's diagnosis, she became a multi-six figure business on her way to a seven-figure year. Today she is cancer free and managed to pay off $60k in credit card debt along the way. More about Heather Chauvin: She is a leadership coach and strategic parenting expert who helps ambitious women become leaders at work and home. Drawing from her professional experience as a social worker and her life experience raising three boys, Heather created a signature approach to focus her clients on sustainability, profitability and ease in business and life. She is the host of the Mom Is In Control Podcast where she reveals her most vulnerable truths about womanhood, marriage, parenting, living through stage 4 cancer and running a successful business—without burning out. Heather has been featured as a TEDx speaker and on The OWN Network, CTV, and The Jenny McCarthy Show. She has also appeared in Entrepreneur and Real Simple.
April 20, 2020
As CEO of his company, Dan Price went from earning $1 million a year to $70,000 to now $0…as his business Gravity Payments struggles to stay afloat amidst the current economic crisis You may remember Dan who joined us on the show back in 2015 to share news of how he'd raised the minimum salary at his company to $70,000 and he, himself taking a massive pay cut to $70,000. Now, facing a 55% drop in revenue in a matter of weeks, Gravity Payments, like so many businesses, had to make quick financial decisions to avoid bankruptcy…rather than layoff his employees, as many businesses do and have done…Dan has managed to keep everyone on staff…with a unique strategy, he’s here to talk about…and something I think can be a lesson for many employers.
April 17, 2020
From home affordability to student loan repayment to retiring early, Farnoosh and special co-host Georgia Lee Hussey address the latest questions from So Money listeners, amidst the economic crisis. Georgia is Founder and CEO of Modernist Financial, which is on a mission to build a world where progressive people feel permission to enjoy today, while also investing in our common future. Georgia is a queer female founder who started her career as a writer and artist and then went on to spend a decade working in finance as a CFP. She was baffled by the industry’s lack of transparency and culture of conformity, which inspired her to launch a different kind of firm – one that truly centers individuality and self-efficacy. Modernist Financial has been named one of the largest LGBTQ+ owned businesses in Oregon and one of Portland’s largest wealth management firms. You can find more information at her company website:
April 15, 2020
From expanded unemployment benefits to the stimulus check and the Paycheck Protection Plan, the federal government's $2.2 trillion stimulus plan or the C.A.R.E.S. Act is starting to make an impact on society, as consumers and business owners struggle to make ends meet in the pandemic. What's in the plan, specifically, and what will it mean for our personal finances? We welcome Certified Financial Planner and wealth manager Hilary Hendershott to help us break it all down. Hilary is the host of the Profit Boss Radio Podcast. She was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and is known as "The Investor's Voice of Reason." Check out
April 13, 2020
My guest today is a wealth manager who says despite the downturn in the market, his clients didn't lose any money. How is that possible? Caleb Guilliams is the founder and CEO of BetterWealth, a company committed to showing people how to have more efficiency and control over their money today while maximizing their future wealth potential. At an early age, Caleb read every financial book he could get his hands on and was fascinated with the idea of ordinary people being able to achieve extraordinary wealth. While still in college, he was promoted to take over the entire investment division at a local community bank where he committed to finding a better way to wealth for his clients. He traveled across the country for over two years learning from top financial experts. He eventually discovered proven strategies and principles that can empower anyone to create and protect real wealth. More about Caleb: He is the author of The AND Asset, and host of the BetterWealth Podcast. Learn more about
April 10, 2020
Is it OK to take out a student loan right now - even if you don't *need* it - to help cover living expenses in case the pandemic leads to more financial stress in your life? Also what is the best way to support the economy and local small businesses if savings is low or your job isn't secure? Host Farnoosh Torabi answers your latest money questions.
April 8, 2020
Gina DeVee is a women’s empowerment and success coach with a new book coming out later this month called The Audacity to Be Queen. While the launch, she says, has been impacted by the health crisis, she’s finding that the content of her book is serving as a guide now more than ever - to help her work through the uncertainties and discover the gifts. In The Audacity to Be Queen, DeVee invites modern-day women to take ourselves off the back-burner financially, romantically, physically, and socially—and step into our greatness. Only from the position of Queen can you fulfill your purpose, and in this pivotal moment, time is of the essence. The age of Queen, she says, is now. In our conversation we discuss:  How to have complete clarity on your big career moves Achieve goals with purpose and pleasure Make invest and enjoy money with fulfillment For more, visit:
April 6, 2020
In uncertain times, we grow even more uncertain about our choices, our self-worth, and direction in life. I wanted to invite back one of my best friends and mentors Susie Moore to share her wisdom and reflections on how we all can feel more in control during of our lives right now. Susie has a new book that is deeply relevant, considering all that we are experiencing right now. The book is called Stop Checking Your Likes — Shake Off the Need for Approval and Live an Incredible Life. Visit where you can receive some bonuses if you purchase the book now through the end of April. On the show Susie and I discuss how to stop intentionally making life harder. We sometime do this (myself included) - whether it’s with work or parenting — because we think harder equals better, more worthy. It doesn’t. We discuss how to have a healthier relationship with social media and Susie’s own practices that allow her to overcome the social and economic challenges of her childhood and be in the driver’s seat of her own happiness.
April 3, 2020
Farnoosh address some of your latest money questions surrounding all the economic uncertainty and turmoil. From job loss to investing, refinancing a mortgage and more. What are the best money moves right now?
April 1, 2020
Now more than ever, couples are faced with tough financial circumstances. Are you ready and willing to work through this with your partner? Lindsay Bryan-Podvin is a biracial financial therapist, speaker, and author who is passionate about helping high-earning couples recommit to their relationships using shame-free money coaching. It's her mission to teach all her couples how to stand in their power by including money in their relationship. She and I discuss how we develop ideas around money as children, the importance of reframing unhelpful thoughts about money and the importance of creating SMART goals and thinking forward with your finances. Connect with Lindsay at and on Instagram: @mindmoneybalance
March 30, 2020
We are in conversation with the one and only David Bach, financial expert and 10-time New York Times Bestselling author. I trust and appreciate David's advice and his perspectives SO MUCH, ever since he wrote his first book The Automatic Millionaire and saw him appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. David has since become a friend, a mentor and a frequent guest on So Money. He has kindly stopped by this podcast a bunch of times and now more than ever, I'm excited to have him join to share his reflections on all that's happening amidst the Coronavirus. Did you know that David's been living in Italy for the past year? We discuss his day-to-day life with the entire country in quarantine, and how to keep our mind and money healthy during these challenging times. To learn more about David and his 5-day challenge, visit
March 27, 2020
How to continue to pay rent if I've lost my job? Can I afford to continue investing? Where is the market headed and how might it impact my job security? Farnoosh and special co-host Georgia Lee Hussey, CFP and Founder of Modernist Financial, join to answer your top financial questions right now. Plus, hear who won a free 15-minute money session with Farnoosh!
March 25, 2020
We’re discussing on the show today something that may feel completely unimaginable right now — how to earn MORE money in 2020. Many of us started the new year with ambitions to get a raise or increase business revenue. Now, we may have lost hope. My guest today is staying optimistic and has some interesting perspectives on how to frame your mind around earning your worth this year and any time. Kara Loewentheil is a Master Certified Coach with a B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Harvard Law. In the last three years after pivoting from a legal career, she has grown her life coaching business from 0 to 7 figures. She's the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast Unf*ck Your Brain which has been downloaded over 5M times, and she has been featured in outlets like Marie Claire, Mind Body Green,, and The Huffington Post. Kara lives in New York City. Learn more at Link to Download // The Confidence Cheat Sheet: Kara's three ways to create self-confidence that *actually* work using cognitive-science-based techniques.
March 23, 2020
Staying indoors is currently best for the public's health, but how can we be sure to take care of our personal health at the same time? Finding time to workout and eat healthy can feel especially challenging during these stressful and overwhelming times. And as the saying goes, health is wealth. Tracy Campoli offers some great advice for listeners, as well as her own journey to building her business. She is a lifestyle and wellness coach that helps women lose weight and get fit without dumb diets or boring boot camp workouts or burpees. Her YouTube channel has over 20 million views.
March 20, 2020
Farnoosh has been giving some counterintuitive advice lately related to our finances amidst the health crisis. And she's not apologizing! This week she answers more of your top questions including: Should I invest or pay down debt? Should I take money out of my house downpayment fund and place it in the stock market? How can I make money from home right now?
March 18, 2020
Many families will be home for weeks and months to come, attempting to work and parent under one roof. Our guest Pamela Pekerman is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Hustle Like a Mom, and a regular on local morning shows. She's been working from home for many years -- but the past week she's also been parenting at the same time. Hear her advice on how to create structure and sanity at home and how many workers can pivot to making money on the internet. To download Pamela's tips to navigate working from home, managing kids/schooling, and suggested "class" offerings that educate and entertain visit
March 16, 2020
Kimberly Lucht is a business coach who helps women make their first six figures doing what they love. Degree-trained in psychology, she previously directed and tripled the growth of a woman-focused non-profit. Now she’s committed to helping female entrepreneurs have their first six-figure year through in-person workshops, online programs, and one-on-one coaching.  One of the focal topics of the episode is how small business owners can attempt to earn more money this year with all the economic uncertainty right now. Kimberly's been featured in Money, Business Insider, Create & Cultivate, Well + Good, and Greatist and currently lives in New York City.
March 13, 2020
While it may not feel all that appropriate to talk about money at a time when human lives are at stake, the coronavirus is taking a toll on our finances...and fear hath taken over. The stock market suffered one of its worst declines this week and many of you have been writing in asking about how to manage your investments, as well as how to prepare for the likelihood of a recession. This episode is dedicated to answering some of your top concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on our finances. Joining to help steer the show is Greg McBride, CFA, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Analyst, for With nearly a quarter century of experience in personal finance, Greg is a subject matter expert that has the unique ability to provide both in-depth commentary and practical advice to consumers. Through's Money Makeover series, he has helped consumers plan for retirement, manage debt and develop appropriate investment allocations.
March 11, 2020
Our guest today is Nicole Symcox, a highly sought-after licensed psychotherapist who helps her clients deal with trauma and - in many cases - put them on the road to recovery to a happier, healthier financial relationship and financial life. It is true that psychological trauma impacts our finances. It’s complex. It impairs our ability to make healthy financial decisions and to feel connected to our money. This is where we start with Nicole. We go right at it to discover the root of this and how, if you have experienced trauma in your life, how that may be linked to your money struggles and how you can begin the journey to recovery.  Learn more about Nicole at
March 9, 2020
Dr. Joy Lere is a psychologist who focuses on money and mindset. Through her work she has seen that lack of money knowledge combined with discomfort talking about money create a perfect storm for relational discord, underearning, overspending, lost investment opportunity, and crippling financial stress. But it really doesn’t have to be this way for any of us. I’m excited to welcome Joy to the show and hear how she helps clients to work through their mental money roadblocks.  Learn more about Joy on her website:
March 6, 2020
We begin today's Ask Farnoosh with a page out of Farnoosh's money journal where she shares personal thoughts and honest advice regarding the Coronavirus and its impact on our personal finances. A listener also asks whether or not it's wise to refinance a mortgage to a 15-year term, especially if the higher payments will prevent her from investing in the market.
March 4, 2020
Kari Clark founded Uplift out of her own experience. She has two kids (ages 6 and 4) who both made her better at her job and life. Post-kids, she made a significant career shift, saw improved performance reviews, lost 45 pounds and gave away half of her possessions. Life changes like having a baby are proven to be great times to adopt new habits. She wants to rewrite the script on what being a working mom means.
March 2, 2020
What kind of impact can we expect from the global spread of the Coronavirus on our personal finances? Guest Caleb Silver shares his perspectives. Caleb is the Editor in Chief of Investopedia, the world's leading source of financial content on the web, ranging from market news to retirement strategies to investing education. More about Caleb: He began his career producing wildlife documentaries in South America and the American southwest. His career in business news began at Bloomberg, where he worked as a senior television producer and was nominated for a 2003 Emmy Award. Caleb then joined CNN, serving as a Senior Producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, as well as the Executive Producer of Caleb and his team at CNNMoney were nominated for an Emmy Award for New Approaches to Business & Financial Reporting. He then returned to CNN as the Director of US business news. Caleb left CNN in 2014 to form Frog Pond Productions, a digital production and consulting company, and then joined Investopedia in January 2016 as the VP of Content. He also serves as the treasurer of the executive board of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Caleb is frequently featured as a markets, economic and consumer trends expert on NBC, MSNBC, ABC Radio, Marketplace Radio and Cheddar TV, in addition to markets commentary in his daily newsletters.
February 28, 2020
On this week's Ask Farnoosh listeners want to know the cost-benefit of storing furniture and other household items. Also: the benefits of working with a financial planner.
February 26, 2020
Guest Blessing Adesiyan is the founder of Mother Honestly, a platform that inspires, encourages and guides the modern ambitious woman to thrive in and beyond motherhood. Through online content, and offline activations, Mother Honestly empowers and elevates mothers to lead bigger, better and deeper lives. Learn more about Blessing and Mother Honestly at and on Instagram @MotherHonestly.
February 24, 2020
Tapping has become a fast-growing, simple way to address both the emotional and physical problems that tend to add stress to our lives. Guest Nick Ortner is the CEO of The Tapping Solution, a company designed to bring the effective and simple healing method, Tapping, to the mainstream. On the podcast, Nick describes Tapping as a mix between the ancient practice of acupuncture and modern psychology. He takes listeners through a tapping exercise on the podcast and claims this can provide us with financial clarity. Learn more about Nick at and connect with him on Instagram @NickOrtner and on Facebook @nortner
February 21, 2020
This week on Ask Farnoosh, special co-host Priya Malani, the founder and CEO of Stash Wealth joins to answer listener questions. From how to make money from what you KNOW to dealing with a partner's six-figure debt and saving for *something* when you don't know what that something is yet. To sign up for MoneyMASTERED™, the new video course from Stash Wealth, go to and use the code SOMONEY100 for $100 off.
February 19, 2020
Have you ever wondered how people become professional speakers and get paid to speak? My guest today is Grant Baldwin, author of the new book The Successful Speaker. He has spoken at over 500 events to over 500,000 people and teaches everyday people on how to build a speaking business from scratch - and rake in thousands doing what they love. More about Grant: He is a nationally known speaker, podcaster, and author who has helped thousands of people start and build their own speaking businesses through his Booked and Paid to Speak Training Course. Learn more about Grant on his website and connect with him on Twitter @GrantBaldwin, Facebook @GrantBaldwinFans, and Instagram @GBaldwin.
February 17, 2020
On her blog and popular Instagram account, Inspired Budget, Allison Baggerly teaches her budgeting method to thousands of followers. Her advice stems from her own personal journey to pay down $111,000 in debt in 4.5 years. Learn more about Allison on her website, And connect with her on Instagram @InspiredBudget
February 14, 2020
This week's Ask Farnoosh plucks questions from Farnoosh's Instagram followers related to managing a cash windfall, understanding how the new FICO score works and real estate investing for starters.
February 12, 2020
Are you being intentional about the DESIGN of your life? When we think of design...we think home interiors. We think of designing a website. But what about your life? Your business? While we it isn’t as simple as picking out fabrics or a color scheme, guest Tobi Fairley believes that we can all be in control of our life’s design to feel better about our interior...our money, our work and our relationships Tobi Fairley is known for her bold use of color in interior design, but she’s also one of the nation’s most progressive-thinking entrepreneurs. Tobi is passionate about her full-service interior design company and her consulting firm which are focused on helping clients design their homes, their businesses, and their lives, with a special interest in promoting wellness and balance for entrepreneurs, CEOs, and creatives. Tobi established her firm more than 19 years ago and her projects have spanned the nation and beyond. Her award-winning interior design, product design and ideas have been featured on television and in publications worldwide including House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, Huffington Post, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Coastal Living, Southern Cottages, Creative Live, the Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC. In 2017, Tobi was a columnist for Traditional Home magazine with a feature in each issue chronicling her own home renovation and reveal. Learn more about Tobi on her website and connect with her on Instagram @TobiFairley.
February 10, 2020
I’m a first generation Iranian-American. And so the beginning of this year was especially worrisome when we learned that the our president had ordered the assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani, the leader of the Foreign Wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, raising already heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Like many I was really scared about a war erupting...and more lives being sacrificed over something that I honestly don’t think can be solved on the battlefield. Subsequent to this, Iran admitted to accidentally taking down the the Ukrainian jetliner that killed all 176 people on board. In its aftermath, as this is a financial podcast, I thought, what could I share here that was of relevance to us? Well, I recently came across an NPR interview with Farnoush Amiri, who is an Iran-born U.S. citizen, and thought she would be a fantastic guest. In the NPR interview she described a great secret that she and her family kept after a terrifying incident in their home in 2005. She shares this in our conversation, too, but the bigger takeaways from our discussion are her immigrant experiences - lessons both unique and universal, as well as her life today as a financially independent Millennial living in New York City. Listen to learn how she’s creating a SO MONEY life in the context of all that is happening between the two countries she knows and loves. More about Farnoush: She is Iranian American journalist at The Associated Press, based in New York City. She was born in Iran and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of five, where she grew up in Orange County, California, with her parents and younger brother. Farnoush has reported from across the country and in Puerto Rico, where she covered the intensive aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She currently serves on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association.  Connect with her on Instagram @FarnooshAmiriNYC and on Twitter @FarnooshAmiri
February 7, 2020
In the latest installment of Ask Farnoosh, Farnoosh answers listeners questions related to helping pay down a significant other's student loans. Is it recommended? Also: renting versus buying and leaving your job before bonus season. Is there a way to make up for it?
February 5, 2020
Today marks five years, 12 million downloads and 1,000 episodes. Farnoosh Torabi celebrates this major So Money milestone with a tribute to her dedicated listeners, reflections on some of the craziest never-before-told stories of producing the show and special cameos from her children who help answer listeners' questions. Plus, we hear from So Money fans from around the world and their financial triumphs. Prizes and charitable donations to boot!
February 3, 2020
Many of you have expressed interest in attending graduate school, so today's episode is all about how to go for FREE. My guest today is a listener who reached out and suggested that we focus on this topic. Daniel Forbes has a PhD in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From that school, she also holds a Master’s in Education Policy Studies. She also has two bachelor’s degrees in English and African-American studies from Penn State. Clearly, Danielle is passionate about education. She's even more passionate about helping others get to school affordably within their means, possibly even for free. Daniel was able to attend graduate school for free, so she’s going to talk not just from her personal experience but also her research, and all the different ways that you can bank on going to college or graduate school for much less than the sticker price - from scholarships to fellowships and tuition waivers.
January 31, 2020
I recently had an experience that was proof positive of all the advice shared on So Money about how to negotiate your worth.  The following episode offers the the play-by-play that happened over email and my notes to you. It's the actual script (with some omissions for privacy). Plus, answers to your money questions about building credit and making the most of a lump sum payment.
January 31, 2020
I recently had an experience that was proof positive of all the advice shared on So Money about how to negotiate your worth.  The following episode offers the the play-by-play that happened over email and my notes to you. It's the actual script (with some omissions for privacy). Plus, answers to your money questions about building credit and making the most of a lump sum payment.
January 29, 2020
Michelle Bosch first became interested in real estate investing when her father suddenly passed away. She witnessed how a modest investment in real estate was able to keep her family afloat and provide her with some financial support in adulthood. With that appreciation for how powerful real estate investing can be, Michelle went on to build an eight-figure land investment and auction company. She started by flipping dirt, as she describes. Today she is the Co-Founder and CFO of Orbit Investments and a full-time real estate investor. She has bought and sold over 4,000 pieces of real estate and built the 3rd largest land investment and auction company in the US. She is also the Co-Creator of the Land Profit Generator Program and Host of The In FLOW Podcast for Women. Learn more about Michelle on her website,
January 27, 2020
How can you get the obstacles and adversities that are working against actually work for you? My guest today is Laura Huang, a professor at Harvard Business School who has spent her career studying implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. Her new book is called Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage. Laura describes EDGE as that elusive quality that gives you an upper hand and attracts attention and support. Some people seem to naturally have it.  But the rest of us can create our own from the challenges and biases we think hold us back, and turning them to work in our favor....including financial challenges. Learn more about Laura on her website and connect with her on Instagram @LauraHuangLA and Twitter @LauraHuangLA
January 24, 2020
This Friday's Ask Farnoosh addresses some of the recent questions that have come through the pipelines from listeners. Questions related to whether or not to sell a home now or later, dealing with a tricky financial proposal from in-laws and ways to make money in college.
January 22, 2020
We’ve talked at length on this show about financially empowering women: how to speak up at work, get paid what you deserve, and take control of your finances. But what if we've been communicating it all wrong? What if, instead, we should be seeking Power not Empowerment? My guest Lindsay Goldwert is a freelance writer, podcaster and stand-up comedian who is tackling the topic of financial dominance in her new book, Bow Down...and doing so in an unconventional way. She traveled the country shadowing women who are part of the BDSM subculture (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) to learn the best ways to get what you want - and have your money serve you.  Learn more about Lindsay on her website: and connect with her on Twitter @LindsayGoldwert and LinkedIn.
January 20, 2020
When we think of extraordinary investors, names like Warren Buffett, George Soros, and Ray Dalio might come to mind. But how about Jim Simons, founder of Renaissance Technologies? He's referred to as the greatest money maker in modern financial history, generating over $100 billion in profits....yet his life story has been a relative secret to many. In his new book, The Man Who Solved the Market, author Gregory Zuckerman looks into the world of Simons, who is now 81 years-old, and how his data-driven, algorithmic approach to investing has had unexpected, and far reaching implications on our world.  Zuckerman is a Senior Writer at The Wall Street Journal and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award. Learn more about Zuckerman on his website and connect with him on Twitter @GZuckerman.
January 17, 2020
Special co-host Georgia Lee Hussey, financial planner and founder of Modernist Financial joins Farnoosh to answer your money questions related to saving, investing for retirement and managing credit card debt.
January 15, 2020
Our guest today shares an unexpected story about how a childhood growing up on a family ranch inspired her to get outside of her comfort zone and strike out on her own. It's a compelling and relatable story about trusting nobody but yourself to create financial security in your life. Shanna Goodman is the creator of AMP'D, which helps small businesses build million-dollar brands. AMP'D was developed with Shanna's 15 years of business development experience, including five years as a brand strategy agency owner. She comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, often learning business strategy at the dinner table as a child. She contributes regularly to Business Insider, is an influencer on, and is the mother of two very independent daughters.  To access Shanna's free resources for small business owners,
January 13, 2020
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International. It is a grassroots organization that helps women in the most devastatingly damaged communities in the world. To fund this, the concept is simple: one woman here can sponsor one woman there to help her receive the business and life skills that will transform her family and community. This model has grown and they’ve been able to help over 478,000 marginalized women in eight conflict areas. For her work creating Women for Women and her global journalism, Zainab was recently awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Award.  Today, Zainab's work in journalism and media has led to the creation of several shows including: #MeToo, Now What? Original series on PBS (2018); The Zainab Salbi Project, original series on Huffington Post (2016); The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic where she started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world; and her latest Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi at Yahoo News. She frequently appears on MSNBC as a commentator on current news. Zainab is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, If You Knew Me You Would Care, and her latest, Freedom is an Inside Job. You can learn more about Zainab on her website and learn more about Women for Women at Connect with Women for Women on Instagram @womenforwomen, Facebook @womenforwomen, and Twitter @womenforwomen.
January 10, 2020
Want to earn more money in 2020? Host Farnoosh Torabi provides answers to listeners top money questions...from top side hustles to maximizing retirement savings to finding a financial planner.
January 8, 2020
Iceland was the first country to have a female president, a democratically-elected female president who served for 16 years. Our guest today, Sigrun, remembers vividly what it felt like to grow up in Iceland and have that be her reality. And she says it is - no doubt- why she grew up to be the sort of woman who believes that anything is possible. As we kick off a new important year, 2020, Sigrun, a female advocate and business coach, stops by the show to lend us her vision so that we can get closer to achieving whatever we want this year. A little bit more about Sigrun:. For much of her career, she ran companies as the CEO. She even turned down the top role as CEO of Nisan, Sweden. She is now the CEO of her own company, a world renowned speaker, a podcast host, and she’s on a mission to help women and men turn their passion into profits.  Sigrun has a famous quote: “Put a date on your dreams. The rest is logistics.” I think I’m going to get that framed as my go to motivational poster for 2020.
January 6, 2020
Minda Harts is the author of The Memo, a roadmap for women of color to not only navigate but change the system they are working within. The top-selling book is packed with strategic and tactical wisdom, including a chapter devoted to white readers and what they can do to actively create inclusive work environments. Learn more about Mind at and And connect with her and The Memo on Facebook, on Instagram @MindaHarts and on Twitter @MindaHarts.
January 3, 2020
Special co-host Jamila Souffrant, founder of Journey to Launch, is back on the show, this time co-hosting and helping answer a wide range of questions from So Money listeners. Today's questions: Is it better to make an additional principal payment on a mortgage each month or invest in an index fund? What to do when you're in your 60s with no savings or retirement? What can a professional woman in her late 20's - who wants children one day - do to prepare best for the time and money constraints of parenthood? To learn more about Jamila, visit You can also follow her on Instagram. This episode aired originally on Sept 28, 2018.
January 1, 2020
It's impossible to pick the "best" interviews of 2019, but these are the episodes that really struck a chord - on many levels - with host Farnoosh Torabi. Highlights from conversations with Karen Rinaldi, Eve Rodsky, Paul Ollingers and Busy Philipps.
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