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Max FinanceApr 21, 2023
34: Employee stock purchase plans (ESPP)
We discuss employee stock purchase plans (ESPP), how they work and how to optimize your participation in one.
We discuss how to best prepare for a recession and navigate through it.
32: 401(k) overview
We discuss how to select investments and important considerations for maximizing the benefit of this tax advantaged account.
31: Tips for buying a house
We discuss the basics of buying a house including saving for a down payment, setting a budget and understanding the true costs.
30: College Planning
We discuss college planning and what items you should consider when saving specifically for this goal.
29: Preparing for a Child
We discuss what you should think about financially when preparing to have a child.
28: Cryptocurrency: An overview and guide to owning it
We discuss how to get started in crypto and how much you should invest in it.
27: Rebalancing and tax loss harvesting
We explain what rebalancing and tax loss harvesting is and how to do it to maximize your investment returns.
26: Renting vs buying a home: Our stories
Hear how we’ve made past decisions to buy or rent our homes.
25: Renting vs buying a home: Overview
We discuss the pros and cons of buying vs renting and why it’s not always the best idea to assume you should buy a home.
24: Life and Disability Insurance
We discuss whether it’s a good idea to obtain life and disability insurance and some factors you should consider. Additional resources: term4sale.com, policygenius.com
23: Employee Benefits
We discuss popular company-provided employee benefits and how to maximize their value.
22: Income Taxes
We cover the basics of income tax including the difference between earned income and capital gains.
21: Equity Compensation: Private Companies
We discuss equity compensation of private companies (ISO and NSO stock options), how they work, how they’re taxed, strategies for exercising and selling. To learn more about equity compensation, we recommend Consider Your Options: Get the Most from Your Equity Compensation by Kaye Thomas and https://github.com/jlevy/og-equity-compensation
20: Equity Compensation: Publicly Traded Companies
We discuss equity compensation of public-traded companies (RSUs), how it vests, how it's taxed, and selling strategies. To learn more about equity compensation, we recommend this resource: https://github.com/jlevy/og-equity-compensation
19: Emergency fund
We discuss what an emergency fund is, why it’s important, how much you need and where to keep it.
18: Paying off Debt Strategy
We discuss which debt to prioritize paying down and when it makes sense to leverage debt in the first place.
17: Debt: “Good” vs “Bad”
We discuss the different types of debt, ther interest rates, how it accrues and how to track it.
16: Relationship Finances: George and Justine
Loren interviews George and his fiancee, Justine, about how they manage their finances together including buying a house, starting a business and saving for a wedding.
15: Relationship Finances: Loren and Anna
George interviews Loren and his wife, Anna, about how they manage their finances together and challenges they’ve faced including unemployment, obligations and different spending habits.
14: Relationship Finances: The Basics
We discuss how couples can work together to maximize their finances to achieve their goals and learn that there’s no one size fits all.
13: FIRE: Investment Contribution and Withdrawal Strategy
We discuss contribution and withdrawal strategies for investment accounts when pursuing early retirement.
12: FIRE: Safe Withdrawal Rates and Goal Setting
We discuss how to set a goal, select a safe withdrawal rate and model scenarios using calculators.
11: Overview of FIRE (Financial Independence, Retirement Early)
We discuss the basics of FIRE: What it is, What’s different, and How it works.
10: Financial Institutions for Investments
We discuss what to look for when choosing a financial institution for your investments.
9: Personal Finance and Investing Tools
We discuss personal finance tools to help you budget, plan for retirement and track your net worth to reach financial success.
8: Selecting Accounts for Investment
We discuss the differences between brokerage, IRA, and 401k accounts and important considerations when choosing between them.
7: Pre-Investing Milestones
We review important milestones to achieve before you begin investing. Hint: Have positive cash flow, build an emergency fund, pay off high interest debt.
6: Passive Investing
We discuss the basics of passive investing and why we think it’s the best way to maximize your money over the long term.
5: Investing to Achieve your Goals
We discuss how your goal’s timeline and flexibility should be considered when determining investments and corresponding risk level.
4: Setting Goals and Tracking Progress
We discuss financial goals, their importance, how to set and track progress towards them.
3: Living Below Your Means - What It Means and How To Do It
We discuss how to track spending (and income), strategies to save more and overcome common obstacles.
2: Top 3 Recommendations to be Financially Successful
We define what having financial success is (hint: it’s not just having a high net worth) and our top 3 recommendations for achieving, plus a bonus tip.
1: Meet Your Hosts and Hear Our Origin Stories
Meet your hosts, George and Loren. Hear about our background and how we developed a passion for personal finance that ultimately led to this podcast.