Episodes
Learn how to choose the right business structure for financial success and legal protection as a self-employed entrepreneur with answers to common questions. How do you select the right business structure when you’re self-employed?  What are the financial implications of different business structures on personal finances?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola help you understand how to navigate your business's legal identity by comparing business structures for self-employment. They begin...
Published 02/22/24
Explore strategies to navigate surging mortgage and child care costs so you can meet your goals despite rising expenses. How are rising mortgage and child care costs impacting the typical American family? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski tackle the pressing issue of the dual financial burden faced by many households today. They discuss the nuances of the affordability crisis before NerdWallet writer and mortgage expert Kate Wood joins them to shed light on the housing market dynamics,...
Published 02/21/24
Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. In this episode:  Learn investment and tax strategies to help you achieve financial security and prepare for a prosperous retirement. How can you balance saving for emergencies and investing for the future? What strategies can you employ to maximize your tax benefits and build a secure financial future? NerdWallet’s Kim Palmer and Alana Benson discuss investment strategies and tax planning to help...
Published 02/19/24
Learn retirement savings strategies tailored for self-employed individuals to secure a financially stable future. How can self-employed individuals effectively save for retirement? What tailored retirement plans should freelancers and small business owners consider? NerdWallet’s Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the unique challenges of retirement savings for the self-employed and the different retirement plans available to help you understand how to secure your financial future while...
Published 02/15/24
Learn why now may be a good time to be in the market for a new car and why two industries are outliers in job layoffs. Why did new car prices drop in January? What’s driving layoffs in tech and media — and what does it mean for other jobs? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss car prices and a recent surge in layoffs, particularly in the tech and media sectors. They kick off with an in-depth look at the auto industry, unraveling the reasons behind a significant drop in new vehicle prices...
Published 02/14/24
Apply lessons from physical fitness to improve your financial fitness. Plus: how to manage money in your relationships. 00:21 This Week in Your Money: How can you achieve both financial and physical wellness? How can you stick to your goals when you face setbacks? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss achieving financial wellness by borrowing lessons learned from people working to achieve physical wellness. NerdWallet UK writer and spokesperson Amy Knight joins Sean and Sara to share tips...
Published 02/12/24
Learn about self-employment taxes and avoid common tax mistakes with expert strategies for managing your finances year-round. How do self-employed taxes work?  What are some common tax mistakes self-employed people make?  And can you really write off payments on a luxury vehicle if you use it for work purposes?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the intricacies of self-employment taxes and strategies for financial success and IRS compliance to help you understand how to navigate...
Published 02/08/24
Understand news-based stock market trading strategies and risks and discover alternative strategies for smarter investing. Should you trade stocks based on news events? What are alternative investment strategies to news-based trading? Investing Nerd Sam Taube joins hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski to discuss the wisdom—or folly—of news-based trading strategies, after Sean and Anna break down the latest personal finance headlines around job market trends and consumer confidence from the...
Published 02/07/24
Learn about navigating retirement joyfully and how to defend against identity theft with credit freezing and monitoring. How do you embrace retirement when it’s time to retire? How can you use credit reports and credit monitoring to protect your financial identity? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss transitioning into retirement and safeguarding against identity theft to help you understand the emotional and practical aspects of retiring and the crucial steps to defend your financial...
Published 02/05/24
Master your self-employment finances with answers to questions about budgeting, planning, and separating funds. How can you manage your finances effectively after becoming self-employed?  What can you do to plan for unpredictable income and the tax implications that come with being your own boss?  NerdWallet's Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola host a discussion that delves deep into the world of self-employment. Elizabeth interviews Rianka Dorsonville, a self-employed certified financial...
Published 02/01/24
Get an in-depth look at U.S. minimum wage variations, with budgeting tips and assistance programs for financial security. Are we in a recession? How much inflation has happened in the US recently? Is it too early to file your taxes? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski delve into this week’s financial headlines, including positive GDP growth and the implications of inflation on interest rates, before taking a closer look at the pressing issue of minimum wage in the United States. They...
Published 01/31/24
Understand the different ways you can utilize a healthcare savings account and learn tips and tricks for HSA investing. 00:46 This Week in Your Money: Where can you find an unbiased analysis of the best financial products available? What products can help you make the most of your finances? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss NerdWallet’s Best-Of Awards, a resource that can serve as a shortcut when it comes to finding the right financial tools for your goals. They share some highlights...
Published 01/29/24
Get answers to common questions that will allow you to maximize your credit card rewards points and avoid common point planning pitfalls with our Nerdy expert tips. How can you travel more while spending less? How could changes in airline loyalty programs affect your travel plans? What are the benefits of co-branded airline or hotel credit cards versus flexible rewards cards? NerdWallet’s Sean Pyles and Erin Hurd dive deep into credit card rewards points, addressing a range of topics that...
Published 01/25/24
Uncover 30-year trends in single-parent household finances with insights on growth, challenges and building a safety net. What should you do when stock markets hit record highs? Is now a good time to buy or sell a home now that mortgage rates have dropped again? How can you build a safety net when you’re a single parent? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski break down the latest headlines from the world of personal finance, including record-breaking stock market events, increases in consumer...
Published 01/24/24
Learn how much anti-aging treatments may cost you (and how to budget for them), plus how to understand your net worth. 00:54 This Week in Your Money: How much does it cost to look younger? What can you do for free to maintain your youthful appearance? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss the costs associated with various anti-aging treatments like moisturizers, Botox, dermal fillers, and laser skin resurfacing, and how to budget to be able to pay for them over time. They also touch on...
Published 01/22/24
Understand your options for buying or selling a home in the rapidly evolving 2024 housing market — and how to time it, or not. When will homes become more affordable? Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? How can you figure out how much house you can afford? Homes and Mortgages Writer Kate Wood joins host Sean Pyles with an in-depth analysis of the 2024 housing market, providing strategies for both buyers and sellers to tackle the challenges posed by high mortgage rates and a limited...
Published 01/18/24
Understand the implications of Americans’ $1.2 trillion credit card debt, the latest inflation stats, and SAVE plan news. Are you eligible for student loan forgiveness if you’ve been on the SAVE plan? What do the Commerce Department’s latest inflation figures mean for how much things cost? How can you pay off debt, which more Americans faced in 2023 than in the previous year? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski break down this week’s headlines to help you understand how they could affect you...
Published 01/17/24
Listen to our webinar on how banking right can help you grow your money, with tips for choosing accounts and changing banks.  What are the benefits of online banks or credit unions over traditional banks? What should you consider before changing banks? How can you passively grow your wealth by putting your money into savings accounts and CDs? NerdWallet’s Kim Palmer moderates a discussion on banking-specific topics that could help you get more from your money. 01:34 Choosing a Banking...
Published 01/15/24
Prepare for financial health in 2024 with expert strategies for managing your credit and getting and staying out of debt. What’s the right amount of credit utilization to maintain a high credit score? How can reviewing your credit reports impact your financial health? Credit Nerd Lauren Schwahn joins host Sean Pyles to answer these questions and more as they delve into the intricate world of credit and debt management. They discuss how you can overcome the financial strain that typically...
Published 01/11/24
Explore FAFSA’s impact on college finances, including changes to the application process and shifts in aid eligibility. How do changes to FAFSA affect your eligibility for federal student loans and need-based grants? What’s the best way to navigate the recent rollout amid technical issues with the website when it launched last month? What information do you need in order to complete your FAFSA application, and what happens after you submit it? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski delve into the...
Published 01/10/24
How can couples split housing expenses without splitting up? Learn how to keep your finances — and relationship — healthy. 01:30 This Week in Your Money: What part of your life can have an unexpected impact on your finances? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss how personal experiences with ADHD and side hustles have had financial implications for them beyond what you might expect. Learn how unexpected opportunities and even scrolling social media can impact your buying decisions and...
Published 01/08/24
Gain 2024 investment insights and get answers to questions on long-term strategies, stock market volatility, real estate investments trusts and more. Investing writer Alana Benson joins host Sean Pyles to discuss investing in 2024. They discuss the importance of having a long-term investment strategy, the performance of the stock market in 2023, the impact of interest rates on investments, and the potential for growth in sectors such as AI and green energy.  They also touch on the benefits of...
Published 01/04/24
Take your New Year’s Resolutions to the next level by establishing SMARTR financial goals that you can achieve in 2024. Wondering how to set financial goals you’ll actually follow through on? Have questions about how to avoid end-of-year financial regrets? The Nerds have you covered! Explore strategies for setting realistic goals in 2024 with hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Renter as they discuss “regrets and resolutions” and share ideas to help you take your 2023 experiences in stride, learn...
Published 01/01/24
Learn pro tips for shopping on social media so you don’t overspend, and smart strategies for investing your spare cash. This Week in Your Money: Get equipped with practical tips to shop smart on social media platforms and stay vigilant against overspending. Personal finance Nerd Kimberly Palmer joins hosts Sean Pyles and Liz Weston for a Nerdy look at how your social media feed may be leading you to spend more money than you should. You’ll learn about useful browser extensions to help you...
Published 12/25/23