Nov 04, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Personal Finance Author and Journalist Dan Kadlec


I really enjoyed the conversation that I had recently with Dan Kadlec on the NGPF podcast. With over thirty years as personal finance columnist (you’ve probably seen him in TIME and Money), we had a lot to talk about. When his dreams of being a sportscaster didn’t come to fruition, he focused his efforts on the business beat during the go-go 1980s. Dan describes what motivated him to shift his focus to educating young people about money through his work as a journalist, author and Dad. He shares his favorite columns, the advice he gives to young people about investing and how he brings the topic alive for young people. You will also learn about his new project to serve as an information hub cataloguing the global efforts underway to improve financial literacy. I look forward to meeting Dan in person this weekend as he delivers the keynote address for the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Dallas. Enjoy!


      • 0:00~1:17 – Introduction
      • 1:17~3:36 – Dan’s interest in personal finance
      • 3:36~7:31 – Relationship with money growing up
      • 7:31~9:17 – Motivation to focus on young people
      • 9:17~11:18 – Conversation with his daughter about money
      • 11:18~12:36 – His experience on the Oprah Show
      • 12:36~14:27 – Dan’s first job
      • 14:27~16:37 – Favorite articles that he’s written as a columnist
      • 16:37~18:43 – Allowance philosophy
      • 18:42~19:15 – A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
      • 19:15~20:56 – Tips for young investors
      • 20:56~22:35 – What’s a target date fund?
      • 22:35~24:23 – Downsides of target date funds
      • 24:23~25:40 – Dealing with investment minimums
      • 25:40~28:33 – How to bring personal finance alive for students
      • 28:33~30:16 – What’s the “right” amount of student debt?
      • 30:16~31:34 – Favorite personal finance book
      • 31:34~32:31 – Dan’s new project: Right About Money
      • 32:31~35:41 – Mission of his new venture, Right About Money
      • 35:41~36:50 – Preview of his upcoming keynote at Jump$tart
      • 36:50~38:32 – Parting words
      • 38:32~39:18 – Conclusion
    • “Don’t worry where your money is going yet. Don’t think too hard about it. Just save money for a year or two. It’s important to start making a habit to save”

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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