May 29, 2020

NGPF Podcast: Jean Chatzky on personal finance in age of pandemic

It was a great honor to host Jean Chatzky recently on the NGPF podcast. Author, analyst, commentator, columnist, entrepreneur, educator and if you listen to the podcast...there's even more. Jean shares why she is so passionate about financial education, how her mother influenced her attitude about gender roles when it came to money and what happened when she traveled to Vegas to talk mutual funds with basketball star Dennis Rodman. In a lightning round of Q&A, Jean shares her insights on how aspects of our financial lives have been changed by the coronavirus. Enjoy the conversation from a giant in the world of personal finance! 


  • 0:00~1:16 Introduction
  • 1:16~3:01 The multiple hats Jean wears
  • 3:01~5:07 The different mediums Jean publishes in
  • 5:07~9:34 Early money lessons
  • 9:34~13:57 The path to business journalism and then to personal finance
  • 13:57~17:57 Interviewing Dennis Rodman 
  • 17:57~22:07 On the book, Not Your Parent’s Money
  • 22:07~22:31 A word from NGPF
  • 22:31~23:16 The difficulty for students to find jobs
  • 23:16~27:17 Teaching students how to invest
  • 27:17~42:25 Lightning Round: COVID-19 Edition
    • 28:24~30:34 Working from home
    • 30:34~32:04 Employment
    • 32:04~33:40 Using the time wisely 
    • 33:40~35:40 Investing tips 
    • 35:40~37:53 Loans 
    • 37:53~38:55 Credit cards
    • 38:55~40:32 Mortgages
    • 40:32~42:16 Budgeting
    • 42:16~43:25 Credit reports and credit scores
  • 43:25~44:12 Words of gratitude for teachers
  • 44:12~45:43 Conclusion 



  • “If there is a most underappreciated and under-taught skill, I don’t think it’s investing, I think it’s saving. I think time and time again people miss the fact that if you don’t save anything you have no base to grow your investments. It’s boring, but boring is better.”

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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