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7 Vital Money Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

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Welcome to the Money Talks News Podcast.

In this episode, we’re talking about how asking the right money questions can help you find your own version of financial freedom.

When it comes to money, most people want answers. But sometimes getting ahead isn’t about getting answers, it’s about asking the right questions. Like why we’re doing what we’re doing and where we want to end up when we do it.

As usual, host Stacy Johnson is joined by financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer Aaron Freeman. This week we welcome back Matt Schulz, the chief credit analyst at LendingTree and author of the book “Ask Questions, Save Money, Make More: How to Take Control of Your Financial Life.”

Remember, even though we sometimes talk about money and specific investments on this show, don’t take them as recommendations. Before investing in anything or making any money moves, do your own research and make your own decisions.

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The money decisions you make have an impact

Understanding the impact of your money decisions is an important part of long-term financial success. Part of that is asking the right questions. In this episode, we cover the questions you can ask to improve your understanding of money—and make better financial decisions.

We also have some resources on the website that can help you navigate your money choices:

Learn more about important financial areas of your life

Our guest, Matt, takes us through some of the best questions to ask about important financial areas of your life, including credit, housing, health and more. We also have a lot of great resources that can help you navigate various money issues.

Meet this week’s guest, Matt Schulz

Matt Schulz is a personal finance expert and author of “Ask Questions, Save Money, Make More: How to Take Control of Your Financial Life” (March 2024), a money manual that empowers you to pay less, earn more and keep more of your hard-earned money by asking the right questions in everyday, real-life situations.

A nationally recognized money expert with more than 15 years of experience helping Americans make smarter money decisions, Matt is also the chief credit analyst at LendingTree. He has been featured in various media outlets including CBS Evening News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fox Business, CNN Business, Yahoo! Finance, The TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, Bloomberg, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, and many more – always with the goal of making the often-complex world of personal finance easier to understand.

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About the hosts

Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He’s a CPA, and he has also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She’s been covering personal finance and investing topics for almost 20 years. When not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading and the outdoors.

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