Ep. 026: Personal Finance 101 with Liz Weston
Liz Weston works as a columnist for NerdWallet, a personal finance website that offers financial tools and advice to help people understand their options when making financial decisions.
While it’s always fun talking to authors, CEOs, and audience members on the Better Off podcast, I also enjoy chatting with fellow financial industry journalism colleagues. Doing so allows me to get their take on the state of the industry and to talk about what they’ve been covering, what has them jazzed, and what they see coming in the weeks and months ahead.
Our guest this week, Liz Weston, is a total financial nerd, so I guess it’s fitting that Liz works as a columnist for NerdWallet, a personal finance website that offers financial tools and advice to help people understand their options when making financial decisions.
Liz is also a CFP® and has been covering the industry for many years. She started her career on the politics beat but that got old quickly. She transitioned into personal finance and has been writing full-time since 1994.
Even though Liz knows her stuff, it was very interesting to hear her talk about how she has used an insurance agent, a tax pro, an estate planner and even has her own financial planner. I’m the same way…even though we are professionals within the industry, qualified experts can help you save time, money—or ideally, both!
Some of the other topics we discussed include:
- The decreasing role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- The student loan crisis and possible ways to fix it
- Whether or not social security will be around for millennials
This article was originally published on Jill Schlesinger’s LinkedIn.
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