Money For the Rest of Us

J. David Stein | A personal finance show on money, investing, the economy, retirement, and wealth. The world explained like on NPR: Planet Money, Freakonomics Radio, This American Life, Radiolab from WNYC, and Tim Ferriss

Podcast Overview

A personal finance show on money, how it works, how to invest it and how to live without worrying about it. J. David Stein is a former Chief Investment Strategist and money manager. For close to two decades, he has been teaching individuals and institutions how to invest and handle their finances in ways that are simple to understand. More info at

Podcast Episodes

164: Optionality - When To Keep Your Options Open and When To Commit

How to use the asymmetric payoff of options, trial and error, and commitments to better yourself financially and in other areas of your life.

Vacation Special: A Conversation With Roger Whitney, The Retirement Answerman

A conversation with Roger Whitney about retirement investing, asset allocation, active versus passive management, luck versus skill, behavioral finance the difference between investing, speculating and gambling.

163: Is There An Indexing Bubble?

How an indexing bubble is manifest, why most active managers underperform and how individuals can structure their own quasi index fund that outperforms the market.

162: Is Inflation A Good Thing?

What causes inflation and why do central banks allow it to persist instead of having a 0% inflation target.

161: What You Need To Know About Retirement Calculators

How retirement planning and retirement spending calculators work and what are some of their flaws. Why figuring out how much money you will have when you retire and how long it will last is a lot like the work hydrologists do to figure out whether Phoenix or Los Angeles will run out of water.

160: Why Ethical Consumption Is Myth

How cost, complexity and an unachievable standard keeps us from consuming ethically while the stories we tell ourselves make us feel good about our purchases anyway.

Vacation Special: A Conversation with Michael Port

In this interview with Michael Port, we discuss asset allocation, business, healthcare, minimalist investing, roboadvisors, our emotional relationship with money, and selecting a financial advisor.

159: What You Need To Know About Volatility

What is volatility, what determines it and how to invest in it. But should you?

158: How To Invest Like A Cockroach

How reserves, slack and simple rules of thumb help us deal with radical uncertainty. Why the next financial crisis is unlikely to be like the last one. This episode of Money For the Rest of Us is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to to support the show and learn more.

157: The Most Important Economic Question Of Our Time

Why the likelihood of a future fiscal crisis sparked by the national debt depends on whether there is a limited or an unlimited supply of money. Is it possible the federal government's endless borrowing could crowd out the private sector and harm the economy?

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