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A New Financial Conversation

The Dollar Derail

Guide Financial Planning's Ben Wacek joins Zach Ashburn of Reach Strategic Wealth on Christian financial podcast The Dollar Derail for some quick conversations to change your financial train of thought.

The Dollar Derail is intended for general information and entertainment purposes only and should not be considered investment, tax, or legal advice or as a recommendation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Episode 16: Should I Lease Or Buy A Car?

A look at different factors that should play into the decision of whether to buy or lease a car with some practical steps you can take to come to a decision based on your own unique goals and situation.

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Episode 15: Should I Start A (Side) Business?

We've spent a lot of time talking with clients who are unhappy with their jobs, excited about a side-hustle, or on the verge of leaving their company to strike out on their own. In this episode, we talk through what we've learned about starting a business (or side business) from our experiences as financial planners and as business owners ourselves. Ultimately, this week we offer a better question that hopes to expand your perspective as you make a decision that may change your life.

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Episode 14: How Should I Navigate A Job Change?

Your job represents a concentration of risk to your financial plan and many people have felt some insecurity in their employment during the recent crisis. In this episode, Ben and Zach discuss improving your train of thought around job changes and offer practical tips as you weigh possible opportunities.

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Episode 13: Am I On Track For Retirement?

There are frequent references in the media to "America's Retirement Crisis" due to a lack of preparedness and savings. In this episode, Ben and Zach talk through what it means to be "on track for retirement" and re-frame this common question to help both soon-to-be retirees and people starting out their savings journeys gain a new perspective on planning for the long road ahead.

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Episode 12: How Do I Handle Insurance?

We all struggle to contemplate the dangers that abound in our lives. In this episode, Ben and Zach talk through how we can ask a better question to assess how we want to deal with these dangers. They use an analogy to help imagine how risk management strategies might work and helpful tips on the types of insurances that are important through different life stages and transitions.

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Episode 11: How Do I Deal With Credit Card Debt?

Ben and Zach go beyond "snowball vs. avalanche" to ask a better question about finally dealing with your credit card debt. Whether you're starting out with credit or have been looking to manage your credit better for awhile, this episode will offer insights and practical points so you can work to improve your relationship with money.

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Episode 10: What If I'm Just "Bad With Money?"

In this episode, Ben and Zach deal with the common attitude of "I'm bad with money and that's just the way it is." They offer insights into how to overcome the barriers that stop you from dealing with your money productively and resources to help take the steps to get on track.

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Episode 8: How Do I Teach My Kids About Money?

Have you ever wished you could help your kids avoid learning lessons about money the hard way? Join Ben and Zach as they draw on their knowledge and experience to share some creative ways and new mindsets around teaching your kids about money.

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Episode 7: Should I Be Afraid Of Wealth?

Ben and Zach share what they've learned through thousands of conversations about money with people seeking to build wealth in order to offer a better question to those who are considering their own attitudes toward money and wealth.

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Episode 5: How Can I Learn To Invest?

Ben and Zach address one of the most common questions they get as financial professionals. They talk through both why you should believe you can learn to invest and how to approach the subject with a healthier mindset.

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Episode 2: How To Deal With Money & Crisis

In this episode we'll talk through our experiences and conversations working with people through this and other times of crisis. We'll talk about the role that faith plays in the conversation and some practical points to deal with these, and other, challenging times.

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Episode 1: Saving & Budgeting

In this episode, we deal with some good and not so good approaches we've seen to budgeting and saving. We discuss how we can ask better questions of ourselves so we can be set up for success, rather than disappointment as we plan for the future.

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