An economist’s take on what’s happening today

In this week’s episode, Soledad O’Brien and Jean Chatzky talk to economist and bestselling author Larry Kotlikoff about inflation, when to take social security and when to invest, all of which might surprise you. Then later in the episode, Edelman Financial Engines Planner Brian Leslie talks to Jean and Soledad about homeownership and different approaches to mortgages, how much life insurance you actually need and more.

On this episode:

  • Interview with Economist Larry Kotlikoff
  • To buy or not to buy a home ... that is the question
  • Some do’s and don’ts on life insurance


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