Edelman Financial Engines' Everyday Wealth with Jean Chatzky

An economist’s take on what’s happening today

Season 1 Episode 4

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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Jean Chatzky

Meet the host: Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky came to personal finance not as an economist or a financial planner but as a journalist who dug into the topic of money to get her own money in order as well as to earn a paycheck. She has the innate ability to take the complicated world of money and explain it in ways we can all understand. And this has never been more important than now because we all have more responsibility for our financial lives than any generation that came before us. Aside from hosting Everyday Wealth™, Jean is the CEO of HerMoney.com and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky. The financial editor of NBC's TODAY show for 25 years and the financial ambassador for AARP, she appears frequently on CNN and MSNBC and was a recurring guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

An economist’s take on what’s happening today