Building First Generation Wealth

Season 1 Episode 41

According to recent studies, the majority of millionaires in the U.S. are self-made. They didn’t inherit their money, they did it the hard way. They earned it, and most are the first generation in their family to do so. In this episode of Edelman Financial Engines’ Everyday Wealth™, Jean, Soledad, and wealth planner Brian Leslie discuss the unique challenges of first-generation wealth and how you can pass on the traits that helped build it to future generations.

Later, many people retired during the pandemic and are now regretting their decision because they didn’t take into account how the down markets, inflation, and higher interest rates would affect their retirement plans. Now some are thinking about taking their social security early. Brian, Jean and Soledad break down why that could be a costly mistake.

Finally, you’ll get a sneak peek into Edelman Financial Engines’ new webinar “The Elections and Your Portfolio, Separating Fact From Fiction” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET. You'll learn what more than 70 years of data can tell us about elections and the stock market, and how a simple yet powerful investment strategy can help you in any economic environment.

This show is pre-recorded, and any callers are prescreened.

Ms. Chatzky and Ms. O’Brien receive cash compensation for acting as hosts of the Everyday Wealth radio show and podcast and for related activities and therefore have an incentive to endorse Edelman Financial Engines and its planners.  That compensation is a fixed sum paid on an annual basis; and reimbursement for certain expenses.  The amount paid each year does not vary, is not based on show content or any results-dependent factors (e.g., popularity of the show).

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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 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.