John leads the charge on challenging some of the defaults we have in the financial world… and why they’re sometimes complete phooey
Because Money Podcast Team
Chris Enns is a financial planner at Rags to Reasonable, where he works with artists and other folks with variable and sometimes unusual sources of income. He is a passionate servant of his community, a Mennonite farm boy, an opera singer and actor…and he makes a mean pie. Just try to avoid seeing his desktop. (Chaos! Anarchy!)
Kate Smalley is a maker and marketer who spins her own wool (really) and takes the most beautiful pictures of old and/or falling down things. She’s got enough experience in the finance industry to know where it’s broken and to have good conversations about how to fix our small corner of it.
John Robertson, PhD, is the author of The Value of Simple and teaches regular people how to become DIY investors through his online course Practical Index Investing for Canadians. He also investigates deep money questions and goes on rants on his blog HolyPotato.net. Oh yeah, he’s a scientist too. #smartestguyintheroom (He didn’t write that last part.)
Sandi Martin is a financial planner at Spring Financial Planning, and works with regular folks to figure out what they want their money to do for them and the simplest, smartest way to do it. She’s an occasional blogger, mother of three, and frequent, loud laugher (you’ll see).
Muhammad Dewji is a software developer, a new-ish father, and – if you can believe it – he just showed up in Jackson’s inbox one day last spring, offering to convert past seasons to audio files and turn this thing into an actual podcast. He’s just that nice.
Because Money Season 5
For your viewing pleasure, simply click into an episode from the list below.
Dangerous Default John leads the charge on challenging some of the defaults we have in the financial world... and why they're sometimes complete phooey You can help make Because Money happen for as little as $1 a month through Patreon. You can also support the show...read more
Breakups Breakups suck and money doesn't make them any better. We talk about how to talk about money in yet another situation where that's the last thing you want to talk about. You can help make Because Money happen for as little as $1 a month through Patreon. You...read more
Money & Mental Health Mental illness and money... both things that people don't talk about and both things that are really really important things to talk about. And in all that talking, sometimes the best kind of help you can give is saying "I'm sorry, that must...read more
In a World...Where Rules of Thumb Rule the Day The world of finances has so many 'rules of thumb'. Most of the time they're pretty useful, but in some cases they can be really dangerous. (If you're looking for a new drinking game, try counting how many times we say...read more
How We Plan Setting goals matters, both in our finances and in our general lives... but there's tons of ways to go through that process. We talk about personal goals, income goals, and the structures and tools we use to reach them. You can help make Because Money...read more
Death And Taxes...Well, Just Taxes The expectation is that we all understand taxes as soon as we start making income... but that's not what happens for most of us. We talk about weird tax stuff, our past mistakes, and what we wish was different about the system. You...read more
Because Money Season 4
For your viewing pleasure, simply click into an episode from the list below. You won’t regret it. We promise.
Kate is Making Space for Conversation Hey, fellow money nerds: how do you talk to people who don’t know or don’t care quite as much as you do? Kate Smalley is our guest this week because A) as a maker and marketer with lots of financial services clients and a...read more
RESPs are Between 3 and 24 Percent Complicated We’ve been angling to get our friend MYD on the show for a long time. If you don’t remember, he’s the nice guy who offered to convert the show to audio and list it in all the podcast places before Season Three, Well, we...read more
The One Where We Plan to Plan for Emergencies While smack-dab in the middle of an emergency is kind of the worst time to start preparing for one, for most of us it’s the upheaval and chaos of just such an event that opens our eyes to the value of marshalling our...read more
Talking to Parents About Their Money is Hard Listen, somebody is going to cry over socks in this episode, just so you’re prepared. We’re talking about how to have the conversations we need to have to make sure our parents are safe and happy as they age, and in the...read more
The One Where Insurance is Important But the Industry Sucks So...did Chris get disability insurance since episode 4, or did he write a letter to Aunt Beatrice? Do you want to know how long it took and what happened? US TOO! Plus, friend of the show Julia Chung, who...read more
The One Where Shannon Lee Simmons is Amazing If you’ve never met Shannon Lee Simmons before, hold onto your hat, because there’s no one else like her. Founder of The New School of Finance, and author of the book Worry Free Money, Shannon joins Sandi and Chris to talk...read more
Because Money Season 3
Just like in the previous section, for your viewing pleasure, simply click into an episode from the list below. You still won’t regret it.
Preet and Everything It's the last episode of Season Three, and because we don't want to see you fall victim to the summer slide, we're talking to Preet Banerjee about enough interesting stuff to keep you thinking until Season Four drops this fall, like: 0.33 - Why...read more
Chris and John Talk Through Rent vs. Buy Chris knows all the buttons to push to get John, our resident housing bear, to pull out his rent vs. buy calculator: 1:37 - How should we start thinking about real estate 6:30 - Is renting just a phase of life 10:24 - Is there...read more
Communal Living with Rob Bancroft This episode has everything: a quiz that Sandi spectacularly loses, a guest that digs into the nitty gritty of communal living, and a fight with a (housing) bear. Join us and our guest Rob Bancroft if you're at all interested in the...read more
Your Magic Number with Avraham Byers It's the one, the only Avraham Byers, Personal Financial Trainer, here to ring your doorbell every morning with $150, make awesome beard jokes, and talk about his recent (and fabulously simple) ebook Your Magic Number. Highlights...read more
Can Regulation Make Advice Better? How can you be certain that the advice you're getting from a professional (an accountant, a lawyer, a doctor...a financial planner) is trustworthy? Is it enough to judge the advice based on how well you know and like the person...read more
Chris and Sandi Think Through RRSP Loans In a departure from our normal format, Chris and Sandi spend this episode talking through their thoughts about RRSP Loans...twice. Why twice? Turns out we had more to say. Why audio-only? Chris wanted to test his show-editing...read more
Because Money Season 2
We promise, there is lots of gold in our archives.
On this final episode of Because Money Season Two, we thought we'd spice it up and talk about something we don't necessarily agree on: advertising, brand partnerships, and advertorials on personal finance blogs, and - bonus - we're joined by Season One co-host Robb...read more
The Journey Towards Minimalism How do you deal with "stuff"? You know... the "stuff" that surrounds you... all the time. Do you have boxes of "stuff" that you haven't looked in for 27 years but simply can't bring yourself to get rid of? This episode is for you. This...read more
Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make This episode we're joined by Richard Finnie, founder of thelaunch.ca, and initiative designed to encourage collaboration with entrepreneurs. He's no stranger to podcasting himself, since as part of thelaunch.ca he hosts his own show...read more
Freshbooks. This Entire Episode is About Freshbooks. Period. Although this episode was supposed to be a roundtable Brady bunch type discussion about our favourite financial apps (we did kinda get there), the first half of this episode is spent extolling the virtues of...read more
Getting Ahead On this episode of the Because Money Podcast, we are joined by Tom Drake, white collar by day, finance blogger by night. Chances are if you have spent anytime on the internet reading personal finance blogs, you have come across something penned by Tom....read more
Who Cares Who Had It Worse? Do Millennials really have it worse? Or did Boomers really grow up walking to school uphill both ways? Does it really matter? That is where the conversation started, but it's certainly not where it ended. On this episode of the Because...read more
Because Money Season 1
Seriously, we mean it. They’re good.
Wealthy Rabbits with RRSPs Special Guest Robert R. Brown Robert R. Brown is a freelance personal finance writer and the author of Wealthing Like Rabbits – An Original Introduction to Personal Finance. He lives in Ajax, Ontario with his wife Belinda and their three...read more
Eric, Ilsa, and Us Special guest Alexandra Macqueen Alexandra Macqueen is a Certified Financial Planner, retirement income specialist, co-author of the (soon-to-be) newly revised book Pensionize Your Nest Egg, and very gracious about usually being the smartest and...read more
It's our last episode of 2014, and - in the spirit of the coming New Year - we're talking budgets. The Christmas bills are about to start rolling in, which means 'tis the season for resolving to control your money this year. We want you to stick to it, so in this...read more
Teaching Kids About Money On episode 24 of the Because Money Podcast we are joined by Caroline Munshaw and Jenni Bolton of Cent$ible Students. They are self-proclaimed "money-moms" and work with kids in the school system from K-8 teaching financial literacy. Cent$ible...read more
This week we are joined by John Robertson PhD to discuss the credibility of online anonymous financial advice. Also John gives some highlights from his new book "The Value of Simple" to be released in early December 2014. *Updated Nov. 11 2014 Here is an excellent...read more
If you want something done about something, you send an email directly to Ellen Roseman and consider it case closed. Ellen has been a consumer advocate since before "consumer advocacy" was a thing, standing up to corporate giants and getting answers. Ellen Roseman is...read more