Podcast Review: The Financial Confessions

The Financial Confessions is a podcast about personal finance. Chelsea Fagan is the host. She is a co-founder of the website “The Financial Diet” and author of the book The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with MoneyFagan interviews financial advisors and even job coaches. She also interviews people who are managing finance as first-generation immigrants, as parents, and/or as students. The interviewees are diverse and share valuable insights into different aspects of personal finance.

Episode 47 is with Kevin L. Matthews, who is a financial advisor and CEO of BuildingBread. Matthews talks about the basics of investing. He describes how people can set aside money to invest, and safety nets that they should create before investing. This includes using the 50-20-30 rule to achieve financial goals. Matthews illustrates the dangers of dangers of day trading for the average person and how people should weather the storm if their stock goes down on a certain day. Matthews provides insightful and practical advice to those interested in investing in the stock market.

On Episode 48 , Fagan interviews Jazmine Reed-Clark. Reed-Clark was a corporate recruiter but she now works as a job coach. She provides advice about job searching. This episode is geared more for women, but presents insightful advice applicable to everyone. This includes creating resumes that capture the attention of recruiters and that will not be distorted by applicant tracking systems (ATS). She describes the importance of creating a positive impression of oneself during interviews and networking. She talks about how even with a good resume it is possible not to land a job if you do not do this. Reed-Clark gives insightful information from the recruiter’s perspective that is valuable to those who are job-hunting.

In her latest podcast episode, Fagan interviews Dannielle, who created a financial platform called First Gen Money. Danielle is a first-generation immigrant to the U.S. After graduating from college, she had a student loan debt of $30,000. She became financially literate and was able to pay off the debt. Today, she shares what she learned about finance. Dannielle’s story is an inspirational one that will motivate people to become financially literate. 

The Financial Confessions is an excellent introduction to personal finance. Though interviewees may have different life experiences from yours, there is always some aspect of finance discussed that is insightful. Finance can be complicated, but topics about it are made easier to understand by the guests of this podcast. Conversations are informal and they are enjoyable to listen to.

The Financial Confessions podcast can be listen to on the Apple Podcast website. It can also be listened to on any major podcast app including Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.