My biggest frustration in learning about the financial world is the expectation that I should understand concepts that nobody ever explained to me. A part of the reason why I got into so much debt is because I didn’t fully understand how interest applied to my financial situation. The other part of the reason is stupidity.
The Fat Wallet Show is my attempt to level the playing field. Not only am I declaring, out and proud, that I don’t know everything. I’m also taking back the most important weapon against ignorance – the humble question.
Because this show started out as my personal attempt to find answers, we started with concepts that I didn’t understand. In the process, we never covered things that I did understand. A lot of the questions I have about the financial world these days don’t have much to do with my personal finances. The interbank lending rate, for example, is not something that has an impact on my ability to make choices about my finances. Interest, on the other hand, is a core concept that informs almost all of my financial choices.
There are, in my opinion, only five concepts you need to fully understand to take control of your money. In this podcast, Simon and I discuss those concepts and how they affect your finances.
If we didn’t explain some of the concepts in a way that is easy for you to understand, find someone who can. These concepts might be the catalyst that launches a journey of financial curiosity. If not, they are enough to get you to retirement in one piece.
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