Episode 32 – Behavior Gap with Carl Richards

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Episode 32 (1st episode of Season 3!)

Guest: Carl Richards

Carl Richards is a Certified Financial Planner and the creator of the weekly Sketch Guy column in the New York Times and is a columnist for Morningstar Advisor.

Carl has also been featured on Marketplace Money, The Leonard Lopate Show, Oprah.com and Forbes.com. In addition, Carl has become a frequent keynote speaker at financial planning conferences and visual learning events around the world.
Through his simple sketches, Carl makes complex financial concepts easy to understand. His sketches also serve as the foundation for his two books, The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money and The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money (Portfolio/Penguin). Carl’s art appeared in a solo show at the Kimball Art Center, in Park City, Utah. Other showings include The Parson’s Gallery in New York, The Shultz Museum, and an exhibit at the Mansion House in London. His commissioned work is on display in businesses and educational institutions across the country. He lives with his family in Park City, Utah.

In this episode we cover:

(2:50) Balancing fear with the uncertainty of the real world

(6:33) Why immigrant parents want their kids to become doctors and our advice to college students in selecting a major

(12:05) Fear and greed through the lens of investing

(15:15) What you should do for investing instead of ‘buy low, sell high’

(16:00) How to identify your goals for a financial plan in an easy and stress-free way

(18:55) Long term financial planning for college students, and not ending up as a financial statistic. Carl also tells us the difference between students who graduate with debt and those who don’t

(21:10) 3-step process to filter all the financial advice given by friends and experts alike

(27:05) Happiness, priorities, mindfulness, and consumption

(31:15) Financial planning – process vs. plan and handling important but not urgent financial goals

(34:50) Dealing with emotions and mitigating their impact in financial decisions

(36:50) The power of positive thinking, fake it til you make it, vision boards, buying Bentleys, and the most dangerous personal finance book ever

(41:30) The 3 things everyone needs to pay attention to

(42:10) Carl turns the tables to ask about how to balance Islamic teachings about debt and interest in a modern American context

Connect with Carl Richards:

1. Tweet at him and tell him something you learned from this podcast: http://twitter.com/@behaviorgap

2. Sign up for his newsletter at http://behaviorgap.com

3. Sketch Guy column at the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/your-money/carl-richards-gallery.html

Get his books here:

Behavior Gap: http://amzn.to/2dbwbNt

One Page Financial Plan: http://amzn.to/2dDPefi

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Omar Usman

Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @ibnabeeomar. Check out his latest project at Fiqh of Social Media.

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