Money Chill Out Podcast

Money Chill Out Podcast Marieka Finot

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Episode #5: Money in unplanned circumstances

Often, there are things you don’t control in life, like being made redundant.
In this episode, we’ll speak about money when the near future is uncertain, but when opportunities are open and when a change is possible.
Let’s see how Maud has managed from hearing the news, to make this period one of opportunities, and the new challenges she faces.
Interesting story on a situation that happens way more than we think and when we need to truly let go! 

Key takeaways :

  • Being made redundant
    • Took it extremely personally
    • It hurts ego wise
    • Decent redundancy package
    • Then mentally shifted to a new world of opportunities to move on
  • What’s next for Maud?
    • Realized it’s important to bring money to her family
    • Became yoga teacher
      • expand outside of your inner circle: very hard
    • Looking for:
      • Flexibility
      • Having different activities as it’s nourishing and constructive
      • Opportunity to let go, get rid of the control you normally put in place
  • New challenges
    • What people would think about me: hard
    • Not comfortable with uncertainty: but needs to manage and live in the present moment
    • Not drawing conclusions too fast, give time to things

Episode #4: Money earned vs. money received and investments in Arts

Today we’ll dig into the consequences of being gifted money, the responsibility it implies, the choices made with it, and the differences compared to when we earn it in corporate life. Being with an art enthusiast, we have wisely used Maureen’s passion and knowledge to know more about this non-usual asset class!

Key takeaways :

  • Maureen money concepts:
    • Feel better if manage to put money aside
    • Don’t spend more money than you earn
    • Align your spending with an increased happiness
    • Be aware: speak to people, surround yourself with experts in their fields, read the newspaper
    • Listen carefully, ask questions, nourish yourself
    • Art is a passion
      • First step: Need to define what you like, don’t like. Then discuss the price.
    • To keep track of artists
      • Receive daily newsletter
      • Subscription to art magazines
      • Go to galleries and few necessary annual events
        • Art Basel, Art Basel Miami, Fiac Paris, Freeze London

    Episode #3: Insight of a trader’s own money management

    Ever wanted to know how a trader deals with her own money and what are her best practices? In just 30 minutes, we’ll get great insight into money management and discipline, equity investment, and how to be switched on in our world to know our worth. Don’t miss this rich and accessible discussion from someone in the industry, without forgetting some lightheartedness!

    Key takeaways :

    • If you have a clear goal in mind, discipline is easier
    • Align spending to your important things in life
    • Invest in equities:
      • That talk to you, where you either like the story behind it, the vision and want them to grow
      • Undervalued stocks
      • To spread risk from real estate
    • In order to gain knowledge: 
      • Expose yourself to news in order to be switched on: Bloomberg TV, economist podcasts, seeking alpha blog
    • For salary awareness and negotiations: be aware of your industry, knowledge is power
      • Discuss and disclose salaries/bonuses to friends
      • Take headhunters calls, to have a market update of who’s looking and at what salary
    • Best tips:
      • Have a 3-month safety net as a cushion and peace of mind to cope for unexpected events and rainy days
      • Need control over finances: knowing your inflows and outflows removes pressure, and you can act to achieve your goals
      • Start investing small, get familiar, and learn through the process

    Episode #2: Not depending on a paycheck through real estate investment

    Want to be financially independent in your early 30s? This is possible! Listen to Vanessa’s story on how she massively saved while in the corporate world, to invest in real estate and solely rely on rent incomes. With this in place, she was able to take some risks, she launched her own start-up and became a trendy digital nomad. Don’t miss her great tips and her very inspiring story! 

    Key takeaways :

    • Going from a financially comfortable corporate job to launching a start-up 
      • Impatient, wanted things to move more quickly
      • Don’t want anyone to decide on her career
    • Planning a change
      • Focused on her goal: saved a lot for 3 years to invest in a property and be financially independent. 
      • Had to stop traveling and spending 
      • Was easier than thought as it’s a step by step process and then you get used to it
    • Tips not to depend on a paycheck
      • Save, invest and diversify
    • risk management
      • Want to control risk, always imagine the worst-case scenario and if you can handle it
      • Need savings on the side to have peace of mind
      • No equity investment: need stability as way of life is more risky
    • Tips to invest in real estate
      • Buy a rundown house, that needs a lot of work in a promising neighborhood
      • Look at websites to see similar listings and have an idea of potential income
      • Contact the council to understand the law and what you’re allowed to do
      • Compare the ratio of investment vs. what you can expect as a return

    Episode #1: Tracking, planning, and forecasting to go a long way in life!

    In this episode, we’ll speak about tracking, planning, and forecasting with a finance director, Anne-Claire Aubert. She’ll tell us why it’s so important to be aware of what you have and spend, how you can track your finances and take actions on what you’ve discovered, how she has planned a move from Australia to Europe with no jobs and 2 kids, and the process she followed to buy a house. Lots of info and insight from a rational woman.

    Key takeaways :

    • Tracking: 
      • Eye opener, use an app so that it gives you a report each month. Enables you to see where you spend without necessarily realizing it. Possibility to take actions as now you’re aware
    • Planning:
      • Planning a move is always risky but you need to mitigate it. 
      • Going from Australia to Europe, with no jobs and 2 kids, was fine as worst comes to the worst, there was a family house they could use, so no expenses except groceries, and summer holidays so kids not in school. 
    • Forecasting:
      • Thought process for buying a house: LT view, stop throwing money away through rent
      • First step: Meet with a broker, to have an idea of a budget. 
      • Don’t necessarily go to the maximum you can afford
      • Do worst-case scenario: what if one loses its job, or the two. 
    • Any advice for a house:
      • The sooner you can buy, do it

    Why you should listen ?

    The topic of money is often taboo and women aren’t always taking ownership. Having worked 10 years on trading floors in London, often as the only woman, I want to challenge this unspoken reality and do something about it. And a lot goes through education. Financial literacy is of major importance and the earlier you grasp it, the better you can plan your life ahead, your projects, and reach financial peace of mind. It’s a real liberator and it is in this context that I am launching Money Chill Out, to help you demystify the intimidating world of finance, and have an open, honest, and frank conversation. So let’s talk about money, mindset, investment habits, and any best practices and join me on this journey to get more comfortable, be inspired, and get empowered!

    Publication rhythm:  Every other week, on Wednesday evenings!

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