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Every week Jake Rivas, Financial Advisor To Millennials, will hit the streets, coffee shops, and restaurants to get raw feedback from YOU about the real financial obstacles you are facing today. Jake will help you take the guesswork out of managing your money choices while curating and sharing the best advice and insights into making smart money choices. Jakes Two Cents will help you navigate credit, financial debt, saving for the future, student loans, mortgages, travel, money, lifestyle, a ...
 
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Now that the pandemic is (mostly) over, people are ready to go out and spend money again! On this episode, Jake and Kirk share some thrifty ways to spend your money. While it is true you get the quality you pay for, it is also true that there are a ton of money wasters out there. If you are purchasing anything from a small home appliance to a car, …
 
Pop Star Britney Spears has been in the news once again, not for making another album, but for a desire to gain her independence back. The 39 year old pop star has what is called a “conservatorship” applied by law on her life. This law, reserved for the very elderly or the mentally ill, allows a guardian control over a person's finances, and in som…
 
We tend to think that when dealing with money and investments we should completely shut off our emotional valve. And, often, this can be good advice—especially if you are making an “emotional” decision rather than an “intelligent” one. However, your emotions are important pieces of your financial puzzle, and without them you may find yourself going…
 
Numbers are rational and humans are irrational. Right? In this episode Jake and Kirk talk about how using a numbers only approach to your finances can be just as bad as using an emotions only approach to your finances. So how do you navigate through this maze? Tune into the show to hear Jake and Kirk give you some tips and advice. *“Tax preparation…
 
Jake and Kirk discuss the new trends in Texas Real Estate, with a focus on San Antonio. You may have heard about the outrageous bids on houses, many times over the asking price. What is causing this? How long can it last? And what long-term effects might it have on the market? *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, and business valuation …
 
Americans have recently paid off big chunks of their credit card bills, and it seems as though this trend may continue. Banks are starting to lose revenue. This means that banks are searching for ways to actively increase your credit card maximum. The more you have and the more you spend, the more likely you will hold a balance, and thus have inter…
 
To talk more in-depth at some of the trends that mutual fund managers are considering for the future, we brought on Kevin Moore, principal advisor at I*financial (Jake’s CFP firm). Kevin has also worked as a mutual fund manager, so he provides unique insights into how the investing world considers these trends and why you should too. *“Tax preparat…
 
Jake and Kirk have done multiple shows discussing what they think the future of the hybrid workplace will look like. In this episode, they discuss how this is actually starting to take place. In a recent Financial Times article, author Emma Jacobs, explains how businesses today are starting to change their policies and structure based on a hybrid m…
 
There is a new trend where investors are desiring more than mere "financial returns" from the companies that they invest in. Now, some investors want a good return and that these companies are held up to their values. These are ESG investments (Environment, Social, Governance). Is this new movement a true change in the way companies operate or is i…
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk discuss some of the ways that mutual fund investors think the world will look like in 2030. A major part of investing is looking to the future. Often we can be completely wrong about the future, particularly when we are viewing it too specifically (e.g., what specific companies will succeed or fail). But from a broad p…
 
In this episode Jake and Kirk discuss three methods of giving away your money to charity. Obviously, you can just hand over cash or a check, but there are smarter ways where both you and your charity of choice can benefit even more! Tune in to learn all about Donor Advised Funds, Charitable Lead and Charitable Remainder Trusts. *“Tax preparation, p…
 
Although the old art of pickpocketing has been dying down, new methods for stealing people’s identity have risen. There are things in your wallet that may increase your chances of having your identity stolen. In this episode Jake and Kirk discuss what’s in their wallet, and some of the items to be wary of carrying around with you. They also discuss…
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk discuss some tips and considerations for this important question. Many people think that simply due to the low interest rates they must refinance their homes. You may be right. However, there are some things to keep in mind while you are doing your shopping (for instance you can do too much shopping and this can be ver…
 
In this episode Kirk discusses a new financial situation where he is in a position to consider hiring a CFP. Jake discusses the ins and outs of hiring a CFP as well as when you should and when you should not hire a CFP. He also discusses various aspects of financial advisors that are important for people at various parts of their career. When does …
 
President Joe Biden has made his proposed tax hike. What is in his proposal? How much of it will likely pass? What could this mean for your wallet? Jake and Kirk will take a look at each proposal and discuss its implications for those directly and indirectly impacted by the tax change. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, and business v…
 
Today Jake Rivas and Kirk Barbera are joined by guest Jake Cousineau to discuss his book “How to Adult.” Jake is the author of a book for young adults titled How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World. You might even recognize Jake from his $50k Wheel of Fortune payday! In this episode we delve into Jake Cousineau’s financial advice and his …
 
We have all heard the phrase “buy American,” from both Republicans and Democrats. President Biden is again proposing measures to ensure a buy American program. Jake and Kirk discuss the economics of buy American, how it may affect your wallet, and why a global economy is a really good thing for everyone who participates. *“Tax preparation, planning…
 
DEBATE NIGHT! With Jake and Kirk. On this special edition of Jake of All Trades, Jake and Kirk debate the question of whether or not billionaire’s should exist. Jake takes the negative and Kirk takes the positive. Of course, they don’t mean whether we should jail or deport billionaires, but rather should billionaires be subject to extra taxes or li…
 
A little bit of snow and the whole world (or Texas) loses its mind! Jake and Kirk discuss their experiences during the power and water outages in central texas. Many people of course were much more negatively affected than Jake and Kirk. There are, however, lessons we can all learn from this fiasco. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, …
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk discuss Biden’s proposed changes to 401ks. We also discuss, once again, the difference between political rhetoric and political action. If these changes take place we will create another episode explaining them. For this episode, we discuss what those changes would look like if implemented as Biden proposes. We also di…
 
As we have mentioned on previous shows, even with a democrat controlled House and Senate Biden cannot accomplish everything he wants. Though, it may feel like he will with this new, almost 2 Trillion dollar stimulus proposal. Jake and Kirk take a look at the major proposals and how they believe they will be impactful, or, maybe not as much. Also, t…
 
Though the investment app boasts no commissions, there are several strategies the company uses to make money. Some of these strategies seem familiar to us and some may be unique. One of them, Jake and Kirk believe, is actually quite dangerous! *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, and business valuation services offered through iFile Tax…
 
There are a lot of myths and misinformation about what was going on with Gamestop. Jake and Kirk set the record straight with some of the facts regarding the strange case of Gamestop and the cliff that hasn’t happened (yet!). On this show you will learn about short selling, the value of investors, and why the market operates based on sound principl…
 
Laws passed in 2020 are beginning to take effect. Some of these laws will affect your wallet. Namely, alterations to 401k, social security and laws governing subscription services. On this episode Jake and Kirk go through the ones that are most likely going to affect you and discuss how to navigate them. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representat…
 
Jake and Kirk discuss the ever prevalent issue of inflation. This time with an eye toward how 2021 will likely see a large jump in inflation. Inflation can seem like a simple idea but it can get quite confusing. Jake explains the mindset you need to have when thinking about inflation in 2021 and beyond. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representati…
 
President Biden now has a Democrat controlled House and Senate. Does this mean he can rule with dictatorial power? Absolutely not. In this episode we discuss the main barriers to Biden’s agenda and what he will be able to do during his term. We also talk about an important avenue the democratic party will likely take, something called “Budget Recon…
 
We would all like to think that 2021 will be all sunshine and roses. While Jake and Kirk are mostly optimistic about the future (especially in comparison to 2020!) there are some important financial challenges to prepare for in 2021. On this episode, Jake will break down some important technical jargon regarding central banking policy, and how a ch…
 
Jake and Kirk discuss a WSJ article written by a city planner who proposes some interesting new ways that big cities like London, NYC and San Francisco might develop in a post covid world. They also discuss some of the ways rural and urban areas might change, with big companies helping to build out “zoom towns” from existing places like Jackson, Wy…
 
For those who have made plans based on past projections of the future, you may be in for a shock. On this episode, Certified Financial Planner Jake Rivas discusses some of the mistakes people are making when planning for their future. Jake and Kirk also discuss the larger economic and political meaning of our current situation, and what it could me…
 
After High School Kirk worked for an MLM (Multi-level-marketing) company called “Vector Marketing.” Often, legitimate MLMs like Vector (they sold Cutco Knives) and Mary Kay are presumed to be pyramid schemes. In this episode Jake and Kirk discuss how to tell these different “money making” methods, and how to know if someone is asking you to do some…
 
During the Holiday season there are always a spike in scamming. The most common scams are sometimes hard to spot, and we sometimes let them happen to ourselves. Often, it is our good natures which is our biggest foil. Check out these common scams and how to avoid them. This is a particularly good episode to share with our parents, as retirees are t…
 
On this fun episode Jake and Kirk react to a clip of Kevin Hart on the Joe Rogan podcast, where the two comedians talk about achieving financial freedom. How does Hart’s advice apply to someone working at a 9-5 job? What is his best advice? Listen in to hear our thoughts. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, and business valuation servi…
 
Kirk is moving (Again!) and it turns out so is a large portion of America. On this episode Jake and Kirk discuss pew research showing that 22% of adults have moved due to covid19. There is a time-honored tradition of “Go-West Young Man” to find the opportunity elsewhere. That is America on the Move. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, …
 
Jake and Kirk discuss the prospect of a divided government and why the marketplace is loving that right now. When they recorded this episode, the Presidential election was still undecided. Much of their assessment was based on the projection that Joe Biden would win President and that Republicans would maintain control of the Senate. *“Tax preparat…
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk discuss a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that pits two different opinions on this issue. One side claims that the whole system of student loans is broken and thus should be forgiven, the other says that the system is not perfect, but it works and loans should not be forgiven. You won’t be disappointed by the interes…
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk react to a video of Dave Ramsey explaining his secrets of the rich. While there are some aspects in which Jake agrees with Dave, there are many areas of disagreements. Most notably, the ways in which Dave Ramsey obscures the truth. Tune in for a fun reaction video! *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, and b…
 
Many of us believe this presidential election may be the world’s last. Doom and gloom are everywhere on our feeds these days. One of the dangers of acting out of emotion is making financial mistakes that can harm us long into the future. On this episode, Jake and Kirk go through a presentation of 10 truths, (with graphs) to prove that things won’t …
 
Many of us believe this presidential election may be the world’s last. Doom and gloom are everywhere on our feeds these days. One of the dangers of acting out of emotion is making financial mistakes that can harm us long into the future. On this episode, Jake and Kirk go through a presentation of 10 truths, (with graphs) to prove that things won’t …
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk react to a Joe Rogan Experience podcast clip. In this one Peter Schiff and Joe discuss the causes of the outrageous student loan expenses. Jake and Kirk give their commentary, including some interesting disagreements of Maestro Schiff. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS representation, and business valuation services off…
 
In this two part episode Jake and Kirk go through a recent Wall Street Journal article that presents 30 pieces of advice given by financial experts from various professions, each explaining a unique mistake people make during a recession. The article has CEOs, CFOs, financial analysts, CFPs and everything in between. Jake and Kirk read each piece o…
 
In this two part episode Jake and Kirk go through a recent Wall Street Journal article that presents 30 pieces of advice given by financial experts from various professions, each explaining a unique mistake people make during a recession. The article has CEOs, CFOs, financial analysts, CFPs and everything in between. Jake and Kirk read each piece o…
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk discuss an article by the New York Times which gives financial guidance to young professionals during this pandemic. Kirk explains some of the lessons he has learned as well. Some of the guidance given may sound familiar, but there are some profoundly new perspectives to consider. Here is the article: https://www.nytim…
 
On this episode Jake and Kirk will be reacting to a clip from the Joe Rogan Experience with guest Peter Schiff. Joe and Peter discussed various aspects of the effects of shutting down the economy, from monetary effects to commercial real estate and more. You’ll be able to hear this clip from Rogan and hear Jake and Kirk’s responses and commentary. …
 
In this episode Jake and Kirk discuss an article in The Economist about the art and science of bubbles. Today, with the advent of day-trading apps like Robinhood, bubbles have become more prevalent and harder to identify. In this show we discuss what a bubble is and is not and why they are important to understand for our financial future. Here is t…
 
In this episode Jake and Kirk investigate (or try to wrap their heads around) the executive order to defer payroll taxes. Defer till when you say? Well you’ll have to listen to the show! (ok we don’t know either). What is this order supposed to accomplish? What is it really all about? What’s President Trump’s agenda? Check out this episode to find …
 
In this episode Jake and Kirk discuss the Robinhood app, a new global phenomenon where millions of people can trade in individual stocks with just a few dollars. Jake discusses how to think about using this app in your financial portfolio, and whether or not it is healthy to use it as an important investment tool. *“Tax preparation, planning, IRS r…
 
Jake and Kirk discuss FAANMG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Google) and ask the question: Is the rise of these enormous corporation a sign of a dystopia? We discuss what a dystopia is and some of our favorite dystopian novels. They also come to a very insightful idea about how reading dystopias can help you plan for your financial fu…
 
Do you plan on retiring? Many Americans are beginning to believe this will be a dream they never achieve? In this episode Jake and Kirk discuss the idea of retirement, and some alternative ways to achieve “retirement,” without actually “retiring.” Also, Kirk proposes a plan to solve all of our social security and college debt problems. *“Tax prepar…
 
Is it a bad thing? Jake and Kirk discuss an article about the biggest tech companies in the world, “FAANMG” Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Google. These six companies collectively are driving the US economy, despite the actions of the U.S. government. Can there be positives in this trend? Tune in and share your thoughts.Article: https…
 
With the pandemic, protests and civil unrest, many people are asking big questions about the future of our world. One of those questions has to do with the way in which we invest. Investing for pure financial gain may only be one way that future investors may be thinking about their investments. Some investors—perhaps you?—may be interested in inve…
 
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