Financial Wheel Podcasts


Financial Wheel Podcasts

Equipping you to have the right conversations about money.

This podcast is designed to equip you, not tell you what to do or offer worn-out tips and tricks. The episodes are designed to encourage you to have conversations about money. Why?


  • Because your money should be used to support your life rather than living your life for your money.
  • Because being equipped means you have the power to manage your finances to your advantage.
  • Because conversations are about you as an individual; tips and tricks are generalizations.
  • Because being equipped to have the right conversations gives you the tools to evaluate and effectively work with your financial advisor.

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    September 24, 2019
    Deciding to Work with a Financial Advisor
    Questions to Consider When Thinking About Working with a Financial Advisor
    Dave Nelson and Stacy Harris are thinking it may be time to sit down with a financial advisor. They think the time is right but they're not sure. They don't know what to expect when they meet with the advisor and they are more than a little nervous about opening up their financial lives. Listen in as Thom addresses their questions and assures them that their pre-meeting jitters are much scarier than the actual meeting will be.
  • Date
    September 12, 2019
    Gaining Control of Your Cash Flow
    A Key 21st Century Survival Skill - Cash Flow Management
    If you are like most people, you failed when you tried to track your expenses to gain control of your cash flow. Not surprising - it’s a pain to do and it really just tells you where your money went. What you need is a system that helps you plan where you are going to spend the money you have right now. My guest, Doug Peterson, will tell about just such a system and give you some great ideas to help you get started.
  • Date
    August 22, 2019
    Never Pay for an Airline Ticket Again
    Effective Strategies to Maximize Your Airline Miles
    Would you like to fly to Europe or Asia on business class for free. It’s easier to do than you might think. In this episode, my guests, Michael Kauffman and Kyle Romesco-Kelly share some of the ways they have been flying both domestically and internationally for years without paying a penny for a ticket. You will learn some simple ways to quickly build up your travel points and ways to effectively use those points.
  • Date
    August 15, 2019
    A Forbidden Conversation - Money
    Talking about money is, at best, discouraged and most often forbidden. In this episode, radio hosts Stacy Harris and Dave Nelson bravely talk to Thom about money. Together we discover that money skills are 21st century survival skills that are not often taught in homes or in school. As a result, working with an advisor, who genuinely has your best interest at heart, is the best way to learn the skills you need to make wise money decisions.
  • Date
    July 29, 2019
    When it comes to life insurance products, what you don’t know can hurt you. So, don’t avoid this episode just because it is about insurance. My guest, Brad Allen, CFP, shares straight-forward information that will help you decided how much life insurance you should have and what type of life insurance policy will work best for you.
  • Date
    July 12, 2019
    We start this episode with a story about a young woman who thought she had to make a job decision but soon realized she was making a values decision. My guest is Lenora Edwards; a business owner who does business development consulting for entrepreneurs & executives. Lenora and I explore the lessons from our opening story about creating life balance in this “Hub” conversation.
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    June 17, 2019
    Three Outlooks on Saving
    Thom Allison and Jessica Kirwin of Allison Spielman Advisors discuss some strategies for saving money in the short, mid and long term time frames.
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    June 3, 2019
    Common Mistakes in Saving Money
    Thom Allison and Jessica Kirwin of Allison Spielman Advisors discuss some of the more common mistakes that are made when saving money.
  • Date
    April 22, 2019
    Tire conversations are about the progress you are making. I explain why there are 4 questions you should ask:
    1. Are we making progress?
    2. Do we need a course correction?
    3. What obstacles are we facing?
    4. How can we do this better?
    You will find out how to measure your progress in a way that is motivating as well as informative.
  • Date
    May 1, 2019
    In this episode, I'll tell you about an experience I had being overwhelmed at an investment expo. Because of this experience, I learned about the 4 most common mistakes people make when thinking about savings plans, cash flow management, tax management, insurance, estate planning and any of the many other Spoke conversations. You will learn about the 1 key question that will help you cut through all the hype and self-serving financial advice.

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Financial Satisfaction Survey


Directions: The statements below will help you to think about and assess how satisfied you are with many aspects of your financial life. Indicate your level of satisfaction for each statement with stars.
(1 star = "Not Satisfied", 3 stars = "Moderately Satisfied", 5 stars = "Very Satisfied")

I am satisfied with...

1. ...with my ability to meet my financial obligations

2. ...with the income my current job or career provides me.

3. ...with my spending habits.

4. ...with the level of debt I carry.

5. ...with the “extras” that I am able to buy for myself and/or loved ones.

6. ...with the level and quality of insurance protection I currently have.

7. ...with the amount of money that I save and invest on a regular basis.

8. ...with my current investment choices.

9. ...that I am on track to build a sufficient retirement nest egg.

10. ...with the level of employee benefits I receive.

11. ...with my style of personal bookkeeping and financial record management.

12. ...with my ability to provide financial help to family members.

13. ...with my estate plan.

14. ...with my level of charitable giving.

15. ...with the level of financial education I have attained.

16. ...with how I respond emotionally to my personal finance issues.

17. ...with my ability to communicate about my financial matters.

18. ...with the feelings I have about my money life.

19. ...that financial issues do not cause stress or strain in the relationships that are important to me.

20. ...with the working relationships I have with my financial service providers (i.e., insurance agent, banker, broker, financial planner, accountant).

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Life Transition Survey


Directions: In each section, select the transitions that you are currently experiencing and those you are likely to experience in the future. In addition, check transitions in the short to mid-term and long-term columns that you either hope to experience or anticipate with concern.

Work Life Transitions

1. Change in career path:

2. New Job:

3. Promotion

4. Job loss

5. Job restructure

6. Education / retraining

7. Sell or close business

8. Transfer family business

9. Gain a business partner:

10. Lose a business partner:

11. Downshift / simplify work life

12. Sabbatical / leave of absence

13. Start or purchase a business

14. Retire:

15. Phase into retirement

16. Other

Financial Life Transitions

1. Purchase a home:

2. Sell a home:

3. Relocate:

4. Purchase a vacation home / timeshare:

5. Re-evaluate investment philosophy:

6. Experience investment gain:

7. Experience investment loss:

8. Debt concerns:

9. Consider investment opportunity:

10. Receive inheritance or financial windfall:

11. Sell assets:

12. Other:

Family Life Transitions

1. Change in marital status (marriage):

2. Change in marital status (divorce):

3. Change in marital status (widowhood):

4. Expecting or adopting a child:

5. Hire child care:

6. Child entering adolescence:

7. Child with special needs:

8. Child w/pre-college expenses:

9. Child going to college:

10. Child getting married:

11. Empty nest:

12. Family special event (Bat/Bar Mitzvah, anniversary party, trip):

13. Helping and/or gifting grandchildren

14. Concern about aging parent

15. Concern about health of spouse/partner or child:

Legacy Life Transitions

1. Increase charitable giving:

2. Give special financial gifts to children/grandchildren:

3. Give parental pension (monthly stipend):

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