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In our final week of Financial Literacy Month, Tela Holcomb joins us to discuss the stock market in plain English (Yes, we asked her about Bitcoin!).

Tela is a stocks and options trader, mom, and wife who is focused on spending the most of her time living the life she loves. Before clenching financial independence from the jaws of a lifetime spent working for The Man, she was dependent on a paycheck from the 9 to 5 to pay her bills. That was cool, but she wanted to have more time to spend with her family, friends, and travel not just climb someone else’s corporate ladder.

Just five years after starting, she reached financial freedom and escaped the corporate matrix! On today’s show she will help you learn:

  • An easy way to use stock charts to rebalance your 401k/Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to maximize your returns
  • Tips for managing your emotions so you can choose a proven investment system
  • Investment Tools to maximize the success of your short- and long-term financial goals
  • The difference between active and passive investment and how both can help you
  • Using your personality to determine the risk tolerance and investment type best suited for your lifestyle and how to answer the personal question: do I want to trade or invest?
  • Websites, tools, and resources you can use to safely practice investing before using your own money

Financial Literacy Month: Tela’s recommended Action Items:

  • Get Smart on your 401k. Meet with your company or financial advisor or use Tela’s investment hacks to ensure your 401k is properly balanced and aligned with your financial goals.
  • Pay Off Debt. If you’re tired of the 9-to-5, reducing your debt is a great start to turning the hobby or side-hustle into your next full-time job. Don’t allow debt to hold you back from your dreams any longer.
  • Find Your People! Surround yourself with like-minded people that are interested in seeing you improve. This can be online (groups, forums, etc.) or off-line (networking, conferences, etc.) but be sure to find people that support and push you towards your goals rather than distract or discourage.

References Mentioned in this Show


  • If you’re a Mint user or considering signing up, check out Marcus’ piece for GoBankingRates and featured on, I Used Mint Wrong for Years and You Probably Are Too.
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