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15th Jul 2021

283: How To Invest Intelligently: Top Tips From A Certified Financial Planner

I have to admit that the topic of personal finance excites the nerd in me. I love reading and learning more about all things around finance! Investing intelligently and planning for retirement are often intimidating areas in which we can always benefit from expert advice. Join us to learn how you can make solid investment decisions and better prepare for your future.

Our Featured Guest-Dave Frank, Certified Financial Planner

Dave Frank is the founder of Turning Point Financial Life Planning, which focuses on helping clinicians in private practice manage their retirement and finances. Dave has a heart to empower therapists around money and finances so they can be more present and centered in all areas of personal and professional life. In today’s show, we will begin by looking at the information and misinformation about investing that have come forward during the pandemic. Dave shares strategies for financial management, including why investing in the stock market is a good idea. Our conversation turns to retirement options for solo and group practitioners and a brief look at cryptocurrency.

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You’ll Learn

●     Why most people don’t know the basics of sound investing

●     Why “passively managed, low-cost, tax efficient mutual funds” are the best tools for long-term investing---(Dave explains the terminology!)

●     The difference between investing and gambling for long-term financial goals

●     The important question about investing: What are my goals?

●     The basics of mutual funds

●     A sound and simple investing strategy that Dave recommends

●     Why your allocations should shift to funds with less volatility and less return as you near retirement age

●     Dave’s investment advice for beginners about getting started with target-date accounts and emergency savings

●     Why solo practitioners should be careful not to overcontribute to a retirement account

●     Dave’s opinion about investing in cryptocurrency--does it make sense for therapists?

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Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.


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Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc).

This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work.

I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really mean..it just rhymed =P).

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About the Podcast

Selling the Couch
Impact + Income Beyond The Therapy Room
With over 1.2 million downloads + listeners in over 130 countries, Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for current and future mental health private practitioners who think differently.

Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists in private practice about how they've built their businesses in and beyond the therapy room as well as top entrepreneurs, business/marketing, productivity, and social media experts.

You'll learn how successful business owners get referrals, make money, work through fears, and how they've stopped "trading time for dollars" to diversify their income beyond the therapy room.

Melvin also shares the lessons as he grows his impact and diversifies his income beyond the therapy room (podcasting, video, online courses, membership sites, group masterminds, investing, etc) and the tips, tools, and tech he uses to grow STC from a single-person business to the CEO of a 5-person 100% remote team.

What you get are bite-sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey.

Please check out https://sellingthecouch.com/start to get helpful resources to guide your practice and business journey.
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Melvin Varghese, PhD

Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a Vanderbilt-trained psychologist, entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc).

This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work.

I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really mean..it just rhymed =P).