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Manisha Thakor: Beware of 'Junk Personal Finance'

The author and financial educator discusses how social media affects financial well-being, how women can close the wealth gap, and why young people should steer clear of individual stock trading.

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Our guest on the podcast today is author and financial educator, Manisha Thakor. Manisha is founder of MoneyZen, a financial education consultancy. She's also the coauthor of two books with Sharon Kedar: On My Own Two Feet, published in 2007 and updated in 2013, and Get Financially Naked, which came out in 2009. Prior to founding MoneyZen, Manisha was vice president of financial well-being at Brighton Jones. Before that she was director of wealth strategies for women at Buckingham Strategic Wealth. Earlier in her career, Manisha held positions at several investment management firms, including Fayez Sarofim, Sands Capital Management, and Atalanta/Sosnoff Capital. Manisha is a chartered financial analyst and a certified financial planner. She received her bachelor's degree in American Studies from Wellesley College and her MBA from Harvard Business School.




On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance, by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar.

Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money With Your Honey, by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar.

Women in Investing/Financial Planning

The White House Report on Women: 3 Surprising Insights,” by Manisha Thakor,, March 8, 2011.

Women Are Quitting: How We Can Curb the ‘She-Cession’ and Support Working Women,” by Margie Warrell,, Jan. 26, 2021.

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Investors Make,” by Manisha Thakor,, Oct. 7, 2013.

Growing Up Comfortable With Money,” by Candice Helfand-Rogers,, June 5, 2014.

Financial Wellness in Younger Generations and Couples

The Worst Financial Advice to Give to a College Grad,” by Manisha Thakor,, June 18, 2015.

Gen X & Gen Y--Dialing Financial 911,” by Manisha Thakor,, Sept. 29, 2010.

Priceless Financial Advice For Recent Graduates,” by Manisha Thakor,

The Math Behind a Pricey College Degree,” by Manisha Thakor,, April 16, 2014.

Don’t Buy a Property Before Saying ‘I Do’,” by Manisha Thakor,, Feb. 12, 2014.

All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan, by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi.

What is the 50/20/30 Budget Rule?” by Eric Whiteside,, Oct. 29, 2020.

The Beauty of a Budget,” by Manisha Thakor,, March 18, 2013.

The Quiet Wisdom of Saving,” by Manisha Thakor,, Dec. 8, 2011.

Manisha Thakor on Managing Money in Uncertain Times,” by Kathleen Harris,, April 10, 2020.

Teresa Ghilarducci: To Fix Retirement, Expand Social Security,” The Long View Podcast,, May 19, 2021.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez.

The Marriage of Love & Money: How to Protect Yourself From Financial Heartbreak,” by Manisha Thakor, moneyzen, May 6, 2013.

How to Become a Financially Compatible Couple,” by Manisha Thakor,, Feb. 13, 2015.

Financial Advice

Finding the Right Advisor: It’s Complicated,” by Jim Pavia,, Jan. 15, 2015.

Reboot Your Finances: A 3-Part Workshop for Women,” with Manisha Thakor,



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Mental Health

Slow Down to Do More: ‘Enjoy Life’ With Manisha Thakor,” by Ben Ari,, April 24, 2020.

“Walking the Tightrope Between Workaholism and Mental Health,”, April 5, 2019.

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