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More Than Money

More Than Money

By Sqwire
Making Your Money Work brings you conversations, tips, and other information about how you can make your money work for you. Conversations with experts in different financial fields are aimed to help educate you on the topics that seem the scariest. Sqwire aims to provide you with the content and information you need in one location so you can make the decisions you need to in order to live the life you want both today and tomorrow
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Investment Banking and Success as a Financial Advisor for Dummies | Ivan Illan

More Than Money

Understanding IRA Contribution Limits for 2021
The IRS recently announced the contribution limits for IRAs in 2021 are staying flat at $6,000. Before you can start to understand what that means though you need to make sure you know what an IRA is and the different types. 0:50 - Understanding an IRA? 1:45- Roth vs. Traditional IRAs 2:00- Contribution Limit for 2021 2:23-What does the contribution limit mean 2:49 - Catch up contributions 3:06- How often do limit increases occur 3:33- Who can contribute to an IRA? 5:02-Three quick tips to consider Is there a topic you’re trying to learn more about that you want Casey and Danijel to cover? Send us a message on your favorite social media @SqwireLife. Looking to learn more about the impact customizable financial wellness programs can have on your company? Get in touch with the Sqwire team here.
November 18, 2020
What is the Stock Market and how does it work?
“You should start buying stocks.” “Stocks are a great way to grow your wealth.” “I made (fill in the blank) last week when I sold that stock.” These are all things we’ve heard people say. With investing becoming more and more accessible each day due to apps like Robinhood and Acorns it’s important to understand how the stock market works and what you’re doing before you start investing. Sqwire VP of Finacial Education Casey Halliley joins host Danijel Velicki to break down just how the stock market works in rapid fashion. 0:34- What is a stock? 0:48- How do you make or lose money with stocks? 1:52- What is a dividend and how often is it paid? 2:04-Stock tickers 3:00 - Three ways stocks are grouped 5:29- Stock exchanges 6:25- Understanding Indexes Is there a topic you’re trying to learn more about that you want Casey and Danijel to cover? Send us a message on your favorite social media @SqwireLife. Looking to learn more about the impact customizable financial wellness programs can have on your company? Get in touch with the Sqwire team here.
November 12, 2020
Build An Etsy Empire | Nancy Badillo
Nancy Badillo spent the last 11-years working in digital marketing before diving into Etsy four years ago as a part of building a case-study. After a few stumbles early on Nancy was able to turn those experiences and knowledge into a stream of passive income from six different Etsy shops, as well as a career helping others launch and navigate their own Etsy shops.  Nancy joined the podcast to wrap up Season 1 to share what she learned from her experiences, how you can avoid making the same mistakes she did, and tips for creating your own passive income through Etsy. Connect with Nancy:  Blog: Email: Art Printables Etsy Course:
June 11, 2020
Building Your Financial Legacy | Sam Knickerbocker
The word legacy is defined as either " a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest," or "anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor." When we think about what we want our legacy to be the first thought most people have is something along the lines of preparing their children and grandchildren to live a better life than they have had. But what steps are you taking to leave this type of legacy? Sam Knickerbocker focuses on "21st century financial strategies focused on helping establish a legacy of meaning."  In this episode with Sam we dive into his up-bringing, the relationship he had with money, how that changed, and much more about the habits, mindsets, and behaviors surrounding money.  Connect with Sam:
May 28, 2020
Building Websites and Marketing Yourself on a Tight Budget | Shannon Mattern
We live in a digital era where someone's first action when looking to learn more about a topic is to search on Google or social media. That means a website is often a first impression that dictates whether or not someone wants to do business or learn from you and your company. A bad or confusing website can lead to lost business and a missed opportunity to connect with like minded people.  After starting to build websites as a side hustle, Shannon Mattern was able to quit her 9-5 and turn her side hustle into a full-time job. Mattern teaches soloprenuers how to build and maximize their websites as well as marketing their brand without spending thousands or even hundreds of dollars. Shannon talks about her path from side hustle to full-time, best practices for marketing and website building, as well as making valuable connections and how to bring value on both sides of that relationship. Connect with Shannon:
May 21, 2020
Digging Yourself Out of Debt | Sqwire Sessions with Danijel Velicki
"What's the best or fastest way to pay off all my debt?"  That is one of the most asked questions from people researching personal finance topics these days. There's plenty of different methods and schools of thought on what the best or most efficient way to pay off all your debt is, but here at Sqwire we subscribe to the Dragon Slayer method, or paying off the debt with the highest interest rate first. But before we even start breaking down paying off debt do you understand the different types of debt? What's the difference between good and bad debt? What's the difference between simple and compound interest? These are all questions that Sqwire Founder and CEO Danijel Velicki breaks down in this episode of the podcast. Note: This audio was pulled from the weekly Zoom Webinar series called the Sqwire Sessions. We invite you to register for the next few weeks of calls for your chance to chat with Danijel and ask him all your pressing questions. Follow us on social @SqwireLife Register:
May 19, 2020
How to Get Started Investing in Classic Cars with Christopher Bauer
When you hear investing the first thing you normally think is either Real Estate or the stock market. For Christopher Bauer an interest of his introduced him to a type of investing that was right up his alley. Classic Cars. Christopher joins the podcast to breakdown how to get started, searching out the best deals, expanding your cashflow and profits, and making the most of your time spent investing.  What's one avenue of investing that you would like to learn more about? Leave us a review and rating and we will tackle it on a later episode!
May 14, 2020
Sprinting Ahead with Cryptocurrency with Tyrone Ross Jr.
Tyrone Ross could very easily be called the fastest man in finance right now. A former qualifier for the Olympic Trials in 2004, Ross transitioned from the track into the financial industry and has quickly become a titan in the field. After branching out on his own and leaving Merrill Lynch, Ross is a "financial consultant to young professionals, founders, and advisor to financial technology startups, and crypto assets investment manager." Ross joined the podcast to discuss his journey from the track to the financial fast track, what is crypto currency and why are so many people scared of it, and much much more. Connect with Tyrone:
May 8, 2020
Creating and Building Your Brand on Instagram with Alex Sanfilippo
Social media is an ever growing tool when it comes to creating and building a personal or company brand these days. Utilizing social media to the fullest of its capability has become one of the most important ways to capture the attention of customers, clients, and even just making connections.  But capitalizing on the free resource that is social media can be a daunting task for some. All the algorithms, best posting time, decisions on what to post. It can cause stress as you're just starting out. In the end there is no better way to build your brand than just get started.  This is where Alex Sanfilippo comes in.  Alex Sanfilippo is the host of Creating a Brand, a top 20 entrepreneurship podcast where he interviews successful leaders and experts on topics that matter to entrepreneurs who want to grow faster both personally and professionally while saving time and money in the process. Visit to join the Creating a Brand Community and to accelerate your success! Connect with Alex Liked what you heard? Leave us a five-star rating and a review! Let us know what you want to hear more about and how we can best help you make your money work for you!
April 17, 2020
What's Going on with Your Student Loans Right Now with Andrew Pentis, Student Loan Hero
Unemployment numbers have hit all-time highs and even if you haven't lost your job lots of people are having to adjust their budgets during the pandemic. When the CARES Act was signed it offered some relief for those with Federal Student Loans though. But as with everything else there always lots of wrong and confusing information floating around.  Andrew Pentis from Student Loan Hero joined the podcast to break down the state of student loans, will loans be collecting interest, why it's good to keep paying your loan if you can afford to, and what to do if you have privately owned loans. 
April 9, 2020
Understanding the CARES Act with Misty Leinberger, Pixel Financial Group
The CARES Act was passed and signed last Friday, creating several different financial opportunities for aid to people and companies impacted by the current COVID-19 shutdowns.  Whether you are looking for the individual stimulus check from the bill, wondering how you will get the check or help with your business finances we caught up with Misty Leinberger from Pixel Financial Group to cover everything related to the CARES Act. Still have questions or confused about something? Hit us up on social media @SqwireLife and we'll do our best to help out. Things are crazy and we're here for you!
April 3, 2020
Keeping Your Business Afloat During a Crisis
This episode is an audio version of a webinar hosted by Sqwire Founder and CEO Danijel Velicki in partnership with Brandon and Stuart Dukeman from the Wealth Junkies. The discussion in this episode centers around tips for small business owner during the current pandemic or any other crisis' that might happen.  If you have any questions that weren't answered or something that you want more information on let us know! Follow Sqwire on social: @SqwireLife Follow the Wealth Junkies: @wealthjunkies
March 25, 2020
Navigating the coronavirus shut downs financially with Danijel Velicki and Amobi Okugo
The screeching halt of business for lots of people brought on by the COVID-19 virus has created issues for people across a lot of different industries. Athletes are one of those as leagues have both postponed and cancelled.  Sqwire founder Danijel Velicki sat down with A Frugal Athlete Founder and pro soccer player Amobi Okugo to discuss some of the issues that face not only athletes but everyone. Ranging from budgeting in crisis time, to building a brand the conversation hit on lots of different topics before wrapping up. If you're facing hardship or uncertainty from the coronavirus we'd love to help! Let us know what issues or questions you have and we will do our best to answer them.
March 23, 2020
Breaking Down the Mortgage Rate Changes and Preparing for Future Buying with Bill Lane
Mortgage rates hit levels that were nearly unseen before the Corona Virus pandemic hit. Rates jumped up a little bit after the Federal Reserve cut rates to 0% BUT if you're looking for or even considering about needing a mortgage within the next little bit you might as well use the time you're locked away to get prepared. Senior Loan Office Bill Lane from Southern Trust Mortgage joined the podcast to breakdown what's going on with the rates, what the Fed cuts mean for rates, and everything mortgages.
March 20, 2020
Finessin' Your Finances | Author Stefon Walters
When Stefon Walters graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in economics he felt there needed to be a change in the way personal finance was taught and perceived. What started as blogging on the side eventually led into a full blown book, and the creation of Finessin' Finance. Stefon joined the podcast to discuss why so many people think finance is boring, what makes money a taboo topic no matter what your situation growing up, and much more.
February 6, 2020
Stepping Closer to Locking Down Financial Freedom | Former NFL Punter Jeff Locke
During his five-year tenure in the NFL Jeff Locke became the go-to man for financial advice for his teammates. The Minnesota Vikings fifth round draft pick in 2013 joined the podcast to talk his journey into the financial education field, exploring why athletes go broke, how he’s help current NCAA athletes manage their scholarship money, and why money has become a taboo topic that no one seems to want to talk about. Connect with Jeff on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know what your biggest take away from this episode was by finding us on social media @SqwireLife. Give us a shout if you have a guest you want to see on the show as well!
January 30, 2020
Building of a Wealth Junkie | Brandon Dukeman, Wealth Junkies
From a offensive lineman to the youngest police officer in the state to a multi-family real estate investor, and now a podcast host and half of the Wealth Junkies show, Brandon Dukeman has plenty of experiences to pull from so far in his 24 years.  Dukeman's dive into real estate investing and a partnership with his father led to the creation of the Wealth Junkies, taking on financial education and helping anyone he comes across. An avid reader Dukeman drops his favorite books, how he's been successful in investing, brand creation, and much more. Connect with Brandon and the Wealth Junkies Listen to the Wealth Junkies
January 23, 2020
Striking a Chord for the Future | Carter Hulsey
Music and Financial Education. They're the most natural partners right? For recording artist Carter Hulsey they definitely are! The rocker joined forces with Funding the Future to tour around the country putting on concerts, with a quick financial education lesson right in the middle. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Hulsey leans heavy on his personal experiences when teaching lessons ranging from Credit Scores to a 401k to middle and high school students.  Hulsey brings his passion and unique view point as a musician turned financial educator to the podcast. The musician hits on topics from the best and worst questions asked, to how the financial education landscape can be changed in the future.  Connect with Carter: More on Funding the Future:
January 16, 2020
Facing Your Student Debt | Travis Hornsby, Student Loan Planner
In the United States over 45 million people combined to have more than $1.5 Trillion in student loan debt in 2019. It's a topic that is always in the news, but too many times is misunderstood or pushed to the side. Travis Hornsby, founder of Student Loan Planner, joined the podcast to discuss paying off student loan debt, misconceptions around debt, refinancing, and anything else you could want to know about your student loan debt.  Travis Hornsby is the founder of Student Loan Planner and the host of the Student Loan Planner podcast. To date, Student Loan Planner has consulted on over half a billion in student debt. Travis is a Chartered Financial Analyst and brings his background as a former bond trader trading billions of dollars.   He brings that same intensity to analyzing the best repayment paths for graduate degree professionals with six figures of student debt. Student Loan Planner has helped over 2,600 clients save over $120 million dollars on their student loans, and he’s been featured in U.S. News, Business Insider, Forbes, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, VICE, Fox Business, ChooseFi, Bigger Pockets Money, and more. Website: REFI student loans: Book a consult: Social media links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
January 9, 2020
Sticking to and Hitting Your Financial New Years Goals with Danijel Velicki
Every year as the calendar turns people everywhere make resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year. Statistics show though that more often than not those resolutions aren't achieved. Whether your resolution is to hit a certain milestone in your savings account, pay off debt, add to your retirement account, or anything else it can be intimidating.  Sqwire founder and CEO Danijel Velicki joins the podcast to talk about breaking those monster resolutions up into smaller bite size pieces and how that can let you succeed in 2020. 
January 2, 2020
Budgeting and the Money Mindset | Robbie from Eat Money
We all have those friends that are so passionate about a topic they become our defacto expert whether we consciously realize it or not. A passion for personal finance turned Robbie into that expert shortly after graduating college. A self proclaimed personal finance nerd, Robbie took what he’d learned, his passion for the topic, and turned it into a valuable member of the online personal finance community developing the Eat dot Money site. A family man who’s passion for personal finance is evident throughout the conversation Robbie joins the podcast this week to talk about founding his blog, budgeting, and keeping your head and attitude right when dealing with money. Making Your Money Work is brought to you by Sqwire. A Financial education platform that meets you wherever you are in life, and takes you through anything you’re dealing with Sqwire. It’s more than money. Making Your Money Work is a podcast dedicated to helping educate you on everything personal finance. Money shouldn’t be a scary/overwhelming topic. Our goal is to give you everything you need to live your best life. Connect with Robbie: Eat.Money
December 12, 2019
Improving Your Mental Wealth and Relationship with Money, Dr. Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP®
Financial choices and decisions are impacted by psychological factors every day whether we realize it or not. Dr. Brad Klontz specializes in Financial Psychology and how money behaviors are created. From money scripts to financial behaviors and fears, Klontz dives into how people can improve their relationship with money and prepare themselves for a better, more successful life.   Connect with Dr. Klontz - Find Dr. Klontz Twitter - Dr. Klontz on Youtube-
November 21, 2019
Find and Start Your Side Hustle with Nick Loper
Nick Loper started his professional life working for a major corporation but realized it wasn't the life he wanted. With an entrepreneurial spirit Loper began chasing and tackling all sorts of different side hustles. What started with a shoe comparison site has now blossomed into the side hustle central site known as  The Chief Side Hustler and a self proclaimed fan of the hustle, Loper takes on issues like "How do I find the best side hustle for me?" and "How can I create a side hustle that helps me pay the bills?" Loper provides insight from his years of growing side hustles, teaching others to grow their side hustle and developing the life that they truly want to live. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Side Hustle Ideas: Becoming a Traveling Notary: Creating Your Own Course Online: Side Hustle Show Podcast:
November 14, 2019
Investment Banking and Success as a Financial Advisor for Dummies | Ivan Illan
Ivan Illan has paved his way in the Financial Services industry since beginning investing with his college fund at a young age. With a family background that included a grandfather who was the Undersecretary to the Treasury during the Castro Revolutionary Government in Cuba, Illan has continued the path in the financial industry becoming a sought after financial advisor, author and much more. The best selling author of Success and a Financial Advisor for Dummies, Illan is also the founder and CIO of a wealth management company based out of Los Angeles. Connect with Ivan on Twitter: Buy the book:
November 7, 2019
Being Frugal with A Frugal Athlete-Amobi Okugo
Amobi Okugo is a veteran of the professional soccer ranks having made his professional debut in 2010 after being drafted sixth overall by the Philadelphia Union. After a five-year stint with the Union, Amobi has spent time with Orlando City FC, Sporting KC, the Portland Timbers, and most recently Austin Bold FC.   His professional ventures don't end on the field however. Amobi founded and developed A Frugal Athlete, a site to highlight the prudent financial decision-making of athletes across sports, as well as provide a resource to other athletes and those interested in living a life well-spent. A host of a podcast series of his own as well as videos and articles, Amobi is taking on financial literacy head on in both the athletic world, as well as everyday life. A Frugal Athlete A Frugal Athlete Podcasts Connect with Amobi on Twitter @amobisays @AFrugalAthlete
October 31, 2019
Making Green and Paying for School with the Mean Green's Paul Goebel
Paul Goebel has led the Student Money Management Center at the University of North Texas since it's inception, creating one of the premier financial education programs on a college campus. At the SMMC, Goebel and his team coach students through all phases of their time including learning to budget, and setting a plan for the future. Goebel also touched on misconceptions about the FAFSA and a few tips to help students prepare and learn about their financial aid package. Connect with the SMMC:
October 24, 2019
Escaping Broke Phi Broke with Peerless Money Mentor Jerry Brown
When Jerry Brown graduated from college in 2009 he left with two degrees but no financial education. After stumbling a little bit financially he began researching and reading anything he could get his hands on to learn about setting himself up for a good financial life. Fast forward to 2019 and Jerry runs and is an active member of the financial literacy community. Now through articles, interactions on social media, and much more he is working to help push the need for financial literacy into the mainstream even more.  More on Jerry Brown:
October 17, 2019
The Wizard Moves off the Hardwood, Walt Williams
Walt Williams spent 11-years in the NBA after being selected 7th overall in the 1993 Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Now the University of Maryland grad is back in his hometown, shifting his attention from the hardwood to the hard questions. Williams works as a financial advisor passing along the lessons he learned during his time in the NBA to help make sure the athletes of today prepare themselves for the lives of tomorrow. 
October 10, 2019
Getting in Tune with Your Life-Joseph "Screwface" Charles
Musical artist, produce, and now manager Joseph "Screwface" Charles has seemingly experienced it all in Hollywood. After a family crisis saw him drain nearly all his funds, Screwface knew it was time to take control so he didn't find himself in trouble again. Now, despite being a true creative Screwface makes sure that his artists and friends take care of themselves financially and prepare for the future. 
October 4, 2019
Securing Your Dream House and Life-Jenn Williamson
Jenn Williamson has built herself into one of the most successful real estate agents in the Hampton Roads area. Having sold over 600 homes during the last 11 years Williamson has seen it all from selling multi-million dollar homes to helping families buy their first home. A Navy veteran, Williamson and her husband began their foray into the real estate market by investing in and flipping properties before diving head first into the real estate business. Jenn focuses her time to make sure she helps her clients completely understand the process and what is going on while they buy their future home. 
September 26, 2019
Helping College Students Thrive in School-IU MoneySmarts, Director of Financial Literacy Phil Schuman
Director of Financial Literacy and IU MoneySmarts has been consistently ranked one of the top financial literacy programs on a college campus in the US. Founder and Director Phil Schuman talks about the issues he sees in daily life, how they can be addressed, and what can be done to give students the best possible chance at a successful future.
September 19, 2019
Tackling Financial Education, Jed Collins, Director of Financial Education, Brighton Jones
Jed Collins spent seven years in the NFL after graduating from Washington State in 2008. After hanging up the shoulder pads Jed put his accounting degree to use, transferring into the financial world. Now as the Director of Financial Education for Brighton Jones, Collins gets to focus on educating his clients, while also working with NFL teams to provide financial education to help players protect themselves from bad decisions. Find Collins on social media @JedCollins45
September 11, 2019
Solving the problem of Financial Illiteracy, Danijel Velicki, Founder and CEO, Sqwire
"I came to the U.S. as a 17-year-old immigrant kid in 1995 with a vision of the American Dream in my heart and Coolio on my Walkman. I had just $40 in my pocket at the time. That’s it. I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I wasn’t going home and this had to work. I know what’s possible. You can come from nothing and become something. I’ve lived it."  Danijel Velicki has paved his way in the U.S. cementing himself in the financial industry during the last 18+ plus. After being frustrated by only being able to help his clients one at a time Danijel Velicki started looking for ways to help people on a bigger scale. Fast forward to today and the creation of Sqwire. An online financial education platform,  Sqwire provides lessons that cover every aspect of life from renting your first apartment to marriage to writing a will.  Danijel tells his story and talks about what financial issues he sees facing not only college students, but Americans in general today.
August 28, 2019