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S1 Episode 5 Does investing change during a pandemic?

So you want to be smart with your money and invest, but the stock market fluctuations during COVID-19 make it hard to know what to do. In this episode, Rob and Roma discuss the importance of investing and what’s changed since the pandemic. We hear from a 26-year-old at the beginning of his investing journey. Plus, Rob talks to Ben Felix, a millennial investment advisor about what other young Canadians should know when investing.


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S1 Episode 4 How to crisis-proof your finances

Were your finances ready for a major disruption like COVID-19? In this episode, Rob and Roma discuss how to avoid common money mistakes. We hear from a 36-year-old whose service industry job in Whistler was wiped out by the pandemic. Plus, Roma talks to Vancouver–based financial advisor Julia Chung about everything from TFSAs and RRSPs to credit scores and the worst kinds of debt. If you’re looking for solid financial-planning strategies and information about the savings tools available, this episode is for you.

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S1 Episode 3 What you should know before you buy a home

Real estate is always a hot topic, but the pandemic adds even more questions about how and when to buy. In this episode, Rob and Roma look at Canada’s obsession with housing. We hear from a millennial who bought a condo right before the coronavirus struck. Plus, Rob chats with John Pasalis, the founder of a Toronto-based real estate brokerage, about all your home-buying concerns.

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S1 Episode 2 Why you got into debt, and how to get out

Even before the pandemic, debt was a huge problem for Canadians. Between massive mortgages, student loans, lines of credit and credit cards, a lot of us are struggling to pay what we owe and stressed about it. In this episode, Rob and Roma explore our strange relationship with debt and the factors that contribute to it. We hear from a millennial saddled by her debts, and her journey to find a way out. Plus, Roma speaks to Shannon Lee Simmons, a financial planner about tangible steps to manage debt.

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S1 Episode 1 How to survive the gig economy

Everyone is being impacted by COVID-19, but gig workers are impacted on a whole other level. In the first episode of Stress Test, Rob and Roma speak to a gig worker about her experience looking for a job in her field and what happened when the pandemic hit. Rob speaks to Kathryn Mandelcorn, a certified money coach about her recommendations for gig workers to manage their finances in times of uncertainty. If you are a contract or freelance worker, this episode is for you.

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S1 Episode 0 Trailer: Stress Test

Introducing a new podcast from The Globe and Mail that delves into the topics impacting the wallets of Canadians between the ages of 20 and 40. Join The Globe’s personal finance team, columnist Rob Carrick and editor Roma Luciw, as they guide you through a period in which the basic rules of managing your money have been tested. Subscribe now to get it in your feed.


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About Stress Test

You had your best-laid plans and then COVID-19 came along and hammered the entire economy. But you’ve got this – if you have the right information. Join The Globe and Mail’s personal finance team, columnist Rob Carrick and editor Roma Luciw, as they guide you through one of the biggest stress tests your finances will ever face. If you’re between 20 and 40, this financial advice is for you.

Takara Small

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for 30 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 and shortly afterward suggested the paper offer more coverage of personal finance. He’s been writing about investing and personal finance ever since. Rob’s personal finance column appears in The Globe twice weekly, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on alternating Saturdays. Rob also produces occasional videos and a twice-weekly e-mail newsletter called Carrick on Money. His first podcast, called The Retirementality, covered retirement issues for Gen Y, Gen X and boomers. Rob is the author or co-author of five books, the most recent of which is How Not to Move Back in With Your Parents: The Young Person's Complete Guide to Financial Empowerment.

Takara Small

Roma Luciw has been The Globe’s personal finance editor for over 10 years –steering coverage of anything that helps Canadians manage their money, from managing debt loads and investing to mortgages and saving for retirement. In 2015, Roma steered the launch of the Gen Y money hub, which won an international EPPY award for excellence in digital journalism. She is passionate about financial literacy, especially among young people, and has with her colleague Rob Carrick, travelled to university and college campuses across the country, hoping to arm today’s young people with the tools they need to make smart financial decisions.

Stress Test is hosted by Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw. Its producer is Hannah Sung with editing and mixing by TK Matunda. Its executive producer is Kiran Rana. Art was created by Jeanine Brito.

Have a question? Email the show at podcasts@globeandmail.com.

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