Suze Orman is my idol.
She’s smart, fabulous, and a good dancer. :
And, oh yeah, she’s wildly successful. If you don’t already know who she is, allow me. Suze Orman is an expert in personal finance. She’s all about saving, buying only things you can afford, and putting people before money.
In addition to several bestselling books about personal finance, a hit weekly show that is celebrating 8 years on the air, a packed calendar of appearances and guest starring spots on television, Suze has a suite of financial tools available on the internet at her website and at TD Ameritrade. I myself have used her estate planning guide (to plan my vast estate, because it’s very very vast) and the Save Yourself Savings Account at TD Ameritrade. Now she’s kicking it up a notch with the Save Yourself Retirement Program.
I got these interview clips my very own self because I was invited to visit the set of Suze’s taped demo for the program. It was a surreal experience, given my day job, and also because my mom came with me! The production crew was tickled pink by the fact that I, the mommy blogger, brought my own mom and thus we were the mommy and the blogger. Aha!
I was ticked pink because Suze is one of the few celebrities I’ve been dying to meet. She’s smart and interesting and she’s on Twitter! In fact, when we were first introduced on the set, I asked her why she hadn’t been tweeting much the last few days and she told me that she likes to concentrate on one thing at a time. She had been out in Los Angeles for the week to do some TV appearances, and she wanted to give her full attention to them. When she tweets, she really puts her attention in her tweets, because she uses Twitter to respond to financial questions from her fans.
Of all the things I learned from Suze that day, it was the attention to one thing at a time that really struck me. Here is a very, very successful woman – it would make sense to pay attention to her.
Along with my friend Elizabeth Peterson, Suze was all mine for about 30 minutes. We talked about the new program and I got to ask her, once and for all, what the heck is the difference between a Roth IRA and a regular plain old one?
And here’s something else I didn’t know about them, AND the good news for those of you who have a traditional IRA:
The Save Yourself Retirement Program
In the Save Yourself Retirement Program, you pay a $39 annual fee to open a retirement account on TD Ameritrade’s website. You get two commission-free trades a month, which allows you to buy – for free – exchange traded funds (ETF’s) which are similar to mutual funds but Suze prefers them because you are not stuck with a fund’s end of day value, you can trade in real time with them. You also get professional advice about the market. That’s a pretty good deal.
And here’s a random bite about Kathy Griffin. I first fell in love with Suze when she appeared on “My Life on the D-List.” Hey Suze, how’s about the three of us get together for lunch? Call me!
It was a pretty great day.