For 40 years, Suze Orman has been advising clients on finance.
She’s learned a lot during that time and is keeping the line of communication open to her audience.
“The biggest challenge I have is for people to open the book,” she says in a recent interview with the Journal. “The advice I give is based on what I’ve learned over the years. I have a women and money podcast that I think men should listen to. It’s for everyone.”
Orman is back working with PBS with a new program focusing on one of the most important and pressing financial concerns everyone has to face: planning for and financially thriving in one’s retirement years. With her exceptional combination of empathy, straight talk and humor, Orman engages the audience by answering questions, delivering powerful advice on the actions she believes are key for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.”
“Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide” will be aired at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, on New Mexico PBS. It will air again at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 1; 7 p.m. Monday, March 2; and again on March 8, 10, 14 and 15.
Orman offers financial advice grounded in a critical understanding of people and their emotional needs.
The program includes information about when to retire, how to save and invest for and during retirement, Social Security, annuities and long-term care insurance.
“Money doesn’t have a race, sex or religion,” she says. “All people need to be empowered with money.”
Orman also hosts her “Women & Money” podcast, in which she answers questions in real time, as well as through email.
“Women, in particular, that are in their 60s and 70s are writing in,” she says. “They feel safe to write in. It’s fascinating for me, because I’m in their age group now. We all have these questions.”
The podcast has already aired 110 episodes and there have been four million downloads.
At almost 69 years old, Orman says there’s so much more to retirement than not working.
“There’s more to retirement than what to do with your money,” she says. “I get the emotional fear of getting older and thinking about what I’m going to do with my life now.”