The Phil Ferguson Show

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By: Phil Ferguson

information and opinions on money, politics and Religion. All the things you should not discuss with your family.

384 Shannon Q, EE and I bonds, Schwab update
Last Friday at 10:55 AM

Interview with Shannon Q. She is a YouTuber and is a guest host on the Atheist Experience podcast.
YouTube Channel: https://www.patreon.com/ShannonQ
Investing Skeptically: EE and I Bonds, Sample Portfolio Adjustment, Schwab update.


383 Aron Ra, TIPS, Bonds, Commodities, Interest rates
05/28/2021

Interview with Aron Ra. We discuss many topics including his YouTube channel and his book.
Investing Skeptically: Discussion on inflation, interest rates, bonds, TIPS, Commodities and other investment topics.
Bonus Audio: Julia Sweeney


382 Time Shards and Bond Funds
05/17/2021

Interview with Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald. Book 3 "Tempus Fury" of the 3 part series "Time Shards" comes out on June 8, 2021. We discuss the trilogy and how it started and evolved!
Investing Skeptically: Which bond funds should you use - 2021
Bonus Audio: Readings of "About the Bible" as written by Robert Green Infersoll. Used with permission of CFI.
CD can be purchased here....
https://centerforinquiry.org/store/product/2-cd-set-lectures-by-ingersoll/


381 The risk of long term bonds
05/06/2021

Discussion on bonds and how interest rate changes can effect your return. Long term bonds are more likely to have big changes in value compared to short term Bonds.

Also Discussed: "Conservative Values" stock ETF, Super Shitty Fund - Stock buy back.

Bonus audio from Robert Green Ingersoll "About the Bible Part 2"


380 Robyn Blumner - Center for Inquiry
04/27/2021

Interview with Robyn Blumner. She is the President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry.
Investing Skeptically: JP Morgan pays 19 Million settlement, More Regulations?
Bonus audio: Recordings of Robert Green Ingersoll
You can buy the audio CD here....
https://centerforinquiry.org/store/product/2-cd-set-lectures-by-ingersoll/


379 Disproving God, IUL - Indexed Universal Life
04/18/2021

Interview with Staks Rosch "Disproving God and 5 Adequate Reasons To Be an Atheist".
Investing Skeptically: IUL - Indexed Universal Life
Bonus audio: Jim Jefferies
Closing audio: "Robert Green Ingersoll"


378 Empty the Pews, Don't Follow the Herd
04/11/2021

Interview with Chrissy Stroop. She is one of the authors and editors of "Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church." We discuss the book and her personal story out of religion.

Investing skeptically: Critique of a YouTube video that tries to scare you into buying their book on investing.

Also discussed: Covid-19 vaccination.


377 Schwab-TDA merger, deconversion, Harward & more
03/31/2021

Interview with "John from Arizona". We talk about his loss of faith story.
Investing Skeptically: Schwab - TDA merger, Harvard Endowment. SPAC - Special Purpose Acquisition Company


376 2021 Portfolio ideas, NFT Non Fungible tokens, PEP Pooled employer plans
03/19/2021

An investing skeptically Trifecta
- Some ideas on how to invest your portfolio in 2021
- NFT A new way for the rich to spend their money?
- PEP Pooled Employer Plans. In the next few years this may replace your 401k (and you may not like it)


375 Solar and EV discussion with Darrel Henschell
03/11/2021

Conversation with Darrel Henschell. We discuss home solar panels and how they work. We also discuss Electric cars (PHEV and BEV).
Investing Skeptically: Portfolio re-balancing.


374 Oh My Gods! - A Book For Children
03/02/2021

Interview with JR Becker. He is the author of a new book - Oh My Gods!. We talk about this new book and how you can help at Kickstarter! The will be a fun and beautiful book that teaches kids about the history of gods.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jrbecker/oh-my-gods-a-history-of-belief?ref=ksr_email_user_watched_project_launched
This is the 7th book in the Annabelle & Aiden series. These books help teach kids about the world without the lies inside of religions.

Investing Skeptically: How to NOT buy a mutual fund and a Super Shitty...


373 Ryan Burge - The Nones, Investing 101 - Bonds, Preferred Stock
02/26/2021

Investing Skeptically: Investing 101 - Bonds, Preferred stock? The Polaris recommended book list!

1) The Richest Man in Babylon โ€“ George S. Clason
https://www.amazon.com/Riches.../dp/B08LSYY7GG/ref=sr_1_1...
2) A Random Walk Down Wall Street โ€“ Burton G. Malkiel
https://www.amazon.com/Random.../dp/B07DP6YGVX/ref=sr_1_2...
3) Winning the Loserโ€™s Game โ€“ Charles D. Ellis
https://www.amazon.com/Winnin.../dp/1264258461/ref=sr_1_2...
4) Common Sense on Mutual Funds โ€“ John C. Bogle
https://www.amazon.com/Common.../dp/B00338060K/ref=sr_1_1...


372 Genetically Modified Skeptic, How to un-F#cK your portfolio
02/19/2021

Interview with Drew. His YouTube channel is "Genetically Modified Skeptic". We talk about his show and his escape from religion.

Investing Skeptically: How to un-F#cK your portfolio! Did you panic and sell? Do you own too much of one stock? This segment provides some ideas on how to fix it!


371 Leighann Lord, stocks 101, 15-Year Performance
02/11/2021

Interview with Leighann Lord. She is an author, comedian and A Very Funny Lady.
Investing Skeptically: 15-year Performance, Stocks 101


370 Trusts, Wealth tax, GameStop, Short Stock
02/05/2021

2 Interviews!

John McNair (Texas Attorney) - Discussion on trusts and changes in laws that effect trusts.

Helaine Olen (Autor of "Pound Foolish" and "The Index Card") - Discussion several financial topics: Wealth Tax, Selling Stocks Short, GameStop, Per share trading fee, Katie Porter, Capital Gains Tax etc....


369 GameStop, Short stock, Bitcoin, International stocks, 4 percent rule
01/28/2021

No interview but this show is packed with 90 minutes of great content. It includes but is not limited to:
- Game Stop
- Bitcoin
- The 4% Rule
- Short vs. Long selling stock
- NEW suggestion on International stock index funds


368 The One About Bed Bugs
01/23/2021

Interview with Chris Dietrich. He is an entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey (a part of the University of Illinois). He helps us understand everything about bed bugs.

2nd half of the show is me giving suggestions on how to kill / get rid of bed bugs.


367 - American Atheists with Samantha McGuire
01/16/2021

Interview with Samantha McGuire. She is the National Field Director for American Atheists. We discuss some court cases and plans for the 2021 online convention.

Investing Skeptically: Tax Loss Harvesting, Escheatment.


366 2020 Financial Year in Review, giving money to kids
01/05/2021

I review a handful of choices you have if you want to give money to kids.
2020 review. I go over the year end numbers for a variety of stock and bond funds.


365 Mormonism with Dan Ellis, Home loans, IRA v. ROTH
12/20/2020

Interview with Dan Ellis. He shares his story about growing up as a mormon.

Investing Skeptically: IRA or ROTH - which should you use. Home loan - time for a refi?


364 Secrets from Inside The Jehovah's Witnesses
12/04/2020

Interview with "Mike". He is currently a member of Jehovah's Witnesses and he wants you to know what is going on with this religion / cult.

Investing Skeptically: iQuant super shitty model, Sparrow fund


363 Ray Smock - Trump, Election Transition, Covid-19 and much more
11/23/2020

Interview with Raymond Smock. He is an author of 3 books on Trump. He was the first official historian for the US House of Representatives and was the director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at Shepherd University.

We discuss many of today's current topics.


362 Bernie Madoff, Trouble in Philly, Tactical Investing
11/18/2020

Interview with Erin Arvedlund. She is a financial journalist and has written 3 books. We talk about one of her books on Bernie Madoff. We also discuss a local Philadelphia advisor that is having trouble with the SEC.
Investing Skeptically : Tactical investing, Back tested data.


362 Bernie Madoff, Trouble in Philly, Tactical Investing
11/18/2020

Interview with Erin Arvedlund. She is a financial journalist and has written 3 books. We talk about one of her books on Bernie Madoff. We also discuss a local Philadelphia advisor that is having trouble with the SEC.
Investing Skeptically : Tactical investing, Back tested data.


361 Matt Dillahunty - The Hang Up
11/05/2020

We discuss: Trump, Biden, Covid, Economics, Abortion, Flat Earth etc.....


361 Matt Dillahunty - The Hang Up
11/05/2020

We discuss: Trump, Biden, Covid, Economics, Abortion, Flat Earth etc.....


360 The One About Annuities
10/30/2020

This one is all about annuities. There are 3 different examples of how an annuity can drain away your money.


360 The One About Annuities
10/30/2020

This one is all about annuities. There are 3 different examples of how an annuity can drain away your money.


359 From Atheist to Christian and back....
10/15/2020

Interviews with William Brinkman and Brent Guggisberg. The grew up in secular families but later became christians. Later the concluded that the evidence did not support their religion and they left.

Investing Skeptically: Dollar cost averaging....


359 From Atheist to Christian and back....
10/15/2020

Interviews with William Brinkman and Brent Guggisberg. The grew up in secular families but later became christians. Later the concluded that the evidence did not support their religion and they left.

Investing Skeptically: Dollar cost averaging....


358 Break 'Em Up by Zephyr Teachout
10/06/2020

Interview with Zephyr Teachout. We discuss her book "Break "Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money".
Investing Skeptically: An update on possible huge commissions with annuities.


358 Break 'Em Up by Zephyr Teachout
10/06/2020

Interview with Zephyr Teachout. We discuss her book "Break "Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money".
Investing Skeptically: An update on possible huge commissions with annuities.


357 - Donald Prothero - "Weird Earth"
09/25/2020

Interview with Donald R. Prothero. He has written more than 30 book and we discuss his newest "Weird Earth: Debunking Strange Ideas about Our Planet" . He also has books on geology, science deniers, Paleobiology, evolution, UFOs, Dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals and other topics.
Investing Skeptically: Investment patents?


357 - Donald Prothero - "Weird Earth"
09/25/2020

Interview with Donald R. Prothero. He has written more than 30 book and we discuss his newest "Weird Earth: Debunking Strange Ideas about Our Planet" . He also has books on geology, science deniers, Paleobiology, evolution, UFOs, Dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals and other topics.
Investing Skeptically: Investment patents?


356 Polaris Plan Part 6 & leaving religion
09/15/2020

Interview with Joseph Richardson. He struggled and found his way out of religion. We discuss his journey and how he once got thrown out of his city's government meeting for not standing for the prayer and pledge.
Investing Skeptically: Polaris Plan Part 6
Bonus audio: Julia Sweeney and Andy Serkis reads Trump's tweets as Gollum / Smeagol.


356 Polaris Plan Part 6 & leaving religion
09/15/2020

Interview with Joseph Richardson. He struggled and found his way out of religion. We discuss his journey and how he once got thrown out of his city's government meeting for not standing for the prayer and pledge.
Investing Skeptically: Polaris Plan Part 6
Bonus audio: Julia Sweeney and Andy Serkis reads Trump's tweets as Gollum / Smeagol.


355 The Family with Jeff Sharlet - Polaris Plan Part 5
09/06/2020

Interview with author Jeff Sharlet. We discuss some of his books and how religion, politics and blind ambition for power resulted in Trump.
A couple of his books...
-
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
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C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
- https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/06/inside-the-cult-of-trump-his-rallies-are-church-and-he-is-the-gospel
Investing Skpetically: The Polaris Plan Part 5

Bonus audio:
- West Wing bible lesson
- Susan Jacoby - A Christian Nation


355 The Family with Jeff Sharlet - Polaris Plan Part 5
09/06/2020

Interview with author Jeff Sharlet. We discuss some of his books and how religion, politics and blind ambition for power resulted in Trump.
A couple of his books...
-
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
-
C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
- https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/06/inside-the-cult-of-trump-his-rallies-are-church-and-he-is-the-gospel
Investing Skpetically: The Polaris Plan Part 5

Bonus audio:
- West Wing bible lesson
- Susan Jacoby - A Christian Nation


354 Secular Student Alliance & Polaris Plan Part 4
08/30/2020

Interview with Kevin Bolling. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA). We talk about growth of the SSA and how it helps almost 50,000 students in almost 3,000 schools / Universities. We need more secular thinkers and the SSA is a big part of the solution.
go here to donate:
http://secularstudents.org/phil/

Investing skeptically segment: The Polaris Plan Part 4!
Bonus audio-
Ayaan Hirsi Ali - I disagree with my father.
John F. Kennedy - Seperation of church and state


354 Secular Student Alliance & Polaris Plan Part 4
08/30/2020

Interview with Kevin Bolling. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA). We talk about growth of the SSA and how it helps almost 50,000 students in almost 3,000 schools / Universities. We need more secular thinkers and the SSA is a big part of the solution.
go here to donate:
http://secularstudents.org/phil/

Investing skeptically segment: The Polaris Plan Part 4!
Bonus audio-
Ayaan Hirsi Ali - I disagree with my father.
John F. Kennedy - Seperation of church and state