6.22.19 Special Episode: Clark answers your investment and retirement planning questions

From Clark: “I get so many investing questions that I wanted to created a special episode where we can drill down to your specific questions about investing. That’s why we created this special episode.”

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Pixel 3a XL Review: The best smartphone Clark has ever used

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Popular smartphones from Apple and Samsung can cost you an arm and a leg, but Google’s latest Pixel phones have many of the same high-end features for half the price!

Money expert Clark Howard bought a Pixel 3a XL and has been testing it for about a month.

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Clark says it’s the best phone he’s ever used, but there’s a downside he’s not thrilled about. In this article, we’ll explain the pros and cons! Let’s get started…

Here’s why Clark loves the Google Pixel 3a XL

There are two big pros to this phone: the price and the camera.

Price

In May of 2019, Google introduced the affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL models. The least expensive version is $ 399. Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel 3 starts at double the price — $ 799.

Of course, new Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models can cost about $ 1,000 when they’re first released.

Clark purchased the bigger and more expensive of the two new Pixel phones. The 3a XL is $ 479. However, Clark traded in an old phone and paid only $ 179 for the new device.

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Camera

You get essentially the same camera on the Pixel 3a XL as you would on a more expensive Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel has a feature called Night Sight that allows you to take pictures in extremely low lighting, as well as the ultra-popular Portrait Mode.

Clark says the pictures he takes with his new Pixel 3a XL turn out great. Here are some examples:

Clark image taken from Google Pixel 3a XL

Clark image taken from Google Pixel 3a XL

The one con for Clark…

Clark’s biggest complaint about his Pixel 3a XL is that the 6-inch screen is smaller than he’d like.

Other drawbacks according to Wired and Engadget are that it cannot charge wirelessly, isn’t waterproof and that it doesn’t have expandable storage.

If those qualities are important to you, then this phone may not be the right pick.

Key features

Google’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones are solid devices with desirable features, including compatibility on the Big 4 networks: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Here are the technical specifications for the Pixel 3a XL that Clark has:

  • 6’’ Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 2.0GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core processor and 4G LTE speeds
  • Rear camera hardware: 12.2 dual-pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Front camera hardware: 8 MP
  • Autofocus with dual pixel phase detection
  • Optical + electronic image stabilization
  • 64GB storage
  • All day battery
  • Fast-charging
  • Pixel Imprint – back-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Unlocked for Google Fi, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T

Final thought 

Clark says if you’re shopping for a high-end phone on a budget, the Google Pixel 3a XL is a great value.

And when you’re ready to buy a new smartphone, it may also be a good time to look at ways to save on your cell phone plan. Here are the best plans and deals starting at $ 10 a month!

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5.17.19 Phone-addicted teens are getting burner phones; Clark Stinks

Teens are buying burner phones to stay connected after their primary phones have been taken by their parents; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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5.10.19 Auto makers getting into auto insurance; Clark Stinks

As automobiles become increasingly autonomous, the nature of car insurance is changing too. Tesla is at the forefront of this change; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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5.3.19 How to handle buying travel insurance before a trip; Clark Stinks

Travel insurance can be confusing. Clark talks about where to shop for travel insurance and how to know if you need it or not; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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4.26.19 How to quit smoking; Clark Stinks

Clark used to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. And he gives his thoughts on how to quit; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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4.5.19 Americans are borrowing money to pay for healthcare costs; Clark Stinks

Americans eschew certain healthcare procedures to cut costs and are often borrowing from others to pay for healthcare needs; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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3.29.19 Here are the benefits that employees really want; Clark Stinks

A new study details the benefits that employees really want from their employers; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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3.22.19 Free tax prep and your privacy; Clark Stinks

Free tax preparation services might be offering you that free service in exchange for your data; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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Gary Clark Jr. Is Confronting Racism With ‘This Land’

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BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Gary Clark Jr. has created a lot of conversation with “This Land,” the provocative first song off his latest album that shares the same name.

In the angry blues-rock song, he recounts racial epithets hurled his way and other racist taunts before he defiantly asserts that he too is “America’s son.” In the accompanying video, young black children confront racist imagery, including a noose, among other disturbing things.

Clark says the song was sparked after he sensed a change in his Austin, Texas neighborhood during the 2016 presidential election campaign between Hillary Clinton and eventual victor Donald Trump, and then a confrontation with a neighbor prompted him to write it.

“I would be driving home and I would see a lot more Trump signs than Clinton. Things in the news, there started to be conversation about — something shifted. I don’t know all of it. I’m not going to try and explain all of it, but you could see it in the news and what the narrative was. Having two young ones, it kind of made me concerned about what we were getting into,” said the 35-year-old musician.

Clark Jr. says a neighbor met him outside the home he’d recently purchased and told him there was no way he — a black man — could be its owner.

“I had to deal with something out in front of my house — I’m going to check the mail and I’m with my kid and I’m confronted by racism at my front door. And I’m like man, what time is it? What day is it? Where are we?” he said.

“I think it was something I was just sitting on for a while. I was taught to just be quiet and let things pass. And I was just tired of it. It’s like, I’m here, we are here. Strong, confident, we’re not going anywhere,” he added. “So you’re not going to tell me that I’m not worth it. You’re not going to tell anyone else that they’re not worth it. Because we all are.”

Clark Jr. now has two children with his wife Nicole Trunfio, a white Australian model. So he laughs at Twitter trolls who have called his latest song “reverse racism” online.

“How? Do you see my wife and my children? You know what I mean? Look at my band. We look like the Village People. There’s somebody from everywhere. (Sighs.) Out of darkness comes the light. So with the rest of the album, there are brighter notes. And the idea is hope and love and just showing love to people,” Clark said.

The genre-hopping artist says he crafted the rest of his album with a hip-hop producer’s mindset, sampling from a wide range of musical styles, crafting lyrics about politics and his personal life, then laying down his trademark guitar riffs.

“In my mind, I’m trying to be like Dr. Dre, Dilla, DJ Premier, RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan. I love that stuff. So that’s kind of what I do if I’m not playing guitar,” he said. “In the studio, there’s so many options. … It’s like man, let’s just have fun with it all. So that’s how I approached it. I just didn’t care. I just want to make what I feel. You can call it what you want but I call it music.”

Clark is currently on a tour across the United States.

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3.15.19 Well-known money advice guru ran ponzi scheme; Clark Stinks

Former “Money answer man” Jonathan Goodman was running a ponzi scheme and massively profiting from his shady relationships; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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3.14.19 Zebit CFO responds to Clark; Fee-laden target retirement funds; Renovation scams

Zebit sells electronics items to people with low credit scores. Clark made some comments earlier this week and now has the Zebit CFO on to respond to his comments; Fee-laden target retirement funds have been targeted by the SEC; A huge percentage of folks that decide to renovate a home feel that they were scammed in the process

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Guitar god Gary Clark Jr.: Racist neighbor fueled ‘This Land’

When guitar god Gary Clark Jr. started getting noticed early this decade, he was hailed as everything from the second coming of Jimi Hendrix to the savior of the blues. But strolling into a corner suite at the Dream Midtown hotel recently without the instrument that gives him his rock-star powers, he looks more like…
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2.22.19 Prostate cancer awareness; Clark Stinks

Clark was diagnosed with prostate cancer over 10 years ago. And he is working with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness. Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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2.15.19 Smart appliances invading your privacy; Clark Stinks

Smart appliances could be invading your privacy thanks to lax standards from the manufacturers; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here

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2.8.19 State lemon laws vary widely; Clark Stinks

Lemon laws are different in every state. But new ratings are out detailing which states have the best ones; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here

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1.25.19 Small business tax law changes; Clark Stinks

Clark talks about how the new(ish) tax law will affect small business owners; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here

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1.18.19 Paying bills will increase your credit score; Clark Stinks

Paying bills could now have a direct positive impact on your credit score thanks to Experian; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here

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1.9.19 LIVE from CES: Clark discusses keyless door locks, smartphone developments, eliminating porch pirates, medical devices and more!

LIVE from CES: Clark discusses keyless door locks, smartphone developments, eliminating porch pirates, medical devices and more!

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12.21.18 Clark Stinks; Clark tells the story of how he retired early

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Clark tells his story about how he retired at 31 and why he continues to teach personal finance to millions.

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12.14.18 Clark Stinks; Zoning laws have major impacts across the country

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Minneapolis just changed their single family zoning laws. Clark talks about the major impact that zoning laws have on municipalities.

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12.7.18 Clark Stinks; Free gifts for kids at Christmas

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Clark shares a long list of free gifts that will mean a lot to kids at Christmas time. 

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11.30.18 Clark Stinks; Video doorbells are catching criminals

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Video doorbells are all the rage right now. Millions are being sold every year in America. And one of the major benefits is that they are helping local police departments catch criminals. 

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11.9.18 Clark Stinks; Veterans Day

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Clark talks about the importance of Veterans Day and discusses his own service

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11.2.18 Clark Stinks; Gas prices going down for the Holidays

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Gas prices are going down just in time for the Holidays. And the US is now #1 in getting oil out of the ground.

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10.26.18 Clark Stinks; Minimum wage laws working?

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; The minimum wage law seems to be working well in Seattle.

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10.19.18 Clark Stinks; An easy way to avoid baggage fees

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Kayak has a new app that can help you quickly and easily avoid baggage fees.

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10.12.18 Clark Stinks; Waze carpool app is a game changer

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; The Waze carpool app is a game changer as it makes finding fellow commuters to share a ride with incredibly easy.

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10.5.18 Clark Stinks; Micro hotels work for Millennials

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Millennials are all about design and minimalism. That is definitely the case when it comes to the hotels they want to stay in.

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