Sheila Bair is the former FDIC Chair and, at one point, was named Forbes 2nd most powerful woman in the world. Her agency was responsible for steering us through the financial crisis of 2008. She received numerous awards and recognition for her work during this time.
She’s had a distinguished career in government, academia, as well as financial roles. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and countless other places.
During our show today, Sheila and I catch up because we were in touch during the crisis. I often would call her desk to learn about what was going on and get some updates or fact check for my reporting. She was always available for my questions. So, I jumped at the opportunity to interview her as we embark in a New Year. I got a chance to ask her what has history taught her as she looks to where the market is headed? How is the economy doing? Could we see a recurrence of the calamities of 2008 and 2009? Sheila tells me her newest obsession is retirement. She has partnered with robo advisor Blooom. It’s a robo advisor for your 401(k). I want to know how does it work? How is it special? So, she gives us the details and also shares her personal financial stories – how she was raised as a middle class child, how she is raising her children from a financial standpoint, her money mindset, and so much more.