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Lynnette Khalfani-Cox: 'There's a Huge Wealth Gap in America'

The author and financial expert discusses the racial wealth and homeownership gap, college debt, and how she paid off her own debt.

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Our guest on the podcast today is Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. She's a personal finance expert, speaker, and author of 15 money-management books, including The New York Times best-seller, Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Khalfani-Cox and her husband co-own, which offers financial education consulting services, courses, and workshops. Before starting, Khalfani-Cox was a Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, where she covered business and personal finance news. She spent nearly 10 years at Dow Jones & Company working as a reporter, bureau chief, deputy managing editor, and personal finance editor. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine, and her master's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.



Books by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Improving the Racial Wealth Gap

"Here's What the 'Black Tax' Does to so Many Families--Including Mine," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Vox, March 24, 2021.

"How Income and Savings Affect the Racial Wealth Gap," by Steve Wendel,, Aug. 27, 2021.

"100 Must-Know Statistics about Race, Income, and Wealth," by Christine Benz,, June 8, 2020.

"Why the Racial Wealth Gap Exists, and What You Can Do About It," by Nicole Dieker, Haven Life, July 10, 2020.

"3 Ways to Close the Racial Wealth Gap After the Pandemic," by Kemberley Washington, Forbes, June 10, 2021.

"A Lesson in Economic Violence," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox,

"Financial Advice During the COVID-19 Pandemic," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox,, May 30, 2020.

"How to Set Money Boundaries With Your Family," Meena Thiruvengadam, Yahoo News, Sept. 8, 2021.

Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey

"A Money Expert Who Bought her Daughter an Apartment for College Said It Worked So Well She's Doing the Same Thing for her Son," by Liz Knueven, Business Insider, Sept. 24, 2019.

"Are You Ready for Homeownership?" by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox,

"Are You a Victim of Financial Abuse?" by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, AARP.

College Funding

"What to Do If You Can No Longer Afford to Pay for College Due to COVID-19," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox,

"Student Debt Sinks Retirees," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, AARP, April 18, 2017.

"Seven Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox,

"Tackling Student Loan Debt," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, AARP.

"Are Your Kids Making You Broke?" by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, AARP, January 2013.

7 Financial Tips for Parents of College Students," by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox,

Financial Wellness and Education

"7 Tips for Tackling Your Credit Card Debt, From Someone Who Paid Off $100,000 in 3 Years," by Elizabeth Gravier, CNBC, June 1, 2021.

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