Podcasts – HerMoney https://www.hermoney.com Life is the topic. Money is the tool. Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:18:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://www.hermoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-logo-amp-32x32.png Podcasts – HerMoney https://www.hermoney.com 32 32 HerMoney Podcast Episode 198: How To Protect Yourself From The Latest (And Incredibly Clever) Scams, With Frank Abagnale https://www.hermoney.com/protect/estate-planning/hermoney-podcast-episode-198-how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-latest-and-incredibly-clever-scams-with-frank-abagnale/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:18:14 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25774 The former con artist about whom the film “Catch Me If You Can” was made is here to dish on all the latest and greatest scams and how we can all stay safe.

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Unfortunately, identity fraud is everywhere. In 2017, more than 6% of consumers fell victim to it, and 33% of adults in the U.S. have experienced identity theft of some sort. Every day, credit card numbers are swiped, and fraudsters are constantly thinking of increasingly clever ways to text, email, call, or otherwise hack their way into our lives.  What does this mean for all of us? It means we have to take additional steps to ensure our own security, particularly where technology is concerned… 

But don’t take our word for it. Here to dish on all the ways to stay safe from would-be scammers looking for any path into our lines of credit, finances, and lives, is Frank Abagnale, author of the book “Scam Me If You Can,” who knows all the tricks up scammers sleeves. Yes, THAT Frank Abagnale — about whom the iconic movie “Catch Me If You Can” was made.

Tune in to hear Frank open up about his journey into the FBI after he spent time in prison, and how the “love of country and love of character” that he saw exhibited by his fellow FBI agents rubbed off on him. Frank talks about what he really thinks of the movie (and subsequent Broadway musical by the same name) made of his life, and just how many times he’s really seen them. 

Frank dishes on his new book, “Scam Me If You Can,” and what inspired him to write it. You may find some of the statistics he unearthed just as shocking as he did. For example, Millennials are scammed more often than seniors, but seniors lose more money because they have more money to be stolen. 

Frank shares thoughts on why people may not be willing to admit when they’ve been scammed, and why that’s one of the worst instincts they can have. (Hint: Failing to go to law enforcement simply means that your scammer is still out there looking for other victims!) 

He also educates us on some of the more common scams out there, including grandparent scams, sweepstakes scams, and romance scams, all of which he says have two things in common: 1) At some point, you’re going to get a request for money, and 2) At some point, the person you’re in contact with is going to ask for your personal information, including a birthdate, social security number, credit card number, or a credit card security code. 

Frank talks about how easy it is these days to manipulate a caller ID to display whatever you want, including “US Treasury” or “Social Security Administration,” and how scammers are getting increasingly good at creating emails that look authentic, using personal information they’ve pulled from social media. Frank says that more than 5,000 phishing emails are received per day in the United States, with about $12 billion stolen per year. “If you tell someone where you were born and your date of birth, that’s all they need to know,” he says. 

He also discusses the dangers of answering robocalls as well as robo texts, and the increasingly common “romance scams” (sometimes called “dating scams”) that resulted in $140 million stolen in 2018 alone. Frank also discusses his podcast with AARP, “The Perfect Scam,” which profiles America’s biggest scam stories, and talks about some of the ways women may be more vulnerable to falling victim. 

In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about ESG funds, and how to know if your money is truly making an impact, and they answer a question from a listener about gaining access to her old frequent flyer miles and other credit card points that she fears her ex is using. We also tackle several questions from a new couple looking to get their life together started off right by negotiating for bonuses and relocation fees, and saving up for a down payment on a house. Lastly, in thrive, Jean discusses how we can all get  waivers for things like late payments and annual fees, and the “secret sauce” for convincing customer service reps to give you what you want. 

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HerMoney Podcast Episode 197: Living Childfree And Making Empowered Decisions Around Motherhood https://www.hermoney.com/connect/motherhood/hermoney-podcast-episode-197-living-childfree-and-making-empowered-decisions-around-motherhood/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:17:41 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25717 More women than ever are choosing the childfree life. This week we dive into what their decisions mean for their lives and finances.

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We live in a world where women can choose to do and become anything we want… CEOs, engineers, cops, military generals, second-act career-starters, the list goes on. And in the same way that women are intentionally choosing and celebrating the things they want to become, they’re also intentionally avoiding what they don’t — and one of those things is motherhood. 

The birthrate in the U.S. hit a 30-year low in 2018, dropping to 3.8 million births, according to The National Center For Health Statistics, but that number just punctuated what many of us have known anecdotally for years — that there is a growing chorus of women who are happily choosing the childfree life. This week’s guest, Maxine Trump, is an award-winning writer, producer and director of the feature film, “To Kid or Not To Kid,” which confronts the societal expectations around motherhood. 

Maxine explains how, in 2020, more women than ever are able to “consider what makes us happy and pursue that.” Jean and Maxine tackle why society may be so late in approaching motherhood as a choice, and why the choice of motherhood may still feel like a taboo subject in some circles. 

The pair also dive into when “childfree” came into the vernacular, and how it compares to “childless.” They also discuss the growing number of women who are choosing to live childfree, including the women who are part of the #birthstrike movement, who have concerns about bringing children onto a warming planet. They also touch on how financial questions are coming into play for many would-be mothers who have decided that they simply can’t afford the monetary commitment of raising children, as well as women for whom their careers are the priority. “Fundamentally, it’s about what you want. Every woman should be allowed to choose what they want, to have children or not. It should be a decision that we’re all empowered to make,” Maxine explains. 

The duo also explore the life cycle of childfree women, and how we can best prepare for retirement and beyond, and leave a legacy behind. Maxine explains how one of her reasons for not having children was her passion for filmmaking, and how she didn’t want to have to sacrifice her ability to make movies in order to have a child. 

Maxine explains how, in our society, it seems we’re always congratulating women for their decision to have children (at baby showers, gender reveal parties, and more) but never do we think to congratulate women on their decision not to have kids. But this is something we should adopt in order to be more inclusive to the growing number of women who are childfree. 

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle questions about investing while keeping required minimum distributions in mind, making catch-up contributions, and the decision as to whether to pursue home renovations or move. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean dives into the secret “consumer score” that many of us have, which is the score that takes into account our consumer activity and may impact our customer service experiences in future. 

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HerMoney Podcast Episode 196: How To Successfully Take A Career Break  https://www.hermoney.com/earn/careers/hermoney-podcast-episode-196-how-to-successfully-take-a-career-break/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:21:48 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25623 This week, we’re talking about how to exit and enter the workforce while keeping your career on the trajectory you envisioned. 

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While care-taking for those we love most can be a beautiful, wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way experience, we often pay a substantial price. Our time out of the workforce reduces our earning power by an average of 18%, and that number goes up to 37% when our breaks last three years or longer. While those numbers are sobering, they don’t change the realities of life. According to the Harvard Business Review, 43% of women with children leave their careers or take a career break, and 24% of women duck out of the workforce at some point to care for an aging parent. 

In other words, sometimes we have to take a step back, or step out, but there are ways to do it that can lessen the blow to our careers, according to Stacey Delo and Jennifer Gefsky, co-authors of “Your Turn: Careers, Kids and Comebacks — A Working Mother’s Guide. Together, they run Apres, a digital career platform for women who are returning to the workforce, or who may be pivoting within the workforce. 

Jean, Stacey and Jennifer dive into a discussion around what it means to step out of the workforce completely, transition to part-time, or simply ask for more flexibility in your schedule. The trio break down the cost of stepping out, how to weigh the expense of daycare against your salary, and how to determine what you might be losing out on in terms of salary and retirement savings if you do take a break.

Stacey and Jennifer break down some of their favorite strategies for returning to the workforce, and how to move past the guilt that may go along with decisions to either stay in a job or leave it. They also discuss the disturbing trend of women rejecting promotions for fear of what it may mean for their home life, and what we can all do to change that conversation. 

We also discuss what you can say to prospective employers when you’re ready to get back to work, and how to tell your “gap story.” Hint: Explain it quickly and concisely, because employers just want to know that you’re ready, and that you’ll be a committed employee. Then we explore how to maintain your network while you’re out of the workforce so that when you’re ready to ignite your job search, you won’t feel out of touch. 

Lastly, in mailbag, Jean answers a question from a listener wondering if she should be paying her financial advisor $3,000 a year to manage her IRA. She also tackles a question about HSA contributions and income level, and reviews some of the best investment options for Gen-Y. In Thrive, we look at the trend of companies enabling employees to save for retirement at the same time they’re paying down student loans. 

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HerMoney Podcast Episode 195: Selling A Home, Moving, Renovations, Downsizing And More https://www.hermoney.com/invest/real-estate/hermoney-podcast-episode-195-selling-a-home-moving-renovations-downsizing-and-more/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:32:06 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25565 It's time to stop thinking like a seller and start thinking like a buyer.

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If you’re looking to move, sell a home, buy a home, renovate, downsize or even rent, then this episode is for you. We’re tackling all of the above, and diving into the emotional ties we all have to the four walls that surround us, and to the possessions we have inside them. Why do we make decisions with our hearts that should be made by the financial part of our brains?

To answer that question, Jean is joined by Caroline Carter, founder and CEO of Done in a Day, a Washington, D.C. based home transition and move management company. Caroline is also the author of the book “Smart Moves: How To Save Time And Money While Transitioning Your Home And Life.”

Caroline was inspired to start her career when she recognized her own passion for “creating organization out of chaos.” Moving is one of the most stressful life events we go through, and every year approximately 40 million Americans move. Caroline dives into how we can all bring the stress levels down when embarking on a move, and dishes on some of her favorite tips she’s learned from helping more than 2,000 families over the last 14 years.

Caroline talks about how sellers should package their homes to sell so that the buyer sees the value, and offers a checklist of things for people to do before they put their homes on the market. One trick: You can never go wrong by going to your local home depot and snagging a gallon of paint. (Neutralizing your personal space is always a good move, because you have to turn your home back into a house in order to sell it, she says.)

Caroline also dives into ways we can de-clutter our space, and how best to ignore the temptation to put everything into storage when what we really need is a trip to the dump… Oftentimes it’s not worth the cost of moving and storing things just because of the emotional implications they may have.

She also offers a step-by-step guide for how to tackle the moving process in the most efficient way possible. Hint: Start with the things that only you can do, and then plan to hire help for the things that you can’t do yourself. Also, Caroline shares her thoughts on what people regret most after a move, and how to decide how much space you’ll really need if you’re downsizing.

Then, in Mailbag, Jean advises a mom who is concerned about saving for her son’s college education, and guides a woman who’s considering putting all her investments into a target date fund. She also counsels a listener who’s worried about timing the markets while recession fears are looming. Lastly, in Thrive, we dish on allowances for kids, and how much they should really be getting.

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HerMoney Podcast Episode 194: How To Be More Productive Than Ever In 2020  https://www.hermoney.com/earn/careers/hermoney-podcast-episode-194-how-to-be-more-productive-than-ever-in-2020/ Wed, 01 Jan 2020 07:06:29 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25490 We're kicking off the New Year with all the tools you need to succeed in your career and get more accomplished than ever before.

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Will 2020 be the year you secure that promotion, land a new job, or finally get your side hustle off the ground? Maybe you just want to be better about knocking things off your to-do list each day, or perhaps you’re ready to become that ultra-productive, ultra-accomplished version of yourself you’ve envisioned in the movie montage of your life?

Thankfully on this week’s episode, Julie Morgenstern is here to tell us all exactly how we can get there. Julie is one of the world’s leading experts on organization, productivity and time management, and is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including ‘Organizing From The Inside Out,’ ‘Time Management From The Inside Out,’ and ‘Never Check Email In The Morning.’ Her books have been turned into a popular executive training program that empowers individuals to ramp up their productivity and get the absolute most out of their hours in the day.

Julie says if you’ve been feeling like you’re treading water, you’re not alone. Many people feel like they accomplish less as they get older, because time seems to go faster. But, she stresses, while there’s great joy in racking up accomplishments, there’s also great joy in a life well-lived; you have to make time for important life connections and experiences along the way.

Julie offers her tips for how to get the absolute most out of the limited hours you have in your work day, and shares her favorite tricks for avoiding getting caught up in a false sense of urgency with all of the day’s email notifications, IMs, text messages, and Slack pings. She also dives into the importance of to-do lists, and the need to have a road map of where you’re going on any given day. She says lists are “a simple tool with incredible power to help you be fully present in what you do,” and cautions that too many of us don’t have a single consistent place where we keep a record of our necessary tasks. Unfortunately, those of us who have our to-dos scattered amongst many systems can spend 30% of our day trying to figure out what we might be missing. She shares her thoughts on the very best place to keep your to-do list to ensure the conversation shifts from “when” you’re going to do something to, “how long is it going to take me?”

If you’re struggling with feeling like you can’t get anything done during the work week, Julie recommends blocking out time on your calendar at work so that you’re always in control of your schedule. Yes, blocking time even for the most mundane of tasks is recommended — that way you’ll be sure to get it done! When it comes to email, IMs and Slack, Julie recommends “batch processing” these messages every 2-3 hours. Many of us feel a false sense of satisfaction simply from checking a screen, when in reality, we’d be much better off (and more productive) if we disconnected from our devices several times a day.

Julie also talks about how we can use some of her most tried and true strategies in our personal lives, and dives into how taking time off can actually make you a better leader and a better colleague. “Really renewing and recharging is one of the best professional investments you can make in yourself. Stepping away gives you perspective and lets your whole brain work on any problems you might be having,” she says. Along those same lines, she talks about the importance of self care, and why sleep, exercise, and the pursuit of our hobbies and passions is so very important to leading a rich and fulfilling life.

Lastly, in mailbag, Jean counsels a woman who was turned down for a credit increase she requested, and offers guidance on credit utilization. She also guides a listener who is considering participating in her company’s employee stock purchase program. We also dive into a debate on buying cars vs. leasing cars. In Thrive, Jean tackles the often tricky, often sticky group birthday dinner, and  how we can all improve our group outings (and the impact they have on our wallets) in 2020.

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HerMoney Podcast Bonus Mailbag #18: Credit, Credit Cards and Debt https://www.hermoney.com/borrow/debt/hermoney-podcast-bonus-mailbag-18-credit-credit-cards-and-debt/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 13:53:30 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25465 We're tackling a special batch of listener questions on credit, credit cards, and debt in this Mailbag-only episode.

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In honor of a very happy holiday season, we’re celebrating with our HerMoney family with five special Mailbag-focused episodes! Our listeners submit THE BEST questions all year long (to mailbag@hermoney.com), and we wanted to get as many as possible answered before 2020 rolls around.

In this episode, Jean and Kathryn dive into your questions around credit, credit cards, and debt. Jean answers a question about how business credit cards can impact your personal credit, and what it means for your credit score when you close a business account.

We also dive into a question about adding a child to your credit card as an authorized user to help them build credit. (Note: Not every credit card company reports credit history of authorized users.)

Jean also guides a listener who is wondering if she should claim bankruptcy, see a credit counselor, get a side gig, or cash out a retirement annuity in order to get back on track. Lastly, we advise a woman who is looking to pay down debt with personal loans, while also working to improve her credit score, and to stay motivated to pay down her debt.

From everyone on the HerMoney team, thank you so much for listening to us in 2019. We can’t wait to spend more quality time together in the New Year!

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HerMoney Podcast Bonus Mailbag #17: College, Education And Student Loans https://www.hermoney.com/borrow/student-loans/hermoney-podcast-bonus-mailbag-17-college-education-and-student-loans/ Sat, 28 Dec 2019 23:53:57 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25462 We're tackling a special batch of listener questions on college, education and student debt in this Mailbag-only episode.

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In honor of a very happy holiday season, we’re celebrating with our HerMoney family with five special Mailbag-focused episodes! Our listeners submit THE BEST questions all year long (to mailbag@hermoney.com), and we wanted to get as many as possible answered before 2020 rolls around.

In this episode, Jean and Kathryn dive into your questions around college, education, and student loans. Listen in as Jean advises a woman who co-signed for her daughter’s student loans and is now struggling to repay the debt because her daughter hasn’t taken responsibility for the loan.

We also hear from a woman who is getting a divorce, and her husband has told her he won’t be contributing to their two children’s college funds once they turn 18. She’s looking for a way to ensure her money grows as quickly as it can, and is debating an ESA (Education Savings Account) for her son who is in college.

Jean also guides a listener on how the 529 accounts she has for her nieces might impact their ability to get financial aid, and what to do with those accounts before they head to college. Lastly, Jean tackles a question about the best ways to refinance $180,000 in student loans while still being eligible for income-based repayment plans.

From everyone on the HerMoney team, thank you so much for listening to us in 2019. We can’t wait to spend more quality time together in the New Year!

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HerMoney Podcast Bonus Mailbag #16: Retirement and Investing https://www.hermoney.com/invest/retirement/hermoney-podcast-bonus-mailbag-16-retirement-and-investing/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 15:14:27 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25442 We're tackling a special batch of listener questions on saving for retirement and investing in this Mailbag-only episode. 

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In honor of a very happy holiday season, we’re celebrating with our HerMoney family with five special Mailbag-focused episodes! Our listeners submit THE BEST questions all year long (to mailbag@hermoney.com), and we wanted to get as many as possible answered before 2020 rolls around.

In this episode, Jean and Kathryn dive into your questions around saving for retirement and investing for the long-haul. Listen in as Jean advises a woman on how much she really needs to save for retirement… Is $1.7 million per person the right amount, or perhaps 25 times your annual expenses? Jean also shares her thoughts with a woman who’s debating where to put an extra $4,000 she has annually to invest for retirement.

Jean guides a mother of twins who is saving for retirement in a 401(k) and also considering investing in real estate and putting money into an HSA, in an effort to maximize her money for herself and her girls. Lastly, we tackle the question of investing worries that are rooted in a fear of losing money, and a question about selling stock in order to pay off the mortgage early.

From everyone on the HerMoney team, thank you so much for listening to us in 2019. We can’t wait to spend more quality time together in the New Year!

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HerMoney Podcast Episode 193: Missing Loved Ones This Time Of Year? An Expert Helps Guide Us Through https://www.hermoney.com/connect/family/hermoney-podcast-episode-193-missing-loved-ones-this-time-of-year-an-expert-helps-guide-us-through/ Wed, 25 Dec 2019 11:51:47 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25416 Grief and remembrance expert Allison Gilbert shares thoughts on how we can all remember our loved ones and honor their legacy every day. 

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We all experience loss in our lives, and dealing with grief while also honoring and remembering our loved ones can be incredibly challenging. Particularly around the holidays, those who were closest to us who have passed on are often at the forefront of our minds.

This week, Jean sits down with Allison Gilbert, an Emmy-award winning journalist, and the author of “Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.” Her book has been described as a “how-to” manual for remembering our loved ones, and contains 85 practical ways to remember, honor, and celebrate those who have passed. “There is more that we can do than just going to a cemetery or lighting a candle,” Allison says, adding that she wanted to find a way to make her parents real for her two children who didn’t have their maternal grandparents. “I wanted them to truly understand and value and appreciate all those things that came from the Gilbert family,” she says.

Allison walks us through how we can all take ownership of ensuring our loved ones’ memories live on in perpetuity. She also talks about how we can be an awesome friend and coworker to people who have lost loved ones, when we just aren’t sure what to say. (She also includes ideas for special remembrance gifts, which we all need!)

Allison also shares why the way we talk about our late loved ones matters. “When I’m speaking to my children, I never say ‘my mom’ or ‘my dad,’ I will always say ‘your grandmother’ and ‘your grandfather,’ because it orients that relationship to them, and makes it more tangible to what they would have missed,” she says.

Jean and Allison also talk about all of the baggage, stuff and money that’s often associated with death, and the ways that people can best deal with it. (Hint: Nothing has to be done today, tomorrow, or even the next day after a loss… You can have some breathing room and wait six months before you do anything.) In other words, you don’t have to wake up and immediately sell the house. Rather, you can wait until the emotions aren’t so raw. You can take a breath and then bring in an advisor (a financial advisor, a trusted friend or family member) who is more neutral and who can help you think about next steps and perhaps purging your loved one’s goods over time.

Allison also breaks down a guide for how to repurpose and donate your loved one’s possessions, and how to make giving things away a less guilt-ridden process. She also offers up her thoughts on how to make it easier for our own children and grandchildren to deal with our “stuff” and to remember us after we’re gone. Thankfully, the digital world has changed the game when it comes to remembering. It’s easier than ever to share stories in a family Google doc, upload and digitize photos, and share memories — it’s no longer the responsibility of one family member to be the repository of the entire family history.

Then, in Mailbag, Jean advises a woman going through a divorce on whether to keep saving or pay down her debt, since she will likely be splitting assets and liabilities evenly with her husband. She also guides a listener who’s considering refinancing her home loan but is unsure if it’s worth the time and effort to save half a percentage point, and offers her thoughts on getting a prenup to a woman who’s engaged to a man who has a strained relationship with his children. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean dishes on how to retain your sanity and energy levels when pursuing a side gig.

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HerMoney Podcast Bonus Mailbag #15: Home Buying and Real Estate https://www.hermoney.com/invest/real-estate/hermoney-podcast-bonus-mailbag-15-home-buying-and-real-estate/ Sun, 22 Dec 2019 05:24:28 +0000 https://www.hermoney.com/?p=25402 We're tackling a special batch of listener questions on real estate and home-buying in this Mailbag-only episode. 

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In honor of a very happy holiday season, we’re celebrating with our HerMoney family with five special Mailbag-focused episodes! Our listeners submit THE BEST questions all year long (to mailbag@hermoney.com), and we wanted to get as many as possible answered before 2020 rolls around.

In this episode, Jean and Kathryn dive into your questions around real estate and home buying. Jean advises a listener on how to buy a new home when all your money is tied up in your old one, as well as the ins and outs of selling a rental home while keeping some money liquid for a new home purchase.

She also advises on whether or not a listener should pay off her mortgage early, or invest the money, and weighs in on whether or not a couple should renovate and sell their home, or stay put.

From everyone on the HerMoney team, thank you so much for listening to us in 2019. We can’t wait to spend some more quality time together in the New Year!

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