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During the week, I interviewed Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider and pulled this snippet about investing, because it's perfect for "Jill on Money" listeners. It's just one minute, so check it out:

This advice is relevant for Elaine, in IL, a widow with large amount of money to invest, JD in KY, who needed a second opinion about his financial advisor and the portfolio itself, as well as John in CT, who recently sold his business and wants to know what he should do with the proceeds.

Jerry in CT is worried about a dollar collapse, so we talked about defensive strategies, while the most defensive strategy of them all went to Edwina, who is faced with earning less than 0.5 percent on her checking account or paying off a low interest loan.

Both Rasheed and Laura needed some tax planning advice--see links below on rules around deducting student loan interest and self-employment tips.

Here are web sites and resources mentioned in this week's show:

9 Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

Best CD Rates

Where to Stash Your Cash

How to generate income from your portfolio

Deducting student loan interest

Tax Deductions for freelancers

Self-employment tax planning

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mark, the BEST producer in the world. If you have a financial question, there are lots of ways to contact us:

Call 855-411-JILL and we'll schedule time to get you on the show LIVE

Send an email: askjill@moneywatch.com

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    Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated, Business Analyst for CBS News. She covers the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign on TV, radio (including her nationally syndicated radio show), the web and her blog, "Jill on Money." Prior to her second career at CBS, Jill spent 14 years as the co-owner and Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. She began her career as a self-employed options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York, following her graduation from Brown University.