Watching Trees Grow

A personal finance podcast for Gen Z.

Hosted by Troutwood CEO and Co-Founder, Gene Natali, CFA

Gene is an award winning author (The Missing Semester) with 20 years of experience in the financial industry, 8 years teaching collegiate personal finance at the University of Pittsburgh, and a passion for financial literacy education and empowerment.

Each episode answers YOUR money questions! Guests on the podcast include industry experts from finance, investing, academic, advocacy, and the non-profit space.

Find us on your favorite podcast platform and subscribe to Watching Trees Grow (because what if growing your money works the same way . . .)

Recent Episodes

3 Steps to Take When Building Your First Budget

Oct. 17, 2022

Join Troutwood CEO Gene Natali for a quick episode on how to build a budget and build it well - in 3 steps! Wondering how to get started on this easy 3-step budget? Listen to this episode of the Watching Trees Grow podcast t…

How to Save for College: With Virginia529 CEO

April 11, 2022

What is a 529 plan and why do you need one? On this week's episode, Mary Morris, CEO of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan, joins Gene to discuss the in’s and out’s of the plan and why everyone can, and should, have one! …

Speaker Series: Greg McBride, Chief Financial Advisor at

March 29, 2022

In this Speaker Series episode, Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst for, joins the podcast. Greg is an advocate for financial literacy and education and has made it his life work to help bring resources and fi…

Emergency Preparedness: Understanding Liquidity

March 23, 2022

Gene continues last week’s conversation on the importance of emergency preparedness. Rachel joins Gene on the podcast to talk more in depth about accessing your assets in an emergency. When does liquidity and easy access to …

Mailbag Series: Emergency Preparedness for your Finances

March 16, 2022

What is Emergency preparedness? Maybe you’re prepared for an environmental emergency, but what about a health emergency or job loss? Gene and Jeff were inspired by the student questions while teaching a course at Grove City …

The ABCs of Investment Consulting with Kweku Obed

March 10, 2022

Gene and Kweku discuss the ABC’s of investment Consulting, and share lessons that individual investors can learn from investment consultants. Marquette Associates is an investment consultant based in Chicago, Illinois. The c…