Best personal finance podcasts

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Podcasts are a great and free way to learn about saving and investing. Here are some of the very best personal finance podcasts we feel are worthy of your “must-listen” line-up:

Planet Money

Planet Money is perhaps the best all-around podcast about money and economics out there right now. The production values are extremely high — as you'd expect from any NPR show — but it stands out for its ability to explain the most complex economic issues in straightforward and innovative ways. Their most famous episode, “Giant Pool of Money” with This American Life, remains one of the best pieces of explanatory journalism on the housing crisis in any medium. If you still aren't certain what caused the housing crisis of 2008 and the global money panic that followed definitely give this episode a listen.

Bad With Money

If you don't know a stock from a bond or an IRA from the IRS, you may want to check out Bad With Money with YouTube comedian and former BuzzFeed writer Gaby Dunn. While primarily geared toward millennials, this podcast is a sonic kick-in-the-pants for anyone who needs to get a handle on their money management (or lack thereof.) One of the better episodes allowed listeners to come along as Gaby unloaded all her financial baggage to a financial psychologist. Yes, your parents' attitudes about money are likely affecting you today. This is not the place for advice on sophisticated financial instruments or advanced savings and investing — by any means — but Gaby's voice is fresh and the tone 100 percent non-judgmental.

The Disciplined Investor

The Disciplined Investor is a favorite of several folks in our commenting community. Hosted by Andrew Horowitz, a professional money manager, this podcast is for listeners who already have a degree of comfort with investing. Horowitz regularly features respected experts from the financial community to help investors profit. Recent guests include Satyajit Das, an author and journalist who writes the Das Capital Column in the UK's Independent newspaper.

Listen Money Matters

Andrew Fiebert and Matt Giovanisci are the brains (and voices) behind Listen Money Matters, a podcast that aims to be the “ultimate personal finance resource” with a little bit of attitude. On the “air” since 2013, they discuss saving and investing, interview financial experts, and otherwise keep their audience entertained with their irreverent style.

Marketplace

American Public Media's Marketplace program is heard on public radio stations across the United States. It's also available as in podcast format. Though Marketplace specifically covers business and economics, much of the material relates to personal finance. Another similar option would be the Freakonomics podcast from the duo that created the popular book of the same name, especially if you want more Econ 101 with your everyday money talk.

Plain Talk on Investing

Vanguard's Plain Talk on Investing podcast is a bi-weekly series “dedicated to helping you achieve financial success through practical, easy-to-follow steps.” Episodes include a wide range of investment topics.

Sound Investing

Sound Investing with Paul Merriman produces what Money Magazine calls “the best money podcast”. This is a weekly radio program that has been on the air for eight years in Seattle. “Sound Investing provides clear, concise advice on money and retirement, and includes interviews with the most influential people in the money business including Vanguard's Jack Bogle, Kiplinger's Knight Kiplinger, and Money Magazine's Jason Zweig.”

The Dave Ramsey Show

The Dave Ramsey Show is a daily call-in show about personal finance. You can get an hour of the show each day as a free podcast, though if you want the entire thing, you have to pay to join Ramsey's site.

What money podcasts do you listen to? Please share in the comments below.

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Charlie Park
Charlie Park
12 years ago

I’m a big fan of Clark Howard’s radio show, which he makes available on his website, clarkhoward.com. His advice is really sound and down-to-earth, and his personality is really fun and engaging.

Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis
12 years ago

I was about to suggest Clark Howard also. Not sure how popular he is elsewhere but where I live, South East USA, he is very popular.

He is a big time consumer advocate and will go way out of his way to help people get their money back after being ripped off.

Mister E
Mister E
12 years ago

What’s a podcast?

Heidi
Heidi
12 years ago

Thanks for this list, JP. I was wondering who out there is doing financial podcasts well – we usually download NPR’s “This American Life” and smodcasts when we travel – it would be good to add some topical content!

J.D.
J.D.
12 years ago

@Mister E Oops. I had meant to add he definition of a podcast to this post, but forgot. Good catch. A podcast is like a short internet-based radio program. Almost like an “audio blog”, really. Each episode is a small audio file (generally an mp3) that is usually between five and thirty minutes long. Listeners download these files to their computers and sometimes to their mp3 players. Many National Public Radio programs have podcasts. For example, Kris missed “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” last Saturday. If it weren’t a rerun, she would have downloaded the podcast to listen at her… Read more »

Cat
Cat
12 years ago

If you do decide to go the podcast route, consider this a plea for transcripts as well. As a hearing-impaired GRS fan, I’d be sad to miss out on anything. 🙂

jtimberman
jtimberman
12 years ago

Two points. 1. Clarifying on podcasts: We’ve all heard of RSS feeds, XML, etc in the blog part of the internet. A podcast is simply an RSS feed specifically for audio files. All a podcast program (like the podcast section of iTunes, or Doppler) does is automatically download the content part of the latest entries – the MP3s – and store them on your hard drive, where you can then sync them to your mp3 device of choice. 2. Dave Ramsey makes all three hours of his show available, *commercial free*, for My Total Money Makeover site members. I am… Read more »

fivecentnickel.com
fivecentnickel.com
12 years ago

I tried Money Girl’s podcasts, but they were sorta… well… lame. Money Guy, NCN, Sound Investing, and Vanguard are all good ones, though.

Marilyn
Marilyn
12 years ago

The Financial Aid podcast is great for college students. I know it has been a real kick in the pants for me to get on the ball and get some scholarships! So far I’m at 4000 this year from some of the scholarship search secrets free ebook. http://www.financialaidpodcast.com/

~Marilyn

Frugal Dad
Frugal Dad
12 years ago

I enjoy both Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard, and am looking forward to adding the ones J.D. identified to the mix. Now I just need more time to actually listen to them all!

jerichohill
jerichohill
12 years ago

Oh JD, you know I will hound you about the talkcastuntil you give in!

My.cold.dead.hands
My.cold.dead.hands
12 years ago

This was an awesome article. About 8 months ago I decided that I wanted to start understanding my investments better, particularly, the best ways to select a mutual fund. Up until that time I was on auto-pilot and essentially throwing a dart at what generally “fit”. Over that time period I found about 8 blogs that I routinely check and about 5 podcast that I subscribe to and listen to every day when I drive or workout. Dave Ramsey, Clark Howard, Paul Merriman and Chuck Jaffe are my staples, but I started adding others like The Index investing Show by… Read more »

John Eklund
John Eklund
12 years ago

I also really like Michelle Singletary’s Color of Money podcast – it’s one of the weekly must-listen-to-podcasts for me – look for it in the NPR podcasts. Good, quick podcast with some gems in it. She does the nationally syndicated column the Color of Money in the Washington Post as well.

mahalie
mahalie
12 years ago

Great post, and great idea from commenter on downloading podcasts for road trips…I have so many subscriptions I don’t get around to reading.

If there are any, I’d be interested in podcasts on being a new home owner (home caretaking basics) and on how to be a cheapskate…I really need to budget now more than ever!

Sherman
Sherman
12 years ago

Ric Edelman is a staple! I listen to him and Ramsey everytime there’s a new show. He wrote “The Lies about Money” and is a professional finacial planner for the wealthy.

pdxrlk
pdxrlk
12 years ago

Pro Money Talk is fantastic – more advanced than most you list here, but still accessible for the advanced amateur.

Sandy Naidu
Sandy Naidu
12 years ago

Thank you for the list…Money Girl is my favorite..There are a few on the list which I had not heard of before…Which is good because I have more to listen to now.

rcrc
rcrc
12 years ago

http://robblack.com/

Excellent Bay Area, California local.

“All Things Financial.
Rob gives you basic information about resources and materials to help you become an educated investor. His approach to investing is honest, plain and simple. “

Nicole
Nicole
12 years ago

Wow, I did a whole review on about twenty podcasts but it seems there are new ones all the time (also I was only getting things off iTunes). Feed the pig is one I happened upon last week and thought was quite good, though Money Girl has been consistently posting for months now, which I appreciate.

Peter
Peter
12 years ago

I would just point out that the Money Girl podcast is no longer being hosted by Mignon (she hosted the first ~60 episodes). There have been some guest hosts since she left about a month ago. No idea where the show or the quality is headed.

Shirley
Shirley
12 years ago

J.D.–Why don’t you start out doing a few shows on Blog Talk Radio? Their shows are all archived and can be listened to later online or downloaded for podcasts. They also have a feature called Cinch where you can call in notes or a broadcast from your phone. I admit I am not up on all of it yet, but BTR has grown greatly in its short time and there are some great shows there with both well known folks and hosts you’ve never heard of. It’s all free except for the call to NY (unless you have a one-price… Read more »

Duff
Duff
12 years ago

Excellent list! Thanks for this.

Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife
Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife
12 years ago

I listen to quite a few of these, and the most informative are Rob Black and Ric Edelman (if you can get thru Ric’s cheesiness and sound affects). Dave Ramsey seems to be repetitive after you’ve listened to him for a few months, but I still catch it now and then.

I’ve listed my own favorites below

http://lifelessonsmilitarywife.blogspot.com/2008/04/very-best-of-podcasts-stuck-in-traffic.html

Franke
Franke
12 years ago

Don’t forget the Marketplace Money show, which has a segment every week devoted to personal finance.

Muhlyssa
Muhlyssa
12 years ago

I think Money Girl is too basic for people who are moderately educated about finance. I’m addicted to marketplace money and I also really like The Wall Street Journal’s daily “Your Money Matters”

Sean
Sean
12 years ago

I’ve caught or planned to catch most of them,
http://www.financialramblings.com/podcasts/
but ‘Money Blogger Podcast’ is a cool find, thanks.

Ramsey has the longest “listening lifespan” of my PF podcasts. Even if you know 95% of what he’s going to say and how he’s going to say it, the callers are interesting.

That is the challenges in this category, keeeping it fresh. Sometimes it is not attainable within a particular show. Or maybe the long-lasting freshness needs to be baked into the format in the beginning.

Michael M
Michael M
12 years ago
Brian Preston, CPA/PFS, CFP
Brian Preston, CPA/PFS, CFP
12 years ago

I was extremely excited that my show made the list. By day I am a Fee-Only Wealth Manager on the south side of Atlanta. I started the Money Guy Show as a hobby to help provide truly objective advice to the public. Fortunately, the show has grown based upon the support of my listeners. We do not have a large corporation or marketing machine out there promoting our site, so as you can imagine recognition like this is extremely important and flattering. Please feel free to check us out at MoneyGuy.com. Thanks again for noticing the Money Guy Show.

Brian

Arrow79
Arrow79
12 years ago

I particularly like WSJ This Morning, which isn’t all money news and is much more lifestyle-oriented, but it’s got some good information in there if you don’t mind a long format show.

Susan
Susan
12 years ago

I’m also a fan of Michelle Singletary. In addition to her Podcasts on NPR, and her syndicated column, she has online chats on the Washington Post where she takes questions directly. She also has a monthly Personal Finance book that she recommends and often the author joins her for the chats.

Her style is very down to earth. She was raised by her Grandmother “Big Momma” and Big Momma’s common sense and work ethic play a big part in Singletary’s advice.

http://www.npr.org/series/4465062/the-color-of-money

Anthoney Grigsby
Anthoney Grigsby
12 years ago

I’m new to the scene, but I hope my podcast makes the Top 12 list next time.

I still have a ways to go but I’m not giving up!

Simon
Simon
12 years ago

The Index Investing show is the best financial podcast I have heard.

Ben
Ben
11 years ago

Actually I have a great show for you all to check out. It’s called “30 Minutes of Personal Finance” and can be found at iTunes and http://www.30minutefinance.com. I have had the show for about 18 months now, love doing it, and will continue to do so well into the future.

Check it out!

Andrew
Andrew
11 years ago

The disciplined Investor Podcast with Andrew Horowitz is one of my favorites. http://www.thedisciplinedinvestor.com/blog/category/podcasts/

BG
BG
11 years ago

I agree with Andrew (the above post). The Disciplined Investor is one of my favorites. I also like a lot of NPR podcasts.

Jon
Jon
11 years ago

I agree with the Andrew and BG the Disciplined Investor is the best show when it comes to investing. I have a general list of my top podcasts at my site if anybody is interested. BTW, awesome list, can’t wait to give these podcasts a listen.

Carrie
Carrie
5 years ago

Have you heard Jason Hartman’s Creating Wealth Podcast (JasonHartman.com) -I believe)? This is an AMAZING show based on real estate investments, from successful realtors and investors just like their host Jason. It’s really valuable for individuals who are just beginning (like me) and experts who have already hit their millionaire status, but looking to add more value and expertise to their portfolio.

krilov
krilov
5 years ago

Radical personal finance podcast is great!

Sol Neuhardt
Sol Neuhardt
5 years ago

Suggestions for buying and selling stock options?

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