Learning about personal finance isn’t always fun or easy. It can also be hard to know where to start.
Enter money podcasts. Listeners can learn about any personal finance topic, from investing to taxes to getting out of debt, whether they’re commuting, cooking or running — or doing anything else.
The key is finding a money podcast that’s worth the time. We’re here to help: Check out our list of the 10 best personal finance podcasts:
Who hosts it: Brad Barrett & Jonathan Mendonsa Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Podbay, Tune In, IHeartRadio Average length: 50 minutes Best for: Learning about the FIRE movement
Hosts Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa walk listeners through the various tactics to financial independence, offering steps that can help one get to that goal. They discuss reducing expenses, getting rid of debt and building passive income. ChooseFI’s clear messages and actionable advice makes it a good resource for those interested in the FIRE movement, or those looking for new ways to increase savings.
You can check out ChooseFI's episode with Policygenius' CEO, Jen Fitzgerald, here.
Death, Sex & Money
Who hosts it: Anna Sale Where to listen: NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Spotify Average length: 30 minutes Best for: Learning the emotional side of money
Money isn’t just dollars and cents. It’s an emotionally-charged, complex topic, and “Death, Sex and Money” explores that angle. On this podcast, listeners will hear from public figures and regular folks on how they view and value money.
Anna Sale, the podcast’s host, focuses each episode on how people deal with different money challenges with the hope listeners can self-reflect about their money issues. The podcast is parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, and you’ll probably view money differently after listening.
Who hosts it: Jean Chatzky Average length: 40 minutes Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Best for: Women
Women face challenges in the workplace that can set them back financially. Personal finance journalist Jean Chatzky focuses in on these challenges in her podcast and gives women tangible advice on how to get ahold of their careers and wealth. She is unapologetically honest and funny, and brings on a diverse group of female guests to discuss topics like asking for a raise or discussing money with your partner.
Listeners won’t find any jargon-filled money advice here, only actionable steps to close the gender gap and take control of their finances.
Read the Policygenius interview with Jean Chatzky.
Money for the Rest of Us
Who hosts it: J. David Stein Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify Average length: 30 minutes Best for: Budding investors
Want to dip your toes into investing? This podcast is the place to start. J. David Stein chats about investing in a digestible way, perfect for beginners. It’s a great resource to learn about basic investment topics like bonds and bitcoin. Stein also addresses larger basic economic and political issues, like the health insurance and paying taxes, and explains how each affects personal finance.
This podcast gives listeners the tools to get a better understanding of the stock market (and greater economy), and get comfortable enough to invest.
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Who hosts it: Multiple hosts from NPR Where to listen: NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify Average length: 20 minutes Best for: Learning money basics
Planet Money claims to be “The Economy Explained,” and it does just that. Launched in 2008 on the heels of the financial crisis, each episode delves into an economic event or money issue and explores how it affects consumers today. It mixes a narrative structure with engaging dialogue, and makes complex financial topics easy for the listener to digest. Not to mention the average length is long enough for commuting without dragging on.
While Planet Money appeals to just about everyone, it focuses less on tangible personal finance advice and more on the economy. So while you may have to tap other resources for specific advice, this podcast is a good place to increase financial understanding. Not to mention you’ll have a newfound economic prowess to show off at your next social occasion.
Radical Personal Finance
Who hosts it: Joshua Sheats Where to listen: Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify Average length: 45-60 minutes Best for: One-on-one personal finance advice from an expert
Joshua Sheats, who has certifications as a financial consultant and underwriter and a Master’s in Financial Planning, structures his money podcast to feel like an intimate conversation between the listener and a personal financial expert.
He covers a myriad of personal finance topics on his podcast, from common questions like “Should I fix my broken car or replace it?” to more complicated subjects like asset protection management. In each episode, Sheats provides in-depth information and actionable advice on how to improve your finances — and life. While other podcasts take a general approach to the topics they cover, Sheats encourages listeners to pick and choose which episodes apply to them. Each episode is personalized and catered to a specific need and money struggle.
Smart Passive Income
Who hosts it: Pat Flynn Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbay Average length: 40 minutes Best for: Side hustlers
This podcast is for those searching for a new side gig. Host Pat Flynn speaks from experience on how to develop passive income. Flynn recounts his own experiences side hustling, and gives actionable advice to build wealth.
Ready to get started? Here’s a list of side hustles that cost nothing to start.
Who hosts it: Farnoosh Torabi Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, IHeartRadio, Stitcher, Spotify Average length: 40 minutes Best for: Millennials looking for a personal finance BFF
Farnoosh Torabi’s popular, award-winning podcast features conversations with financial experts and celebrities, including Barbara Corcoran and Tim Gunn. The podcast idea came from her book, “You’re So Money — Live Rich Even When You’re Not.” Listeners can expect candid discussions on common money mistakes and financial successes. Torabi also tackles her audience’s biggest money questions in the weekly segment “Ask Farnoosh.”
In So Money, Tarobi is the listener’s financial best friend. She relates to your money struggles, because she’s been there herself. Her podcast is perfect for the listeners who aren’t financially literate and need a little hand-holding to get serious with their money.
The Investors Podcast
Who hosts it: Preston Pysh & Stig Brodersen Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Spotify, Youtube Average length: 35 minutes Best for: Those who want to invest in everything
Hosted by two businessmen, this stock-investing podcast studies billionaires and educates listeners how they can apply that investing strategy in the stock market. Set in an interview format, hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen answer questions like, “How do you create an ETF?” and “What is momentum investing?”
This podcast is for those more comfortable with investing and who are ready to diversify their portfolio. Want to invest from your phone? Here’s a roundup of the best investing apps.
White Coat Investor
Who hosts it: James Dahle Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Acast, Stitcher, Google Play Average length: 20 minutes Best for: Wealthier investors
James Dahle is a practicing emergency physician and the host of the White Coat Investor, which tackles personal finance for physicians and other high-income professionals. While most of the episodes are geared towards doctors, investors with more capital can also take advantage of the financial advice.
Interested in a taste of how a doctor does money? Read our interview with White Coat Investor host James Dahle.
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