Investing advice is everywhere, but locating the most sound advice and having the time to digest it can be tough tasks to complete. Between work, family, kids, and everything else that goes into your day, finding time to sit and read a compelling article on current trends or financial tips can border on impossible.
Thank goodness for the rise of the podcast. According to US News and World Report, 112 million Americans, nearly one-third of the country’s population, are listening to podcasts in 2018.
With the ability to download audio files onto almost any device in our possession, we can take advantage of little pockets of “me” time to catch up. Devouring a podcast while jogging, working out at the gym, commuting to work, or on your lunch hour is the perfect way to keep your investment portfolio growing in the right direction.
With limited time available, you’ve got to find the best investing podcasts that fit your specific investment persona. Here’s a look at 13 of the best investing podcasts to maximize your time and financial opportunity.
The Best Investing Podcasts
How can you tell that co-founders Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg know what they’re talking about? They launched “Planet Money” in September 2008 when they predicted the impending financial crisis. The pair has brought in a host of other National Public Radio journalists to populate their twice-a-week podcast that is heading towards 1,000 episodes.
Masters in Business
Bloomberg’s Barry Ritholtz has the knowledge and experience to deliver the goods every week, but instead, he flexes his journalistic muscles as an interviewer. He brings in financial experts from all walks of life as well as money managers who are breaking new ground. Ritholtz has put out a new podcast religiously every Friday since November 2014.
College Investor Audio
A brilliant entry into the world of investing for college-aged people. It appeals to their shorter attention span (average podcast length is 10 minutes) and gives them tips and tricks about things that appeal specifically to their demographic, like student loan debt, side hustles, and the basics of investing. The podcast is run by Robert Farrington, who started a website with a similar name in 2009 determined to help millennials break free of their student loan debt.
The Dave Ramsey Show
If investing podcasts were like professional basketball, Dave Ramsey would be Michael Jordan. In addition to his string of best-selling books, Ramsey has been hosting his radio show for more than 25 years. His podcast is an hour-long cut of that radio show, and he’s produced more than 9,000 episodes.
He rarely discusses the stock market, choosing to focus on IRAs and budgets, specifically how to reduce financial stress. Even if your investment desires veer off away from his conservative foundation, he should be a regular visitor to your ears.
Invest Like the Best
Patrick O’Shaughnessy is a principal/portfolio at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, but he comes at the market from a unique perspective. The host earned a double major in philosophy and psychology from Notre Dame, but he thinks those two studies of the human mind are what set him apart in the crowded investment field. He regularly explores ideas that sit far out from the mainstream approach to investing and was an early proponent of cryptocurrency. His podcast started in September 2016 and episodes run 50-80 minutes.
Investing Insights from Morningstar.com
If you’ve had any experience in investing, you likely already know about Morningstar, with its generous share of free investment tools including a free portfolio service. Its podcast celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 and is hosted by Scott Halver, who doubles as the website’s senior video producer. Morningstar’s show packs a punch with a rotating host of its experts delivering advice on investing, picks for stocks and bonds, and interviews with fund managers. If you like investing on your own, it’s a great insight into specific areas of the market and how to find spots to profit from them.
Host Erik Townsend is a retired software entrepreneur turned hedge fund manager. He thrives on breaking down macroeconomic developments around the world and how they will impact investing opportunities. It’s not just a weekly endeavor, however; Townsend offers transcripts of all past podcasts along with a Listener Discussion forum. This podcast is generally for more advanced investors who are looking for advice on professional finance and high net worth.
We Study Billionaires – The Investors Podcast
Co-hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Broderson are willing to talk on just about any subject, but they always tie it back to financial success. Preston got his start at West Point with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, then turned to books and videos (BuffetBooks.com) to bring his economic investing notions to millions of people. Broderson is more of a traditionalist, with a master’s in Finance and Business Analysis from Harvard. He’s a former college professor. Their unique backgrounds make this one of the more fascinating two-man podcasts around.
The Meb Faber Show with Meb Faber
A portfolio manager for Cambria Investment Management, Faber is an all-star blogger for finances. Because of his connections from a decade or so of blogging, he pulls some fantastic guests as he talks about asset management as well as alternative investments.
The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferris is like the Johnny Carson of the business podcast world; his past guests have included Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins, and Malcolm Gladwell. What do any of those people know about financial investments? Well, Ferris finds out by pulling out their “tactics, tools, and routines” in business and personal success. His podcast reflects his unique style. It’s the #1 business podcast on iTunes and was the first business podcast to pass 100 million downloads. One news report hailed him as “The Oprah of Audio.”
Smart Passive Income
Passive income is the golden goose for most of us – making money without having to break a sweat or drive to the office. Pat Flynn, who calls himself “a family guy in my early thirties” began exploring the market in 2008 when he was laid off during the Great Recession. He started a website that allowed him to make passive income without working and has built his brand from there.
Trend Following Radio with Michael Covel
Michael Covel has more than 4 million listeners and has produced more than 500 episodes. Like a lot of our top picks, he thinks outside the box and considering alternatives to modern finance and investing. His guests have included five Nobel Prize winners: Daniel Kahneman, Vernon Smith, Harry Markowitz, Angus Deaton, and Robert Auman. Covel loves delving into psychology and giving his listeners insight into how the human mind affects our financial decisions.
Bloomberg manages to keep an even keel and an objective viewpoint, which is saying something in today’s business/political environment. This podcast comes from a trio of co-hosts in Tom Keene, John Ferro, and Pimm Fox who cover finance, economics, and investments. Unlike most “talking heads,” this trio is not content to hear themselves talk, but instead brings in a great slew of guests to talk about the markets. Ferro is a mainstay for Bloomberg Radio with his daily radio show “The Cable.” Keene is a veteran financial analyst and author of “Flying on One Engine: The Bloomberg Book of Master Market Economists,” and Fox is a jack-of-all-trades who has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and appeared as a guest commentator on CNBC and the BBC.