Until late last year, I NEVER listened to a podcast. I didn’t even really understand the concept before I tried it out. Now, about 6 months later, I love podcasts! Maybe it’s because I’m going to be a dad, and so it’s time to stop listening to “pop” and start paying attention to talk radio? Not really…
Actually, I drive about 25 minutes to work each direction, and I hate the radio because the commercials dominate it. And last year I decided to give Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast a try, and I was in love. Now, I’m playing all kinds of podcasts, including a lot of different personal finance and investing podcasts, and it gets me through my commute each day.
What’s a Podcast and Why?
First, let’s go back to the basics because that’s where I was just six months ago. A podcast is basically an audioprogram that you can listen to on your iPhone or other cell phone. You can also listen to them on your desktop computer, or tablet. The best way I can describe it is like commercial-free radio broadcast about a specific topic. For example, a recent memorable podcast I listened to was an interview with Jean Chatzky on the Two Guys and Your Money Podcast. Just like a radio show, the host (or hosts) talks about a specific topic or interview a “name” in a given topic – in that case Jean Chatzky.
Most podcasts are anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour, with an average of about 30-40 minutes. That’s where they come in as a great form of media – they are the perfect length for driving on a commute, for a workout, or for waiting while travelling. Think of it as an audio-blog post in some regards – you get the content you’re looking for, but in an audio format so you can enjoy it on the move. You can’t really read a blog while driving!
If you’ve never listened to a podcast, it’s pretty easy to do. The iPhone comes with a built-in Podcast application, and Android phones can use the Stitcher app. Once you open the app, search for the Podcast you want, and then hit play. If you’re reading this on your iPhone, you can click the links below as well!
Anyway, here are some of my favorite investing podcasts, in no particular order. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, I urge you to give it a shot with any of the ones below:
Top Investing Podcasts
2 Guys and Your Money
This is the podcast brought to you by the Average Joe’s Money Blog. It has a fun format with a lot of guests, and they’ve been landing some big interviews lately. From their own words, they wanted qualified “everymen” who could comment on the activities going on all around us every day that impact your wallet. Their goal is to have a segment where Average Joe would throw out a topic and then they’d sit around and chat about it. Check it out for some good entertainment.
Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life
This podcast is a bit different – it’s short and sweet. In this podcast, Money Girl from Quick and Dirty Tips provides a quick personal finance or investing tip – usually in about 10 minutes or less. This is a weekly podcast, so you can check in each week for a new episode.
Motley Fool Money
Motley Fool Money is the same show that is syndicated on radio stations across the United States by the team at Motley Fool. That makes it a little different since it is much more professional than the others, but the premise holds the same – interviews with business leader and authors, and insights on the markets. They also give an inside look at the stocks that they are looking at.
Financial Sense Newshour
Opposite Money Girl’s podcast, Jim Puplava goes the opposite direction and hosts a much longer podcast – about 3 hours per week broken into 3 different hour long podcasts. This podcast has interesting interviews with investors and authors, as well as insights into the market and the economy.
The InvestTalk Podcast by Steve Peaslet is pretty much like an audio blog, and, in my eyes, a very traditional podcast. This is a daily show that last about 45 minutes, and covers investing topics just like on my site here. For example, last week included topics on REITs, Socially Responsible Investing, Mutual Funds, and Bonds. They also talk about specific stocks during some episodes, which is interesting.
Jill on Money
Jill Schlesinger from CBS hosts this podcast and it has a unique spin in that it take listener calls and helps them take control of their financial lives. Each show is different, and you’ll hear from listeners of all ages and financial situations. Sometimes this show goes towards more personal finance and less investing, but it is still enjoyable nonetheless.
The Investoradio Podcast is a show by Don McDonald and Tom Cook from PBS and they discuss all types of investing related features. From what stocks and sectors to invest in, to how to avoid being taken to the cleaners by your broker, this podcast can help you build a profitable portfolio over time.
Managing Your Investments with Chad Burton
Chad Burton is a Certified Financial Planner and he discusses a wide variety of financial topics on his weekly podcast. Once again, this one sometimes deviates to more personal-finance related topics, but for the most part he remains solidly investing related, covering more fundamental issues like account types and strategies.
Trend Following with Michael Covel
Michael Covel is the founder of a privately owned research firm Trend Following and he shares some of his macro-economic and sometimes much more specific insights on his weekly podcast. Sometimes he has on interviews that also help explain macro economic topics. If you’re interested in looking at how the global economy or macro economic trends could impact your portfolio, this is a great podcast for you.
The Traders Podcast
The Traders Podcast with Rob Booker is about living better and trading more profitably. This is a very specific podcast towards trading, but Rob has had on recent guests that have been included in my list of top female investors. If you want to learn more about trading, this is a great podcast for you to give you some great ideas and insights.
The Value Guys! Stock Talk Show
The premise of this show is that Veteran Wall Street analysts give their personal opinions and candid stock recommendations. They have electronically altered their voices for fear that their employers would retaliate against them for giving these tips. Believe it if you will…but they do discuss specific stocks on their shows, which air about bi-weekly.
The Index Investing Show
Are you more of an index investor instead of a trader? Then Ron DeLegge’s Index Investing Podcast is for you. On his show he gives a good mix of interviews, education, stock market news, and general commentary on the state of the economy. He doesn’t really give specific stock tips, but does talk about the overall market and how you can use index investing and ETFs.
Not Investing, Still Interesting
These last couple are not investing related, but still very interesting, especially if you like business, start-ups, or online marketing. Maybe not your thing, maybe you’d give it a try?
Smart Passive Income Podcast
This is the podcast that got me started, so I had to include it. Each week, Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income gives some great insight into online marketing and online business. There are a lot of actionable tips, and he usually has interesting guests bi-weekly. If you’re interested in growing your business, this is the podcast for you.
The Frank Peters Show
This is a really interesting podcast by Frank Peters that talks to early-stage angel investors and venture capitalists. It also has a lot of tips and insights into emerging businesses, as well as the future of start-ups, like crowdfunding and other interesting topics. A much different business focus, but something that you might not get much exposure to unless you listen.
This is Your Life
This is Your Life is the podcast by Michael Hyatt on intentional leadership. Being a leader at work, I love the tips and tricks that Michael shares each week on his podcast. I’ve leveraged several of them in my offline life, and I find them incredibly useful! If you want to improve your leadership or be more intentional with your life choices, check out this podcast.
Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have any recommendations?