The Best Podcasts in Personal Finance

It’s no secret that podcasting has arrived. What began as a side hobby with the introduction of portable MP3 players in the late 1990s has blossomed into a full-on industry, with thousands of podcasts available for download or streaming on every conceivable topic – from fine wines, to sports cars, to animal husbandry.

 

And the industry is growing. According to market research firm Edison Research, nearly one-quarter of Americans currently listen to at least one podcast per week, up from just 17% in the prior year. That’s 62 million people tuning in every week. And it’s an affluent group. According to this research, 41% of monthly podcast listeners are in households that earn $75,000 or more per year, compared to just 29% in the United States overall.

 

That’s one reason that personal finance has emerged as such a rich topic for podcasts, with hundreds to choose from in every language. In order to trim the herd a little bit, here are the favorites that we at Masterworks have identified based on our own podcast listening habits. Did we forget any of your favorites? Let us know!

 

  1.   Jill on Money with Jill Schlesinger

 Jill Schlesinger is the Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award Winning Business Analyst for CBS News, appearing on radio and television stations nationwide covering the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign. She’s a weekly guest on NPR’s “Here and Now,” writes the nationally syndicated column “Jill on Money,” and her first book, The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs, was published in 2019. The “Jill on Money” podcast brings all of this together, translating complex business and economic news into understandable, relatable topics that everyone can understand.

 

  1.   Money Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips

 Short and to the point, that’s what we love about Laura Adams’ “Money Girl” podcast. Covering everything from credit, to taxes, to retirement and more, she’s dedicated to answering all of your financial questions, and not taking too much time doing it. Laura is the author of multiple books, including Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich and Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love.

 

  1.   Planet Money: NPR

 National Public Radio has been around for decades, but its “Planet Money” podcast has been explaining the economy to listeners since 2008. Hosted by a team of NPR’s top financial journalists, the show has won numerous awards, including a Peabody and an Edward R. Murrow Award. From the economics of raw milk, to betting on the Oscars, the podcast includes money stories that appear on NPR’s flagship radio programs as well as its own exclusives.

 

  1.   The Money Guy Show

The Money Guy Show is one of the oldest podcasts in personal finance, co-hosted by Brian Preston and Bo Hanson, one a CPA the other a financial advisor. On the show, the two co-hosts share guidance and insights on topics ranging from clipping coupons to saving for retirement (including the “truth about being wealthy,” which seems like something worthy of discussion.

 

  1.   The Mad Fientist

 First, let’s talk about that name. The “fientist.” It comes from the term “financial independence,” or FI for short. Anyway, the host is a former software developer who achieved financial independence and early retirement at age 34. Most personal-finance advice is geared towards people retiring in their 60s or later and doesn’t apply to those who are pursuing early retirement. The Mad Fientist podcast is focused specifically on providing advice and innovative tax-avoidance methods for people planning to break away from full-time employment very early in life.

 

  1.     Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show almost needs no introduction. Hosted by the author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” (among other bestselling books), the show is usually ranked the #1 business podcast on Apple Podcasts, it’s been ranked #1 out of 500,000+ podcasts globally on more than a few occasions and it was the first business podcast to pass 100,000,000 downloads. Guests have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Ray Dalio and many more, and Tim himself was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.”

 

  1.     Money for the Rest of Us

 Interested in the financial impact of pandemics like the Coronavirus? Wondering if GDP really is the best measure of happiness and well-being? David Stein, the host of “Money for the Rest of Us” has you covered. Literally addressing money topics… for the rest of us, David is committed to helping his listeners make sense of the non-stop barrage of financial news headlines and make smarter, better informed decisions with their money. It’s all about taking control of your financial future and making sure you have enough to retire, without relying on anyone else to help you get there.

 

  1.   Beyond Finances

 Henry Ford once said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” Beyond Finances co-hosts Eric and Kali Roberge have taken that line to heart, creating a podcast that’s dedicated to helping those who think they can achieve financial freedom actually do it. Produced by a financial planning firm in Boston, the podcast’s stated goal is “to help you achieve financial clarity, make mindful and informed decisions, and use your money as a tool to design a life that you love now and in the future.”

 

  1.   Her Money with Jean Chatzky

 Women, whether they’re caretakers, breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where Her Money comes in. As the financial editor of NBC’s Today Show, Jean Chatzky takes her audience through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, sharing the latest research, expert tips and personal advice from guests ranging from Abby Johnson, the CEO of Fidelity Investments; and Frank Abagnale, the con artist featured in Stephen Spielberg’s “Catch Me if You Can.”

 

  1. So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

 Since launching her podcast, “So Money,” in 2015, CNBC vet Farnoosh Torabi has interviewed leading experts, authors and influencers – from Tony Robbins to Robert Kiyosaki, Margaret Cho and Tim Gunn – about their financial perspectives, money failures and habits. She also answers listeners’ personal financial questions each week. It’s all based in her own life experience, growing up the child of Iranian immigrants in the U.S. and learning how to build her own version of the American Dream.

 

  1. Radical Personal Finance

 Host Joshua Sheats learned from years of experience as a professional financial advisor what works and what doesn’t when it comes to managing your money. That’s why he started the “Radical Personal Finance” podcast. It’s a place for him to share the proven strategies, tools, and tactics that listeners need to achieve their financial goals more quickly and more efficiently. 

 

  1. FT Money Show

 Backed by one of the leading financial news operations in the world – The Financial Times – The FT Money Show leverages that deep reporting experience to deliver engaging, insightful coverage of personal finance every week. Hosted by Claer Barrett, the podcast digs into the latest financial news with an eye toward how the latest events will affect you and your pocket.

 

  1. Bigger Pockets

 When it comes to personal finance, there’s managing the money you have and then there’s increasing the amount of money you have to work with. Both sides help move you toward financial freedom, they just call for different approaches. Brandon Turner and David Greene, the co-hosts of Bigger Pockets, are focused on the later, helping listeners follow in their footsteps as successful real estate investors.

 

  1. Side Hustle Nation

 Everyone has their own reasons to work on a side hustle. Maybe they have debts to pay off, maybe they want to learn new skills, maybe they want to make better use of their free time, or maybe they just want to bring in more income so that they can break out of the rat race. Whatever the reason, Side Hustle Nation is a podcast dedicated to helping make the most of these emerging opportunities. Host Nick Loper has been there, and every episode he presents new side hustle ideas, showcases his own successes and failures, and learns from others living the side hustle life.

 

  1. The Clark Howard Podcast

A nationally syndicated radio talk show host and a consumer reporter for television stations around the country, Clark Howard’s podcast has become one of the most popular personal finance programs available today, with more than one million downloads each month. Every episode, Clark answers his listeners’ most burning business and consumer questions — How do I buy a car? Should I finance (or refinance) a home? What steps do I need to make to plan for a secure retirement? And more.

 

  1. Smart Passive Income

 Passive income is exactly what it sounds like. Income streams that bring in cash without you having to do much work for it. Think collecting rent on rental properties or earning dividends from investment holdings. Host Pat Flynn focuses on opportunities like these and other on “Smart Passive Income,” helping aspiring “passive entrepreneurs” develop their own income streams and become financially independent.

 

  1. Paychecks and Balances

 Dedicated to helping millennials who are interested in “making money, saving money and getting out of debt,” the hosts of “Paychecks & Balances” – Rich Jones and Marcus Garret — leverage their own experiences to provide listeners with helpful tips on everything from money management, to professional growth, and more. Everything relevant to 20- and 30-somethings. What does that look like? A recent episode featured a debate over how to best pay off more than $17,000 in debt spread over several accounts. Not theory, action.

 

  1. White Coat Investor

 The host of “White Coat Investor” knows white coats. Literally. He’s a practicing, board-certified emergency physician 12 years out of residency. He got into personal finance in order to better manage his own money, but quickly realized that his self-taught process was the exception, not the rule. No one knows this stuff, not even most doctors. The podcast is his way of sharing what he’s learned over the years, covering everything from student loan refinancing, to choosing life insurance, to managing a health savings account. Everything he wished he knew when he was just starting out.

 

  1. The Disciplined Investor

Andrew Horowitz is the president and founder of Horowitz & Company, a Registered Investment Advisor that he’s been running since the 1980s. But these days, he spends much of his time blogging and hosting “The Disciplined Investor” podcast, where he shares insights for investors of all levels. His goal: helping individuals take control of their money by teaching from the vantage point of a professional investor. Ever wondered what your financial advisor was really thinking? Now you can find out.

 

  1. Mo’ Money Podcast

 As they say, mo’ money mo’ problems. But, the “Mo’ Money Podcast” takes a different angle on the financial challenges facing millennials. Every week, millennial money expert and Accredited Financial Counsellor Jessica Moorhouse interviews top personal finance & business experts (like John Lee Dumas, Chris Guillebeau and Bruce Sellery), celebrities (like Perez Hilton, Scott McGillivray, Farrah Abraham), and more to show her listeners how to better manage their money, make smarter choices, earn money and live a more fulfilled and balanced life.

 

  1. Martinis and Your Money

Personal finance doesn’t have to be dry and boring. Sometimes it just needs a cocktail to lighten things up. “Martinis and Your Money” is an award-winning podcast with a simple formula: every episode, host Shannon McLay shares a martini (or something similar) with friends and experts while discussing money and career topics.

 

  1. Stacking Benjamins Show

 You know the benjamins are really starting to stack up when your podcast broadcasts live… from the host’s mom’s half-finished basement. But the “Stacking Benjamins Show” brings the goods every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when hosts Joe Saul-Sehy & OG meet at the card table with guests, trivia, insights saving, investing, and risk management, and much more. Bonus: Masterworks even stopped by the basement during a recent episode.

 

  1. The Dave Ramsey Show

 Dave Ramsey probably best known for his “debt snowball” approach to paying down debt. The idea being, by paying off small balances first, you can start adding those payments to other debts going forward, “snowballing” the impact on your overall debt. But “The Dave Ramsey Show” is about more than that. It’s about common-sense life and money tips, all made simple and actionable so that anyone can do it.

 

  1. Money Matters

Scott Hanson & Pat McClain host a weekly call-in talk radio program that’s one of the longest running financial talk radio shows in the country, and this is their podcast. In over 20 years on the air, the hosts have answered questions from thousands of callers on a variety of financial topics, and the podcast follows that format, addressing common concerns like the pros and cons of a non-deductible IRA, dealing with company stock grants and more.

 

  1. Debt Free in 30

Few people know more about debt, and dealing with the problems it can cause, than insolvency trustees and credit counsellors, and that’s exactly the skillset that Douglas Hoyes and Ted Michalos bring to their “Debt Free in 30” podcast. Every week they cover topics like avoiding loan scams, mastering your credit and even how to prepare your finances for a recession.

 

  1. The Happy Saver

 Does saving bring happiness? It certainly brings peace of mind, like it did for Kia Ora, who lives in a small town in New Zealand. For years, she struggled to educate herself on basic money management principles that worked for her family and her unique situation. How do you buy shares in a company when every website says: “it is as easy as finding a broker”? What do I do at the bank when on each visit they offer to lend me money? How do I work less so I can live a little more and still pay the bills? “The Happy Saver” podcast is dedicated to answers these questions, and more, as well as enjoying what I have and not feeling pressured to have more. As she says: “Money makes money and I’ve learned that the more I tuck away the more it grows and the less I have to work, giving me more time to enjoy this life.”

 

  1. The Financial Mentor

Associated with the FinancialMentor.com blog, host Todd Tresidder uses the podcast as a place to reveal unconventional wealth building advice and advanced investment strategy tips. Discover the next step in retirement planning and personal finance from a former professional hedge fund manager turned financial coach and author.

 

  1. Optimal Finance Daily

 “Optimal Living Daily” began as a passion project for the two co-hosts – Justin Malik and Lee Rankinen. They realized that there’s just too much personal finance content out there in the world for any one person to actually consume on a daily basis; so they do it for you. Every day, the pair curate and read the best financial blog content they can find, covering everything from “good debt,” to budgeting, to becoming more generous.

 

  1. The Investors Podcast

 What’s in a name? “The Investors Podcast” is… a podcast for investors, by investors. It’s as simple as that. Co-host Preston Pysh is the founder of BuffettsBooks.com, and his videos on financial investing have been viewed by millions of people around the world, while co-host Stig Brodersen is a former energy trader turned professional investor. Every week they share their latest tips and tricks with their audience of experienced investors.

 

  1. Retirement Starts Today Radio

Host Benjamin Brandt is an Iraqi combat veteran and financial planner in Bismarck, ND. He brings both side of this experience together on his popular personal finance podcast, “Retirement Starts Today Radio,” sharing stories and experiences from his career, and addressing the common retirement questions he fields at his advisory practice, including dealing with early withdrawals, addressing the SECURE Act changes and modern estate planning strategies. Because retirement isn’t a question of “someday.” Planning for it begins now.

 

  1. Financial Independence Roundtable

Karen Cordaway leads this lively discussion of financial topics, bringing together a different panel of top influencers in the financial independence space every episode. And they don’t hold back on the questions they tackle. Are your kids holding you back financially? Are you really living the life you want? How can you make your money more impactful? And more…

 

  1. Motley Fool Money

 Associated with the popular personal finance blog site, host Chris Hill assembles a panel of Motley Fool investment analysts each week to discuss the week’s top business news and financial headlines. They also take time to break down the market implications for investors and feature regular interviews with best-selling authors, industry experts, and more, all with that zany Fool spin.

 

  1. The Money Nerds

 We all have a money story. That’s the lesson that host Whitney Hansen discovered when she got started on her own financial education. In fact, it’s not the truly wealthy that can inspires people, but the everyday people who are down in the trenches, challenging the status quo and keeping under the radar. That’s inspirational. And that’s why “The Money Nerds” podcast exists, to share these stories every week.

 

  1. Frugal Friends Podcast

 There’s a difference between being frugal and being cheap, and co-hosts Jen and Jill have it down to a science. After paying off $78,000 in debt in less than two years, the two decided to launch the “Frugal Friends Podcast” to change the conversation around money and saving. Truth is, being frugal isn’t about necessity but being a better steward of your time and resources. This podcast exists to help those build their own frugal mindset and find peace in their budgets, without living cheap.

 

  1. Rich Dad Radio

 Robert Kiyosaki is probably best known to a generation of Americans as the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” which was first published in 1994 and finally exposed the gap between success and savings across all income levels. The book was a runaway best-seller that today is the #1 bestselling personal finance book of all time. Now Robert shares his insights and the lessons he’s learned about money over the years on his podcast.

 

  1. InvestED Podcast

Host Phil Town knows that investing with your values in mind isn’t easy, but he also knows that it’s only as hard as doing your research and shopping around for something great at an even better price. His philosophy is based on the value investing techniques pioneered by Ben Graham and Warren Buffett, with a few updates for today’s investors. On his podcast he gets down and dirty into PE ratios, value analysis and more.

 

  1. ChooseFI

 Co-hosts Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett are building a global community of people pursuing financial independence through investing, real estate and business creation. And they’re going broad to do it, with episodes topics ranging from “Do You Need a Budget?” to “What are the 5 Love Languages?” Because even the financially independent need to be well-rounded.

 

  1. Millennial Money

After going from just $2.26 in his bank account to more than $1 million in just five years, Grant Sabatier has been called “The Millennial Millionaire” by CNBC, becoming financially independent by 30. He literally wrote the book on it, titled Financial Freedom, and he has since been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC and many more. On his podcast, he shares the techniques and mindset that got him here, helping his listeners not only achieve financial independence, but do it sooner than they ever thought possible.

 

  1. Money Tree

 No, money still doesn’t grow on trees. But the “Money Tree Investing Podcast” might be the next best thing, bringing listeners insights and recommendations right from the industry experts who do this work every day. Each episode includes interviews with investing pros from the financial services industry, tackling everything from saving to spending, investing to inheritances, and Bitcoin to bankruptcy.

 

  1. Your Money, Your Wealth

 Joe Anderson is a financial planner and CPA, but don’t let that discourage you. His “Your Money, Your Wealth” podcast is dedicated to taking the guesswork out of retirement investing. In each episode, he answers questions about investing, portfolio diversification, tax planning, retirement income, Social Security and much more. It’s all about retiring “successfully,” whether you’ve already made the switch or are still just approaching retirement. And he takes questions from listeners.

 

  1. Invest Like the Best

 Host Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s goal on the “Invest Like the Best” podcast is simple: Bring on the most interesting guests he can find and dig deep into their personal stories to help listeners better invest their time and money. While many guests are professional investors (portfolio managers, venture capitalists, researchers, authors), he also speaks with many people outside of the investment world whose insight and experience can entertain and inform. And hw must be doing something right: To date, the podcast has been downloaded more than 10,000,000 times, was chosen as one of five podcasts to listen to by the Wall Street Journal.

 

  1. Investing for Beginners

 Getting started in investing can be tough. From the industry jargon, to the crippling confusion, to the endless parade of different opinions and ideas around the best path to take, there’s very little that’s easy about it. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and co-hosts Andrew Sather and Dave Ahern are committed to decoding the market and helping new investors overcome their emotion by looking at the numbers.

 

  1. Be Wealthy & Smart

 Host Linda Jones has been down this road before. She made $2 million by the age of 39 and along the way developed what she calls the 6 Steps to Wealth, her personal step-by-step guide to wealth building. The “Be Wealthy & Smart” podcast is her platform to shares her investing, business and financial knowledge with you, along with her insights into the markets as they are today.

 

  1. InvestTalk

 Ignore the hype. Get down to the facts. That’s what “InvestTalk,” a daily radio program and podcast is all about. On every show, registered investment advisors and co-hosts Steve Peasley and Justin Klein work to inform and education listeners, bringing together market analysis, bits of investing education and taking live listener questions.

 

  1. Financial Residency

 Doctors struggle more with their finances than many people realize, and “Financial Residency” exists to help attending physicians, residents and their families get over the challenges that come with a growing income and finally get on the right track. Student loan debt is just part of the picture. There are also decisions to be made about insurance agents, stockbrokers, fee-based financial planners, lenders and more. “Financial Residency” aims to educate this audience, always with a tilt toward the issues faced by medical professionals.

 

  1. Personal Finance for PhDs

From one type of doctor, to another. “Personal Finance for PhDs” is exactly what its title implies: a podcast dedicated to help PhDs (in training, as well as those in the workforce) deal with their money challenges, ranging from low stipend / salary days in graduate school to eventually financial freedom. From budgeting and frugality, to investing, debt repayment, this podcast is a “higher education in personal finance” for graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs with real jobs.

 

  1. Financial Decoder

 Cognitive and emotional biases can have a big impact on your financial life. Each episode of Charles Schwab’s “Financial Decoder” looks closely at one financial decision—and the biases that might cloud your judgment and cost you money. Host Mark Riepe, head of the Schwab Center for Financial Research, decodes the behavioral and psychological factors at play and shares strategies designed to improve the way you approach financial crossroads.

 

  1. Marriage, Kids & Money

 Host Andy Hills walks the walk when it comes to personal finance. He and his family have… paid off more than $48,000 of debt in one year, paid off a $195,000 home mortgage in less than four years, and increased their net worth from -$50,000 to $750,000 in eight years. Want to know how they did it? That’s what the “Marriage, Kids & Money” podcast is all about. Every week Andy interviews the best and brightest minds in finances, sharing their insights along with his own experiences. 

 

  1. The MapleMoney Show

 Just because they’re based in Canada doesn’t mean they don’t share the same financial ups and downs as many Americans. Fact is, many Canadians are drowning in debt and are unsure how to get out and build the lives they want. “The MapleMoney Show’s” mission (associated with the most-read personal finance blog in Canada) is to help listeners learn how to make money, save money, invest money, and spend money in a way that helps them create lasting financial freedom.

 

  1. The Fairer Cents

Kara Perez and Tanja Hester are, they say, “the feminist best friends you with you had” and their “The Fairer Cents” podcast is dedicated to shining a light on the money issues that are unique to women. Every show they share the stories that get ignored by most personal finance podcasts – those about the financial underdogs and underrepresented voices, tacking issues like the wage gap, emotional labor and more. And it’s getting attention. “The Fairer Cents” was recently awarded a Plutus Award, the top award in the personal finance community, as the best podcast for women.

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