The 5 Best Podcasts for Personal Finance

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If you’re looking to learn personal finance, or find a way to submerse yourself further and keep money on your mind, podcasts are a great way to start. You can listen during daily commute times or even when you’re doing other things, if you’re a good multitasker.

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GOBankingRates found five personal finance podcasts that cover everything from student loan debt to real estate investing to retirement planning (and more). Hosted by experts, if you’re into all things personal finance you should definitely give a listen.

Brown Ambition

Brown Ambition is headed up by  bestselling finance author Tiffany Aliche, and previous director of content at Lending Tree, Mandi Woofruff-Santos. The women tackle real, everyday problems with everything from how much money is appropriate to give at weddings to how to save for retirement when you’re still drowning in student loans and credit card debt. The women also have an “Ask Me Anything” section on their site where you can submit any question you have anonymously to be featured on their five-star rated weekly show. They keep it light, but straightforward — and what more could you really want?

Building Wealth

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Coach Carson

Real estate investing is having its moment this year, and Coach Carson‘s podcast focuses on how to make money investing in real estate properties. Whether you’re on Instagram and your favorite meme page pops up sponsoring someone with a post describing how they got rich with “seven rental properties,” or a quick TikTok beat that claims real estate made them big bucks, chances are high that your eyes have landed on this strategy in 2021. Coach Carson interviews big wigs in the real estate space, so you get to hear straight from the pros on how to do what it seems like everyone else is. This edge, plus his focus on this strategy as a path to financial independence, is what makes his show a step above the others.

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Freakonomics

Surely every financial professional and economics student on the planet knows the book by name, but now Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner have graced us once again with their own podcast. The basic gist of the book is that there is an underside to everything — especially the way the world, and the economy, works. Levitt is a distinguished economics professor at the University of Chicago, and explains well the hidden side of everything in the smash-hit debut book. Dubner famously said, “Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work, whereas economics represents how it actually does work.”

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Fifteen Minute Financial Advisor

Michael Policar is a licensed fiduciary financial planner who also runs his own financial planning podcast. He’s a pro, and you can tell by the way he speaks. If you’ve ever watched Khan Academy on YouTube during school or  preparing for a grueling licensing exam, Policar’s style and clear explanations will sound familiar to you. He explains things like your employee benefits in a concise, academic way — but without dragging on for half an hour. His expertise comes when explaining something like a 401(k) during its distributions phase, and how to set your retirement accounts up to ensure you pay as little tax as possible — something you’d ordinarily have to pay a financial advisor to do. He also discusses how to start investing, tax strategies in general and estate planning amongst other things — and all in 15 minutes.

Building Wealth

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We Study Billionaires

Billionaires are not popular with everyone. That said, we can all borrow from some of their proven strategies to improve our own financial lives, and that’s exactly what Stig Brodersen and Trey Lockerbie do with their podcast. Part of the Investor’s Network, the duo provide interviews like inflation masterclass with heads of investment firms. Another favorite — “How to identify a great company” — teaches listeners how to pick stocks for fundamental value rather than what’s trending on Reddit.

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Last updated: Sept. 21, 2021

About the Author

Georgina Tzanetos is a former financial advisor who studied post-industrial capitalist structures at New York University. She has eight years of experience with concentrations in asset management, portfolio management, private client banking, and investment research. Georgina has written for Investopedia and WallStreetMojo. 

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