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Where Americans Get Their Money Advice: Top TV Shows

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Stop by Amazon and you’ll find an endless sea of books about personal finance, investing and money. There’s a book for every angle, every niche and every strategy. But not everyone is a reader — and that’s just fine. If you own a TV, you can tune into nearly 20 shows that are hosted by some of the 66 experts who GOBankingRates identified as the men and women who Americans trust most for money advice.

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Some of the shows cover the news of the day about the economy and the markets. Others offer financial advice and guidance. Some feature a single host whose big personality keeps viewers coming back. Others pick the brains of panel guests in a roundtable format.  

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All, however, can make you a smarter spender, better saver or more educated investor. Keep reading to meet the television hosts who are among the most trusted financial experts in America.

Last updated: Sept. 30, 2021
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Andrew Ross Sorkin: ‘Squawk Box’

  • Other media project titles: “Too Big To Fail” (book)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 874,200
  • Twitter handle: @andrewrsorkin
  • Instagram followers: 15,000
  • Instagram handle: sorkinsays
  • Bio: Andrew Ross Sorkin is the co-anchor of “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s signature morning program. Sorkin is also a financial columnist for The New York Times and the editor-at-large of DealBook, a news site he founded that is published by The Times. Sorkin is the author of the bestselling book “Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves,” which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. Sorkin is also co-creator of the drama series “Billions” on Showtime starring Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis.

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Becky Quick: ‘Squawk Box’

  • Other media project titles: On the Money (former anchor, television)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 258,700
  • Twitter handle: @BeckyQuick
  • Instagram followers: N/A
  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Bio: Becky Quick is co-anchor of “Squawk Box.” Quick was formerly anchor of the nationally syndicated “On the Money,” which was produced by CNBC, and also authored a regular column for Fortune magazine. Prior to becoming an anchor, Quick covered the Wall Street beat for CNBC as part of the network’s partnership with Dow Jones. Before joining CNBC in February 2001, Quick covered various beats for The Wall Street Journal, including retail, e-commerce and the internet.

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Carl Quintanilla: ‘Squawk on the Street,’ ‘Squawk Alley’

  • Other media project titles: “Today” (former correspondent, television); “NBC Nightly News” (former correspondent, television)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 284,400
  • Twitter handle: @carlquintanilla
  • Instagram followers: N/A
  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Bio: Carl Quintanilla is a principal anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and “Squawk Alley,” both of which broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Since joining NBCUniversal in 1999, Quintanilla has covered a wide range of stories for both CNBC and NBC News, where he was a New York- and Chicago-based correspondent for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” Prior to joining NBC, Quintanilla spent six years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

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Charles Payne: ‘Making Money with Charles Payne’

  • Other media project titles: “Your World with Neil Cavuto” (frequent guest, television); “Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich” (book)
  • Accolades: Fox Business Network Top Program 2020
  • Twitter followers: 540,400
  • Twitter handle: @cvpayne
  • Instagram followers: 14,800
  • Instagram handle: charlesvpayne
  • Bio: Charles Payne is the host of “Making Money with Charles Payne” and joined Fox Business Network in October 2007 as a contributor. Payne is also a contributor to Fox News Channel, frequently appearing on shows such as “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and “Fox & Friends.” He began his career on Wall Street as an analyst at E.F. Hutton in 1985. In 1991, he founded Wall Street Strategies, an independent stock market research firm where he serves as chief executive officer and principal analyst. He published his first book entitled “Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich” in May 2007.

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David Asman: ‘After the Bell’

  • Other media project titles: “Bulls & Bears” (host, television); “Global Warming: The Debate Continues” (host, documentary special); “U.N. Blood Money” (host, investigative miniseries); “Perspective on the Economy” (radio); “Issues USA” (television)
  • Accolades: Fox Business Network Top Program 2020
  • Twitter followers: 15,200
  • Twitter handle: @DavidAsmanfox
  • Instagram followers: N/A
  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Bio: David Asman joined Fox News Channel in 1997 and helped launch Fox Business Network in 2007. He is the host of FBN’s post-market program “Bulls & Bears.” Most recently, Asman has served as a co-anchor on FBN’s “After the Bell,” which was No. 1 in its timeslot. While at FNC, Asman anchored the weekday “Fox News Live.” In 2005, he was named head of FNC’s documentary unit where he hosted a series of investigative specials, including “Global Warming: The Debate Continues” and “U.N. Blood Money,” a three-part series that examined the oil-for-food controversy.

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David Faber: ‘Squawk on the Street’

  • Other media project titles: “The Faber Report” (book); “And Then the Roof Caved In” (book)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 216,700
  • Twitter handle: @davidfaber
  • Instagram followers: N/A
  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Bio: An award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, David Faber is a co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and an anchor and co-producer of CNBC’s acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming. Faber has reported 10 documentaries for CNBC for which he has received Loeb, Emmy, Peabody and duPont awards. His book “The Faber Report” was published by Little, Brown and Company in spring 2002. His second book, “And Then the Roof Caved In,” was published in the summer of 2009 by John Wiley.

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Elizabeth MacDonald: ‘The Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald’

  • Other media project titles: “Skirting Heresy: The Life & Times of Mergery Kempe” (book/play); “Tideon: A New Myth” (children’s book)
  • Accolades: Fox Business Network Top Program 2020
  • Twitter followers: 296,300
  • Twitter handle: @LizMacDonaldFOX
  • Instagram followers: 76
  • Instagram handle: elizabethmacdonaldbooks
  • Bio: Elizabeth MacDonald is the host of Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald.” MacDonald joined the network as stocks editor in September 2007. Prior to joining FBN, MacDonald was a senior editor at Forbes Magazine, where she covered the IRS, corporate accounting scandals, Washington, D.C. and created “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” annual list. Before Forbes, MacDonald covered corporate accounting scandals, the IRS, taxes and Washington, D.C. for The Wall Street Journal, with front-page stories, Heard on the Street columns and editorials.

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Jim Cramer: ‘Squawk on the Street’

  • Other media project titles: “Mad Money” (anchor, television); “Jim Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully” (book);Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even” (book); “Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich” (book); “Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich” (book); “Jim Cramer’s RealMoney” (book); “Confessions of a Street Addict” (book)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 1,500,000
  • Twitter handle: @jimcramer
  • Instagram followers: 60,900
  • Instagram handle: jimcramer
  • Bio: Jim Cramer believes there is always a bull market somewhere, and he wants to help you find it. He is the host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” featuring lively guest interviews, viewer calls and, most important, the unmatched, fiery opinions of Cramer himself. He serves as the viewer’s personal guide through the confusing jungle of Wall Street investing — navigating through both opportunities and pitfalls with one goal in mind — to help them make money.

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Joe Kernen: ‘Squawk Box’

  • Other media project titles: CNBC (on-air stock editor; television)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 155,600
  • Twitter handle: @JowSquawk
  • Instagram followers: 1,688
  • Instagram handle: joekernen
  • Bio: Joe Kernen is co-anchor of “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s signature morning program. It is a fast-paced, irreverent look at the world of Wall Street, and the longest-running show on the network. Kernen is based in CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Prior to his anchoring duties, Kernen was CNBC’s On-Air stock editor and was featured throughout the business day on CNBC.

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Jon Fortt: ‘Squawk Alley’

  • Other media project titles: The Black Experience in America: The Course (online resource)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 39,000
  • Twitter handle: @jonfortt
  • Instagram followers: 1,781
  • Instagram handle: jonfortt
  • Bio: In 2020, Jon Fortt launched The Black Experience in America: The Course. A business journalist in the New York area, he reports on-air and online for CNBC. In 2020, he created a weekly segment on “Squawk Box” called On the Other Hand. Since 2016, he’s been publishing content with the Fortt Knox brand, first as a podcast, now as a live stream, video series and newsletter that lives primarily on LinkedIn.

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Kelly Evans: ‘The Exchange’

  • Other media project titles: “Power Lunch” (co-host, television)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 18,200
  • Twitter handle: @KellyCNBC
  • Instagram followers: 3,221
  • Instagram handle: realkellyevans
  • Bio: Kelly Evans joined CNBC in February 2012 as an on-air correspondent, reporting across CNBC’s Business Day programming. Evans was most recently co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” and earlier, “Squawk on the Street” and “Worldwide Exchange” based in London.

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Liz Claman: ‘The Claman Countdown’

  • Other media project titles: “The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received” (book); “Morning Call” (former anchor, television); “Wake Up Call” (former anchor, television); “Market Watch” (former anchor, television); “Today’s Business” (former anchor, television);
    The Morning Exchange” (former anchor, television)
  • Accolades: Fox Business Network Top Program 2020
  • Twitter followers: 100,300
  • Twitter handle: @LizClaman
  • Instagram followers: 1,161
  • Instagram handle: clamancountdown
  • Bio: With nearly 25 years of experience, Liz Claman — described by Vanity Fair as “…one of television’s top business reporters and anchors” — shares insights on leadership and the global economy gleaned from her access to the most influential and powerful business leaders in the world. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and one of the top anchors at Fox Business News, she anchors “Countdown to the Closing Bell” and “After the Bell.”

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Marcus Lemonis: ‘The Profit;’ ‘Streets of Dreams’

  • Other media project titles: marcuslemonis.com (website/online resource)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 592,200
  • Twitter handle: @marcuslemonis
  • Instagram followers: 1,300,000
  • Instagram handle: marcuslemonis
  • Bio: Best known for breathing life back into struggling small businesses on CNBC’s “The Profit,” Marcus Lemonis is more than a TV personality — he is a successful entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist.

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Melissa Lee: ‘Fast Money’

  • Other media project titles: “Power Lunch” (co-host, television); “Options Action” (host, television)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 135,100
  • Twitter handle: @MelissaLeeCNBC
  • Instagram followers: 976
  • Instagram handle: melissaleeontv
  • Bio: Before “Fast Money,” “Power Lunch” and “Options Action,” Melissa Lee was co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and the host of “Money in Motion Currency Trading.” She also covered investment banking, hedge funds and private equity for the network.

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Morgan Brennan: ‘Squawk on the Street’

  • Other media project titles: “Squawk Alley” (former co-anchor, television)
  • Accolades: CNBC Top Show
  • Twitter followers: 34,600
  • Twitter handle: @MorganLBrennan
  • Instagram followers: 10,200
  • Instagram handle: morgan_bren
  • Bio: Morgan Brennan joined CNBC in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing and defense and space. Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and Forbes.com, most recently covering real estate.

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Neil Cavuto: ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast’

  • Other media project titles: “Your World with Neil Cavuto” (television); “CAVUTO Live” (television); “Market Wrap” (former anchor, television); “Today Show” (former contributor, television)
  • Accolades: Fox Business Network Top Program 2020
  • Twitter followers: 571,900
  • Twitter handle: @TeamCavuto
  • Instagram followers: N/A
  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Bio: Neil Cavuto serves as senior vice president, anchor and managing editor of Business News for both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. In addition to anchoring daily programs and breaking news specials on FNC and FBN, Cavuto oversees business news content for both networks and leads special events coverage for FBN.

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Stuart Varney: ‘Varney & Co.’

  • Other media project titles: “My Take with Stuart Varney” (television); “Wall Street Journal with Stuart Varney” (former host, television); “Your Money” (former host, television); “Business Day” (former host, television); “Business Asia” (former host, television)
  • Accolades: Fox Business Network Top Program 2020
  • Twitter followers: 618,400
  • Twitter handle: @Varneyco
  • Instagram followers: 47,500
  • Instagram handle: varneyco
  • Bio: Stuart Varney joined Fox Business Network in 2007 and is the host of “Varney & Co.,” the highest-rated market program on television. Prior to joining FNC, Varney was a co-anchor of CNN’s “Moneyline News Hour.” Varney helped launch CNN’s business news team in 1980 and hosted many of their financial programs including. His reporting and analysis of the stock market crash of 1987 helped earn CNN a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism.

      Methodology: GOBankingRates reviewed the following rankings to identify the experts that America is getting its money advice from:

      1.  NYT Bestsellers on the Monthly Business List for February 2021
      2.  Amazon Best Sellers in the Personal Finance category as of Feb. 9, 2021
      3. Spotify Top Shows in the Business and Technology category as of Feb. 9, 2021
      4. Apple Podcasts Top Shows in the Business category as of Feb. 9, 2021
      5. Talkers 2020 Heavy Hundred — Top Ten
      6. FOX Business Network top-rated programs of 2020
      7. CNBC Popular Shows
      8. TIME ranked Best Finance Podcasts of 2021
      9. TIME’s 10 Financial Experts to Follow
      10. NYMag’s Best Personal Finance Books According to Money Experts

      Additionally, to account for prominent voices in print media, GOBankingRates identified key columnists for seven of the nine most widely circulated daily newspapers in the U.S. according to 2019 data from Alliance for Audited Media and made available by Cision. For each expert with a work that received one of the above accolades, GOBankingRates found information on their other media projects, their Twitter handle and follower count, their Instagram handle and follower count and a professional summary. GOBankingRates maintained our roundups focus on personal finance, so some works in the above rankings were excluded due to being broadly about habits, health, mindset, etc.