Remember those days when podcasts were primarily conspiracy theories from guys living at home in their mother’s basements? Times have changed drastically. Podcasts are now in and spreading like wildfire. As of March 2015, 46 million Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis. The numbers keep growing as half the podcast listeners are from the ages of 12 to 34 years old.
As podcast listening becomes more popular so does the demand for good content. Listeners can download and keep up with everything from politics, fashion, celebrity gossip, and personal finance. There is a wide range of personal finance podcasts that appeal to specific niche audiences such as women, investors, millennials, and even entrepreneurs. Other podcasts are dedicated to financial goals like getting out of debt or building income.
Here’s a look at what I consider the 9 best personal finance, investing, and business podcasts and radio shows on air today.
The Dave Ramsey Show. Dave Ramsey is to the personal finance world what LeBron James is to basketball, Ralf Lauren is to fashion, and Gordon James Ramsay is to the culinary industry. It’s not a big surprise that Dave Ramsey expounds on the principles that made him famous: start saving money, get on a budget, and get out of debt. With more than 8 million listeners weekly, Dave Ramsey’s radio show is available on more than 500 radio stations across the United States and has fans from all walks of life call into the show.
Smart Passive Income hosted by Pat Flynn. Pat Flynn is one of the better show hosts out there in my opinion. Pat is known for marketing, online business and blogging strategies. According to Forbes, he earned a cool 3 million in the last 6 years in passive income. Pat has over 12 million downloads. Pat defines passive income on his blog as “building online businesses that take advantage of systems and automation that allow transactions, cash flow and growth to happen without requiring real-time presence.” If you don’t want your limited time to limit your earnings this could just be the show for you.
The Clark Howard Show. Howard is a very well-known name in the personal finance community. He is a consumer expert who explains how to save more, spend less, and avoid consumer rip-offs. This show gives straightforward advice that is easily applicable on saving money and preparing for the future.
The Disciplined Investor is hosted by certified financial planner and author Andrew Horowitz. Horowitz gives his listeners expert advice to take control of their financial lives. Whether you are just now starting to learn about investing or you are a seasoned investor, Howoritz offers tips that will keep you up-to-date on the ever changing markets, help you make smart investments, and broaden your horizons.
Stacking Benjamins is hosted by Joe Saul-Sehy “live from Joe’s mom’s basement.” The show is a light and quirky take on money. It airs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and follows a different format each day. Mondays typically feature a round table discussion where various financial bloggers get together and discuss financial headlines. After listening to a few episodes you really feel like you get to know and connect with the different personalities.
Motley Fool Money airs across America and is featured in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Boston. This show is one of the top business and investing shows on iTunes. The podcast itself is self-described as irreverent, fast-paced look at the world of business and investing.” If you want to get a simplified version of Wall Street headlines and current market conditions this may just be the show for you!
Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life. Don’t be alarmed by the name of the show. It’s a fun show that provides personal finance advice inspired by current events, social media, listener feedback, and everyday interactions. The show usually last about 12-15 minutes and listeners are challenged to put what they learned into practice immediately.
The Entrepreneur On Fire is hosted by John Lee Dumas. This podcast delivers inspiration and motivation for budding entrepreneurs seven days a week. The episodes focus an entrepreneur who has experienced both failure and that light bulb moment that leads him or her to achieve their dreams. The episodes typically also end with a lightning round when the host and his guests give listeners final takeaway messages that can be applied in their own businesses. For those looking for inspiration, motivation, and actionable advice during their daily commute, workout, or “me” time this may just be the show for you.
Freakonomics Radio. Okay so this really isn’t a personal finance blog per say. This show is hosted by the popular author of “Freakonomics,” “SuperFreakonomics” and “Think Like a Freak” books by journalist Stephen Dubner. In the show, Dubner likes to uncover the “the hidden side of everything” and explore a wide variety of topics. The podcast offers lessons on how to think more creatively, rationally, and productively about money and other resources. Warning! Listeners may sometimes feel enraged, enlightened, or even pleasantly surprised by the show’s end. I guarantee you will feel like you are a bit smarter.
Bonus: Listen Money Matters. I recently came across another podcast worth mentioning. Andrew and Thomas of Listen Money Matters are honest, brash and uncensored. This is not your father’s typical boring finance show. It brings you much needed actionable advice to a generation that hates being lectured about personal finance from the out of touch one percent. They’re relatable, and are open about their love of beer. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or a financial whiz, you’d probably find them entertaining!
Interested in getting your finances in order? Which podcast will you try out today? Did I list your favorite podcast?