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The 18 Best Investment Podcasts, Period

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There may be thousands of books on the subject, but you don’t need to read them to know that the best way to grow your money is through investments. In fact, you don’t need to read them at all. Whether you’re getting a head start on your New Year’s resolution to become smarter about money, or are already a certified Wolf of Wall Street, these investment-focused podcasts can provide all the information and valuable insights you need to compound your wealth, save for retirement and gain financial freedom—all while you’re at the gym, on your way to work or running errands.

 

We ranked and categorized the top 18 investment podcasts, from the ones that require the most insider knowledge and investment experience to the most accessible and easy-to-understand for beginners. No matter your level of expertise, dive in and work your way up to the top—both literally and financially.

The Best Finance News Analysis

Those of you who already have skin in the stock market game should keep up with the latest finance and economic headlines and understand what they could mean for your money. These podcasts go beyond simple data reporting to frame and explain the news you need to know.

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18. 'P&L'

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A daily podcast from Bloomberg (one of many, in fact), P&L with Paul Sweeney and Lisa Abramowicz focuses on the latest market data with analysis from Bloomberg Opinion writers, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts and influential newsmakers who delve into explanatory discussions of everything from international economic shakeups (like the U.S.-China trade deal) to individual stock assessments (ahem, Netflix). Sprinkled in are market-adjacent human interest stories—one recent episode even reveals explosive details about Silicon Valley’s accidental surveillance of consumers’ most intimate moments. Think of P&L as the podcast version of the Bloomberg TV channel your dad still watches.

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17. 'Investing Insights' from Morningstar

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Chicago-based Morningstar is a trusted source for independent investment research, and its weekly breakdown of market developments offers objective insights and relevant tips for navigating the current financial landscape—granted that you’re already pretty well-versed in the stock market. Expect to find a curated roundup of stock, fund and ETF picks from Morningstar’s pro team, along with personal finance advice and exclusive interviews with fund managers who help put the market circumstances into perspective. The best part? You get all this in around 30 minutes or less.

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16. 'The Indicator' from Planet Money

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While NPR’s Planet Money podcast follows a more, well, NPR-ish format (a journalistic, storytelling dive into obscure, albeit interesting, topics), its more frequent supplement, The Indicator, provides quick-hit insights on economic and business news every weekday. Each episode of the self-described “little show about big ideas” is less than ten minutes, and can fluctuate between serious international trade policy updates and enjoyable explanations of niche markets. As you’d expect from NPR, the podcast is as highly produced and informative as can be—definitely worth the listen during your commute.

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15. 'Motley Fool Money'

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If you’re not reading the business section every morning, this popular pod is one of the best ways to stay up-to-date on the headlines. Chris Hill and a panel of Motley Fool investment analysts tackle the week’s top business news, from CEO shakeups to stock spikes and company earnings, while explaining the implications for investors. Many episodes also feature interviews with authors and finance experts, as well as a recap of specific stocks on the Motley Fool’s radar. Episodes air every Friday, so it’s a perfect way to end your week.

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The Best Advice from Successful People

Is your hustle fueled by quotes from Warren Buffett and Gary Vaynerchuk? Are you inspired by the success stories of billionaires? Then these straight-from-the-source, guest-focused pods are for you.

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14. 'Invest Like a Boss'

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Hello, it’s the 21st century! There are so many other investment opportunities beyond stocks and bonds—and this podcast explores them all with the help of some of the world’s savviest investors, financial insiders, entrepreneurs and CEOs. Each week, hosts Sam Marks and Johnny FD interview a high-earning guest and glean insight from their innovative investment strategies that are firmly in place for the modern age. If you’re wondering about “peer-to-peer lending” or “robo advisers” (no, they don’t have anything to do with Terminator), press play—like a boss.

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13. 'Invest Like the Best'

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Host Sean O'Shaughnessy taps industry insiders and financial experts who provide real-world knowledge and methods for achieving success in the market and beyond. Every episode offers an in-depth conversation that goes beyond the surface of basic investment ideas to provide listeners with relevant economic knowledge, from cryptocurrency to “quant.” Some recent guests on Invest Like the Best include Chad Cascarilla, the CEO and cofounder of Paxos, and Chris Bloomstran, the president and chief investment officer of Semper Augustus Investments Group. Be warned: Lots of Wall Street jargon gets thrown around, so either be familiar with the terms or have a finance dictionary on hand.

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12. 'We Study Billionaires'

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The flagship show of The Investor’s Podcast Network is one of the highest-rated and most popular stock market pods around, boasting over 30 million downloads. The only reason it’s number 12 on our list is because it requires some prior investment knowledge, along with plenty of money, to be of immediate use advice-wise. Nevertheless, the podcast is ideal for anyone curious about the investment strategies of billionaires. Hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen often profile famous money-makers, analyzing their methods and turning them into actionable insight. They also interview knowledgeable finance insiders on the value of specific stocks and investment types.

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The Most Entertaining

If you’re not exactly passionate about the ins and outs (or rather, the ups and downs) of the stock market, the subject matter can get a little boring. So trick yourself into enjoying the consumption of this valuable information by choosing some of the more entertaining podcasts out there. It’s kind of like how your mom used to sneak spinach into your applesauce.

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11. 'BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast'

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BiggerPockets produces a few different podcasts, including a personal finance-focused series referenced later in this list, but their bread and butter is most definitely in real estate. Hosts Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner are so entertaining that listeners with little to no experience in real estate investing can enjoy each episode, likely without realizing how much knowledge they’re packing in. Their discussions frequently incorporate off-the-cuff interviews with investors of various backgrounds, niches and experience levels, proving that anyone can make a killing in real estate if they’re smart about it.

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10. 'Listen Money Matters'

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“This is not your father's boring money show.” Crack open a beer with Andrew Fiebert and Matt Giovanisci, the funny guys behind Listen Money Matters (who actually kick off each episode by sharing their current beverage, usually an IPA), a self-described “uncensored personal finance podcast.” Thanks to the conversational and relatable tone of the hosts and their guests, each episode makes seemingly complicated financial ideas accessible for beginners and pros alike. Recent topics we had no idea we could ever understand (but do now!) include “How to Reduce Taxable Income with Advanced IRA Strategies” and “The Lowdown on Libra: Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency.”

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9. 'The Stacking Benjamins Show'

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So, an economist walks into a brothel… No, this isn’t the beginning of a raunchy joke—it’s the title of one of the episodes of the Stacking Benjamins podcast. Hosted by Joe Saul-Sehy and the mysterious OG (“Other Guy”), this thrice-weekly show aims to promote financial literacy by taking a fun and more out-of-the-box approach to otherwise serious investment topics. Case in point: The “brothel” episode, featuring economist Allison Schrager, explained risk assessment through the lens of, yes, a brothel. And though their pods are full of laughs (and happen to be recorded in Joe’s mom’s basement), don’t be fooled—these guys are consummate finance professionals with lots of knowledge to offer.

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The Most Well-Rounded

You may be familiar with the importance of diversifying your investment portfolio—we say it’s just as important to diversify the information you take in while you’re building it. Here are our top picks for podcasts that explore a wide range of topics to give you general investment knowledge and allow you to make more informed decisions in every aspect of your financial life.

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8. ‘Money Tree Investing’

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For the slightly more seasoned investor, the Money Tree Investing podcast is a well-rounded listen not only in the sense of its subject matter but also in the different perspectives it provides on each topic thanks to multiple panelists. Each episode follows a similar format: A guest is interviewed about a money topic of their expertise, followed by a roundtable discussion between that week’s financial expert panelists, who shed even more light on the subject using their own unique backgrounds and experiences. Investing is not a one-size-fits-all category, and this podcast often helps listeners understand the different options best suited for them.

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7. ‘So Money’

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Farnoosh Torabi, an award-winning finance correspondent, coach and author, has hosted this accessible fan favorite since 2015. The podcast features a diverse array of notable guests, from entrepreneurial gurus like Barbara Corcoran and Tim Ferriss to celebrities, including Jillian Michaels and Tim Gunn, who engage in candid conversations about money. Each episode offers unique and oftentimes inspiring wisdom in financial subjects across the board. Not to be missed, however, are the “Ask Farnoosh” episodes, in which she expertly answers real-world investment and money management questions from listeners. There are almost 1,000 episodes recorded to date, so it’s about time you dove into this well of informative motivation.

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6. ‘Money for the Rest of Us’

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For the individual investor who has chosen to take control of their financial future, this podcast is a must. Hosted by J. David Stein, a former Chief Investment Strategist and money manager, Money for the Rest of Us dives into a new investment-related subject every week and already has an archive of well over 200 episodes. Whether you’re looking for insights on the changing economy, trading, market cycles or even the best ways to invest a small amount of money, you’ll find an episode that answers your question. Stein often uses his own experiences, along with relevant analogies, to frame complicated ideas and make them easier to understand. One recent example? Comparing Tesla’s self-driving technology to smart investing practices.

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5. ‘The College Investor’

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We probably don’t have to tell you that millennials have it rough in the financial arena. The College Investor Audio Show understands that, and offers refreshingly nonjudgmental advice on a range of personal finance and early investing topics for young adults without blaming us for ruining the housing market through the weaponization of avocado toast (or whatever it is people are saying we did). From getting out of student loan debt to monetizing a side hustle, millennials can learn usable strategies to regain confidence and dispel the fear and uncertainty surrounding money that many of us faced after coming of age during a major recession.

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The Most Beginner-Friendly

While all of the above podcasts provide informative and insightful discussions, you’ll be lost until you’ve really grasped the basics of investing. Therefore, when it comes to the best of the best, we’ve highlighted some podcast episodes that help lay a strong foundation for absolute beginners. Consider these lessons in Investment 101.

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4. ‘Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life’, Episode 598

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Personal finance guru Laura Adams is an award-winning authority who provides practical advice on financial wellness to the everyday listener. She’s been hosting Money Girl since 2008, so there are over 600 episodes to choose from, but episode 598 stands out as a useful guide to investing for the long term. In “How to Choose the Best Investments - 6 Dos and Don’ts to Follow,” Laura highlights the basics, explaining everything from the importance of investing small rather than not at all and diversifying your portfolio to risk assessment and retirement funds. According to her, the best time to start investing is now, so listen up.

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3. ‘InvestED: The Rule #1 Investing Podcast,’ Episodes 1-3

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Hosted by hedge fund manager and best-selling finance author Phil Town and his daughter Danielle, an emerging company attorney who wanted to learn more about investing, this podcast kicks off with three episodes full of foundational knowledge. Episode 1 begins with an explanation of Charlie Munger’s (Warren Buffett’s partner at Berkshire Hathaway) four principles of investing and proceeds to explain the importance of understanding a business before putting money into it, as well as the everyday resources Phil looks to when keeping up with financial news. In Episodes 2 and 3, Phil and Danielle delve deeper into how to research a company to see if it’s worth your investment and how to find a company with a “Durable Competitive Advantage” (i.e., a company that won’t go under and lose all your money anytime soon).

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2. ‘BiggerPockets Money Podcast,’ Episode 81

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If you don’t know the difference between an IRA and a 401(k)—or even really know what they do—listen to this episode of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast ASAP. Hosts Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench are joined by Erin Lowry (aka The Broke Millennial) for an in-depth, millennial-minded explainer on how to start investing, what to look for in retirement funds and even how to approach investing when you have loads of student loan debt. What we really like about Lowry’s advice is how specific and actionable it is—listeners can apply her tips immediately, whether it’s checking their company’s 401(k) vesting policy to conceptualizing their “time horizon.”

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1. ‘The Investing for Beginners,’ Episodes 43-47

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As its name suggests, this podcast, hosted by self-taught investment pros Dave Ahern and Andrew Sather, is for the listener who is totally new to the game. They aim to explain financial topics and ideas in simple, easy-to-understand terms and frequently answer questions submitted by listeners. Their best breakdown of general investment knowledge can be found in Episodes 43 through 47, a five-part series titled “Back to the Basics,” in which they explain exactly what a stock is, what happens when you buy and sell and explore different investment types and markets, from real estate and precious metals to bitcoin and bonds. These episodes provide truly valuable core knowledge for the person starting their investment journey.

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