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Money-focused podcasts are hugely popular right now. After the pandemic imploded everyone’s routines and listening habits, Spotify recently reported that podcast consumption has more than doubled. This is a clear signal that everyone is hungry for information, advice, or simply entertainment. Whatever you’re looking for, here are the 10 best financial podcasts to dip into.
Best Finance Podcasts of 2020
- Afford Anything
- BiggerPockets Money
- Women & Money
- So Money
- This is Uncomfortable
- Side Hustle Pro
- Planet Money
- Brown Ambition
- Money For the Rest of Us
- Future Rich
- Listen to it for: How to make the most of your most limited resources: time, energy, money
Alright, she got me with the title. But Paula Pant is also a practical podcast host — she thinks you can afford anything, but not everything. Her appealing and skilled interview style attracts a wide range of guests who touch on the emotional and psychological aspects of money, but with a guilt-free and accessible tone. Doom-and-gloomers need not apply; this podcast has a strong thread of optimism.
Recommended episode: “Timeless financial lessons from my grandma” a classic interview with Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary. Of course grandmas have the best advice. “Avoid debt like the devil” is particularly sage wisdom.
- Listen to it for: Tales of massive debt payoffs and people achieving financial independence
Want to dip your toe in the water? Co-hosts Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen bring good energy and zero condescension to this podcast, which is appealing for beginners in the personal finance space, people seeking advice on paying off debt, or those who find value in interviews with thought leaders. If you’re especially interested in real estate investing, parent podcast BiggerPockets explores that niche.
Recommended episode: “Planning for the unexpected: Being financially ready to take advantage of opportunities.” Recorded a few months in the pandemic, this interview with I Will Teach You to Be Rich founder Ramit Sethi digs into the value of overreacting and how to start a new business during a crisis.
‘Women & Money’
- Listen to it for: Empowerment, encouragement, and expert wisdom
Aimed primarily at women “and the men smart enough to listen,” this twice-weekly digest comes straight from the personal finance queen herself. “Women & Money” showcases what Suze Orman (a NextAdvisor contributor) does best: real talk about real issues, no sugarcoating allowed. Most episodes run around 30 minutes and focus on listener questions and relevant news — she recently did a deep dive on the economy and stock market — while also devoting time to the more intangible aspects of money, such as what it means to be emotionally and financially strong.
Recommended episode: “Truth or Consequences,” Suze’s first episode back after a major surgery, in which she ties the importance of health and wealth together.
- Listen to it for: Conversations with smart guests and practical advice on living a richer, happier life
With over 1,000 episodes in the bank, “So Money” is a reliable and entertaining podcast powerhouse. Hosted by NextAdvisor contributing editor Farnoosh Torabi, this series draws well-known entrepreneurs and celebrities who candidly talk about money matters, plus weekly “Ask Farnoosh” episodes with timely advice. She’s quick, relatable, authoritative, and funny — everything you want in a host.
Recommended episode: This Queen Latifah interview, part of Torabi’s month-long Black Wealth Matters series, in which they discuss overcoming the value of loving your work and closing the racial wealth gap.
‘This Is Uncomfortable’
- Listen to it for: Narratives and conversations about how money influences lives and relationships
Hosted by Reema Khrais, this relatively new podcast from Marketplace is a welcome addition to the podcasting world. Loosely based around life and “how money messes with it,” there’s no shortage of episodes around sticky topics, like what to do if your boyfriend wants to pay your rent, how to deal with a $35,000 COVID-19 bill, and a feature called “group chat” where guests drop in and offer advice to reader questions. Conversational, fun, yet also thoughtful, this podcast offers sharp and realistic advice for real-world questions.
Recommended episode: “Money makes me sick,” which offers strategies and much-needed hand-holding around one of the most universally uncomfortable topics: checking your bank account.
‘Side Hustle Pro’
- Listen to it for: Confidence and motivation to pursue more than your day job
Described as “the first and only podcast to spotlight bold, Black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business,” this podcast by Nicaila Matthews Okome is so inspiring you’ll want to write a business proposal before finishing your first episode. Sprinkled amid in-depth interviews with women who have gone big — we’re talking seven-figure-business big — are actionable tips for turning passion projects into money makers. Her message seems to resonate: this series has been downloaded four million times over four years.
Recommended episode: “7 tried and true tips for side hustling when you don’t have a lot of time” is a reflection from the host herself on transitioning from working at NPR to becoming an entrepreneur.
- Listen to it for: Big-picture explanations of what’s going on with the economy
This classic podcast has all the NPR signatures: high-quality production values, highly relevant topics, and hosts with soothing voices, all packaged into a cozy 30 minutes. Imagine getting the most important headlines when it comes to the economy, but with narratives, interviewees, and more amusement than typically found in newsprint. They have fun, too, and recently did a “summer school” session at the fictional “Planet Money University.”
Recommended episode: “Money and Justice,” a money-minded dissection of reparations and what defunding the police actually means.
- Listen to it for: Knowledge on empowering yourself to make changes and good choices
This podcast just celebrated its fifth anniversary — and it’s livelier than ever. “Brown Ambition” hosts are NextAdvisor contributor Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche and personal finance journalist Mandi Woodruff, and their dual hosting brings lightness and understanding to often opaque or frustrating financial realms. Setting this one apart: the follow-ups from previous episodes, a diverse array of guests, and a focus on the intersection of career, business, and money.
Recommended episode: “Want to retire by 40?” an interview with two FIRE (Financial Independence, Early Retirement) devotees, which received a huge response from listeners eager to do the same.
‘Money For the Rest of Us’
- Listen to it for: Advice on managing your own investment portfolio
Heads up, investors: J. David Stein is concerned about your future. The former investment strategist and money manager demystifies issues related to money and the markets with an accessible tone, with the overall goal of feeling secure enough to not feel so worried about money. If you want to take the next step with your money but aren’t keen on hiring a financial advisor quite yet, this podcast is a good place to start.
Recommended episode: “How to do financial planning” a 25-minute deep dive about portfolio management and test-driving your financial plans.
- Listen to it for: One-on-one advice from a CFP
Barbara Ginty is a certified financial planner who wants you to be future rich. Her interview series feels a little like eavesdropping on a financial planning-slash-therapy session revolving around finances, tackling relationships (should partners split the bills 50/50?) or career moves (how exactly do you get a big raise?), which is especially appropriate since Ginty herself made a major career change at age 29. You probably already ask yourself many of the questions her listeners have; this feels like getting an expert’s take for free.
Recommended episode: “Your side hustles will pay off your debt by the end of 2020” a follow-up with a previous interviewee who’s made great strides in paying off her debt, and what she should do next.