It’s been three years since Serial brought podcasting into the mainstream, and since then the industry has exploded.
There are now more than 250,000 free podcasts on iTunes, on subjects ranging from health and fitness, to comedy, to true crime, and – of course – finance.
Financial podcasts are an easy way to digest complex financial information and emerging trends, and you can listen to them in the comfort of your home, your garden, your car, or wherever you like!
We’ve put together our edit of financial podcasts that every armchair investor should download right now. Listen, and learn…
Our Top Five of the Best Finance Podcasts for Armchair Investors
Average length: 25 minutes
Hosted by Financial Times money editor Claer Barrett, this reads like a weekly round-up of the UK’s financial news, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Each week. Barrett invites a fellow journalist or industry expert to discuss the headline issues of the week, as well as wider themes such as Brexit-proofing your portfolio, and how to save on inheritance tax.
A must-listen podcast for anyone with more than a passing interest in current affairs and investing.
Average length: 40 minutes
A combination of life advice and investment tips, this (very) American podcast has an enthusiastic host and a number of high profile guests, all sharing their own money stories. It is directed towards people who have amassed their wealth and want to grow their capital, with a primary focus on real estate investing.
Cashflow Diary can be a bit of a mixed bag, but with an archive of more than 400 episodes to choose from, you are practically guaranteed to get something useful out of it.
Average length: 45 minutes
If you’ve ever wondered how the one per cent got to where they are, this podcast will help you find out. Each week, hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen chat to (or about) the world’s financial billionaires, and share the investment habits and personal choices that helped them get to the top.
This can range from detailed discussions on Bitcoin and its earliest adopters, to mountain-top retreats with eccentric entrepreneurs.
A fun and informative podcast that will fuel dinner party conversations for months to come.
Average length: 15 minutes
The grandfather of all financial podcasts, Planet Money was launched in the wake of the global financial crisis. Almost ten years later and it’s still going strong, with more than 800 episodes under its belt.
Produced by legendary U.S. radio network NPR, it tackles economic issues and unusual investment stories. It is predominantly tailored towards a U.S. audience, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.
Planet Money has been lauded for its ability to make complex financial ideas accessible to all audiences, and some of its episodes have even been taught at universities.
An educational podcast that will bolster your understanding of macro-economics.
Average length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tim Ferriss is the brains behind ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, but for the past three years he has carved out a new career as a podcasting pioneer.
Each week, he speaks to a visionary of the business world (recent guests have included Richard Branson and Arianna Huffington) and shares his own thoughts on the latest start-up and fintech developments.
A keen investor himself, he has had huge success with his own portfolio.
Essential listening if you want to get ahead of the next big trend in finance.
Five Podcasts from Investment Managers and Companies
Have you ever wondered how your investment manager makes the portfolio decisions that affect your money? Some of the top investment banks have begun releasing podcasts where they share their financial insights and market movements.
Here are five of the best.
Focusing more on general trends, rather than specific portfolio allocations, this is an informative and insightful podcast from one of the biggest investment banks in the world.
Each episode features an interview with a C-suite executive from Goldman Sachs, so it’s great for investors who want to get to know the men and women looking after their money.
A relatively new podcast that has yet to find its feet, Blackstone Podcast is mainly made up from recordings of the firm’s quarterly media calls (where journalists can quiz executives on the contents of their latest earnings report) and media appearances by senior management.
There are some good insights, but thus far it has been decidedly short on breaking news.
A long-established and truly global podcast, Brewin Dolphin draws upon its extensive connections to produce a surprisingly insightful weekly report.
Recent guests have included Guy Verhofstadt, lead Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, and Neil Woodford, one of the UK’s top fund managers. Highly informative and accessible.
This is one of two podcasts from global asset manager Vanguard.
Although it is largely aimed at an American audience, Investment Commentary offers some solid advice for investors from all walks of life, by taking a closer look at popular investment trends, particularly those which impact pension funds.
A great podcast for retirees and pre-retirees.
One of the flashiest investment pods, JP Morgan Insights comes in both audio and video form. Popular among financial advisors and institutional investors, this is the podcast that the professionals listen to.
Do you have any other finance or personal finance podcasts to recommend? Please state your choices and why in the comments.Last updated: November 6th, 2017