Not much of a reader? Perhaps you want to put that commute time to good use. Maybe you get bored while jogging or working out.
If that sounds like you, there are podcasts — think highly-specialized, on-demand, niche audio episodes available online and via smartphones, etc. — on just about any topic you can imagine, and personal finance is no exception.
You may already be a podcast aficionado. According to musicoomph.com, 51 percent of Americans have listened to one of the 29 million episodes currently available from more than 700,000 active podcasts (and 32 percent of us listen regularly).
Niche Pursuits, an entrepreneur’s blog covering niche business ideas, has put together a list of its “5 Best Personal Finance Podcasts”, based on both practical and entertainment value. There’s a lot of good stuff in here. While you can get much more information at the above link, here’s some quick information about the podcasts:
NPR’s Planet Money
Airs: 2x weekly
Hosts: Robert Smith, Stacey Vanek Smith, Kenny Malone, Ailsa Chang, Jacob Goldstein, Noel King, Sarah Gonzalez, Karen Duffin and Cardiff Garcia
Length: 15-30 mins.
Description: “The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.’ Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening.”
Most recent episode: The Day Of Two Noons
The Stacking Benjamin
Airs: 3x weekly
Host: Joe Saul-Sehy and OG
Length: 60-90 mins.
Description: “Live, from Joe’s mom’s half-finished basement … listen to a parade of financial headlines, personal finance experts, creatives, and people with stories that inspire us. Hosts Joe Saul-Sehy & OG meet at the card table and bring you guests, trivia, your letters about saving, investing, risk management, and much more.”
Most recent episode: Winning in the Long Run
Listen, Money Matters
Hosts: Andrew Fiebert and Matt Giovanisci
Length: 50 mins.
Description: “Honest and uncensored — this is not your father’s boring money show. This show brings much needed, actionable advice to a people who hate being lectured about personal finance from the out-of-touch one percent.”
Most recent episode: Raising Rich Kids, Hiring Help and a $2 Million Inheritance
Airs: Several times a week
Host: Farnoosh Torabi
Length: Around 35 minutes
Description: “Candid conversations for a richer, happier life.”
Most recent episode: Cameron Huddleston — Author of “Mom and Dad, We Need To Talk.”
Masters in Business
Host: Barry Ritholtz
Length: 1-2 hours
Description: “Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz looks at the people and ideas that shape markets, investing and business.”
Most recent episode: Sharon French Discusses Smart Beta ETFs
What are your favorite financial podcasts? Why? Drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know!