Five of the Best Financial Podcasts to Help You Learn about Finance
Prior to entering the adult world, personal finance was not a topic I had learned much about. More recently, it has become a topic of conversation among family and friends out of both necessity and curiosity. I get the sense that there are a lot of people out there, like me, who would love to learn more about how the world of finance works, and more specifically the implications for their own personal finances. There is a myriad of options for your listening pleasure out there, some that tackle the financial world in broad strokes and others focused on personal finance. Here are a few of my favorites.
I first stumbled upon NPR’s Planet Money while teaching high school math. One of the classes that I created and taught was a financial literacy course. In my search for resources that students would find both interesting and accessible, I found Planet Money and I have been an avid listener ever since. Each episode is 25 to 30 minutes long and teaches a thought-provoking financial concept through the form of storytelling. I have always found storytelling to be powerful and engaging, which is why I love the show. It makes for easy listening for both beginners and those who have more experience in the world of finance.
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If you’re looking for something even more bite-sized than Planet Money, try The Indicator. These 10-minute episodes use a current event to teach a specific idea or concept. By using current events, not only are the stories relatable, but they help show connections between our everyday lives and what is happening in the bigger financial world around us.
This podcast is relatively new to me. As my interest in finance has evolved from learning about finance on a large scale to an introspective look at my own finances, I have been searching for accessible podcasts to support my personal financial goals. This podcast, which has the tag line “discussing finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn,” is a great place to start when it comes to learning about different aspects of your personal finances. It is far from a full course on financial topics, but can be a perfect introduction if you’re looking for some “food for thought.”
If you’re looking for hosts who you can enjoy a beverage with while learning about personal finance, look no further. Every episode, these two best friends try out a new beer and delve into financial topics. They believe that “access to free, unbiased, and jargon-free personal finance guidance is more necessary than ever before.”
This podcast offers both topic-specific episodes and “Friday flights.” The mid-week episodes include titles such as “Debunking Common Tax Misconceptions” and “The Beauty of the Roth IRA.” This makes it easy to search previous episodes to find a topic you are specifically interested in or skip episodes that you’re not. The “Friday flights” are a compilation of finance events from the past week which is a great way to stay informed about current events that may impact your personal finances.
Another relatively new addition to my subscription list is this empowering and relatable listen. The host, Jamila Souffrant, refers to listeners as journeyers. Her goal is to empower us all to find a path towards our own financial freedom. Episodes range from 45 minutes to one hour and typically consist of a conversation with someone new each week. I love the diversity of the guests, and how many of the episodes tackle finance through a unique personal lens. Episodes such as “How to Decrease Stress and Increase Self Care on Your Financial Freedom Journey,” ”How to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations with the People in Your Life,” “Live a More Intentional Life & Opt Out of Things that Don’t Serve You,” force us to take a step outside of the simple how to’s and number crunching.
If you’re like me, you may find that the world of finance can be both complex and intimidating. Whether you’re just dipping your toes in, learning on the fly as you navigate financial decisions, or you’re a seasoned financial expert, there is always more to learn. I think the more you know, the better off you will be (as is true for most things in life). Happy podcasting!
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About Kasandra Reid
Kasandra is the technical systems trainer at VSECU, helping teach staff how to use various programs and software. She has a bachelor’s degree in math and a Master’s in Education and coaches cross country and track and field in her spare time. She enjoys running, making art, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and Scottish Terrier Lucy.