If you’ve never dipped your toes into the wide world of podcasts, prepare yourself for your new obsession. With a similar format to talk radio, podcasts usually include a host or hosts discussing all kinds of material, from news to cooking, interviewing special guests or each other, sharing stories, performing an audio play, or a delightful mishmash of all of the above. The length of podcasts can vary to suit your attention span — some of the shortest podcasts last just five minutes, while others marathon for hours.
Personal finance can sometimes be a complicated and confusing topic, particularly if you’re still learning the ropes of money management. But with the help of podcast shows this can change your mind.
Finance podcasts can help you get clear on your money goals and create a plan for achieving them, all from the comfort of your home, car, or even the treadmill at the gym
Here are our favourite financial podcasts that will keep you busy.
Tim Harford is an economist and journalist from Oxford. He has produced a series of books which began with the Undercover Economist.
In the spirit of Freakonomics, he uses economics to explain how the world works.
He also writes an Undercover Economist for the FT. But the podcast is spawned from his BBC radio show, More or Less: Behind the Stats.
Length: 40 mins
Journalist plus investment professional equals a great run-down for the day ahead.
Usually hosted by Adam Parsons, a TV and radio presenter, and ably assisted by Louise Cooper, a financial expert who has worked for Goldman Sachs.
It’s a podcast that looks at anything from your savings to investments to global news.
Check out interviews with the chief executives of some of the biggest brands in the UK – fascinating.
Length: 30 mins
The first personal finance radio programme and still one of only a few.
Paul Lewis (@paullewismoney) has been a financial journalist since 1987 and has won dozens of awards.
He’s joined by Louise Cooper and Adam Shaw (@adamshawbiz) on this hugely popular weekly BBC Radio 4 show.
It covers the latest news from the world of personal finance and tips for those trying to make the most of their money. That’s us, yes please!
It is broadcast live on a Saturday morning, but you can catch up via the podcast.
There’s plenty of factual money news and chat archived on the BBC Radio 4 site if it’s a certain topic you’re looking for.
Hosted by Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth, the Freakonomics podcast tackles a range of economic issues and how they matter in everyday life.
From how to prevent a great Depression to whether your name affects your professional success no topic is out of bounds as they look at an array of topical subjects.
Based upon Dubner’s book Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics, this podcast is great for anyone who wants to get into the economic side of money and finance, but isn’t sure where to start.
To boost your own financial power, it helps (a whole lot) to know about the bigger picture. Yes, we’re talking about the economy. As dull as that may sound, NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast is a fun listen. “Planet Money” ingeniously mixes narrative stories and expert dialogues to break down the fundamentals that affect you on a daily basis. It also prompts intriguing questions like, “Why are there so many mattress stores out there?”
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