If you aren’t a podcast listener, chances are your best friend listens to a few.
In 2006, only 22% of the adult U.S. population was aware of podcasts. Today, that number is at least 75%, according to consumer data resource Statista. It’s projected that there will be more than 160 million listeners in 2023.
NPR is one of the leading publishers of podcasts, and iHeartRadio, which filed for bankruptcy in 2018, came out of bankruptcy in 2019 with revenue of $3.68 billion, much of it attributable to digital and podcasting income.
Spotify is investing millions in podcasting. In late December, Amazon bought Wondery for $300 million. Wondery has 20 million listeners a month and is the fourth largest podcast publisher in the country, according to Screenrant.
Currently there are more than 1,750,000 podcasts and over 43 million episodes. Apple features more than 500,000 active podcasts, according to Podcasting Insights.
Many money podcasts to choose
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the topic of money is found in a large number of podcasts. All of these podcasts are available for free in the Apple iTunes store. Here are 12 money podcasts that you might want to explore:
Planet Money: Three times a week, the NPR podcast explores all corners of the economy – including an interesting and amusing show on buying and selling Christmas trees.
The Dave Ramsey Show: Dave Ramsey got his start on a Nashville radio station in 1992. Today, Ramsey is on more than 500 radio stations, and his podcast is one of the most popular on Apple. The show is straight talk about life, money, debt, investing, retirement, insurance and investing.
So Money with Farnoosh Torabi: Farnoosh Torabi is a financial strategist, TV journalist and author. Torabi started So Money in 2015. She interviews a wide range of experts, bloggers, authors and everyday people – and all have an interesting money story.
The Stacking Benjamins: Joe Saul-Sehy and Josh Bannerman (The Other Guy) are financial professionals. The podcast is designed for beginners who are mystified by investing and money management. Their fun and friendly show has won a number of awards, and the podcast was the only one recognized by Kiplinger magazine for personal finance.
We Study Billionaires: According to their website, this is the most downloaded stock-investing podcast in the world. Preston Pysh and Stig Broderson use their extensive financial backgrounds to discuss a variety of investment vehicles. The show often studies the approaches and strategies of some of the world’s most famous billionaires and how they built their wealth.
InvestED: Phil Town, a hedge fun manager and best-selling author, and his daughter Danielle explore the successful stock-trading strategies of some of the world’s best stock gurus. You’ll learn about stock basics, investing on your own and you’ll get some valuable investing tips.
FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early)
ChooseFI: Hosted by Jonathan Mendosa and Brad Barrett, this podcast is “by the FIRE Community and for the FIRE community.” Their primary objective is to allow their listeners to retire early by reducing expenses and debt, optimizing taxes and building passive-income streams.
Financial Independence: The Mad Fientist interviews personal finance experts to discover their secrets for achieving financial independence so they can retire early. While the podcasts are infrequent, he provides updates on his own retirement – at age 34 – and details his challenges and lessons.
Financial Freedom: Grant Sabatier retired at 30. On his podcast he interviews people who share his strategies and techniques for taming money and living a meaningful life. His topics include personal finance, investing, real estate – and of course, early retirement.
By women, for women
HerMoney with Jean Chatzky: Jean Chatzky has spent more than two decades reporting on financial matters. She’s the financial editor of NBC’s Today Show. Her goal is to ensure that women can manage their own financial challenges. Chatzky takes her audiences through the steps they need to live comfortably tomorrow. She offers the latest research, expert tips and personal advice.
Her Dinero Matters: Jen Hemphill’s podcast is bilingual. The show is designed for women who want to be “reinas” (queens) of their money. Hemphill conducts interviews and monitors panel discussions. She also offers tips and strategies that can be used immediately.
Brown Ambition: Hosted by Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche, the weekly podcast is about juggling life, career and building wealth. The financial experts, a former financial reporter and a best-selling author, regularly answer listener questions.