Top 10 Personal Finance Podcasts

Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard lead the list

The podcast industry has exploded with growth, and that growth has extended to podcasts about investing and finance as well. There are between three million and four million podcasts worldwide, according to some counts.

If you are looking to make your first budget, manage your debt, save for retirement, or navigate buying a home, here are 10 personal finance podcasts to consider. 

And, don’t forget to check out Investopedia’s recently launched podcast, The Investopedia Express, where editor-in-chief Caleb Silver digs into the most important stories in finance and global economics.

Key Takeaways

  • Personal finance podcasts can guide you when you're making major financial decisions.
  • There are podcasts to help you make a budget, manage debt, save for retirement, and navigate buying a home.
  • The Dave Ramsey Show offers advice on life and money three times a week.
  • The Clark Howard Podcast airs twice weekly for 40 minutes and provides money-saving tips.
  • You can also listen to The Investopedia Express, hosted by editor-in-chief Caleb Silver.

1. The Ramsey Show

  • Episode release date: Every weekday
  • Average episode duration: Three 40-minute episodes per weekday.

In his daily radio and podcast show, Dave Ramsey offers advice on life and money, answering questions from callers seeking to learn how to get out of debt and start building for the future. He provides tips on how to turn things around, making personal finance and money management simple. His goal is to provide a plan that anyone can work with.

2. The Clark Howard Podcast

  • Episode release date: Weekdays
  • Average episode duration: 30-40 minutes

As a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and consumer reporter for TV news, Clark Howard aims to empower people to take control of their personal finances by providing money-saving tips, consumer advice, hot deals, and economic news to help listeners achieve financial freedom. He shares practical advice to help listeners save money and “avoid rip-offs” with the goal of helping listeners reach their money goals and live a financially healthy life.

3. Women and Money

  • Episode release date: Sundays and Thursdays
  • Average episode duration: 20-30 minutes

With over 40 years of experience, Suze Orman teaches listeners that they cannot fix a financial problem with money. She encourages listeners to go within themselves and empowers them to control their destiny. For her, money itself is not the end goal but the means to living a full and meaningful life.

4. So Money

  • Episode release date: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Average episode duration: 30 minutes

As a financial correspondent, author, and TV personality, Farnoosh Torabi provides listeners with candid conversations about money strategies with the world’s top business minds and influencers, including Arianna Huffington, Seth Godin, and Margaret Cho. Plus, on Fridays, she answers listeners’ money questions on #AskFarnoosh.

5. BiggerPockets Money

  • Episode release date: Mondays and Fridays
  • Average episode duration: Longer than 60 minutes

Financial experts Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench interview thought leaders about how to earn more, keep more, spend smarter, and grow wealth. Through these conversations, BiggerPockets Money provides listeners with tips and actionable advice about how to get their “financial house” in order.

465 million

The number of podcast listeners worldwide in 2023, according to DemandSage.

6. Afford Anything

  • Episode release date: Twice a week, days vary
  • Average episode duration: Longer than 60 minutes (though PSA Thursday episodes are 15-30 minutes)

Host Paula Pant interviews a diverse group of people—including entrepreneurs, early retirees, millionaires, and investors—exploring the tough work of living a balanced life. She coaches listeners on how to make wise daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus, and attention. Because, after all, you can afford anything, but not everything.

7. The Money Guy Show

  • Episode release date: Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Average episode duration: 60 minutes

Brian Preston and Bo Hanson, both financial planners and wealth managers, help listeners make smart financial decisions by exploring practical personal finance topics like how to get a good deal on a car and how to “election proof” your finances.

8. Optimal Finance Daily

  • Episode release date: Daily
  • Average episode duration: 10 minutes

Hosts Diania Merriam and Dan Weinberg aim to simplify how people handle and manage money by narrating some of the best personal finance blogs and providing listeners with tips to optimize their financial lives. Listeners learn about financial literacy fundamentals like budgeting, investing, and financial independence to start making sense of their money matters.

9. Money for the Rest of Us

  • Episode release date: Wednesdays
  • Average episode duration: 30 minutes

J. David Stein, a former chief investment strategist and money manager, explores all things money-related, including how money works, how to invest it, and how to live without worrying about it. He aims to teach listeners how to handle their finances in ways that are simple to understand.

10. Planet Money

  • Episode release date: Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Average episode duration: 15 to 30 minutes

Planet Money is NPR's twice-weekly economic and personal finance podcast. The national radio network started the show in 2008, right after the financial crisis, as a way to explain the economy. The show's producers find creative ways to break down complicated economic and financial topics. Hosts include Amanda Aronczyk, Mary Childs, Jacob Goldstein, and Robert Smith. Planet Money also has a shorter podcast, The Indicator, that runs every weekday with a reduced runtime.

What Is the Best Way to Learn About Finance?

There are many free resources to help someone learn about finance, from books and podcasts to YouTube shows. Also, many universities offer free finance courses, and similar programs may be available in libraries and community centers.

What Is the Best Way to Start Saving for Retirement?

The most important rule for retirement savings is to start early. That way you can take advantage of compound interest, allowing your savings to snowball by the time you reach retirement age. It's also important to start saving in tax-advantaged accounts, such as a 401(k) or individual retirement accounts. These accounts offer various tax benefits, meaning that you'll have more money saved when you reach retirement age.

What's the Best Way to Save for College?

If you want to start a college fund for yourself or someone else, consider investing in a 529 plan. These are tax-advantaged accounts—similar to a retirement plan—that allow you to save money while deferring taxes, and they can be spent on certain qualified expenses such as tuition. In the event that the recipient decides not to pursue higher education, the plan can be rolled into a Roth IRA after 15 years.

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