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Friday Top Five (Podcast Edition)

This is another round of my Friday Top Five, where I will post a top 5 list, following a quick and easy set of rules:

  • Items listed must be financial in nature
  • I must utilize the resources myself
  • Each post will focus on a different topic/category

The intent is to highlight some items that add value to my world, in hopes that you discover one or two of these resources might also provide you some benefit.

If you know me, you know I derive a lot of fuel from podcasts, and that's where the focus will be today.  Here are the ones that keep me financially motivated and informed:

  1. Stacking Benjamins - This 3 days per week podcast features host, Joe Saul-Sehy and co-host, the anonymous O.G. (other guy).  They regularly go into round table discussions with financial gurus of different specializations, all in a manner that keeps the the show both engaging and entertaining.  The production staff for this one is top notch.  The topic range is broad, and it caters to both beginners and more advanced finance enthusiasts.
  2. Freakonomics Radio - If you've ever read the Freakonomics books by money nerd rockstars Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, then you will already understand the gist for this 1 day per week podcast.  They take rather obscure human behavioral topics and make an effort to apply economic theory and fact to their origin.  Much like SB, the topic range here is broad, and can be enjoyed by both beginner level and advanced finance fanatics.
  3. Masters in Business - This 1 day per week podcast is hosted by Ritholtz Wealth Management's CIO, Barry Ritholtz.  Being a noteworthy financial name himself, Barry obtains access to the elite in the wealth management arena.  Listeners should consider this content near material insider information.  The information is usually rich and mostly specific towards high end wealth management, making it a bit heavier of a listen for beginners.
  4. Marketplace - This 5 days a week podcast is hosted by American Public Media's Kai Ryssdal.  The show gives you a complete recap of the day-that-was in business and markets, in addition to providing color stories about certain sectors of the economy.  It is a great resource for someone looking to stay in tune with the domestic (and global) economy, while being an easy listen for both beginners and experts alike.
  5. BiggerPockets - You will find this podcast airing once per week by hosts Brandon Turner and Joshua Dorkin.  On the show, they interview people from all walks of life who have had success in real estate investing.  I consider this the premiere podcast resource for learning (and expanding your existing knowledge) about property investing.  The content is specific to real estate but covers a lot of ground, so look for a podcast title that peaks your interest.  There is plenty of material for both beginners and seasoned professionals in the world of real estate.

BonusPlanet Money - This podcast usually airs twice per week and is hosted by a variety of NPR names.  They advertise the show as "The economy, explained, with stories and surprises", and that description couldn't be more true.  The content is not going to follow your traditional news structure, but instead, it focuses on special interest pieces that help explain the inter-workings of our economy through real world people and their day-to-day.  Like most of the podcasts listed above, all listeners (beginning to advanced-stage finance enthusiasts) should be able to enjoy this show.


I could add a few more here, but am sticking to my self-made rules that cap the list (damn you, Brent!).  Are there any not listed here that you find helpful and have made a part of your regular financial education?  Please share!