15 Best Personal Finance Podcasts to Improve Your Money IQ
Podcasts can be a great way to immerse yourself in a topic.
If your money goals are a priority, personal finance podcasts are a useful way to access information on money management, saving, investing and more.
Not all financial podcasts are created equal, though. You want to find one that’s comprehensive, well researched, educational and hopefully a little entertaining, too.
The best personal finance podcasts can be found on apps like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts or digital streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music.
If money’s on your mind, there’s a podcast to help, whether you’re seeking financial literacy education, motivation or maybe just some practical advice.
15 Best Personal Finance Podcasts in 2023
Next time you’re clipping coupons or working on your budget, tune your ears to one of these personal finance podcasts to listen and learn.
1. ‘Planet Money’
The long-running NPR segment and podcast “Planet Money” has a way of turning even the most complex or mind-numbing financial topics into clear, fun explanations about how money rules our world.
“Planet Money” won’t tell you how to budget or where to invest, but you can tune in for 15- to 30-minute episodes twice a week to gain context on current events and financial news.
“HerMoney” is a 30-minute personal finance podcast that tackles the unique set of financial challenges facing modern women.
Hosted by journalist and entrepreneur Jean Chatzky, “HerMoney” offers up expert insight and practical tips on a wide range of financial topics. The show also delves into discussions on the psychology of money.
Topics on this money podcast range from getting a raise at work to creating a realistic food budget.
3. ‘Bad With Money’
Through interviews with experts and personalities, “Bad With Money” host Gabe Dunn dives into some of our most pressing questions about money. Expect a lot of personality from the host, too, who is a journalist-actor-comedian.
From paying for mental health care to for-profit prisons to student loan debt and investing, you’ll find something to illuminate your relationship with money in this personal finance podcast.
Episodes tend to hit the 45-minutes mark.
4. ‘So Money With Farnoosh Torabi’
In this thrice-weekly podcast, you’ll get interviews with entrepreneurs, inspiring stories about achieving financial independence and practical advice from a journalist, author and personal finance expert.
In her popular “So Money” segment “Ask Farnoosh,” host Farnoosh Torabi answers questions from listeners about nitty-gritty topics like taxes, retirement accounts and investing. “So Money” episodes run 30 to 50 minutes and focus on how your relationship with money can help you live a richer, happier life.
5. ‘Motley Fool Money’
One of a suite of podcasts from personal finance site The Motley Fool, “Motley Fool Money” covers the day’s top business news and financial headlines.
Host Chris Hill and Motley Fool investment analysts break down the stock market for long-term investors.
The daily podcast focuses on major businesses, like Microsoft, along with trends within different business sectors, like retail and real estate.
It also sprinkles in more macro-investing topics, like how to get kids to start investing and lessons from great investors.
If you want to take a more hands-on approach to your investment portfolio, “Motley Fool Money” is a good place to build your foundational financial knowledge.
6. ‘Your Money Briefing’
Each bite-sized episode of “Your Money Briefing” blends practical tips and financial news you can use.
The show — one of several finance podcasts produced by the Wall Street Journal — bills itself as “your personal finance and career checklist.”
From money management and financial literacy to investing and taxes, the Wall Street Journal’s team of top-notch reporters break down complex money matters in this no-frills personal finance podcast.
Each episode lasts just seven to 10 minutes, with a new episode out each weekday.
Recent podcast episodes include how to get the best trade-in on your smartphone, how to save money on your home insurance premiums and when it makes sense to hire a tax professional.
7. ‘The Clever Girl Knows’
The Clever Girl Finance site is on a mission to help audiences pay down debt, save money, build wealth and reach financial independence.
“The Clever Girl Knows” podcast is its companion for your ears.
Host Bola Sokunbi, founder of the site and a certified financial education instructor, is dedicated to helping women take control of their finances. She owns up to the money mistakes of her past, with the goal of helping other women overcome similar challenges and achieve financial wellness.
8. ‘Frugal Friends Podcast’
Hosts Jill Sirianni and Jen Smith (a former writer at The Penny Hoarder) are the namesake Frugal Friends of this funny and informative podcast. Through entertaining conversations and guest interviews, Sirianni and Smith share actionable advice on spending less money.
From meal planning to travel hacking, you’ll find money-saving tips to help you tighten your belt and still love life.
Bonus: Every episode includes a listener-submitted “Bill of the Week,” where the hosts and audience get to celebrate a listener’s financial win.
9. ‘Queer Money’
Partners David Auten and John Schneider, the personal finance bloggers behind Debt Free Guys, host “Queer Money” to help LGBTQ+ listeners manage money, live debt-free and enjoy financial independence.
With expert guests, this money podcast aims to answer questions like what to do with your 401(k) when you change jobs, as well as LGBTQ-specific topics like transgender health care costs and coming out at work.
10. ‘Everyone’s Talkin’ Money’
Certified financial planner Shannah Compton Game talks about the nitty-gritty of how to achieve financial freedom and success in this podcast formerly known as “Millennial Money.”
“Everyone’s Talkin’ Money” is instructive with a tough-love approach, mixing interview episodes with 20-minute monologues from Game.
Topics on this financial podcast range from travel insurance to how to make a budget.
11. ‘This Is Uncomfortable’
Talking about money isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright… well, uncomfortable.
Hosted by Reema Khrais, “This Is Uncomfortable” by Marketplace takes a hard look at how those unpleasant money conversations affect our relationships and shape our identity.
Weekly episodes explore the psychology of personal finances with topics like discussing money with your spouse, as well as the pros and cons of being generous to strangers.
If you’re interested in how people communicate about money and resolve difficult dilemmas, this podcast won’t let you down.
12. ‘Brown Ambition’
“Brown Ambition” is a weekly 60-minute show hosted by finance and business reporter Mandi Woodruff and “The Budgetnista” Tiffany Aliche.
The financial experts answer listener questions on career, success, building wealth and managing money in relationships.
13. ‘The Journal’
“The Journal” is another show by the Wall Street Journal that bills itself as “a podcast about money, business and power.”
It tends to focus more on economic news and trends and less on personal finance advice. However, these comprehensive 20- to 30-minute episodes offer well-researched and reported insight into current events and all things money related.
Recent episodes delve into the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and coverage about the Supreme Court case on canceling student loan debt.
14. ‘Afford Anything’
Host and founder of “Afford Anything” Paula Pant interviews money experts, entrepreneurs and celebrities. She also answers listener questions about money, business and financial independence.
Weekly episodes run about 90 minutes.
15. ‘Money for the Rest of Us’
“Money for the Rest of Us” is a 30-minute weekly podcast aimed at providing investment help and financial guidance for everyday people.
Hosted by J. David Stein, a former chief investment strategist and money manager, this podcast explores the personal and economic implications of money.
Episodes range from practical advice on diversifying your portfolio to philosophical discussions on the meaning of success.
Rachel Christian is a certified educator in personal finance and a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder. She focuses on retirement, investing, taxes and life insurance.