In case you haven't heard, there are more than 550,000 podcasts available for download. There are shows for any conceivable topic of interest: history, politics, science and even the art of being hip. So it should come as little surprise that there are podcasts to help you become wealthier, too. A number of personal finance leaders have joined the podcasting revolution in recent years, and their advice can help you establish personal finance goals in the coming year.
"While many look for financial advice online, podcasts have quickly grown to be a new and popular medium where people flock to learn from money experts and entrepreneurs," said Keri Danielski, consumer finance expert for Mint. "Whether you're looking for advanced advice on topics like buying a home and investing, or looking for tips on how to get a jump-start on your savings, there are a variety of podcasts that can help."
If you want to get your money in order in the coming year, these are the best financial podcasts to get you started for 2019.
The best personal finance podcasts to learn the basics
Whether you're a recent graduate who knows little about personal finance or you're trying to break a nasty credit card habit, these podcasts are best for those looking to learn personal finance basics and find motivation for getting their money management on track.
In this podcast, radio host, best-selling author and personal finance guru Dave Ramsey shares his thoughts on debt, investing, retirement, insurance and marriage. It's perfect for the person who wants to know a bit of everything from an authoritative source while not getting bored.
This podcast, from Farnoosh Torabi, is widely praised by journalists. "Farnoosh brings on such a wide variety of people, from experts to authors to bloggers to average, everyday people, and each one has a unique money story to share," said Tanza Loudenback, an associate editor covering personal finance at Business Insider. "At the end of each episode, she asks some rapid-fire questions that I always look forward to, like, 'What did you wish you learned about money growing up?' And, 'What do you spend money on that makes life easier or better?'"
"We're big fans of the new 'Function' podcast with Anil Dash," Danielski said. While not a traditional financial show, "it takes a closer look at personal finance apps—like Mint—and examines how they have changed the way people think about money."
Even if you're rich, chances are you'd like to be richer. Everyone looking to fill their pockets can take something from the "BiggerPockets Money Podcast," in which Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench interview luminaries to glean wisdom about saving more, spending smarter and making that nest egg a little fatter.
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?"
The best investing podcasts
Stocks, mutual funds, bonds: It is, in fact, all much simpler than the jargon makes it seem. Whether you're a newbie or just trying to get a little more out of your portfolio, these investing podcasts will demystify the investing process for you.
Hedge fund manager and best-selling author Phil Town and his daughter, Danielle Town, helm this podcast by diving deep into the topic of bigwigs and their investment strategies. Anyone who wants the inside line on how to make the stock market work for you, take note.
The name says it all, more or less. In this podcast, investor hosts Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen scan the numbers and dig through the practices of top investors like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio, then teach you how to do likewise—even if it's on a (much) smaller scale.
The top podcasts about passive income and entrepreneurship
Building your own successful business is much, much harder than it looks, but when done well and with the right know-how it can supply revenue streams you never thought possible. These are the best podcasts for entrepreneurs or those looking to earn some passive income on the side.
Passive income is that thing hitting your bank account without you actively putting in time or energy. Host Pat Flynn walks you through his own experiments generating passive income online. If you're looking for a side hustle with a little less hustle, this is the place to go.
Tim Ferriss is an icon among entrepreneur icons. The best-selling author recognized for "The 4-Hour Workweek" holds forth in his smash podcast while pulling nuggets of wisdom out of A-list guests, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James, to figure out what makes a true entrepreneur tick.
The top FIRE podcasts
Being able to retire with a cushy investment portfolio well before traditional retirement age sounds lovely. But getting there isn't easy. If you're interested in joining the FIRE movement (financial independence, retire early), these podcasts will help you unearth the strategies it takes to reach that milestone.
Billed as a podcast "by the FIRE community and for the FIRE community," ChooseFI hosts Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett share various tactics they've experimented with in pursuit of financial independence, testing them and offering skills that will actually get you to that alluring goal.
Financial Independence Podcast by Mad Fientist
"Brandon—aka the Mad Fientist—gets into the weeds of financial independence and early retirement with some fantastic guests," Loudenback said. "He even shares updates from his own early retirement at 34, including challenges and unexpected lessons. While the episodes are pretty infrequent, they're full of timeless money advice, whether you're trying to build a $1 million nest egg and quit work for good, or just trying to instill some smarter money habits in your daily routine."
The highly rated "Financial Freedom" comes from the man who made FIRE a reality: Grant Sabatier of "Millennial Money." Sabatier scored a net worth of $1 million by age 30, and he draws not only from his own unique experience on his podcast, but also brings on guests who provide various angles on what it means to financially liberate yourself at a young age.
The best podcasts about real estate investing
There's investing, and then there's real estate investing. If you thought you could use the same tactics to hop between the two, that's just not the case. These podcasts make the whole labyrinthine game of real estate investing, house flipping and property management easier to understand.
Host Joe McCall sorts through the little things that can make or break a career (or side career) in this podcast about setting yourself up with real estate investing.
Remember these folks? "BiggerPockets" also supplies this real estate-specific podcast that gives listeners a peek into the must-do's and definite never-do's of property investing with heavyweight expertise.
The best financial podcasts for women
Women are often underrepresented in the personal finance space, but these female-forward podcasts give a nudge to listeners who may feel left out or are eager for advice that speak specifically to their goals.
Personal finance journalist and best-selling author Jean Chatzky translates her delightful prose style to podcasting with this show that zeros in on the challenges faced by women in the economy. It's unapologetically honest, hilarious and incredibly useful for women getting hold of their career and wealth.
Millennial women are living in a whole new age of opportunity for wealth, and they'll have to deal with unique challenges not covered before. In the "Mo' Money" podcast, host and accredited Canadian financial adviser Jessica Moorhouse navigates general financial topics with natural appeal to female strivers like her.