We all like money. Cold hard cash gives us the ability to afford the things we want and the experiences we want to have. Knowing what we should do with our money in order to safeguard and grow it, however, is much harder.
That’s why a whole industry has sprung up around personal finance topics to help us all manage our money a little better. As a result, everybody and their brother has an opinion on what you should do with your money.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t voices out there worth listening to. We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorites.
The Clark Howard Show
Financial guru Clark Howard releases his daily radio show as a podcast. During the show, Clark dispenses advice to callers on credit, savings strategies and finding deals on everything from electronics to insurance and travel.
In addition to call-ins, one of the things Clark does that I really like is give brief overviews of the latest news that could help put more money in your wallet. On one recent episode, Clark discussed how major tax preparers were offering interest-free loans to taxpayers having their refunds delayed due to fraud prevention measures taken by the IRS around certain credits for filers with children.
The Clark Howard Show podcast comes out Monday through Friday. You can hear it live from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.
Motley Fool Money
The stock experts at Motley Fool post a weekly podcast where they go over things happening in the markets. It gives you a great baseline for the “what” and “why” of the things happening in corporate stocks and the business world in general.
They also do a weekly interview taking a look at different topics from a financial angle. On two recent episodes, they had segments on the movie business and the Academy Awards, in addition to teaching kids financial literacy.
The Motley Fool Money podcast is released every Friday.
Quick and Dirty Tips, the site that brought you Grammar Girl, has tapped Laura Adams to be the Money Girl. Every Tuesday, Adams, an MBA, takes a deeper dive into some aspect of your finances, including credit as well as ways to save money, pay down debt or invest.
Adams also does a great job of tying in current events and occasionally does listener question-and-answer sessions on the podcast. Recent episodes have included information on health savings accounts and how to take advantage of balance transfer cards in order to pay off debt.
Check out her Money Girl page.
This is a little lighter on personal-finance content. Instead, Planet Money aims to really explain different issues in the economy through case studies. They personalize the big economic issues of the day by finding the people actually affected by the economic decisions of leaders and seeing how it turned out for them.
Two recent topics included what happened when Argentina tried to bring more jobs back into the country and how one university tackled the challenge of getting more women into the technology industry.
New episodes of Planet Money are released by NPR roughly twice a week.
I have an admission to make. I’m kind of a Freakonomics fan boy. Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt have an unconventional approach to answering economic questions, but it certainly leads to great insights and entertainment. In their “Freakonomics” books, they’ve covered what sumo wrestlers have in common with school teachers and the best way to encourage doctors to wash their hands in between patients, among other topics.
Dubner has turned this into a weekly radio hour, and Levitt occasionally joins him. A couple of recent episodes discussed how behavioral economics changed the world as well as the economic impact of the Super Bowl. One of my all-time favorite episodes from a “this can’t possibly make sense except that it does” standpoint is one in which they explain why mattress stores are always clustered so closely together. It’s absolutely fascinating.
New episodes of Freakonomics Radio can be downloaded every Thursday.
Before I end this post, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you we’ve done a little podcasting ourselves. Check out this one on how technology is revolutionizing the finance industry.
What are your favorite personal-finance podcasts? Let us know in the comments below!
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