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I can’t say I am a huge podcast 6 Best iOS Podcast Apps for iPhone & iPad 6 Best iOS Podcast Apps for iPhone & iPad A podcast is like radio show that you listen to at your convenience, and a good podcasting app can help make that experience so much better. Read More addict, but I do listen to a few whenever something interesting comes up in the podcast episode description. Lately, I have been listening to a few finance-related ones, in order to get more bang for my buck, and expand my empire.

But which ones are going to help you become obscenely wealthy, and which ones will have you begging for scraps at street corners? Mark Moneybags is back. Hold onto your wallets and hang on tight.

The Dave Ramsey Show

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My best friend swears by this guy, so I decided to listen to him a bit and see if he was very good. After all, 8 million weekly visitors, on more than 500 radio stations, can’t be wrong. Plus he is the author of 17 books. So he is quite prolific in his output.

However, he is constantly criticised for telling people in debt to follow the debt snowball method. This is where you pay the smallest debt off first, instead of focusing on the largest debt with the largest interest rate. You can read more about why he is criticised, over at Wikipedia.

However, having read a couple of his books, I can say he does have some good ideas, which are worth reading. And in his podcasts, he sounds friendly, with some good approaches to busting debt. And if you’re annoying people, you must be doing something right.

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Clark Howard

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Clark Howard is another guy who I have enjoyed listening to. Not only does he do a podcast, but he also does a live stream from his website every day from 1.00pm-3.00pm Eastern, weekdays. He is nationally-syndicated, which means his show pops up everywhere.

Clark covers a wide range of topics, including car loans, insurance, wedding costs, e-commerce How To Start An Online Business How To Start An Online Business Read More , payroll, scams to be aware of, Obamacare, student loans…..the list just goes on and on. All episodes are downloadable as MP3’s from his website for offline listening, and for keeping if you decide he covered something really useful.

He also has his own iOS and Android app, if you feel like listening to some sound financial advice, while on the move.

Motley Fool Money

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Who hasn’t heard of the Motley Fool How to Start Investing in Stocks Even if You're a Total Beginner How to Start Investing in Stocks Even if You're a Total Beginner Entering the world of investing isn't easy, but thanks to new algorithm-based online tools you can get involved even if you're a beginner. Here are six of the best. Read More ? It’s been around since 1993, and has been twice-named the “Best Medium-Sized Company To Work For in the US” for both 2014 and 2015. So, as you can imagine, their podcast has a good reputation behind it.

The show airs every week on various radio stations in various US cities. On the show, are analysts discussing business, investments, and the stocks you should be keeping an eye on. They also look at the earnings for different companies and what it means overall.

Recent subjects include Google and Apple (who will triumph over the other), whether you should invest in cybersecurity 4 Cyber Security Myths That Must Die 4 Cyber Security Myths That Must Die Read More stocks, investing in China, and investing in online dating Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More . All in all, a mixed bag.

Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips

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Money Girl is the alter-ego of Laura Adams, on the Quick and Dirty Tips network. She covers personal finance, real estate, and investing. She seemingly has lots of very loyal fans, and her show has been downloaded more than 40 million times, since she took over in 2008. In fact she is so popular that she is number two in the financial podcast section on iTunes – only pipped to the top slot by Dave Ramsey.

She is also the author of 5 books and 3 audio books, and if you sign up by email on her website, you can get two sample chapters from her latest book free.

Epic Real Estate Investing

This one is a bit different in that, instead of putting all your spare cash in your bank account for a rainy day, “Epic Real Estate Investing” shows you how to invest in real estate, make a good profit doing so, so the idea of retiring early becomes a real possibility.

The podcast currently has 164 episodes, and enjoys a full 5 star rating, with 493 glowing reviews.

This would obviously not be something for people in serious debt to consider doing. But if you had some cash stashed away, and you wanted to invest to make a bigger return on your money, why not real estate? Donald Trump says it’s the way to go, and he claims to be worth a squillion dollars.

Smart Passive Income

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Smart Passive Income is run by Pat Flynn, and he shows you how to create “passive income”. This is where you create a product once, and this product keeps making you money over and over, required little to zero effort on your part. So if you published an eBook How To Write and Publish Your First iBook Using iBooks Author How To Write and Publish Your First iBook Using iBooks Author Thinking about producing your own e-book? Apple's iBooks Author is a free, user-friendly tool for producing interactive publications that can reach a large audience of iPad, iPhone & Mac users. Read More , that eBook could keep on selling, and if you automated everything, you would have to do very little. That is a passive income business.

In the podcast, he reveals all of his income sources, marketing tips, as well as business and blogging strategies.

With these kinds of things, I would be naturally wary of anyone who claims to earn as much as he does. But if you take what he says with a pinch of salt, I’ve found him to be quite interesting.

Stacking Benjamins

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I’ve always loved the American money with the Presidents on it. Over here in the EU, we have bridges on our banknotes, believe it or not! This podcast shows you how to make lots of Mr Franklins, which is the American dream, isn’t it?

Stacking Benjamins describes itself as “the lighter side of personal finance”, and claims to be broadcast in the basement of Joe’s mom’s house (Joe being one of Stacking Benjamins’ hosts). They even get Doug, the neighbor, into the show because, “he’s the real star”.

Stacking Benjamins is more of a laid back, less stuffy kind of podcast. It would be suitable for readers of MakeUseOf’s Finance section – those who like to read finance-related articles, but don’t like to have the NYSE stuffed up their Nikkei.

Consumerism Commentary

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175 episodes of Consumerism Commentary has seen subjects such as debt, budgeting, investing, and consumer issues tackled. Things such as when the woman earns more than the man in a relationship, what it means to be a millionaire, and they interview many authors of new finance-related books.

The episodes are infrequent, but when an episode is done, they are well worth listening to.

Part-Time Money

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Everybody needs extra income, especially in these lean times, so this last podcast is definitely one you should listen to, if you want a few extra Benjamins in your pocket every month.

Part-Time Money, hosted by Philip Taylor, talks about how you can make extra money from operating a side business 8 Creative Home-Based Business Ideas That Anyone Can Pursue 8 Creative Home-Based Business Ideas That Anyone Can Pursue Tired of working for someone else? It has never been easier to work for yourself, right from the comfort of your own home, all with minimal cost and minimal risk. Here are some ideas. Read More . Episodes are only 20 minutes each, and as well as showing you money-making methods, they also showcase successful people who started side businesses, and made an absolute mint doing so. They also teach you skills, so you have a higher chance of success with your side gig.

In Conclusion

There are countless finance podcasts out there, all of varying quality and credibility. But since every man and his dog with a microphone and an Internet connection can start a podcast 4 Tips for Producing a Professional-Sounding Podcast 4 Tips for Producing a Professional-Sounding Podcast They say content reigns king when producing a podcast, but it's not the only thing that matters. Read More , you should treat all information you hear with a little bit of caution. Check everything, then check it again, then again. And never invest any money unless you absolutely know what you are doing.

Which finance podcasts do you listen to, in order to increase your wealth? Or are all these podcasts total scams? We await your opinions.

  1. A Matthew
    July 31, 2015 at 12:18 am

    No love for Peter Schiff?

  2. likefun butnot
    July 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    NPR's Planet Money didn't make the cut but Dave "Go get a third job!" Ramsey did? OK then.

    • Mark O'Neill
      July 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Well no-one is ever going to agree 100% with an article's choices! :-) But I will definitely check out NPR Planet Money. There might be a sequel to this article, if I can find good enough ones.

  3. tomxpg
    July 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    These are pretty basic sites which are primarily oriented to consumer finance issues. If you want more sophisticated commentary and interviews regarding both domestic and international economic affairs and also nerdy stuff on the markets, I'd suggest the Bloomberg site. They have a batch of different shows with somewhat differing orientations. The one I particularly like and listen to regularly is Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene. He's got a weird scratchy voice but is smart as a whip and a wonderful interviewer.

    • Mark O'Neill
      July 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

      I'll check it out, thanks :-) But I would dispute that the ones I profiled here are "basic".

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