Top 10 Finance & Investing Podcasts
Steven Bartlett’s podcast ‘The Diary of a CEO’ includes some of the world's most influential people, experts, and thinkers as he embarks on a curiosity driven journey to discover untold truths, unlearned lessons and important insights. Steven has gone from being a broke, university dropout, to the 29-year-old ex-CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies, SocialChain. Each week he has an unscripted conversation with a new guest, and we would strongly encourage you to listen to some of his fascinating interviews.
The podcast series Money Clinic has also been topping the charts for some time. Hosted by Claer Barrett of the FT, she uses her experience as a consumer analyst to discuss ‘real-life’ money questions. This series currently aims to arm the listeners to battle the rising cost of living. Indeed, Claer has a wide arsenal to offer through her connections at the FT and her knowledge gained whilst working there. Therefore, if you are wondering whether you can afford to take a sabbatical aged 30 or how to manage your finances as a single person, her podcasts are worth a listen!
Motley Fool Money, hosted by Chris Hill, is also an interesting listen. The word Motley is the perfect adjective to describe this series as the podcast focuses on anything and everything to do with the world of finance and investing. Chris does this by hosting a panel of Motley investment analysts each week to cover the top business news and financial headlines. As each week is seemingly as dramatic as the last, the world of finance is never stagnant, and this series is therefore never dull!
One of Stephen’s goals is to improve our understanding of what makes a successful investment, or indeed an unsuccessful one. In his podcast, ‘Behind the Balance Sheet’, he meets with leading investors and commentators, and provides educational insights surrounding the world of investing. His podcast is informative, educational, and entertaining! Stephen appears regularly on The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, on RealVision and is quoted in the FT, Sunday Times, CityAM and Investor's Chronicle. This is one you don’t want to miss!
It is hard to not recommend the biggest stock investing podcast show in the world: We Study Billionaires. The hosts of this podcast (author Stig Brodersen and singer Trey Lockerbie) interview various billionaires around the world, who naturally have much to impart to the listeners. Indeed, listening to individuals like Howard Marks, Bill Gates and even Warren Buffet on the world of investing is sure to leave a great imprint on your mind.
The fastest growing podcast series on this list, The Macro Trading Floor, is also worth checking out. The experience of the hosts, Andreas Steno Larsen and Alfonso Peccatiello, are worthy of your interest alone (with the former being the Chief Strategist at Nordea and the latter being a former head of a $20 billion investment fund at ING). However, the main attraction of this show is of course the people they interview and the topics they discuss. Indeed, in times like these it is easy to focus purely on the cost of living at home in the UK, but this podcast does exactly not that by discussing the major global trends!
Our friend Harry Stebbings runs the brilliant podcast, The Twenty Minute VC (20VC). This is the world's largest independent venture capital podcast with over 100,000 listeners, partnerships with Mattermark and ProductHunt and guests from over 200 VCs (including the likes of Accel, Kleiner, Y Combinator, Benchmark and Index). He has recently joined Jason Lemkin at Saastr to build out the platform and expand into new verticals. Their first project, The Official Saastr Podcast, broke all records on release and has featured consistently in Apple's Top 10 Business Podcasts, New & Noteworthy and What's Hot sections.
Boasting over 1 million downloads in only 5 months, The Grant Williams Podcast has been placed in the top 0.1% of podcasts offered in the vast marketplace. Grant began his career in the Japanese equity market in the mid-1980s & is widely respected as a visionary in the financial industry, with a career spanning 35 years as an investor, advisor, writer and interviewer. Blending history, humour and keen financial insight, Grant dissects the financial landscape with thought-provoking commentary – taking readers in unexpected directions and opening up investment avenues away from the beaten path (which stimulate the kind of original thinking so lacking in today’s financial media). This podcast will help you gain a better understanding of how the economic sands are shifting beneath our feet.
Invest like the Best by Patrick O’Shaughnessy is perfect for those that want to dive into the lives and advice of current and former finance chiefs. Indeed, listening to private equity, hedge fund, and entrepreneurial titans will certainly help you better invest your money. So, if topics like the economic future of America, the growth of the software industry and the metaverse interest you, Patrick’s show will be the place for you, with his endless variety of guests sure to keep you up to date on the world of finance.
Ted’s show inspired Simon and Will to set up the Money Maze Podcast in 2020, and it features in-depth interviews with leaders in the institutional investment management industry. Guests include CIOs from leading allocators, asset managers, strategists, thought leaders and many more. The US-based show has now achieved over 10 million downloads, and has resulted in a highly successful spin-off book. Prior to setting up the show, Ted worked under David Swensen at the Yale University Investments Office, and went on to set up Protégé Partners from 2002-2015. You can find out more about Ted’s story in our episode with him here.
Finally, to top off the list is yours truly, The Money Maze Podcast, by Simon Brewer and Will Campion. The podcast is intended to help those interested in the world of finance navigate the real-life money maze. The podcasts themselves are conducted by Simon Brewer, who is able to drive the podcasts through his probing questions, and feature a wide variety of guests, ranging from generals to fund managers and historians, ensuring you can enjoy a wide variety of perspectives. This series has it all and will ensure that you’ll understand not just what is happening in the UK, but all over the world!
Although this list doesn’t include every finance related podcast, these will certainly keep you busy for the next few months!
By Francis Frankopan. Francis is currently a second year student at Durham University studying History. Outside of his degree Francis is interested not only in sport and music but also in the world of investing and finance, acting as a student-leader for several Durham societies.
Today’s conversation is with one of America’s most successful investment podcasters, with over 5 million downloads, and who has also worked with one of the investment greats, David Swensen at Yale University Endowment and put himself in the firing line by having the infamous bet with Buffett, whilst at his former firm, Protege partners.
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