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Top 20 Finance & Investing Podcasts – Summer 2023

With thousands of instructive and insightful finance podcasts out there and nearly every significant financial publication now providing podcasts in one form or another, we’ve created a list of excellent podcasts to stay updated on industry trends and ideas throughout this summer season!

The compilation features the top finance podcasts, encompassing a wide range of financial & investing topics, including corporate finance, private equity, personal finance and beyond. The list includes shows both from the UK and around the world, and is in no particular order.

The Private Equity Podcast –With Alex Rawlings

If you're a private equity enthusiast, "The Private Equity Podcast" is a must-listen. This engaging podcast hosted by the Alex Rawlings, Managing Partner at Raw Selection. As a leading expert in executive search for PE firms worldwide, Rawlings brings his unique insights and connections to the podcast, ensuring that his guests are top-tier leading experts in the industry. Join him as he delves into their journeys, learning from their mistakes and uncovering the strategies that led to their triumphs. With recent topics covering critical aspects like proprietary deal flow, avoiding bidding wars, and building strong relationships with portfolio companies and LPs, this podcast is a treasure trove of knowledge for aspiring and seasoned professionals in the private equity field.

Behind the Balance Sheet – With Stephen Clapham

One of the missions of Behind the Balance Sheet, is to demystify investing. Stephen spent 20 years as an equity analyst at different investment banks, covering various sectors, consistently rated in the top 10 within his sector. He transitioned to the buy-side in 2005, becoming a partner and head of research at two multi-billion-dollar hedge funds. The podcast aims to improve understanding of what makes a successful investment, or indeed an unsuccessful one, by meeting leading investors and commentators. His podcast is engaging, educational, and digestible! Highly recommended for aspiring investment analysts and professionals in public markets!

20VC – With Harry Stebbings

Intrigued by the dynamic world of venture capital? Look no further than "The Twenty Minute VC (20VC)" podcast, a captivating must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors alike. Harry started the podcast, as an 18-year-old, over eight years ago, and has picked the brains of over 800 of the world’s leading venture capitalists and startup founders, like Andy Rachleff who invested in eBay, Snapchat, Twitter amongst others.  This is the world's largest independent venture capital podcast with over 100,000 listeners and has been downloaded over 100 million times. The episodes thoughtfully curated to be both informative and concise, listeners can easily access a treasure trove of knowledge in less than an hour. Whether you're keen to unravel the complexities of venture capital, gain inspiration from remarkable achievements, or stay updated on the latest tech and innovation trends, 20VC (‘Twenty Minute VC’) has got you covered.

Capital Allocators – With Ted Seides

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of institutional investment management with "Capital Allocators," a podcast that promises to be an indispensable resource for all finance enthusiasts. Hosted by Ted Seides, whose illustrious career includes working under David Swensen at the Yale University Investments Office and setting up Protégé Partners, the podcast boasts over 13 million downloads. You can also find out more about Ted’s story in our episode with him here. With more than 300 episodes, the show's thought-provoking interviews and in-depth discussions feature industry leaders, providing invaluable insights into the dynamic landscape of asset allocation and financial strategy. Ted's expertise and experience shine through in every episode, making "Capital Allocators" a goldmine of knowledge for all aspiring investors and finance professionals.

Motley Fool Money – With Dylan Lewis, Deidre Woollard, Ricky Mulvey, and Mary Long

Discover the dynamic and ever-changing world of finance and investing with "Motley Fool Money," a podcast that promises an exhilarating ride through the latest financial headlines and business news. The word "Motley" perfectly encapsulates the essence of this series, as it covers anything and everything related to finance, ensuring listeners are always engaged and informed. Each week, a panel of Motley investment analysts takes the stage, providing expert insights and analysis on the top stories in the financial realm. With the finance industry never being stagnant and each week brimming with drama, "Motley Fool Money" ensures that boredom is simply not an option.

DealLab – A Podcast by Midaxo

Intrigued by M&A? Check out the DealLab, which has a wealth of valuable insights and expertise in the world of corporate finance and M&A. This podcast offers a treasure trove of knowledge through insightful interviews with practitioners and industry experts, covering a wide range of topics from strategy to execution. Notable guests this season include Change Management Expert, Dawn White, former Partner at PwC in Value Creation, Tom Vandeloo, and Verizon’s Corporate Security Leader, Jim McConnell. Whether you are a seasoned professional in the field or an aspiring M&A enthusiast, this podcast provides a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights and stay abreast of the latest trends and best practices.

M&A Science – With Kison Patel

"The M&A Science" podcast is a captivating series that offers a deep dive into this intricate industry through engaging interviews with industry leaders and practitioners. Hosted by Kison Patel, a former M&A buy-side advisor and the CEO and Co-Founder of DealRoom, an M&A software company, this podcast provides a wealth of knowledge and insights. Join Patel as he explores the evolving landscape of mergers and acquisitions, featuring experts from advisory banks, management teams, corporate development teams, private equity firms, and more, including guests from Philips, IBM, Salesforce, AMD, Google, and many others.

Bloomberg Surveillance – By Bloomberg

Keep yourself up to date in the dynamic world of global finance with the "Bloomberg Surveillance" podcast. With a talented team of four co-hosts - Tom Keene, Jon Ferro, Lisa Abramowicz, and Paul Sweeney - the podcast aims to offer daily insights into the latest global trends in finance, economics, and investing. Through engaging conversations with leading financial experts from around the world, the show provides invaluable perspectives that can transform you into a more well-rounded and informed investor, even in domestic markets. By understanding global markets and spotting trends, you gain a significant edge in anticipating potential challenges and opportunities for your local investments. With its wide-ranging topics and timely insights, the "Bloomberg Surveillance" podcast is an essential resource for staying ahead in the ever-evolving global financial landscape.

The Memo – With Howard Marks

Delve into the profound perspectives of Howard Marks - Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, the largest investor in distressed securities worldwide, as he shares his decades of expertise through a series of insightful memos. Since October 12, 1990, Howard Marks has been publishing memos to clients, reflecting his unique viewpoint on the investment landscape and broader business trends. In this podcast, listeners will have the privilege of hearing the latest memos by Howard, released in tandem with or shortly after their publication. Whether you're an experienced investor seeking valuable insights or an aspiring entrepreneur looking to navigate the business landscape, "The Memo" is a must-listen.

Invest Like the Best - With Patrick O’Shaughnessy

"Invest like the Best," a podcast hosted by Patrick O'Shaughnessy, where listeners can indulge in conversations with the best investors and business leaders worldwide. With a focus on exploring their ideas, methods, and stories, this podcast aims to help individuals make better investment decisions with their time and money. It recently passed 7 million listeners and was named amongst the “5 Investment Podcasts You Should Listen To” by The Wall Street Journal. Offering stock market and boardroom insights that are hard to find elsewhere, "Invest like the Best" is a must-listen for professional investors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business strategists. Patrick's show is the perfect avenue for diving into the lives and advice of current and former finance chiefs, including private equity, hedge fund, and entrepreneurial titans.

Top Traders Unplugged – With Niels Kaastrup-Larsen

"Top Traders Unplugged," hosted by Niels Kaastrup-Larsen and a remarkable lineup of co-hosts. Each week, this podcast delivers captivating conversations with renowned investors, esteemed economists, skilled traders, and visionary thought leaders, sharing their wisdom derived from their journeys of triumphs and setbacks. The line up includes the principals of firms such as Dunn Capital, Aspect Capital, Campbell & Company, Sunrise Capital Partners, and many other Top Traders who share their views on investing, portfolio construction, risk management, research, how to handle the emotional roller coaster and what it takes to become successful. Through these insightful discussions, "Top Traders Unplugged" aims to ignite independent thinking among its listeners, empowering them to chart their own path to financial success.

The Investor Download - By Schroders

This podcast explores a range of topics in macroeconomics and the markets, now and in the future. Current key topics, such as AI and the climate transition, are covered in an engaging manner, supported by first-class sound design & music. The show is produced by Schroders, the listed UK asset manager, so listeners are treated to insights and analysis from their experienced sector experts, as well as high profile guests from the wider finance & business world. (Disclaimer: The Money Maze Podcast is sponsored by Schroders).

Macro Sunday – With Andreas Steno Larsen

An up-and coming podcast, inaugurated in June 2023. Hosted by Andreas Steno, former Global Chief Strategist of Nordea Bank, shares his views on the world of macro and geopolitics while maintaining full independence, without capital interests, in having specific views and provide 100% transparency around how he trades and views the world. He invites his colleagues and friends to give entertaining and yet serious information about macroenvironment. His recent episode “4 reasons why the recession never arrived” hosts Dario Perkins from TS Lombard is a must-listen.

The OUTThinking Investor – By PGIM

"OUTthinking Investor," the insightful podcast by PGIM, asset management arm of the American life insurance company Prudential Financial that manages more than $1 trillion in assets across its fixed income, equity, real estate, alternatives, and multi-asset channels. This captivating podcast showcases PGIM's unparalleled breadth of investment experts, offering a diverse array of topics, from stagflation and de-globalization to rising energy prices. By exploring financial history and its implications for today's investment landscape, the show helps institutional investors uncover present-day opportunities and future investment possibilities. With carefully curated guest interviews, the podcast elicits casual conversations, creating a cohesive narrative for each episode, hosted by a narrator. Immersive sound effects are seamlessly integrated post-production to draw in the listener and connect with the content's tone.

The Return: Property Investment Podcast – With Anna Harper

Presented by Anna Harper since its inception in 2018, this podcast delves not only into the world of property but also explores the broader realms of business investment, management, and development. Her impressive career includes roles as Head of Sustainability and Insights for a leading European proptech firm, IMMO, with €2.5bn residential investment commitments under her watch, and developing strategies and building the seed portfolio for a HNWI-backed fund targeting a £100m+ housing portfolio. With captivating conversations, the show features experts like Alexandra Thur from Tollington Group, discussing European single family rental investment, and Melanie Bien, former finance editor of the Independent on Sunday, exploring the end of property investment for "dummies." Other thought-provoking episodes touch on topics like tax management, the shift to Net Zero, housing market trends, and the UK rental market.

Dry Powder: The Private Equity Podcast – With Hugh MacAurthur

"Dry Powder: The Private Equity Podcast" by Bain & Company, hosted by Hugh MacArthur, chairman of Bain's global private equity practice. It offers exclusive insights and in-depth discussions on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the world of private equity. It offers the listeners the perspective of experts from not just Bain Capital, with about $175 billion of AUM, but also other guests from across the PE industry, such as Opto Investments, HgCapital, Arctos Sports Partners, Titanbay, and many others.

Which? Money Podcast

The Which? Money Podcast your ultimate destination for expert every-day financial advice and insights. Which?, wholly owned by the Consumers’ Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting informed consumer choice in the purchase of goods and services. Through rigorous product testing, highlighting inferior products or services, raising awareness of consumer rights, and offering independent advice, Which? empowers consumers to make well-informed decisions. The host, Lucia Ariano and her team will help you with free tips to get on top of your bills and make your money go further. From tackling spiralling energy costs to managing your weekly food expenses, this podcast addresses the issues hitting your pocket while providing a comprehensive understanding of how the current economic situation impacts you in the real world. It’s recent episode of “Should you save or invest your money?” offers insights into the best investment platforms to use and give advice for complete beginners.

Money Clinic – With Clear Barrett

This podcast series that has been topping the charts for quite some time. Hosted by Claer Barrett of the Financial Times, this podcast draws on her experience as a consumer analyst to delve into real-life money questions. Claer covers a wide range of financial topics. Whether you're contemplating taking/paying out a mortgage/student loan, or you’re seeking advice on managing finances, pensions, or insurance, she will help you with a vast arsenal of insights from her connections at the FT and her expertise gained while working there.  As she says, ““There’s no such thing as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ with money! Some people think they’re pre-destined to be hopeless with money, but we all have the ability to change our money mindset and learn more and today there are so many digital tools to make it easier and more intuitive.”

Switch Your Money On – With Susannah Streeter and Sarah Coles

"Switch Your Money On" is a podcast by Hargreaves Lansdown, a British financial services firm. Hosted by senior analysts Susannah Streeter and Sarah Coles, the podcast takes you behind the scenes of the economy, offering expert advice in a humorous and engaging manner, even when discussing challenging news. Recorded from their respective 'broom cupboards' at home, the podcast features insightful conversations with fund managers and equity analysts, revealing the driving forces behind their portfolios and providing valuable investment insights. It discusses the important happenings in the finance world, like the banking crisis etc., and its impact on portfolios of fund managers.

Unchained – With Laura Shin

To all the crypto and blockchain enthusiasts out there, we would definitely recommend "Unchained". It was launched in 2016, and is one of the longest-running and most popular crypto podcasts. Hosted by the talented Laura Shin, an independent journalist with a passion for all things crypto, this podcast offers insightful discussions with industry experts and pioneers. Most importantly it is one of the few ‘no-hype crypto resource’. Rather than recommending then next ‘Best Crypto Investment’, Laura delves into how crypto assets and blockchain technology are reshaping the way people earn, spend, and invest money. It’s recent episode on the impact of ‘SEC vs. Ripple’ lawsuit is a must-watch. What sets this show apart is the high-quality guests, Laura's fearlessness in asking difficult questions, and her open-ended approach that encourages genuine conversations without leading guests to specific responses. This ensures an authentic learning opportunity for listeners as they unravel the complexities of the crypto world. Whether you're an avid crypto enthusiast or a curious learner, the "Unchained" podcast is a must-listen.

Bonus - Money Maze Podcast, With Simon Brewer

The Money Maze 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 or investing podcast, these should keep you informed, up to speed and entertained during your 2023 summer break!

Vinit is a second year Master in Management student at ESCP Business School. He is passionate about sustainability and has worked as an intern with the investment team for a sustainable infrastructure fund.

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July 21, 2023
July 21, 2023