The following article is a guest post by Kris of Credit Card Compare.
Sometimes it seems incredible to me that with the wealth of financial information out there, and all the forms in which it is available, that many people still can’t manage their money. With such a variety of television shows, radio shows, video blogs, websites, and podcasts, all devoted to personal finance and investing, you’d think that anyone with cable television, a computer, or a cell phone would be a veritable spring of information, burbling forth their knowledge to everyone and anyone who would listen. Sadly, this isn’t the case.
I can’t necessarily blame the average investor though when it comes to what they learn regarding their money and how they learn it. I think many people fall prey to what I call the overload syndrome. With all the information out there from which to choose, they just don’t know where to begin and where the reliable sources of financial knowledge are to be found.
If you are one of those people who just isn’t sure where to start when it comes to money-related podcasts and video blogs, here are a few options you will find useful in kick-starting or furthering your financial education.
It seems like Dave Ramsey is everywhere these days – internet, radio, television, he just does it all. Among his many communication vehicles, Dave Ramsey now also offers a podcast of his show. Maybe it’s Dave’s down-to-earth advice or his ability to focus on topics that span a broad spectrum of financial situations that appeals to so many. Whatever it is, Dave is listened to by millions as he spreads the word about a variety of financial and investment topics each weekday.
2. Feed The Pig
Remember those commercials with that guy in the pig costume that showed up a few years back? Yep, the same FeedThePig. You can listen to informative podcasts related to financial subject matter like preventing fraud, investing for beginners, teaching kids about money, budgeting, and others. If you’re just dipping your toe into the investing waters, these podcasts might be a good way to get yourself in tune with your finances before you take the plunge.
There is hardly a better-known source for business and investing information than the The Wall Street Journal. On their website, you can find podcasts such as Wall Street Journal’s Your Money Matters and Wall Street Journal on Small Business as well as podcasts from MarketWatch, and Barron’s. You can from pick from a number of related podcasts and even choose to follow them on Twitter or over your phone.
Subscribe to Wall Street Unspun with Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital for a mid-week dose of hard-hitting Wall Street/Political/Economics news and commentary. Schiff is the investor who warned people ahead of time on network television, print and the Internet about the impending 2008 subprime meltdown and credit crisis while his critics were drunk on cheap credit.
If you’re of the religious persuasion, don’t overlook the podcast from Crown Financial Ministries (crown.org). The advice and teaching is in a similar vein to Dave Ramsey but they make more references to the Bible than Dave Ramsey would do. Crown is dedicated to teaching people God’s financial principles so that they can learn to live in God’s Economy.
6. Planet Money
As hard as it might be to believe, even National Public Radio has gotten into the podcast market these days. To me this is kind of like PBS getting into the pay-per-view market, but hey, whatever works. Offering up financially related podcasts on a number of topics, Planet Money takes a more global approach to economic issues. You can visit their blog site to read articles and watch videos or sign up for their podcast.
The Marketplace Money podcast offers a broad category of topics ranging from Books and Business to Economy and Health, and can also be found on NPR.org. You can mix your own customized podcast on the main page of their podcast directory or just focus on the business side of things with the Marketplace Money podcasts hosted weekly by Kai Ryssdal.
This podcast might not be for everyone, but if you are a parent with kids in or preparing for college, or are in school yourself, Financial Aid News could be your dream podcast. An education can be pricey, and educating yourself to the financial responsibilities of paying for school is important. Discussing topics related to yep, you guessed it, financial aid, the Financial Aid podcast digs into subjects like FAFSA, scholarships, student loans, and other financial aid related topics.
9. Wells Fargo
If you dislike big banks as much as I do, you may not be into this pick. With some of the larger financial institutions now getting into the podcast game though, I thought I’d give them a fair shake. You can choose from Wells Fargo’s Small Business Podcast Series or take a stab at the On the Trading Desk podcast to find out the latest happenings on Wall Street.
The Disciplined Investor’s weekly podcasts provide insight to a variety of investing topics. Host Andrew Horowitz invites various views and years of investing knowledge to the table. Guests like Jon Markman, Jon Najarian, Frank Curzio, and others, voice their opinions on a number of investing and market topics.
As a freelance writer, Kris spends much of his time writing about money saving techniques for CreditCardCompare, an entirely free-to-use comparison website offering the best credit cards for Aussies.