If you struggle to find time to read personal finance books, money podcasts could be the thing for you.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 podcasts so you can get a crash course on tax while on the train or early retirement while running.
1. The Property Couch
Real estate experts Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley present a weekly conversation on investing in the Australian property market, ranging from how to structure a loan to strategies for buying at auction.
Bryce and Ben are joined by guests such as Margaret Lomas, Paul Clitheroe, Pete Wargent and Nerida Consibee.
What would our economy look like if we could reboot the planet and create new systems from scratch?
This is the kind of question addressed by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt, authors of the bestselling book Freakonomics, in this NPR podcast on the intersection between economics and human behaviour.
3. The Pineapple Project
If you missed Season 1 of the ABC’s Pineapple Project podcast when it was released in early 2018, all 10 half-hour episodes are still available for your listening – and learning – pleasure.
Comedian Claire Hooper hosts this funny, finance-made-simple look at the psychology of money, the life-changing magic of doing a budget and why you need an emergency fund. Season 2, which kicked off last month, tackles career challenges from developing good work habits to eliminating pointless meetings.
4. Death, Sex + Money
These are the topics we’re supposed to avoid among polite company, but where’s the fun in that?
Host Anna Sale uses the show to get at the heart of the issues she was “having the most difficulty navigating”. She is joined by guests to discuss relationships, money, family and work, and what it all means.
5. Life. Money. with Ross Greenwood
Want more from Ross Greenwood than his monthly column in Money?
In this weekly hour-long show he covers finance news and trends, from death of the local car manufacturing industry to the “smashed avo” saga, as well as the big money topics affecting all of us: housing affordability, super, budgeting, employment, tax and aged care.
6. Stuff You Should Know
This US-based podcast on “how the world actually works”, hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark, digs into a range of personal finance topics, including sin tax and budgeting. It also looks at more esoteric concepts such as stoicism, and cultural trends like the rise of internships.
The podcast is rated 4.5 stars on iTunes.
7. Your Property Success
Renovations gurus Jane Slack-Smith and John Hubbard give practical renovations tips.
They interview a range of experts on trends and statistics to help keep you up to date in the property world. Slack-Smith also features stories from “real” people, which may help motivate DIY hopefuls.
8. Planet Money
Owned by the National Public Radio broadcasting network in the US, Planet Money aims to give listeners a round-up of what’s going on in the world.
From Wells Fargo to Brexit, the hosts manage to make all topics entertaining. You’ll be able to find two podcasts a week online, with each going for 15 to 20 minutes.
9. Mad Fientist Financial Independence Podcast
While this podcast is pretty US-centric, it still makes for an inspiring, highly informative listen.
The “Fi” in Fientist stands for financial independence – part of the early retirement movement. Each segment is about 30 to 60 minutes, and involves the host interviewing guests working towards financial independence, early retirement success stories, and financial tips.