I have learned more about stocks and investing from podcasts over the years than any other medium. There are countless shows covering finance and finding the most insightful ones can be a time-consuming endeavour. To help you get the most from your listening hours, here are the best investing podcasts that I listen to every week…
The Compound Show - With Downtown Josh Brown
Josh Brown is the CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management and a contributor on CNBC. Josh’s down to earth, calm and collected attitude betrays a relentless fascination with the markets so you’ll struggle to find pundits that offer more insight in such a digestible way. As well as offering a weekly update on everything Josh is seeing he also goes out of his way to bring on diverse guests that can deep dive into specific subjects, for example, a recent episode “The Burning of Black Wall Street” tells the harrowing story of a very dark and not often spoken about chapter in the history of America. The Compound Show is best for deep dives on specific topics with expert interviews.
Animal Spirits with Michael & Ben
Also from Ritholtz Wealth Management are Michael Batnik and Ben Carlson. These two are great to listen to thanks to their obvious chemistry as long time friends. This show is a lot more topical and conversations typically range from what’s been happening in the financial markets through to whatever shows and movies they’ve been watching. The show is more informal but no less informative. Animal Spirits is best for up to date topical discussion and friendly banter.
Pivot - With Kara Swisher & Scott Galloway
Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway are one of the best double acts of recent times. Kara is a world-class journalist able to ask the right questions to get the sharpest insights and Scott Galloway aka Prof G (or ‘The Dog’) has an incredibly analytical mind and is able to join up dots in a way that make his predictions almost uncannily accurate. He has been predicting Amazon will move into healthcare for months and that has now happened. He predicted Twitter would roll out subscription products and that is also confirmed as happening. The show tends to focus on a mix of tech, business and politics and overall can really help to inform your overall macro view of the market. Pivot - With Kara Swisher & Scott Galloway is best for discussion of the big tech firms (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) and weekly predictions.
The Joseph Carlson Show
Joseph Carlson is just a regular guy like you and me, however, unlike me (and probably you) Joseph has built up a significant audience on his YouTube channel where he offers full transparency every week into the performance of his own personal portfolio and investing style. As well as discussing his investments and stock picks Joseph looks at the biggest news stories that interest him and takes questions from viewers. The podcast is the audio-only version of his YouTube channel and is just as compelling. The Joseph Carlson Show is best for the individual retail investor’s perspective on the markets.
The Meb Faber Show
Meb Faber is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investment fund manager and his show usually focuses on interviews with guests from across the investing spectrum. This means you can expect the discussion to broaden beyond just the stock market as experts often offer insights on global equity, bond, and commodity markets helping you to build a macro perspective of the investing landscape. The interviews are casual but informative and Meb does a great job of coaxing stories and anecdotes out of the guests. The Meb Faber Show is best for interviews with experts from across the wider universe of investing.
Bloomberg’s What Goes Up - “Hosts Mike Regan and Sarah Ponczek are joined each week by expert guests to discuss the main themes influencing global markets.”
Bloomberg’s Odd Lots - “Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so random weekly walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.”
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Until next time - CT