Taking time away from my computer has become an essential part of my day thanks to lockdown. I’m zoomed out by lunch. My eyes are square by the time the workday is done. Thankfully, podcasts have been there to keep me entertained away from my laptop.
In fact, I’ve found myself taking several screen-free moments throughout a day to tune into the brilliant conversations happening around the world — not least those about money.
Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, I’ve selected ten podcasts that deal with personal finance, investment, economics and financial feminism. All of them are working to make money more accessible and engaging, and breaking those antiquated taboos around talking about money at the same time. I hope there is a little something for everyone on this list.
- Bang on the Money with Charlotte Lorimer
It’s time to smash the taboos around money — and where better to start than with this podcast talking to writers, journalists, entrepreneurs and investors about financial feminism? Charlotte’s podcast is full of open and honest conversations through honest about mistakes made, lessons learned and the many, many money myths that hold people back. Listen to Season One here.
2. Planet Money
This American podcast was one of the very first I heard talking about money and attempting to explain the economy in a way that’s entertaining as well as informative. The team from NPR are bright and delightfully nerdy, with brilliant storytelling to make an otherwise dry topic much more relevant and engaging. Tune in and get geeky here.
3. Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn
Many of us feel bad with money — not always of course, but from time to time there’s that niggle of guilt, the ‘what ifs’ and the ‘oh nos’, a sense of awkwardness when we’re discussing pay rises or cuts. Well, Bad with Money isn’t going to solve those problems for you — but it will remind you that all of us have our moments with money. Led by Gaby Dunn, a comedian with many relatable money anxieties, this podcast delves into the stigmas around money, pulls apart economics and social justice, deals with topics like universal basic income and generational wealth, and explores topics like how the “happiest countries on Earth” are (or aren’t) connected to money. This podcast never fails to make me laugh, think, and feel understood — highly recommend!
4. Money Box
This BBC Radio 4 staple is highly useful for anyone interested in how stories in the news are affecting our money — so right now, the show is primarily focused on the impact of Covid-19 on our pockets. It also shares great advice and regularly features guests from banks and financial institutions as well as spokespeople on personal finance issues (such as fraud or changes to pension rules). One you can easily dip in and out of as/when you’re interested. Check it out here.
Other great BBC radio shows turned podcasts include:
Wake Up To Money — which brings together a journalist and a former investment expert to run through the news, provide interviews, and looking at everything from personal savings to global economic views.
Deep, Down and Desi: All About the Money — join sensible spender Rahat Siddique and splurger Faarea Masud as they explore the financial landscape, from digital banks to Brexit and the housing crisis.
5. Cash Cows
Launched in 2019, there are now two seasons of this excellent podcast about money — looking at how we spend it, why we spend it and all the times we really wish we hadn’t spent it. Serina Sandhu, Rachael Pells and Pippa Bailey have a superb, chatty style that is easy to listen to and brilliant to learn from — because we all make money mistakes, and it really shouldn’t be such a big deal to talk about them with our friends and family. I’ve particularly enjoyed finding out more about the journey Rachel has been on having decided to go freelance, with clear highs and lows. But there’s also lots for personal finance too — ever quibbled over the dinner bill or fretted over cancelled holidays? If yes, then hit subscribe, sit back and prepare to laugh.
6. An Honest Account
Confession, this one I’ve only just started listening to — but so far I’ve been very impressed with the conversations and the line-up of guests! Approaching money by looking at the ways it impacts our work, health, relationships and wellbeing — this podcast is distinctly British and covers topics from the costs of being a bridesmaid to living with chronic illnesses, paying off debt to dealing with unpaid invoices. It also features the likes of Neil Frizzel (Vogue columnist and author of The Panic Years), Angelica Malin (founder of About Time magazine) and Bola Sol (financial wellness coach). Tune in here.
7. The Last 3 Digits
Self-described as the “number one urban money podcast in Britain”, it would be remiss to skip this podcast from Nego True, Bola Sol, and Disunomics. Talking all things money, this podcast provides serious and timely money advice but does so in a way that’s light and engaging. The team are also hilarious and you’ll almost certainly finish each episode grinning. Listen here.
8. FT Money Show
For those with a little more experience with investment, the FT Money Show with Claer Barrett and her team of finance journalists should be an essential part of your audio diet. Dissecting the news with the help of leading industry commentators and discussing how the latest events will affect you and your pocket — this weekly podcast will cover off everything from the Budget to split mortgages and suggestions on shoring up your finances against future economic crises. Tune in here.
9. Couple Money
Couple Money is a personal finance podcast for those of us who are sharing our bank accounts — with family or partners. Money, as we know, can cause all sorts of anxieties for people. But it doesn’t have to be a source of stress in your relationship. Deep diving into some of the possible disagreements that couples may or may not be dealing with, this is a useful and insightful podcast for anyone with a joint account really. One episode in particular has been revelatory and looks at how to discuss money with your ageing parents. Check it out here.
10. She Makes Money Moves
There’s power in talking about money — especially for women. As discussed in our blog on financial feminism, talking about money is an essential step for every woman in feeling more empowered, more in control, and more financially healthy. This podcast, hosted by the effervescent Samantha Berry, editor in chief of Glamour Magazine, this is a must-listen. Combining intimate storytelling with rabble-rousing and issues-led insights, this podcast looks at parenting, combining incomes as a couple, power dynamics when she is the breadwinner, starting a business, chasing a passion, losing your job, and asking for a raise. I listen to some of these episodes again and again and I hope most listeners will find something of relevance for themselves too. Tune in here and find out more on their twitter too.
Authors: Harriet Allner and ikigai
Harriet Allner is a writer, blogger and fintech specialist. She cares about stories that matter and is passionate about promoting conversation around money positivity and financial feminism.
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