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Best Investing Podcasts for Beginners

Check out these recommendations from Morningstar's employees.

There is investing advice for everyone, from college graduates starting out in the “real” world to pre-retirees planning for the next phase of their lives. However, it can be intimidating to get started. Along the way, you may find yourself faced with some questions, like: 

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to find the answers alone. We have collected some podcasts recommended by Morningstar employees to help you jump in or keep up with investing.  

Quick Tips and Recaps

With episodes ranging from 15 to 20 minutes, these podcasts are short and sweet, but tell you everything you need to know going on in finance. 

What’s News 
Having trouble keeping up with the latest news every day? In under 20 minutes, journalists from The Wall Street Journal sum up what is going on with politics, the economy, and the stock market. Start with this episode: U.S. Job Growth Slows as Businesses Scramble to Find Workers

Life Kit: Money 
Making money decisions is a big deal. From spending to saving, to making investments and paying off loans, these decisions can bring on both financial and emotional pressures. This podcast helps take some of the weight off investors’ shoulders with personal finance advice. Start with this episode: Simple Steps to Smarter Investing, Even During COVID-19.  

The Journal 
What is Elon Musk up to now? How close is cryptocurrency to becoming mainstream? Why are housing prices so high? Hosts Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson answer these questions and explain the biggest forces behind money, business, and power in this daily podcast for The Wall Street Journal. Start with this episode: The Covid Vaccine Patent Problem

Jill on Money 
Discussions about money can be uncomfortable for several reasons. Big, emotional decisions must be made. There are terms and concepts that can be difficult to understand. Often, it feels impossible to know where to start. For investors of all ages, Jill Schlesinger explains all things money in her podcast. Start with this episode: A Journey in Financial Literacy

Add Some More Context 

Learn to talk the talk when it comes to finance by listening to these stock market and economy explainers.  

Planet Money 
Sometimes, complex financial concepts and market events are easier to understand when there is a normal, relatable story or person behind them. This podcast from NPR does exactly that: It talks about the economy how you would talk to your friends. Start with this episode: Shortages: Inflation In Disguise? 

To bring more context and understanding to the business world and economy, host Kai Ryssdal invites professionals and business owners across a range of industries to explain how today’s market affects them. This podcast from NPR goes beyond the numbers and provides a platform for everyday investors, owners, and individuals to share their stories. Start with this episode: Do we really want to get back to a pre-pandemic economy? 

The His and Her Money Show 
Hosts and married couple Talaat and Tai McNeely share their money story to help listeners build their wealth and tackle their debt. They invite guests to discuss their ups and downs, the lessons they learned, and the tools they used to get to where they are today. Start with this episode: Know Yourself Know Your Money with Rachel Cruze

Dive Deeper 

Tune into these in-depth discussions to learn personal finance tips, prepare for everyday financial decisions and situations, and find out how famous investors earned their way to the top.

More Money Podcast 
Jessica Moorehouse is a millennial finance blogger, podcaster, and speaker in Canada. With new episodes once a week, Moorehouse strives to accomplish her mission: “teach others how to take control of their lives by taking control of their money.” She interviews a wide range of guests to promote financial literacy and share personal finance tips. Start with this episode: How to Be an All-Star in Your Financial Life with Courtney Stephen

We Study Billionaires 
How did Warren Buffett and Cathie Wood go from being everyday investors to legendary names in finance? Hosts Stig Brodersen and Trey Lockerbie interview famous financial billionaires to figure out how their methods and strategies can be used by investors in the stock market. Start with this episode: Hedge Funds, SPACs, and Chocolate with Jason Karp.  

Find a Familiar Voice 

Check out these podcasts from Morningstar experts and contributors:  

The Long View 
Jeff Ptak and Christine Benz invite influential leaders in finance to discuss investing trends, advice, and more.  

Investing Insights 
Morningstar rounds up the latest portfolio picks, personal finance advice, and interviews.  

Simple, but Not Easy 
From a behavioral science approach, Morningstar helps advisors and investors make financial decisions.  

2050 TrailBlazers 
On, Rianka R. Dorsainvil writes about how advisors can create a more diverse, inclusive financial space. Her podcast is a platform to continue deeper conversations with experts and leaders about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the finance industry. Some her guests include other Morningstar contributors, like Walter Booker, Sonya Dreizler, and Phuong Luong

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