Top 3 Financial Podcasts That All Entrepreneurs Should Listen To

Work Life

Sep 03
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Financial podcasts are a source of a wealth of knowledge and can be a great way to expand an entrepreneur’s scope of business. Podcasts are audio files that are available online and can be downloaded onto our mobile devices; they are sometimes available as a series of installments that users will need subscription to access.

I prefer podcasts that take on important themes, do weeks or months of intense research, and distill that work into digestible audio form, accessible whether riding the subway to work or lounging lakeside at the cottage

David Kaufman

In a recent editorial article in the Financial Post, CEO of Westcourt Capital Corp, David Kaufman suggested three podcasts that he said he couldn’t live without.

“I prefer podcasts that take on important themes, do weeks or months of intense research, and distill that work into digestible audio form, accessible whether riding the subway to work or lounging lakeside at the cottage.” Kaufman said.

These podcasts are helpful in determining how to think about the world as it develops and changes, he said adding that podcasts can make us better analysts and therefore better investors. Here are the three podcasts he suggests.

Planet Money

A podcast that has various episodes and deals with an amazing array of topics, Planet Money is David Kaufman’s first choice. In his own words it is has episodes that are “as entertaining as it is informative”. The best thing about the podcast is that you don’t have to listen to them in order and choose a theme you know you will enjoy.

“My favourite episodes were from 2009-2012 when Planet Money took on the financial crisis head on and were able to do an amazing job of explaining it. Start with Episode 486, “Crisis Revisited,” and take it where it leads you,” Kaufman writes.

Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio is an American public radio program which discusses socioeconomic issues for a general audience. The show is a spin-off of the 2005 book Freakonomics. Journalist Stephen Dubner hosts the show, with economist Steven Levitt as a regular guest. The show is also distributed as a weekly podcast, and is among the most popular on iTunes.

This podcast looks at economics and economist Stephen Dubner says “the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature – from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.” Kaufman recommends episodes 291 and 291a titled Why Hate the Koch Brothers?” which features an interview with Charles Koch.

The podcast is great for those who want to understand economics better and includes many interesting themes and topics in their episodes.

50 Things that Made the Modern Economy

The 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy series began as a weekly economic history documentary radio series on the BBC World Service presented by economist and journalist Tim Harford and all episodes are available as podcasts. The series was later published as a book by the same name. These podcasts are great for those who don’t travel long distances every day as each episode is only 10 minutes long.

There are many interesting topics including podcasts on inventions that changed the world, like the light bulb, paper, diesel engines and many more that one may not consider so important until we realize the true significance of its invention and the changes that came with it. However not all topics are about the past as new inventions like blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and new age devices are discussed, giving the listener a peek into the  future.

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