Personal Finance and Investing Podcasts to Start Your 2023 Out Right

The beginning of each year is the perfect time to get a handle on your personal finances, but with the explosion of content in the space it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Podcasts can be a great conversation to listen in on and help form a strategy for navigating your own way to financial freedom, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorites to get you started!

Podcasts that look at the bigger picture of personal finance

The Happy Saver Podcast

Ruth is a personal finance expert who loves to talk finances with everyday New Zealanders. In her view, being open about our finances is one of the most valuable things we can do to help other people reach their financial goals. In each episode of The Happy Saver Podcast, Ruth walks us through a new story from her listeners. From a couple living in a tiny home and retiring in their thirties, to getting through university debt free, to discussing how to actually use a nest egg in retirement — there’s certainly something you can learn from the stories she has to share!

The Broke Generation Podcast

If you’re looking for a podcast that feels like you’re having a chilled, relaxing conversation about money with a friend, the Broke Generation Podcast might be for you. Emma Edwards provides a feel-good, honest look at personal finance and provides tips to help you make better decisions with your money. It ranges from the psychological side of money, with episodes like overcoming emotional spending, to guest discussions on tax tips for your small business or side hustle. 

Passive Income Project

Hosted by two young Aussies, Terry and Ryan, the Passive Income Project centers on the psychology and practices that you can adopt to master your finances and build a good life. A great thing about this podcast is the ongoing series they have which deep dives into certain topics. A couple of their more recent series are surviving stagnation and the current state of crypto, post the FTX collapse. These deep-dive discussions give us multiple perspectives around the issues and help develop informed opinions, which are important when your financial health is what’s at risk. 

Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

Hosted by Frances Cook, one of New Zealand’s foremost personal finance authors and podcast hosts, Cooking the Books discusses a new money problem each week. Whether it’s becoming a digital nomad or a discussion on how to spend less while still eating well, Cooking the Books has you covered! Interesting guests give an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of certain financial topics; a recent episode focuses on FIRE, where they discuss using the Financial Independence aspect, not to Retire Early, but instead to shift to a new career path. 

OneUp Project

All you need to know about this podcast is in the name. Each week, join Sarah Kelsey on the OneUp Project podcast and explore the different tips, stories, and perspectives to help you OneUp your life — both financially and personally. When’s the right time to find a new job? How to financially prepare for travel? What are some bad money beliefs? Tune in each Monday for a friendly conversation to find out the answers!

The Aussie Firebug Podcast

Ranked as one of Australia’s top financial independence podcasts, each week on the Aussie Firebug Podcast Matt interviews people on topics related to the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and their own journeys towards that goal. Discover how to make your home as energy (and cost) efficient as possible or learn how top property investors got their foothold in the market. Matt delivers a wide variety of experiences to help you understand that true financial independence can come in many different forms and is well within reach. 

Girls That Invest

With their recent international fame, Sim and Sonya have built Girls That Invest into one of the most popular personal finance podcasts in the world. Their Q&A episodes, Sticky Money Monday, give advice on all things money and life that can be a bit tricky to navigate — such as dealing with a racist manager or talking to your parents about retirement. Tuesdays are reserved for deep dives on finance topics without the jargon, making it extremely accessible, no matter what part of the journey you’re on. It’s an easy-to-listen-to podcast that helps give you the confidence to take the plunge into the world of personal finance and investing.  

It’s No Secret

What are the burning money questions that you have in your life? From figuring out the best use of your KiwiSaver to how you should budget for kids, Cat and Christine are here to help! Each Tuesday, It’s No Secret takes you through the ins and outs of all things finance, money, property, and investing to help you get ahold of your financial future. It’s short and sweet, and feels more like a conversation between friends than some dense lecture on personal finance — that’s a plus in our books.

Podcasts on markets, stocks and all things investing

The Monday Call

Brought to you by NZ Funds, The Monday Call is a podcast all about the current state of financial markets and where they might be headed — not just stock and bond market movements, but also technologies and crypto. It’s an excellent take on global financial markets from a New Zealand perspective, helping Kiwi investors keep up to date with the news and make informed decisions. Deep dives into topics such as the green building industry or New Zealand’s reliance on China provide a fascinating insight into our future and how that might shape your investment strategy. 

Motley Fool Money

Join Motley Fool’s investment analysts as they discuss the top business and finance news, and break down their implications on the stock market for long-term investors. Keeping up on global business and financial news can be incredibly interesting, but it’s also fundamental if you want to make good investment decisions. With great, down-to-earth discussions, it’s a must-listen for anyone interested in business, investing, and markets!

Fresh Invest

Brought to you by Morning Brew, Fresh Invest breaks down the current financial climate and answers the questions to help you build up your financial future. This past season of Fresh Invest had a focus on building a passive income stream with investing, discussions around thematic investing, and a look at the state of the cryptocurrency market over the past year. With a limited number of episodes each year, Fresh Invest acts as a well-crafted deep dive into topics that retail investors can gain great value from.

Anton is PocketSmith’s Marketing Coordinator and is currently completing his BComSci degree in Marketing and Ecology alongside working at PocketSmith. Anton started his investing journey in high school and hasn’t looked back since. He’s a strong proponent of index investing, although he still likes the thrill of individual stocks on the side.

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