Podcasts may be one of the digital era's newer ways of consuming information, but such is their relative ease to record and produce that it has gradually become one of the most democratic forms of media available.
And the good news is that has meant a boom in trading and finance podcasts that have become must-listens to every trader worth their salt, meaning you can now make the daily commute or lunch break the most educational part of your day.
So if you're new to podcasts or simply looking to expand your aural subscriptions, then we've put together the definitive list of podcasts every trader should be listening to, along with some examples of what episodes to tune in to in order to get a taste of what's on offer. Read them below, listed in alphabetical order...
Adventures in Finance
Produced by the forward-thinking Real Vision media group and launched in January 2017, the Adventures in Finance podcast is described as "taking you way beyond Wall Street". Along with investing ideas and the latest news and stories from the world of finance, host Grant Williams manages to attract some high-profile guests on the pod and gets them to open up on the hottest topics of the moment - the Kyle Bass interview at the beginning of series 2 being a prime example.
Season 2 Premier: Kyle Bass
Hedge fund boss Kyle Bass doesn't simply discuss his epic career, but gives listeners the chance to even put their own questions to him, which he's only happy to answer. Listen here.
Bloomberg Odd Lots
You know the high standard of reporting you're going to get from Bloomberg, and their weekly Odd Lots podcast is no different. Presenters Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take listeners through the week's hot topics in the markets, finance and economics, and often dip into history to bring new insight on old stories.
How a Fund Manager Is Trying to Solve Some of the Middle East's Biggest Problems
The man trying to tackle the Middle East’s biggest problems, from political instability to terrorism and the plight of refugees. His name is Emad Mostaque and he is the co-chief investment officer of Capricorn Fund Managers Ltd. Listen here.
The Incredible True Story of the Real Life "Trading Places"
The fantastic real life tale that provided the inspiration behind the famous turtle trading film starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd. Listen here.
Chat With Traders
Reaching 150 episodes is no mean feat in any media industry, and the kudos here is well deserved by Australian-based host Aaron Fifield, whose show has been running since its debut with first guest Jerry Robinson back in January 2015. Aaron has since interviewed new and returning guests every week, becoming a true staple of the podcast scene. His variety of guests knows no bounds, and he's not afraid to try new things either, as seen by inviting the brilliantly-unique real estate trader Ben Mallah on the show recently.
How to Own 100’s of Millions of Dollars of Real Estate
If you've never heard of property guru Ben Mallah, then you're in for a treat, as Aaron picks his brains for some illuminating - and at times shocking - insight into the dog-eat-dog world of real estate investment. Listen here
Using Sports Science to Stack Probability in Favour of Trading Success
How does someone apply their knowledge from sports science and performance psychology to thrive in trading? Aaron chats to James King, who discusses his new venture Project Thor. Listen here.
Fan of Chat With Traders Podcast? Read our feature-length write-ups of some of Aaron's best guests here
Distributed by American Public Media, Marketplace’s podcasts boast more than four million downloads a month, with listeners tuning in daily to listen to the latest on business and the economy. With such big numbers, Marketplace can attract the big names, which explains how they got the great Ray Dalio in the studio with presenter David Brancaccio just a few weeks ago.
Ray Dalio on How to Stress Test Your Ideas and Make Better Decisions
Coinciding with the release of his new best-selling book, Principles, this 25-minute interview sees Dalio providing insight into what went into his book, such as the subject of stress testing ideas and the benefits of "radical transparency". Listen here.
Meb Faber Show
As well as being the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Cambria Investment Management and the author of five books on investing, Meb Faber finds the time to produce a weekly podcast on the craft of investing, the best ways of preserving wealth, and profitable ideas in the global equity, bond, and real asset markets. Along with his radio show, he also regularly welcomes top investment professionals as guests on the show.
Episode #37: John Bollinger, “People Have This Time-Frame Confusion That I Think Does A Huge Amount Of Damage”
John Bollinger is of course the man behind one of the most widely-used analytical tools in investing and a real trader favourite, Bollinger Bands. He is also the president and founder of Bollinger Capital Management and an award-winning researcher who has developed a number of widely used investment tools and analytical techniques. Listen here.
We feature an interview with Meb Faber from Chat With Traders in one of our Trader Interviews. Read it below...
Tim Ferris Show
Considered the number one business podcast on Apple iTunes, Ferriss’ killer show has seen over 200 million episode downloads and has won a litany of awards. His success is no surprise, given the scope of topics discussed and the variety of guests that Ferriss is able to attract, whether actors, entrepreneurs or businesspeople. His stellar list of guests includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Peter Thiel and Malcolm Gladwell. Each episode sees Ferriss looking to learn from his guest, discussing their favourite books, their daily routines, their exercise habits and time-management tricks - essentially the structures they put in place to become a success in their field.
Investing Wisdom from Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, Chris Sacca, and Others
In this episode, Ferriss collates some of the best lessons in investing that he’s garnered from some of the smartest money managers in the world, including the likes of Marc Andreessen, Chris Sacca, Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel and Seth Godin. Listen here.
Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire
Not only does this episode cover the fascinating achievements of billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, but Ferriss also discusses Branson’s views on hot topics such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain, along with his thoughts on capping downside risk. Listen here.
Trend Following Radio
Bestselling author Michael Covel's Trend Following Radio podcast has recently clocked in over 6m listens from 500+ episodes. Covel is renowned for interviewing a wide variety of guests to provide an alternative view on the markets, covering investments, economics, decision-making, human behavior & entrepreneurship. Proof that he likes to take a slightly different approach is that, along with interviewing heavyweights from the world of finance and business, his guests have also included a number of Nobel Prize winners.
Ep. 598: Trading Legends Epic Episode on Trend Following Radio
If you're new to Covel's podcast (or even a die-hard listener) then this combo episode is perfect as it blends four classic episodes into one super podcast. And it gets better when you learn who the guests are: Jack Schwager, Peter Brandt, Larry Williams and Toby Crabel. Listen here.
Ep. 589: Rayner Teo Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio
If you enjoyed trader Rayner Teo's Desert Island Trades for us here at TraderLife recently (you can read it below), then this episode is for you, as Covel interviews the ex-prop trader from Singapore. Topics include the importance of charting wins and charting losses, his time in the military, and how to deal with social media trolls. Listen here.
Two Blokes Trading
We're big fans of the Two Blokes here at TraderLife, and for two main reasons. One is that we love the tone of their show. Sure, finance and trading is a serious matter, but there's nothing wrong with taking a light approach every now and then, and Tom and Owen knock it out of the park when it comes to being able to blend serious trading chatter with a bit of a laugh every now and then. The second reason is that they get great guests on the show, some of whom you may never have heard of before but who nevertheless bring great insight and wit to the subjects at hand.
7 Reasons Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cryptocurrencies with Siam Kidd
Siam Kidd, aka the Realistic Trader, makes another appearance on the show to discuss the Crypto bubble, in particular the seven reasons why he has changed his mind on Bitcoin and co. Listen here.
Hakon Fuglaas of K2 Trading on How To Turn from Failure to Success in Trading
Hakon Fuglaas of K2 Trading tells Tom and Owen about his disastrous start in trading and how he turned that around to manage over $2.5 million by the age of 19. Listen here.
Fan of Two Blokes Trading Podcast? Read our feature-length write-ups of some of Tom and Owen's best guests here