Top 10 Podcasts


03/05/20

Joseph Walsh – jwalsh14@mail.bbk.ac.uk 


In this post, we intend to take a step away from COVID related matters and focus on what we at the EFS enjoy and find useful. Podcasts have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with the primary benefit being that is it now possible to hear from experts around the world sharing their ideas and experiences in detail, in a long-form structure that is generally free from significant editing and more conversational than traditional forms of media.

With that in mind, we are pleased to present, in no particular order, the top 10 podcasts we as a society have found useful for learning about finance and economics. Since finance and economics are broad topics with many niches and areas of knowledge, we believe these are some of the best to help you get started learning about real world events, the latest ideas and to keep up with the latest developments.

Audio-only Podcasts

We live in a winner-take-all economy that’s bifurcating into those who are part of the innovation economy and those who aren’t. Every week best-selling author, professor and entrepreneur Scott Galloway answers questions from you (his listeners) on who’s winning and losing, and how you can get ahead. Other professors, practitioners, and entrepreneurs join Scott to contribute ideas, alternate opinions, and insights to help you thrive at work. Tune in for a no mercy, no malice take on how you can level up your game in the world of business.

NYU professor and entrepreneur Scott Galloway presents the listener with a high-energy, slickly edited, and engaging new podcast that is great for those just starting to get into finance, covering recent events as well as taking listener’s questions.


Industry veterans, degenerate gamblers & besties Chamath Palihapitiya & Jason Calacanis cover all things economic, tech, political, social & poker.

A new podcast started by industry experts Chamath Palihapitiya, a former senior executive at Facebook and CEO of venture capital firm Social Capital. Along with Jason Calacanis, entrepreneur and founder of the Open Angel Forum, this podcast is surprisingly relaxed considering the hosts’ extensive professional CVs. They share their insights into the world of Silicon Valley and venture capital. Also, their interest in poker overlaps well with finance and investing in terms of risk management.


Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness. It feels like there’s less of it every day—whether it comes to lending practices, college admissions, professional sports, or psychological well-being. Who are the people trying to level the playing field, and are they making an impact? Lewis interviews referees (Season 1) and coaches (Season 2) from many walks of life, bringing his trademark insight and wry humor to their stories of (in)equality today.

Michael Lewis has a fantastic way of looking at unique stories that in principle have a lot of overlap for the world of finance, frequently covering topics such as the use of analytical data and how the human psyche impacts decision making. In this series, he looks at the role of referees and regulators in society. From sport referees to financial authorities, Lewis covers the idea of fairness and how it is enforced, whether it be on the football pitch or financial markets.


Master the best of what other people have already figured out.

The description on Apple Podcasts is a great concise summary and is really applicable to all the podcasts in this post. Experienced and prominent figures like Bill Ackman, Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely have all featured on this series and go into depth on their thoughts and experiences.


News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe.

This is the BBC’s daily morning show, primarily covering the latest UK business news as well as interviewing experts on the latest developments. The daily format offers some variation from the typical podcast and is a great way to stay up to date with events in the UK and the rest of the world.


Economic Update is a weekly nationally syndicated radio program produced by Democracy at Work and hosted by Richard D. Wolff. The program explores complex economic issues and empowers listeners with information to analyze their own financial situation as well as the economy at large. By focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life – wages, jobs, taxes, debts, and profits – the program explores alternative ways to organize markets and government policies.

Richard D. Wolff offers a unique view on economics. It’s always good to hear from a variety of viewpoints and Mr. Wolff is no exception, covering issues like unemployment and market structure that many people regard as key economic issues.


EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty (econlib.org) and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at EconTalk.org, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions.

Covering a variety of topics, this is a great resource that goes all the way back to 2006 with a number of high quality guests such as Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Tyler Cowen and Jordan Peterson. Host of the podcast Russ Roberts is notable in his own right and is an entertaining host, asking insightful questions and providing good conversation.


Video Podcasts

Conversations with Portfolio Managers – Oaktree Capital Management

Howard Marks, co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management expands upon his well-regarded written memos, hosting panel discussions on a variety of investing topics from value investing to analysing market cycles. Specialising in distressed debt, Marks and Oaktree Capital have a unique approach to the markets, one which has stood the test of time and continues to seek opportunity in areas where others may not.


Jeffrey Sherman, DoubleLine’s Deputy CIO and Sam Lau, a DoubleLine Portfolio Manager, host a series of podcasts with distinguished guests, giving listeners insight into DoubleLine’s strategies, Portfolio Managers and industry innovators.

With guests like Robert Shiller and the founder of DoubleLine Capital Jeffrey Gundlach, this podcast series is another great way to hear more about economics and finance from industry leaders. Like Marks, Gundlach specialises in bonds and is knowledgeable about macroeconomics in relation to markets, a skill which is important in the world of investing.

And finally,


The EFS Podcast

We are starting our own podcast and aim to bring you interesting and varied guests, as well as covering a variety of topics. Our first episode is with oil analyst Juan Rodriguez, discussing the recent events in the oil market.

In conclusion, we hope this post serves as a useful resource for you to discover new ideas, hear from experts and provide some entertainment along the way.

Do you have a favourite podcast that we haven’t discussed? Let us know! Drop us a message on social media or email.