If you love to learn, never have there been so many opportunities to hear from great teachers. Blogs and podcasts have given a platform to people with unique expertise or a unique point of view.
Since anyone with a computer can create a blog or podcast, that can lead to some questionable content being “put out there.” But it has also given a voice to people with important and helpful messages who otherwise might not have been heard.
Listening to podcasts has become a regular part of my media diet.
While I haven’t done an exhaustive review of investing podcasts, one of my favorites is Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s Invest Like the Best. O’Shaughnessy is a Chartered Financial Analyst and portfolio manager at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management.
Patrick is a skilled interviewer—obviously preparing well for his conversations, effortlessly building rapport with his guests, and interjecting helpful points without becoming the focus of the interview.
A couple of episodes I especially enjoyed recently were his interviews with Morningstar Founder Joe Mansueto and Patrick’s father, Jim O'Shaughnessy, founder of O'Shaughnessy Asset Management and author of the book, “What Works on Wall Street.”
You can listen right from his Investor’s Field Guide web site, or do what I do — download podcasts to your phone and then listen in your car or when you’re out for a walk or run.
If I listened to anything while driving, for the most part I used to listen to news programs. In fact, I used to be something of a news junkie. My parents always read a morning newspaper, listened to the most popular all-news radio station in Chicago, and always caught the evening news on TV. That probably explains why I studied journalism as an undergrad and worked as a radio journalist for the first eight years of my career.
But I found coverage of last year’s presidential election so disturbing and depressing that something in my love for the news broke. And that’s when I turned to podcasts. I’m enjoying finding new voices with something positive to add to my day.
On a somewhat regular basis, we plan to start including links to noteworthy money-related podcasts in our Friday Money Roundup.
What podcasts do you listen to on a regular basis—whether about investing or other topics?