Listen up! A study reveals that more than one-third of all Canadian adults are tuning in to podcasts every week. What they’re listening to runs the gamut from world news and celebrity interviews to sports and fitness. Today, there’s another type of podcast that has captured the attention (and some hearts) of Canadians: personal finance. We’ve covered some of the top personal finance blogs you should be following, but we also know that plenty of us prefer to be listening on-the-go rather than reading on a screen. So, here are some of the best finance podcasts we’ve discovered.
Nine Best Finance Podcasts for Canadians
There are a lot of great personal financial podcasts out there, hosted by famous professionals such as Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman. But finding the right Canadian finance podcast for any given topic takes a bit of internet-sleuthing, so we did the research for you. Here are our top eight personal finance podcasts for and by Canadians in alphabetical order.
Chris is a financial planner, a farm boy, and an opera singer. Sandi is a blogger, a mom, and a loud laugher; and John is a PhD, an investor and a scientist (yes, you read that right). Together, this trio tackles anything and everything to do with personal finance and debt freedom, from credit repair to building wealth. Episodes (and there are many; the show is currently in its sixth season) usually feature a guest with topics like “Money & Mental Health” and “From Rags to Reasonable.” Addicted to Friends? Check out season four, with episodes such as “The One Where Insurance Is Important” and “The One Where We Plan for Emergencies.”
When Kornel Szrejber left his high-paying corporate job to grow his own business, he decided to start learning everything he could about money management, investing, and building additional income streams. Now, he’s sharing his knowledge and successes (and his failures, so you can learn from them, too!) through his podcasts, which typically run about an hour. Recent episodes have featured a successful property-flipper, Canada’s youngest retirees, the creator of the TFSA, and more.
Tired of overpriced, actively managed mutual funds and stock-picking strategies? So was Dan Bortolotti, a Toronto-based portfolio manager and financial planner who began this podcast with a focus on index investing. Also known as passive investing, this method of making money is quickly growing in popularity (his podcast alone has over 12,000 subscribers). Dan’s Canadian Couch Potato podcasts are generally under an hour, and feature other experts in the industry delivering sound investing advice. If you’ve got a handle on your finances and are looking for a new way to invest, this is definitely worth your time.
Globe and Mail personal finance columnist and money expert extraordinaire, Rob Carrick, has a fantastic call-in series via the Globe and Mail where he answers questions about money...live – sometimes with special guests, too! He covers a wide range of money topics, like mortgage rates, credit scores, student budgeting, the gig economy, and how to set yourself up for success in today's financial environment. He also offers short videos where he tackles some of life's bigger questions, like: Is it okay to bring a cheap bottle of wine to a dinner party? Do happy couples and joint bank accounts always go together? And is social media damaging our finances? If you're looking for no-nonsense money advice, Rob Carrick is your guy.
MapleMoney’s blog is the most-read Canadian money management blog, and its complementary personal finance podcast is popular ear candy too! Founded by financial analyst and family man Tom Drake, a Calgary resident, the MapleMoney Show aims to help Canadians who are drowning in debt begin to take control of their money and turn their financial lives around. Podcasts are lead by different financial experts, with topics ranging from “How to Play On the Same Money Team As Your Spouse” to “How to Turn Your Side Gig Into a Full-Time Income.”
6. Mo’ Money
With over 1.2 million downloads and more than 200 episodes across nine seasons, Mo’ Money is one of Canada’s top personal finance podcasts. It was started by award-winning millennial blogger Jessica Moorhouse in 2015 and hosts guests from around the world right here in Canada. Many episodes provide financial tips in a casual manner (her husband is the audio producer, making this a family affair), with topics such as “The Life-Changing Reason You Need Emergency Savings” and “How to Be Smarter with Credit.”
If you’re the type of person who tends to tune out with conversations drag on, Moolala is the podcast for you! Bruce Sellery, a Canadian business journalist, television news anchor, and personal finance expert, is on a mission to help you get a handle on your money—in about ten minutes! Bruce describes his podcast as “high on energy, low on BS,” and typically features another finance expert with topics ranging from “Tips to Becoming an Entrepreneur” to “The Seven Deadly Financial Sins.” So, grab a coffee and get your dose of financial know-how fast and furiously!
The creators of this bi-weekly personal finance podcast openly admit that they’re not financial experts—but they know what kind of questions to ask experts! Justin, Hyder, and Tyler are millennials interested in reaching out to a like-minded audience who are “trying to get ahead against impossibly high home prices and seemingly insurmountable debt.” Conversations with experts don’t take on the tone of a boring lecture, but instead come off like an informal chat amongst friends over a beer. Topics they tackle include side hustles and maximizing credit card rewards.
Tracey Bissett is on a mission to redefine financial literacy for young adults and entrepreneurs through her weekly podcast, Young Money – the advice show for millionaires in the making. Tracey is a Chartered Financial Analyst who has helped empower hundreds of small business owners regain control over their financial future using her know-how and expertise. Her podcast offers a fresh take on delivering need-to-know tips and power-player interviews with fun episodes like "Financial Fitness Lessons from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira" and "How to Travel on a Budget with Barry Choi."
We’re Here to Listen to You, Too
There you have it, our best personal finance podcasts for Canadians! Listening in during your commute, lunch hour, or workout is a great way to boost your financial savvy. Of course, we understand that sometimes you need an ear too. So if you’re having trouble keeping up with bill payments or your credit is completely maxed out and you'd like to speak to one of our certified Credit Counsellors for free, give us a call at 1.800.267.2272 or visit us online.
In the meantime, if you’re following a great Canadian financial podcast we didn’t mention, let us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll feature it next time. And while we don’t have our own podcast (yet), you can always subscribe to our blog for financial advice delivered straight to your inbox!