Blowing my mind!
I’m shocked by how little I knew about macro economics and loving this show. The author makes the content easy to understand, relatable and enjoyable to listen to. If you have an interest in macro economics or finance this is an excellent podcast! One thing to add, which is a negative, is the authors investing advice. Specifically when he talks about different strategies. Although I believe it’s really important to have strong knowledge of financials and the markets etc. The only market strategy that the average person SHOULD employ is buy and hold a diversified portfolio. That’s it. The author doesn’t seem to do it and I venture to guess his annualized returns over the very long term will jot beat the market index. Or if it does will do so by so little that it doesn’t matter and any single mistake can derail it. My advice would be to listen to macro economics and financial insight but do not change your investment strategy.
Exactly what I was looking for. Great overviews to build knowledge on basics plus drilling down on more obscure investment options. Easy to listen to and presented in a way that sparks fascination. I enjoy the stories. I started by picking and choosing episodes that sounded interesting then started listening to all from the beginning. Once you decide you like it, I recommend starting from the beginning. So much fundamental knowledge to be had in those first 20-30 episodes.
Andrew in Minneapolis
Finance + Philosophy = Great Resource
I’ve been listening to this podcast since Dec. 2019, as a continuous motivator and strategic advisor toward my FIRE goal of shifting from my current (unfulfilling) career into work and activities that I enjoy and are more meaningful to me. David’s simple, straightforward explanations on a wide range of personal finance and investing topics have informed me, and I’ve grown my network 40% in ~3 yrs. (Mostly through aggressive savings because I’m still a young 38.) At this rate, I could lean FIRE retire by 43. So I’m already focusing on finding “what’s next?” in terms of work activities and lifestyle. I love the philosophy episodes about Thoreau and Emerson. Gives me deep inspiration to choose the path of non-conformity, to opt out of consumerism and debt, to choose a simple yet deeply meaningful existence.
Lauren P in DC
90 and died of covid
So a guy who states that his 96 year old friend died of Covid is in a sound non biased mind to listen to about financial planning. 96 and died purely because of the covid virus vs just saying is 96 year old friend died from a flu virus or just pasted away(died) but no had to say died of covid…. Yeah I’m done with this podcast. 96!!!! Died from covid!!! 😂😂🤡
Best of the best
David has a knack for blending wisdom of the ages with research on personal finance topics that are up-to-date in a convenient and digestible format built on the relatable substrate of his personal experiences. He elevates the mundane to profound in a non-formulaic journey, always fresh and timely, yet worthy of review because older episodes because he professes timeless lessons that apply to more areas of life than just money. Thank you David for each gem of knowledge you have given in all of your efforts!
Thank you David!
This podcast has given me so many things to think about. It has changed the way I see wealth and money to truly live without worrying about. I am young, and have learned and been introduced to so much by listening to the podcast. David is very principled which has helped me to pursue a career in finance differently than my fellow students. I often go back and re-listen to episodes that I recognize I have based my own principles from or simply want a refresher on the way something works. The podcast has so much utility and practical advice that David applies well to the current circumstances of the financial world. Many episodes have been great inspiration for my future and excellent influence on my perspectives. Thank you David!
That's how we pronounce "entrepreneur" in English. I had to replay an episode multiple times just to figure out what word the host was trying to use.
David, host of the Money For The Rest of Us podcast, highlights all aspects of personal finance and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Favorite Finance Podcast
David Stein has my favorite Finance Podcast. He brings interesting writings and perspective to a wide variety of topics. I respect and trust his opinion and use his premium content as the primary guidelines fory personal investing.
Everybody wishes they had a rich uncle to leave them a fortune during their lifetime. Although J David Stein isn’t that uncle, his stories related to finance, economics, and investing are like good advice from that uncle you hope to get rich from. Keep up the good work, love hearing the anecdotal stories.
Jay T 108
Great Investing Pod
Great podcast especially if your trying to go from inexperienced investor to intermediate or advanced breaks down complex concepts and makes them simple
I’m a huge fan of this podcast
Clearly presented and very informative. I’m catching up on all episodes as well as catching the latest releases when they drop. Learning a lot.
Grounded view on investing and economics
David provides thoughtful insight on investment strategies including currency, precious metals, lumber, antiques, stocks, bonds and real estate - that list is not exhaustive. A typical episode will include relevant anecdotal connections to David’s life and explanations behind the topic. He is enjoyable to listen to and generally provides data that challenges my own view points and biases. I especially enjoy when he dabbles into regional and global economics as well as the impact of the (typically US) government acting upon an economic system. I recommend this podcast to anyone who enjoys a somewhat story-driven lesson on finance, investing, economics and government.
Quotes too many statistics
I like the personal anecdotes about David and his family. They provide useful context for the subject and point being made. In the last year or so he seemed to get bogged down in too many numbers without expressing meaning. That may be because of his analytical background and may appeal to some listeners. I started tuning out though.
Change is Good
David’s podcasts are learning tools. Although some reviews note the material is too thick or too heady, after listening to 30 to 40 episodes I know more and feel more comfortable with the investment decisions I’m making. It isn’t always the easiest content to grasp because it is new. For me, the goal is to expand my knowledge - change is good.
Finance Podcasts should not be Political
I listened to many of David’s earlier episodes because they are informative. However, I find that I’ve been losing interest lately. For the latest episode it was unfortunate that David went political. I don’t think this is useful hence I will not be listening to his show anymore.
David is very bright and articulate. He has a good radio voice and seems very genuine. He is creative and has good variety to his shows. This being said, his content can be quite high level and difficult to understand. He has added far more advertisements during his show which is not fun to see, however, I can’t blame him for wanting to make money. He puts a lot of effort into his podcasts. They are more like a mini university class than an entertaining or casual listen like most podcasts. I wish he would make it a little simpler and easier to understand but that’s just me. All this being said, I’ve found myself losing interest lately because it’s simply too heady and not really down to earth. David’s a great guy and I wish him the best but I’m moving on.
Good knowledge on a variety of topics
David does very well explaining each topic or topics. I find myself wanting to learn more about finance and the workings of our economy, banks, markets etc. I have been listening for about two months now and enjoy following along chronologically. Keep up the great work!
VA test tech
This podcast is well organized in presentation, and provides an excellent mix of economics and investing information. I am a better informed investor because of it, and a better informed citizen.
Previously intellectual and interesting.
Update (8/2020): David contacted me to say he’s sorry the podcast no longer meets my needs and wish me well. We’ve emailed several times over the past 5 years. It was a nice touch. Update (5/2020): Once an avid subscriber (see below), for me the podcast has lost much of its charm, so I deleted it from my Downcast app. David cut the poetic references and meandering tales which revealed insightful connections after monetizing the podcast several years ago, adding perhaps 3-5 minutes of adverts per 30 minute podcast. Other recent reviewers seem to agree. Original (approx 2015): Apart from the reasonable advice, I most like the show's courteous tone and demeanor. No bellicose yelling, corny jokes, bells or whistles. Just reasonable advice about everyday topics. If you like FREAKonomics or Radio Lab, you'll appreciate this podcast.
Great podcast for investors
I’m new this whole game and this podcast has been extremely helpful
Easy to understand
Love the podcast
Best Financial Podcast!
Have listened to a lot of financial podcasts, and this is my clear favorite. David’s topics are always interesting and practical, presented in a no-nonsense manner. He does a nice job of mixing in personal experience with financial theory. Really enjoyed his book as well. Keep them coming David!
David does a great job at bringing complex financial information into understandable terms and examples. I appreciate the broad factors of impact to the finance world and the nuances of how economic impacts affect financial performances. Thank you deeply for imparting your knowledge to us!
Veteran Market Knowledge
This sub-half hour format and weekly cadence makes for an easy listen with timely topics/materials/content. The best part is the exploration of esoteric asset classes like closed-end funds, venture capital, real estate, and hard commodities; Mr. Stein is very open about sharing his own investment portfolio journey.
I appreciate the deep dive into the inner workings of finance and the economy. Stuff you would never learn just reading the paper or watching CNBC.
Breath of fresh air
Mr Stein does a wonderful job of balancing brilliant economic information with common sense applications. He is smart, and very human in his views of economics and life in general. I’ve listened to many finance podcasts over the years, but this is the one I most look forward to.
Money and value
I love this podcast because while it focuses on what we can do and potential outcomes, the focus is much more on *value* than money, the wealth we create in our lives than the wealth we accumulate in our piggy banks. It, of course, talks about how those two things interrelate, and shares knowledge from decades of experience in the financial world. I learn so much about financial outlook, history, and yes, how to keep finances in mind and pursue goals. But at its best, it doesn’t lose sight of the forest for the trees and doesn’t forget that hey, yeah, there are a lot of trees to navigate between and observe in this forest. Thank you!
Wanted to like more
Informative for the EveryMan
Legitimately good podcast with someone who knows what they are talking about. Sound reasoning, level headed advice. He's not afraid to do the research and lay out more than one or two sides of an issue. Over two hundred episodes and counting, a very comprehensive and thorough course of episodes on the basics of finance. I mean, how much more basic than 'What Is Money' can you get? But mastery of the basic fundamentals is what separates a master from the laymen. He's not condescending and he gives practical advice- often times from his own experience. And even when he gets into some complicated topics like illegal immigration and money market trades, he always digs into the point of view of why you should care. Highly recommend this podcast.
20% information, 80% noise.
I’ve been a listen for years and liked the show, but recent episodes have been mostly disappointing. Lots of statistics reading and citing the words of others, there is probably only 5 mins useful in every 30-min-Long episodes.
Can’t recommend a podcast that doesn’t vet their advertisers.
I’ve been a subscriber for several years, but I can’t support a podcast that doesn’t know what the advertisers do - let alone support them. Oracle? Really? Can’t keep listening. Would give negative stars if possible.
Anon reviewer d00d
Great information, great delivery
Ps to ranger7810; the correct spelling is “waste”, as in your review.
Waist of time
So far i’ve listen to A few episodes and honestly, I didn’t learn anything at all. Just a lot of talk about nothing, just another Standard useless podcast.
A different perspective on investing
New subscriber and have listened to several early 2014 episodes as well as the last few recent ones. I like David’s approach to teaching us how the economy works, how the different investment vehicles differ and how to use them, and his hints on how to put life and investing together. It’s complicated and he is great at explaining it all. As a person who manages his own finances I think this will benefit me greatly. Thanks for making my commute to work more enjoyable! I joined his plus program to learn more and hope to eventually work my way thru all episodes
Tried 15 episodes or so and couldn’t get any concrete direction. Maybe this guy is too concerned about litigation from giving actual advice but I came away from each episode wanting more. He would start to touch on a topic that was helpful, but suddenly stop and stay arms-length away from digging deep. As a previous reviewer said - this guy is good on theory, but he doesn’t get into the truly helpful aspects that I thought this podcast would do. Unsubscribed.
Great for debaters not beginners
All debate and theory not for beginners who are looking for answers and learning how to understand the markets
Really appreciate the in depth treatment of some really diverse topics. Interesting every time!
I just started listening from the beginning and I really like how simply he explains everything. Really helpful for someone who is just beginning their journey into investing. His podcasts seem to be following a logical order based on what should be helpful to the beginning investor, stage by stage. I'm hooked!
Nice Blend of Life and Learning
David does a superb job of presenting investing concepts in a way that both beginners and experienced investors can benefit from. David's personal & conversational style allows him to relate in a way that makes his point stick. Also, no interviews here which is refreshing. One thing that puzzles me is David's insistence that that U.S. economy is a closed system (either the government goes in debt so businesses and individuals can save or vice versa). Philosophically I find it hard to believe the economy is a zero sum game. Population growth and increased efficiencies alone should provide some degree of net economic growth. Another puzzler is the satisfaction expressed on the July 31, 2019 episode at the sale of his home in Idaho Falls explaining that his footprint had been reduced. However, won't the new owners continue to use the sold home in a similar manner meaning there is a net zero impact? Feels like a bit of circular reasoning
Just started listening from the first episode and the amount of insightful information about the economy and investing is incredible. As a self taught investor, every episode so far has at least 3 nuggets of information that has me saying “now I understand what that means”. Highly recommend. And I preordered his book!
Sometimes interesting, but clearly an open-borders advocate with socialist ideas.
I listened to some episodes that seemed pretty interesting but in a few episodes it became clear that Mr. Stein is too far to the left for my tastes. He’s an advocate of open borders and of socialist programs. Not the type of advice that will help our country or our country’s citizens.
Great insights and communication
I’ve been working my way through all of the podcasts because they cover so much. I’ve emailed John a few times as well, great at getting back. Love how quick you can get through these.
Great for common folk
Really good information for someone who’s not in the financial industry, commonsense approach, Basic education of the economy and how to Increase knowledge and understanding
Favorite podcast for years
David does such a fantastic job of covering a panorama of financial topics in a way that is always interesting. Keep up the great work!
Great delivery, great content, and a great education. Thanks!
Really great explainer
David is the best when it comes to pointing out new subject areas that I haven’t thought of. Stuff I want to know. For example, a show on Central Banks, Emerging Markets, the Dollar...even Thoreau! Can't thank you enough David. Irish
I just discovered this podcast... catching up! Great descriptions of financial matters.
Great podcast in such little time
Love listening in on this podcast, perfect for any little spot of free time.
A balanced guy
Nice balance of down to earth, pragmatic perspective on the economy, guidance for your economic journey with a dash of spiritual wisdom. Well done!
Such a dry podcast. Voice is far too monotone