Oh if only you had enough time to read all the actuarial magazines, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and all online blogs related to finance and insurance! It would take you hours per day to stay current with the financial news that may or may not be relevant to you.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a solution!
Enter podcasts and audiobooks – what do you mean I can read while commuting, while doing the dishes, while working out? Yes, indeed you can!
This post will cover the podcasts that we think are useful for actuaries and actuarial students and you have our word that we will do the following:
- Immediately after we finish writing up this post, we will create a dedicated page in the Resources section that will have a running list of podcasts that we think are good for actuaries.
- We vow to write a follow up post, listing some great audiobooks for actuaries, at some later date.
On we go! Let us first talk about the behemoth that is the Economist. Did you know that you can get approximately 8 hours of listening pleasure per issue? Granted, not all eight hours are relevant nor interesting, but the audio edition of the Economist is conveniently split into chapters. Now, imagine listening to that at 1.5 the speed!
Business, Finance & Economics and general financial and political news are extremely valuable in staying current with the world and bettering your financial knowledge. You can get the Economist audio edition with the print edition subscription or head on over to the Economist webpage and get the digital-only edition. The savings are miniscule, so you might as well get the full print edition.
Let’s turn to podcasts. This is absolutely the best way to get a diverse knowledge about the financial world and be entertained in some instances. Here is the (incomplete for now) list of our favourites:
This podcast gives you some detailed insight into the movers and shakers of the financial markets, primarily in the US, but also in the world. Actuaries need to know what is happening in the general markets outside the insurance business. It is published daily and consists of several sub-podcasts. The Morning Edition is perfect for the morning commute, while the rest can be enjoyed on your way home or at the gym.
A whimsical yet interesting and informative podcast from the authors of the Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics books. As actuaries, we need to always be asking questions and look at the hidden side of everything! This one is published more or less weekly.
Quite an interesting podcast from NPR, think what you want of them. They bring you interesting stories that are not always discussed in the daily news segments, which tend to concentrate on up-and-down economics instead. This one is published several times a week.
As our audience is global, you need global perspective. For that head on over to the BBC! Daily world updates await.
An extremely interesting podcast for the academic in you. Do you want to know what Schumpeter would have thought about the current economic crisis? Listen to this! It is published more or less once a week.
This podcast is full of insurance news, some of which may be interesting to you. It is published daily.
This podcasts is similar to Econ Talk. It contains interviews with interesting people in the world of business, finance, politics, economics etc. Published weekly it is a good podcast to have when you have run out of your daily listening material, as the content tends to be full of “MBA-speak”, as noted by someone on the Actuarial Outpost forums.
Wall Street Journal publishes a whole lot of podcasts, some daily, some weekly. Head on over to their page and pick one you like.
Bloomberg, similarly to WSJ, published a host of podcasts on various themes. Check out their page.
For the Canadians in the audience, we have to say that there used to be a good round-up podcast from the Financial Post that highlighted the Canadian business news. Sadly, it is no longer with us. Perhaps it will make resurgence in the near future.
This podcast is very similar to Marketplace, WSJ and others, where a panel discusses the day’s top business and investing stories. It is useful to remain in the know of the movers and shakers in the markets.
We hope you find this post useful. If you have anything to add, please send us a note or leave a comment. Do you have other podcasts you listen to that are not listed above?
As promised, we will repost this list in the Resources section. We will add more podcasts for actuaries there are we discover them.
Image source: A collage of the logos of these podcasts, skilfully combined by our staff.