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May 20, 2020

Where to learn about money 

Your go-to list to learn about all things money and finance.

Particularly in ‘unprecedented times’ (eyeroll) like these, we are fortunate to live in an era where we have access to a never ending stream of content almost instantly. 

While we often use this content for entertainment or, at the very least, procrastination, a silver lining to lockdown is the recent shift in attention to self improvement and learning resources. 

Today’s class in session: money

We’ve collated a list of popular movies, podcasts, books and websites for those of you wanting to get better acquainted with your finances, the lingo and pick up a thing or two about investing. 


Wolf of Wall St (2013)

‘Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.’  (IMDB)

82% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating

Margin Call (2011)

‘Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.’ (IMDB)

74% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating

Big Short (2015)

’In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is’ (IMDB)

88% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating 


Money 101 

Good for a younger crowd, beginners. 

Wake up to Money 

Hosted by BBC Radio 5, catch it live from 5:15am to 6:00am weekdays. 


Hosted by BBC 4, this pod cast deliver the latest news to those wanting to keep up to date on the world on personal finance, offering advice for those wanting to make the most of their money.  

Planet Money

An American podcast making economics entertaining. “Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." - that’s Planet Money. 


Money to the Masses

A digestible UK-based podcast on money from people who know what they’re talking about.

…..If you know your sh*t

The Economist Radio

Offering authoritative insight on economics, markets and finance. 

11: FS Fintech Insider

A bi-weekly podcast dedicated to all things fintech, banking, technology and financial services.

Macro Voices

A weekly financial podcast for professional finance, high net worth individuals, and other sophisticated investors.

FT Podcasts

The Financial Times are a reputable source for the latest in finance, offering a number of shows including FT News Briefing, FT Money Show and Behind the Money. 


Your Money or Your Life 

Joseph R. Dominguez, Monique Tilford, and Vicki Robin

A great read on personal finance and budgeting.

Atomic Habits 

James Clear

How to implement tiny behaviours to change your money habits.

Richest Man in Babylon

George S Clason

Originally published in 1926, Clason delivers financial advice through a collection of parables set 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon


Yuval Noah Harari  

Only 144 pages, the author of the Sapiens explores the origin of money and its significance in our life. 

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness

Richard H Thaler 

Written by the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive read, and understand the theory influencing modern advertising and policies, give this a read!


Real Life Money: An Honest Guide to Taking Control of Your Finances 

Clare Seal

A practical guide to personal finance, touching on financial difficulty and debt management. 


Money: A User’s Guide 

Laura Whately 

This book covers all the essentials and all the things you wished you learnt in school.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki

The book dispels the idea that you need to be on a high income to be rich, explaining the the difference between working for money and having your money work for you

Think and Grow Rich 

Napoleon Hill

Hill suggests 13 steps to follow to think like the wealthy after interviewing over 500 different men and women.

If you really want to go deep, Chip’s Head of Content, Tom, recommends a “light” economics 101 reading list:

  • Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  • Principles of Political Economy and Taxation by David Ricardo
  • Das Kapital by Marx
  • The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by Maynard Keynes
  • The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
  • Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
  • A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Websites and other resources 

Money Saving Expert

MSE is the UK’s biggest consumer website, dedicated to informing subscribers about the 

best ways to make their money go further. 


A website, newsletter and app, Finimize brings you the top headlines in the world of finance, getting you up to speed in less than five minutes. 


The magazine-turn-online publishers have partnered with NatWest for a lot of their content, regularly post articles relevant to the millennial woman and contemporary finance issues. 

Enrol in an online course

In light of education going fully digital, there are a plethora like OpenLearn and Udemy offering free (or very low cost) online courses on the fundamentals of finance and economics. Why not sign up to a short seminar as a productive way to spend your spare time. 

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