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
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.
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.
A weekly financial podcast for professional finance, high net worth individuals, and other sophisticated investors.
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.
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
A practical guide to personal finance, touching on financial difficulty and debt management.
Money: A User’s Guide
This book covers all the essentials and all the things you wished you learnt in school.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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
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:
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.
Remember your Capital is at Risk and past performance is not a reliable guide to future returns. The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you might get back less than you originally invested.