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Best TV Shows For Learning About Money

By Mark Riddix

It’s always great when you can learn a new strategy or tactic to improve your financial future. Most people learn about financial concepts solely by reading books. While reading is definitely effective, it doesn’t just have to be a book that teaches you about money. You can learn money management skills from just about anywhere including your television. That’s right! There are some great financial television programs that will help you on your financial journey.

Here are some of the best TV shows on money management:

The Dave Ramsey Show

Dave Ramsey hosts the self-named “Dave Ramsey Show” where he speaks with callers about financial issues that they are experiencing. Money problems include foreclosures, job loss, repossession, divorce, and just having too much debt. Dave does a good job teaching practical easy-to-follow strategies for eradicating debt. If you want to learn the basics of personal finance, the Dave Ramsey show is a good place to start. The show is one hour long and airs five days a week on Fox Business.

The Suze Orman Show

Suze Orman is the most well-known personal finance consultant in America. She is the host of her own show and is famously known for treating every show caller as her own personal friend. She has a “Can I Afford It?” segment in which callers ask Suze whether or not they are in good enough financial shape to afford a purchase. Past purchases have been vacations, homes, diamond rings, and exotic pets. Suze takes a look at callers finances and approves or disapproves of their purchases. She dispenses her direct personal finance advice on the weekends on CNBC.

Bank of Mom and Dad

This is a new show that just started a year ago. The Bank of Mom and Dad is about parents whom have raised financially irresponsible kids. The parent move back in with their grown child to teach them principles about financial responsibility. Show host Farnoosh Torabi teaches show participants how to change their free spending habits and become better savers. It’s a very original concept and comes on Soapnet weekly.

Mad Money

What can I say about “Mad Money” with Jim Cramer? I have never seen a financial program quite like Mad Money. Jim Cramer rants and scream about stocks for one hour daily on CNBC. Cramer is incredibly animated and uses sound effects to express his opinion on the stock market. The bells, whistles, buzzers, and props keeps viewers engaged in the show. While most financial programs are notoriously dry, Mad Money is the exception. While you may not agree with everything he says, it is a highly entertaining program and investors learn Cramer’s opinion on individual companies.

The Barefoot Investor

Scott Pape discusses money matters in a straightforward manner. The show is pretty interesting as Pape deals with everything from taxes to investing. As the name suggests, the Barefoot Investor has a unique take on money management. The Australian investor has made not wearing shoes and financial talk chic. The Barefoot Investor can be seen shoeless on CNBC weekends.

Taking Stock

If you want to learn about valuing a stock, check out Taking Stock. Pimm Foxx interviews analysts and CEO’s to get their opinions about specific sectors and stocks. These interviews often last for 10 to 15 minutes which allows the interviewee enough time to dissect specific investments. There is no loud yelling or octagonal boxes of talking heads. Taking Stock is just solid financial talk that can be seen weekdays on Bloomberg.

So, take out that remote and start channel surfing! There IS education TV, you just need to find it! Instead of watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey, why not watch one of these shows?

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Mark Riddix
Mark Riddix is the founder and president of an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers and is the author of the book, Your Financial Playbook.

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  • http://ownthedollar.com Hank

    I’m a big fan of Clark Howard too. I really like his show on CNN’s Headline News.

    • Mark Riddix


      I was unaware of Clark Howard’s show. I will have to watch it.


  • http://www.moneyobedience.com/site/home/index.php ctreit

    I agree with you that Mad Money “it is a highly entertaining program.” But that is all it is: entertainment. I don’t think you would want to base your financial decisions on entertainment, would you?

    • Mark Riddix

      While I wouldn’t base my investing decisions on Cramer’s opinion; I do think that he gets a lot of people to watch financial television that normally would not.

  • Viola Paluzzi

    I agree with the other poster – Clark Howard is very good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.elmaadawy Stephanie El Maadawy

    My husband and I like “Til Debt Do Us Part” hosted by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

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