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Podcasts I Monitor

I think it's a good idea to look at what a wide range of people are thinking and doing to determine if your approach is valid.  I'm going to briefly summarize what a pretty wide variety of podcasts are like.  These sources are also free.  Each page can be accessed by clicking on the title which is hyperlinked or directly from the itunes store.
 
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This is a weekly 30 minute podcast (done Mondays after the close) which is pretty much a one man show.  He has a broad background in all aspects of business.  He owned an internet company and sold before the crash.  He is also a harsh critic of congress and the TARP bailout.  He doesn't think hyperinflation is likely and is not gold friendly.  His reasoning is logical, but I think his ego (which is large) gets in his way at times.  That being said, this is first blog I listen to every week.  Smart guy. 
 
  
Jim does a weekly podcast and has the distinction of being the longest show.  Sometimes he does over 4 hours.  Jim used to be my favorite but he seems to have went through a change.  He sticks up for the money interests of Wall Street more than he used to. (he also started charging for some of his interviews)  He still rips politicians but I have been less interested in his show than in the past.  His show has at least 2 guests a week and is well worth the listen.
 
 
3.  Goldseek Radio  Chris Waltzek
 
Goldseek.com is a great web site for articles on the precious metals.  Chris is a fairly young guy who is very smart.  He does tend to jump around a little too much and has drifted into some wacky topics.  He works for Goldseek and will not say negative things about their recommendations.  Peter Spina owns the site and has a gold newsletter.  GORO is one of his holdings and there are frequent ads on the site for GORO. 
 
Chris is a trend follower and has developed a mechanical trading system which he claims is 80-90% accurate.  He attempted to sell the system to a hedge fund but they declined.  Chris expects gold and silver to work higher this year and through at least 2015.  He is also a big proponent of dividend paying stocks.  He offers three free stock picks a week. 
 
4.  Sound Investing  Paul Merriman
 
Paul is a fee investment advisor on the west coast.  He hates actively managed mutual funds and is big into diversification.  He offers his model portfolio for free on his web site.  I think his portfolio will keep most people out of trouble although he HATES gold to the point of being silly.  Not sure why but it is his only big negative in my book.
 
Since he keeps a set portfolio and doesn't think you can anticipate the future, he doesn't make his thoughts known about the future.  His podcast is variable in length and he has several a week and they usually range from 5 to 15 minutes.
 
5.  Investoradio  Don McDonald
 
Don used to work with Merriman and now has his own podcast.  It is a weekly show that is formatted for radio and is always about 43 minutes.  He is also a fee investment advisor and doesn't think the future is knowable.  He makes fun of gold like Merriman and is a little belittling of the financial industry as a whole.  I mostly listen to this for his ETF/mutual fund discussions.
 
 
 
6.  The Money Guy   Brian Preston
 
Brian is a young investment advisor out of Atlanta and his show is very light and noncontroversial.  He is very right wing but stays clear of politics.  He has a side kick right out of college who actually is very bright.  They usually have a main topic like taxes or budgeting.  He is a very good researcher.  He is very frugal and shares many ways to save money.  He goes along with the republican game plan.  This show is useful about 50% of the time to me.
 
 
7.  King World News  Eric King
 
Eric is a private investor that used to be a guest and a fill in host at times, on Financial Sense.  He was encouraged to start his own podcast by Puplava.  He currently posts several interviews a week with some pretty impressive guests.  Eric is very smart and I usually agree with him 95% of the time.  His topics are generally related to the stock market or precious metals.  He tends to sensationalize a little too much.  He did find the guy who blew the whistle on JPMorgan's silver manipulation scheme.  He is very bullish on gold and silver and thinks the stock market is at risk of a large drop.  He advises buying gold, silver, and junior precious metal stocks.  He always buys large pull backs and rarely into strength.  He also maintains that the markets are rigged to the benefit of the government and large banks.
 
 
Freakonomics was a best selling book by two economists that look at things from a different angle.  The show is usually under 20 minutes and covers one story.  Almost always interesting but not really an investment podcast.
 
 
The Motley Fools were two guys who promoted value investing.  They never look at technicals, only fundamentals.  The show features about 5 guys talking in a round table manner.  They cover the last weeks earnings and top stories.  There is also an interview each week and the guys name their top picks.  Produced for commercial radio so it is in the 43 minute range.  Great for a "traditional" type show.
 
NPR runs several money shows but this is the best to me.  Covers things from other countries which provides great contrast to our myopic view of things.  The show generally runs about 20 minutes.  They have 4 or 5 hosts who take turns in teams of two.  I really enjoy this one.  Runs two different shows a week.
 
Moe is the owner of a financial services company in California.  He covers a wide array of topics and seems like a shrewd guy.  Likes gold and market timing.  He does a little too much touting of his business for my tastes, but he usually covers something interesting.  5 43 minute shows a week, plus a weekend show.