Wonder if financial podcasts are hot? Just ask Dave Ramsey, consistently rated among iTunes top 20 programs. Two within the category continue to gain traction, with new fall line-ups just announced. First, Emmy winner Rushion McDonald has loaded up guests for his hit podcast “Money Making Conversations”; while “The Contrarian Investor” from veteran financial journalist Nathaniel E. Baker, continues its mission of quizzing prominent personalities from the investing world on their “contrarian views.”
The former brands itself as a way to “discover refreshing renewal, self-empowerment and introspective conversations on achieving success.” McDonald is a two-time Emmy-winning producer, social media influencer, entrepreneur and branding guru, who is joined on the show by “a variety of change makers who continue to make a lasting impact and carve their own unique brands of success in the worlds of music, Hollywood entertainment, entrepreneurship, wellness and social advocacy.”
The talent lineup expected on "Money Making Conversations" for October includes: Lynn Whitfield, Emmy- and NAACP Image Award-winning Actress, including OWN's "Greenleaf" and movies “The Josephine Baker Story” and “Eve's Bayou”; Ben Crump, civil rights attorney, founder/owner of Ben Crump Law and author of “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People”; Lamman Rucker, actor (OWN's "Greenleaf"; Tyler Perry's “Why Did I Get Married” movies and “Meet the Browns”), educator, activist and entrepreneur; and TV personality Quad Webb, (talk show co-host TV One's "Sister Circle" and Bravo's "Married to Medicine").
The "Money Making Conversations" podcast is available across digital platforms, satellite networks and radio, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio on college campuses, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Spreaker, Amazon Alexa, Stitcher and SoundCloud—as well as Salem’s “biz1190-AM” WAFS Atlanta.
“The Contrarian Investor,” which launched in April, aims to "give voice to those who challenge a conventional narrative in global financial markets." The impetus for the podcast came from ideas that host Baker—a financial reporter, editor and writer who spent seven years at Bloomberg News in New York and Hong Kong—acquired in his decade-plus-long experience covering hedge funds, economics and financial markets for Bloomberg News and Institutional Investor, according to a news release.
"Probably all successful investors made their mark, and achieved their success, because they developed a thesis that went against the conventional narrative, and counter to what was being priced in to markets," Baker notes. "I felt that if we put together something where people presented ideas of this type, and we did a sufficient job challenging their views, it would make for a compelling podcast."
Over the past several months, the podcast has features such prominent names from the investing world, including Jim Chanos, Tobias Carlisle, Kevin Smith of Crescat Capital, Rupal Bhansali of Ariel Investments and author of "Non-Consensus Investing: Being Right When Everyone Else is Wrong." Topics range from macroeconomics to microcap stocks.
Regarding its focus on the title, Baker adds, "Oftentimes the contrarian view turns out to be the correct one, but other times it turns out to just be contrarian," he says. "But having these conversations should provide investors something they may not have previously considered. That's very much the point of this exercise."
The “Contrarian Investor Podcast” is available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher, and on the web HERE.