WSJ Your Money Briefing podcast

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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Couples who put off getting married because of the pandemic found themselves owing, in some cases, thousands of dollars in fees to event vendors. Reporter Allison Pohle discusses how some couples are rethinking their big day, and offers ways of saving money on a rescheduled wedding. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Awful consumerism"Getting a jump start on holiday shopping", really?!.Score: 1/5

Too much of advertisingStarts with annoying advertising, 30-45 seconds of introduction, again advertising. Only the guest appearance is good.Score: 3/5

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Excellent...especially today's podcast, titled "Small sacrifices can yield some big personal savings", because it reminds us that we don't necessarily need to be lazy and gluttonous to enjoy life..Score: 5/5

The frequency of ads is unbearableWe know you need money to keep things running but agreeing to do 3 or 4 times of a half-min ad in the 10min program is simply TOO MUCH..Score: 1/5

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Great topics, but too shortI enjoy the podcast, but wish that the discussion would go deeper/longer. Overall worth subscribing to..Score: 4/5

Bill Green in MaineIt would be convenient for me if you mentioned the Day aloud as financial information is changing so fast you are, at times, actually misadvising people. The financing of a starter home is a good example-if one listened to it a week later. Since these are actually archived, I almost think you risk liability..Score: 4/5

Monday’s episode about millionairesThe episode released 4/15/19 about millionaires was poorly done. There was no evidence to support the myths that was denounced by the guest and the host. To suggest millionaires never earned six figures in a year but didn’t inherit money makes no sense and there was no attempt to explain it. The suggestion that contributing to retirement plans through employers would make teachers rich is even more insane. Bad work by the guest and bad work by the host..Score: 1/5

Not up to paper’s standards.I love the Wall Street Journal newspaper, but this podcast is lame. Most of the time it consists of stating the obvious or spouting platitudes..Score: 1/5

Audio needs to improveJR Whalen’s voice is consistently quieter than all the guests on the show. Please make sure that the volumes are the same. Also, stop asking cookie cutter questions!!.Score: 3/5

A minute of annoying ads in 7 min??“BREAKING NEWS: Spotify has podcasts” really?????.Score: 1/5

Needs a lot of improvementThe host just reads what is written down but doesn’t seem to pay attention with well formed questions during interviews. Also, STOP with the drama keywords. TERROR, FEAR, GREAD, etc. Lost respect for this podcast because of the deliberate trigger wording that you use to spike people’s emotions..Score: 2/5

Stop camouflaging your adsI understand the production requirements of podcast, and any beginning sound engineer can tell you there is no reason that a company as big and well known as the Wall Street Journal cannot control the volume of their ads. Whenever there’s an ad, (especially as of late) that doesn’t agree with your political values, the volume is turned down to less than half that of the rest of the podcast. Don’t think you’re getting away with that unnoticed... check twitter once in a while.Score: 1/5

Easy to listen too!Great information, easy to understand :) and not too long!.Score: 5/5

It’s what you’d expectJournalists are typically nice people that are great at reporting the facts. However, this podcast drifts into opinion, and at that point our friends reveal themselves as non market participants. Please just report the facts and I’ll stick to asking uncle Ricky if I want uninformed opinion..Score: 2/5

Are they even researching their topics?This podcast uses the format of a host interviewing a “reporter” about a topic. Of course the host and “reporter” have agreed to the questions in advance, so why does the “reporter” have almost no fact-based information to share? There are no actual events or examples, just broad generalizations. And for a rehearsed script, the “reporter” doesn’t seem very prepared to answer the questions. Do your homework! This is the Wall Street Journal. C’mon guys..Score: 2/5

If there are going to be this many commercials, at least make them goodUsed to be one of my daily stables, but lately...sigh. How many commercials can you squeeze into a headline run down? Also if you are going to run this many commercials, at least make them decent quality ones. Really don’t want to start my day with some creepy guy with bad quality audio telling me that I need to listen directly from the gun manufacturers. I like the wsj, but they need to step up their pod game. I’ve never unsubscribed to a pod because of ads before but if they don’t cut it soon, I will..Score: 1/5

Great, quick update!The best I’ve heard in the market..Score: 5/5

YellenThat Pamela Yellen episode had the some of the worst advice I ever heard. First she complains that EMPLOYERS are somehow doing a disservice to employees by defaulting their investments to a TDF. Of course TDFs are not perfect but what exactly should an employer do when their EMPLOYEES don’t manage their own investments? And then she finishes up with recommending whole life insurance and annuities. Keep bringing guests like this on and I’ll be cancelling my feed to this podcast..Score: 1/5

Great ShowI’m just getting my feet wet with understanding saving/investing for retirement, homeownership, insurance, etc as a college student, so this show is very insightful. My only complaint is that the theme music sounds pretty antiquated. I know that’s trivial to point out, but it kinda irks me..Score: 5/5

Stop With Terrible Guests 11/11/19Whole life insurance is not the solution to 401k’s that have default options that do poorly in recessions like 2008. Cherry picking time frames where target date retirement funds did poorly and using that to sell whole life insurance while claiming 401k’s are not a great way to save for retirement is not what this audience is interested in..Score: 1/5

Pamela YellenJust listened to her review of target date funds and 401k. She is awful. Her advice is just ignorant. Please screen this before putting it on the podcast!.Score: 4/5

Short and informative. Great podcast!J.R Whalen does a great job.Score: 5/5

Great but way too many addsLove it but you barely get a minute or two of content before they shift to an add. A third of a podcast should not be adds. Otherwise it’s a five star podcast..Score: 3/5

Done with WSJI’m done because of your editorials masquerading as Facebook ads. Let me know when you fire the Brit and return to your roots..Score: 2/5

Pretty goodDecent show but covers basic personal finance topics sometimes that are nothing new.Score: 4/5

Underlying interestsBe aware of the vested interests by those interviewed on this show. Sadly this podcast regularly disguises financial guidance & advice for two faced marketing with no statement highlighting these conflicts..Score: 1/5

Poorly Screened GuestI’m extremely disappointed with the Nov 2019 interview with Pamela Yellen. My BS detector went off when you previously had her as a guest because she seemed to be pitching whole life insurance policies. You then invited her back and she bashed the hell out of target date funds and extolled the virtues of whole life insurance and annuities. Is the WSJ aware that Pamela’s business includes a referral service for life insurance agents? Do you think that maybe she might have a gigantic conflict of interest?.Score: 4/5

Mostly positiveListen to manyof these and they are typically good at summarizing the topics. Sometimes the answers are too simplistic and leave me wanting more. The hosts are all good and knowledgeable And one question. What happened to JR Whalen’s voice. He sounds like he got braces or something. He’s become more distracting for me.Score: 4/5

GreatA great way to either end my day or begin it. One of my favorite podcast.Score: 5/5

Pamela YellenHer review of 401K plans was way off base and she gave poor advice. Good for employers to offer something to employees to save for retirement. For those employees that are uncomfortable or unwilling to make a selection then an employer has to make the best choice. I am not sure what bubble Ms. Yellen lives in but it is not an ideal world and some people will not take control of their finances. I hope people do not listen to this podcast and opt out of a great savings method..Score: 1/5

Too Politically and insufficiently Economically correctToo often while reporting the news they completely ignore the way economics actually works in favor of being politically correct.Score: 2/5

Of course unemployment is still highSome Democratic office holders, particularly in large states, have withheld reopening. NYC has held off restaurants until September 30 to keep the rehires out of the jobs report until after the election. Until the shut down large states reopen fully, then the numbers will continue to suffer.Score: 3/5

Off TopicToo much off topic with attempts to sway political thinking. Not interested..Score: 2/5

My Digital BreakfastWon’t start my day without it! Thank you WSJ!!!.Score: 5/5

Better Content NeededSometimes the tips and topics discussed are interesting and helpful. Other times the info seems ridiculous — like the recent episode about taking a vacation with a significant other... that episode was such a waste..Score: 3/5

InformativeThis podcast is of the adequate duration, without any unnecessary chatter.Score: 5/5

You’re welcomeCan Ann Terguson stop saying “you’re welcome” when being thanked for being on the show? I’ve never heard someone say this before. Other people say Thank you so much for having me or something like that. How self important is she to say You’re welcome to something like that like she’s doing the host a favor. Maybe she is doing him a favor but I can’t imagine someone who is actually popular and widely sought after being so arrogant as to say You’re welcome for something like this..Score: 4/5

InformativeInteresting and helpful, but sometimes topics are all over the place and too much Wall Street speak..Score: 4/5

Love commercial interruptions, here’s the pod for youIf you love commercial interruptions you will get lots from WSJ. I can’t stand to listen anymore..Score: 1/5

Great PodcastOne of the most informative podcasts out there. So much important info about economic trends, consumer behavior, US economy and financial data. A++.Score: 5/5

TidbitA very concise and informative podcast, always brief but to the point..Score: 5/5

Reply to the Pamela Yellen criticsI think you all missed the point. She told you not to put all your eggs in one basket. Not all in the 401k. And then not all in one fund in the 401k. Ms Yellen for sure has an agenda with whole life insurance. But it is a particular kind she is referring to. Look up “infinite banking”. Personally i believe in using the 401K for everything up to the company match ( but not more). For those who are lucky enough to be able to use it. A Roth is another fantastic bucket. After that, using a life insurance policy as an investment vehicle (not just any whole or Universal life, but one specifically designed around the principles of infinite banking has been very powerful for me. You absolutely don't have to go with Ms Yellen’s solution. I did not ( but i do like her book). You do have to research infinite banking and who offers products that achieve it. And like she said. Its part of the plan. Not the whole plan..Score: 4/5

Good information overshadowed by adds.Far to many adds for such a short program. Content is otherwise well presented..Score: 5/5

Jim VVery nice overview- daily must listen.Score: 5/5

Great content. Not great audio qualityEQing the host microphone would enhance this podcast profoundly. It is a bit distracting to hear muffled and masked speech. Guests sound fine!.Score: 3/5

Ok podcast.I wish this podcast was more organic sounding. It’s as if the host emails the guest the questions. The guest answers each one but it doesn’t sound fluid..Score: 3/5

EssentialThis is one of my daily listens. I love these bite sized briefings.Score: 5/5

Follow the crowd reportingMore an more follow the crowd reporting no new interesting and enlightening topics.Score: 2/5

Unbearable listeningSorry to say it unbearable to listen. I switched to Bloomberg..Score: 1/5

Love the podcastGreat summary. Favor - please cut off the Facebook ads - I am tired of them and I am tired of their ads. I will help you find another sponsor that contribute positively to the world. Haha.Score: 5/5

Good NewsThis pod cast get right to the point and the right amount of time for busy people..Score: 5/5

Too many commercials for too little ShowThe content is not exclusive, insightful, compelling, or dense enough to justify its constant commercial interruptions. WSJ is great but this broadcast packaging is a misstep for the brand..Score: 1/5

Well done!This is truly good, balanced reporting, and not opinion, masquerading for reporting. Well done! I can hear both sides of the story..Score: 5/5

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WSJ Your Money Briefing Podcast Episodes

The Hidden Costs of Postponing a Wedding, and How to Avoid Them

Couples who put off getting married because of the pandemic found themselves owing, in some cases, thousands of dollars in fees to event vendors. Reporter Allison Pohle discusses how some couples are rethinking their big day, and offers ways of saving money on a rescheduled wedding. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Stock Trading Platforms Offer Limited Tax-Minimization Strategies

Stock traders on newer online platforms often find it difficult or impossible to execute common strategies to reduce their tax burden. Host J.R. Whalen discusses the options available with tax reporter Laura Saunders as well as Dayton Leong, a trader who has faced those challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Rental-Car Shortages Frustrate Travelers

A shortage of rental cars coinciding with an expected surge in summer travel could put the brakes on some travelers' plans. "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what is causing the shortages, the impact they are having on prices, and how travelers can avoid some frustration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Working Mothers Struggle to Rejoin the Post-Pandemic Workforce

Regaining career momentum can be especially difficult for working mothers who lost their jobs during the pandemic. Work & Life columnist Rachel Feintzeig joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what experts say can help get a career back on track after a break. And we hear from a mother and former oil-and-gas industry employee about her efforts to find work in a new field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

How a Federal Rule Change Could Make Vacation Homes Less Appealing

Sales of second homes hit record levels in February, but they could face pressure due to changes in how such sales are treated by government mortgage agencies. Economics reporter Ben Eisen joins host J.R. Whalen to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

How the Pandemic Baby Bust Changed Families' Spending

Around 300,000 fewer births are expected in the U.S. this year because of the pandemic. Personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host J.R. Whalen to explain how that has changed families' financial decisions around having children as well as caring for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Future Credit Card Perks Could Include Bitcoin and Rent

Credit card companies are adding a new slate of perks, including transferring those reward points in cryptocurrency, rent payments or even green initiatives. Personal finance reporter Amber Burton joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Employees Are Being Offered Cash Incentives to Take Time Off

Many companies are turning to cash bonuses and other incentives to encourage workers to take vacation time. WSJ's Workplace Reporter Chip Cutter joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why companies are taking this unusual step. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Should You Return Unneeded College Aid?

Students who receive more financial aid than they actually wind up needing could benefit financially if they return the funds. Contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk joins host J.R. Whalen to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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