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Sound Investing was named the “Best Money Podcast” by Money Magazine in 2008. It has provided clear, concise advice on money and retirement since 2001 when it began as a radio program. The program is now delivered exclusively as a podcast offering market analysis, interviews with some of the best minds in investing, the Outrage of the Week, Top Ten Lists, and general information about how to properly prepare yourself for retirement.


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Sound Investing was named the “Best Money Podcast” by Money Magazine in 2008. It has provided clear, concise advice on money and retirement since 2001 when it began as a radio program. The program is now delivered exclusively as a podcast offering market analysis, interviews with some of the best minds in investing, the Outrage of the Week, Top Ten Lists, and general information about how to properly prepare yourself for retirement.


The best way to get Sound Investing is to subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. That way, you won’t miss any of the action and the podcast will automatically download to your computer. And, they are always available here on this site.

    Paul answers questions from Bogleheads’ forum

    Paul answers questions from Bogleheads’ forum

    Listen to Sound Investing on your favorite listening platforms: Paul's recent podcast, The Real Secret to Long-Term Investment Success, elicited many comments and questions at the Bogleheads forum (you can read the threads of conversation here) and from regular Sound Investing listeners. The following are questions addressed on this podcast. What does Paul think of the factor funds at …

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The real secret to long-term investment success

    The real secret to long-term investment success

    Listen to Sound Investing on your favorite listening platforms: What’s the toughest challenge for many investors? Staying the course for the long term. In this podcast, Paul discusses what he considers "the most useful information for investors.” While adding new insights to his Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy, Fine Tuning Your Asset …

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Best in Class 2019 Returns plus 12 Q & A

    Best in Class 2019 Returns plus 12 Q & A

    Listen to Sound Investing on your favorite listening platforms: Paul discusses the comparative returns from the Vanguard, DFA and Best-In-Class Portfolios for 2019. He also responds to 12 questions from listeners and readers of paulmerriman.com’s podcasts, articles, videos, books and recommendations for mutual funds, ETFs, 401k’s, the Ultimate Buy-and-Hold Portfolio and more.  To learn more about comparative returns, …

    • 1 hr
    Thoughts on 2020 and Q&A from Paul’s Listeners & Readers

    Thoughts on 2020 and Q&A from Paul’s Listeners & Readers

    Listen to Sound Investing on your favorite listening platforms: In this podcast, Paul shares his thoughts for the coming year and answers investor questions. The S&P 500 has made 5% more than the portfolio you recommend.  Should I put it all in the S&P? 14:50 What do you think of the new Avantis ETFs?27:05 What do you think about …

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Could this be the #1 reason to use index funds?

    Could this be the #1 reason to use index funds?

    Listen to Sound Investing on your favorite listening platforms: Paul was planning a traditional "Happy Holidays!" podcast but woke up to information that set his hair on fire. While he has been writing articles about index funds for decades, the most read is “30 reasons to fall in love with index funds”.  While the most common …

    • 40 min
    Strategy update: How to turn $3000 into $50 million

    Strategy update: How to turn $3000 into $50 million

    Listen to Sound Investing on your favorite listening platforms: Four years ago we wrote one of our most popular articles, "How To Turn $3000 into $50 million."  This article, originally published at MarketWatch, has had over 500 comments and many of them were calling the strategy crazy.  In this podcast Paul offers at least 10 solid lessons about this …

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

Erik in PSL ,

Great podcast, consistent teaching

Thank you for all your work. I invest wholly in VSIAX. I will do this until I accumulate more wealth and can more broadly diversify into more value, EM, and reit funds. A question related to your last podcast dated 1/15/2020, do the percentages assume a DCA or a lump sum investment schedule? Thank you

R Parker Slayton ,

Highly recommend!

My favorite podcast. I look forward to the next one every time!

bkozulla ,

The best advice for DIY investors

I would highly recommend this podcast for anyone handling their own investments.
By far, the best “teacher” in the business.
Terrific podcast-

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