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Top 5 Podcasts Public Finance Leaders Should Listen To

In today's fast-paced and ever-changing financial landscape, staying up to date with the latest trends and insights is critical for public finance managers. As government finance leaders work diligently to meet new GASB accounting standards and prepare for the upcoming Financial Data Transparency Act, it's difficult to find enough time to stay informed about what's happening in other cities, governments, and states across the country.


Top 5 Public Finance Podcasts 

Fortunately, the world of podcasts offers a wealth of information and knowledge at your fingertips. Whether you're looking to enhance your understanding of public finance, gain valuable insights from industry experts, or simply stay informed about the latest developments, there are several outstanding podcasts tailored to the needs of public finance and accounting professionals. In this blog post, we will explore the best public finance podcasts that every finance and accounting leader should tune in to.

1. Public Money Pod

By the University of Chicago Center for Municipal Finance (CMF)

Public Money Pod

Each year state and local governments spend $4 trillion dollars. The Public Money Pod helps listeners understand where that money comes from and where it goes. For finance and accounting leaders interested in deepening their understanding of municipal finance, the "Public Money Pod" show by the University of Chicago Center for Municipal Finance (CMF) is a must-listen. The episodes feature conversations with academics, practitioners, and policymakers who share their insights and experiences in managing public funds effectively.

The show is hosted by Justin Marlowe, a Research Professor and Associate Director, and Liz Farmer, an award-winning fiscal policy expert, and journalist.

2. FINE(ance) Fridays

By the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

FINE(ance) Fridays - GFOA

The GFOA's FINE(ance) Fridays podcast is a must-listen for finance and accounting leaders in the public sector. This podcast covers a wide range of topics, including budgeting, financial management, policy issues, and emerging trends in public finance. The episodes feature interviews with renowned experts, practitioners, and thought leaders, providing valuable insights and perspectives to help you navigate the complexities of public finance.

This series takes you beyond the numbers and dives into GFOA members’ careers and how they got to where they are in their fiscal finance roles.

3. CitiesSpeak

By the National League of Cities (NLC)

NCLs CitiesSpeak Podcast

For finance and accounting leaders in local government, the "CitiesSpeak" podcast by the National League of Cities (NLC) is an invaluable resource. This podcast focuses on the challenges, innovations, and best practices in city governance by featuring conversations with elected leaders and policy experts from across the country. With episodes covering a wide range of topics such as municipal budgets, economic development, infrastructure financing, and revenue generation, this podcast provides helpful ideas for policymakers to bring back to their communities. The podcast is hosted by NLC CEO and Executive Director, Clarence Anthony, who previously served as mayor of South Bay, Florida for two decades.

4. Muniland - Moody's Talks

By Moody's

Moodys Talks - Muniland Podcast

Moody's Muniland podcast is a valuable resource for public finance and debt managers seeking insights into the municipal bond market. Hosted by Nick Samuels, the podcast provides in-depth analysis and commentary on various aspects of the municipal bond industry, including credit ratings, market trends, issuer profiles, and policy developments. With expert guests and comprehensive discussions, this podcast equips public finance managers with the knowledge and perspective necessary to navigate the complex world of municipal finance and optimize their investment strategies. 

5. The Bond Buyer Podcast

By The Bond Buyer

The Bond Buyer Podcast

The Bond Buyer Podcast is a must-listen for finance professionals and investors interested in the municipal bond market. Produced by The Bond Buyer, a leading publication covering the municipal finance industry that focuses on municipal bonds and related topics. Each episode analyzes key trends, market developments, regulatory changes, and policy implications affecting the municipal finance landscape. The Bond Buyer Podcast is where finance managers and debt managers can listen to influential voices in the industry. Whether you are a bond issuer, investor, or public finance professional, this podcast is an essential resource to keep you up-to-date and informed in the dynamic world of municipal finance. 

Bonus Podcast Episode

Beyond the Build Podcast, featuring us! 

On the Beyond the Build podcast, Tyler Traudt, Co-Founder and CEO of DebtBook, shares his experience building a successful software company from scratch. Traudt discusses the challenges of working in the public finance investment banking industry and the need for better software tools to help organizations manage their debt.

Click here to listen to the episode with Tyler Traudt

With these podcasts, you have helpful public finance expertise at your fingertips. From the municipal bond market to fiscal policy to happenings around cities, leverage these shows for ideas or new connections that will help you advance in your career. It’s time to plug in your headphones, subscribe to these podcasts, and embark on a journey of continuous learning and professional development in the world of public finance. Happy listening!

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