BE SMART Podcast

Own your life — instead of borrowing it or renting it

Money is hard to make, keep, and control— and almost everyone gets it wrong sometimes. Now, ex-Wall Street trader Jared Dillian and his co-host Cameron, are here to help you navigate your money and take control of your financial future.

Recent Episodes

Should You Go to College?

October 12, 2023

If you get into a top-tier school, like Harvard, you must go. But what about second- and third-tier schools? It’s not always a no-brainer based on...

Falling A$$-Backwards into Money

September 28, 2023

There’s an old saying: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” If you want to make money, you must take the risk… because sitting idly and...

Should Billionaires Exist? How Much Is Enough?

September 21, 2023

John C. Bogle, the founder and chief executive of Vanguard who is credited with popularizing the index fund, was only worth about $20 million when he...

Hedge Funds Are Not Magic Money Machines

September 14, 2023

What is a hedge fund? In today’s episode of the Be Smart podcast, Jared discusses the ins and outs of hedge funds (including the different types),...

Every Day Is a Competition

September 7, 2023

Capitalism doesn’t suck just because you’re bad at it. Capitalism is a competition. Life is a competition. But that’s what’s so great about...

Financial Trauma

August 31, 2023

Growing up in poverty scars us for life and distorts our relationship with money. The good news: It helps us develop mindful financial habits. The...

Don’t Be a Garbage Human Being

August 17, 2023

The mark of a good person is the ability to be genuinely happy for another person and their success. In today’s podcast, Jared discusses how envy...

You Have to Want Money to Get Money

August 10, 2023

You can’t just sit around and expect a million dollars to fall into your lap. It doesn’t work that way. The first step to getting more money is...

The Snobs vs. the Slobs

July 13, 2023

Long-time guest David Mannen joins Jared Dillian to catch up on summer happenings, including writing short stories and the “just do it”...

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4.9 Out of 5 Star Reviews!

Solid financial advice

Jared has a way of weaving together advice and life stories to help you make good financial decisions and make you laugh at the same time!

Get Smart

Great insights into current events and the financial implications involved. Be Smart makes you a smarter person and investor.

Be Smart Podcast

Great use of 30 min each week. Gives great financial advice much more realistic than Dave Ramsey.

Good, not enough of it.

Great podcast, good information and humor. He’s a straight shooter and gives solid advice.

To the point without economic BS

Raw and on point with entertaining sarcasm.

Worth your time

One of the few professionals worth listening to.


Jared is a rarity—incredibly insightful and informed in all facets of the financial markets and personal finance, yet extremely entertaining!

This guy is smart! Learning a ton

Big fan of these short 10‒20-minute lessons on money and life. Relatable if you make $50K or $500K a year. Wish I would have found this one sooner.

This podcast is phenomenal

Sometimes the truth is harsh. What makes this show so unique is that Jared embraces this mantra and tells you exactly how it is.

What a goldmine

I just discovered this show and it’s my new favorite. I love Jared Dillan’s writing and investment guidance, and these podcasts are now adding even more pearls of wisdom.

Love this guy

Jared has got a rare authenticity that cuts through the minutiae.

Awesome Pod! Great Therapy!

As a career investment advisor, I listen to Dillian to relax and keep my head from exploding.

On point

Outstanding, informative, and entertaining.

Entertaining and informative

Love the info which is spot on and delivery is great!

Great content

Great listen, great insight… A++

Great Podcast

Excellent content and entertaining. Thank you

Recent Episodes

Anytime a new technology is developed, there’s an initial hype phase where money pours into the space, which leads to overinvestment and...

Would you have more money if you didn’t buy coffee? Perhaps marginally more, but it’s a rounding error in the grand scheme of things. Stop...

Having money in stocks and mutual funds that perform well doesn’t mean you’re creating wealth. In that case, you’re just a passenger along for...

No, it’s not choosing the right mutual fund to invest in or opting for a 15-year mortgage instead of a 30-year one. Not even paying off all your...

Mutual funds let you pool your money with other investors to buy stocks, bonds, and other securities. They’re run by professional money managers...

In episode 375, Jared maps his evolution from “class warrior” as a kid in Connecticut to his college years when he dabbled in objectivism to his...

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