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

Episode 374: ABC: Always Be Closing

December 28, 2023

In episode 374 of the BE SMART podcast, Jared demystifies the key to deal negotiation for a home and why, as a buyer, you should be making a series...

Episode 373: Elasticity vs. Inelasticity of Demand

December 21, 2023

There are points in time when producers have pricing power, and there are other times when they don’t. This concept is known as demand elasticity....

Overcome Catastrophic Thinking

December 7, 2023

Catastrophic thinking is when you believe that something terrible is always going to happen, like a divorce, a fatal illness, or devastating...

Blue Chips Are Usually the Best Stocks to Be In

November 30, 2023

No stock is “safe,” but blue-chip stocks tend to be the safest. That’s why, if you go to a financial advisor, they’re likely to load you up...

Finance Is Full of Conspiracy Theories

November 16, 2023

Fun fact: Most people in the finance business believe in crazy, ridiculous conspiracy theories. It’s astounding the type of stuff people believe...

FIRE Is Impractical and Objectively Wrong

November 9, 2023

Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) is a movement defined by frugality and extreme savings and investment. It’s also a dumb philosophy....

How to Deal from a Position of Strength

November 2, 2023

Not having a lot of debt, minimizing your exposure to risk, and having financial security are all ways to deal from a position of strength. Sure,...

We Have Money Coming out of Our Ears

October 26, 2023

There’s a lot of money out there. We have printed trillions of dollars. Let’s put it this way: There is no shortage of money. Really, there’s a...

It’s Hard to Be Rich and Live a Simple Life

October 19, 2023

A lot of people say they want to get rich, but most of the time, these people are full of it. Being rich is a lot harder than it seems—a rich...

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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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