Your money. Your life. Your problem? We’re so busy earning money, we don’t have time to learn how to manage it. But that’s where Money Clinic comes in. Each week, the FT’s money-making expert Claer Barrett responds to real-life money questions from a range of millennial guests. Every 25-minute episode is packed with nuggets, tips and takeaways shared by top FT writers and financial experts. Where and how to invest your cash is our main focus; going beyond crypto and ‘meme stocks’ for those who aspire to ‘get richer slowly’ and become more confident making financial decisions in the wake of the pandemic. From getting on the property ladder to finding side hustles that boost your income and making full use of tax-breaks, this podcast is on the money for millennials. There are no short-cuts to wealth, but Money Clinic promises to tell you things you didn’t know about your finances in ways that anyone can understand. Want to talk to Claer on the show? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop her a line on Instagram @Claerb
'My life expectancy was 9 years old': Why I never thought I’d need a pension
25:08Plenty of people in their 30s, 40s and even 50s have yet to start saving for retirement, and are anxious about how to begin. Today’s show is packed with tips for so-called ‘late starters’ like this week’s guest David, who is 38 and self-employed. Incredibly, David is planning for a retirement that he never thought he’d live to see. As Claer hears, a revolutionary new treatment for cystic fibrosis has transformed his life expectancy. Financial experts Claire Walsh and Moira O’Neill offer guidance for fellow late starters, weighing up the merits of pensions and stocks and shares Isas. Plus, they advise David how to factor in the additional challenges of living with a disability. Further reading:Check out our episode on finances for the self-employed here Or listen to our episode about tracking down and consolidating old pensionsMoira’s FT column about pension saving in your 40s is available hereClaire Walsh’s website is hereThe Cystic Fibrosis Trust has published this guide about employment rightsPresented by Claer Barrett. Produced and edited by Persis Love. Sound design by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
'Bitcoin is the best form of money': Investment notes from a crypto expert
24:45Peter McCormack, bitcoin bull and voice of the hugely popular 'What Bitcoin Did' podcast, joins Claer for a Money Clinic Investment Masterclass about cryptocurrencies. Recently back from a trip to El Salvador, the first country to make bitcoin legal tender, Peter tells Claer why he believes the cryptocurrency is the 'best form of money' and why regulatory crackdowns, volatile pricing swings and the divergent opinions of professional investors have failed to dampen his enthusiasm. An investor with a long-term view, Peter shares the highs and lows of his personal investment journey, and sets out the risks younger investors should know about before risking a single satoshi. With insight from Katie Martin, the FT’s market’s editor.Further reading:Check out Peter’s podcast 'What Bitcoin Did' Have you heard this Money Clinic episode? “Bitcoin: I’ll either be rich, or wrong”There’s a free-to-read column from Claer: Why young investors bet the farm on cryptocurrencies Here’s Vijay Boyapati’s The Bullish Case for Bitcoin Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Clare Williamson. Edited by Persis Love. Sound design by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Flying solo with your finances: managing money as a single person
23:49How to match your money to your relationship status. Nearly one in four of us live on our own, but dealing with the financial and emotional strain of handling everything by yourself can be difficult. Jenny, 27, from Leeds, is being hit by the ‘single penalty’ and is exhausted trying to find everyday ways to save money. She’s looking for tips on investing in the stock market, whether to try to buy or stay renting and how to ease the worries that come with financial independence. In this Money Clinic episode, Claer is joined by ‘Alonement’ guru Francesca Specter who champions the single life and Iona Bain, a personal finance author and founder of the Young Money blog. Follow them on social media @ClaerB @chezspecter @ionajbainFurther reading:Here is Francesca Specter’s Alonement siteIona Bain’s Young Money blogListen to our previous episode about budgetingIf you want to get started in investing, listen to this episodeA free-to-read column about the costs of dating See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Investment Masterclass with the Naked Trader
22:24Forget about being a day trader, you need to let the money come in slowly and take a serious, business-like approach if you want to succeed - that’s the advice of Robbie Burns, better known as the Naked Trader. In this Money Clinic special Investment Masterclass Robbie shares his top tips about getting into trading - from whether you can combine trading with a full time job, why you need to be like a detective, what shares to be careful of and learning from his mistakes.Further reading:-Here is Robbie’s Naked Trader site-Listen to our previous episode about the advantages of tax free ISAs-If you want to get started in investing, listen to this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Could you retire in your thirties with FIRE?
31:14Are you working to live, or living to work? Followers of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) budget carefully so they can invest a greater proportion of their take-home pay. Is a life of extreme frugality worth the extra years of financial freedom later on - and how could you apply the principles of FIRE to your own finances? This week, Claer helps listeners Amy and Rory on their FIRE journey, with expert tips from Mr Money Mustache, AKA the US blogger Pete Adeney, and Kristian Danielson, the person behind the r/FIREUK subreddit. Further reading:-Here is Mr Money Mustache’s blog-You can get involved in the FIREUK subreddit here-If you want to get started in investing, listen to our previous episode-Claer’s free-to-read column about the problems with FIRE is here See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Money Clinic meets Joe Lycett
26:25In an extra special Money Clinic Meets, Claer Barrett interviews Joe Lycett, the consumer campaigner and TV comedian. As the new season of his award winning show Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back returns to Channel Four, he drops into the Financial Times studio to tell us what he really thinks about the world of finance. Joe shares his own personal money story - including his charity shop thrifting, ESG investments and money rules - and the pair discuss why holding big consumer corporations to account is important. Plus, we get the low down on why Joe recently stormed off a daytime TV appearance.If you would like to talk to Claer on a future episode, please email the Money Clinic team at email@example.com with a short description of your problem, and how you would like us to help. If you want to read more about the topics covered in this week's episode, check out the following free to read FT articles:Clear wrote about rental fraud and the trap Joe laid for an unwitting scammer: Renters Beware is the column, and Joe’s telling of the story is available on YouTube.Summer vacations may be over, but car hire firms are still using high pressure sales tactics. Read about Joe’s consumer investigation: Don’t let politicians ruin your half-term holidaySay hello on social media: You can follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @ClaerbYou can follow Joe Lycett on Twitter and Instagram @JoeLycett You can follow FT Money on Twitter @FTMoney See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Repeat - Financial tips for the self-employed
21:31REPEAT: Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business? It might sound more fulfilling — but being an employee has some perks you might miss. 33-year old Rhiannon set up her first business three years ago, offering virtual PA services. Even though she’s making a profit, Rhiannon is struggling to find a mortgage lender who will help her buy a property. Plus, she’s unsure about whether to leave her savings in cash — or risk tying them up inside a pension. Expert help is on hand from Holly Mackay, founder of Boring Money and mortgage broker Will Rhind from Habito.If you would like to talk to Claer for a future podcast episode, email the Money Clinic team firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your story. Follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @Claerb and read her weekly Serious Money column.Further reading:-Writing a will is one thing that’s been on Rhiannon’s financial to-do list for a while. Listen to this Money Clinic to find out how to set one up online.-The pandemic has been tough on the self-employed. This Money Clinic with jewellery designer Roseanna Croft has expert tips to turn around a small business-Pensions have long been an issue for the self-employed. This free-to-read FT column has practical tips: Self-employed women - how good is your pension? -This free-to-read FT piece reviews the apps that can help the self-employed manage their finances-And this Money Clinic from the New Year has the lowdown on wills See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Repeat - How can I get started as an investor?
19:31REPEAT: In this week's episode of the Money Clinic, Claer chats to Naureen about getting started in investing. Naureen had a wake up call when she received her annual pension statement through the post, and saw that her projected income in retirement would not even cover the basics. But with so much information out there on investing, she doesn’t know where to begin. Experts Jason Butler, the FT columnist and Charlotte Brayton, financial planner at James Hambro & Partners join Claer to give their two pennies worth.If you would like to talk to Claer on a future episode, please email the Money Clinic team at email@example.com with a short description of your problem, and how you would like us to help. If you want to read more about the topics covered in this week's episode, check out the following FT articles - some of which are free to read:Even if you are not a fan of 90s rapper Vanilla Ice, Claer’s free primer on the tax advantages of investing through a stocks and shares Isa is a must-read for UK listeners: https://www.ft.com/content/684dbb86-40b4-11e9-b896-fe36ec32aeceIf you want to read more about budgeting, here is another free column of Claer’s: https://on.ft.com/2WTh1PPA more serious read for investors to get their teeth into is this piece by John Kay - How to build your own investment portfolio with £10,000: https://www.ft.com/content/24b98a82-b55e-11e6-961e-a1acd97f622dWe also heartily recommend John Kay’s book "The Long and the Short of It - A guide to finance and investment for normally intelligent people who aren’t in the industry".Say hello on social media: You can follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @ClaerbYou can follow Jason Butler on Twitter and Instagram @JBtheWealthMan You can follow FT Money on Twitter @FTMoney See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bonus episode - Help! I lost all my savings to a scammer
24:50Would you fall for a £17,000 scam? You might think you are too smart to be duped by fraudsters, but under lockdown, criminals have come up with frighteningly convincing ways of parting us from our hard-earned cash. Claer Barrett talks to 31-year-old listener Jenny about how professional scammers conned her out of £17,000 after she clicked on a text message - and the battle she’s fighting with her bank to get the money back. Bank fraud expert Steven McMillan provides practical advice about spotting scams and how criminals use ‘phished’ data to fool victims, and Gareth Shaw from Which? tells listeners how to get compensation if they fall victim. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bitcoin: “I’ll either be rich, or wrong”
29:44When 29-year-old Sam found out that his younger brother had made £30,000 trading bitcoin, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The self-employed musician decided to put the last £2,000 of his savings into various cryptocurrencies, hoping he could double his money. However, wild swings in crypto valuations are proving a test of his strategy. Presenter Claer Barrett explores the highs and lows of investing in cryptocurrencies with experts Abhishek Sachdev, a professional investor who has personally invested £20,000, and Eva Szalay, the FT’s currencies correspondent. They discuss crypto’s long-term potential as an asset class and the risks that investors such as Sam need to be aware of, as well as the allure of investing in highly volatile unregulated assets. Review clips: BBC Newsnight, CNBC.If you would like to be a guest on Money Clinic and chat to Claer about a money issue that’s bothering you, get in touch — our email is firstname.lastname@example.org -— and you can follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @ClaerB. Further reading:-Read Eva Szalay’s article Bitcoin: too good to miss, or a bubble ready to burst?-Following Elon Musk’s tweets about the environmental impact of mining Bitcoin, check out this FT article Bitcoin’s growing energy problem: ‘It’s a dirty currency’ -Here is how the FT covered the story of the Bitcoin price crash last week -Check out our recent investment masterclass episode with FT columnist Merryn Somerset Webb, where she chats to Claer about Bitcoin and all kinds of other investment trends See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.