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Money Clinic with Claer Barrett

Introducing Untold: The Retreat

Introducing Untold, a new podcast from the special investigations team at the Financial Times. In its first series, The Retreat, host Madison Marriage examines the world of the Goenka network, which promotes a type of intensive meditation known as Vipassana. Thousands of people go on Goenka retreats every year. People rave about them. But some people go to these meditation retreats, and they suffer. They might feel a deep sense of terror, or a break with reality. And on the other side, they’re not themselves anymore. Untold: The Retreat launches Jan. 24.


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  • The Five Minute Investor from Money Clinic: Magnificent Seven

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    The Magnificent Seven could make up a much bigger slice of your own portfolio than you realise, but what are these seven stocks, and why are they so dominant? In our new miniseries The Five Minute Investor, consumer editor Claer Barrett challenges FT markets columnist Katie Martin to explain the hype around these gigantic US stocks.Tune in every Tuesday to catch the latest episode of the Five Minute Investor, and subscribe to Money Clinic wherever you get your podcasts. If you would like Claer to demystify an investment term, email the team at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseWant more?Read Claer’s recent column that looked at how exposed the index funds in her portfolio were to the Magnificent Seven - and if this was a good or bad thing: free to read link here Check out Katie Martin’s most recent FT column, which looks at how the Magnificent Seven share prices are coming under pressure: free to read link here Listen to more episodes of Money Clinic, such as The case for investing in AI, WTF are ETFs?, and more.Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.Disclaimer: The Money Clinic podcast is a general discussion about financial topics and does not constitute an investment recommendation or individual financial advice.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
  • Investment Masterclass: confessions of a top ex-Citibank trader

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    ‘If I try to put myself back into the shoes of me as a 21-year-old, all I can tell you is this: I was hungry,’ writes Gary Stevenson in his recently released memoir, The Trading Game, which tells the story of how the son of a Post Office worker briefly became the highest-paid trader working on Citi’s bond trading floor at London’s Canary Wharf. He sits down with host Claer Barrett to talk about what he learned about trading and how the wider economy works – and why he’s worried.Find Gary @garyseconomics on YouTube, X, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Read Gary Stevenson’s recent FT Magazine profile by Miles Ellingham.For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourse. If you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on X, Instagram and TikTok. Want more?Check out Claer’s column, The hunt for good value UK stocks.Listen to more episodes, such as Investment Masterclass: An insider's view of the City of London, Investment masterclass: what’s one of the world’s leading investors buying?, and more. Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
  • Coming soon: The Five Minute Investor from Money Clinic

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    Introducing Money Clinic’s Five Minute Investor, a miniseries hosted by Claer Barrett, the FT’s consumer editor. In each episode, Claer challenges top financial commentators to break down financial jargon in just five minutes, making you a smarter, and hopefully richer, investor. Tune in every Tuesday, and subscribe to Money Clinic wherever you get your podcasts. If you would like Claer to demystify an investment term, email the team at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
  • Money Clinic presents Unhedged: The great British bargain show

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    The main stock index in the UK, the FTSE 100, includes some of the biggest and most profitable multinational companies in the world. But in recent years the index has trailed the US markets and is now considerably cheaper. In this episode of the FT’s Unhedged podcast, introduced by Money Clinic’s Claer Barrett, reporters Ethan Wu and Rob Armstrong ask if investors are overlooking a bargain. Want more?Read Claer Barrett’s latest FT article, The hunt for good value UK stocks. Find Unhedged wherever you get your podcasts, and enjoy a free 30-day trial of the Unhedged newsletter (free for FT Premium subscribers). Follow Ethan Wu (@ethanywu), Robert Armstrong (Katie Martin (@katie_martin_fx) on X. You can email Ethan at ethan.wu@ft.com.Listen to more Money Clinic episodes, such as How an ISA millionaire chooses stocks, Investment Masterclass: Nick Train on the case for investing in UK shares, and more. For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseIf you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on X, Instagram and TikTok. Unhedged is produced by Jake Harper and edited by Bryant Urstadt. The executive producer is Jacob Goldstein. We had additional help from Topher Forhecz. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio. Special thanks to Laura Clarke, Alastair Mackie, Gretta Cohn and Natalie Sadler.
  • 403. Best of Money Clinic: Investment masterclass with Deborah Meaden

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    Deborah Meaden, star of the hit BBC show “Dragons’ Den” is one of the highest-profile investors in the UK, famed for grilling entrepreneurs who want to secure financial backing for their businesses. In this episode of Money Clinic, first aired in October 2023, Deborah speaks to host Claer Barrett about how she goes about picking which companies to invest in, her commitment to green investment choices and her latest book, “Why Money Matters”, which explains money and finance to children. For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseIf you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on X, Instagram and TikTok. Want more?Check out Claer’s column, The hunt for good value UK stocks.Listen to more episodes, such as Can ESG investing really change the world?, How can I scale up my side hustle? and more. Links:https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/https://ftflic.com/Clip: BBCPresented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Philippa Goodrich. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.
  • Isa season: how to build tax-free wealth

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    With just days to go until the end of the tax year, it’s peak season for British savers and investors to make the most of their £20,000 annual Isa allowance before it renews on April 6. Whether you’re a beginner or a more seasoned investor, this episode clearly explains the tax benefits of Isas, how these work in practice and some common investment strategies. Host Claer Barrett breaks down the different types of Isas with FT Money columnist Moira O’Neill and Timi Merriman-Johnson, the financial educator and content creator better known online as Mr MoneyJar. In the edited highlights from an FT webinar, the panel shares tips about everything from getting started and choosing the right platform to asset allocation and ensuring your Isa portfolio is diversified. For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseIf you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. Want more?Check out Claer’s column, Why I’m sticking with my passive Isa strategyListen to more episodes, such as How an ISA millionaire chooses stocks, Investment Masterclass: Isa investing is changing, and more. Links:https://www.pimfa.co.uk/https://www.boringmoney.co.uk/https://compareandinvest.co.uk/Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick and Persis Love. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
  • 401. Fixing women’s financial future

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    Hot on the heels of a UK Budget announcement that promised to boost the childcare offer for working families, host Claer Barrett marks International Women’s Day by speaking to a panel of experts about the true cost of childcare, and how investing in this “essential infrastructure” could boost the UK economy as well as helping to close the gender pay and gender pensions gap.On the panel are ‘Flex Appeal’ campaigner Anna Whitehouse, known to her social media audience as Mother Pukka, Joeli Brearley, childcare campaigner and founder of the charity ‘Pregnant Then Screwed’, and Maike Currie, who spearheads Hargreaves Lansdown’s ‘Financially Fearless’ female investing campaign. This episode is a recording of an event organised by FLIC, the FT’s financial literacy and inclusion campaign.For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseFor more on FLIC, see www.ftflic.com If you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.Want more?Check out Claer’s column, What women want their financial future to look like.Listen to more episodes, such as Mind the gap! What women need to know about investing, Childcare in crisis and more.Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick and Persis Love. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
  • 400. UK Budget: what it means for your money

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    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered a £10bn tax-cutting Budget, promising to create a “new generation of investors” — but what does he actually have in store for our personal finances? Host Claer Barrett is joined by an expert panel to discuss tax changes coming in April, with higher-earning working parents set to see the biggest boost. Armed with direct guidance from HMRC, Miranda Green, the FT’s deputy opinion editor and Rafe Uddin, FT politics reporter, talk us through changes to child benefit, and whether plans for a new “UK Isa” and a retail offering of NatWest shares this summer will really boost the fortunes of London’s stock market — and of investors. They’re joined by Carl Emmerson, deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who sets out what people on different salary bands can expect to see from the second cut to national insurance — plus what tax policies the opposition Labour party might be thinking up after Hunt shamelessly borrowed some of its biggest ideas. For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseIf you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.Want more?For a full guide to tax changes, read this FT Weekend piece: Will the Budget leave you better off? Listen to more episodes, such as Tax cuts: will they or won’t they?, When is a tax cut not a tax cut? The Autumn Statement digested and more.Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick and Persis Love. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
  • 399. Investment Masterclass: The case for investing in AI

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    Investors are expecting artificial intelligence to power the next tech revolution - but are they right? Positive numbers from AI chipmaker Nvidia have powered a global stock market rally in recent weeks, with valuations of the so-called Magnificent Seven soaring as AI enters the mainstream. In this episode, Claer sits down with “AI maximalist” Ben Rogoff, lead fund manager of the £3.5bn Polar Capital Technology Trust. With more than 80 per cent of his fund’s underlying investments aimed at capturing future growth from AI, he explains what’s informing his investment strategy and responds to fears of a valuation bubble. He also shares with Money Clinic listeners why “odd” behaviour from tech leaders could be a sign that change is happening faster than markets think.For more tips on how to organise your money, sign up to Claer's email series 'Sort Your Financial Life Out With Claer Barrett' at FT.com/moneycourseIf you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Money Clinic, email us at money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media — she’s @ClaerB on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.Want more?Check out Claer’s column, Overheard in the newsroom: who will be this year’s Budget winners?Listen to more investor masterclasses, such as What’s in your global tracker fund?, Four ways to beat the market and more.Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick and Persis Love. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com