Clare Francis

Clare is a director of Savings and Investments, having joined Barclays in October 2015. Her background is in financial journalism with over 15 years’ experience of covering consumer finance. Clare started her career at The Times in 1999. She moved to the Independent on Sunday where she was Deputy Personal Finance Editor and then became Assistant Money Editor at the Sunday Times.

Before joining Barclays, Clare was Editor-in-Chief and Head of Consumer Affairs at MoneySuperMarket. She was one of MoneySuperMarket’s main spokespeople, regularly appearing on TV and radio as a consumer finance expert.

Being one of our senior spokesperson covering topics related to savings and investments, Clare is passionate about getting people to think about why it’s important to invest and how to overcome whatever barriers stand in their way. Clare is one of six experts featuring in Steven Bartlett’s ‘The Diary’ in a bid to help everyday people increase their financial potential. She is also a champion for the mental health charity Mind and a Board Trustee for the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute where she plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues. The value of investments can fall as well as rise; you may not get back what you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice.

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More Videos and Articles from Clare Francis

What is an investment ISA?

An investment ISA is also known as a stocks and shares ISA. In this short video, Clare explains what it is and what the main benefits are.

How much can you save in an ISA?

Clare covers how much you can save in an ISA and how you can split this allowance between the different types of ISAs.

What can you invest in an investment ISA?

In this short video, Clare tells us about the different types of assets you can hold within an investment ISA.

ISA flexibility explained

In this one minute video Clare explains how ISA flexibility works, to help you get the most from your ISA allowance.

Understanding inflation

In this episode, Clare talks through how inflation impacts savings and investments. Clare also analyses a recent poll run by Barclays to find out if the public is worried about rising inflation, and shares some tips on how to deal with it.

Where do you get started with investing?

In this episode, Clare talks through some of the things to consider once you’ve decided you’re ready to invest. Like what level of risk are you comfortable taking? Are you looking for income, growth or a bit of both? Do you want a Ready-made Investment, to choose your own funds, or shares?

What rising interest rates mean for your investments

Although we’re frequently told about the impact of higher rates on our savings and mortgages, it’s often less clear what they might mean for the rest of your finances. In this episode, Clare explains what rising interest rates could mean for your investments.

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The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invest. Tax rules can change and their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

Our investment accounts

You can find out about our range of investment accounts below. We give you the information to decide which one is right for you, depending on your personal circumstances and financial goals.