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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.

 

Get to grips with investment risk

In this episode, Clare interviews Dr. Peter Brooks, Barclays’ Head of Behavioural Finance, to find out how perception of risk influences our decision making when investing.

How currency movements can affect you

Clare took to the streets to find out how people have been affected by changes in the value of the pound, before discussing the three key factors influencing currency movements.In this episode, Clare interviews Dr. Peter Brooks, Barclays’ Head of Behavioural Finance, to find out how perception of risk influences our decision making when investing.

How emotions can affect your investment decisions

Clare interviewed Dr. Peter Brooks, Barclays’ Head of Behavioural Finance’ on how our emotions can affect our investment decisions.

How much should you be saving for retirement?

Our research found that three in five pensioners said they weren’t enjoying the retirement they’d hoped for because they hadn’t saved enough. In this episode, Clare explains what you need to think about and where to start when preparing for retirement.

Investment jargon explained

Clare breaks down some of the common jargon you’ll come across in the world of investments. From ETF to ROFL, we tackle what you need to know.

ISA flexibility

Over recent years the government has introduced various changes to ISAs, designed to make them more flexible and more appealing to savers and investors. If you don’t really understand how this flexibility works, don’t worry, Clare explains what it all means.

Lowdown on ISAs

In this, the first episode, Clare tackles the subject of ISAs. They’re now more flexible than ever, but in recent years, with the personal savings allowance and tax-free dividend allowance offering attractive non-ISA tax savings, are the perks of the Individual Savings Account still worthwhile? Clare gives the lowdown on just what an ISA can offer you in 2017-18.

Our investment principles explained

Clare brings our investment principles to life in this episode. Including some key things to consider before you get started, some tips to follow when you’re making your first investment decisions, and the importance of staying invested for the long-term through market ups and downs.

Get to grips with regular investing

In this episode, Clare discusses what you need to know about regular investing; why you might want to consider investments rather than holding cash, and takes to the streets of London to find out what the public thinks about investing.

The basics of funds

In this episode, Clare talks us through the basics of funds - one of the most popular types of investment. She explains what they are, how they work, and the benefits and drawbacks of investing.

The impact of interest rate changes

Interest rates are expected to rise gradually over the next few years, although it is impossible to say exactly when and by how much. In this episode, Clare is joined by William Hobbs, Barclays’ Head of Investment Strategy, to discuss what impact interest rate changes can have.

The traits of a successful investor

Clare interviews Dr. Peter Brooks, Barclays’ Head of Behavioural Finance, to find out why some of the things we do in our everyday lives are connected with the traits associated with successful investing.

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.

Understanding IPOs

Clare interviews Alastair Thaw, Director at Smart Investor, on the subject of IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) – what they are, the advantages and disadvantages, and what you need to consider before deciding to invest.

What is an ISA?

In this episode, Clare explains what an individual savings account is – better known as an ISA - because it’s one of the key products available to savers and investors yet millions of people don’t make use of them.

What is impact investing?

In this episode, Clare is joined by Damian Payiatakis, Barclays’ Head of Impact Investing, to discuss what it means and some of the reasons why investors are exploring this approach.

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.

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?

Why dividends matter

In this episode, Clare interviews Dr. Peter Brooks, Barclays’ Head of Behavioural Finance, to find out how perception of risk influences our decision making when investing.

Your ISA questions answered

Every year millions of people fail to make use of their annual ISA allowance for all sorts of reasons. But a major factor is the fact that many people are confused about what exactly ISAs are and how they work. So Clare took to the streets to ask people what they wanted to know about ISAs.

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