Join FT columnist and global personal finance expert Jason Butler as he interviews real people about their money journey and challenges and how they overcame them.
Laura gives a guiding money hand
This week I speak to Laura Whateley, consumer affairs journalist and best-selling personal finance author.
Laura explains that she fell into writing about personal finance after starting her journalist career. She went from money not being ‘her thing’ to writing a best-selling book on personal finance.
Roland flies high with money
This week I speak to Roland Rawicz-Szczerbo, serial entrepreneur, qualified financial advisor, director and owner of Time4Advice and Angels High.
As a child, Rowland admired the drive of his father who, as a Polish immigrant, came from nothing but worked his way up and had a successful career as managing director of a major company.
It took a dabble in an electrical engineering degree, and then a medical photography one, for Roland to realise what he wanted was to unleash his entrepreneurial streak instead.
As a young professional, Roland describes his antics living in London in the late 80s, which includes a very entertaining story about priceless family heirlooms, a Sainsbury’s bag and an East London criminal gang. Or as Roland puts it, ‘the sort of lunacy that happens when you're a youth in town’.
Superb stories from a superb guest. Expect to see another collaboration between Roland and me in the future, which may or may not be on solid ground!
Caroline makes a plan for money
Caroline began her career as a solicitor and was well along the path towards becoming a partner in a big law firm. But she decided to change career and co-found Lifetise, to help consumers under 40 to plan how to afford their most important life goals.
Greg takes a bird's eye view of money
This week I speak to Greg Davies, a specialist in applied behavioural finance, decision science, impact investing, and financial wellbeing. He started the banking world’s first behavioural finance team at Barclays in 2006, which he led for a decade.
Greg explains how he used himself as a guinea pig to put his research into action during the global credit crunch.
And he explains why doing what feels comfortable is rarely good for your finances.
Nikki takes the money medicine
I talk to NHS doctor Nikki Ramskill who, having seen firsthand how money stress affects the health and wellbeing of her patients and colleagues, is also a money coach.
Nikki candidly shares her early relationship with her finances which, largely influenced by her money personality, was full of impulse spending, accumulating debt and never saying ‘no’.
Paul puts money in its box
Paul Lewis, financial journalist, speaker and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Money Box, talks very candidly about his early experiences with money, including how important he believes it is for parents to discuss money with their children.
Paul has won more than a dozen awards and I really loved being about to talk to Paul in-depth about his money beliefs and experiences. I hope you gain a lot of insights from listening to it.
Paul puts money in its box
Despite the dodgy pun in the show title this is an excellent episode. Good to hear Paul being interviewed for a change and Jason brings out some really useful learning points for listeners from Paul’s Money journey. The summary/recap at the end works really well and, because these podcasts use real life case studies, they feel more relatable and instructive too. Shout out for the funky music as well.
An excellent podcast with a thoughtful, intelligent questions from Jason delivered in an easy, relatable style. The are some profound insights to take away and learn from. I am gradually working my way through the archives, as I find it fascinating to hear all the different stories and how very different out earliest experiences can impact how we behave around money later in life, and how it changes as we move through the different stages of life. Highly recommended.
Excellent show, real & inspirational stories
I love listening to stories and Jason is a brilliant interviewer. He asks thoughtful questions & brings out the best in the people on the show.
It’s so inspirational listening to how everyone started & their journey.