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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 money@ft.com or drop her a line on Instagram @Claerb

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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 money@ft.com or drop her a line on Instagram @Claerb

    Repeat - How to ask for a pay rise - and get one!

    Repeat - How to ask for a pay rise - and get one!

    REPEAT: This week, Money Clinic is having a pay rise takeover - we’ll be pulling apart that big, scary box labelled ‘Asking for a pay rise’ - and unpacking the dos, the don’ts, the tips and tricks for getting the salary you think you are worth.


    Visiting our pay-rise clinic today are three podcast listeners with three different financial predicaments: Natalie keeps getting knocked back when she asks for a raise; Max knows that he could get paid more elsewhere, and Charlotte is trying to negotiate a bonus that really matches the effort she puts into her job. With expert advice from Isabel Berwick, the Financial Times’ work and careers editor and presenter of the Working It podcast, and Jonathan Black, director of the University of Oxford’s careers service and the brains behind the FT’s popular ‘Dear Jonathan’ advice column, this is a podcast you can’t afford to miss. 


    Listen and subscribe to the Working It podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/0mRZG4fx
    Check out the Dear Jonathan column: https://www.ft.com/dear-jonathan
    Plus the FT’s recent article: Want to get a pay rise? Here’s how! https://www.ft.com/content/967db31f-f49b-4039-a295-23db588d2a1c


    Want to be a future guest? Email us at money@ft.com or reach out to Claer on Instagram and Twitter: @ClaerB. 


    Presented by Claer Barrett. Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Produced by Persis Love. Assistant producer is Talia Augustidis. Sound design by Breen Turner.
     
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    • 30 min
    Bonus episode - The ultimate tax return guide

    Bonus episode - The ultimate tax return guide

    With nearly 11m people in the UK set to file their tax returns by January 31, are you dreading the annual nightmare - or have you already got it licked? In this bonus episode of Money Clinic, we answer all of the questions about tax returns that you wanted to ask. With more people starting side-hustles and small businesses during the pandemic, how much extra income do you need to earn before you have to submit a return?


    Presenter Claer Barrett discusses how apps can make the whole process easier, and whether it pays to get an accountant. Plus, she explores how freelancers can legitimately reduce their bills by claiming tax-deductible expenses, or negotiate extra time to pay. Jacquetta Brown, tax specialist at HM Revenue & Customs, and chartered accountant Deborah Edwards, who runs the money mentoring programme Raised Up Finance, are on hand to demystify the jargon and pinpoint sources of help.


    If you would like to be a guest on the next season of the show, email the podcast team money@ft.com or follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @Claerb.


    You can follow Deborah on Instagram @raisedup.finance 


    Further reading: 
    To find out more about using salary sacrifice to legitimately reduce your tax bills, check out this free-to-read FT piece from Claer: https://www.ft.com/content/ff8021b9-7847-4ef5-9f20-abb2ea2d6d93
    And if you’re looking for more tips about running a freelance business, this free-to-read piece has plenty of them: Financial Tips for the self-employed https://www.ft.com/content/3462f359-8a1d-4a1e-9098- a14bded3f00d
    To claim the working from home allowance, follow this link to the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home
    To check out the HMRC YouTube channel, click here https://www.youtube.com/user/HMRCgovuk/playlists
     
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    • 20 min
    Crypto in the classroom, and why we need better financial education

    Crypto in the classroom, and why we need better financial education

    When Lucy Kellaway left the Financial Times and retrained as an economics teacher, she could not have predicted how the cryptocurrency craze would sweep through British classrooms. But is there anything on the school curriculum to teach teens about the risks of unregulated investments, or even basic financial literacy? Lucy thinks not.


    The FT’s Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign — FLIC for short — is hoping to change all that.


    In this special Christmas edition of the Money Clinic podcast, presenter Claer Barrett hears why Lucy and other top FT writers are supporting a greater focus on teaching finance in schools, as they recall their own formative experiences with money.Taking listeners on a tour of the FT’s City of London office, she hears from Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s deputy editor and trustee of the charity, who shares financial mistakes he made as a teenager in the 1980s, and US managing editor Peter Spiegel who explains why he thinks there’s a specific culture around money in the US.


    If you would like to read more about FLIC’s charitable aims, or to make a donation to support the charity’s work, please visit www.ftflic.com 


    You can follow FLIC on Twitter and Instagram @FT_Flic 


    There are dozens of free-to-read articles about financial literacy here https://www.ft.com/ft-seasonal-appeal 
     
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    • 23 min
    Repeat - What’s your financial New Year’s resolution?

    Repeat - What’s your financial New Year’s resolution?

    REPEAT: 2021, like 2020, was another turbulent year for most people’s finances, but the new year provides the perfect opportunity to set some “financial resolutions”.The guests on Money Clinic are millennial couple Toby and Siobhan and they’re looking for some timeless “fin-spiration” to get their money to work harder. They’ve paid off their credit cards under lockdown, and are wondering where to direct their spare cash. How much could they save if they overpaid their mortgage — and how would that compare to putting more into their pensions or other investments. There’s also one financial to-do that they’re been putting off for a long time — making a will. Money experts Ken Okoroafor from The Humble Penny and Dan Garrett, co-founder of digital will-writing service Farewill, provide expert tips.


    If you would like to talk to Claer for a future podcast episode, email the Money Clinic team money@ft.com with a brief description of your story. Follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @Claerb and read her weekly Serious Money column in the FT Money section of the FT Weekend newspaper.


    You can follow Ken Okoroafor on Twitter and Instagram @TheHumblePenny


    If you’re looking for fresh ideas about what to do with your money in 2021, Claer has asked podcast hosts from the finance and business world to share their financial New Year’s resolutions for 2021. Covering investing, saving, financial planning and side hustling, you can read insights from Patricia Bright (Caught Off Guard), Emma Gannon (Ctrl Alt Delete), Chris Browning (Popcorn Finance), the FT’s former editor Lionel Barber (What’s Next?) and many more by clicking on this link: https://www.ft.com/content/8a09fc2d-4c25-4d81-8835-a5517c6cb3d3


    And here’s some further reading for listeners who are considering making a will. The pandemic has forced through legal changes making it much easier for people in England and Wales to make a “digital will” online. Read this FT Money piece to find out how: https://www.ft.com/content/4df16e49-940f-46f2-b0b4-6a82c011c3ba


    And for a more general grounding in the topic, read this FT article - 10 things you need to know before making a will: https://www.ft.com/content/c5559861-6c19-4fdb-a652-4059cf5e6bd0
     
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    • 25 min
    Repeat - How can I use Isas to invest or buy a property?

    Repeat - How can I use Isas to invest or buy a property?

    REPEAT: Claer explores how young people can use the popular tax-free Isa accounts to invest or buy their first property. This week, she meets Ryan, a 22-year-old graduate who confesses he has three Isa accounts, but doesn’t know how best to use them — or how to unlock savings bonuses potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds. 


    Expert and practical help is on hand from Harleigh Reid, who used a Help to Buy Isa to buy her first flat at the age of just 24, and Young Money blogger Iona Bain who explains the rules of the new Lifetime Isa, which can be used for property or investing.  


    If you would like to talk to Claer for a future podcast episode, email the Money Clinic team money@ft.com with a brief description of your story. Follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @Claerb and read her weekly Serious Money column in the FT Money section of the FT Weekend newspaper.


    Further reading:
    If you’re new to investing, listen to this past Money Clinic episode on starting out https://www.ft.com/content/caedf0b3-4052-430c-99b4-107ea093d3fc
    If you’re ready to rock with an investment Isa, check out this free-to-read FT column by Claer: https://www.ft.com/content/684dbb86-40b4-11e9-b896-fe36ec32aec
    Harleigh Reid also hosts her own YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHarlsz
    Check out Iona Bain’s Young Money blog here https://www.youngmoneyblog.co.uk/ or read her FT column about her Lifetime Isa here https://www.ft.com/content/52ad32d8-ac7b-11e9-b3e2-4fdf846f48f5
     
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    • 24 min
    Repeat - Help! I need to sort out my pensions

    Repeat - Help! I need to sort out my pensions

    REPEAT: Putting all of your pension savings in one place to make it easier to manage your retirement plans sounds like a sensible idea — but it’s not necessarily the right solution for everyone. Claer Barrett meets 51-year-old Tina who has spent lockdown searching for all of her old pensions: some have performed better than hoped, but others have had high charges, and she has a gap in her UK state pension contributions due to working overseas. Experts Sir Steve Webb of Lane Clark & Peacock and Catherine Morgan, a financial planner behind the ‘In Her Financial Shoes’ podcast, provide tips for people of all ages looking to sort out their pension savings.


    If you would like to talk to Claer for a future podcast episode, email the Money Clinic team money@ft.com with a brief description of your story. Follow Claer on Twitter and Instagram @Claerb and read her weekly Serious Money column in the FT Money section of the FT Weekend newspaper.


    Further reading
     
    Let’s start with the basics. If you’re struggling to get your head around what a pension is, why you need one, and how they work, then check out this free to read column from Claer https://www.ft.com/content/05e5ded2-7a74-11e6-b837-eb4b4333ee43
     
    To track down lost pensions, try the UK government’s Pensions Tracing Service, which is free to use - but please do be careful of copycat websites run by commercial firms https://www.gov.uk/find-pension-contact-details
     
    To check how many years’ worth of UK state pension contributions you’ve made, what you could receive in retirement and if you have any missing years, use the government’s free Check your State Pension service https://www.gov.uk/check-state-pension
     
    The UK government page Your State Pension Explained contains more information on what counts as a qualifying year https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-new-state-pension-explained/your-state-pension-explained
     
    Read this UK government advice page about extra National Insurance contributions to your UK state pension https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-contributions
     
    Contact the Future Pension Centre to find out if you would benefit from voluntary NI contributions https://www.gov.uk/future-pension-centre
     
    The UK government’s International Pension Centre provides advice and information for those who have lived or worked overseas https://www.gov.uk/international-pension-centre
     
    Want to talk to someone about your pensions options? If you’re over 50, then you can use the UK government’s free Pension Wise service to get detailed guidance from an adviser on your retirement options https://www.pensionwise.gov.uk/en
     
    Emma Maslin, who blogs as The Money Whisperer, wrote this FT column asking self-employed women how good their pensions are https://www.ft.com/content/d443e491-6eef-4361-8220-3377a8adea47
     
    Finally, if you need some further pensions inspiration on social media, you can follow Catherine Morgan on Instagram @CatherineMorganMoney and Sir Steve Webb on Twitter @SteveWebb1. Catherine’s podcast is In Her Financial Shoes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/in-her-financial-shoes-podcast/id1449065629
     
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    • 26 min

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