78 episodes

Felicity Glover has all the answers to your personal finance questions. Learn about saving, investing, managing debt and much more.

Join us every week on Pocketful of Dirhams, a new podcast by The National coming straight from our news room in Abu Dhabi. Make sure to subscribe and follow us on your favourite podcast app so you can stay up to date on our latest episodes.

Pocketful of Dirhams The National

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

Felicity Glover has all the answers to your personal finance questions. Learn about saving, investing, managing debt and much more.

Join us every week on Pocketful of Dirhams, a new podcast by The National coming straight from our news room in Abu Dhabi. Make sure to subscribe and follow us on your favourite podcast app so you can stay up to date on our latest episodes.

    Why balance is important for happiness, health and wealth

    Why balance is important for happiness, health and wealth

    Personal finance expert and author Andrew Hallam has inspired expatriates around the world to invest more effectively through his international bestselling books Millionaire Teacher and Millionaire Expat, which detail his journey about how he built a million-dollar portfolio of low-cost exchange-traded funds on a teacher’s salary.


    Hallam, who started investing as a teenager and became a millionaire at 37, has a new book out this month: Balance: How to Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health and Wealth. Balance was inspired by Hallam’s curiosity about why people equate success with money and career. While these aren’t bad goals, he says, there is more to life than work and a salary. Hallam believes success should be measured by life satisfaction based on four factors: strong relationships, having enough money, good health and a sense of purpose. But how do we achieve this?


    Host Felicity Glover is joined by Hallam, who talks about his new book and why it’s important to find the right balance in your financial life.


    Hosted by Felicity Glover


    Produced by Arthur Eddyson and Ayesha Khan

    • 20 min
    Why it is important to stress test your portfolio

    Why it is important to stress test your portfolio

    With so much talk about stagflation, inflation, stock market bubbles, the Covid-19 pandemic and the supply chain crunch, investors have every right to feel jittery these days. And as central banks start preparing to withdraw their pandemic stimulus measures, now is the time to put your investment portfolio through a stress test to help protect your financial future. Taking steps to shield your portfolio from market forces should be done at least once a year, experts say.
     
    While nobody can accurately predict when a crisis may happen, the best way to protect your investments is to globally diversify your portfolio across a spread of assets. This means not putting all your eggs in one basket and diversifying it across a range of assets, including commodities, government bonds, property and equities. The idea behind this is if one asset performs poorly, the others can offset this, experts say.
     
    But what are the red flags and how do you position your portfolio to hedge against market threats?
    Host Felicity Glover is joined by Stuart Ritchie, director of wealth advice at AES International, who takes us through the steps of stress testing our investment portfolios.







     




    Hosted by Felicity Glover




    Produced by Arthur Eddyson and Ayesha Khan

    • 24 min
    Meet the Dh50 million Mahzooz winner Junaid Rana

    Meet the Dh50 million Mahzooz winner Junaid Rana

    Almost everybody has dreamt of one day winning a life-changing amount of money. For most, however, it remains nothing more than that: just a dream. But for Junaid Rana, a 36-year-old Pakistani driver who grew up in Dubai, that dream became reality when he won Dh50 million ($13.6 million) after entering a Mahzooz weekly draw last month.


    He’s gone from earning Dh6,000 a month as a company driver to now having the financial freedom that many people spend a lifetime seeking. One month on from his life-changing win, Mr Rana says he’s still coming to terms with the fact that he’s a multimillionaire and no longer has to work for anybody.


    Host Felicity Glover is joined by Mr Rana, who talks about his future plans and how this life-changing amount of money will make a difference to his and his family’s life.


    Hosted by Felicity Glover
    Produced by Arthur Eddyson and Ayesha Khan

    • 11 min
    How to make money grow on trees

    How to make money grow on trees

    “Money doesn’t grow on trees” is an expression we have all heard at some point in our lives. It might be something our parents told us or we tell our own children when they demand things that are too expensive. The transformational coach and yoga teacher Esra Ogut, author of Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By, says the reverse is true.
     







    Ms Ogut, a former shoe salesgirl from Turkey turned millionaire living in the US, believes that success is a matter of personal choice and the key to this is simply learning how to make that happen. This can be done by removing those self-imposed limitations that block us from success and hide the money that is sitting out there on trees waiting to be picked.
     
    So, how we break those self-imposed limitations to ensure we can achieve prosperity? Host Alice Haine is joined by Ms Ogut, who outlines the steps to take for increasing your wealth.
     
    Hosted by Alice Haine
    Produced by Ayesha Khan and Arthur Eddyson

    • 26 min
    Why this man is on a mission to help others save money

    Why this man is on a mission to help others save money

    If there’s one lesson that the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s that being financially secure during times of uncertainty is crucial. This includes having a financial safety net to protect against job loss or other unforeseen events, as well as saving and investing for the future. But money skills continue to lag, according to a 2019 financial literacy survey by Visa, which found that 43 per cent of respondents in the UAE felt they were not ready to manage their own money.Another 53 per cent said schools did not prepare them enough to take care of their finances.


    And this is where Rolly Brocales is hoping to make a difference. The managing director of restaurant chain Off The Hook is on a mission to help his 90 employees save for their futures by teaching them financial literacy skills. Host Felicity Glover is joined by Mr Brocales, who discusses how he and his partners are helping their team invest and set financial goals.


    Hosted by Felicity Glover
    Produced by Ayesha Khan and Arthur Eddyson

    • 12 min
    How gamers are earning cryptocurrency for a living

    How gamers are earning cryptocurrency for a living

    Video game players have discovered a lucrative side hustle – earning cryptocurrency by signing up for play-to-earn games.
     




    One of the most popular play-to-earn games is Axie Infinity, which allows players to accumulate tradable cryptocurrency coins. In fact, it’s become a financial lifeline for many gamers who have lost their jobs in countries such as the Philippines, Brazil and Venezuela.
     



    Built on the Ethereum blockchain, which was founded by Vitalik Buterin, Axie has grown from about 30,000 players in April to a massive 1 million in August alone. But there is an upfront fee for players who have to invest in a team of three Axies at a cost of about $600.
     




    And this is even before you get to try the game out to decide if you like it – or not. Which makes you wonder: is it worth the investment and how easy is it to earn cryptocurrency through the platform?
     




    Host Felicity Glover is joined by Devesh Mamtani, chief market strategist at Century Financial in Dubai, who discusses the pros and cons of play-to-earn video games.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Top Podcasts In Education

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Motiversity
TED
Daily Stoic
Slate Podcasts
Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bosstick / Dear Media

You Might Also Like

Pete Matthew
The Mad Fientist
Paula Pant
The National
Vox Media Podcast Network
The Times