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Smart Investor with Clare Francis

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice.

In this series of handy investing updates, Clare Francis, director of Savings and Investments for Barclays Smart Investor, sets out to demystify personal investments, cutting through the jargon and helping you to become a smarter investor.

In the coming weeks, Clare will focus on the issues that really matter to investors, whether you’re relatively new or you’ve been investing for years. She’ll look at the experiences of other investors and gather some insights from seasoned experts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Getting 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.

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.

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.

Lowdown on ISAs

In this first episode, Clare gives the lowdown on just what an ISA can offer you in 2017-18 and also interviews Dr. Peter Brooks to find out how emotions influence our decisions when investing.

Planning for the long term

Successful investing requires careful planning. Whatever your future goals, get organised now with the help of these tips and tools.

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