Matt Browning, Reporter, YourMoney.com

In today's Money Talks, Matt Browning discusses his creative coverage of the mortgage industry, explains why he would be intrigued to see a new study of the nation’s financial literacy levels in schools and reveals his eclectic record collection.
Matt Browning, Reporter, YourMoney.com
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What are the main beats that you cover?

Everything across personal finance news.

What have been the highlights of your time working in financial journalism? Have there been any pieces of work you’re particularly proud of?

Writing our ‘Mortgage Wars’ series has been a highlight. It is a roundup of all the rate cuts by mortgage providers which started last year. I was proud to cover this hot topic within my first six months and do so in a creative way, that has proved popular with our readers too.

How can PRs help you with your work?  

Great quotes to go with eye catching stats.

When are the best/worst times for PRs/press offices to contact you?

Naturally, the worst time is Saturday or Sunday. But anytime between 9:30 to 5, Monday to Friday is fine with me.

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting out in financial journalism?

Triple check your stats, explore stories as much as possible and be yourself.

What is the financial interview you’d most like to arrange?

I think picking the brains of Rachel Reeves and Jeremy Hunt on the day before the General Election would be a decent scoop. 

What is the piece of financial services research you’d most like to read?

From someone who wished he got more of this as a child in school, I’d be intrigued to see a new study of the nation’s financial literacy levels in schools and how it compares to previous generations and other countries in Europe.

When you’re telling a story, what’s the most important thing to remember?

Get to the point and keep it engaging. Wherever possible, entertaining too.

What was the last article you read that really shocked you?

Just recently, Brits being £10k poorer than in 2010. Maybe not completely shocked by the economic state of the UK but the amount itself was alarming to see.  

Predict the main stories that will dominate the rest of 2024:

The impact of Buy Now, Pay Later debt and AI scams. You can’t ignore the cost-of-living crisis or the general election either.

Sum up your time as a financial journalist in three words:

New. Enjoyable. Fulfilling.

If you were up for an award for any hobbies/activities outside of work, what would you be likely to win, and why?

I’ve got a decent record collection of mostly soul, funk and disco tunes. So I’d accept a nomination for a DJ award.

Finally, if you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Would never get bored of having pork belly bao buns on repeat.

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