Investor Views: "My Japan Fund has Doubled in Value"

Private investor Emily Barlow started saving young and is now contributing to a pension for her newborn son. She shares her most successful stock picks and best performing funds

Emma Simon 14 December, 2016 | 4:44PM
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Emily Barlow, an accountant from London, has always prioritized saving for retirement. Although she is currently on maternity leave, she is continuing to make payments into her pension plan.

She says: “I started saving into a pension in 2001, when I was only 23. Initially I couldn’t afford to save very much, I was probably putting in £75 a month. But at the time that was a big sacrifice to make.

“As I’ve progressed in my career and my salary has increased I’ve boosted the savings I make into my pension. My father – who is also an accountant – always stressed to me the value of the tax relief.”

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Emma Simon

Emma Simon  is a financial journalist, specialising in investment and consumer issues, writing for