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Matt McKenna

Matt McKenna

Head of Communications & Content Marketing

Matt Mckenna runs the communications for Finder in the UK after beginning his career at the PR agency, Third City. He has been conducting consumer research and investigations for 9 years within personal finance, with a particular focus on investing, banking and fintech. He is one of Finder’s spokespeople, appearing on Bloomberg, ITV News and BBC Radio as well as being quoted in a range of national publications, and recently sat on the board of Citizens Advice Westminster for a number of years.

Expertise

  • Investing
  • Banking & savings
  • Scams & consumer advocacy
  • Money saving
  • Tech & AI in personal finance

Experience

  • Oversees Finder’s consumer research & press office
  • Quoted regularly in national media & on TV
  • Awarded PR Week’s ‘30 under 30’ in 2020 & finalist at PRCA’s Young PR Professional Of The Year in 2021
  • Launched UK award schemes, including Finder’s People’s Choice Awards
  • Oversaw Finder’s 4 award wins at the Employee Experience Awards
  • Judges PR Week annual awards

Education

  • Management Studies | Nottingham University

Featured publications

Industry insights from Matt McKenna

We asked Matt about the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within personal finance

How could AI impact the world of personal finance?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer the preserve of science fiction movies and it brings a fascinating mix of potential benefits vs risks. As an example, its ability to digest huge amounts of information could help to level the playing field for amateur investors. To help demonstrate this we tasked ChatGPT to create a ‘fund’ that then went on to comprehensively beat the UK’s most popular human-led funds. However, the rising number of deep fake videos and their potential to trick people into losing money is something to be very concerned about. We showed a mixture of real and deep fake clips of celebrities to the public and less than 2% could identify all of them correctly.

Latest articles by Matt McKenna

16 articles written by this author

Changing Help to Buy ISA rules could help more than 2 million first-time buyers

A recent Freedom Of Information request made by the comparison site, Finder, has found that millions of people could be trapped in Help To Buy (H2B) ISAs, with nearly 2.2 million H2B ISAs currently open.

Matt McKenna 13 June 2024
Changing Help to Buy ISA rules could help more than 2 million first-time buyers

Mortgage rate change calculator: How much will my mortgage go up?

Use our mortgage rate change calculator to work out how much your mortgage payments will go up if the interest rate changes.

Chris Lilly & Matt McKenna 25 April 2024
Mortgage rate change calculator: How much will my mortgage go up?

Global savings: Comparing interest rates across countries

We looked at how global savings interest rates fared against the UK base rate in 10 countries around the world.

Matt McKenna 18 November 2023
Global savings: Comparing interest rates across countries

Bank of England base rate predictions: When will interest rates go down?

The Bank of England (BoE) sets the official bank rate 8 times per year. Here at the latest base rate predictions, including expert analysis.

Matt McKenna 2 November 2023
Bank of England base rate predictions: When will interest rates go down?

Spot the deepfake quiz: How to identify a deepfake

Over 98% of Brits were unable to spot all of the real and fake videos accurately in this deepfake quiz. Can you beat them?

Matt McKenna 11 October 2023
Spot the deepfake quiz: How to identify a deepfake

Google Bard predicts financial events: How accurate will it be?

We asked Google Bard to predict a range of financial scenarios, including interest rates, inflation, company earnings, house prices and the strength of the pound. How accurate will the AI bot be?

Matt McKenna 3 August 2023
Google Bard predicts financial events: How accurate will it be?

ChatGPT stock picks vs 10 popular funds: Tracker

An experimental fund of 38 stocks chosen by ChatGPT is up 36.09% after 66 weeks of the experiment, beating the top 10 funds in the UK.

Matt McKenna 2 May 2023
ChatGPT stock picks vs 10 popular funds: Tracker

Cost of living over time: comparison graph

Find out how the cost of living in the UK has changed over time in comparison to inflation with our historical price tracker.

Matt McKenna 10 March 2023
Cost of living over time: comparison graph

Will the pound get stronger in 2023?

Our panel of experts shares its predictions on the course of the pound against the dollar and the euro.

Matt McKenna 27 February 2023
Will the pound get stronger in 2023?

Half of British investors plan to ‘buy the dip’ (plus, how does this crash compare with the worst of the last 50 years?)

New research by finder.com has revealed half (48%) of British investors plan to buy the dip (if the share market falls by at least 20% in 2022).

Matt McKenna 4 April 2022
Half of British investors plan to ‘buy the dip’ (plus, how does this crash compare with the worst of the last 50 years?)
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