Category Archives: Economy

Why grandparents can be a financial lifeline for the younger generation…

By Iona Bain When I started my blog three years ago, nobody was really talking about how the downturn would affect young people. I remember reading the occasional newspaper column that highlighted the toxic economic environment ahead of us. I … Continue reading

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Food for thought: how to stop waste in Food Bank Britain

  The Young Money Blog is embarking on a campaign to keep a lid on food costs and wastage. So many young people can play their part in making the most of what they’ve got in the cupboard – so … Continue reading

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Could this be a generation Y Budget in disguise?

Iona Bain In the countdown to the Budget this year, few commentators expected any great surprises to emerge. Well, we were wrong. George Osborne has pulled a total flanker by blowing access to pensions wide open, pledging some form of … Continue reading

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Style – & stereotypes – over substance

BBC 2’s Mind the Gap fails to explain why London’s economic success is more than a feeling by Iona Bain   The BBC is finally catching up with what most of us have already realised – we are living in … Continue reading

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Who needs to change–the financial industry or their young consumers?

Iona Bain YOLO! That’s right – why think about tomorrow when you can live for today? Not every young person is enamoured with this type of Twitter speak, judging by straw polls of my friends in recent years, but it … Continue reading

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Should everyone really get their pension at the same time?

IONA BAIN REPORTING FOR THE HERALD Many youngsters today will have no choice but to work longer and retire later. That will be the inevitable upshot of this year’s Autumn Statement, which revealed plans to place the state pension age … Continue reading

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The REAL impact of London’s housing crisis on young workers–and our economy

Young workers could leave London in their droves due to its housing crisis – but this situation might present a silver lining to other regions in the UK iona bain Recently, a Panorama programme and spate of new statistics were … Continue reading

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Why younger workers (and our economy) would benefit from flexible working

by iona bain It may have only been a year ago but, for many people, the London Olympics seems like a dim and distant dream. But will the notion of flexible working, which briefly flourished during this period, live longer … Continue reading

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Is the British economy back on track for young people?

Yesterday’s news that Britain is technically out of recession was interpreted as a shred of good news in otherwise gloomy times. So is the outlook improving for young people? Only if we’re really getting to grips with the housing crisis… … Continue reading

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Should the babyboomers be blamed for our financial woes?

In my latest column for BG Trust Online, I look at the aftermath of this year’s budget, and examine the outraged reaction of the babyboomers. Is it right for them to shoulder more of the burden in these austere times? … Continue reading

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