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Can we take care of the world while taking care of our finances?

IONA BAIN You don’t need to go all hippie to care about ethical finance… SCOTS are being asked to consider the moral implications of their financial decisions as part of a national drive to encourage ethical saving and investing. Religious … Continue reading

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How can we expect young people to take financial responsibility when…

My column for Financial Adviser “Iona Bain, a voice not unfamiliar to FA readers, is one of the most perceptive and intelligent in the retail financial space…” A powerful perception has taken root in the British psyche, and it will … Continue reading

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The campaign for credit unions is gathering pace…

Iona Bain I’m not one for flashy infographics but one of the biggest forces for good in our society has to be the good old credit union, so happy to share this factsheet in order to fight the good fight. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Are ambitious pension goals realistic…or demoralising?

As auto-enrolment creeps up on young workers, should we resolve to make more active decisions about our financial future…or leave it up to fate? Iona bain The swirl of negative headlines surrounding the pensions industry, the latest being the £1.4m … Continue reading

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Twenty Somethings & Their Money

This infographic reveals the results of research into how Britons in their 20s view the financial opportunities and threats they face. It’s based on research I contributed to last year and covers what young people think about pensions, how they … Continue reading

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What to consider BEFORE you invest – guest tips from Nutmeg

I was recently contacted on Twitter by a young lady who wanted to know more about Nutmeg, an online investment manager. As well as giving her my own views on whether investing is ever suitable for young people, I thought … Continue reading

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My Christmas Manifesto PART TWO: The easiest ways to be ethical and charitable this year

You don’t have to be a wealthy philanthropist to give to charity this Christmas – here are some clever and easy ways to donate this festive season. By Iona Bain Christmas is just around the corner, and many young people … Continue reading

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