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Consumer champion will drive further reforms to savings and pensions

Iona Bain David Cameron has taken the unprecedented step of bringing an independent financial campaigner into his cabinet, suggesting that the new Conservative government will be open to yet more radical reforms of pensions and savings over the next five … Continue reading

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Making pensions matter to Generation Y: my blog for Pensions Insight

By Iona Bain As a young financial journalist, I am constantly asked the same question; how can we persuade Generation Y to save into a pension? We’re all living longer but with no guarantee that the state can afford to … Continue reading

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BUDGET 2015: What’s the state of play for young finances today?

As the Budget gets underway today, you’re almost certainly wondering how Mr Osborne’s red box of delights will affect you and your personal finances in the near future. Now seems as good a time as any to take a rain … Continue reading

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Are you letting your money wither away in a ‘scrapheap’ account?

By Iona Bain The financial regulator is finally cracking down on high street banks who have let a huge swathe of our savings wither away in scrapheap accounts that earn as little as 0.1 per cent. Half of the nation’s … Continue reading

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Credit unions are for life–not just for Christmas!

Iona Bain CREDIT unions are for life, not just for Christmas. That’s the message from the Scottish League of Credit Unions, which is concerned its 31-strong network has been misrepresented as an alternative to the payday loan sector and a … Continue reading

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Good Money Week: Banking options that will ease your conscience (exclusive report)

Young Money is changing: we’re going to feature new young voices on the blog every month – original, engaging and fascinating posts from up and coming writers who have joined the Young Money mission. This week, we’re introducing David Graves, … Continue reading

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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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