Category Archives: Technology

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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Has the short-term credit market reached a new low with ‘Loans for Poor People’?

Online loan companies and brokers are using tawdry tactics to try and attract vulnerable customers – what can we do to make sure this doesn’t have terrible consequences? by iona bain New rules were ushered in this year to ensure … Continue reading

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The rise of the virtual university

My latest column for Baillie Gifford – this month, I’m discussing whether the virtual university will ever replace the real thing, given the VERY persuasive financial upsides… Iona Bain If you were asked to conjure up a picture of university, … Continue reading

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HERALD INVESTIGATION: moneysaving sites slammed for endorsing payday loans as debt crisis spreads to young and middle class

IONA BAIN Websites offering discounts and cashback on a range of purchases from clothes to washing machines have been a lifeline to Scots in the recession. But The Herald has discovered several companies in the money-saving sector endorse payday loans, … 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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Mobiles follow-up: do NOT buy a new smartphone without reading this!

Are YOU in the market for a fancy smartphone? I am, but trying to figure out which models and contracts offer value for money is somewhat befuddling. Luckily, the Young Money Blog has done a bit of investigating – and … Continue reading

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