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Britain’s phoney war between the generations–and a positive new year message for young people!

happy 2014 readers! don’t let the hoary old debate about intergenerational fairness get you down – or lead you down a blind alley. Here’s why we need to end the blame game and take a more productive approach IONA BAIN … Continue reading

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The ABC of DIY investing

By Iona Bain Saturday 7 September 2013 WE are eight months into the new world of compulsory fees for financial advice and it seems many Scots are far from happy to pay the bill. Up to one-third of active investors … Continue reading

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My recent Ch 4 news debate–what was said, what wasn’t said and what YOU had to say about it

by Iona Bain SO the dust has settled following my recent appearance on Channel 4 news – I thought I’d take the opportunity to look back on what the experience taught me, as well as expand on the big themes … Continue reading

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Can young people afford to be generous volunteers?

By Iona Bain Young people have always been renowned for their idealism and commitment to good causes – who would want it any other way? But research is now showing that members of generation Y are helping their local community … Continue reading

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How to get rich by the time you’re 50: Guide 3 in the Young Money Series

Welcome to the third instalment in this week’s Young Money Guides, in association with Investors Chronicle. Today, we’re looking at investing your money for the longer-term, and whether the stock market is a  potential path to riches… Saving is important … Continue reading

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Can I get rich quick? Guide 2 in the Young Money Series

Here is the second instalment of the Young Money Guides, tackling the issue of debt and showing 20 somethings how to build up funds for a rainy day. Enjoy… Okay, so there are ways. You could make it by getting … Continue reading

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The New Young Money Guides–in association with Investors Chronicle

To help kick off “My Money Week”, established by the Personal Finance Education Group, young journalist Katie Morley from Investors Chronicle has written a series of guides aimed at educating young people about the world of money. The Young Money … Continue reading

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What would happen to pensions in an independent Scotland?

Iona Bain As the elderly population in Scotland continues to swell, questions are being asked about how a Yes vote on independence might shake up the pension prospects of more than a million retirees in the future. The number of … Continue reading

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Money for Life Challenge – speech to young entrepreneurs at Scottish final

by Iona Bain I wanted to do something slightly different this month and publish a speech I recently gave to a group of brilliant young people in Edinburgh. They all participated in the UK-wide Money for Life Challenge, where they … Continue reading

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Musical news–the Great American Song Contest

IONA BAIN It isn’t usually my style to break off from financial/economic issues on the blog, but regular readers may know I make an exception for my other big soft spot – music! I was delighted and very surprised to … Continue reading

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