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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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Why money and mates shouldn’t mix: Mr Anonymous gives us his take on financial feuds among friends

In the first of an occasional series, Young Money Blog’s Mr Anonymous (no, not Iona but a terrific young financial journalist!) will be giving his unvarnished views on the tricky issues affecting young people and their finances today…this week, he … Continue reading

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Students – what’s the strangest purchase you’ve ever made?

Iona Bain A BUST OF ELVIS, A MONK’S ROBE AND KANGAROO STEAKS – THE NATION’S SECRET STUDENT SHOPPING LIST REVEALED One in five students has bought at least one unusual item with their student loan The same number admit to … 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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Filed under Christmas, Consumer Affairs, Credit, Debt, Loans, Payday loans, Personal Finance, Politics, Savings Accounts

Why auto-enrolment isn’t enough to defuse the pensions timebomb

Iona Bain It is often talked about as a ticking time bomb: too few workers saving too little for their retirement. And we are all supposed to be living longer than ever before – so who is going to pay … 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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Dealing with social pressures to spend: a few suggestions

Iona Bain Picture the scene: it’s Friday night and your friends want to go out to a bar or a fancy new restaurant.  But you’re not sure if you can afford it – perhaps you’ve been splashing out a bit … Continue reading

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20 Tips From 20 Pensions Experts – How To Retire With A Good Pension: In association with Dam Good Pensions

By dam good pensions with iona bain We would all love to have a DAM good pension when we retire, but how do we go about getting that pension pot we can be happy with? Well, here at DAM we … 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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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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