Tech & Tonic: Living ‘wealthily ever after’

 From Russia with love. Photo by  Tom Grimbert  on  Unsplash

From Russia with love. Photo by Tom Grimbert on Unsplash

News story of the week: Twitter unveils extent of Russia’s trolling campaign

This week Twitter published mahoosive datasets of Russian and Iranian lies spread by murky trolls on the platform.

Consisting of millions of tweets, pictures, videos and GIFs, the downloadable filth goes all the way back to 2009 and illustrates how morally bankrupt trolls influenced everything from anti-Islamic sentiment following the Brussels terror attack to the US election and Brexit. Other notable things that happened in 2009 include Susan Boyle’s rise to fame following her Britain’s Got Talent audition, but we probably can’t blame that on the Russians.

Comment piece of the week: How your kids can live ‘wealthily ever after’

Kudos to HSBC who have commissioned children’s illustrator Emma Dodd to write Fairer Tales, a re-imagination of three classic tales where the protagonists become wealthy entrepreneurs.

The Telegraph’s personal finance editor, Lauren Davidson praised the campaign, saying that while financial education has been on the national curriculum since 2014 it ultimately has more impact when it’s taught at home. Fair.

LOLs at Davidson’s description of the tales:

“Cinderella’s sore feet (all that housework) give her the idea to start designing sports shoes; Sleeping Beauty wakes to find the money she invested on her 18th birthday has grown during her century of slumber; and Rapunzel frees herself from the tower, and then – spoiler alert – buys it from the witch and becomes a property developer.”

Number of the week: Missing pension pots worth £20 billion!

According to new research carried out for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), there are around 1.6 million of unclaimed pots in the UK worth £19.4 billion. To put that into context, that’s more than double the net worth of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich!

The equivalent to around £13,000 per pot (a more useful fact), the research also reveals the average person will have 11 different jobs over their career and move home eight times, resulting in as many as 50 million dormant and lost pensions by 2050.

Commenting on the research, ABI said it was important that the government stands by the promise to take forward the pensions dashboard to better secure pensions. I wonder if Abramovich has secured his pot?


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