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Returns trump ESG for two thirds of investors

Despite the growing trend towards Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, return on investment remains the ultimate priority for the majority of investors. Research1 has revealed that 66% of investors prioritise profit over humanitarian concerns. There are significant differences between the generations, however; just 28% of Baby Boomers said ESG was a factor when choosing investments, against 56% and 57% of younger Millennials and Gen Z investors, respectively.

‘Side hustling’ becomes the norm

Nearly half (46%) of people are supplementing their income with a ‘side hustle’, according to recent research2. The phrase, which originated in the United States, means taking on a part-time job in addition to one’s regular job in order to make more money. Of those who have a side hustle, over half (56%) first started it during the pandemic.

More Baby Boomers work past retirement age and provide financial support to family

Nearly 40% of Baby Boomers (i.e. the generation aged between 57 and 75) are set to continue working past the current State Pension age of 663. On average, this group plan to work for a further 4.3 years past their 66th birthday. The same study highlighted that just under a quarter (23%) of Boomers are financially supporting their children, with this intergenerational subsidisation also cascading to a second generation; 16% of Boomers are providing financial support to their grandchildren.

1Charles Schwab, 2022

2Airtasker, 2022

3Dunstan Thomas, 2022

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