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Why Good Investing Is Not Exciting?

Investors are a worrisome lot. When markets are falling many can get upset. Should they sell? Should they buy more? When markets are rising, the questions are the same. Should they sell? Should they buy more? It also depends on what asset is in the news. For a long time it was property, then gold, then bonds, then equities. What should I buy? What should I sell? Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to

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11 Questions To Ask Your Financial Adviser

It’s that time of the year when everyone takes stock of what they should have done in the last year and what they really should do in the coming year. Financial Planning is a subject that gets addressed more at this time of the year than any other mainly because of the tendency to “I better do this otherwise I’ll never get around to it”. Once January passes however, the mental incentive does as well. So

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Why Pension Funding In Ireland Is Even More Important Than Ever

Recently I helped a new client, of US citizenship, aged 28 and a full time worker in Ireland, set up a personal pension for herself. She wanted to make sure that her own retirement funding which she started in previous employments, also in Ireland, was continued. We chatted about pension funding in general and she was surprised that Irish people in their twenties didn’t treat it as seriously as she and her other American nationals do where

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The Society of Financial Planners of Ireland – Why It’s Needed!

As a founding member of the Society of Financial Planners of Ireland I am truly delighted to see increased media coverage of our fledgling organisation. This delight extends not from the ego trip that one might think such a name check might get but from the financial media’s recognition that far higher professional standards in the area of personal financial advice are needed in Ireland. Unfortunately the minimum standard that exists in Ireland to give personal

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The Real Need For A Financial Planner

  When I meet a prospective client one of the first areas to be discussed is what financial products they currently hold. While many people will know that they have a mortgage and its broad details, less will know about what their pension fund and investments are applied to and even fewer again will know what level of life assurance they hold. Most people usually do  not give time to, never mind arrange, either their Will or

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Why Financial Planning Is Not The Same As Financial Advice

A little over nine years ago a new personal financial qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning was introduced by University College Dublin in conjunction with support from the Life Insurance Association, the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Taxation. Those who successfully completed this program were then able to sit a further exam with a view to obtaining the international accreditation Certified Financial Planner™ (also referred to as CFP®). This accreditation is regarded

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Well what do you do?

Were you ever at some event or other which didn’t involve people who worked in your industry and you get asked by people who never met you before: “Well, what do you do?” I have to admit that, as someone who is not as outgoing as most people, I used to find this question somewhat awkward, even though I am self employed and my business depends on growth through new client relationships. Despite being involved

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Should I Buy Property Now?

In the last month I have been asked this question six or seven times by different people – clients as well as total strangers. “It’s looking cheap”, they say. “It must be a bargain now with prices so low. What do you think?” Like everything beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Irish property has, unfortunately, been beholden by an awful lot of people in the past. But is there value now available to investors?

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The 2014 Budget And The Effect It Has On Most People’s Financial Planning.

On the day following the 2014 Budget the financial media will be awash with a regurgitation  of the various elements but most will hold back in giving advice or prodding its readers into thinking about what to do next. While we have set out below some of the main points that effect financial products, it is probably better to take in quickly those issues that deserve immediate consideration. This short list is not to be interpreted

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Why The Pension Levy Is Shortsighted & Unfair

At this stage most self employed people know that as part of the Government’s initiative to promote job creation, a 0.6% levy has been introduced on personal pension funds. The levy is being applied on all capital value assets under management of funded pension schemes and personal pension plans established in Ireland. Thankfully it is not applied on Approved Retirement Funds of those who have retired. The levy has been stated by the Government to

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