Paradise Lost?

Paradise Lost?

Last weekend the newspapers were full of the Paradise Papers. Whether you think it’s morally acceptable for corporations to put their wealth beyond the reaches of governments or not, I have some advice this morning for individuals.

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Things to consider before buying property through your SSAP

Things to consider before buying property through your SSAP

In the last week, I discussed the costs of motoring with Ciara Kelly on Lunchtime Live and contributed to David McWilliams’ new show on TV3. The single market is not working for the Irish consumer; why not? I have attached links below if you’d like to listen back. But this week I am looking at what you need to consider if you want to buy property through a self administered pension. Enjoy!

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Keep it Simple, Stupid.

Keep it Simple, Stupid.

I spent last Tuesday and Wednesday at a conference in London which was all about investing, the barriers to success, and the distinct lack of trust of the financial services industry. The main take-away for me was down to the lack of transparency which leads to suspicion. This week I outline a few tips on navigating your way through the murky world of financial services.
Have a great weekend.

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I don’t know if I have a tracker mortgage

I don’t know if I have a tracker mortgage

This week I am going to refer to the tracker mortgage scandal, but relax, I’m using it to make point about how our ignorance of the details of our financial affairs can really hamper our ability to get what we want from life.

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Two dates for your finances

Two dates for your finances

There are two dates that are on my radar in the next 80 days – and no, they are not my wife’s or mother’s birthdays. As a business owner or senior executive, you should also have them marked in your mental calendar because if you don’t get your act together, you and your family could lose out.

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Reduce the possibility of investment losses by making this one change

Reduce the possibility of investment losses by making this one change

Have you ever lost money on an investment? How did you react? Today I’m going to talk about the inevitability of losses, how to minimise them and one good thing that can come out of declaring a loss.

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Top six questions you need to ask before you invest

Top six questions you need to ask before you invest

Have you ever been on the receiving end of an investment proposal, whether it was at your behest or the banker or broker’s? You’re not alone if you came out of the meeting kicking yourself for not asking all the great questions that were an afterthought.
This morning, I’m giving you an investment checklist; the questions you should get answers to before making a decision about an opportunity.

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Run for the hills when you pay off your mortgage

Run for the hills when you pay off your mortgage

As AIB introduces Máire, another happy person who’s made it to the end of her mortgage, I wonder what the transition will be like from having no choice over where that money is going to having total discretion. Having been tied to a bank for 20 plus years, I only hope she hasn’t developed Stockholm Syndrome.

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It’s not about up-sizing or down-sizing; it’s about right-sizing

It’s not about up-sizing or down-sizing; it’s about right-sizing

I’ve written recently about downsizing later in life with the emphasis on there being a financial necessity for it. But you may not be in that situation. You may have an opportunity to design your future living arrangements to be just what you need. My message: start planning now.

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LifeLoan on Liveline

LifeLoan on Liveline

How is it that every person who tells you about something they heard on Joe Duffy starts with “I don’t normally listen to Joe Duffy”?

I happened to hear part of the show recently and the listener’s story raised a couple of questions for me and, I think, will for you. The woman’s story was about how her parents had taken out a Bank of Ireland equity release loan in their later years, and the consequences it had for her.

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