Answer this one question for me

Answer this one question for me

This morning, I’m paraphrasing Martin Crane, as played by the late John Mahoney in the sitcom Frasier. You might remember the episode. Frasier is intent on filling up his life with project after project. His dad stops him in his tracks with the suggestion that he ask himself “What do I really want? What is really going to make me happy… now?” Well? What would you say?

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You’re the villain in this investment story, but it wasn’t your intention

You’re the villain in this investment story, but it wasn’t your intention

My wife’s friend was in tears on the phone at the weekend. She has just had to give notice to her tenants – her great tenants, who love living in her apartment and who have taken good care of it for four years. They pleaded to be allowed to stay because they will really struggle to find somewhere else to live, but my wife’s friend has no choice. Her circumstances have changed dramatically and she needs to sell the apartment ASAP. This morning I ask, when we invest in property, how many of us consider the personal impact of dealing with tenants?

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Is your health insurance about to renew? Take 6 minutes to save €2,500.

Is your health insurance about to renew? Take 6 minutes to save €2,500.

Hands up who loves renewing their health insurance? I didn’t, but I came across a brilliant service and now I don’t mind it at all. In keeping with my mantra of keeping things simple, this week’s newsletter is a how-to. How to easily compare health insurance policies so that you save money on renewal.

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2017 for me was the year of small changes for big gains

2017 for me was the year of small changes for big gains

It’s the end of another year. I hope it has been a satisfying one for you. Before we turn to 2018, I thought I’d gather together some of my most popular articles this year, in case you missed them.
Very best wishes for the New Year from Maria and myself at The Money Advisers.
Enjoy looking back. Next week, we’ll be looking forward.

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Christmas Message

Christmas Message

It’s Christmas Eve. I am in Portland, Oregon spending Christmas with my in-laws. I wish you a wonderful Christmas, whatever you’re doing. Make the most of the break. Enjoy spending time with family and friends, and don’t forget to stock up on batteries.  

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2017 should be the last year of “niggles”. It’s time to take action.

2017 should be the last year of “niggles”. It’s time to take action.

I’ve ordered In Praise of Slow by Carl Honoré for my Christmas holiday reading. Why? I suppose I’m becoming aware of the long-term damage of doing everything in fifth gear. There’s been a lot of talk about burnout this year and I’ve seen it at close hand so, this morning, I’m taking a look out how financial issues can contribute to making us feel overwhelmed and what we can do about it.

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What goes on inside our heads

What goes on inside our heads

This week is something a little different to what you’re used to reading. Keep going to the end. It’s what goes on inside our heads regularly. You will probably identify with Brian in some way, shape or form. If you’d like to discuss any aspects of your finances in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact me in confidence. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Cha cha change. Are you ready for it?

Cha cha change. Are you ready for it?

I hate shopping, at least the kind of shopping that Black Friday conjures up, but the US-born retail event, now adopted by the Irish, gave me an interesting insight, which I’ll pass on to you – for a once-off, unbeatable Black Friday price – that is, free!

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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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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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