The Money Taboo

The Money Taboo

Why do we find talking about money so embarrassing? With family and friends we can generally talk fairly easily about sex, death, religion, politics – all the ‘big ones’ except money! It’s incredible to think that something as straightforward as money is arguably the...

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Pension Adjustment Orders

Pension Adjustment Orders

As I mentioned in a previous blog, Divorce - Who Gets What, the division of wealth after a separation adds an enormous stress factor to an already difficult process. After the family home, pensions are often the second most valuable asset under consideration. In the...

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How To Pay Less Tax

How To Pay Less Tax

Ireland’s taxation system is not exactly easy to navigate, nor is tax a subject we like to think about too much. Nevertheless there are plenty of tax reliefs and credits that you should know about. With that in mind here are some quick and easy tips on how to pay less...

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The Loser’s Game

The Loser’s Game

In recent weeks the name of Neil Woodford has been added to the list of star fund managers who have crashed and burned. Woodford’s flagship Equity Income Fund is now closed to withdrawals as Woodford struggles to liquidate stocks to meet investor demands for cash...

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Divorce – Who Gets What?

Divorce – Who Gets What?

Divorce brings about huge changes in the lives of those involved, not least the prospect of coming to an agreement on who gets what. I’m going to focus on the key financial issues that tend to arise once the parties agree to separate, assuming they cannot agree...

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What To Do If You Win The Lotto

What To Do If You Win The Lotto

When we heard about last week’s €175 million lotto win, Ireland’s biggest ever, I’m sure we all fantasised about what we would do if we had a massive windfall. While research suggests that most winners’ life satisfaction improves, it’s undoubtedly a life changing...

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What Is Equity Release?

What Is Equity Release?

Home equity release, on the face of it, is one possible solution for homeowners short on income but living in a large valuable home.  For many in this position the obvious answer is to downsize, which as I’ve written before has its pros and cons. The biggest barrier...

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The Value of Independent Financial Advice

The Value of Independent Financial Advice

Do you need a Financial Advisor? Yes. You do. We all do. Why? Because expert independent financial advice will save you from making poor financial decisions and guide you towards a consistent and disciplined investment strategy. But don’t just listen to me, here’s the...

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How To Invest

How To Invest

The question of how to invest is an important one, never more so than in a time of stock market turbulence. 2018 has seen one of the US stock market’s worst ever days, followed by a six day rally, but all adding up to a resurgence in volatility. So, how to invest (and...

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