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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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

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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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 Do You Feel About Money?

What emotions do you experience when you think about money? Fear, greed, hope, anxiety? The good news is that if you do, you are perfectly normal. The bad news is that these emotions play havoc with our finances. In fact, scientists say that when it comes to financial...

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What Is An AMRF?

As I’ve said before, pensions are boring, complicated and full of jargon. But as they are central to how comfortable (or not) our retirements will be, it’s really important to know the basics. If you have a private pension (ie, anything other than the State Pension)...

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My Budget 2019 Wish List

Avoiding the big picture question of whether the government should tax more/less or spend more/less, this is my Budget 2019 Wish List. It’s in no particular order and is definitely not comprehensive – it’s about ending anomalies that have never made sense to me (from...

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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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What Is An ARF?

Let’s face it, pensions are boring, complicated and full of jargon. Unfortunately they are also very important to our wellbeing so whether we like it or not, it’s important to know the basics. If you have a private pension (ie, anything other than the State Pension)...

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