Alternative Investing : Property

Continuing our short series of blogs on ‘alternatives’ – investments in anything other than stocks, bonds or cash – in which we take a look at the four most common asset classes in general order of risk/return profile; Absolute Return, Commodities, Property and...

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Alternative Investing : Commodities

Continuing our short series of blogs on ‘alternatives’ – investments in anything other than stocks, bonds or cash – in which we take a look at the four most common asset classes in general order of risk/return profile; Absolute Return, Commodities, Property and...

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Alternative Investing : Absolute Return

This is the first in a short series of blogs on ‘alternatives’ – investments in anything other than stocks, bonds or cash. We will take a look at the four most common alternative asset classes in general order of risk/return profile: Absolute Return, Commodities,...

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The New Central Bank Mortgage Rules

Many of you house hunters will already be aware of the new Central Bank mortgage rules but if you’re thinking about applying for a mortgage for the first time, here’s a quick primer. First Time Buyers In Central Bank speak, the term “first time buyer” actually means...

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5 Reasons To Never, Ever Buy Individual Shares

We’ve all thought about it, most of us have done it, some of us have made big gains, many of us have been burned. Many ‘experts’ endorse it as a perfectly sound investment strategy. Not me. Here’s why you should never buy an individual share... 1.   Going to Las Vegas...

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The Top 3 Financial New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year when many of us are making (and not yet breaking) New Year’s Resolutions, some of which are very likely to be financial goals. Research shows that our top 3 financial resolutions, year after year, are spend less, save more, and pay off debt....

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How To Choose A Financial Advisor

Finding a financial advisor is not an easy task in the complicated and murky world of personal finance. And when presented with a few possibilities, whether by referral through your personal or business network, or by searching online, what criteria should be used to...

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Are Prize Bonds For Prize Idiots?

Prize bonds are more popular than ever in Ireland, with a total issued of more than €3bn. But should they be part of your savings and investment portfolio? Firstly, what are they and how do they work? Prize bonds are non-interest bearing lottery bonds. Your capital...

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Are Annuities Always The Worst Option?

The sweeping reform of pensions in last week’s UK budget has put the much-maligned pension annuity back in the headlines. With annuities no longer compulsory in the UK, some newspapers began writing obituaries for the centuries-old annuity and one specialist annuity...

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