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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Don’t Get Stuck In Default Mode

Do you think you have free will? How often do you exercise it? You may need to think twice about your answers because every time we make a decision there are powerful behavioural forces hampering our ability to choose. The dominant force I want to talk about is...

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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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How To Be Money Smart – Quick Tip

Deposit rates continue to plummet.  If you have money in a savings account that you won't need for at least three years, make your money work harder and invest in a multi-asset fund. For savings that you will need to access, check out http://www.bonkers.ie to ensure...

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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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Smart Beta – What You Need To Know

You may have seen the term Smart Beta bandied about as the latest ‘must have’ for your investment portfolio. So what does it mean and what can it do for you? Beta = Passive Let’s just first talk briefly about Beta. Beta is passive investing - buying an index tracker...

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