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Category Archives: Retirement

Blog #48- Building a Core-Satellite Investment Portfolio

While it might sound a little like a project to build the next NASA space-rocket this is a fairly simple investment approach that Irish investors have access to, so strap yourself in! Before we begin may I outline that the word 'satellite' is one of those words that I really struggle how to spell.....for some...

Podcast #56: Core Satellite Investment Portfolios……Eh!?

While it might sound a little like a project to build the next NASA space-rocket this is a fairly simple investment approach that Irish investors have access to, so strap yourself in! Before we begin may I outline that the word 'satellite' is one of those words that I really struggle how to spell.....for some...

Podcast #55: The Impact Of Time On Investments…Tick Tock

It is the first thing people ask when they hear you work in the space of helping people manage money.....'What should I invest in?'. The only appropriate answer to that question, I believe is along the lines of 'it depends on what your objective is'. This answer usually isn't what they expect, they expect a...

Blog #41- The Danger Of Trivial Pensions……

Central Statistics Office reported recently that 47% of men in Ireland have some form of pension, and 46% of females have one....there's a surprise, the men leading the way!! Our age also seems to have a large impact as to whether we bother or indeed believe we can afford to contribute to a pension; 36% of...

Podcast #45: Investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)…The Facts

Hey, and welcome to another episode of Informed Decisions Financial Planning podcast here in Ireland. If you have ever asked yourself: What are ETFs?...... How Do I invest in ETFs?....... How Do ETFs actually work?..... Are ETFs Risky?..................Then this episode will hopefully give you some useful information. This time around we are taking a look under the bonnet of Exchange Traded...

Podcast #34: Help, My Defined Benefit Pension Scheme is Closing!

Hi All, In this episode we empathise whole-heartedly, then delve and explore the options available to the many many thousands of employees who have 'lost' their Defined Benefit Pension Schemes in recent times. All is not lost however! Most 'normal people' out there (with the exception of financial nerds & indeed yours truly until I started working...

Blog #14- When Can I Retire…..?

Hey, It's one of those questions that many of us often consider, we possibly even have a quick look online for information, and then it fades out of mind and may be revisited in a few years! As a result we can miss out on forming a clear plan around what age we actually want to keep...

Podcast #5: An Easy & Pleasant Intro to Pensions!

Hi All, Colm McCarthy (our esteemed Irish Economist) recently said "retirees don't eat equities and bonds for their breakfast, they eat rashers and eggs and bread and stuff".......meaning we need cash to survive and feed ourselves in retirement, not funds and technical products. Paddy & John discuss why this matters and how we can begin to consider...

Blog #2 How’s your Cash-Tree?

Hi, The time has come to ask the BIG Question in regards your finances, the very foundation of it all.......What does money mean to you? Whether you are self employed, an employee or not earning an income, what exactly does money do for you? From my experience, for some it means the world, they are obsessed and...