Your 40s are typically some of your peak earning years.  So how do you make the most of them?  Here’s our top 5 money mistakes to avoid in your 40s.

All your wealth in property

Many people in their forties have paid down the mortgage on their house and seen their salary go up, and are looking to put the excess money to work.

This is where a global investment fund can help you.  An international fund invested in company shares and bonds is a great way to diversify your wealth away from the Irish property market.  (Moneycube can help with this).

If you are looking at increasing your investments, don’t bet the farm on a single kind of asset.

No plan for third-level education costs

Free third level education is a bit of a myth in Ireland.

To start with, there’s a student contribution charge of €3,000 to think about.  Then there’s the living expenses, particularly if your son or daughter is moving away from home.

Zurich have recently put the annual cost of sending a child to college at more than €9,000.

Too much mortgage and other debt

Your fifth decade is a good time to make big inroads on your debts.

Your earnings have hopefully gone up, and if you’ve kids, the worst of childcare costs might be behind you.

For many in Generation X, it’s a good time to plough that extra bit at the end of the month into paying down debt – especially expensive debt like credit cards, bank overdrafts, or high-interest personal loans.

No life assurance

If people around you depend on your income and your future income, you almost certainly need a plan to replace it if you get sick or die.  That’s where life assurance comes in.

Pension: reality check

In your forties, you’ve got time to make a real dent on your pension fund.

By piling in cash steadily now, your money will benefit from around two decades of investment returns.  And between the ages of 40 and 49, Revenue allow income tax deduction against up to a quarter of your income.

Lastly, remember everyone’s circumstances are different, and this is not a comprehensive list of money mistakes.  Get in touch if you’d like to discuss how Moneycube can help you.

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