How to make a lump sum top-up contribution to your pension

Everything you need to know to make a last-minute pension contribution ahead of the 2018 income tax deadline Making a lump sum pension contribution is a great way to rapidly increase your pension provision and secure your financial future. And now is a great time to top up your pension and claim income tax relief … Continued

Should I take out a PRSA with my bank?

4 questions to ask before you sign up There are several reasons to consider starting a PRSA with your local bank. Starting a pension is a good move no matter how you do it. But before you sign up to a pension with an Irish bank, here are four questions to ask. 1. Is a … Continued

Question of the month: should I buy Ryanair shares?

I’m thinking of investing €10,000 in Ryanair shares.  Is that too little to invest – and is there a better alternative? – Margaret, Dublin Question of the month is a new regular feature on the Moneycube blog. If there’s an aspect of investing or pensions that you’d like us to cover, drop us a line. … Continued

What are your pension options when you leave a company?

When you change job, your pension options change too. It’s a great time to look at your pension provision and make some improvements.  Typically, you’ll have three options for your pension when you leave your job.  You can do nothing.  You can move it into the pension that comes with your new job.  Or you … Continued

Are KBC investment funds any good?

KBC Bank has made a great effort to explain investing in Ireland, offering investments from just €125. So should you invest in KBC’s funds? We’ve reviewed their offering to help you decide. Read on to find out more on KBC’s fund performance, costs, and some alternatives. How do KBC’s investments work? KBC’s offering is focused on a … Continued

The simplest pension in Ireland

A simple investment strategy, with a leading Irish pensions provider, at a clear, great value price – what’s not to like? Keep it simple is perhaps the best rule of finance. Pensions in Ireland have a reputation for flouting the rule.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Moneycube has put together a super-simple pension … Continued

Affected by a credit union savings cap? Here are some alternatives

Credit unions are one Ireland’s quiet financial services success stories.  Usually based on local or employment connection, they have helped millions of members boost their savings and manage their money. As people’s savings and earnings have recovered over recent years, more and more money is flowing into credit union savings. A sign of success – … Continued

Ethical investment options in Ireland

Taking control of your money is increasingly about making sure it’s invested in an ethical way. There are several good options for socially responsibly investors in the Irish market. What’s ethical investing? Ethical investing (or socially responsibly investing) comes in many forms, some more stringent than others. The common theme is a set of ethical … Continued

Woodford fund suspension: how are Irish investors affected?

Investors in the UK-based Woodford Equity Income fund have been unable to withdraw their money since 3 June.  What’s happened, and what are the lessons for Irish investors? What’s happened? Woodford Equity Income was formed in 2014 and quickly grew to over £10 billion in assets.  Some of those assets were invested in smaller, private … Continued