Easiest way to invest in Vanguard S&P 500 in Ireland

‘Never bet against America’, says legendary investor Warren Buffett.  He’s among many who have suggested that investing in the S&P 500 is a viable approach for many investors with a long-term horizon.  So what’s the S&P 500, why is it of interest to an Ireland-based investor, and how can you access it? What is the … Continued

When is the best time to invest?

If you’re contemplating investing a lump sum, it’s natural to ask, is now the right time? Pare it back, and there are really two questions here: Am I ready to invest? Are the markets ready for me? Let’s take them in reverse order. 1. Are markets going to go up? Short-term, this is impossible to … Continued

The risks of leaving cash on deposit

Leaving money in the bank is sometimes said to be the risk-free choice.  But in fact, keeping your savings in cash does carry risk.  Here are some questions to think about if all your wealth is in cash. How safe is your money? As the recession taught us, Irish banks and credit unions aren’t invincible.  … Continued

How far does €500k go in retirement?

With the average pension pot in Ireland somewhere in the region of €90,000, a pension pot of half a million is something many people can only dream of. But how far would it get you?  We’ve carved up a notional €500,000 pension fund at retirement to see if it’s enough. Planning to retire soon, or … Continued

Will inflation affect savers and investors in Ireland?  

We’ve been living in a low-interest and low-inflation world for a decade or more now.  But markets have started to consider that things might change.  What does that mean for investors and savers in Ireland? First, let’s be positive.  Inflation – if it comes – offers opportunities and risks for investors. Why are markets re-considering … Continued

How not to invest: 5 investments to avoid during 2021  

We spend so much time talking about ways to invest your money… it’s time to look at some investments that are best avoided. Whether it’s the risk of scams, returns that are too good to be true, excessive costs or risks, here are five investments that we believe are best avoided for most investors. A … Continued