Why it’s never too late to start a pension… and what you should do today

It’s never too late to start a pension.  And with generous tax relief, longer lifespans and lots of investment options, it’s almost always worth doing.  Moneycube explains why, and what you should do to start a pension today. Good reasons for starting late Many people worry they haven’t started saving for retirement early enough.  But … Continued

How to measure investment fund performance

Clearly the performance record of growth of a fund is of great interest.  But what counts as good investment fund performance?  In fact a fund’s track record over one, two or three months is of little interest to the medium-term investor. Here, Moneycube explores what really matters when looking for a strong-performing investment fund in … Continued

Can I afford to invest? Three questions before taking the plunge

Thanks to the web, investing your money in Ireland is easier than ever.  It’s also more affordable than ever, with Moneycube offering access to regular investments from just €250 per month, and lump sums from €2,500. But the basics still apply when figuring out if you can afford to invest.  Read on to learn more … Continued

What’s an index fund?

An index fund is a type of fund designed to track the performance of a particular market as closely as possible. The aim is to replicate the performance of that market, while keeping costs as low as possible, by setting the fund on ‘autopilot’, and reducing the need for expensive fund managers. Index funds in Ireland … Continued

Should you invest in UK-focused funds?

If investing is about putting your money into high-quality opportunities at fair prices, now could be a great time for Irish people to consider UK-focused funds. We explain why, and suggest a couple of options that could do the trick for Irish-based savers. Before we start – remember this isn’t an investment recommendation.  If you’d … Continued

It’d be like a weight off my shoulders – meet Moneycube users

Investing your money is about more than chasing returns.  For Moneycube users, it’s about taking control of your money, and knowing you’re doing the right thing with your savings. At Moneycube we’ve been speaking to our users about what held them back from investing before now, and how investing makes them feel. Click the video … Continued

Storm clouds gather: what’s an investor to do?

Last week was a bumpy ride for investors as markets dipped 2 or 3 per cent on Wednesday and Thursday, before flattening a little on Friday.  What’s going on?  And what’s to be done? The immediate cause here is rising US interest rates, which went up at the end of September, mainly in response to … 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. Just want to get started? … Continued