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Irish Life MAPS review

Irish Life Multi-Asset Portfolios (or Irish Life MAPS) is hard to avoid.  It’s the biggest multi-asset range of funds in Ireland. It sometimes seems like its advertisements are on the side of every bus.  And AIB, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank also promote it heavily. So is it right for you, and is there a … Continued

Tackling the gender pension gap

Irish Life ran a great ad ran last year, showing women queueing up at an ice-cream van on a summer’s day to buy a 99. Imagine their disappointment to be told they could only be served a “77”. What’s that? Well, it’s the same ice-cream, but yours is 22% smaller.  Heck, even the flake is … Continued

Claiming tax relief on a personal pension

If your employer pays over your contributions, then they’ll typically handle the tax deductions for you.  But if you’re paying into a personal  each month from your own bank account, you’ll need to let Revenue know so that they can adjust your tax credits. Here’s Moneycube’s handy guide to claim your tax credit on contributions … Continued

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 2019 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

Bank of Ireland negative interest rates on pensions: what should you do?

Bank of Ireland recently decided to charge negative interest rates on individual pensions set up through trustees.  Are you affected?  We’ve set out the key facts and some options to consider. If you’d like to discuss how Moneycube can help you get to grips with this change, get in touch. What’s happened? It’s become clear … Continued

How does tax relief on pensions work?

The government really wants you to save for your retirement.  So they offer three great tax advantages to encourage you to save into your pension. Here’s Moneycube’s explainer on the three tax concessions for pension savers.  Read how tax relief on pensions in Ireland works, how much you can claim, and how that will accelerate … Continued

Should I invest in gold?

Going for gold is the 3,000-year-old investment strategy.  So is it the right choice for investors in Ireland? Gold has some characteristics that investors just can’t ignore.  When governments print money, countries fight wars, or political uncertainty increases, share prices can come under pressure. But demand for gold grows. This is the scenario that is … Continued