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What does Coronavirus mean for my pension?

Coronavirus hit the financial markets in a big way during March. As a result, many pension savers will have seen a drop in the value of their savings over the last few weeks. So should you take action? Read our five-point guide to find out what it all means for your retirement fund, and why … Continued

Is now the right time to invest?

 What a month that was for investors.  In the space of 30 days: World shares fell by 16.7% in Euro terms The S&P 500 recorded the 7 largest ever one-day points gains (yes, gains) Oil dropped to its lowest price since 2002 The market’s ‘fear index’, the VIX, hit its highest level ever on 16 … Continued

Best place to invest money in Ireland in 2020

Welcome to Moneycube’s annual roundup of the best investments available in Ireland. We’ve chosen five funds we think have strong potential for the new decade. Despite choppy conditions in March 2020, whether you’re a new investor, looking to invest a large lump sum, or seeking income from your investments, we’ve got a fund for you. We’ve also crunched the … Continued

Vanguard socially responsible (SRI) funds review

Vanguard index funds and ethical investing are two of the biggest investing trends in Ireland today. So what happens if you put both of them together? Here’s our review of Vanguard’s SRI (socially responsible investment) or ethical fund offering for Irish investors. Read on to find how you can construct an ethical portfolio for your … Continued

5 ways a good company pension plan can enhance your business

From our work advising small and medium-sized businesses, new businesses, and company owners, we find five factors distinguish strong pension offerings. Here’s Moneycube’s rundown on how business owners and managers can set up and run a successful company pension and benefits offering. 1. Keep it simple A company pension is something you want to set, … Continued

Friends First Irish Commercial Property Fund drops 9.1%

Investors in the Friends First Irish Commercial Property Fund woke up to a nasty shock today. Aviva (which bought Friends First in 2018), announced that they had “taken the decision to move our property fund pricing from an acquisition to disposal basis”. That all sounds pretty dull until you discover it means a drop in … Continued

Should I move my UK pension back to Ireland?

If you’ve spent a few years working in the UK, it’s likely you’ve built up a decent pension pot.  Now you’ve moved back, should you bring your pension with you? We’ve prepared answers to all the big questions to help you decide. Why should I move my UK pension? There are several reasons bringing your … Continued

How did we do in 2019?

Each year, we pick a handful of investment funds available to Irish investors and highlight them on our blog.  We’ve charted below how our 2019 selections performed. Interested in our 2020 picks?  Click here to read more. There’s no doubt 2019 was a cracking year to have your money in investment funds.  Our of our … Continued

Question of the month: what’s the investment outlook for 2020?

After such a strong performance for investments in 2019, it’s almost inevitable that in 2020, Irish investors will see more modest returns. Markets were up around 28% from January to November 2019, as markets bounced back from a painful few months at the end of 2018.  But while it’s unrealistic to expect a repeat performance … Continued