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End-of-year investing checklist

It’s almost the end of 2020 – and most of us will be happy to see it gone.  Before we do, here are Moneycube’s five to-dos to wrap up your 2020 investments and finances. 1. Review your capital gains tax position If you purchase shares directly, this one’s for you. Every taxpayer in Ireland has … Continued

December year end? Now’s the time to boost your company pension

If your company is like most in Ireland, its accounting year ends in December.  And that means now’s the time to think about making a special contribution to your company pension – especially if you’ve experienced a strong trading year. Read on to find out what’s good about topping up a company pension before year … Continued

What is a Personal Retirement Bond (PRB)?

A Personal Retirement Bond (sometimes called a Buyout Bond) is a pension account you can use to transfer out pensions from old jobs.  You keep all the tax benefits of a pension, but cut the link with your old employer. Using a Pensions Retirement Bond means you are fully in control of investment choices, get … Continued

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 pension 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 … 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