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Knowledge Hub: Personal finance and investing information for people in Ireland by Moneycube.ie

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

Question of the month: should I keep my paper share certificates?

I’ve held a small portfolio of shares for many years, mainly in well-known Irish and UK companies such as CRH and Barclays. I like getting the annual report and other information from the companies.  But these days the trend is to hold shares electronically.  What are the advantages, and should I say goodbye to my … Continued

Moneycube Talks: Keeping your pension on track with Davy and Zurich Life

This year, it’s been impossible to ignore the markets. Driven by inflation, war supply chain shortages, there have been significant declines in most markets, followed by a partial recovery over the summer, which itself is unwound in September and October. Many of us have seen significant declines in the value of our pension pots. Whether it’s … Continued

5 money mistakes to avoid in your 40s

Your 40s are typically some of your peak earning years.  So how do you make the most of them?  Here’s our top 5 money mistakes to avoid in your 40s. All your wealth in property Many people in their forties have paid down the mortgage on their house and seen their salary go up, and … Continued

Five lessons for investing during a recession

Investing for growth isn’t always plain sailing. But when times are tough, shying away from risk is not necessarily the right answer. In fact, some of the best returns often come from investments made when things look difficult. Right now, recession is a possibility in Europe within the next twelve months, and potentially in the … Continued

Moneycube Talks with James Thom of abrdn New Dawn

The Asia-Pacific region has seen dramatic change over the last few years, from political change to prolonged lockdown, and heightened tension over Taiwan.  To understand investing in Asia Pacific, Moneycube talked with James Thom, investment director at Abrdn New Dawn Investment Trust. Abrdn New Dawn is focused on investing in equities in Asia Pacific, excluding … Continued

How to make a lump sum contribution to top up your pension

Everything you need to know to make a last-minute pension contribution ahead of the 2021 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

Pensions Awareness Week is on the way!

Pensions Awareness Week Ireland (PAW) is back and bigger than ever!  Join Moneycube and over twenty other contributors from 19 – 23 September to create a roadmap for your financial future. PAW22 will offer: 1. Free financial information and a series of online events covering the A to Z of pensions 2. Free 1-2-1 consultations on your pension 3. We’ll also … Continued

Look under the lid before investing in UK markets in 2022

All eyes are on the UK just now following the death of Queen Elizabeth.  Are the UK’s financial markets also at a turning point? In a difficult year for most regions, UK markets have outperformed so far.  The FTSE100 index of top 100 companies is down around 5.5% in Euro terms (and only around 2% … Continued

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