Category Archives: Savings

Austerity hurts because it works.

I saw a t-shirt once that had a picture of a pyramid and it said ‘slavery, it gets sh1t done’. While I don’t agree with enslaving anybody, it makes a point that sometimes the unpalatable is also the most practical. Which is why when I hear people bemoan how we are enslaving future generations because of the bank bailout or promissory note deal I secretly die inside, we are doing that already. The Economic and Fiscal Outlook of 2013 (if you look it up check out table 12) shows that irrespective of banks that we’d be short to the tune of €40bn between 2012 and 2015.

Beating the Banks

I do my best to help you with your money concerns, and that is why this week I want to teach you how to ‘beat the bank’, it’s time to turn their tricks back against them Firstly, look at the way the banks hit you for your cash.

TV3 The Morning Show – Personal finance for the new year

This time on the Morning Show we talked about ideas for personal finance in the new year, how to get ‘financially fit’ and some simple steps to help get you there.

RTE News at 1, PTsb mortgage bonus scheme, 14th November 2011

We were interviewed by RTE News at One with John Finnerty. The topic was a potential bonus scheme that PTsb are likely to announce for tracker mortgage customers who pay down their loan early. They are doing this because they want to deleverage and if they include repricing in the option then it may give them the ability to make money on these loss making loans.

Independent: Struggling investors forced to sell at a loss

Mortgages with a total value of €1.3bn were now in arrears of three months or more. This represents 16pc of its €7.8bn buy-to-let mortgage book — up from 10pc in December. Low rents and difficulties finding tenants mean many buy-to-let investors lost money on their properties, director of Irish Mortgage Brokers Karl Deeter said.

News of the World: Money Expert on Savings & the Greek Crisis

The problems in Greece are weighing heavy on Europe; the worry is that Greece will be Dracula and suck the lifeblood out of the Euro, or they will go Drachma – returning to their own money. For now, they remain the focal point of almost every financial worry at present worldwide. At Advisors.ie we are getting calls from clients on a daily basis who are worried about their savings, wondering if their money is safe, and they ask us what they should do in order to protect themselves.

News of the World: Advisors.ie on Credit Cards

CREDIT cards can be a godsend and a curse. I have a friend who doesn’t have one, so I used to wonder how he booked flights or bought anything online. Recently I discovered his secret — he just lets his wife put it all on her credit card, clever man.

Irish Examner: Advisors.ie on the topic of PRSA’s and the Pension Levy

Director of client advice firm, advisors.ie, Karl Deeter, said that ‘personal retirement savings accounts’ or PRSAs were created in an attempt to get more people to save for their retirement. He said they were billed as a universal solution with fixed fees and low costs, along with flexibility.

News of the World: Money expert on fixing your finances (week 3)

Ask anybody ‘what would you do with some extra money?’ and you’ll get a lot of different answers, but this week it is your turn to decide. Because over the last three weeks we have shown you how to take a snapshot of your financial situation then how to use that as a blueprint in finding ways to save money. Without too much effort an average savings of €2,000 is possible simply by re-jigging some of your spending patterns, so where to from there? In finance there is a hierarchy that advisors tend to adhere to and in rank and order it is as follows: Protection, Investment, Savings, Retirement planning and Mortgages.

Sunday Independent: How much is your tracker worth to the bank?

“Getting rid of debt is a good idea, and the new Permanent TSB bonus scheme puts a sweetener on it,” said Karl Deeter, head of customer advice with the financial advisers, advisors.ie. “If you don’t have a rainy-day fund, this is not for you. If you have debt elsewhere that is at a higher interest rate, it is a bad idea.”