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Property Investing and Recent Fund Suspensions

Property Investing and Recent Fund Suspensions

Property Investing and Recent Fund Suspensions Investors in several Irish property funds received news in January that valuations were being reduced by c.8% and withdrawals or switches from certain funds were being suspended for up to six months. The funds in question... read more

Hindsight Is 20/20. Foresight Isn’t.

The year 2019 served up many examples of the unpredictability of markets. Interest rates that US policy-makers expected to rise fell instead. American consumers’ confidence weakened as the year began,1 and news headlines broadcast fears of an economic slowdown. But... read more
Why Should I Invest?

Why Should I Invest?

Why Should I Invest? In this short video, Nobel laureate Eugene Fama explains two key steps to investing: knowing why you want to invest and understanding your tolerance for risk.   Let Markets Work for You   The financial markets have rewarded long-term... read more

The Randomness of Global Equity Returns

Investment opportunities exist all around the globe.   Across more than 40 countries, there are over 15,000 publicly traded companies.[1] If you listen to the news, however, some countries may seem like better places to invest than others based on how their... read more
Planning for the Cost of Family Education

Planning for the Cost of Family Education

When building financial plans for families, we tend to find that educating children ranks highly on the list of priorities. The costs associated with primary and secondary school education will usually be funded from regular monthly household income. While there is a... read more

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities. Over the years, these approaches have sought to capitalise on developments such as the perceived... read more

2018 Market Review

After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in Euro terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit,... read more

Risks of Owning a Single Stock

What do the following unrelated companies have in common? Amazon   Apple    Bank of Ireland CRH          Dell       Eli Lilly Google     Merck   Microsoft Pfizer       Smurfit  Tesco Firstly they are all household names and large employers in Ireland whose stock is... read more

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