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Financial planning in your 50’s

This is the latest in our series of articles that consider the financial challenges for clients at a specific stage in life. This time we’re looking at people who are in their 50’s. This is a really important stage in your financial life as it is often the time in life of maximum income and the greatest opportunity to really build your wealth.

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Why everyone needs income protection

Let’s face it, Income Protection is somewhat of a grudge purchase. While it still enjoys the benefit of tax relief at your marginal (highest) rate, it’s another household expense that none of us enjoy paying. After all, you’re paying for a benefit that you hope you never collect… 

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What’s important financially, when in your 30’s

This is the first in a series of articles that will be aimed at people at different stages of life. Today we’re starting with those in their younger more carefree years, but probably with an eye on financial planning – the 30 somethings! For this group there are lots of competing priorities – a house to be bought, maybe a wedding to be celebrated or a family to be started. And these also don’t take into account the holidays, cars and social life that are there to be enjoyed too… So here are our thoughts on some of the important financial challenges facing this group.

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Claims sit at the heart of what we do

We await with interest each year the claims statistics from the leading protection providers in the Irish market. Irish Life annually issue very insightful and detailed information about their claims (as do other providers), and we’ve taken the opportunity to dig a little into the claims data from their Retail division for 2021. 

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Beware your Investment Biases

We wrote in January about “Staying out of your own way”, a piece that resonated with a lot of people in these volatile investment markets. In this article, we spoke about how managing our own behaviours is the single factor that will probably have the greatest impact on our investment success.

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Focus on the big picture

Let’s make it a real resolution in 2022 to focus together on the big picture when it comes to your finances. All too often, it can be very easy to be dragged down into weeds – in our world that’s the (very important too) world of products, funds and fund managers. Don’t get us wrong, these really matter and need to be discussed, but never at the expense of discussing the bigger picture.

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Stay out of your own way

We’ve seen quite a lot of volatility in investment markets in recent months and while many analysts are forecasting single digit growth in 2022, there is also a sense that markets will continue to be volatile. Covid is still lingering, the US & China are having their differences over trade and Brexit issues remain unresolved.

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