Long/short equity funds have an impressive track record, beating equity markets over the long run and protecting investors through volatile markets. However, over the last few years, returns from these hedge funds have been less favourable. Michael MacGrath, Senior Analyst, Global Investment Selection, looks at whether investors should consider rethinking investing in this asset class.
For many businesses and families, thinking long-term involves considering the safest and most sensible ways to pass on wealth to children. In this article, Deirdre Lyons, Tax & Financial Planning Strategist, looks at different options of good-practice succession planning.
It’s easy to forget the main lesson the crisis has taught us: ‘plan for the best, prepare for the worst’. In this article, Declan Hanley, Head of Financial Planning, considers some of the steps you can take so that you and your family are better placed to meet financial challenges.
Today’s children represent a chance to inspire opportunity and growth for everyone.
The recent recovery in the property market, together with a very restrictive inheritance tax regime, have raised concerns for many parents on how to pass on their properties to their children without burdening them with a big inheritance tax bill. In this article, Martin Kennedy, Financial Planning Consultant, explains how to prepare the most tax-efficient estate plan possible.
Budget 2014 introduced changes to the maximum allowable pension fund at retirement and reduced the Standard Fund Threshold to €2m. In this article, Colm Power, Senior Financial Planning Manager, looks at the most effective strategies that we have implemented for clients who have been impacted by these changes.
In light of the recent strong returns in most asset classes, the value of many Irish pensions has improved. In this article, Colm Power, Senior Financial Planning Manager, looks at four easy steps that might help you hit your retirement targets.
Interpreting Hamlet’s famous soliloquy is a breeze compared to the intricacies of a defined benefit pension plan but anyone with a ‘DB’ scheme must get their head around the risks and rewards, writes Declan Hanley, Head of Financial Planning.
If you’re like most, not having enough money for retirement is a top financial concern. Other noteworthy concerns are not having enough money to pay medical costs, maintain the standard of living you enjoy and pay off your debt. Sound familiar?
With the October Budget approaching the clamour for tax cuts and spending increases has begun. Conall Mac Coille discusses the Irish tax-benefits system and how it compares internationally.