Cashback offers may not lead to best mortgage deal

If you are in the mortgage market, there are four categories; first-time buyer, non-first time buyer, investor (buy-to-let), or a switcher. Different rules and criteria apply for each.

Most of the current market is made up of first-time buyers. They are in a privileged position over non-first timers as they only have to find a 10% deposit whilst for second-time buyers, it is 20% of the purchase price.

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The Perfect Storm- The Current state of the Savings Market in Ireland

Currently in Ireland we have almost “The Perfect Storm” for Savers.  Firstly, we have a situation of very low interest rates affecting the returns we get from our savings.  Secondly, we have one of the highest Tax rates on deposits, which is currently 39% of the interest you earn. If you add to this the rising costs of buying a property or putting your child/children through school, then you get “The Perfect Storm” or treble whammy.

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5 Years On…

Alpha Wealth has reached the 5th year anniversary milestone. And what a journey it has been,  through both good times and bad.  Having worked in Financial Advisory for 15 years in the Banks primarily since 2000, Nick felt that Irish consumers were not being given straightforward advice and that the Banks and Insurance companies were biased and overcharging for their services.  Hence Alpha Wealth was born. It’s a business that was born in the teeth of the recession, but we’ve also seen the great growth years of recent times too.

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Buying insurance online – Is it an expensive mistake?

“1.2.3”, “Chill”, “hello” where to turn?”

I often watch the adverts on TV and wonder why when my son sings the Jingle “12, just log on and save money”. And the little boy telling us we can save up to €400 per year on our mortgage protection insurance, my wife, who likes to shop online, is not running to the laptop.

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