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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Do you need financial advice?

With so many financial products available it can be difficult to compare all the options and make the right decision for you. If you are confused by what is on offer, it’s best to get professional financial advice.

You might consider getting financial advice especially if you are making long-term financial decisions, like:

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The Ups and Downs of my Career

Having graduated with a Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, I began my Career in 1995 as an Investment Banker. Twenty two and full of confidence, I found that Investment Banking was a great platform to make a lot of money!  I was moving hundreds of Millions of Pounds/Deutschmarks & Lira between banks which thinking back was a huge responsibility for a 22 year old !! Having worked in some of the biggest Global Banks, I found after 5 years. it was not something I could envisage myself staying long-term and lost the desire to continue.

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Senior Financial Advisor

Role Description

Alpha Wealth is a Dynamic, Progressive Financial Services company. Our purpose is to provide individuals, and companies, with a level of service and advice which
they would not have been used to before. We give advice/provide solutions in 3 core areas: Protection & Insurance (including Health Insurance), Retirement Planning and managing your savings. But we also do a lot more. We are seeking to recruit experienced, ambitious and self-motivated financial advisors to join our successful and growing organisation. The successful candidate
will be provided with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills. We offer competitive salary with bonus, expenses, mobile and laptop.

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Tracker Mortgage Scandal Q&A

Unless you have been hiding behind a rock for the past couple weeks, you would have noticed the coverage of the tracker mortgage scandal in the media. This is where banks have been accused of wrong doing to the public in relation to tracker mortgages taking out. I will run through a few questions that should help shed light on the area. The banks calculated that, even though they might lose money on these products, they could then “hook-in” the people who owned trackers and up-sell them more loans for cars, home improvements, and holidays, all of which would carry higher rates. The higher rates for other loans would off-set the losses on trackers and the banks got sneaky and reacted in the way they always do which is to screw the customer for the banker’s own mistakes and miscalculations.

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Why are we more likely to divorce than change banks?

I spend my days showing people the money that can be saved by simple changes (without reducing benefits).  These savings amount to thousands of euros over the course of the plans but yet a lot of people make do with the status quo.  I think ironically the recession has a lot to do with this.  Whilst we were all affected by it a lot of us have forgotten how to deal with things we can control in our everyday lives.

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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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The Mortgage Journey

 As steps in life go, buying a home is certainly one of the big ones. But if you know what’s involved in the mortgage process, you can see it instead as a number of small, easily-managed steps. What’s more, you don’t have to take them on your own. You’re thinking about applying for a mortgage, here’s a quick run-down of the factors that affect mortgage approval and what mortgage amount you can borrow.

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How Vaping Can Save You Over €10,000?

29% of smokers in Ireland currently use e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking. If you’ve been a vaper for over 12 months then you’re classed as a non-smoker according to certain life insurance companies. This means you will pay the same price as a non-smoker.

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