Archive for the 'Pensions' Category

Accessing your pension early because of illness

If you find yourself in the situation where you are unable to work due to illness, hopefully you have an income protection plan to provide you with a regular income while you recover. You may also get the Illness Benefit from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. If you are permanently incapable of […]

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Time to get rid of allocation rates?

The world of personal finance is a minefield. If you don’t work in this area or take lots of time to figure out how it works, it can be very confusing and off putting. One of those areas is that of allocation rates. That is, of the money you contribute, how much of that is […]

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Should I consolidate my pension plans?

The days of working in the same company for 40 years and collecting your pension at the end is gone. People are moving around jobs more and more these days…and accumulating pensions funds along the way. Is it a good idea to keep them all together, transferring benefits into your new scheme or should you […]

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Pension Backed Mortgage

I wrote a few weeks ago about the probable end of owning a property through your pension under the IORPS II legislation that is due to be enacted early this year. For those who still want to use their pension to fund a property, there is a solution…the return of the pension backed mortgage! What […]

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An end to owning property through your pension?

New legislation called IORPS II (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision) Directive was supposed to become law on 13 January 2019. This hasn’t happened yet, but the Department of Employment and Social Protection, along with The Pensions Authority are working on it and it is expected to become law in the first quarter of this year. […]

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Funding a company pension twice

Not everyone matures their pension and retires. This is especially true for company directors. In many instances, they will mature their pension funds and carry on working. They may have needed to access the tax free lump sum early to fund their business or pay off their mortgage. But that does not mean the end […]

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Differences between Vested PRSAs and ARFs/AMRFs

When PRSAs were created, the legislation around them through up some little quirks that practioners discovered when they got into the weeds and read through the actual legislation. One of those quirks lead to the creation of the Vested PRSA. That is, at retirement age, you can take 25% as a tax free lump sum […]

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The difference between a PRSA and a Personal Pension

PRSA’s were created under legislation in 2002. They were marketed as the flexible, transferable pension plan. But the take up of them was very low as people stayed away from them. They are a lot more popular now with a lot of people making inquiries about setting up a PRSA. A lot of the time, […]

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Are pensions too long term for Millennials?

I work with a number of ambitious career people in their 20’s. They are in well paying jobs and have lots of surplus income. They want to build wealth over time so instead of spending all this extra money on designer clothes or gadgets, they want it to work for them. They are happy to […]

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Why you need a private pension

The State pension increased in the last Budget by €5 a week, which will bring it up to €248.30 a week or €12,911.60 a year. If you were to buy a this pension yourself from an insurance company, it would cost you €325,000. That’s a lot of money to accumulate yourself from a private pension. […]

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