Managing holiday finances‘Try and pay cash if you can. Try and pay as much as possible in advance as much as you can.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Holiday season is most definitely upon us. But how do we manage holiday finances? Moneywhizz.org’s Frank Conway joined Marian Finucane to advise listeners on how best to save for their trip abroad, how much or how little to rely on your credit card and how to avoid hidden charges that might make your holiday more expensive than you had planned. Frank thinks …

NAMA Chairman‘Some were saying NAMA was going to make a €10 billion loss. We’re going to make a €3 billion surplus. So they were only €13 billion out.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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There are very few people in the country who do not have an opinion on NAMA, the National Asset Management Agency, Ireland’s “bad bank”, founded in 2009 in the wake of the financial and property crash. Amongst the people who have voiced strong opinions of late are the Comptroller and Auditor General, politicians of several hues, and recently, in the …

‘It looks like they may have bought these mortgages for the equivalent price of a packet of Tayto’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor of the Irish Independent, is a regular guest on Today with Sean O’Rourke, and for good reason. As regular listeners will know, he has a way of cutting through the nonsense and calling things for what they are, warts and all. Today, he is raising the flag for anybody who might receive a letter from …

Callers challenge the Finance Minister post-budget.‘I am sure that Minister Noonan would not like to see himself as a grave robber.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Let’s get ready to rumble! In the blue corner, Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, along with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. In the red corner, the people of Ireland. Or at least, those people who called into Today with Sean O’Rourke put their questions to the two ministers. The tradition of the Minister for Finance coming into …

Motor insurance claims“80% whiplash element. In France, it’s 3%. Obviously, very delicate Irish necks come into play.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Sinead Ryan was in flying form this morning. The consumer journalist, and champion of the discerning shopper, is decidedly unimpressed with the levels of court payouts on insurance claims and how they are contributing to what she feels are excessive insurance premiums. “One that’s most concerning of course is the area of whiplash. This is because soft tissue injuries account …

Reckless Insurance Sales‘It got to the stage where my dog had an insurance policy.’

As heard on liveline

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If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Big Short”, with Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell amongst the glittering cast, you know it’s an utterly compelling yet disturbing exposé of some of the events which led up to the financial crash in the closing years of the last decade and, in particular, some of the outrageous behaviour …

“We are going to have a lot more people relying on state pension in the coming years, and a lot fewer taxpayers to pay for it.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The issue of pensions is never far from the headlines and every now and again the ominous term “pensions timebomb” rears its ugly head. But, according to Jerry Moriarty, speaking on the Today programme with Keelin Shanley, that “timebomb” terminology is well justified. And if you need proof, just consider that fewer than 50% of working people in Ireland are …

"The lack of information out there is remarkable. There are solutions…" Ross Maguire, Senior Counsel

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Duration 2’23” Personal insolvency, mortgage arrears, negative equity….  Phrases that have become all too frequent in media discussion in recent years. Many politicians have highlighted cases of specific constituents, to illustrate how many Irish citizens are suffering financially, while international capital companies seemingly make fortunes from our misfortune. “I have to complain about politicians. It’s easy for them to blame …