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The Power of Partnering with a Certified Financial Planner

Financial planning is at the cornerstone of personal empowerment, and for women, it holds particular significance. In a world where gender disparities persist in various areas of life, from earnings to career progression, financial planning is a crucial tool for women to navigate these challenges and secure their future independence. At Lifetime Financial Planning, we […]

Monthly Investment Note: February 2024

A Frothy Cappucino…   As we close the door on February, things are certainly feeling a little frothy in a number of markets just now.  US equity markets continue to drive higher, led by the phenomenal returns from the technology sector in the all-encompassing Artificial Intelligence space, the US 500 has hit multiple new highs […]

Monthly Investment Note: January 2024

A new year, a new perspective… We start the new year with gusto, but with a stark reality check, casting our sights on World affairs and outlining the global risks clearly evident. The war in the Ukraine trundles into its third year and with no sign of closure, remains a threat to the status quo […]

Monthly Investment Note: December 2023

We would like to wish all our client’s a very happy Christmas & Happy new Year and I would like to thank you once again for continuing to place your trust in our services. MERRY CHRISTMAS & Enjoy the final note of the year!! With Dasher, Prancer, Comet, Rudolf, and the rest, including of course […]

Monthly Investment Note: October 2023

The House View Summary As the leaves turn a different shade of green & we start to light the fires indoors, heading into the final quarter of the year, we are starting to see a change in sentiment in Markets. In September, EU inflation (HICP) across the bloc, reduced by 0.9% to 4.3% (from 5.2% […]

Monthly Investment Note: September 2023

The House View Summary: Dusting off the málaí scoile, September is back to school time and the adjustment back to routine and familiarity, the family taxi service and preparing for another academic year. Hopefully everyone has managed has had some time to rejuvenate the spirits for the final push to the end of the year. […]

Monthly Investment Note: July 2023

One of the golden rules of investing advises investors to avoid timing the markets as anticipation can be a costly venture and is probably appropriate here. With the recent June inflation data from the US starting to show a sustained reduction marked to 3%, from the recent year to date high of 8.1% in Feb, […]

Monthly Investment Note: June 2023

As we roll into the end of the first half of 2023, we continue to see inflation dominate the macroeconomic system, though with the main central banks taking time to consider their next steps in terms of rate increases. The Euro (HICP) Inflation rate for May is 6.1% (and for Ireland is 6.3%) down from […]

Monthly Investment Note: May 2023

While global GDP and inflation pressures continue to persist in the financial system, European & US economies are reporting lower inflation in the first quarter of 2023. However, in these economies inflation is still viewed as being stubborn and requiring a considered interest rate increase which is juxtaposed with balancing the cost of credit considerations. […]

The Pace of Recent Interest Rate Hikes is Expected to Ease

According to a Bloomberg survey, the European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to ease the pace of rate hikes to 0.25% from next week as the central bank weighs a pullback in bank lending against sticky inflation and a more resilient than expected economy. It is anticipated that beyond next week’s hike, further 0.25% hikes […]

Monthly Investment Note: March 2023

Global GDP and inflation pressures continue to persist in the financial system with the European & US economies reporting higher than expected inflation and lower GDP for the final quarter of 2022. US inflation was measured at 6.3% and European inflation at 10% (Ireland is estimated to be 8%) in Feb, while the UK inflation […]

Monthly Investment Note: February 2023

On the back of a dismal 2022, global markets have somewhat rallied during January 2023 on the back of a tapering of inflation expectations and sight of what the market perceives to be a landing area for the terminal interest rates.   US Stocks posted gains after the announcement of an above expectations, Gross Domestic […]