The Importance of Financial Planning

Moved to Ireland from the UK? – Transfer Your UK Pension

If you worked in the UK and have moved to Ireland, you may have left one or more UK Pensions behind. We strongly recommend that these assets be transferred back to Ireland, you thereby gain control of your asset.

BREXIT means this should be done sooner rather than later. The funds can be retained in Sterling if desired.

At Lifetime Financial Planning, we have the technical expertise and experience in transferring UK Pension Funds to Ireland.

If you need help in relation to transferring your UK pension or any other financial matter give us a call at Lifetime Financial Planning.

Tel +353 (0)46 924 0961. Email: michael@lifetimefinancial.ie or aidan@lifetimefinancial.ie

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Reminder to Submit Your Pension Contribution Before the Pay and File Deadline

We’re just writing to remind you to take full advantage of the generous tax relief available on your 2015 pension contribution before the pay and file deadline of 31st October, or 10th November if you file through Revenue Online Service (ROS).

Depending on your age and income, you may be eligible for up to 40% tax relief on your personal pension contribution for 2015.

Depending on your age and income, you may be eligible for up to 40% tax relief on your personal pension contribution for 2015

Every €100 you contribute to your pension could cost you as little as €60*

* Revenue rules, age and income related rules apply.

With tax free growth on your investment we believe it is a highly efficient and effective method of converting your current income into long term personal wealth.

To take full advantage of this generous tax relief, review your existing pension funds and start your Lifetime Financial Plan please call us at 046 9240961 or visit our website at www.lifetimefinancial.ie

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Aidan Wall

Aidan Wall

QFA, FLIA, SIA

Aidan Wall is a Qualified Financial Advisor, a Fellow of the Life Insurance Association and a Senior Investment Advisor.
Aidan has been providing impartial financial advice to clients since 1983, and he has acquired vast experience in the areas of Financial Planning, Family Income Protection, Retirement Income and Investments.

E: aidan@lifetimefinancial.ie

Dr Michael Wall

Dr Michael Wall

APA, PhD

Dr Michael Wall, PhD, is an Authorised Product Advisor (APA).
As an Authorised Product Advisor (APA) Michael is working under the mentorship of Senior Financial Advisor, Aidan Wall and has completed his QFA (Qualified Financial Advisor) examinations.

E: michael@lifetimefinancial.ie

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Will you have enough to retire?

It’s a worry, isn’t it. You don’t want to run out of money after you stop working, or have to live in austerity. You may have a mix of things you are relying on, a business, property, pension fund, cash savings, your home. You may also have debts, loans. So it’s complicated, and the State Pension is good, but not nearly enough, and will it stay the pace ?

Our Recommendation. You need a PLAN. We call it a Lifetime Financial Plan, because it’s a long term plan, taking everything into account. And as your circumstances change, the plan is updated so you are always on track. You can get more info about this on our website www.lifetimefinancial.ie In making the plan, we also make sure you are making the best of any opportunities, such as saving tax. The sense of relief, and peace of mind that having a plan brings, means you can confidently get on with enjoying your life.

To find out more, and take the next step to your Lifetime Financial Plan, give Aidan a call at 087 262 1006 or Mick at 085 866 9813.

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Financial Planning for Your Children’s Third Level Education

Education is the foundation to a successful and fulfilling future. The cost of your children’s third level education is an expense which your Lifetime Financial Plan should encompass. This is estimated to range between €11,838 and €13,917 per academic year, which equates to between €47,352 and €55,668 for the completion of a 4 year degree course. Below is a breakdown by institution of the estimated costs associated with supporting a third level student living away from home.

3rd Level Costs Graph

While grants and scholarships may go some way to part fund a course, at Lifetime Financial Planning we believe that planning ahead in a tax efficient manner is the key to managing this expense.

Call us at 046 924 0961 to find out how regular savings of small amounts over a medium term can provide you with the means to cope with this considerable expense more easily.

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Set Your Financial Goals With a Lifetime Financial Plan

A recently published survey revealed that a significant amount of our population is suffering from high levels of stress due to concerns about their financial well being.

Pension planning, for example, was a serious source of stress with over 51% of respondents saying they were not saving enough for their retirement. Not knowing how to plan for your financial future can lead to inaction and high levels of stress.

Identify Your Financial Goals

Despite being worried about their financial future the vast majority of people do not have a Lifetime Financial Plan to address this. In order to put together a good plan you need to ask yourself some straight questions…. 

  • When do you want to retire?

  • If I die or suffer serious ill-health how is my family fixed?

  • When do you want your mortgage paid off?

  • Have I made a will?

  • Should I review my savings and investments?

  • Can I save money on the cost of some utilities and services – Energy, Car or Home Insurance, Health Insurance etc.?

Let’s have a brief look at some key areas:

Take Control of your Pension

Starting a Pension Plan or increasing your contributions to an existing one is a very good move to make at the start of 2016.

  • The younger you start your plan the better as your pension pot will then be bigger.

  • If you have a workplace pension scheme you should join it as your employer is likely to be making a contribution for you.

  • Those approaching retirement should make sure they are not taking too much investment risk.

  • Identify your retirement goals and the cost of getting there.

  • Put in place a plan to review your Lifetime Pension Plan at least once a year.

Protect your Family

Death is a taboo subject to most and yet having plans in place to deal with the financial impact of unexpected death is vital for anybody with dependent relatives. Equally you need to consider you and your families circumstances if you suffer a serious illness to the point where it has the effect of eliminating your income. 

  • Do you have Family Protection/Life Insurance cover?

  • If so will it be enough to maintain your family’s standard of living?

  • Should you have Serious Illness or Income Protection cover or both?

Estate Planning

Estate planning is a vital component of any robust financial plan. While, for example, the recent budget increased the tax free threshold for inheritances passing between parent and child to €280,000, with increasing house values etc., it doesn’t take a lot before there are very heavy tax exposures. Only a third of Irish people have made a will which is crazy if you want to dictate and sensibly arrange how your affairs are going to be managed when you die. You certainly don’t want to leave yourself dependent on the laws of intestacy which may not distribute your assets as you would like.

  • Have you made a will?

  • Does it need to be reviewed?

  • Are there any financial or tax planning matters that need consideration?

The Need for Regular Reviews

You should review your financial plan with your Broker on an annual basis. Numerous studies have shown that those who conduct regular reviews having higher savings and pension values than those who do not. 

  • A good plan will help eliminate the stress of not knowing where you are going.

  • Your circumstances do change regularly, for example, additions to the family.

  • Other situations change – tax laws, interest rates, economic climate etc, and your Financial Broker will be able to keep you up-to-date with these changes.

     


 

If you would like to take control of your finances in 2016 and get your Lifetime Financial Plan in place then please contact Aidan Wall, QFA, at 046 924 0961 or email aidan@lifetimefinancial.ie

 

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Life Assurance – Looking After Your Loved Ones

Statistics show that people are more likely to insure their cars and homes than themselves. They don’t seem to baulk at all about insuring their borrowings such as the mortgage on their home, however, insuring themselves has been shown to be much more price sensitive. Perhaps it is the mandatory nature of car, home and mortgage protection cover that makes it so much more acceptable. In reality, however, your life is your most important asset – especially if you have dependants.If you have people dependant on your income generating ability such as a spouse and children you really ought to be taking measures to ensure that their financial wellbeing is secured in the event of your untimely death.

Stop, Think and Ask Yourself…

  • Do I have dependants who rely on me and my income and who would be at a major financial disadvantage if the worst were to happen to me?
    • If the answer is yes and there is none or not enough Life Assurance cover in place then you should consider doing something about it.
  • Questions that need to be asked and advice that needs to be sought around this are: –
    • How much cover should I have?
    • Apart from providing for my dependants future financial wellbeing, do I have liabilities that need to be covered?
    • What type of cover do I need and for what period of time?
    • What is the cost and how do I go about getting best value?
    • Do I need to cover my spouse’s life also?

So…what are the next steps?

There are many reasons why people are slow and reluctant to put in place appropriate and sufficient Life Assurance cover.

  • It’s discretionary and therefore not prioritised – it should be though
  • There is a fear that it is hugely expensive – in general this is not the case
  • Maybe you feel that having Mortgage Protection to pay off your mortgage is enough – it’s not
  • How do I start?? – it’s easy, seek good advice

The role of a good advisor in all of this is to help you through the process of:

  • Identifying what type of cover you need
  • How much cover you need and the cost
  • Helping you choose the most appropriate policy for your needs
  • Assisting you through the process of putting the policy in force
  • Carrying out regular reviews to take account of your changing circumstances

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Everyone Needs a Financial Plan

How often have we heard the expression “I would not have achieved my goal without having a carefully thought out plan and sticking to it”. We hear it from high achieving people in the world of sport and business alike.

You will hear it from top class golfers like Rory McIlroy who will set his objectives, arrange his playing, coaching and work schedule for the year ahead and then go and execute that Plan. If he starts his year with no plan then he would say the focus simply isn’t there to be successful. This same principle is equally important in all other situations – the football/hurling team coach, the business manager or home-maker all need a plan. Doesn’t it make eminent sense, therefore, to seek assistance in achieving the objectives of your financial plan through each stage you face in your life?

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Pensions – No longer a luxury but an absolute necessity

 

The recent budget announced that the Pensions levy is being substantially reduced and indeed will be abolished completely by the end of 2015. What was seen as a major obstacle to the encouragement to save through a Pension Plan for your retirement has now effectively been removed. Here therefore are some key considerations for you to bear in mind.

1. Start as soon as you can

  • Make no mistake, the starting point is the most important point when it comes to pensions.
  • Of course it is hard for someone in their 20s to think about saving for their retirement – let’s face it they are immortal and will never get old! – and it is made even harder in a fraught economic climate.
  • But the sooner a pension is started, the less a person will have to save. Someone who is 25 and takes out a pension is saving themselves a world of financial pain in the years ahead. If they wait until they are 40 they will need to put aside over 4 times to get themselves the same return.

2. Never panic though

  • More than 50 per cent of the population does not have a private pension.
  • While it is better to start a pension early, that doesn’t mean it is ever too late to start, it simply means that the later the start the more you may need to put in.
  • Counterbalancing the late start is probably a greater degree of affordability as you get older.

3. Managing risk

  • When you are younger you can afford to take a degree of investment risk that can include investment in high risk stocks.
  • As you get older the fewer risks you should take.
  • A gradual de-risking should be a feature of your strategy with each passing decade.
  • Good advice will help steer you through the process and to identify suitable opportunities without putting all your eggs in one basket.

4. Mix things up

  • Don’t just decide on a sum you’re comfortable putting into it and leave it at that. Change the payment amount as your life circumstances change.
  • If you get a pay rise you can increase it, if you have children you can reduce it (but only slightly). If you are due a bonus you can put in a once off lump sum.

5. A necessity, not a luxury

  • Putting pension money aside for your future retirement should be considered an unavoidable outgoing and not a luxury.
  • It is right up there with a mortgage, food, clothes and electricity as one of the things people need to realise that they cannot do without.

6. Keep tabs and get good advice

  • You should check your pension plan regularly.
  • Having access to a good financial planning adviser who will steer you through the process and carry out regular reviews with you is vitally important.

Source: Lifetime Financial Planning 2014