Protecting Retirement Savings and Investments

This month, we posted an article on the CIF website outlining the lessons learned from previous financial uncertainties. You can read the full article on the CIF website here. 

Life Cover and Covid-19

The last few months have been a stressful time for humanity. The mental load of worries and concerns arising from Covid-19 are many and varied. Humans are resilient and while we adjust to our new ways of working, shopping and restricted travel,…

Financial Guidance During a Crisis

During this Covid -19 pandemic, one thing is certain and that is that nothing is certain and stock markets do not like uncertainty. Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed the shortest sharpest shock to the stock market in history. World…

Planning for your retirement?

We mean two things when we talk about planning for retirement.  The first plan is to set up a pension scheme, either a personal pension or participation in your employer sponsored occupational pension scheme.  Then you will need to regularly…

Protect your finances - save for the future!

In October this year, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), ran another successful Safety Week. This week each year serves as a reminder about the health and safety of everyone involved in Construction.  The message is ultimately about…

Is Life Cover Important?

Mortgage Protection Versus Life Cover I frequently get asked this by clients and friends alike…they go on to say “I have mortgage protection anyway, sure that’s the same thing right?” Yes, and No. Mortgage Protection is indeed Life…

The Benefits of reading your benefit statement

If you have a pension plan do you read and understand your annual benefit statement? It's vital to review it as this could unlock some benefits to help your finances. In Milestone Advisory, I spend the majority of my time with clients who…

Life After Career

Taking a holistic approach While the role of the financial adviser is to focus on the money, sometimes the planning phase can raise other issues a client has not previously considered. In the pre-retirement financial planning phase, it is…

Attracting and Retaining Staff

The “2018 National Skills Bulletin”, published by SOLAS, makes for interesting reading if you are running a company; you need to know what is in store for the labour market in your sector. If you are a parent with kids pondering their…

What's your financial plan for 2019?

This year, it's time for us all to think about planning for the next 20 years rather than just on the year ahead when it comes to planning for our retirement. At this time each year, I would usually write nine things to do better in 2019…

The Need to Defuse the Pension Time Bomb

What is the pensions time bomb? In a short, it's the unavoidable shortfall between pension requirements and the State's ability to pay it. Excluding public sector workers, who have close to full pension coverage, the private sector figure…

A Guide to Key Person Cover

Did you know that if you are a business owner, there is a way to protect your business in the event of the death or serious illness of an important member of your team?

Irish Construction Industry Awards 2018

The team in Milestone Advisory are proud to be Gold Sponsors at the Irish Construction Industry Awards held in City West on Thursday 14th June 2018. The Irish Construction Industry Awards recognises and rewards companies who strive for excellence.…

The construction sector is ahead of the game

Covering workers for pension, sick pay and death in service Many of you may already be familiar with the Sectoral Employment Order (SEO), for the construction industry, this was the first SEO announced in October 2017 and written into law by…

Is Life cover important?

“I have mortgage protection anyway, sure that’s the same thing right?” Yes, and No Mortgage Protection is indeed Life Cover. It will pay off any outstanding balance on your mortgage if you die and it is designed to decrease as your mortgage…

The need for mandatory pensions in Ireland

If you follow this regular advice column you’ll note that there is a heavy bias towards retirement planning. As a Financial Advisor for the construction sector, I meet many members of the sector’s two big schemes, CERS and the Construction…

Are you covered for sick pay?

Self-Employed now entitled to sick pay With effect from December 2017, self -employed people in Ireland have finally became entitled to long- term sick pay. This is great news for this cohort of people, who typically have been treated unfairly…

Building Pension Equality

By the time you are reading this piece, the third flagship #BuildingEquality campaign event from the Construction Industry Federation will have taken place on International Women’s Day. The purpose of this is to recognise the women that already…

At a Glance - Budget 2018

Tax Cuts in 2018 In this year's budget the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has announced €1.2 billion in new spending and tax cuts, split on roughly a 2:1 basis in favour of spending. CPAS has reviewed the details of Budget 2018 to…

Avocado Toast

You may have recently heard of Grant Sabatier, a 31 year old apparently self- made millionaire – who blames avocado toast for the reason millennials can’t save money. Grant’s theory, when read properly actually makes a lot of sense, he…