How one-bed apartments are destroying Dublin’s docklands

With the hit of the pandemic, many couples have begun disapproving of one-bedroom apartments due to the lack of space to work remotely and live. This has led to many of the properties near the Dublin docklands to drop in demand, essentially leading to that market collapsing on itself.

A report has shown that the rent has fallen an average of 13% on these properties since March of 2020, and even more so than that at the upper ends of the market. But while much of the short-term rentals for these properties fell, the report showed that the supply of the long-term rental units more than doubled. This, in combination with the reduced demand overall due to the COVID restrictions and limiting travelling, has cased the rent to fall in the second the third quarter of last year. The average rent for the properties was €2,312 per month, 6.97% lower than in 2019.

At the end of 2020, during the fourth quarter, the rent costs were able to stabilize due to rising demands mainly fueled by the returning of technology …

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GameStop stock and what’s happening with it

What happened this past week with GameStop’s stock was unprecedented. And markets show that the three largest shareholders in GameStop’s stock have made nearly 2 billion dollars (1.65 billion euro) from the company’s stock rising this past week. The stock hit its high this past Wednesday at $354.83 and rose again on Thursday.

As the largest stockholder of GameStop, Mr Cohen’s now worth a staggering 1.4 billion dollars. In the last two weeks, with the rising of the stock, we calculated his net worth to increase an aver of around 90 million dollars a day. The GameStop Stock has increased more than 1,550% this year.

This sudden increase in the stock has never been seen before. Sure, we saw Tesla grow a hundred times over in the past year, but never has a stock increased so fast continuously in the timespan of a matter of days. On the social media platform Reddit, many small investors have started boasting about their gains from beating Wall Street and the amount of revenue they were able to generate if they caught wind of …

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How will the Government deal with the national debt

According to a recent study done, the Ireland government will be estimated to be able to absorb around 17% of the spike in the State’s level of debt predicted to occur with the pandemic. There is estimated to be a growth of €239 billion within the next two years as the economy continues to battle with COVID’s repercussions. This will not only affect government actions and reach into markets and industries but may mean that there will be uncertainties with regulations regarding COVID restrictions.

Overall, this means that there will be nearly €47,000 being owned by the government to international creditors for every citizen within the state by the end of 2020. This accumulates to billions of debt inherited by the government. This is not just Ireland, but many countries across Europe, driven mostly by the European Central Bank in its bond-buying programs.

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, the Irish government has responded to its economic and social environment quickly in relation to countries globally and have set aside large series of supports to lessen its impacts on …

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Will working at home be a norm to stay?

No one would have imagined that society would be able to shift the majority of jobs to working virtual and at home. But with the COVID pandemic, exactly that has happened. But not everyone is happy with this change. Many individuals find working at home not as efficient, but many more people are looking forwards to keep on living this lifestyle even after quarantine ends.

This means that businesses and the government may just have to find a way to establish a more legitimate framework to keep this process, rather than think of this situation as a temporary response to the global pandemic. But this begs the questions: will employers really allow employees to be able to work remotely on a permanent basis? And if that is the case then who will be paying for the costs of working?

Recently the government passed legislation on working at home which legislated the “right” to be able to request to work from home from your employers. This does not mean that all jobs and occupations will have this benefit, nor does the …

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Tax Relief methods that you may be looking for

Taxes have and always will be the stress of most people’s adult life. And there are two sides of the same coin in terms of feelings you may receive when getting your Revenue yearly about your taxes. And last weeks, there are many people who are either ecstatic and relieved and then there are others who are scrambling around to find some way in order to lessen their tax liability.

Either way, you have most likely in one way or another been affected by the wage subsidies that the pandemic has caused. But there are still some things you can do to lessen that tax bill just a little. Of the following hints, if you have not claimed any of them since 2017, you can still be eligible for that period of time.

1: Tuition Fees

With children in third-level education, tuition can cost a fortune. But you can also benefit from tax relief on fees paid for undergraduate programs, postgraduate, IT, and foreign language courses. The relief starts at 20%, meaning that 20% will be returned to your pockets.

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Financial steps you can take in quarantine

As quarantine drags on into 2021, and there is no certainty when restrictions will start to lift as the COVID vaccines roll out, there are still many actions you can take just to less your bills and spending a little. With how volatile the market and economy is currently, as countries scramble to create and distribute the vaccine. You can create just a little bit of order in your everyday lives by seeing if any of these tips will help your financial situation.

1: Check up on your insurances

If you are one of nearly two million citizens in Ireland that are about to enter your renewal period for your private health insurance, this tip is just for you. Of that two million people, around 75% just allow their policies to be renewed without looking over the fine print or asking their provider any questions. And if you have been doing exactly that for over the last three years, you can almost certainly save some money by looking at alternative options currently. It will require a bit of research and …

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Is Renting really a bad thing?

Should you rent or should own it? This may be a controversial topic but let us clear up the misunderstandings and go over the facts.

Some may think, “Isn’t renting just throwing money away in the trash while buying a home you are putting it towards something you will own in the future?” Yes, it is but not for a long time. Many individuals pay their mortgages from 5 years upwards to 20 years or more! The first 5 to 10 months of mortgage mostly interest, meaning you are still throwing that money out the window as well. If you are tight on money already, attempting to own your first home might not be the right time for you. It may be great for some, but it could be a potential burden for others.

Although homes generally appreciate there is always a risk of depreciation due to external factors, like companies moving out of the city causing many residents to move away. If the house …

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How will Vaccines demand and supply affect our global financial stability?

The IMF has released reports on how the increasing demand for COVID vaccines and lagging behind supply may lead to some financial instability. Shortages in the vaccine could lead to lower-income countries to drag on economic recoveries as they are unable to obtain the necessary amount of vaccines. The IMF states that they believe having an inequitable distribution of the vaccine’s risks creating financial vulnerabilities in economies that are unable to match the demand for the vaccine.

This contributes to how emerging market assets have inflated the first weeks of the year, and that there will be a risk of the infections increasing number and size in emerging markets as the vaccines are not distributed as quickly as planned. Emerging markets are also vulnerable in the sense that there has been a shift in the appetite for global risk. Investors currently are very “risk hungry” and that may post threats to these economies if there is not a period of “risk satisfied” by said investors. These markets have increased 8% since the start of 2021 in cost, in addition to …

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How to manage your finances

2020 has been a hit or miss for many. Financially, there have been many downs and not so many ups. Understanding that we’re comprised a shortlist of things you can do help lessen your financial dependencies.

1: Save on idle spending

Whether this is saving on superfoods, and opting for water instead of those goji berries and chia seeds, or curbing the amount of alcohol you’re purchasing. There are always ways to curb the amount you’re spending at the store. Choosing to buy the products on sale and not the thing you “have” to have. In addition to that, not stocking up due to the pandemic and making sure to shop sensibly. Look at your savings and create an audit of how much you spend weekly and see where you can potentially save a bit.

2: Energy

You can also save big on energy. If you haven’t changed energy providers in the last couple of years, you’re most likely being overcharged. Around 60% of Ireland’s consumers are predicted to never even consider changing their electricity or gas provider. In addition …

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The nasty cycle of high-interest rate loans

Many of us had started from the bottom, working day and nights, and depending on government assistance to pull them through. Many individuals and families are stuck in a vicious cycle unable to break free of their chains. If you are stuck in this situation right now, it is crucial to learn the mistakes other low-income individuals have made and try to avoid them. Not only avoid them but to also improve your money mistakes.

You may be wondering what is causing these people to be stuck in the low-income bracket? The main culprit is your community Payday Loans centres and pawnbrokers. Although there may not be many payday loans in Ireland, they have grown to have a bad reputation in the UK already.

Debt never sounds good, but there are the good and bad. Of course, if an individual is investing in a new restaurant or new company there will start off with debt. With time they can potentially pay it off and earn more from the situation.  But in this case, hearing high interest is one of the …

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