This week on Talking Money on RTE Radio 1’s ‘Drivetime’ show Karl Deeter & Jill Kerby discussed different aspects of Christmas and how you can save money during the festive season. Sticking to the simple ground rules of lists, sensible shopping and a few other tips will help the average person go into 2015 with less of a financial headache than they otherwise might have had!
On talking Money on the 24th of November we looked at the issue of mortgage arrears and the role of the Insolvency Service in terms of finding ways to get solutions with guaranteed end dates. There is a mismatch between the goal of banks and borrowers and it is resulting in solutions that often don’t work.
Last night’s Primetime had a well thought out piece on variable interest rates.
The general thesis was that variable rates are ‘too high’ and that banks should not be allowed to charge them, the figure of 1% of a ‘cost of funds’ was mentioned several times and various suggestions were made as to making the banks stop the practice of setting their own prices.
To begin with, the ‘cost of funds’ at 1% may be what a bank buys their raw materials at, but then you have to make more on top of it to allow for operational costs, to provide for losses, regulatory burdens, margin and the like. It is worth noting that in AIB’s interim statement which was only made yesterday that they noted that “Net Interest Margin (NIM), excluding ELG, expanded to c.1.64% year to date (YTD) September 2014”.
This means the idea of 4.5% minus the 1% ‘cost’ equating to a 3.5% ‘profit’ doesn’t stack up. If it did the net interest margin …
On the night of Budget 2015 we were asked to participate in a large panel discussion on Vincent Browne’s ‘Tonight’ show. We tried to make the point that the budget was not one that should have people too disappointed, it was the first time in years that anything came back to tax payers rather than taking more (apart from the better paid who now have a super USC rate).
Jonathan Healy of Newstalk spoke to Karl Deeter about capping mortgage loan to values and loan to income amounts. This is a logically compelling idea but it won’t fix the supply shortage or necessarily prevent the problems we are told it will fix. It will also mean that about 2 in 3 first time buyers face an adverse effect that people who already bought didn’t have to deal with, namely that of trying to save up a 20% deposit.
We started off our ‘Talking Money’ series with RTE’s Drivetime (tune in Monday’s at 18:15!) with a talk about the effects of overpaying debt, in particular mortgages.
Paying off debt can often be better than savings because of the difference between the effect debt has on your wealth versus the effect of earned interest on savings. We covered all the bases and tried to explain it in plain English.
We hope you enjoy the weekly pieces which will run through the summer, and don’t forget to write down the hot tip we have each week!
Mary Wilson spoke to Karl Deeter about some of the housing issues being faced by the country on RTE’s Drivetime. The point was made that lowering cost is a better idea than ramping up credit.
We gave a few thoughts on the recent ISI figures.
That the case numbers are low is to be expected, firstly, informal negotiations have had a six year head start, you can’t expect the ISI to be caught up already, secondly, in the UK it took about a decade for the system in general to find its feet.
Lastly, many people don’t want to use personal insolvency as it is rigid and informal deals are not to the same extent, banks offer better terms outside of insolvency, and perhaps the greatest success is that banks are doing these deals only since the ISI launched.
Prior to that they wouldn’t so the fear of people using these solutions has spurred the lenders into action.