Soon to see more regulation among housing

In reference to Greater regulation of our building standards would make it easier to fund social housing by Charles Barry on 26 June 2017 in Independent.

The house building of Ireland is continuing to rise but not without trouble. High demand means there is a chance builders are only looking at their output volume and not the quality. This led to numerous issues that have came up in late 90s and early 2000s – breaking health and safety regulations, pyrite, poor building quality, and contractor bankruptcy.

Regulations have since come up to avoid these issues with Building Control Amendment Regulations and Construction Industry Register Ireland. Even with these regulations in place, it can not completely solve the problem.

There is a similar situation in the UK with about the same building laws. A recent study found that 66 percent of the underlying issues of buildings are caused by poor workmanship.

To help alleviate this issue, the Dáil approved a motion to improve regulation for buildings. It improves the standard and quality as well as support to homeowners …

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The Specified Serious Illness Cover is Expanding to Better Cover

In reference to The Story of Specified Serious Illness Cover by Colette Houton.

Health insurance coverage is expanding its benefits to better cover individuals. This is to better adapt to the changing medical world. New policies you can look forward to is partial coverage for early-diagnosed cancer, expanding the amount of diseases covered, coverage for children from birth, and organ donor coverage.

The medical world is constantly improving with new technology and software to keep up with the new medical discoveries. The health insurance industry has to keep up with these changes. They recently have made some strides to better cover their clients. They did this because they know how relieving it is for a client when they know their disease is covered.

A new stride has been partial coverage for early detected cancer. Since new medical technology, cancer is diagnosed far earlier than when a client is entitled to the full claim. Even when it is discovered earlier many times people still have to go through extensive surgery and medical tests.  To help, the insurance industry, specifically Royal London’s …

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Podcast: How to get cheap insurance with Darragh Farrell, episode 00003

In this podcast we briefly looked at how to get cheap insurance. The amount of people who overpay for insurance is high in our opinion, and while it’s great that some folks seem to want to do all they can to make insurance companies profitable, we don’t agree with that so we spoke about ways to chop your bill down while keeping the same cover.

Darragh Farrell has been with us for almost a decade and has been a financial advisor for far longer, he holds his QFA and is also the person who heads up our sister site yes.ie which is purely about financial services.

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RTE Drivetime: Talking Money on ‘Gold’, 11th May 2015

We were discussing the reasons behind having an allocation in gold or precious metals in a diversified portfolio this week on ‘Talking Money’. Jill Kerby raised interesting points about the benefits while Karl said that it’s a good hedge but also one that has lost a lot of value in recent years.

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RTE Drivetime: ‘Talking Money’ on good versus bad insurance, 2nd March 2015

Talking Money is a segment every Monday on RTE’s Drivetime show where Karl Deeter and Jill Kerby talk about big financial issues. This week it was about insurance, and how to tell the difference between the ‘good’ kind, the ‘bad’ kind and how much each one matters and costs.

This is an important topic because too many people have too much of the wrong type of cover and not enough of the good type.

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Talking Money on Drivetime RTE1: End of community rating, 16th February 2015

Sorry about the delay on the sound clips! We faced a delay in getting them recorded (all our own fault too). On the 16th of February ‘Talking Money’ was one of the early adapters of the issues surrounding the end of lifetime community ratings in health insurance. Listen in as this is going to be a very important consideration up to the end of April and inevitably there will be people caught out by it.

 

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Newstalk: Coleman at large ‘Economic recovery… Are we there yet?’

We discussed housing and the economy with Marc Coleman on his Sunday night show ‘Coleman at Large’. Other guests included Dan White from the Herald, Constantin Gurgiev of Trinity, Sheena Horgan who works in marketing and Karl Deeter.

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Talking Money on RTE Drivetime: Keeping up insurances

This week on ‘Talking Money’ which is on RTE’s Drivetime Mondays at 18:15 we covered the issue of mortgage arrears and how it impacts on insurance, in particular life cover.

The problem we see time and again is that people cancel their life insurance to save money and that is false economy, or worse, they took out cover with the bank and it’s tied to the mortgage payment so that when you miss one you miss the other, this is a mistake and we set out what you have to do to fix it.

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Sunday Independent: Weigh up the cost of insurance

This is a piece we wrote for the Sunday Independent (originally appeared on the 4th of May).

We buy insurance to protect something we own or value. When asked, ‘What is your greatest asset?’ many people will say their family home; the more enlightened might say it’s their health.

Wealth is clearly something which many of us value – however, some people incorrectly mistake their income for wealth.

Cashflow can have endless liabilities stacked against it, which is why believing a person making six figures is ‘wealthy’ is often wrong – when viewed in the totality of their financial position.

Assets minus liabilities equals wealth – that’s a basic accounting equation.

It’s important to have a good understanding of wealth and of what you value before buying insurance. You should also ask yourself if the insurance in question is worthwhile.

The principle of indemnity is that you can’t be insured beyond the loss you experience, and there is always the issue of the cost of insurance versus the risk of the …

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Does an e-smoker have to pay higher insurance prices like a smoker does?

Do e-cigarrette smokers get treated like regular smokers when it comes to life assurance prices? The smoking status (which is in its strictest form described as having smoked ‘any tobacco in the last 12 months’) varies from insurer to insurer. 

Irish Life: at present someone who uses e-cigarettes (ie no other tobacco-related products) is classed as a non-smoker (Please note this may change in the future).

Aviva: smoker rates

Zurich: rate “e-smokers” at +50%, assuming that they have already been off (tobacco) cigarettes a minimum of 12 months, the reason being the likelihood of these smokers returning to full smoking habit is quite high.

Caledonian: considers anyone smoking tobacco or e-cigarettes, or anyone using nicotine replacement patches, gum etc in the past twelve months to be a smoker. Smoker rates will apply to that client.

New Ireland: classes e-cigarette users as non-smokers, but this is currently being reviewed.

Friends First: smoker rates

Worth considering which company to speak to if you use e-cigarettes!

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