The sums behind ‘taxing’ the banks into a rate cut

Yesterday we were on the Sean O’Rourke show discussing variable rates on RTE Radio. We mentioned how doubling the ‘tax’ on banks won’t actually change anything. The mechanisms were briefly covered and we got a few emails asking for clarification so here it is.

The ‘levy’ was part of the Finance Act 2014 which imposed a new annual levy on financial institutions aiming to raise €150 million per annum for 3 years.

This sum is payable on October the 20th in each year (2014-2016) and it applies to a financial institution that is the holder of an Irish (or equivalent EU) banking licence or is an Irish (or equiv EU) building society that was obliged to pay DIRT – unless the amount required to pay in 2011 was not more than 100k.

The main outcry is centred on variable rates for primary home dwellers in particular. So how much of that debt is out there?

We know there are about 300,000 ‘loans’ but the quantum of debt is €39.638m which is about €3bn …

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RTE Today with Sean O’Rourke on mortgage rates

We were speaking with Sean O’Rourke about mortgage rates, that they were falling as part of a trend and that new moves to force them down would likely not work. It came on the back of a piece by Conor Pope in the Irish Times that quoted us in the article entitled ‘New bank levy could see mortgage rates rise not fall‘.

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RTE Drivetime ‘Talking money’, going broke in old age, 23rd February 2015

On the 23rd of February we looked at the very real issue of people going broke when they are advanced in years. This can be a problem due to bad investment performance for those who have pensions, having no pension and not having enough, or outliving your money – what refer to as having ‘too much month at the end of the money’.

We have suggestions, but as always, prudent planning is key.

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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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Talking Money on RTE 1 Drivetime: Cash in pensions for the over 55’s, 9th February 2015

On the 9th of February in the ‘Talking Money’ segment of  RTE 1 Drivetime show Mary Wilson had us in to discuss some changes that were coming down the line in the UK for the over 55’s regarding their pensions. This will have an effect on thousands of Irish people and we considered that as well as whether or not the move was a good idea or not.

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Marian Finucane show: 300 Years of Dublin house prices, 22nd February 2015

We have been part of an ongoing project that started in early 2013 to establish a historical house price index for Dublin. We were pleased with our initial findings which will form the basis of our working paper and were able to speak about it on the Marian Finucane show on Sunday the 22nd of February.

Marian Finucane wasn’t there, in her stead Aine Lawlor was hosting the show.

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RTE Drivetime: Talking money on ‘Kidults’ with Karl Deeter & Jill Kerby

This week on RTE Drivetime’s ‘Talking Money’ segment we looked at the issue some parents have with ‘Kidults’ who are grown up children living at home. There are many reasons behind the increased occurrence of people remaining at home, and there are both advantages and disadvantages, we tried our best to give some tips that might help!

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The Anton Savage Show: Anton speaks to Irish Mortgage Brokers

Anton had Karl Deeter on to discuss the proposed mortgage loan caps that were being discussed by the Central Bank. Our view is that something more nuanced was needed, thankfully, at the time of posting this we now know the details and they did opt for a more carefully balanced solution.

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RTE Drivetime: Talking Money on mortgage deposits

This week on Talking Money we looked at the issues that might arise due to changes in mortgage lending rules. Karl Deeter and Jill Kerby have a weekly piece on RTE with Mary Wilson, tune in Monday’s at 18:10

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RTE Today with Sean O’Rourke: Karl Deeter & Ronan Lyons debate mortgage caps

This is a copy of a good debate that took place on the Sean O’Rourke show today on RTE Radio. It was a good example of how two contrary points can both have supporting arguments which seek different ends but where both sides have validity. We think that a return to bubble credit would be a disaster, but equally hold dear the idea that it isn’t up to Central Banks to orchestrate the winners and losers in society.

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