7 Tips for Entrepreneurs in Ireland

Being an entrepreneur can be both exciting and challenging. Here are 7 tips to help you navigate the ups and downs of building a successful business.

1. Learn to Embrace Risk

Starting your own business is a risk in itself, but don’t be afraid to take on more risk along the way. If you are too cautious and risk-averse, you may end up missing out on great opportunities for growth. Jeff Bezos has said that learning to take risks has helped him to realize that he wouldn’t regret failure, but he would regret not trying.

2. Have self Confidence

A crucial element of being a successful entrepreneur is leadership. And the most important trait required to be an effective leader is self-confidence. Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motors, famously said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

3. Learn From Your Mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life, and nobody’s perfect, especially in business. However, many entrepreneurs tend to either ignore their mistakes, or dwell on them for too long. A more productive approach is to …

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5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime

Cyber Criminals have many ways to access and steal your financial information online. In the past year, this threat has only increased due to the covid-19 pandemic and its effects, namely the increased amount of online banking and transactions. As fintech continues to make more and more advancements and we move closer to a true ‘cashless society’, making sure your personal finances are secure will be more important than ever. Whether it’s strengthening your passwords or using antivirus protection, there are many steps you can take to make sure your personal information and assets are safe and secure. Here are 5 easy tips to get you started. 

 

Protect Your Passwords!

You’ve probably heard that having a strong password is essential to your online security, and this couldn’t be more true. Use passwords of more than eight characters, containing both upper and lowercase letters as well as special characters. Avoid using the same password on multiple websites. If you do, a hacker could compromise all of your accounts with one lucky guess. For additional security, you can also consider using …

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Social Media tips for Mortgage Brokers

Social media opens so many opportunities for mortgage brokers to expand and gain new clients. This is also an inexpensive way for brokers to reach advertise and target potential clients. It is a great idea for brokers to use all types of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Each of these have unique ways of benefiting a mortgage broker and their business.

Facebook

Facebook is one of the most well-known types of social media that can be utilized. Over 2.4 billion people are using Facebook every month. When using Facebook for your business, you must make sure to advertise in the countries and cities that you are wanting to serve. Also picking your audience is another thing that brokers will want to pay attention to. Who are you trying to reach? What age, gender, or educational background. If you have any types of tips for clients on your company website, you can start sharing those one your Facebook page. Not only are these tips helpful for potential clients but they can also bring more traffic to your website …

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Tips on switching your mortgage

Switching your mortgage could be the best decision that you make. It can possibly help you save a large amount of money if done correctly. If you are not sure how to go about this, here are a few tips of what to look for and what to think about.

Think about how much you could save. In order for you to save, you need to make sure that you are shopping around for the best deal. When shopping around, it is similar to what you should have done for your mortgage. Talk to different mortgage brokers and banks. See what they have to say about switching and is it worth it for you?

What type of mortgage do you have? An annuity mortgage, interest only mortgage, pension mortgage, or endowment mortgage? This can also make a difference when thinking of switching. You will also want to know what your current interest rate is. Get in touch with your current bank to find out what your rate is if you are not sure what it is.

If you have a …

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What to watch for when getting house insurance?

When you are in the market to buying a home, there are many things that you are doing to prepare and getting house insurance is going to be one of those things. Not everyone is thinking about what to watch for when it comes to getting house insurance but there are a few things you need to be aware of.

How much coverage do you need?

The more that you cover, the less you will have to pay if something were to happen. When figuring how much coverage you need, you may want to consider the square footage of you home, local construction costs, the style of your home, how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and any special features in your home. You will also want to make a detailed list of the things you own in order to have a better understanding of how much insurance you will need.

What type of coverage?

Knowing the type of coverage that you want is important when getting house insurance. You will want to contact multiple insurance companies to get quotes. You can also …

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Family & Life Insurance

Knowing how much life insurance you need is a one of the main questions asked. The answer is different for everyone because it depends on your situation and where you are in your life. Someone who has a family is going to want to make sure that if anything were to happen to them, that their family is going to be financially covered. Are you going to cover your kids? Is your spouse going to get life insurance? These are all questions that come into consideration when you have a family and begin looking into life insurance.

First you are going to want to figure out how much you can afford. More coverage is going to cost you more each month, so make sure to run the numbers and see what price will best fit you and go from there to figure out how much coverage that price can get you. Remember that working with an insurance broker can help you to get the best price on coverage that will fit your needs.

Now you will need to figure out …

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Three Things to do Before Taking out a Mortgage

Let’s face it mortgages are daunting; with interest rates, terms, and credit scores. Many things can make finding a mortgage a challenge but what are the most important things you need to know before taking out a mortgage? Well, you’re in luck, these are three main takeaways that you should know before taking out a mortgage.

SAVE SAVE SAVE

When preparing yourself to take out a mortgage, being financially secure is extremely important. You will want to have enough to make sure you have enough for a good down payment. This isn’t the only reason you want to be saving though. You will also want to have enough in your account for any unexpected expenses that may pop up due to things such as closing costs, and inspections. Liquidity (cash) is just as important as saving for a down payment. Banks and other financial lending institutions look at the balance of your accounts prior to approval to validate your ability to afford your desired home.

Along with saving, you will want to keep your account in order. Avoid overdrafts, late …

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Recent Irish bond yields explained in plain English.

We are not issuing bonds, so the cost of servicing our debt has not magically risen to ‘7%’ because we are not borrowing at that rate, what is happening is all in the secondary market.

What that means: The primary market is when the bond is first issued at par (100) and with a coupon (for instance 3%). When a bond is issued the main concern of a bond buyer is getting your capital back (that par value of 100) and it trumps the yield in terms of importance, so you regularly see people buy debt at very low rates from those most likely to pay it back, Microsoft recently issued a bond at 0.8%!

That is where the Ireland story gets interesting, our bond yield is not 7% because we issued it at that yield or interest rate, it is 7% because people are sacrificing their capital to get out of the trade. That means they don’t believe they will get their money back at the end and …

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Inflation in 2010?

John Brynjolfsson of Armored Wolf talks to Bloomberg about his views on inflation, he was formerly a leading fund manager with PIMCO who are the largest bond fund house in the USA, his speciality was TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Securities – a security which provides protection against inflation), which in my book means the guy knows his inflation!

Critically he talks about the difference between Japan [and the potential Nipponisation as advanced by economists such as Paul Krugman] of the US market, then his belief in what will happen in the mid-term future regarding inflation. He is not saying ‘hyper-inflation’ such as Marc Faber continuously talks about, but his 4-6% is still significant, in particular if it hits during a contraction in which case its real effect will be greater.

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