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  • Free Guide to Completing a Capital Gains Tax Return for Stocks and Crypto (CG1) in Ireland

    Let’s be honest Capital Gains tax returns in Ireland are needlessly overcomplicated for investors.

    This is because in Ireland we just use one form (CG1) for every type of capital gain whether is a profit from the sale of a house, land, stocks, crypto, options and so on.

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  • Best Broker Sign-Up Bonuses for Irish Investors

    It is great to be able to kick off your investing journey by getting a free sign up bonus from an investment broker… it puts you in the green before you even invest a cent of your own money.

    In this blog post, I will give you a brief summary of three different brokerages that offer generous signup bonuses to Irish investors – Trading 212, BUX Zero, and Degiro.

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  • Track your Dividend Income for Free with this App

    Whether you are a die-hard dividend investor or someone who holds several stocks that just happen to pay regular dividends, keeping track of how much dividend income you are going to be earning will be important to you.

    The problem is that it can be very difficult to do this yourself if you hold numerous stocks. Personally, I have 23 different stocks in my portfolio and about two-thirds of them pay some sort of dividend, and it is impossible to keep track of when these dividends are due.

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  • If Your Broker Goes Bust Are your Investments Safe?

    When you are investing you are generally only worried about losses relating to decreases in the value of your stocks, ETFs, etc. But should you be also worried about losing your money if the investment brokerage you use goes bust?

    In this blog post, we will see what protections are there for investors in Ireland the rest of Europe in the event of such a broker liquidation.

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  • How do Revolut Loans Stack up Against its Competitors?

    Revolut is continuing to disrupt the old guard of traditional banks in Ireland with its fast moving and innovative approach to the banking industry. It has taken further steps in recent times such as providing loans and deposit accounts that are backed by Lithuanian Deposit Guarantees.

    This now puts Revolut on par with other banks and makes it even more of a legitimate option for customers to chose as their number one bank. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at Revolut’s loan offering and see how it compares to some other banks operating in the Irish market.

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  • 9 Ideas for Generating a Side Income in Ireland (€100+ p/m)

    The cost of living in Ireland has gone crazy in the last year. Who wouldn’t say no to a few extra hundred quid every month to ease the pressure? I have compiled a list of 9 Side Income ideas to help you start making some extra cash and who knows maybe some of them could end up replacing your regular 9-5 job.

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  • Spread Betting in Ireland – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    In this blog post, we will guide you through everything you need to know about spread betting in Ireland, including the taxes, risks and what brokers are offering spread betting to Irish investors.

    Spread betting involves an investor speculating on whether the price of a stock, index, commodity or crypto will rise or fall without taking any ownership of the asset using leverage.

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  • How much money should you give as a wedding gift in Ireland?

    The weddings are now coming thick and fast, there was a period due to restrictions in Ireland that barely any weddings were held and now we are seeing the backlog being cleared in 2022. I have heard of many couples having 4 weddings on back-to-back weekends. Weddings are a very costly business for the bride…

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  • 7 Money Saving Tips for Christmas 2022 in Ireland

    Christmas 2022 in Ireland is going to be like no other, the country is gripped in a cost of living crisis that is putting everyone under severe pressure to make ends meet. The best thing you can do to ease your worries is to make a plan as early as possibly and stick to it….

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  • Inverse Funds on Trading 212 & Degiro | Don’t invest before you know this

    Inverse Funds are financial products developed to aid retail and institutional investors to short popular indexes such as the S&P 500, FTSE, and Euro Stoxx 50. meaning that the level of the index should rise when the Underlying index falls and fall when the Underlying index rises But for those who are new to Inverse…

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  • The Cost of Mining One Bitcoin in Ireland

    At the current levels of mining difficulty, Bitcoin price, and network activity it will require approximately 180,349 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) to mine one whole Bitcoin. Energy prices in Ireland are approximately 0.31c per kWh, meaning it will cost miners €55,908 in electricity costs per Bitcoin mined and that is before you buy your mining rig.

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  • Is Currency Hedging your Investment Portfolio Worth it? European Perspective

    When you are investing you have two main concerns; you don’t want the stock, ETF or whatever financial instrument to decrease in value and secondly, you don’t want the currency that investment is priced in to devalue against your home currency. In today’s blog post we will focus on that second concern, whether as an…

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  • The Best Way to Trade the VIX in Europe | Buy the Fear Index

    In this blog post, I will guide you through what options traders and investors in Europe have when trying to trade volatility (VIX Index).

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  • VUSA vs VUAA vs VUAG vs VUSD S&P 500 ETFs: Differences Explained

    Vanguard is one of the biggest issuers of ETFs in the world and they offer many ways for investors to invest in popular indexes such as the S&P 500 and FTSE 100. For new investors, it can be a bit daunting when trying to decide what ETF to invest in when they see several ETFs…

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  • A Guide to ETF Taxation in Ireland (For Investors)

    New to investing in Ireland? One common mistake made by beginner investors is misunderstanding how ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are taxed in Ireland. In this blog post, I will give you the low down on everything you need to know including; the tax rates, how to declare income and profits, and the deemed disposal rule.

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  • Buying an Apartment in a Regional City in Ireland | Investment Case Study

    In this blog post, I will give you an account of my experience buying an apartment in a regional city in Ireland, including all the costs and income that can be generated from such a property.

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  • How To Train Your Brain To Be An Idea Generating Machine

    In this blog post, I am going to suggest that you should be coming up with at least 10 ideas a day and consistently writing these ideas down. What is the purpose of coming up with so many ideas so often you may ask? To work out your idea muscle.

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