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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Who remembers THAT letter?

“What letter?” I hear you cry!

In May last year, I wrote about a certain Neville Chamberlain’s political faux pas, which defined his office as Prime Minister of “Blighty”. On the 30th September 1938, after a meeting with

Chancellor Adolf Hitler, Chamberlain returned to England, via Heston Airport. He exited his “Corporate jet” waving a letter from his now BFF, announcing that there would be, “Peace for our time.”

Chamberlain, in those few brief minutes, was claiming that he had singlehandedly stopped the prospect of Armageddon. He had prevented World War II.

Scroll forward just under twelve months, to the 1st September 1939, which we now recognise as the

“Official start date” of WWII. For all

Chamberlain’s letter waving and pontificating, there was no substance to Chancellor Hitler’s letter. In fact we now know, that the letter was used to stall for time,

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

In investment terms, what is Alpha?

When discussing investment strategy, investment fund managers and analysts talk about alpha and beta.

Beta is defined as the element of investment return or portfolio returns that can be explained by market risk, or by exposure of the investment to the market. This is the return any investor would expect to receive from the market just for being invested.

Most investors seek to get the highest return possible on their investments for the least amount of risk. This extra return above the beta can be measured by alpha. Alpha is understood to be a measurable way to determine whether a manager's skill has added value to a fund on a risk-adjusted basis.

The very existence of alpha is controversial, however, because those who believe in the efficient market hypothesis (which says, among other things, that

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Abhaile, the free mortgage arrears service, administered by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) has invited local community advocates to an information evening at the Woodlands Hotel on July 24th.

A recent study* conducted by the Citizens Information Board (CIB) and based on research** from the Central Bank, revealed that 9% of mortgages in Co. Waterford are in arrears. In addition, almost 66% of people are unaware that there are free support services available to homeowners in mortgage arrears.

Bobby Barbour, Manager, Abhaile said;

“Since its introduction last October, Abhaile has supported over 4600 homes owned by people in mortgage arrears. We want to continue to reach people that Abhaile may be able to help. We want to connect with well-known people in the community to ask

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Forget the first 100 days, Leo’s first 100 hours were mighty!

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

“Just where were ALL the people?”

A “BIG, BIG” well done to ALL the people from Waterford, Wexford, Tipp, Kilkenny and the wider South East region, who ventured by car, bus and train, to the Dáil last Tuesday, the 4th of July.

This was certainly not our “Independence Day”.

To those who had to take timeout from family holiday activities, booked a day’s annual leave and rearranged meeting appointments to travel to Dublin – “I salute each and every one of you!” The most precious time we can give to any cause is our own free time. To give this up for the benefit of others, is a very special commitment and sacrifice that so few, in reality, are really willing to make.

I would estimate

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Organ donors and Serious Illness Cover

Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI) was established to provide governance, integration and leadership for Organ Donation and Transplantation in Ireland. The Office is dedicated to saving and improving lives by improving organ donation rates in Ireland.

ODTI is responsible for the delivery of the National Organ Procurement Service for Ireland and also maintains the Living donor register in accordance with data protection legislation.

Organ transplantation takes place in three national transplant centres. Beaumont hospital provides kidney transplantation and is the national centre for living kidney organ donation. Mater hospital provides heart and lung transplantation.

St Vincent's hospital provides liver and pancreas transplantation. Children are referred to the UK for heart, lung and liver transplants.

Organ donation is where a person offers their organs for transplant. Their organs are given to someone who has damaged organs

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

O’Shea O’Toole Auctioneers is happy to offer this exceptionally attractive detached family home with bright well proportioned accommodation 150 sq.m (1,614 sq.ft.) to the market.

Accommodation – Entrance Hall, Sep w.c. Sittingroom overlooking front garden, a fine size Diningroom, Livingroom with patio doors to rear garden, spacious Kitchen/Breakfast room with Oak built in units and Utility Room, Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms, master with en suite and a family bathroom.

The gardens are a particular feature of the property with a nice variety of mature trees to the front, a driveway with parking area and lawns, the back garden enjoys lovely privacy and has a good size shed/workshop.

Located close to all amenities. Highly sought after location. Easy access to the city centre. On a bus route. Private quiet cul de sac position. Good off street parking. Teak double glazed windows. Oil fired

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. has welcomed progress on the once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme.

The Minister said, “The OPW is progressing with the first stage of the process and is working with local authorities across the country, using their extensive detailed local knowledge in relation to homes that flooded, between 4 December 2015 and 13 January 2016, to identify those homeowners that may be eligible under this humanitarian scheme”.

Homeowners can also express an interest in the scheme. Minister Moran said, “This is a once-off initiative and I wish to remind those homeowners whose primary home flooded in winter 2015/2016 that they can express their interest in the scheme by returning the relevant documentation to the OPW to arrive on or before 28th of July. Further information on

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Forget the first 100 days, Leo’s first 100 hours were mighty!

“We loves an auld report, we do!”

It has to be said, that we here in Waterford just love to get one “Auld report” after another, telling us just what we already know! The problem being, that those with parish pump vested interests in looking after their own constituents do not unfortunately, operate out of Waterford City and County. The power brokers, as we know, live somewhere else in this wee green island on the edge of Europe.

The Net result, is that Waterford has a veritable national library of reports, gathering dust in filing cabinets, desk drawers and being used as doorstops. I even saw one last week in a pub, stopping a table from wobbling (didn’t really, but you get my drift)!!!

The latest WIT South East

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Are US stocks now overvalued?

The answer to this question is not a straight yes or no. Looking at a number of valuation metrics, it is possible to say, yes. The S&P 500 has climbed from a low of 683 on 6th March 2009 to 2,439 on 22nd June 2017. This far surpasses the pre-recession high of 1,562. In 2017, the index has risen 8%, pushed higher in particular by tech stocks. Some asset managers are now advising their clients to take their gains and reallocate capital to more attractively valued regions, such as Europe or emerging markets. Others say that to do so will result in investors missing out on further gains.

The reason for their optimism is they think the market has not factored in the Trump promised tax and infrastructure plans which have yet to be

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

show 14% price rise in Waterford City

House prices nationally have risen by more than €2,000 a month over the last year, according to the latest House Price Report released by Ireland’s No.1 property website, Daft.ie.

The 4.3% increase in the second quarter of 2017 matched the increase seen in the first quarter.

The national average list price during the second quarter of the year was €240,000, 11.7% higher than a year previously and over €75,000 higher than its lowest point. The annual rate of inflation in Dublin, which was 12.3% in the year to June, now exceeds the rate in the rest of the country (11.3%) for the first time since early 2015.

In Waterford City, prices in the second quarter of 2017 were 14% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 17% seen a year ago. The average house

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