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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

After rolling our Easter eggs, we’ll surely have a sizzling summer!

For some, the wait for Easter was simply too much. An odd sip of Clonmel Chardonnay, or a smaller than usual glass of vino, was by all accounts just about acceptable. A wee nibble of the children’s bar of chocolate, when they were out of sight or better still asleep. Maybe even the odd raiding party on the sealed, time locked biscuit box, which has been clandestinely calling you, for the last few weeks.

After abstinence of many, many weeks, Sunday past brought welcome relief for the masses. The strange habit of devouring far, far too many chocolate eggs than you would have thought possible. Guzzling a copious quantity of alcohol was quickly followed for many, by the annual words of Solomon’s Wisdom “Never again!” Yet we

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Born after 1961?

Be prepared to work for longer

We are all living longer and becoming a burden on the state.

A baby girl born today can expect to live to 94 years old; a 2017 baby boy’s life expectancy is 91 years. Based on today’s pension system, this means that as adults, they could easily have a retirement that lasts as long as their working life.

It obviously makes sense to increase the retirement age higher in line with life expectancy – but the reality of moving the State Pension age is more difficult.

Under current legislation, from January 2021 the state pension age for men and women will increase to 67. It will then rise to 68 on 1 January 2028. This means that people born in 1961 and later will lose two years pension money.

It is going to have

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Presented in excellent condition throughout, on entering No.1,The Glade one can immediately feel a sense of space and light with excellent proportions throughout. Measuring 168.59 sq.m of superb living accommodation comprising a spacious entrance hall, a large Reception room with fireplace and bay window, a conservatory which opens onto the rear patio, a Diningroom with fireplace and bay window overlooking the 4th fairway, a well appointed kitchen/breakfast room with Stanley cooker and a Utility Room.

Each of the 4 spacious bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and have a quiet private outlook over the gardens. The master bedroom has an en suite dressing room and shower room.

The property is located in the grounds of Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club c. 11km east of Waterford city via the Dunmore Road R683. Waterford city is located on the south east coast approx. 1 hour

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Has Government interest in Waterford reached a plateau?

Last week at a clandestine, undercover meeting over the border, the news about the Waterford City Boundary Review extension decision was strategically leaked - once again via the source of instant information that is social media. To be more precise, I read the news across a number of Facebook posts and of course the local Kilkenny newspapers had their “scoop”, in no small part, due to the rumbustious nature of those Cats supporting TDs and Councillors, who have been very, very vocal and noisy on this topic.

The issues surrounding the expansion of the City, to a size of reasonable and significant consequence, are very complex, emotive and “Raw!” The fact is, that for the South East to grow and have any chance of competing with the other regions of Ireland,

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The measures require Administrators of all existing Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes [QROPS] to submit a revised undertaking to HMRC prior to 13 April 2017.

All transfers from the UK to a QROPS requested on or after 9 March 2017 are subject to an upfront tax charge of 25% of the value of the fund.

The tax charge does not apply where:

- The individual and the QROPS are resident in the same country after the transfer.

- The QROPS is in one EEA- (European Economic Area) country and the individual is resident in another EEA country after the transfer. The QROPS is an occupational pension scheme sponsored by the individual’s employer.

- The QROPS is an overseas public service pension scheme and the individual is employed by an employer participating in the scheme.

- The QROPS is an international organisation and the individual is an

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

warnING: Many Houses Effectively Uninsured as “Accidental Landlords” leave themselves open to a huge financial hit

Leading home insurance experts at http://www.insuremyhouse.ie caution of trouble down the line in relation to home insurance claims made by Ireland’s “accidental

landlords”. The experts claim that many homeowners have, in recent years, rented out rooms or indeed the entire property, as a source of income.

While this may have made good financial sense, Jonathan Hehir Managing Director of http://www.insuremyhouse.ie is now warning,

“We’ve seen this cohort of people struggling to get insurance claims paid due to their failure to notify insurers of the “change of purpose” of the property or of a change in tenant profile”.

Jonathan continued, “Most recent statistics from the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) reveal there are a total of 323,271 tenancies registered, representing 172,121 landlords and 704,332 occupants. The number

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

A new multi-annual scheme offering financial support to upgrade homes to an ‘A’ rating on the Building Energy Rating (BER) scale will result in lower energy bills and increased comfort for homeowners, Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has said.

The allocation of €5m to the scheme for 2017 was announced this week by Communications, Climate Action and environment Minister Denis Naughten.

The scheme, which will meet up to half the cost of upgrades for individual householders, will fund major energy efficiency upgrades to homes and low carbon heating systems, Minister Halligan said:

“This scheme will enable people living in badly insulated houses to significantly upgrade their homes to an ‘A’ BER rating. Funds will be made available on a rolling basis to community groups, Local Authorities and Energy Agencies. The scheme is available to any group that can pull together groups of

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

ESMA sees an increase in financial consumer complaints in 2016

According to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the number of complaints made to EU regulators by financial consumers in the first half of 2016 has increased.

ESMA’s recent report on trends, risks and vulnerabilities (TRV) reveals that the total number of complaints reported across the EU was 7,026 in H1-16 compared to 5,152 in H2-15.

The three most common causes for complaints made directly to national regulators in H1-16 were:

- Problems with execution of orders (31%)

- Poor quality or lack of information (19%)

- Unauthorised business (15%)

Looking at complaints categorised by the financial instrument, the leading types of instrument generating complaints in H1-16 were:

- Bonds and other debt securities (20%)

- Shares, stock and equity (17%)

- Options, futures and swaps (17%)

- Financial contracts for difference, or CFDs (15%)

One clear trend

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

With over 100 exhibitors, the Waterford Chamber Business Expo, sponsored by BMCI Insurance & Investments Ltd., takes place this Thursday, April 6th in Audi Waterford on the Cork Road and is set to be Chamber’s biggest networking event of the year.

Following on from the success of last year’s event, it’s not surprising that the exhibition space is now completely full and Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla is encouraging all business people to come along on the day and network anyway.

“This is a free event for everyone to attend, starting at 4.30pm. We have over 100 businesses on show, our biggest turnout yet, and we are also expecting a large turn out from the business community. It’s rare you get a chance to promote your business to so many under one roof so even if you don’t have a stand, pop

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

We are delighted to confirm the completion of the successful sale of The Ard Ri Hotel in Waterford city. The iconic building which dominates the skyline immediately north of the River Suir had been closed for a number of years and fallen into significant disrepair. In its earlier days the hotel had operated as one of the most successful in the city offering a wedding venue, conference centre, holiday accommodation and a leisure centre. Situated on an elevated site of approximately 21 acres The Ard Ri Hotel offers magnificent views over the River Suir and the city of Waterford, together with generous parking and large gardens. While the premises is in need of a complete refurbishment, the property offers enormous potential in many ways to the new owner Seamus Walsh who intends to invest heavily in this project, which in

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    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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