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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What is a Bulk

Purchase Annuity?

A Bulk Purchase Annuity [BPA] is a way of removing risks associated with an employer’s defined benefit pension scheme by transferring them to a policy, usually provided by an Insurer. This means that the organisation responsible for some (or all) of a defined benefit pension scheme is changed - a process sometimes called 'de-risking'. The BPA provider takes over responsibility for making payments to the members involved. Although there’s only one BPA product, organisations can decide how fully they want to embrace the principle of de-risking. You can remove some or all of the associated risks.

How a buy-in works:

These are annuity policies that usually only cover some of your pension scheme liabilities. For example, those associated with your current pensioners who are already receiving their pension payments.

Why choose a buy-in?

This type of BPA

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

Rents rose nationwide by an average of 11.7% in the year to September 2016, according to the latest

quarterly Rental Report by Ireland's No.1 Property

Website This is the largest annual increase in rents ever recorded in the Report, which extends back to 2002. In addition, at €1,077 in the third quarter of the year, the average monthly rent nationwide is at a new all-time high.

In Waterford City, rents have risen by 11.2% in the last year and the average rent is now €735. In the rest of Waterford, rents were on average 9.3% higher in the third quarter of 2016 than a year previously. The average advertised rent is now €692, up 22% from their lowest point.

In Dublin, the annual rate of inflation in rents, in the year to September 2016, was 12.1%, its highest late since

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016


Well designed 3 bed semi detached residence in small residential development on the outskirts of Waterford city. Offering bright modern accommodation in an extremely convenient location just off the Old Tramore Road in the city within a couple of minutes drive to the outer ring road, Ursuline junior and senior schools and all amenities. Regular bus service to city. This comfortable home has the benefit of front and rear gardens set in lawn, off street parking, PVC double glazed windows, gas fired central heating. With the added advantage of an en-suite and utility, this property ticks a lot of boxes and viewings are highly recommended.

Viewings Strictly by appointment with Sole selling agents Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan.

BER Rating: C3 BER No: 109193235 Energy Performance Indicator: 203.71kWh/m2/yr

For further information contact Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan, Manor House, Cork Road,

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

A report, commissioned by the Construction Industry Federation and carried out by DKM consultants in conjunction with SOLAS, states that construction activity could potentially generate a requirement for 112,000 jobs up to 2020.

Director General of the CIF, Tom Parlon stated at a launch in Construction House recently “Over the next 3 years, this report estimates that we will need 112,000 additional workers in construction to deliver on the ambitious targets set out in the Government’s €43billion Capital Programme, the Rebuilding Ireland Strategy and in meeting the increasing demand from Foreign Direct Investment companies for specialist buildings.

The potential prize for delivering on these strategies is huge in terms of economic growth, jobs and recovery in the regions. With a forecast of 9% annual growth on average the construction can become a €20billion industry by 2020. It can potentially employ 213,000 direct

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Good news - Winter is just around the corner!

The end of Autumn, according to the meteorological calendar, is the 30th November, which also happens to be St. Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland. Though, we do not have quite such an energetically celebrated festival, as that afforded to St. Patrick, here in Ireland (and around the world), in fact we do very little to celebrate this day and in terms of turning the world blue we do not hold a patch on you guys, when you, year after year manage to turn the whole world green on 17th March. Maybe one day!

With Autumn over, wonderful Winter quickly follows suit and I must say, that this is one of my favourite times of the year. Getting out on a very crisp cold morning, for a brisk,

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Industry research highlights need for more investment in marketing

The majority of hoteliers and guest house owners in Waterford and across the country are reporting continued growth in business compared to last year according to the latest quarterly barometer from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF). However, the survey also shows that the industry is feeling the effects of the fall in the value of Sterling with one in three hoteliers (36%) saying that it has negatively impacted their business.

This comes as the latest figures from the CSOC show that while visitors from Great Britain are up 9% year on year, the rate of growth has slowed. The UK market accounts for approximately 40% of overseas visitors, making it Ireland’s largest source of inbound tourists, which highlights the potential exposure of Waterford’s tourism industry.

The growth in business levels from US, meanwhile, shows

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What is worrying investors and fund managers?

We are 7 years into a recovery and it doesn’t feel like much has happened. Interest rates and bond yields are close to or below zero; Gross Domestic Product [GDP] is weak and world trade is falling.

The main issues for fund managers are:

Japan – After twenty years of recession and zero interest rates, the so called ‘Abeonomics’ has still not delivered positive growth and reduced unemployment.

Trump - If he wins the Presidency, it would probably spark uncertainty in the financial markets given his controversial policies, including his plans to build a physical wall on the border between the US and Mexico and to tear up trade agreements that he feels were not properly negotiated, thus sparking an outright global trade war.

Brexit – While Ireland has most to lose irrespective of how

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Parnell House a mixed commercial investment property has been sold by REA O’SHEA O’TOOLE.

The Agents commented that there is strong demand for commercial investment properties from overseas and Irish based investors, pension funds and venture capital companies, some of whom have acquired properties in Dublin and Cork and who are now focusing their requirements on Waterford and other provincial centres. REA O’SHEA O’TOOLE have recently agreed the sales of four other city centre commercial investments and have acquired office buildings, commercial and industrial premises and development land on behalf of clients in on and off market deals.

Contact REA O’Shea O’Toole on 051 876757 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak5e41090cf9cdb53250ad7d0d2b58e70c').innerHTML = '';

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Wednesday, 26th October 2016

- 7th Of The 50 Best Hotels in The World and named

- 3rd in the Top Ten Hotels of Europe 2016

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards which are the

longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and they are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel” honoured Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort with

7th Of The 50 Best Hotels in The World. "We are thrilled with this recognition and wish to thank our guests and our staff who are the reason we received this award," said Helen Courtney, Waterford Castle General Manager.

In Europe's Top 10 Hotels Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort ranked 3rd, a huge achievement, Ballyfin Demesne came in 1st place

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Wednesday, 26th October 2016

It’s official – Ireland’s favourite Irish cocktail is the Apple Market featuring Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin and created by Waterford Bar - Davy Macs.

The announcement follows last week’s national cocktail festival run by Great Irish Beverages, which featured over 90 venues across the island of Ireland. All participating venues created a signature Irish cocktail for the duration of the festival and the public was invited to vote for their favourite via social media.

The winning Irish cocktail, featuring Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Licor 43, fresh mint, fresh apple, sugar syrup and fresh lemon, won the vote hands down.

Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages says this is a phenomenal win for Davy Mac’s: “This is the second time both Davy Macs and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin are making waves. Just

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Letters to the Editor


    Brexit AnniversaryIt is now nearly one year since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU and since then there has been a lot of speculation but very little leg work done on what exact shape Brexit is going to take. There was a time, when Brexit first became a word, (one that even a four year old could hold a conversation about now), that the whole issue of the U.K. leaving the EU was one that very few people could envisage. Now that it has come to pass, people know what it might entail, but very f …

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