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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Never fear, the Six Nations are here!

Slightly off topic this week. My other passion in life, apart from being a MAMIL, started on Saturday last - the RBS Six Nations. The annual rugby festival of our four Home Nations, France and Italy, all slugging it out to win the Grand Slam,

Championship or Triple Crown. So much at stake, great

sporting rivalries and a sense of camaraderie that defines this sport, on and off the field of play.

After a wet, cold, rainy and sleety cycle on Saturday morning I returned home, eventually warmed up, showered, a quick bite to eat and I switched on the old BBC to watch the pre-match build up. A match that would define both Scotland’s and Ireland’s Six Nations’ campaign. A loss for either side would mean an end to Grand Slam and

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Why are savers taking risks in retirement?

Twenty years ago, 10-year government bond yield was 8%, 10 years ago it was 5.2% and now it sits at 1.35%. The sharp drop in income from government bonds has had a significant impact on investors, particularly those in retirement.

The rate at which your pension pot is converted into an annual income is based in part on the 10-year government bond yield – not bad when it sits at 5.2%, even better when it peaked at 12% in 1990. But not when it falls to below 2% as the Eurozone endures a prolonged period of record low interest rates forcing pension savers to lock in extremely low levels of income for life. Most pension savers must now actively consider the purchase of an Approved Retirement Fund [ARF] instead of the traditional

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY: Curluddy, Carrigeen, Co. Kilkenny

AMV €150,000

Brought to the market by O’Shea O’Toole Auctioneers, this charming cottage with character stands on an elevated site with beautiful overland views towards Tory Hill an of the surrounding landscape. Built in 1790 the cottage has been sympathetically and beautifully renovated.

Exposed ceiling beams, white painted lime plaster walls and a beautiful inglenook fireplace are some of the cottage's nice features.

The cottage is conveniently located on a quiet country road 7 km north of Waterford city, 1.5 km from Carrigeen village and 2.5 km from the M9 Motorway.

Waterford city Ireland's oldest city and the commercial and administration centre of the south east has an attractive and vibrant retail environment for shoppers with a wide range of tourism, cultural, services and leisure activities.

For further information contact O'Shea O'Toole, Tel (0)51 876757 or visit

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Almost 20% of overseas enquiries about Irish property are now coming from the United States, from a negligible base two years ago, according to a Real Estate Alliance nationwide survey.

“Property buyers from the US are increasingly securing homes and investment properties in Ireland, buoyed by a strong dollar and the lure of a resurgent economy for emigrants,” said Des O’Shea of REA O’Shea O’Toole, Waterford City.

“Real Estate Alliance are offering Irish property vendors the chance to take advantage of this mini-boom by registering for our upcoming Irish Property Exhibition in Boston.

“The average house price in the US in November 2016 was $365,200 (?341,739), compared to our Average House Price survey national value of $216,856 (?202,926), so there is obvious value for American buyers in Ireland.

“Our agents around the country report that enquiries from the UK have dipped by a third

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

John Smiles

Why did commodities do so well in 2016?

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Why are there different tax rates on savings?

There are different type of taxes depending upon the type of savings vehicle used. Deposit Interest Rate Tax or DIRT is imposed on the interest paid on deposit accounts. Exit Tax is levied on profits made on pooled funds such as investment bonds and UCITS.

Up until 2016 the rate of both taxes tended to be the same. In 2008, the government raised the rate from 20% to 41%, the equivalent to the highest rate of income tax. At that time, longer term deposit accounts were paying close to 5% pa as troubled banks sought to attract deposits in order to shore up their broken balance sheets. The increased tax was an irritant because savers were still receiving a net rate of 2.95%

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

REA O'Shea O'Toole are delighted to present this very attractive property to the market.

Airfield Point built in 2006 is a beautifully presented 4 bedroom detached house in a mature setting only a short stroll from the renowned fishing and holiday village of Dunmore East on the South East coast of Ireland. A most attractive detached home ideally located in a quiet cul de sac near the main entrance to this most sought after development. The accommodation which extends to 1859 sq.ft. comprises a bright spacious entrance hallway with Guest w.c., spacious Lshaped Sittingroom-Diningroom with doors leading to the large Kitchen/Dining area overlooking the south facing rear garden. The utility room, is adjacent to the kitchen and a livingroom and guest bedroom are accessed from the hallway. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, the main bedroom is en suite with a walk

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Searches for new homes in Waterford have increased by 117% in the week's following the launch of the "Help-to-buy" scheme by the Government, according to Ireland’s No.1 Property website – Daft.ie.

The property website which has 2.21 million unique users each month recorded an increase of 117% in searches for new homes in Waterford when compared with the same period last year.

Commenting on the data; Martin Clancy from Daft.ie said: “The spike in searches was quite large and certainly points to an increased interest in new homes on the back of the launch of the "Help-to-buy" scheme for first-time buyers. The areas to attract the most interest in Waterford were Waterford City, Dungarvan, Tramore, Ballyduff and Portlaw.”

"In Waterford City, prices between September and December 2016 were 16.4% higher than a year previously. The average house price is now €148,000, that's an

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Wednesday, 25th January 2017

John Smiles Qualified Financial Advisor

Why did commodities do so well in 2016?

After five years of negative returns, reaching a decade low in January 2016, commodity-related investments outperformed the broader equity and fixed income markets in 2016. The strong outperformance was driven by several factors. Slightly reduced concerns around the Chinese economic outlook, diminishing expectations of US interest rate rises and encouraging signs on the supply and demand fronts have all contributed to a positive backdrop for the sector.

The Chinese government’s stimulus efforts resulted in improved macroeconomic data boosting many industrial metals and bulk commodities prices. Iron-ore gained over 30% as Chinese steel demand increased and the price of coking coal increased by more than 130% in 2016.

A fall in production of commodities together with reduced capital investment over the past five years resulted in a supply glut and a consequent

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Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Commenting on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech, Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO said, "Ultimately the speech was no more than an articulation of the UK’s top-line negotiating position.

“Businesses in Ireland are no further advanced in understanding the issues that will need to be dealt with at the conclusion of this process but can take some solace in matters which the UK specified as being key elements in the negotiations. The reference to the special relationship with the Republic of Ireland and the importance of retaining the Common Travel Area is welcome although more clarity on barrier-free arrangements with Northern Ireland remains critical for businesses on both sides of the border.

“The acknowledgement of the desire to take in ‘elements of the Single Market’ and a “new agreement on Customs Union’ is positive for Irish exporters but will clearly be very

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Wednesday, 25th January 2017

New CIF President Dominic Doheny has called on the Government to work with the construction industry to create an ambitious strategy that delivers sustainable growth, exports and jobs across Ireland today at a meeting of Ireland’s leading construction executives.

Mr. Doheny, who is from Tullamore, Co. Offaly and is joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Construction Ltd, said; “The Government is turning to construction to deliver ambitious targets in the delivery of world class infrastructure, housing and the specialist buildings that attract and retain global companies to Ireland. They must set out with industry a growth strategy that builds our capacity to deliver the sustainable level of 25,000 housing output required annually and the €43billion infrastructure set out in the Government’s Public Capital Programme.

DKM consultants estimate that achieving these targets would see the construction industry grow from €15bn to €20bn by

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