“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela The Bord Gáis Energy Index rose 4% in November 2013 as the four key commodities of the Index (oil, natural gas, coal and electricity) increased month-on-month. Both wholesale natural gas and electricity prices increased considerably (+6% and +8% respectively) over the month. Colder […]» Read More..
“A Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill The planned €1.4bn sale of the semi-state company Bord Gáis Energy was put on hold as bids fell short of the government’s asking price. When Ireland joined the European Economic Community in 1973 […]» Read More..
Thursday 27 November at the Pension Awards was a great night for Irish Life and our colleagues in Setanta Asset Management – we’re both part of the Great-West Lifeco family in case anyone doesn’t know yet! Between us we picked up four prestigious awards at the Irish Pensions Awards 2013. The Awards aim to recognise […]» Read More..
With the end of “Movember” in sight, we take a look at the work the importance of raising the awareness of Mens Health and delve into some Claim Stats from Irish Life to back this point up.» Read More..
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” – Henry Ford The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) cut half a percentage point off its forecasts for global growth this year and next, attributing the revisions to a slowdown in emerging markets, political gridlock in Washington DC and uncertainty over the Federal […]» Read More..
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery The Eurozone economy grew 0.1% in the third quarter (Q3) of 2013. The EU28 expanded by only 0.2%. France and Italy contracted (both at -0.1%) while growth in Europe’s largest economy, Germany, was at 0.3%. Spanish inflation has […]» Read More..
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F Kennedy The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its key interest rate to a new record low of 0.25%, responding to a plunge in inflation to 0.7% in October and weak Eurozone economic data. The rate change will take effect from 13th […]» Read More..
Irish Life is Ireland’s leading life, investment and pension company, so naturally we deal with many direct debits. Here is a brief overview of the new Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Direct Debit Mandates which will come into effect from February 2014. The Basic Stuff You’ve probably heard of SEPA, IBANs, BICs, etc. and they’ve […]» Read More..