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Doing Nothing is Not an Option

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‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’…well, guess what… It’s broken.

Things have changed significantly in the investment space in recent years, but for some reason, most people haven’t changed their approach.

You’ve heard it 100 times before - Interest rates are rising, inflation is everywhere, and bank deposit rates are close to 0%. Doing nothing with your money is no longer an option, yet it is the default position for so many.

During the 1980s, leaving your money in the bank was perfectly acceptable. Banks offered up to 15% on their savings accounts - Not a bad deal.

Diligently setting your money aside while it earned double-digit returns until such time as you could afford to buy your first home for a mere 30K was a pretty good deal all round.

But for some reason, people continue to do the exact same thing to this day despite the fact house prices are ten times higher, and bank deposits pay 100 times less.

The level of inertia here never ceases to amaze me.

Don’t Get Left Behind

When it comes to human behaviour, inertia is a powerful thing. People are inherently slow to change the way they have always done things.

We only ever change what is immediately and obviously damaging to use.

Unfortunately, the erosion of our wealth is discretely pervasive, so we often don’t realise what’s happening until it is too late. 0% return from your bank account seems manageable in the short run, but over longer periods, it has a truly profound effect on your future wealth.

To understand the longer-term effects of holding your money in the bank during an inflationary environment, consider the following example of the purchasing power of $10,000 in 1971, compared to today.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2020 were more than 550% higher than prices in 1971. In other words, if you put $10,000 under your mattress in 1971, it would have the equivalent purchasing power of about $1,800 by today’s standards. Granted, there have been some large-scale inflation fluctuations over this period, but the compounding effects are no less apparent.

So, while zero returns on your money and higher inflation may seem manageable in the short term, they can have detrimental effects on your money over time.

The Game has Changed

Blindly doing the same thing the previous generation did in the hope of similar results is delusional.

There are people still trying to save more and more money in the bank just so they can afford to pay higher and higher prices, but the prices are going up faster than they can save. Saving 5k a year to buy that house that’s going up 10k a year? Sound familiar?

You need to tie your income to these rising asset prices if you have any hope of escaping the vicious savings loop in the long run.

Unfortunately, this is the reality for our generation. Ignoring it will ensure you are left behind.

What worked for your parents isn’t going to work for you. The onus is on you to create an investment plan that will put your money to work and tie your future wealth to assets that will increase in price over time.

Stop naively putting all your money in the bank, hoping that ‘it will all work out’. It doesn’t work like that anymore.

I have spent the last few weeks writing a guide to creating and managing your own investment portfolio. To receive a copy, sign up for my newsletter by scanning the QR code above or go to www.theislandinvestor.com.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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