An Explanation of Enhanced Transfer Values

Background The difficulties currently faced by defined benefit schemes are well known at this stage. Low expected returns from investments and increasing annuity prices have resulted in higher contribution rates being required to fund benefits. Many employers have concluded that DB pension schemes are now unaffordable with most schemes either being closed to new entrants or, in an increasing number …

Does Increasing Housing Supply Pose a Threat for Residential Property Prices?

Despite the significant expansion in housing supply in 2017, it was an exceptional year for the Irish residential property market in terms of rental and price inflation.  In our update, we believe there is scope for further growth in 2018, particularly in the Dublin apartment market. Click here to read more.

Equity Market Volatility – February 2018

Following the sharp fall in global equity markets and the increased volatility over the last two weeks, our Equity Market Volatility – February 2018 note looks into the drivers behind these moves and we provide our view on recent developments. Click here to read more.

Wellesley achieves MiFID Regulatory Status

Wellesley Investments & Pensions Ltd. has recently been authorised by the Central Bank under the European Communities (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations (MiFID), the only firm so authorised in 2016. While the firm has been regulated by the Central Bank since 2007, the Central Bank’s approval of Wellesley as a MiFID firm reflects a significantly higher level of authorisation and …

Oil Update February 2017

The joint ministerial monitoring committee (JMMC), the body tasked with monitoring the compliance of the 13 OPEC members and 11 non-OPEC oil producers with production adjustments, met on January 22nd. At the meeting, countries confirmed commitments to shoulder their share of the production cuts originally announced in November and December. Click here to read more.