Zurich Life Blog
A round up of all the latest news, views, commentary and analysis on the insurance, pensions and investment industry.
Ian Slattery discusses wealth management and explains how pension investments work, what an investor should think about before choosing a fund or portfolio and why knowledge is key to smart financial decision-making.
The debate around the pension time bomb and the challenges facing the economy when it comes to pensions continues unabated. So in this Podcast Rose Leonard explains why an early savings habit will set you up for the future.
Students have long been the biggest demographic of renters in Ireland, traditionally leaving home to attend college for third level education. The problem now facing students and parents is the growing cost of student living, including escalating rents and a lack of adequate housing.
According to Savills 18% of people in Ireland now live in private rental accommodation, which is 497,111 households. With no real history of long-term letting or leases and the introduction of Rent Pressure Zones to try to slow down rent increases, what next for renters?
Tackle Your Feelings is set to positively impact mental health in Ireland over the coming years, writes Richard McElwee from Rugby Players Ireland. He speaks to Elaine Hayes from Zurich's People Development team about the impact of Tackle Your Feelings in Zurich Ireland.
At Zurich we know how important it is to protect the things you love. That is why we are running a competition asking parents to share their stories of times they showed their protectiveness with the people they love.
If you think you are too young to get life insurance, think again. You might be fit and healthy now but things can change. Wouldn't it be good to know that you have protection in place should something happen?
It's impossible to put a price on peace of mind. The good news is that life cover is not expensive and is a small price to pay for the reassurance that should something happen, you and your family are protected.
No one wants to think about what would happen if they became seriously ill or how they would continue to support themselves and their family. But it's important to plan now and be reassured that should the worst happen you are protected.
In this edition of the Zurich Life Podcast, Richard Temperley, our Head of Investment Development, gives insights and analysis on the investment markets with a focus on the strengthening of the euro currency.
Mental health is a growing health, social and economic concern in Ireland. Tackle Your Feelings (TYF) was established to encourage people to take preventative measures to maintain and improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.
In this latest Tackle Your Feelings campaign video, Connaught's most successful Rugby Coach Pat Lam explains why it's important to support people when they are under pressure or face challenges in their personal or work life.
According to Rob Kearney, a previous recipient of the Zurich Players' Player of the Year Award, being nominated for the award is a huge achievement. So who will be crowned this year's Player of the Year?
The search for the next apprentice is on as Zurich launches its annual apprenticeship programme. University isn't the only option and starting an apprenticeship with Zurich means you can begin your career and earn while you learn.
Anthony Conroy, who is Associate Director of European Equities at Zurich Life, was featured in The Sunday Times where he spoke to Mark Channing about European equities, active fund management and investment strategy.
It was a good week for eurozone bonds and equities held their own despite a volatile political backdrop and the continuing conflict in Syria. But will the super powers restore stability to the market, Ian Slattery asks?
Will you qualify for the State Pension and how many PRSI contributions must you make before retiring, are common questions many people ask when planning for their future retirement. Ger Tyrrell answers these and other age-old questions.
Tackle Your Feelings seeks to emphasise the importance of preventative measures in maintaining good mental wellbeing. Elaine Hayes, CR spokesperson for Zurich Insurance, talks about the company's wellbeing agenda in Ireland.
In this edition of the Zurich Life Ireland Podcast, Ian Slattery speaks to Richard Temperley about the performance of the equity markets and sector rotation, which is something that has been on the investor's radar recently.
At Zurich we don't believe in settling for an average market return over the lifetime of an investment. Instead we are firm believers in a top-down active asset allocation approach that drives our investment decisions, writes Joe Creegan.
The much anticipated FOMC meeting takes place this week will include economic projections, GDP and inflation for the US. Over in the UK, Theresa May might decide to trigger article 50 so it could be an interesting week for the markets, writes Ian Slattery.
Ian Slattery reports that US stocks hit record highs last week and an interest-rate increase is likely at the central bank's upcoming meeting if employment and inflation continue to meet policy makers' expectations.
Pax Financial Planning and Zurich teamed up to present a cheque for €10,000 to the Marie Keating Foundation. This significant donation will go a long way towards helping people who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
In this edition of the Zurich Life Ireland Podcast, Richard Temperley discusses the markets from a global macro perspective followed by in-depth analysis on how the movements affect Zurich's range of funds.
Self-awareness is key to good mental and emotional wellbeing. IRUPA, in partnership with Zurich through the Tackle Your Feelings campaign, is equipping people with the tools and resources to reach their wellbeing potential.
Stocks rallied as tax policy reform proposals from the new US administration came into focus and the S&P 500 hasn't closed up or down by more than 1% in a single session since early December. Ian Slattery reports.
Zurich's Chief Investment Officer David Warren was featured in The Sunday Times where he spoke to Mark Channing about the economic outlook and the Prisma range of multi-asset funds, which are designed to suit investors with different attitudes to risk.
Rose Leonard explains how Zurich's Personalised GuidePath empowers employees to learn what their appetite for risk is, decide how they want to take their benefits in retirement and the date they plan on drawing down their pension.
In 2016, Zurich's multi-asset funds were the top performing risk targeted multi-asset funds in Ireland. This year the Pathway Funds are being rebranded as Prisma and although the name will change they will still have the same great performance.
European stocks performed well despite some surprises on the political front, and in the US it was a positive week for the markets as President Trump starts delivering on his election policy promises, writes Ian Slattery.
Do you have drive and ambition? Are your motivated to work for a global organisation and develop your career and leadership capabilities? Then Zurich's Insurance Graduate Development Programme could be for you.
Whether you're moving house, saving for a wedding or your children's education, planning on buying a car, or looking to reduce your household bill, kick-start your new year saving plan with €100 from Zurich.
David Warren explains how Zurich navigated its way through times of market stress in 2016 and why volatility in investment markets and positive returns from equities are two main trends that will continue in 2017.
IRUPA's Tackle Your Feelings campaign is receiving widespread coverage across a number of platforms. Campaign Manager, Créde Sheehy-Kelly talks to Conall O'Morain on Today FM's Sunday Business Show and explains the driving force behind the initiative.
Although market volumes were markedly lower in light of a shortened week of trading due to the holidays, the strong rally seen over the previous seven weeks should not be underestimated, Ian Slattery reports.
The cost of purchasing and running a car can quickly add up. It's important to make savings wherever you can when buying a new vehicle. Read our A - Z guide now on how to make big savings on the cost of your car.
The Federal Reserve's decision to raise the official borrowing cost by 0.25% on Wednesday evening was predictable, writes Ian Slattery, but the real surprise came when three rate rises in 2017 were forecasted.
IRUPA's Tackle Your Feelings campaign has received widespread media coverage since it launched in March and Zurich has played a central role in encouraging conversations around mental and emotional wellbeing.