Zurich Life Blog

A round up of all the latest news, views, commentary and analysis on the insurance, pensions and investment industry.

As banks continue to reduce their branches across Ireland, customers are increasingly doing their banking transactions online. New digital banking alternatives are also on the rise, while at the same time traditional banks are exiting the market. So what does this mean for customers?

With Ulster Bank and KBC planning to leave the Irish market, Zurich has a range of options available for those customers looking to switch their savings on deposit to one of our savings and investment products.

Over the last number of years, strong, positive investment market returns, coupled with record low interest rates for money held on deposit, has seen many people taking a little more risk in order to increase their chance of making a better return on their money.

Busy mum of three, Michelle O'Donohoe is planning for her children’s futures. In this video interview she talks about her motivations for saving and why seeking guidance from a financial advisor helped her get started on her smart saving journey. 
Zurich research reveals savings habits for Irish adults and their outlook for the year ahead.
Lack of understanding and the need to consult an expert are cited as reasons for not setting up a new savings plan, according to Zurich research.
Research by Zurich reveals that 78% of people who have a financial advisor believe the advice they have received has had a positive impact.

Raising a minimum of 10% of the value of a new house (first time buyer) is now the minimum requirement for getting on the housing ladder. The key to building up that deposit is to start saving sooner, rather than later.

Zurich research highlights sustained financial impact of Covid-19 on parents and provides a useful tool to help parents manage education costs. 
If you're planning to support your children when they reach college, it might be wise to start saving now because college costs can really add up. 
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