Charlie Weston is the Personal Finance Editor of the Irish Independent.He campaigns on consumer issues, with a focus on variable mortgage rates, credit unions and high motor insurance premiums. He was first to expose the tracker mortgage scandal.Charlie was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Business Journalists’ Association and Smurfit Business School journalism awards in 2016. He was chosen as Campaigning Journalist of the Year in 2018 and he has won numerous other journalism awards.The country’s foremost personal finance journalist, he features weekly on ‘The Last Word’ on Today FM, and is a regular contributor on RTE radio, Newstalk and regional radio stations.
Q I feel very late to the party with this question. I’m 58 and have never saved into a pension. I always just pushed it down the line, or thought I could rely on the State pension, but I realise now it just won’t be enough. Is there any point starting a pension at this stage and where would my best place be to start?
In the past we have had the Fiver Budget. Down the years we have had a fair share of Austerity Budgets. Last year it was, by necessity, the Covid Budget. This year’s outing could be described as the Few-Bob-For-Fuel Budget.
Q It is coming up to my car insurance renewal date, and I am in two minds about what to do. I have dealt directly with an insurer for the last number of years, and it has been generally positive. But I feel it is time for a change and they don’t seem to have any special offering for women drivers. I’m wondering is there really a difference in premium in going with a female-focused provider, especially as men can get their insurance through them too?
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