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 want to invest between €10,000 and €12,000 instead of it sitting dormant in my current account. Is it a good time to invest seeing that we are potentially facing a global recession? I know we need to ride out the storm so I am committed to a five to 10-year investment horizon.
It has taken 13 years, but regulators now claim the monster tracker mortgage probe is finally over. However, questions remain about why the banks made it so difficult to resolve the cases, and the role of the Central Bank, which has taken so long to get to the bottom of the scandal.
Q I was on to my car insurer recently and they were asking me if I wanted to keep my full no-claims protection on my policy. I have never had a claim in 25 years of driving so I declined it, as doing so saved me €50. Now, I am wondering if it was the right thing to do. Is it worth having some level of protection?
It is tempting to rename the Central Bank of Ireland, the “Central Blank”. When it comes to protecting the consumer, the Central Bank has been found wanting. It’s firing blanks.
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