Are you looking for a personal finance blog to help improve your finances? Unfortunately in Ireland there is a limited number of high quality financial websites worth following.
Informed decisions has quickly become the number one personal finance blog and podcast in Ireland. The website is run by Paddy Delaney, a Qualified Financial Adviser and Retirement Planning Adviser. Paddy shares honest insights on the best ways to take control of your finances and prepare for the future. He cuts through all complex financial jargon, making them easier to understand. His service is mainly targeted at people in their 30’s and 40’s, making important financial decisions. I enjoy listening to Paddy’s podcast during work, his silky smooth voice and light-hearted nature is a joy to listen to. Learning about different investment products and services is very boring but informeddecisions.ie helps make it bearable. Typically financial advisers are monotone and too formal, Paddy is the polar opposite.
Money guide Ireland is a popular money blog, visited by thousands every month. They share tips on how to save money on electricity, banking, broadband and much more. Despite it’s popularity the website is very amateur and is heavily monetized with affiliate links. I find it hard to trust information from a site if the owner hides his identity. The guy behind MoneyGuideIreland.com is earning hefty affiliate commissions, fair play to him!
David McWilliams is a well-known economist, famous for predicting the collapse of the property market in 2008. Back then everyone laughed at him but unfortunately his prediction turned out to quite accurate. McWilliams is never afraid to express an opinion and regularly features on various RTE programs. Davidmcwilliams.ie is one of the top Irish finance websites for the average joe looking for the latest economic news. David is an entertaining character who helps breakdown boring economic topics through interesting analogies.
Despite the unusual name, Bonkers.ie is a comparison website that helps consumers get the best deals on insurance, broadband, gas/electricity and mortgages. Bonkers blog section offers useful advice on ways to lower household bills.
The Irish Times
The Irish Times newspaper was originally launched in 1859 and managed to survive the decline of newspaper sales due to rise of digital content. The Irish Times hire talented finance writers to break the latest news. Columnists such as Fintan O’Toole, Fiona Reddan and Cliff Taylor are all skilled financial writers, educating the masses on complex topics.
While Askaboutmoney.com is not a blog, it’s a handy forum to browse and ask financial questions. The owner Brendan Burgess doesn’t accept any advertising and is funded purely from members donations. Excellent forum to learn more about investing, mortgages and pensions.
Karl Whelan is a Professor of Economics at UCD for the last ten years. Before working at UCD, Whelan was an economist for the Federal Reserve Board and the Central Bank of Ireland. His blog mainly covers Irish and EU economic policy issues, Whelan’s latest article on Brexit and the Irish border does raise some food for thought.