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Our focus is to ensure your peace of mind and to assist in prioritising and achieving your financial goals.

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Lifestyle Financial Planning

Working with you and your other advisers to create clarity on your finances now and into the future and to determine whether you are on track to achieve goals that are important to you:

Core Services

Lifestyle Financial Planning provides many tangible benefits. It allows us to put the foundations in place for our clients and to provide them with clear and unbiased advice in all of the following areas:

Holistic Lifestyle Financial Planning

Providing peace of mind while planning for the future.

Holistic Lifestyle Financial Planning

Providing peace of mind and confidence while planning for the future.

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Day-to-Day Finances and Budgeting

Forming the habit of running a monthly surplus.

Day-to-Day Finances and Budgeting

Keeping track of your finances to achieve your goals.

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Family and Business Protection

We see protection as a key building block of any financial plan.

Family and Business Protection

We will evaluate your protection insurance needs and incorporate them fully into your plan.

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Investments and Education Savings

Our investment advice is geared towards helping you achieve your goals.

Investments and Education Savings

We will work with you to identify and implement an appropriate investment strategy.

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Retirement Planning

Retirement Planning provides you with the opportunity to evaluate the lifestyle you want in retirement.

Retirement Planning

The advice we provide will keep you fully informed on all aspects of retirement planning.

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Estate, Long-term Care Planning & Wealth Transfer

When effective management of your wealth becomes a key consideration.

Estate, Long-term Care Planning & Wealth Transfer

Planning sufficient funds to achieve your lifetime goals in tandem with the tax-efficient distribution of your estate.

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Lifestyle Financial Planning combines advanced financial planning tools with experience and knowledge of Family & Business Protection, Day-to-Day Finances, Budgeting, Investments, Education Savings, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning & Wealth Transfer to deliver a plan that is tailored to your needs.

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Latest Financial News

Read the Smart Finance Blog for the latest news, business, financial and investing news, including personal finance.

Womens’ pensions hammered by divorce, maternity leave and time-out as carers

Women who get divorced, take extended maternity leave or time out of the labour force as caregivers face a higher risk of poverty in old age, Insurance Ireland has warned. The group has called for

September 23rd, 2022|

‘Handing over cold hard cash makes you think twice’: the people ditching cards in the cost of living crisis

With inflation raging and real wages falling, more and more of us are taking an old-school approach to staying on top of spending. Suddenly coins and notes are back in favour A year ago, buying

August 19th, 2022|
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Client Testimonials

My wife and I have been receiving advice from Pat Matthews at Smart Finance for the last five years. We would and no hesitation in recommending his services. He eased many financial concerns we have had by explaining complex financial information to us in a clear, easy to understand way. As a result of Pat’s professional guidance, we have been able to confidently plan and implement decisions that meet our financial targets. Pat has given us peace of mind that we are doing the right things to safeguard our future.

Emmeline and John , (Pharmacist and Product Manager)

We contacted Pat Matthews of Smart Finance in September 2018 with a view to getting advice and assistance on financial planning. Pat’s membership of the Society of Financial Planners Ireland was one of the reasons we approached him initially and his professionalism and thoroughness convinced us that we had made the correct decision.

Pat took the time to gain a full understanding of our family’s financial position and objectives and, on foot of that, presented us with a detailed report including recommendations. As part of the implementation of those recommendations he has arranged a PRSA taking account of the specific requirements and objectives.

We have found Pat to be a most helpful, approachable, knowledgeable, and practical advisor.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Smart Finance to those looking for financial planning advice and assistance.

Frank Smith and Damhnait Gaughan

We have been receiving financial advice and guidance from Pat Matthews at Smart Finance for the last 15 years. This has always proved beneficial, particularly when reviewing our goals for securing our financial future and making plans for our retirement.

Grainne and Simon Thurston

Celtic Sales Co Ltd have been working with Pat Matthews (Smart Finance) since 2014. Pat has helped and advised all of the management and staff on their company pensions and future financial planning since the start. We meet with him on a regular basis and have found him to be highly professional and attentive to our individual requirements. I`m very confident that our Financial planning needs are in good hands and I am more than happy to recommend Pat and Smart Finance.

Paddy Byrne , Managing Director

I engaged the services of Smart Finance many years ago and happily continue to do so as Pat provides a professional service that is specifically tailored to my current financial situation as well as planning for my future financial requirements.

Pat is very diligent in his duties, client focused at all times and provides a common sense approach to financial planning. Pat always discusses in detail any investment/insurance products that you may be interested in so you can make an informed choice of product.

Pat is a gentleman to deal with and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to potential clients to look after their financial needs.

Des & Margaret Morgan

Myself and my husband have known Pat for the past 30 years. Our paths crossed one day, we got chatting and we haven’t looked back since. If you’re looking for a Financial Advisor, Pats your man as he is hardworking, punctual, reliable but most importantly he’s honest and patient.

Neither myself nor my husband work in finance and to be honest we struggled with the jargon but one of Pats other skills is that he has the ability to explain things clearly and as many times as he has to until he is sure we understand. He is also very likeable and funny. You won’t go wrong. We certainly didn’t.

Gerry & Cilla Byrne

I was first introduced to Pat over 12 years ago, when he navigated me through a work-based pension scheme. I was so impressed and happy with his advice and care, that I also asked Pat to arrange my mortgage insurance.

Having left work recently and as I had turned 50, I had to unfortunately evaluate the option of encashing my pension. This was an extremely stressful and confusing time for me but it was made all the easier by Pat. Pat is not all about the money but about the person and he took great time and patience with me until he found what was best for me. I will always be truly grateful for his care attention to detail, and I look forward to continuing working with Pat for future financial advice and care.

Cathy McMahon, Monaghan
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