Alan joined Moneywise 20 years ago, having achieved a 1st Class Masters from UCD and A PhD from the University of Limerick in political science. The research skills developed during these years hold to this day. In typical Irish fashion, his career in academia was cut short by a desire to own a home. As well as the required QFA designation, he has also added postgraduate diplomas in tax and mediation to his record. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his young family, playing tennis & golf, watching Leinster & Ireland, & Rory & Shane, and the occasional Netflix binge.