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France issues first 10-year bond at negative interest rate

France issues first 10-year bond at negative interest rate France issued its first-ever 10-year bond at a negative borrowing rate today, meaning investors pay, rather than receive, interest for the privilege of owning French sovereign debt, the state debt management […]

Injury awards driving up insurance prices – insurers

Injury awards driving up insurance prices – insurers Insurance premiums will fall if the cost of claims in Ireland falls, insurance companies have been telling the Oireachtas Finance committee. The Chief Executive of Allianz, Sean McGrath, said the single biggest […]

US threatens tariffs on EU cheese, pork and whiskey

US threatens tariffs on EU cheese, pork and whiskey The US is threatening tariffs on $4bn worth of additional EU goods – including Irish whiskey – in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies. This is in addition to tariffs placed […]

Services sector makes up for weak manufacturing activity – PMI

Services sector makes up for weak manufacturing activity – PMI The country’s services sector continued to grow sharply in June, according to a new survey. The growth more than made up for weak manufacturing activity, which shrank for the first […]

19 new Rent Pressure Zones across 11 counties

19 new Rent Pressure Zones across 11 counties There are 19 new locations designated as Rent Pressure Zones following a change in the criteria. The announcement of the additional RPZs takes effect from today, following reforms to the Residential Tenancies […]

New rules to require banks to open up their systems

New rules to require banks to open up their systems Your bank account is set to get more secure – and more open – once new European regulations come into force in September. The second Payments Services Directive aims to […]

Germany, Italy drive euro zone economic sentiment down to 3-year low

Germany, Italy drive euro zone economic sentiment down to 3-year low Euro zone economic sentiment dropped to its lowest point in nearly three years in June as confidence fell markedly in the bloc’s largest economies – Germany and Italy – […]

Debt costs up for business despite ECB rate-cut talk

Debt costs up for business despite ECB rate-cut talk Borrowing costs for small and mid-sized businesses in Ireland increased in the first three months of the year, despite the wider speculation in the economy that interest rates will fall. Irish […]

Bank of Ireland’s chief finance officer to step down

Bank of Ireland’s chief finance officer to step down Bank of Ireland has announced that its chief financial officer, Andrew Keating, is to leave the bank. Mr Keating, who has worked at the bank since 2004, is set to take […]

Ireland runs risk of austerity-era spending cuts, economist to warn politicians

Ireland runs risk of austerity-era spending cuts, economist to warn politicians Politicians will be warned today that Ireland runs the risk of austerity-era spending cuts if it continues with existing expenditure plans. Stephen Kinsella, Associate Professor of Economics at University […]

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