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Foreign buyers snap up Irish government bonds

More than €2bn worth of Irish government bonds were snapped up in February with foreign investors becoming increasingly interested in the State securities. The total value of outstanding government bonds stood at €122.13bn in February, with those held by non-residents […]

Enough is enough as we’re already over-taxed

She is looking at a number of car options, but all cost about €15,000. Assuming she wants to do this from hard-won savings, that sum implies she had to earn over €30,000 at marginal tax rates to produce the needed […]

Eurozone business grows at fastest rate for a year Wednesday, April 08, 2015By Jonathan Cable Price discounting drove g

Price discounting drove growth in all of the eurozone’s major economies in March, helping business activity increase at its fastest rate for nearly a year, a survey showed yesterday. New orders came in at their fastest rate since May 2011 […]

Eurozone business grows at fastest rate for a year

Price discounting drove growth in all of the eurozone’s major economies in March, helping business activity increase at its fastest rate for nearly a year, a survey showed yesterday. New orders came in at their fastest rate since May 2011 […]

€10bn saved on national debt repayments

Current forecasts are likely to see close to €4bn in savings achieved during 2015, which will bring the total reduction in repayments over the €10bn mark. Restructured repayment agreements with the IMF, EU, and ECB — including the deal on […]

Global currency reserves decline

The decade-long surge in foreign currency reserves held by the world’s central banks is coming to an end. Global reserves declined to $11.6trn (€10.52trn) in March from a record $12.03trn last August, halting a five-fold increase that began in 2004, […]

Survey puts spotlight on income loss fears

Almost 50% of self-employed workers would see their business close within a year if they were unable to work due to illness or injury, a new survey estimates. Research by Royal London on self-employed financial brokers throughout the country showed […]

Double-digit Irish house price increases unlikely

House prices grew by almost 5% nationally in the first quarter of the year, but a return to spiralling double-digit hikes appears remote thanks to the introduction of new Central Bank mortgage lending restrictions. The price rise seen across the […]

Weak euro continues to aid Irish manufacturing sector

The country’s manufacturing sector expanded rapidly again last month with the weakness of the euro continuing to benefit the competitiveness of exporters to the UK, in particular. New product ranges, rolled out at the beginning of the year, are also […]

Reform of SME credit fund

Changes to the Government’s microfinance support fund were yesterday welcomed, with the improvements tipped to open the scheme up to more businesses and improve awareness among SMEs. Businesses looking to access loans of up to €25,000 from Microfinance Ireland (MFI) […]

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