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ECB ‘quietly shelves euro clearing house policy’

The European Central Bank has quietly shelved its policy of requiring clearing houses handling euro-denominated securities to be located inside the euro zone, after the measure was rejected by a top European court, a source at the central bank said. […]

ECB policy triggers rise in eurozone bank lending

Lending to companies and households in the eurozone rose for a fourth month in February, signalling that the ECB’s record monetary stimulus is finally reaching the real economy. Eurozone bank lending climbed 0.2% from January, the ECB said yesterday. The […]

Pensions specialist IFG anticipates ‘meaningful growth’

Financial services group, IFG anticipates “meaningful growth” in group profitability in 2015 and has said it will adopt “a more progressive” approach to dividend payments to shareholders. The Dublin-headquartered pensions specialist — which is now wholly focused on the UK […]

Bank lending remains crucial for SMEs, says Cyril Roux

Bank lending will remain a crucial source of funding for SMEs despite attempts to develop alternative forms of finance, according to Central Bank deputy governor Cyril Roux. Even though a large number of SMEs acquired unsustainable property- related debt during […]

IMF backs Michael Noonan’s bid for Irish budget flexibility

Government efforts to convince the European Commission to allow greater flexibility in putting together the next budget have been handed significant backing from the IMF. It rowed in behind Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s claims that further flexibility should be afforded […]

ECB asset purchases ‘having an impact’

The impact of asset purchases by the European Central Bank is visible in the euro-area economy, according to Governing Council member Erkki Liikanen. “Monetary-policy decisions and the measures taken have already had a clear, positive impact on the economic outlook” […]

Construction to grow 15% but still far behind bubble levels, says consultant

The construction industry’s rebound is set to deliver growth of up to 15% this year and talk of a bubble is premature, according to a leading construction sector consultancy firm. The strong growth patterns of the past 12 months are […]

Domestic consumption to take reins of growth from exports

The Irish economy will post another year of strong growth in 2014 on the back of more robust levels of investment, combined with a recovery in domestic consumption, according to the ESRI’s spring quarterly economic commentary, which was launched yesterday. […]

Eurozone business activity rises amid ECB easing

Eurozone businesses ramped up activity this month as the European Central Bank started printing money to spur economic growth, while a slowdown among Chinese factories fuelled expectations of more monetary stimulus. US manufacturing activity growth also edged up despite a […]

Eurozone business activity rises amid ECB easing

Eurozone businesses ramped up activity this month as the European Central Bank started printing money to spur economic growth, while a slowdown among Chinese factories fuelled expectations of more monetary stimulus. US manufacturing activity growth also edged up despite a […]

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