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Trade fears: Ireland may be caught in crossfire if President Trump ramps up rhetoric after midterms

When President Donald Trump tweets, he moves markets. Last week’s upbeat comments on the possibility of a deal with China to call a halt to a trade war between the world’s two largest economies helped stock markets rally from the […]

EU digital tax could backfire – Donohoe

The EU’s success as an exporter leaves it vulnerable if tax norms are torn up, which would include creating the digital services tax sought by France and others, Paschal Donohoe has warned. He denied France had offered to make-up for […]

Sick pay delay ‘down to move to new system’

Thousands of people face delay in sick pay, causing unnecessary suffering, the Government has been warned. Fianna Fáil’s welfare spokesman Willie O’Dea has urged Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty to intervene and ensure that every citizen entitled to illness benefit […]

Good news for mortgage holders: Rates to stay low as the eurozone flounders

Slowdown: Tracker and standard variable loan-holders to benefit Brexit woes: No deal will pitch Britain into long-lasting recession Hundreds of thousands of mortgage-holders, as well as small businesses, are set for a reprieve on anticipated higher repayments. A slow-down in […]

US stocks stagger back from correction

US stocks staggered back from a rout that took the S&P 500 Index into a correction, though major averages remained lower for the day in afternoon trading yesterday. The S&P 500 cut a loss that approached 3pc by more than […]

Three investment lessons learned from the global financial crisis

Ten years on from the global financial crisis is a good opportunity for investors to reflect on what we’ve learned from this seismic event. Lesson 1: Minsky was right Hyman Minsky’s financial-instability hypothesis examined how long stretches of prosperity have […]

UK targets tech giants with new digital tax in Budget

The UK is targeting the likes of Google and Facebook by introducing a digital services tax that aims to raise £400m (€450m) a year for the government. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond unveiled the measure in his Autumn Budget […]

Net alert: Ireland reports high rates of online crime as half of users affected by illegal activity

Half of Irish people have come across illegal activity on the internet, according to the latest European Commission barometer. In 17 countries across the EU, scams, frauds, subscription traps or other illegal commercial practices were found to be the most […]

European shares fall to lowest levels in nearly two years

European shares fell to their lowest levels in nearly two years on Tuesday as a new batch of third-quarter earnings failed to offset growing concerns on Brexit, Italy’s budget, Saudi isolation, trade wars, Chinese growth and US interest rates. The […]

Behind the rosy headlines, Ireland still trails behind its peers in the EU

If you just read the headline numbers it looks as though the Celtic Tiger is roaring back, economic growth is surging, wages are taking off as unemployment levels head back to pre-crisis levels and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s coffers are […]

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