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Pension model doesn’t have to be perfect, but we must act now

The retirement model for Ireland is changing after various false starts – a change that is long overdue. A sustainable retirement system with feasible dependency ratios requires that workers save more and retire later. We won’t get a perfect system […]

Without decent European investment yield lenders are looking to the US

September in the European corporate debt market is often a time of much rejoicing. The dearth of activity in August is replaced by a flood of issuance, tightening spreads, and a general feeling that bonds are back. Not this time. […]

Comment: Hiking VAT on tourism would raise Brexit stakes

Each year, at about this time, there is a lot of speculation about the 9pc tourism VAT rate and whether it will be retained in October’s Budget to be delivered by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Each year, at about this […]

Contactless card payments increase

Consumers are turning more to debit cards and contactless payments, according to the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI). In the past three years, the number of debit-card transactions has increased rapidly in Ireland, the CBI said in its latest quarterly […]

Businesses failing to prepare despite no-deal Brexit fear

The vast majority of Irish businesses still do not have a Brexit plan in place, despite 70pc of firms expecting the UK’s departure from the EU to have a negative impact on Ireland’s economy. AIB’s Brexit Sentiment index for the […]

This is a frightening prospect for the thousands who have worked in Britain

In common with many people in this country, both my parents worked in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. My late father spent 10 years as a radio officer in the British merchant navy. For this he got a good […]

Rents hits record-high as it’s now €274 more per month than Celtic Tiger peak

THE monthly cost of renting a home has hit an all-time high, shooting up by an average €200 in some parts of the capital in just the space of a year New figures from Daft.ie today lay bare the dilemma […]

Banks no longer using SBCI’s SME loan scheme

The country’s main banks have stopped using a State fund set up to channel low cost finance to SMEs, because lenders can access cheap money in their own right, the Irish Independent has learned. The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland […]

Digital advertising spend outstrips TV in US as UK print revives

Spend on digital advertising has overtaken that of television in the United States for the first time. Last year, internet advertising revenues in the United States hit $88bn (€77bn), an increase of 21pc on the previous year, according to the […]

China vows to control debt despite fresh stimulus for cooling economy

China’s state planner pledged on Wednesday to keep debt levels under control even as Beijing rolls out fresh stimulus to support the stumbling economy as a trade war with the US deepens. The comments by the National Development and Reform […]

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