BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Oliver Mangan

Euro parity with dollar could be on the cards

With interest rates already at zero, the ECB, as had been widely expected, decided at last week’s council meeting to expand its asset purchase programme to include public debt, in effect launching a full-blown quantitative easing (QE) programme, writes <b>Oliver Mangan</b>.

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The Small Business Column with Kehlan Kirwan 

In this week’s column, Kehlan Kirwan looks at proposals to allow paid paternity leave to be given to new fathers and why it makes sense to introduce it    

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ECB has brought eurozone to the brink of confrontation

So the ECB has finally made its move. Mario Draghi has “done what it takes”, writes By Kyran FitzGerald

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Crying over spilt milk on debt deal

On June 25, the Greek electorate looks set to bring a left-wing party, Syriza, into government, writes Jim Power.

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You can’t take it with you so why not share it?

My grandfather used to say ‘There are no pockets in a shroud’, writes Paul Mills.

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Forecasting the financial markets is often a mug’s game

The Black Swan is back and I’m not talking about something that paddles around the Lough in Cork City, particularly at this time of year.

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Euro on the ropes and facing a major fight

Markets were caught completely off guard last week by the surprise decision of the Swiss Central Bank (SNB) to abandon its currency cap of CHF1.20 against the euro.

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THE SMALL BUSINESS COLUMN: Kehlan Kirwin

In this week’s small business column Kehlan Kirwan looks at finding inspiration in the most unlikely place and how it will probably be the best business book you’ll ever read.

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We must rely less on turgid eurozone

As the Dáil returns to business this week, the Government is moving very much into election mode.

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We need our EU ‘reward money’ now

On Tuesday we read that Willem Buiter, Citigroup global chief economist, had stated that “what was needed for the eurozone to become a viable economic entity was fiscal stimulus for periphery countries in exchange for deep and meaningful reforms that would be politically acceptable to the core countries”.

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We should fly high as global aviation hub

Next week two major aviation finance conferences take place in Dublin, writes Joe Gill.

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Oliver Mangan

Falling oil prices signal good news for global economic growth

Perhaps the most significant development on world markets in recent times has been the collapse in oil prices since the summer, over 50% since June 2014.

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Fears deflation will knock global recovery off course

With oil prices on a seemingly never-ending slide, China, Europe, and, Indeed, Ireland wait to see the ramifications, writes Kyran FitzGerald.

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Farm safety needs to be top priority for year ahead

The statistics released last week by the Health and Safety Authority on industry fatalities in Ireland in 2014 made for disturbing reading, particularly for those in the farming community.

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‘What has the government done for us?’

Just as all politics is, in the end, economics (what can we afford to do), it is reasonable to suggest that all economic policy is political (what can we afford to do), writes Brian Lucey.

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Challenges ahead for economy despite positive signs

While we do not yet have complete economic data for 2014, it is clear from all available information that economic recovery was a key feature of the landscape in the year just past.

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Heathrow Airport made real drama out of a crisis

Like many who use airlines I have listened to others tell me on a regular basis just how bad Heathrow was. I’ve never really had a problem with it even if the erstwhile Terminal 1, which hosted Irish flights, was like something from a concentration camp, writes Paul Mills.

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Former banker David Drumm faces a penniless future

Former Anglo chief left behind a bank that would eventually cost the Irish taxpayer €30bn annually — and our economic sovereignity, writes Business Editor John Walsh

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Joe Gill

Personal finance must form part of your outlook

The shortest day of the year flew past and in the warm afterglow of fine food with family and friends the period between Christmas and New Year unfolded.

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Testing time ahead for currencies

The main moves on currency markets during 2014 occurred in the second half of the year.

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Construction cranes dominated the Dublin skyline during the Celtic Tiger era. Does their reappearance herald a new boom?

Business recovery is young and less robust than some would have you believe

With the property sector starting to boom again and more jobs on-stream, wages are rising and bankers are popping champagne. Kyran FitzGerald is experiencing a bout of deja vu.

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SMEs need to plan for the year ahead

The economic headwinds are still blowing strongly, meaning business leaders must be on their toes, writes John Finn

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Take a timeout before deciding to buy your first home

The year was 1995. I was about to buy my first property. I was 23, renting, and working in the bank.

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John Finn

SMEs need to plan for the year ahead

The economic headwinds are still blowing strongly, meaning business leaders must be on their toes, writes John Finn

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Opening a nest egg can spring a surprise

Older people in Ireland own a huge portion of property, so Liam Croke details the best way for them to capitalise on this financial muscle

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Fate of millions relies on eurozone balancing act

THE eurozone is like an elderly relative who takes suffers “turns” from time to time, and is rather poorly as a result, but somehow lives on to celebrate another Christmas.

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Make or break time for Irish exploration

THERE is an opinion that Ireland is missing its real opportunity to be a meaningful part of the international oil and gas exploration industry.

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Pressure on Europe

The impact of the economic crisis has seen an increase in popularity for the more radical political parties, but how will the EU cope if they win power and how will the markets react?

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Harnessing potential of local enterprise

Solving social issues needs innovative thinking, writes John Daly

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Sluggish start to insolvency legislation

If a growth in repossessions by the banks is not halted, it could spell real political trouble, according to Kyran Fitzgerald. Revenue is the biggest elephant in the room. It should be compelled to participate

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President Michael D Higgins during the recent State visit to China.

Promising signs as exports lead recovery

Many challenges remain despite a positive outlook for 2015, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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When language has a financial meltdown

Touch base? Core competency? Scalable? Such financial jargon must be stopped before we all turn into rockstars, writes John Daly. The person who uses such terminology was likely putting on ‘Gangnam Style’ at the office Christmas party.

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