BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Consumers are crucial to any recovery

The global economic and financial crisis which has been raging for the past seven years passed another significant milestone on Wednesday when the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, ended its latest bout of bond buying, namely quantitative easing mark 3.

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Spin and how you might tell it

Has the Irish Water story reached a peak and is it going to go away any time soon?

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Wild Atlantic Way

We have so many assets to promote

Given the early success of the Wild Atlantic Way in promoting our natural tourism assets, is there an argument to develop a similar template around a concept to promote the Historic Cork Harbour?

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Policy change on rates likely

The ‘Great Recession’ of 2008-2009 and the subsequent sluggish and uneven pace of recovery from it, has seen many central banks cut interest rates to record low levels of between 0% and 0.5%.

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Drawing a line under water fiasco

There is a classic syndrome in much organisational strategy which is called “escalation of prior commitment” . This is also known as ‘throwing good money after bad’. Sometimes the thing to do is stop.

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Housing market starts to heat up

The collapse in house prices after 2008 imposed massive pain on many people; it did serious damage to the stability and resilience of the banking system; and it imposed considerable pain on the overall economy.

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Dividends can pay handsomely

Investment markets are roller coasting at present amid a wide range of geopolitical and financial risks that have caused an immense amount of volatility. 

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Fear returns as markets suffer blows

It has been clear right through this year that bond markets had major doubts about the durability and strength of the recovery in the world economy.

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Is a bubble about to burst again?

It was not so long ago that the eurozone and US seemed to be well on the road to recovery. So what happened, asks Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Punch, Judy and the politics of the schoolyard

I have seen a number of people express extreme dismay over the past week about the abysmally low turn-out in the Dublin South West by-election last weekend.

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Positive budget, but there’s a lot more to do

Two days have passed since the budget for 2015 was delivered by the tag team of Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin.

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End of tax mechanism lauded

The abolition of the "double Irish" is a highlight of the 10-year tenure of European Commission president José Manuel Barroso, who said he would put it in his legacy speech. He is due to leave office in two weeks’ time.

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Budget a step in the right direction

Three businessmen give their views on Budget 2015.

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An end to pension levy announced

The reduction in the controversial pension levy which has siphoned more than €2bn from private sector pensions in the past four years was universally welcomed yesterday.

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John McHale: Remarkable how quickly memories simply faded.

Fiscal council chair wanted a €2bn adjustment

While most people will breath a sigh of relief that Budget 2015 gave back more than it took away, one man who may be more disappointed than most is Prof John McHale of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

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Richard Bruton: Total capital spending will increase to over 500m in 2015,'supporting more than 50,000 new jobs'.

€185m scheme for critical firms

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said yesterday that his department would make provision for €185m in development and seed capital in the coming year to provide support for critical firms.

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Yesterday's measures were seen as broadly pro-businesses — but lobby groups still had plenty of suggestions for Budget 2016.

CGT reform ‘must follow business-friendly package’

Real reform on capital gains tax for entrepreneurs in next October’s budget needs to be one of the follow-on policies from yesterday’s package of programmes, which were broadly viewed as being friendly to the small business community.

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R&D credits ‘put all firms on the same footing’

The abolition of the base year for the research and development tax credit will act as a leveller setting all companies on the same footing and make R&D more attractive to businesses, according to a leading taxation expert.

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Key objectives should enhance Irish growth

With the upturn in the economy, the minister for finance had a number of key objectives for Budget 2015.

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Without growth, Budget 2015 spells trouble

IT IS hard to imagine a budget in the history of the State that attracted more attention from abroad, or at home for that matter.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Air expansion is off to flying start

The decision by Ethiopian Airlines to launch a service connecting Dublin with Adis Ababa and Los Angeles emphasises why free trade between small and large economies is so key.

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UK economic recovery more broadly based

The UK economy has been performing well again this year.

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Dr Paddy Finn: Key selling point is the technology

Virtual power plant lights up the future

Employing a high tech approach, Electricity Exchange is one of the first companies in Ireland to develop a virtual power plant to offer reserve power to the national grid, writes Trish Dromey.

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Well-placed taxes an antidote to second bubble

In a country that is only 4% urbanised, to have a scarcity of land for building takes quite some doing. In fact, it takes generations; generations in which the political class and those who elect them, ignore the best interests of long-term planning.

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Kenny’s irrational behaviour hard to understand

As a part-time lecturer in economics I always try to hammer home to students in the first class the hazards of trying to forecast the economic future based on the fact that economics is a social science where outcomes are very heavily determined by human behaviour.

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Pension levy ‘grand theft’ must not continue

In Tuesday’s Irish Examiner editorial, it was suggested that if the Government was to extend the pension levy imposed on the private sector several years ago, it would be an unacceptable breach of faith.

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Derailed by experience on ‘Calcutta Express’

On Friday last I had an experience which is worth forgetting as soon as possible. It was delivered by the monopoly rail provider that is 100% funded and supported by you and I, the taxpayer.

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Eurozone recovery struggles to gain momentum

The eurozone economy has grown only very modestly since it emerged from recession in the second quarter of last year.

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