BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

New trends emerge in house prices

The latest data on residential property prices shows that, after some moderation in the opening two months of the year, they have resumed their upward trajectory, writes Oliver Mangan.

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Greek crisis may be beginning of the end for the euro dream

With Greece teetering on the brink of a eurozone exit there has never been a more pressing time to reform the EU, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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Merchandise trade is accelerating

With a population of just over 4.6 million people and with fewer than two million people in employment, Ireland can only be described as a tiny global economic entity, writes Jim Power.

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Property tax a banana skin Fine Gael may slip on

Much has been written in recent months about the fact that Fine Gael or a Fine Gael government has never been re-elected in back-to- back elections, writes Paul Mills.

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Ambitious start-ups a vital part of economy

Challenger companies are businesses that disrupt existing markets and dare to compete with much larger, incumbent organisations. 

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US Federal Reserve still on course to hike rates in 2015

The June meeting of the US Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy Committee, held last week, concluded with no changes being made, which was in line with the market consensus, writes Oliver Mangan.

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US interest rate cycle set to turn

The Federal Reserve — the US equivalent of the European Central Bank — has pursued a policy of zero interest rates for a long period as it sought to lift the economy out of the morass left over from the implosion of the US subprime mortgage market eight years ago.

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Carrigdhoun looking a serious threat

SHC (Divisions/Colleges) second round, Duhallow v Carrigdhoun, Cloughuv, 8pm

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Some ‘secrets’ are public property

Over the last several weeks we’ve had a mini farce about ‘privacy,’ writes Paul Mills.

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Economic rising tide could leave us high and dry

Exports, a key artery in the heart of the economy, are booming. Data in April showed a 30% rise year-on-year, while the export of goods are up 20% year to date. 

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Pace picks up in eurozone recovery

The recovery in the eurozone economy has gained momentum since last autumn.

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Bond yields rise is bad news for all

While German bond yields remain very low, their sharp rise from near-zero in mid-April is effectively a tightening of monetary conditions just as the European Central Bank is trying to loosen them through its bond purchase programme, which aims to revive the euroland economy and pull it further away from the risk of deflation.

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Government set to ignore fiscal advice

An economy is said to be growing at its “potential growth rate” when all of the factors of production— land, labour, capital and enterprise — are fully utilised.

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Ireland can really learn a lot from Greece

Alex Tsipras has been the Greek Prime Minister since January 2014.

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Prime time to invest in agri-food sector

On Friday next, June 12, our company and Enterprise Ireland is hosting its second Irish Agrifood Investor Summit in Dublin. This year it is targeted at companies and co-ops especially the SME sector.

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No wonder Mario Draghi warns of market volatility

ECB president Mario Draghi’s advice last week for markets to “get used to periods of higher volatility” is aptly timed. The past week saw bouts of exceptional volatility in financial markets, with equities, bonds, and currencies experiencing some very sharp swings, writes Oliver Mangan.

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America can teach us all a lesson on freedom of speech

Wealthy people simply cannot understand why their business affairs should be put under the microscope, even when the conduct of those affairs impinges to a great degree on the public interest, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Call centres key in war for insurance market share

There is great concern at present from both consumers and industry professionals about the insurance industry in Ireland.

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It’s definitely all about the economy

There is an old adage in the world of politics to the effect that ‘it’s the economy stupid’. 

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All business deals must be transparent

On April 1 2005, an auspicious date if there ever was one, the New York Times stated that along with its reputation for innovation, Dublin has become known in the insurance industry as something of the Wild West of European finance, a perception that helped prompt the creation of the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority two years ago.

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Short-term back-slapping on recovery ignores reality

As the ingredients of an economic recovery continue to take hold in Ireland, the risk of complacency and arrogance looms large.

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CSO data will give clearer picture of Irish economic recovery

We have seen a number of upgrades to forecasts on the economy in recent times, with most now concluding that it will increase around 4% this year and next, writes Oliver Mangan.

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