Consumer spending in April rises at slowest rate since January 2018

There was a modest rise in consumer spending in April when compared to growth in recent months.

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Startup aims to make inclusive and adaptable clothing

While the global marketplace for consumer goods moves towards more inclusivity, “adaptive” clothing is slowly catching up.

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The poor state of Irish savings rates

Before the financial crash the return for savers on their deposits with almost immediate access to the money was running at around 3%.

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Why capitalism needs populism for a proper rebalancing

Globalisation and other factors have given US corporations market dominance. This must be challenged, writes Raghuram Rajan.

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Making Cents: Teaching the little ones the value of money

With First Communion season in full swing, the money experts at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) believe parents should use this opportunity to start educating their children about money and how to handle it.

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Money, money, money: Why we should be talking about our personal finances

Discussing our incomes with friends and colleagues is considered taboo by many. But, by not talking about salaries, we may be doing ourselves a great injustice, says Geraldine Walsh

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Making Cents: State grants for renewable energy lead to savings

THE change in the clocks and the resulting long evenings have many of us contemplating paint jobs or other home improvements; sunshine really highlights areas in need of attention. But while redecorating your home may make it look better, other improvements could not only add to its value but also have a positive impact on your wallet for years to come.

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Update: Three released without charge in probe into illegal money lending

Latest: Three people have been released without charge by gardaí investigating illegal money lending in County Sligo.

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Making Cents: Thousands have inadequate health insurance cover

Next month marks four years since then-Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) into the health insurance market, in order to encourage people to take out private cover.

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Central Bank spent over €1.5m on travel and hotels for staff

The Central Bank last year paid hotels.com more than €540,000 in fees for its travelling staff.

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20p piece set to fetch thousands of euro at auction

It pays to keep old coins and cash as they could pocket you thousands of euro.

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Making Cents: Making their day special without breaking the bank

It is only a matter of weeks before churchyards around Ireland will be filled with adorable children in white dresses or suits. With First Holy Communion season just around the corner, and many parents are facing a hectic period of planning, writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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It’s in your best interest to figure out credit card rates

A recent survey suggested Irish people don’t understand how their credit cards work, certainly not as well as they ideally should.

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Switzerland releases new version of banknote worth €881

The Swiss National Bank said the new note is smaller with ‘complex security features’.

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Irish don't fare well as Brits named most generous taxi tippers

Irish people are less generous than those in other European countries when it comes to tipping their taxi drivers, according to new research.

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Making Cents: A dream wedding or an expensive nightmare?

There is much joy in planning a wedding, but Celina Murphy, deputy editor at Irish online wedding magazine One Fab Day, says it can also be stressful, writes Gráinne McGuinnes.

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Making Cents: You don’t have to say ‘I do’ to a costly wedding

IT is Valentine’s Day on Thursday, when many Irish couples turn the love in the air into a concrete decision to get married. Factor in the Christmas and New Year engagements and a lot of wedding plans are being made around now, writes Gráinne McGuinness.

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Making Cents: Saving insulation costs for home and community

A recent initiative from the Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland (SEAI) aims to harness the power of grassroots activism and neighbourly support to reduce energy use in communities.

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Revolut to launch app for children this summer

Revolut is to launch an app aimed at improving the financial literacy of children this summer, the latest move in the fintech unicorn's expansion plans.

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Making Cents: Car insurance travelling in the right direction

There was some good news for motorists in the most recent CSO statistics, with insurance prices to December 2018 reported to have fallen 7% on the previous year, writes Grainne McGuinness

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Making Cents: ‘Debt can be managed better with goal-setting’

Last week, Brendan Bartley of health and wellbeing consultants Spectrum Wellness offered advice for individuals and households on how to deal with post-Christmas debt and get finances back on track.

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Making Cents: Planning for your financial future

Most of us in Ireland have the means to cover day to day costs and current commitments but a worryingly high number still struggle and most of us could do better when it comes to long-term planning.

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Moneylending at rate of 200% is immoral

No matter how loudly they protest, moneylenders are an affliction tolerated because banning the “business” would just drive it underground and probably impose further hardship on those unfortunate enough to have to rely on one of the 39 “businesses” approved by the Central Bank.

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Platform helps stores compete in digital age

Service enables retail and restaurant customers to give instant feedback via messaging apps, writes Trish Dromey

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McDonald calls for cap on moneylender rates amid concern over British firm

A cap on moneylender rates may be examined after concerns were raised about an authorised British firm asking borrowers here to pay back interest of almost 50% on loans.

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Making Cents: Tips on how to stay out of the red this Black Friday

I doubt you need me to tell you that Black Friday is taking place at the end of this week.

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Report recommends stricter controls on interest charged by moneylenders

Stricter controls on the rate of interest charged by licensed moneylenders could help protect vulnerable borrowers, according to a new report.

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Report recommends a cap on interest rates chargeable by moneylenders

A new report recommends capping the interest rates which moneylenders can charge.

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Making Cents: Cashing in money for contactless payments?

In Ireland, most of us are just getting used to contactless payments, and are perhaps distrustful.

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Making Cents: Terminal illness benefit can help at a stressful time

Terminal illness is one of life’s tragedies, but it is also a fact of life for thousands each year, says Grainne McGuinness.

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Making Cents: First-year students also learning how to budget for year

It will have been an exhilarating start to the new college year for third-level students, with classmates to meet, timetables to schedule, and maybe even the odd social event.

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12 tips to help feed your family on a budget

Try these simple suggestions to ease those weekly food bills.

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Revenue discover €90,000 hidden in suitcase at Dublin Airport

Revenue Detector Dog Josie has discovered €90,000 hidden in a suitcase at Dublin Airport.

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Making Cents: Play it smart and reduce cost of running the car

According to the AA’s recent survey of motoring costs, the average cost of running a family car for a year is €10,691.37.

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10 money mistakes that could cost you this summer

Here’s how to avoid a holiday blunder leaving a dent in your bank balance.

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Making Cents: Travel insurance will really lessen the stress load

Many Irish air passengers will have felt a flutter of nerves last week when news broke that airlines were cancelling a number of flights to and from France as a result of air traffic control strike action.

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The red flags that could tip you off when a person is terrible with money

How about using their bank balance rather than a budget to determine if they can ‘afford’ something?

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Which of these 8 financial personality types best describes you?

Whether you’re a super-savvy saver or cash burns a hole in your pocket, there’s an expert tip with your name on it.

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Making Cents: Check the details of your insurance before you travel

Gráinne McGuinness offers more consumer advice - this week she tackles summer holidays and insurance.

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