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Government extends Invalidity Pension scheme to the self-employed

The Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, has announced the extension of the Invalidity Pension scheme to self-employed workers. The payment of €198.50 a week is for people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability. It will cover the 326,000 people in Ireland who are self-employed, including...

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US Treasuries on the brink of collapse

Michael Gove spent most of the weekend stating the obvious. Commenting on the British exit of the EU pointed out that the UK would be in a better place to negotiate bilateral trade agreements outside of the EU. Many were cooing that this would leave the UK vulnerable to...

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Moody’s European Black Cloud

Another poor day for European stock markets yesterday, predominantly driven by poor performance in the retail sector. Blaming it on an early Easter weekend, the high street and out of town retailers were pretty much lower across the board than last year and the overall European retail sales index...

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Bank Of England To Beef Up Osborne’s Buy to Let Squeeze

Investors moved away from the Dollar during Yellen’s speech yesterday, as she emphasised how much caution the Fed should take when considering rate hikes and also mentioned that the Fed had ‘considerable scope for stimulus’ if it was needed. We’re hoping this is the Chairwoman finally taking control of...

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RBS Says “sell everything”

“Sell everything except high quality bonds. This is about return of capital, not return on capital. In a crowded hall, exit doors are small”. That’s in a research note from RBS, reported by The Telegraph this morning. they fear that China has set off a series of correction dominoes,...

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Budget 2016 Summary from Valero Financial

Click here to view the Budget 2016 Summary.

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Merrion Economics: Irish Quarterly Economic Outlook (October, 2015)

Merrion is releasing its latest Irish Quarterly Economic Outlook this morning       Irish Quarterly Economic Outlook (October, 2015)     GDP forecast to be up 6.0% in real terms this year and 5.0% in 2016 Broad-based recovery through buoyant exports and stronger domestic demand Unemployment rate to...

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6 Straight Days of Gains, But What Goes Up…

Momentum in Europe didn’t carry around the rest of the world yesterday, as the IMF a pretty dismal assessment of the global economy. The International Monetary Fund see risk of stagnation in G7 economies, as a result of faltering emerging markets and persistent low inflation – two things which...

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Elections, Interest Rates & Debt Ceilings

The first day of Q4 was more sedate than the last of Q3. With stock and bond portfolios balanced, investors played a very reserved hand in the market, probably not wanting to be the first one to take a significant long or short position, for fear that the rest...

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Morning Report

Significant month-end buying helped markets take the sharp edge off one of the worst months of trading since 2011. Adding to the month-end flows, was further speculation that the ECB would no longer be able to sit on their hands and would need to speed up the monetary printing...

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