Markets & Economics
Euro crisis: Spanish drain
The consequences of a bailout of Spain are more than grave. They have the potential not only to rock the whole euro zone but to derail the global economy. Nick Bullman reports.
Finance: Bank imbalance
Traditional banks tend to be highly skilful at opposing any diversification of credit channels. Their lobbying should be seen as almost entirely self serving, writes Nicolas Véron.
Fiscal Treaty: The longer view
History has taught us that short-term popularity is no substitute for a durable framework for the future. John Looby urges you to vote Yes.
Global Markets: Still fearing fear itself
Despite some promising developments, ominous headwinds continue to swirl around the markets and investors would be wise to favour strong balance sheets and diversified earnings streams, writes Philip O’Sullivan.
Insurance: An ethical practice
With insurance companies accounting for 47% of the complaints to the financial ombudsman, insurance can no longer just be a business – a professional ethic needs to be reestablished, writes Martin Mullins.
Irish Equities: What lies beneath
Investors overlook M&A and dividend activity at their peril, writes Philip O’Sullivan. Almost 40% of the listed companies in this analysis hiked their full-year dividends by an impressive 10% to 100%.