A 10-year fixed mortgage can offer certainty for homeowners, but beware of falling interest rates

Diageo’s “Brewhouse No.4” a new €169 million brewery, at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, is an example of the drink industry’s investment in the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Industry association warns that future potential of sector is at risk from successive excise hikes

Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The agency has already raised already 85 per cent of its €8 billion funding target for 2014

Sub-prime lender Start Mortgages expanded agressively during the boom but was hit by the bust. It reported a loss of €26mn in the year to March 31st 2014.

Private equity fund to pay undisclosed sum for group's sub-prime mortgage arm

Argos is to hire 500 seasonal workers across the country in the run-up to Christmas.Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Retailer looking to fill part-time customer advisor roles across the country

Trade-offs: piecing together your pension plan means quantifying the long-term impact of today’s financial decisions

Picking the right strategy is more important than picking the right assets

Are you one of Standard Life’s  60,000 Irish shareholders? If so you could be  set to make almost €1,000 from the investment group’s redistribution of its proceeds from the sale of its Canadian business.

Scottish fund manager to redistribute proceeds from £2.2 billion sale of Canadian business

Savills Ireland says retail rents in  core urban areas are starting to pick up, with rental values now between €  4,000 and € 5,000 on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Demand for retail space is up but retailers insist talk of recovery is premature

German media conglomerate Axel Springer will partner with Politico, the Washington political news publication, to create a European edition of the online publication. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Joint venture with German media group Axel Springer will see specialist open Brussels office

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