Michael O’Leary: under his stewardship Ryanair has offered an attractive dividend yield. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Investors have turned to dividends which have been rising globally but the risk does need to be spread

Students taking the chartered financial analyst course study a mixture of academic theory, current industry practice and ethical and professional standards

It’s being billed as the new MBA - but is the chartered financial analyst qualification worth the effort?

The Central Bank  has  issued a warning to consumers that Thüngen Financial (Luxembourg) has not been authorised as an investment firm. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Firm is not authorised as an investment firm in Ireland Central Bank says

GameAccount Network’s Simulated Gaming product  enables land-based US casinos to tap into the social casino market, worth an estimated $1bn annually.

Developer of gaming software links up with Pennsylvania casino

Wyckham Point apartments in Dundrum, Dublin, where Hibernia is completing 213 units. The property investment company said this morning that its portfolio is yielding 4.1 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Property investment company is seeking to raise additional debt

A bicycle, public transport and the occasional renting of a car could save you cash

The Advisory Group will assist the Oireachtas committee in its proposal for the banking inquiry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

Group of public and private sector banking specialists will assist Oireachtas committe

Actavis’s acquisition of Forest Laboratories for approximately €  18 billion was one of the largest M&A deals in the first half of the year. Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Value of deals soar on back of pharma transactions meaning Ireland accounted for almost 20% of all European activity

Insurance companies have now shed some €342 million in government bond holdings since January of this year according to The Central Bank. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

No change in total outstanding government bonds but insurance companies reduce their holdings

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