Stock picking: ETFs offer investors the ability to assemble a low-cost, diversified portfolio but their convenience tempts investors to partake in the trading game in which the only sure winners are the brokers and dealers of Wall Street. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Vanguard founder and passive investing champion John Bogle sparked controversy recently when he warned investors to “beware” of exchange-traded funds (...)

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Are the self-employed entitled to unemployment benefit or the State pension?

(...) but, if no one were taking such risks, the Irish economy would have little prospect of returning to(...)

Bubbly China and price-to-dream ratios The word “bubble” is grotesquely overused but Chinese equities are looking, well, bubbly.The Chinese market is (...)

Johnny Ronan is reportedly being backed by US investment funds.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Barring any last-minute hiccups, Johnny Ronan (above) is due to exit Nama tomorrow. Just what exiting Nama entails is a moveable feast but it appears (...)

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President of the Irish League of Credit Unions Martin Sisk: “There were a very small number of credit unions who ran into some difficulties, which were resolved.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Difficulties faced by credit unions are grossly exaggerated and confused with toxicity in the banking sector, the president of the Irish League of Cre(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “the economy could not sustain the immediate restoration of all those reductions.” Photograph: Eric Luke

(...) generated savings of about €2.2 billion on the public service pay and pensions bill and “the economy could(...)

Joe Kernan won an All-Ireland football title in his first year in charge of Armagh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If the first requirement was availability and the second was experience then Joe Kernan certainly satisfied both counts when approached to take over (...)

Virgin Atlantic Airways  is pushing to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee to discuss the possible sale of the State’s 25 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus.

Stronger legally binding agreements on connectivity between Irish and British airports need to be provided as part of any takeover of Aer Lingus, a r(...)