Axa’s chief executive says divestment move should inspire other financial institutions to follow suit

Axa, one of the world’s largest insurers, has become the first global financial institution to shun investments in coal companies. The French group, w(...)

The advances in car automation are impressive

‘My first customer was a lunatic. My second had a death wish.” It seems that Karl Benz did not have high confidence in the safety of his new product, (...)

The ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. As the bank enters its second month of quantitative easing, many analysts think it could be only a matter of time before German 10-year yields drop below zero.

Germany’s benchmark 10-year government borrowing costs are on track to fall below zero for the first time, raising fresh concerns over the damaging s(...)

An insurance company has obtained a High Court order allowing it control of an €80,000 award made to a man

An insurance company has obtained a High Court order allowing it control of an €80,000 award made to a man so the money can be used to recoup compensa(...)

European markets are in retreat after indices such as Germany’s DAX reached record highs. (Photgraph: Reuters)

European shares edged lower on Wednesday as mixed corporate results halted the rally that had propelled both Britain’s FTSE 100 and Germany’s DAX to r(...)

António Horta-Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group. He stands to collect a bonus of £7 million on Friday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Lloyds Banking Group’s army of small shareholders will have cause to celebrate on Friday as the bailed-out bank is expected to resume dividend payment(...)

The Procession of Light picutred going down Grafton Street in Dublin as part of the New Year’s Festival tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley. 1:44

Nobody could accuse the organisers of Dublin’s New Year’s Festival of lacking ambition. The capital’s reputation as a party city did not tradit(...)

Lisa Redmond: ‘I wait until I’m in a bad mood to call the insurance company.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Insurance is not the sexiest word in the English language, but paying attention to the bottom line when it comes to car, home and life insurance wi(...)

One of Punch’s biggest sellers is colour catcher, designed to prevent dye running in clothes washes.

Homecare products specialist Punch Industries paid its French owner an €11 million dividend last year, the latest figures show.Cork-based Punch Indus(...)

One industry source said with more people moving to annual insurance products, the summer suspension may not be all that remarkable; holiday insurance is no longer necessarily seasonal.

Axa has withdrawn its travel insurance products over the busy summer period citing ongoing upgrade works on its website’s ecommerce system. The compan(...)