An information board shows the decline of the German DAX to a one-year low at the stock exchange in Frankfurt: Germany’s stock markets, among other international markets, have fallen into bear markets. Photograph:  Christoph Schmidt/EPA

It has been a torrid week for global stock markets. Indices everywhere have been pummelled and volatility has gone through the roof on foot of mountin(...)

Mounting fears regarding a global slowdown have hit stocks recently, but Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund manager survey indicates a rebound may(...)

Allianz predicted it would achieve operating earnings of €10.8 bn in 2015, compared with a previous goal of €10.4 bn, plus or minus 400 million depending on claims and financial market developments.

Europe’s biggest insurer Allianz said it would post operating profit at the top of its target range this year, as low damage claims and gains from as(...)

 Martin Senn, chief executive officer , Zurich Insurance Group, pictured in Dublin. Senn, who is weighing a bid for RSA that would increase Zurich’s market share in the UK and Scandinavia, has also sold businesses and improved efficiency as insurers struggle with low interest rates and pressure on price. (Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES)

Zurich Insurance Group, the Swiss firm considering a bid for the UK’s RSA Insurance Group, reported profit that missed analysts estimates as earnings(...)

To say that gold has underwhelmed investors in the past couple of years is an understatement. Photograph: Tamara Abdul Hadi/Reuters

The observation that gold has been a disappointing investment of late should come as no surprise to anyone in the investment world. The fact that this(...)

If you do need to go on day trips, hire a car for a couple of days in the middle of your holiday rather than for the duration. If you do need to go on day trips, hire a car for a couple of days in the middle of your holiday rather than for the duration

I am off on my holidays and will probably rent a car but don’t want to be ripped off. Any tips? Loads of them. The first tip is ask yourself do (...)

The Quartz was completed by Bernard McNamara before going into bankruptcy with debts of €2.7bn

A long-vacant office building at Elm Park on the Merrion Road in Dublin 4 has finally been let to two international companies, a global insurance b(...)

Zurich-based Ace Ltd has agreed to purchase Chubb Corp for $28.3 billion in cash and stock. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ace Ltd agreed to purchase Chubb Corp, the New Jersey-based insurer of high-end homes and mega-yachts, for $28.3 billion in cash and stock. Chubb sh(...)

An architectural feasibility study and planning appraisal  provides for a new four-storey office building over lower ground floor

With new office buildings planned for Dublin city centre expected to follow the high rent example of the LXV block under construction on St Stephen’s (...)

Mash Direct director Tracy Hamilton says: “The entire company is gluten-free now and that’s very important to a lot of our customers.”

Gabriel Scientific Gabriel Scientific took the 2012 overall Innovation Award for its Sleep Angel pillow which significantly reduces exposure to allerg(...)