Apple chief Tim Cook: the company’s 0.9 per cent drop yesterday weighed heavily on the S&P. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The Iseq in Dublin, up 1.3 per cent, le d the charge among European bourses as stocks climbed on optimism a resolution to Greek debt talks is close. U(...)

London Stock Exchange in London: shares in Colt jumped as much as 23 per cent to 192.91 pence yesterday morning. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Colt Group’s largest shareholder, asset manager Fidelity, has offered to take it private in a deal valuing the telecommunication service provider at a(...)

Powerful money managers are getting drawn in to the “Game of Thrones” franchise and say it offers valuable lessons on money. (Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

If you ever find yourself at a fan convention for the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones,” look at the person next to you.He or she just might contro(...)

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 (...)

Pinterest has raised a total of $764 million so far from existing investors

Pinterest, a popular photo pin-up site, is in talks to raise $500 million in a round of funding that would more than double its valuation to $11 billi(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan is “cautiously optimistic” going into 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

IDA Ireland, the State agency responsible for attracting inward investment, said it will publish a new five-year strategy in coming weeks that will pa(...)

Interest rates are at historic lows in Europe and savers are feeling the pinch. But, chastened by their experiences over the past few years, Irish sav(...)

Quindell founder Rob Terry

AIM-listed insurer Quindell’s share price collapse marks another victory for short-selling outfit Gotham City Research – and a reminder how careless i(...)

There are a host of reasons why the vast majority of funds are destined to continue their underperformance in the coming decades. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The aim of actively-managed funds is to beat the stock market, but precious few manage to do so. This simple fact of life is perplexing to ordinary in(...)

A replica of an old oil pump outside the headquarters of Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The state-run company is facing a growing scandal over its $1.2 billion purchase of a refinery in Texas. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

No company has embodied Brazil’s rise like the oil giant Petrobras. Bolstered by some of this century’s largest oil discoveries, Petrobras soar(...)