Former financial regulator Liam O’Reilly: “In future, the Financial Regulator must adopt a more intrusive and aggressive approach.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The banking crash of late 2008 was like an iceberg waiting to be hit, the former financial regulator Liam O’Reilly has said. Mr O’Reilly, who served (...)

A Hanergy exhibition stand at a Clean Energy Expo in Beijing recently:  China’s Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is under investigation by Hong Kong’s market watchdog,  after the company lost half its market value of nearly $40 billion in 24 minutes on May 20, 2015. Photograph:  REUTERS

Muted sentiment augurs well for stocks The S&P 500 may be at all-time highs, but the latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey shows invest(...)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Dublin operation at Central Park office park in Leopardstown. The bank continues to reduce the scale of its Irish operations. (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Assets at the Dublin banking arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch plunged in 2014, as the bank’s retrenchment in Ireland continued and headcount shru(...)

The purchase of the luxury Savoy hotel group in London and the €1.166 billion purchase of the Jurys Inn budget hotel chain were among  high-profile deals put together by Derek  Quinlan (above) before the banking and property markets crashed in late 2008. File photograph: Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, has been called to give evidence before the Oireachtas Banking In(...)

‘Oil continues to look cheap compared to stocks. The ratio between the S&P 500 and US crude oil hit a 13-year high last month, Merrill Lynch noted recently.’ Photograph:  China Newsphoto/Reuters

Investors find it hard to believe that the 2010 ‘flash crash’, which saw US indices suddenly collapse in value before quickly recovering, was caused b(...)

Deutsche Bank traders regularly asked rate submitters to make submissions that would benefit their trading positions Photograph: EPA

Deutsche Bank was ordered to pay a record $2.5 billion (€2.3bn) fine and fire seven employees to settle US and UK investigations into its role in rigg(...)

The latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey shows concerned investors are taking the Tina approach – there is no alternative – to stocks.In F(...)

The site has dual zoning under the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Development Plan 2010-2016 with permitted uses including medical, education, public services, residential institution, industrial/ warehousing, motor sales, petrol station, retail warehousing and small retail with office, hotel and residential uses open for consideration.

A prime development site just off the M50 which is producing rental income in the short term is fresh to the market this week through Lambert Smith Ha(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US interest rate hikes are coming but there’s no rush to do so, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen announced last week, an unexpectedly dovish message(...)

According to Think Beyond Plastic, an initiative which began in Silicon Valley in 2006, in the last two decades we have consumed more plastic than in the entire 20th century, going from 1.5 million tonnes in 1957 to 256 million  tonnes in 2010.

The material of a thousand uses has become the material causing thousands of problems. Plastics manufacturing is an industry as central to modern soci(...)