On the surface, 100-year bonds sound a better bet for borrowers than investors. When rates are low, governments want to cut the cost of funding a country’s debt for the longest possible timeframe, extending the average life of outstanding debt and staggering redemptions in the process.

Mystery bond buyers are raising eyebrows in European markets by lending millions of euros to governments for the next 100 years. First to bite was Ir(...)

Goldman Sachs is among global investment banks that have been paring staff this year as market turmoil

Goldman Sachs has told New York state regulators it’s expanding a plan to cut employees this year, potentially dismissing 109 workers. The firm amen(...)

Pepper humanoids from Japan’s Softbank: robots are likely to aid rather than replace healthcare professionals. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

Green-eyed, diminutive and chatty, Pepper takes a break from his tireless singing and dancing: “You guys seem to be foreigners – where are you from?” (...)

Building materials group CRH declined in line with rivals, falling roughly 3 per cent, to €22.42

Stocks across the globe fell the most in three weeks yesterday, tracking oil prices lower, while the first contraction in the US services sector since(...)

Musgrave, the SuperValu operator with sales of more than €4.5bn and owned by a prominent Cork business family, lobbied the Government for tax breaks for family businesses. Photograph: The Irish Times

John Moran, the former secretary general in the Department of Finance, lobbied the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in recent months seeking State(...)

  Morgan Stanley: one of the five bank that said their  main UK arms paid no corporation tax. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Seven of the biggest investment banks operating in London paid little or no tax in Britain last year, despite reporting billions of dollars in profit(...)

The Bank of England said buy-to-let lending “may have implications for financial stability,” and that it was monitoring developments “closely”. (Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

The Bank of England said it may begin forcing banks to set aside capital as soon as March to support lending in a downturn. The BOE’s Fina(...)

‘Distressed’ property: Cerberus specialises in buying loans at heavy discounts secured against properties whose value has fallen dramatically. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

While it is not known yet whether US company Cerberus intends using the Republic as a base from which to manage the £13 billion (€18.5 billion(...)

Cerberus, the US firm which purchased the Project Eagle loans from Nama for €1.6 billion, may be set to make several hundred million euro profit on the transaction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The US company that bought the controversial Project Eagle loans from State agency Nama for €1.6 billion could make several hundred million euro prof(...)

The 2014 purchase by Cerberus of the Project Eagle loans is at the centre of a row over claims Northern politicians were to receive £7 million in payments from the deal.

The US company that bought the controversial Project Eagle loans from State agency Nama for €1.6 billion paid just €10,000 in tax in the Republic over(...)