Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said the Government hoped to reduce interest payments on Ireland’s national debt by up to €375 million a year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Central Bank yesterday upgraded its growth projections for the economy to 2.5 per cent this year, suggesting recovery was stronger than previously(...)

S&P said the decision to cuts the netherlands’ credit rating was due to a worsening of growth prospects. Photographer: Gino Domenico/Bloomberg News

Standard & Poor’s cut the Netherlands credit to AA+ today, removing one of the euro zone’s few remaining triple-A ratings while rewarding Spain fo(...)

A stock quotation board displaying Japan’s Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

James Carville, adviser to president Bill Clinton, once said that were he reincarnated, he would choose to return as the bond market: he could then in(...)