Michael Lafferty: the Co Roscommon-born former financial journalist founded the Lafferty Groupand the International Academy of Retail Banking

Given the history of the last 20 years it is difficult to imagine a world where senior bankers recited an oath every day at the start of their adrenal(...)

A couple enters the Bank of Italy in Rome today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters.

Italy’s treasury has denied its use of derivatives as a hedge on its huge debt pile posed any risk to public finances, following reports the country (...)