Vodafone: The share price has been dropping recently. Photograph: REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/files

I have received my Computershare Dealing form for Vodafone. Totally forgot I had these (343 shares). I know nothing about shares. Would you have any a(...)

A number of private equity firms have expressed interest in Yahoo’s core internet business. Photograph: Getty

Bain and TPG are among several private equity firms weighing approaches for Yahoo’s core internet business after the Silicon Valley group announced it(...)

Vodafone and Verizon shares can be traced back to  original purchase of shares in the Telecom Éireann (Eir) flotation in 1999, being discussed here with  then minister Mary O’Rourke in the centre. Photograph Paddy Whelan

Vodafone is offering Irish shareholders a low cost way of selling their shares. But who’s eligible? The scheme is open to any private individual owni(...)

 The Vodafone shares are a legacy of the then Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat government’s great experiment in shareholder democracy under minister for communications Mary O’Rourke. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fifteen years after they were given shares they never wanted, Ireland’s army of Vodafone shareholders are being offered the chance to get rid of them(...)

While one might expect shares trading in London to do so in sterling, Verizon trades on the London exchange in dollars. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

We posted the Verizon forms for the low-cost sale of our shares on the same day. The receipts that came back to us showed that all the transactions we(...)

It was very common for couples to buy homes together only to find subsequently that the relationship didn’t last. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

My son and his partner bought a house in 2005 for €200,000 on a 100 per cent mortgage. Unfortunately, they split up a few years later. As a result, th(...)

The most recent update says that about 14,600 people who held between one and 10 shares in Verizon have  now sold out.  Photograph: Sean Gardner/Reuters

Back in October, you wrote in a column in The Irish Times about “Verizon investors offered low-cost deal” and you mentioned that letters would be sent(...)

Vodafone/Verizon:  special arrangements are being made to allow holders of a handful of Verizon shares offload that stake without incurring excessive charges. Photograph:  Reuters/Dado Ruvic

I read your article last October re the special arrangement being made by the Dublin office of Computershare for small shareholders formerly with Voda(...)

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq. Photograph: Reuters

Isis Pharmaceuticals is changing its name to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, giving up its steadfast defence of its former brand in the wake of a series of ter(...)

Next time you hear someone say: “This deal, we feel, is the right deal to go forward. In the go-forward scenario, we plan on doing the deal”, which was precisely the bull AOL’s Tim Armstrong spouted when it was bought by Verizon this year, don’t swallow it. Photograph: the New York Times

At this time of year, my mind naturally turns to guff. Every December I open the cupboard in which I store the worst examples of the year’s jargon and(...)