The Apple Watch hype has been remarkable, given the device’s obvious shortcomings. Do people need or want a phone on their wrist? Why bother, when sma(...)

George Soros:  “To others, being wrong is a source of shame; to me, recognising my mistakes is a source of pride. Once we realise that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

George Soros is 84 today. His career is remarkable both for its longevity and its returns – his Quantum fund has generated $39.6 billion in profits ov(...)

Axel Kicillof, Argentina’s economy minister: said “vulture funds” had rejected a renewed offer from the government and it was “impossible” to pay them more. Photograph: EPA/Jason Szenes

Some of the world’s largest hedge funds have been snapping up Argentine stocks, betting on an economic recovery in the troubled country despite it def(...)

Paul Singer, billionaire founder and president of Elliott Management.   Photograph: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a(...)

Central Park in south Dublin which was acquired by Green Reit and Kennedy Wilson earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson /THE IRISH TIMES

Charles O’Rourke reckons it’s different this time as he jumps into the real estate game. The 81-year-old retiree says he took “massive” losses on his (...)

 Jerome Kerviel arrives at a  Paris courthouse  accused of gambling tens of billions of euros  of Societe Generale’s money in outrageous secret trades that humiliated the French banking powerhouse and exposed a need for tighter risk controls. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP Photo

Sean Quinn’s €3.2 billion punt on Anglo-Irish Bank is unparalleled in Irish investment history, but ignominious blow-ups are nothing new in the financ(...)

George Soros, billionaire and founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, left, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Billionaire investor George Soros said Europe faces 25 years of Japanese-style stagnation unless politicians pursue further integration of the (...)

A staircase in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics, designed by O’Donnell and Tuomey. Photograph: Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

It’s not easy for Irish architects to conquer London, what with so much home-grown talent in the British capital from lords Foster and Rogers, (...)

The Bovespa fell 18 per cent between September and early February, and now trades on a cyclically adjusted price-earnings (Cape) ratio of less than(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi speaking during a panel session on the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos yesterday. Photograph; Laurent Gillieron/EPA

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi told global leaders in Davos yesterday he favoured an “accelerated time line” in breaking the link betwee(...)