A protest against water charges in Dublin last month.  Economist Jim Power warned on Tuesday that the only chance the current government has of getting back into power is another year of economic growth to facilitate a give away Budget next October. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s decision to ignore the advice of the Troika and the Fiscal Advisory Council in opting for a less punitive budgetary approach in Budge(...)

Getting a mortgage and saving for a deposit are two of the biggest obstacles facing today’s first-time buyers. Photograph Getty Images

Difficulty accessing mortgage funding remains the biggest block to first-time home ownership according to a new survey, which has found that as many a(...)

Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

A number of economists have warned that October’s budget may be too early for the Government to take action to lower the amount of tax paid by people(...)

In its latest report presented by economist Jim Power, Nielsen research looks at how ad spend fared in the first quarter of 2014

Could it be – whisper it – that Irish consumers think they have quite enough stuff and aren’t too bothered buying more. Or that, contrary to popular w(...)

The link between home value and debt level ‘important when framing budgetary considerations’, say the ESRI and Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

Household spending is more affected by house prices and changing debt levels in Ireland than in other countries, according to new research. As (...)

The research shows that cash buyers represented more than 50 per cent of transaction in early 2014 with many potential borrowers with approved mortgages unable to secure properties

Efforts to loosen credit standards for first-time buyers should be resisted as Dublin’s housing market is in danger of overheating once again, accordi(...)

The Government’s recently announced Construction 2020 plan should include some supply side measures, economist Jim Power argues. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Government’s recently announced intention to offer mortgage insurance guarantees may be “reminiscent of the bad old days” and should be matched(...)

Precious: gold should  form part of a diversified pension investment.   Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Gold continues to exert a compelling attraction for investors – sophisticated and otherwise. The precious metal’s value almost doubled between (...)

The sensitivity of advertising spending to the prevailing economic winds continued in the final three months of 2013, the Association of Advert(...)

Friends First chief economist Jim Powerwarned that early signs of recovery in the Dublin property market are not reflective of the country as a whole. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A dysfunctional banking system, a possible need for further capital for the sector, and dangerous levels of sovereign and personal debt are among the (...)