Expressway: Hibernia says its service can deliver messages six milliseconds faster than other fibre-optic cables. Illustration: Ben Miners/Ikon/Getty

Prof Pierre Aronnax and his servant Conseil, the heroes of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, spotted one of the first telegraph cables laid acros(...)

Millennial compass point:   Lady Gaga. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Hear the word “millennial”, and plenty of images spring to mind. There’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, in his hoodie, earning his first billion by the a(...)

Alex Ferguson: “One of the pupils at Harvard said to me, ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known 30 years ago?’ - and it’s communication. When I was younger I wanted to rule the world and do everything.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s money) in a sport that was a solid (...)

A tie-up between the owner of Budweiser and Stella Artois and the group behind Peroni and Grolsch would rank as one of the six largest takeovers in history. Photograph: Getty Images

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is exploring a takeover of rival SABMiller in a deal that would create a $275 billion company respon(...)

Paper tiger money: there is a plausible, if not universally accepted, understanding that China’s growth is overstated by official statistics and may be as low as 4 per cent.  Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Is a global economic recession likely? If so, what might trigger it? Willem Buiter, Citi’s chief economist and the Financial Times’ erstwhile Mavereco(...)

Stocks have delivered average annual returns of more than 9 per cent [since 1945], but you don’t get to collect those returns if you bail out every time markets get the jitters. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Large sections of the media tend to get a little hysterical during stock market corrections, adopting a “pack up the kids” tone that aims to scare the(...)

John O’Dwyer, chief executive of VHI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was no mistaking John O’Dwyer’s anxiety, during an interview in the Dublin offices of the VHI, to get across his view that the massive State-own(...)

The legendary Warren Buffett once described some shadow banking activities as “financial weapons of mass destruction”. By that he meant they pose a hu(...)

Profiting from the market panics Market panics are unnerving, but they’re also times of great opportunity. On Monday last week, Apple – which had trad(...)

Aer Lingus surprised observers to close up 7.7 per cent at €2.67

European shares suffered their worst monthly performance in four years yesterday, as concerns over a Chinese economic slowdown and a possible US inter(...)