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a surge in litigation charges led Goldman Sachs to miss earning expectations for the second quarter in a row. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Disappointing earnings updates from Bank of America and Goldman Sachs weighed on the S&P 500 banking sector even as the broader S&P 500 set a(...)

US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell: ‘no need to rush for judgment’ on interest rates. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Federal Reserve is likely to refrain from raising interest rates for the rest of the year, cementing the US central bank’s sharp shift towards a “(...)

Have US interests rates peaked for the current cycle? Maybe. Above, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Apprentice investment bankers are taught to beware the words “it’s different this time”. There are many historical examples of financial ruin visited (...)

Moody’s lead analyst on Ireland Katrin Muehlbronner: the Republic needs to have “larger buffers than a country that is less volatile, which means you have to have lower debt”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Republic, whose credit rating has been lifted from “junk” and raised five levels in the past four years by Moody’s, has a “very slim” chance of co(...)

Federal Reserve HQ, Washington: The Fed raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming ye(...)

Irish banks are applying harsher cuts to deposit rates than those across the euro zone. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It’s a tough time for Irish savers. With European interest rates on the floor, deposit rates have plummeted in recent years. “It has been a persisten(...)

If rates rose by three percentage points, it could deliver a shock to Irish households with high levels of debt

It’s a sign of growth, of economic activity driving inflation which, in turn, must be tempered by higher interest rates. But as the hawks start to cir(...)

‘Valuations aside, market history does not suggest rising rates need prove disastrous for stocks.’ photograph: getty

The US Federal Reserve decided last month to leave interest rates on hold while signalling it expects to raise rates sooner rather than later – 13 of (...)

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(...)

‘In early 2011, the European Central Bank raised its intervention rate from 1 to 1.5 per cent. This was wildly inappropriate, and in the end it had to cut rates again and embark on QE.’ Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images

Why are interest rates so low? The best answer is that the advanced countries are still in a “managed depression”. This malady is deep. It will not(...)

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