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‘Allowing every couple to have three children and implementing related support policies will help improve the population’s structure,’ the Communist Party’s politburo says. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty

China will allow couples to have three children, loosening its historic family planning policies in the face of a looming demographic crisis just week(...)

Before you sign on the dotted line for a fixed-term mortgage, you need to consider what you might be giving up by fixing for so long. File photograph: Getty

Long-term mortgage rates have never really taken off in Ireland, despite their popularity elsewhere. In fact, the only mortgage rate with a term of mo(...)

Wall Street stocks slumped after data showed consumer prices unexpectedly rose by the most in nearly 12 years in April, prompting bets on earlier interest rate hikes.

European stocks rose on Wednesday, led by a surge in energy shares as oil prices hit two-year highs, while strong regional earnings reports and signs (...)

The past decade has seen a number of banks in the IFSC hand back their licences. Photograph: iStock

Italian financial services giant UniCredit is planning to close its unit in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Dublin after more th(...)

New York Stock Exchange traders. Photograph: Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP

European stocks hit their highest level in a year on Thursday as worries about a spike in inflation eased and the European Central Bank said it was re(...)

Germany’s Commerzbank tumbled 6 per cent after the lender said its loss deepened in the fourth quarter. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Irish shares dipped on Thursday as Iseq heavyweights Kerry Group and CRH moved in opposite directions. In contrast, European shares rose as investors(...)

Wirecard collapsed after it disclosed that €1.9 billion of corporate cash did not exist. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

Commerzbank has fired its former Wirecard analyst Heike Pauls after emails showed that she had briefed the disgraced payment company’s management abou(...)

The majority of businesses surveyed reported a contraction in activity. Photograph: Yoan Volat/EPA

The sharp drop in euro zone business activity has deepened, according to a widely-watched survey of companies, in the latest evidence that tighter res(...)

The pound had strengthened after a last-minute Brexit deal was agreed on December 24th, which set rules for industries such as fishing and agriculture. Photograph: iStock

The pound weakened versus the euro on Britain’s first day of trading outside the European Union, but strengthened against a softer dollar, climbing ab(...)

London’s Canary Wharf financial district. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty

European shares eased slightly on Wednesday, ending a four-day winning streak, though markets still hovered near nine-month highs amid a relaxation of(...)

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