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Founded in 1980, Merc has worked to appoint senior business leaders across a range of industries from multinational corporations to public-sector bodies. Photograph: iStock

Dublin-based executive recruitment company Merc Partners has been acquired by Spencer Stuart, a privately-owned US company with more than 60 offices g(...)

 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

An employee of Lehman Brothers carries a box out of the company’s HQ building (background) while dodging the media assembled outside on September 15th, 2008, in New York. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

This Saturday, September 15th, marks the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The biggest corporate bankruptcy in history, Lehman’s fa(...)

 Pedestrians walk by the New York Stock Exchange on September 15th, 2008, in New York City, US. File photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

On Monday September 15th, 2008, Americans woke to the news that Lehman Brothers, one of the giants of US banking, was filing for bankruptcy. TV screen(...)

Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s government give banks a blanket guarantee.

Ten years on from the financial tumult that led to the government of the day having to guarantee the viability of the State’s banks in an historic and(...)

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

BMW’s new X4 is a marmite car: you either love the coupe SUV look or you find it laughable. I have long found myself in the latter camp. I just can’t (...)

Bill Miller. Had he retired in 2006, everyone “would have thought I was a genius”, he said last year. “By 2009, I was like an idiot.” Photograph: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images

One of the most important determinants of investment success is also one of the most underappreciated – luck. The investors who enjoy the cosiest ret(...)

The notion that stocks are inevitably a good long-term bet ignores the fact that equities have not always survived troubled periods.

A lottery winner addresses his audience and implores them to never stop buying lottery tickets, no matter what anyone tells them. “I failed again and(...)

Last year saw issuance of $4.1bn of securities backed by loans that would have been called “subprime” before the last financial crisis. Photo: Getty

Issuance of securities backed by riskier US mortgages roughly doubled in the first quarter from a year earlier, as investors lapped up assets blamed f(...)

Johnny Ronan: his plan to build a hotel in Enniskerry faced stiff opposition from local residents concerned about its scale. Photograph: Collins photos

Desmond bank funds Profunder The Sunday Times reports that a Latvian bank backed by Dermot Desmond has emerged as the funder behind a lender to Iris(...)

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