The New York Stock Exchange. Robeco’s new study goes all the way back to 1800, testing the long-term performance of six different factors on four different asset classes – stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities. Photograph: iStock

There’s a fund for everything these days. Unprecedented computer power and ever-increasing access to data means more and more apparent market patterns(...)

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange. Two-thirds of investors surveyed in the wake of the global financial crisis believed the S&P 500 fell in 2009; in reality, it soared 26 per cent. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A simple question to start: in the last 20 years, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has: (a) almost doubled; (b) re(...)

A computer-generated image of the Harvey Norman flagship store in the expanded Gateway Retail Park now under construction in Knocknacarra, Galway.

Giant retailer Harvey Norman is to open a substantial new store now under construction as part of the second phase of the Gateway Retail Park in Knock(...)

A London-based life assurance group has entered a deal to buy its second Irish business from Generali in eight months.  File photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

A London-based life assurance group backed by US private equity group Oaktree Capital has entered a deal to buy its second Irish business from Italian(...)

LRC has appointed Irish hotelier John Brennan at the helm of Amaris as non-executive chairman of the business. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Amaris Hospitality, the Irish-led hotel investment and management company behind the Hilton Garden Inn on Dublin’s Custom House Quay, is planning to e(...)

Demand for rented accommodation in Ireland has doubled over the past five years. Photograph: Moodboard/Brand X/Getty

Avestus Capital Partners, the real estate investment company founded by four former Quinlan Private executives, has raised an initial €160 million of (...)

5 Hanover Quay: Aptiv is to lease more than 5,575sq m over three floors of the building (second left, with white front)

The vehicle-technology company Aptiv is to lease more than 5,575sq m (60,000sq ft) at 5 Hanover Quay, in Dublin’s south docklands, at a rent of €624.(...)

The Parlor at the new four-star North Star Hotel in Dublin 1.

The bustling new Parlor café at the four-star North Star Hotel opposite Connolly train station in Dublin’s north inner city sums up the effect of a €2(...)

The biggest deal of the year involved the Square Town Centre in Tallaght, Co Dublin, which was sold for €250 million to Oaktree Capital from Nama

Spending on commercial property last year was 30 per cent above the 15-year average in the Republic, according to a major report by real estate agent (...)

The FTSE ended the day down 1.1 per cent, while the mid cap index fell 1.3 per cent.

An eventful day on the markets was dominated by a plunge by food group Greencore after a profit warning, as well as a bounce for sterling following US(...)

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