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A KBC Bank branch in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When the European Commission ordered Belgian financial giant KBC Group in late 2009 to sell a number of businesses and shrink its balance sheet as pen(...)

With Ulster Bank and now KBC Bank poised to leave the Irish market, how competitive will financial services be? File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Just a few hours after KBC Bank’s announcement on Friday, talk began of the competitive lacuna that will be left in its wake if it is to proceed with (...)

A workman removes the Anglo Irish Bank signage and lettering from its former head office in St Stephen’s green Dublin in 2011, two years after the bank had collapsed and was nationalised. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES ARCHIVE

KBC Bank Ireland’s surprise announcment on Friday that it is planning to exit the Irish market comes only four years after the company’s Belgian paren(...)

The NTMA headquarters in Dublin. The agency expects to raise up to €20 billion in bond markets this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has sold a further tranche of shot-term debt worth €750 million. The Treasury Bills, with a maturity (...)

Ulster Bank offices on College Green in Dublin. NatWest Group has decided to wind-down the bank in the Republic.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

There are a number of reasons why it has come to the stage where the board of British banking giant NatWest, formerly Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), ha(...)

An announcement is scheduled to be made on Friday morning as the UK group  reports annual results.  File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The board of NatWest is set to decide on Thursday evening on a proposal to wind down Ulster Bank in the Republic after more than 160 years in the mar(...)

Microsoft’s decision to rent 47,000sq ft at  No 3 Dublin Landings lifted the city’s office market during lockdown

The impact of Covid-19 on the Dublin office market caused rents to fall to their lowest level since 2016 and saw lettings slow to a near standstill la(...)

The joint venture comprises of 12 banks, IBM and now CRIF

We.trade, a Dublin-headquartered blockchain banking consortium whose members includes HSBC, Santander, KBC and Deutsche Bank, has raised €5.5 million.(...)

In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 1.6 per cent, Japan’s benchmark Topix fell 0.2 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi 200 lost 0.7 per cent.

European equities fell on Friday, wiping out the week’s gains, as the latest economic data showed the damage done by extended lockdowns to control win(...)

Banks came into 2020 nervous over Brexit, Central Bank (above) mortgage rules and a dysfunctional housing market – that hasn’t gone away.

If 2020 saw Covid-19 deliver the biggest shock to the banking industry since the financial crash, 2021 will tell whether the system really learned the(...)

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