Both sexes are biased but are they equally biased? According to a 2010 paper female analysts tend to issue bolder and more accurate forecasts than their male counterparts. Photograph: iStock

Market analysts get a lot of stick for being perma-bulls whose analysis is all too often undermined by conflicts of interest. There’s some truth in th(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond poses with his pre-Brexit budget briefcase. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

In numbers: Disorderly exit 4.7% Rate of inflation that the UK economy could expect in the middle of 2019 if it leaves the European Union at the end(...)

S&P predicted that losses to the Irish insurance market as a result of Storm Ophelia will be “relatively significant” for 2017. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Ireland’s insurance industry is likely to record “relatively significant” losses in 2017 Standard & Poor’s said today in a new review of the secto(...)

Head office of the ESB in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

ESB finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ESB, has reported a significant jump in pretax profit from €4,000 in 2015 to €3 million last year. The j(...)

The rand currency has fallen more than 12 per cent since March 27th

Ratings agency Fitch is likely to follow rival Standard & Poor’s and cut South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to below investment-grade, analyst(...)

Standard & Poor’s has said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “likely be negative” for the Irish economy. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “likely be negative” for the Irish economy bu(...)

People sit outside the Greek parliament in Athens.  Standard & Poor’s rating raised Greece’s credit rating by two notches to CCC+ after the indebted country reached a preliminary deal with its creditos for a third bailout deal. Photograph: AFP  Photo

Standard & Poor’s yesterday upgraded Greece’s sovereign credit rating by two notches and revised its outlook to stable from negative. The embattle(...)

The Safe Haven concept was born in the west London Borough of Ealing in 2005 where there was a severe shortage of housing for those with a significant need

Irish social housing provider Safe Haven has been assigned a BBB long-term issurer credit rating with a stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s. The r(...)

Permanent TSB: its rating has been raised in the wake of the bank’s securing €525 million in capital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Standard & Poor’s has followed Moody’s by raising its rating on Permanent TSB in the wake of the bank’s securing €525 million in capital. The rati(...)

US authorities are stepping up their inquiry into whether Moody’s inflated ratings on mortgage derivatives

US authorities are stepping up their probe into whether Moody’s inflated ratings on mortgage derivatives to win business in the lead-up to the financi(...)

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