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A major push towards legalisation here may come from US and Canadian cannabis corporations who view Ireland as a jump-off point into the EU market. Photograph:  Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

It is inevitable that cannabis will be legalised in Ireland in the coming years. It may take five years or even longer for the prohibition to be fully(...)

“The only reason stock markets have been an excellent investment is because of the gargantuan returns generated by a handful of stocks (think Apple, Amazon and the likes).” Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Most active funds underperform the market, but money managers say there are skilled professionals out there who can justify their fees. The key, some (...)

The JP Morgan post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In April,  the firm launched a European-listed ETF with a total expense ratio of just 0.04 per cent. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

In the United States, as much money is now invested in passive funds as it is in active funds, according to fund group Morningstar. Active fund manage(...)

One structure being considered would see UBS hive off its asset-management unit and fold it into Deutsche’s DWS in exchange for shares in the larger group. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The asset-management arms of Deutsche Bank and UBS are in serious talks to merge, according to people close to the discussions, in a deal that would c(...)

Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Tina trade – the idea that there is no alternative to stocks in a low-yielding world – has helped support the US bull market over the last nine ye(...)

“Improved transparency and advances in technology are all helpful when it comes to managing finances but I don’t think you can take the human out of it.” Photograph: iStock

In the US, the robots aren’t just coming, they’re here. The charge is led by players such as Vanguard, Schwab, Wealthfront and Betterment, with banks (...)

Baillie Gifford selected Dublin after a lengthy search. It had also considered  Luxembourg

Baillie Gifford, one of the UK’s most successful asset managers, is to establish a Dublin offshoot to avoid being cut off from its growing number of E(...)

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(...)

A trader passes the word on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Stock markets peaked three months ago this week and it’s been pretty stressful ever since. The S&P 500 has been marked by a serious escalation in(...)

One study found the average Nasdaq investor underperformed the index by 5.3 percentage points annually over a 30-year period. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

The recent stock market volatility has reminded people that investing can be an unnerving business. At times like this, there is a danger that anxious(...)

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