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Swedish and EU flag outside the Swedish Parliament. Stockholm on Wednesday sold 1.5 billion Swedish krona (€140 million) of government bonds with an average yield of minus 0.295 per cent

Sweden has joined the club of countries that have sold 10-year debt at a negative yield in a sign of how the dramatic rally in the global fixed-income(...)

‘Can you tell me anything nice now?’ Winslet asks one historian

More than most professionals, actors are likely to ask themselves the same question that initiates celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think you Are? (...)

The Apple Card charges retailers high transaction fees and reinvests some of the money in rewards, reinforcing an antiquated and expensive US payments market. Photograph:   Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Although it is easy to be distracted by shiny objects such as the new Apple Card, the biggest news in payments last week was a sober announcement from(...)

 Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky: had pleaded not guilty, along with two others, to the charges.  Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

US rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted in Sweden on Wednesday of assault over a Stockholm street brawl, but spared time in jail after a high-profile tria(...)

Afshin Samali at NUI Galway: “I believe the Government’s policy to support refugees to settle here in the 1980s, despite Ireland’s harsh economic conditions, was an excellent investment in the future of Ireland.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Afshin Samali was 15 years old when he fled across the border from Iran into Pakistan with his family. More than three decades on, he still remembers (...)

‘Free money – it’s sort of an insane concept.’ Above, Alice in Wonderland

Making an investment that is guaranteed to lose money sounds like something that would cost you your job. But in bond markets, it has become a fact of(...)

Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

When the judges began their chatting about the destination of our Sportswoman of the Month for July award, there was a sizeable sense of déjà vu about(...)

Universal Music Group artist Taylor Swift performing earlier this year. Photograph: Christopher Polk / NBCU via Getty Images.

Vivendi is in talks to sell up to 20 per cent of Universal Music Group (UMG) to Tencent, valuing its prized asset at around 30 billion euros ($34 bill(...)

 Irish sales of Domino’s Pizza rose 8.5 per cent in the first half of the year to €35.4 million. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Irish sales of Domino’s Pizza rose 8.5 per cent in the first half of the year to £32.5 million (€35.4 million), according to the UK-listed owner of th(...)

Less stressful than flying: there are clear benefits to taking a train

Memories of taking the train and ferry to England and Europe in the 1980s makes one shudder at the thought that we may have to return to this means of(...)

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