Avant launched its Irish mortgage product last September,  undercutting existing players with its lowest rate of 1.95 per cent for those whose mortgages are worth 60 per cent or less of the purchase price of their home.

Avant Money, the mortgage provider owned by Spanish banking group Bankinter, is expanding its low-cost mortgage offer to a range of new locations acro(...)

Derville Rowland, the Central Bank’s director-general of financial conduct: Distressed debt remains ‘key priority’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Davy stockbrokers “need only look in the mirror” to find the cause of its current difficulties, the Central Bank’s Derville Rowland has said. Ms Rowl(...)

About 40 per cent of all sales in the Irish market last year were made with cash

Fewer homes coming to the market, significant pent-up demand, Government incentives like Help to Buy... it’s no wonder that analysts are forecasting h(...)

Should we go out into the rental market with a view to trying to get a short-term lease, or do we stick it out for a bit longer?

My wife and I have been living with her parents since returning to Ireland in 2018. Covid has been fairly good for us as we have managed to save some (...)

In October 55.8 million contactless payments accounted for almost half of all card payments.

Irish consumers spent a combined €28 million per day on contactless card payments in October, according to figures released by the Banking and Payment(...)

Only 172 borrowers took out mortgages to buy properties to rent out, a fall of almost half on the same period in 2019. Photograph: iStock

Fewer than 6,400 people took out mortgages to buy homes in the three months to the end of September as Covid-19 took its toll on the property market. (...)

Brian Hayes said the Oireachtas golf dinner “caused a huge amount of angst in the country and I fully recognise that”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Brian Hayes, chief executive of Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), considered resigning after he attended this year’s controversial Oir(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

The data includes payments made via mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay or Google Pay. Photograph: iStock

Consumers used their plastic less for contactless payments in the second quarter but the amount they spent increased. The impact of Covid-19, during (...)

The pandemic has been Christmas for fraudsters

Stress, bewilderment and panic are all a rational response to the Covid-19 crisis that have the side-effect of leaving people more vulnerable than the(...)

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