Financial markets have been rattled this week by data  from both Germany and China. Photograph: iStock

The market interest rate on Irish Government bonds plunged to a fresh all-time low on Thursday on talk of more aggressive than expected stimulus measu(...)

The ECB said in a statement that it “takes data security extremely seriously”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Hackers have embarrassed the European Central Bank by breaching one of its websites, installing malware on to the site and stealing the contact detail(...)

The picture in international markets is darkening: what does this mean for your household finances? Photograph: iStock

Your mortgage, your pension, your savings, your investments. The prospects for all these have changed significantly as the financial world appears to (...)

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(...)

‘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(...)

Investec Ireland banking analyst Owen Callan said that PTSB investment on IT and wage inflation at the bank will limit improvements to its cost-income ratio over the next five years

Investec Ireland has set a price target for Permanent TSB’s (PTSB) stock at less than a third of its €4.50 initial public offering (IPO) level four ye(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi has received criticism in Germany for the Frankfurt-regulator’s QE programme, which has impacted on interest rates. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The State, which was locked out of financial markets almost a decade ago as the cost of bank bailouts soared, this week joined a growing club of Europ(...)

A commitment to clamp down on alleged unfair trade practices by China was part of President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Financial markets are signalling serious uncertainty about the outlook for the US economy, with recession now seen as a risk. Much of this nervousnes(...)

 President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi: recognises the limitations of monetary policy in fixing the euro zone’s ills. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach

The European Central Bank will doubtless cut its overnight deposit rate even deeper than the current -0.4 per cent at its next meeting in September. T(...)

According to CSO, the most notable price declines in the year to July were for telephone services and for household-related goods and services.

Inflation fell to a 12-month low in July with overall price pressures expected to remain muted for the foreseeable future. New figures from the Centr(...)

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