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The UBS move underscores how banks in Europe and the US are scrambling to prepare for a protracted spell of lower rates. File photograph: Feline Lim/Reuters

UBS plans to levy a negative interest rate on wealthy clients who deposit more than SFr2 million (€1.8 million) with its Swiss bank, as lenders hunker(...)

Despite increased recession concern and flat to negative corporate earnings and revenues, the S&P 500 enjoyed its best first half to a year since 1998. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Recession talk continues to grow louder but stock markets keep hitting new highs. Are the warnings over-hyped or is a 2020 recession a real possibilit(...)

Last week’s report on US second-quarter gross domestic product showed that the economy slowed last spring. It also came exactly 10 years since the Gre(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will be in no position to rush to market with bank shares. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State with responsibility for financial services, said on a trip to the US last week, as he peddled Ireland’s internationa(...)

President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said ‘a considerable mass of inflation expectations are moving towards [a belief that there will be] lower inflation.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Mario Draghi has paved the way for a fresh package of monetary stimulus to boost the ailing euro zone economy before he departs in October, signalling(...)

US stocks rose on Tuesday, boosted by upbeat earnings and forecasts from Coca-Cola and United Technologies. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A host of upbeat earnings pushed US stocks higher on Tuesday and world stocks rose in anticipation of central bank easing, while sterling fell on the(...)

Traders work  at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Johannes EISELE / AFP)JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Buy gold. So says Ray Dalio, the influential founder of Bridgewater, the world’s biggest hedge fund, who penned a lengthy LinkedIn post last week outl(...)

Property shares, including housebuilder Cairn, were in demand in Dublin

European shares, which were buoyed early on Friday by rising hopes of a US interest rate cut, ended the session off their highs as fresh political tro(...)

John Williams, chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (centre), has called for action on rates.

The dollar was on the defensive on Friday after Federal Reserve officials bolstered expectations of an aggressive rate cut this month to address weake(...)

Christine Lagarde and Mario Draghi. They both agree central banks should step in if inflation is weak. Photograph: Getty Images

Christine Lagarde is the surprise nominee to be the next president of the European Central Bank, the body that sets monetary policy for one-fifth of t(...)

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