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 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

Antoinette Schoar, economist and professor of finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), speaks at the Jackson Hole economic symposium in  Wyoming Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Central bankers typically like to project steadfast confidence. But when Jay Powell opened the annual Jackson Hole gathering, the Federal Reserve chai(...)

The “endlessly grand” Ayn Rand circa 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

Forget the non-news that Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film. The skinny that’s got the cinema world abuzz concerns(...)

Jerome Powell: Investors, accustomed to “dovish” former Fed chiefs such as Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan, may have been disconcerted by Powell’s “demeanour and forcefulness”. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Fears that the Federal Reserve may be about to speed up its rate-hiking cycle continue to spook global markets, as evidenced by last week’s reaction t(...)

An improving outlook for the global economy  has led to a significant bond sell-off.

Irish investors have been warned that they could stand to lose money as the global bond sell-off gains pace. However, despite falling bond prices, inv(...)

Bitcoin has been likened to Dante’s Inferno by the chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland. As the digital currency surged towards $16,000, Sir Howard(...)

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Financial markets have largely shaken off US president Donald Trump’s many communications blunders since his election last November – from goading Nor(...)

Is this bull market a ‘new normal’, or should investors wait for the ‘old normal’ to return? Photograph: iStock

As share prices tumbled on that infamous Monday in October 1987, a chain of dominoes stretching from Tokyo to New York, Tim Hammett was more stunned b(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. “If Trump wishes to take a small step towards establishing a reputation for judgment he should reappoint Yellen.”

The US Federal Reserve is ahead of other important western central banks, in normalising monetary policy. This has provoked lively debate. Prominent(...)

Former American president Bill Clinton at the funeral of Martin McGuinness in March. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Clinton is adding a new line to his resumé: novelist. The 42nd American president is teaming up with thriller writer James Patterson on The Presi(...)

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