Pete Lunn

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Pensions are hard to understand, partly because levels of financial literacy are generally low, ESRI research for the Pensions Authority has found.

Pensions are hard to understand, partly because levels of financial literacy are generally low, according to a series of ESRI studies. But they found (...)

Ukip and pro-Brexit supporters in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

All versions of Brexit will leave the UK poorer. So said UK chancellor Philip Hammond as he attempted to sell what Theresa May sees as the least painf(...)

According to the ESRI, consumers place too much weight on immediate monthly repayments as opposed to costs over the lifetime of a loan. Photograph: iStock

Consumers are too easily bamboozled by promotional material for mortgages, credit cards and insurance products, and frequently look at top-line figure(...)

Mobile phones: unwillingness to switch providers is not confined to particular social groups, the ESRI finds. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Hundreds of thousands of Irish consumers are missing out on big savings from telecom service providers because they have an “extreme reluctance” to sh(...)

 Last month Norwegian Air  stock took an upward jolt amidst speculation it may be acquired by Lufthansa. Photograph: Getty Images

MONDAY Indicators: Irish construction PMI (June); new vehicles licensed (June); German exports and imports (May). TUESDAY Results: PepsiCo. Ind(...)

Ivan Yates: not so much a rebel as a disrupter who enthusiastically challenges pieties and sacred cows, particularly of the liberal stripe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As subversives go, Ivan Yates is an unlikely one. A former government minister, farmer and businessman, the host of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekd(...)

Grace Darcy from Clane, Co Kildare, interacting with the ‘Doomsday Clock’ exhibit at the opening of ‘In Case of Emergency’, the new free exhibition at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

We are poorly equipped for making decisions about catastrophes, argues Pete Lunn, from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). “It’s only (...)

Shop signs: Consumers in the  Republic are  the 6th  most upbeat in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

A recently published graph reflecting consumer confidence and spending plans in Ireland over the past decade looks like a terrifying rollercoaster. Th(...)

Research finds that there has been an increasing tendency for people to choose life partners with similar levels of education. Photograph: iStock

Concern about income inequality is an important theme in the US presidential election. It was a key driver of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Though th(...)

The study shows that when a single additional factor, alongside price, is used to describe two comparable products, consumers struggle to identify which is the best value for money. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish people who think they can spot a bargain when they see one are most probably deluding themselves, according to a research into consumer behaviou(...)

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