Category Archives: Books & Articles

Annual budget sideshow is just a distraction

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”   – John Maynard Keynes Another year, another budget! This time every year in Ireland the focus moves to the budget announcement of the Irish … Continue reading

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Retirement planning; the future is not that far away

In the film “Back to the Future”, Marty McFly transported from 1985 to the year 2015 in the Doc’s DeLorean time machine. The fact that they had flying cars in the future shows how far away 2015 seemed to those … Continue reading

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BREXIT – “Staying friends” after a breakup

The risk of BREXIT – Britain exiting the European Union (EU) – looms large with the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, on June 23rd. Can Britain break European hearts while at the same time staying friends? And … Continue reading

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Irish policy parallels to be found in Colombia

Article appeared in The Examiner March 29th 2016 While I have only been loosely following financial markets over the last three weeks – after all in the short-term it is all just noise – my three weeks in Colombia have provided me … Continue reading

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Pensions: An Interview with The Examiner

Article appeared in The Examiner December 18th 2015

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Thoughts on Investment Manager Selection

Article appeared in the Sunday Business Post December 13th 2015

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The Fergie Factor – Insights from a Proven Leader

All Liverpool fans lament the day Alex Ferguson crossed the border from Scotland into England, joining Manchester United in November 1986 after a successful time as manager of Aberdeen. That same year Liverpool won the double, the league championship and … Continue reading

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Saving up pension woe

Article appeared in the Sunday Time Business section September 14th 2015  The return of the generals of the Celtic Tiger Boom and Bust – McCreevy, Ahern and Cowen – in front of the Banking Inquiry, attracted huge media attention, and was no … Continue reading

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Navigating the current market environment

Article appeared in the Sunday Business Post September 6th 2015 Discussion with Emma Kennedy, Sunday Business Post Money Editor

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Irish Government: Macro Improvement Clouded by Micro Failings

This is my article which featured in the Sunday Independent, August 23rd 2015: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/this-government-has-worked-yet-voters-want-to-get-rid-of-it-31470178.html I give my take on the current government, how the much improved macroeconomic picture has been overshadowed by some of their failings at a micro level. … Continue reading

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