Irish GDP data; no leprechauns in Ireland Paul

The National Accounts released by the Central Statistics Office last week caused quite a stir, with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) up a whopping 26.3% in 2015. US Economist Paul Krugman’s tweet made the headlines, putting the increase down to “Leprechaun economics”. Ah such a…

Weekly Market Update: July 11th 2016

Market Recap Global equity markets were mixed last week as the major indices in the US outperformed their counterparts in Europe and Asia. Core government bond yields continued to confound, with the 10-Year German Government bond yield falling to -0.18%. Stronger than expected monthly…

End of an era, the legendary Gilsey retires from RTE

While the final of the European Championship was a let-down, RTE’s tribute to John Giles, on his retirement from his pundit role at RTE, was a fitting send off for a man that has been a fixture of many a sitting room over the…

Mind the gate on UK commercial property

Liquidity is defined as the degree to which an asset or security can be bought or sold in the market without affecting the asset’s price. Investors in UK commercial property funds have been given a lesson in liquidity over the last ten days, as…

Weekly Market Recap: July 4th 2016

Market Recap After a miserable Monday which saw large declines across all of the major equity market indices, soothing words from ECB President Mario Draghi and his counterpart Mark Carney at the Bank of England helped spur a relief rally for the remainder of…

Central bank policy has its limits

Central bank policy remains the predominant theme in financial markets, hence when the leaders of these institutions speak everyone listens. Last week, ECB President Mario Draghi gave a speech entitled “The International Dimension of Monetary Policy”, in which he subtly warned of the risk…

The importance of critical thinking

It is not often I share links from the Daily Mail but I have to share this article from Jamie Carragher – “English players are weak… we think we are making them men but we’re creating babies” – an excellent piece on the failure…

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