Towards the end of January the ECB announced a Quantitative Easing ('QE') programme worth €60 billion per month. This begs the question as to what is QE, what are its consequences and will it work in Europe. In this article Investment Strategist David Hillery delves into the workings of the asset purchasing programme and what effect it is likely to have in the Eurozone.
We grew up with the familiar saying, “the more you learn, the more you’ll earn,” and it’s true—education pays—but more education also leads to lower unemployment.
The collapse in the price of oil has dominated headlines in recent months. In this article, we look at the reasons behind this and how a significant pullback in the share price of energy companies as a result of the fall can provide an opportunity for investors.
Now is the time to set your goals for 2015, and to help, we have suggested five steps that will make sure your financial plan is right on track. Remember, – one step at a time for a greater success rate.
What will 2015 bring for the world economy? In this article, we discuss the outlook for the five main global economic regions - the United States, the Eurozone, China, the United Kingdom and Japan. We see that it’s not a uniform picture due to diverging central bank policy which will see each region moving on different paths.
2014 saw the continued recovery in the Irish economy on a number of measures. In this article, we look at the performance of the economy in 2014 and look ahead to 2015 and the key policies challenges that the government must address to ensure the nascent recovery continues.
The concept of the ‘commodity super cycle’ was in vogue before the onset of the global financial crisis. The thinking was that with an increasing world population, and faster growing emerging nations like China and India, changing consumption patterns would lead to shortages of many of the world’s scarce resources. In this article, we look at how this has changed and what the outlook is for the main commodities as we enter 2015.
As we move into 2015, it seems the growing gap between Europe and the US looks set to usher in a period of euro weakness and dollar strength. With central banks around the world on different paths, this article looks at how the main currencies might perform in the year ahead.
Cents for Kids is an initiative focused on building financial literacy in children and supporting parents with the tools and resources they need to begin a healthy dialogue with their children about money.
The once impenetrable German economy is showing signs of weakness, which has contributed to the DAX being one of the worst performing stock markets this year. But with German equities now trading at a significant discount to other major markets, opportunities are opening up for investors to buy good blue chip German companies at discount prices.