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January 12, 2015 · Posted in Sunday Business Post

Leg warmers, Hall & Oates, mullets, Spandau Ballet, big hair, Bonnie Tyler, trickle down economics, overalls, shoulder pads and Charlie – my God! – Charlie Haughey. The 1980s are everywhere at the moment. More

December 31, 2013 · Posted in Global Economy

Today, as there will be lots of commentary on Ireland, let’s go large, gain altitude and look at the broad global economic canvas, to see what is likely to happen in 2014. Making forecasts is risky business, but so too is life – and as return is the opposite of risk, you will hardly get one without the other. So let’s take a plunge and outline my top ten global financial/economic forecasts for the year. More

November 8, 2012 · Posted in Irish Independent

WHOEVER has won the US election, he will be reasonably assured that he will preside over an economy that is on the mend. Last weekend I spoke to someone who knows Obama well and is a big Democratic fundraiser in California. His assessment is that Obama knows that the economy is moving in the right direction but he also knows that the next president will gain credit and this is one of the factors driving him as he would be appalled if Romney took the economic plaudits. More

October 15, 2012 · Posted in Sunday Business Post

“When faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” More

September 28, 2012 · Posted in

As you may know I am running a new economics course, which kicks off on October 22nd. In the past few days, people have often asked: “what will I get out of this Economic Insights course”. I’ve put an outline of the course below, but rather than me telling you what I think you will get out of it, why not read the testimonials of students who have done the course over the past few years? Here are a few past students on their experiences: More

August 3, 2012 · Posted in Sunday Business Post

The headline in yesterday’s Irish Independent was eye-catching. It said that half of all Irish businesses are on the verge of collapse, according to stress tests carried out by business and credit risk company Vision-net. More

May 14, 2012 · Posted in Markets

When I was a boy, there was a very popular game played by all the kids on our road. It was called “clackers”. It involved two plastic balls on two strings tied together at the top. The balls hit off each other with force making a “clack” noise. Once one ball hit the other, the other would whip back and hit the other and so on, back and forth. This could go on indefinitely if you didn’t touch them.  More

May 10, 2012 · Posted in Irish Independent

Thirty-one years ago this week the great Bob Marley passed away and ascended to the great Rasta heaven in the sky. For most of us, Marley was reggae and reggae was Marley. I remember the day he played in Dalymount in the summer of 1980. What I actually remember most (I was too young to go to the gig) was the lingering smell of ganga on the 7A bus that afternoon, as half of the ‘Noggin obviously skinned up on their way into town to pay homage the great man. More

May 3, 2012 · Posted in Irish Independent

Yesterday was International Workers’ Day. It was celebrated all over Europe with public holidays. It is a bit ironic that on the day that Europeans celebrate our workers so many millions of these workers are on the dole. Traditionally, periods of high unemployment are also periods of social and political change. It is easy to see how the present levels of unemployment might lead to political U-turns. More

April 26, 2012 · Posted in Banks

Financially, Spain is like Ireland but it is much, much bigger. There is little doubt that Spain will need a massive bailout. The question is, who has the money to bail out Europe’s fourth-largest economy, and when Spain topples what happens to Italy and what happens to the euro? More