The long hot summer in much of Europe, the western US and China is a reminder that the climate has a major economic effect. From the need to adapt infrastructure to changing consumer behaviour to population movement, climate change and the move to net zero is influencing investment decisions around the world. At the heart … Continued
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There’s a clear chance the world is heading into recession, as higher interest rates put pressure on mortgage holders and debt-laden companies. That’s bad news for the economy. But the stock market is not the economy. No-one wants a recession. But they want inflation even less. If a recession is the price of getting on … Continued
The last six months have had their fair share of drama. There have been bank failures and price falls – but also asset price recoveries in some sectors, an improving inflation trend, and continued economic resilience in most of the developed world. As we approach the half-year mark, it’s time to look at what has … Continued
The countdown continues. Today US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen set a date of 5 June as the final date to raise the US debt ceiling. Failure to raise the limit by then will mean the US government would begin to default on its obligations. What is the US debt ceiling? The debt ceiling is the … Continued
Forget bitcoin and the metaverse… even tech firms more generally have had a tough time of it over the last 18 months. But 2023 is surely the year where AI, artificial intelligence, has got real attention. So should you be investing in artificial intelligence, and if so, how? ChatGPT is just a start What seems … Continued
Inflation in the Eurozone seems to be going in the right direction, falling to 6.9% in March 2023, down from 8.5% the previous month. What does this mean for interest rates, and your savings and investments? Inflation is still too high Firstly, inflation is still higher than where consumers, businesses or policymakers want it to … Continued
Investor interest in money market funds has exploded in 2023. In mid-March, just after the Silicon Valley Bank debacle, over $100 billion was moved into money market funds in a single week. So what’s a money market fund, why would you want to invest in one? What are the advantages… and the risks? And how … Continued
I have a portfolio of shares (€35k). It is balanced through different sectors. I like receiving dividends, especially from my BP shares, which I bought after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. I have a cash lump sum (€40k) sitting on a low/no interest PTSB bank account, for the last five years. Every year I say I’ll … Continued
For most people in Ireland, memories of bank collapses are still raw. So it’s no surprise the Irish government and others are paying special attention to news of the collapse of US-headquartered technology lender, Silicon Valley Bank. Here’s our briefing on what happened, and five likely implications for investors. Before we start: it’s less than a week since … Continued