Author: Practicenet

Euro tipped to near parity with sterling under hard Brexit

Sterling will fall to 95 pence to the euro and approach parity in the early part of next year if a hard Brexit is still on the cards, according to analysts at Investec Ireland. Currency volatility, and unfavourable rates, are a big risk to Irish exporters into the UK, particularly in lower margin sectors including […]

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Pension model doesn’t have to be perfect, but we must act now

The retirement model for Ireland is changing after various false starts – a change that is long overdue. A sustainable retirement system with feasible dependency ratios requires that workers save more and retire later. We won’t get a perfect system overnight, so having one that’s “good enough”, at least to start, is an important priority. […]

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Electric scooters are on right path to less congestion in cities

Are electric scooters good or bad for Irish cities? Because they’re certainly getting more common. My walk to work each day takes me through the inner city areas of Ballybough and the North Strand. Both have had their share of trouble in recent years and are regarded as ‘tough’ neighbourhoods. But now I see young […]

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Without decent European investment yield lenders are looking to the US

September in the European corporate debt market is often a time of much rejoicing. The dearth of activity in August is replaced by a flood of issuance, tightening spreads, and a general feeling that bonds are back. Not this time. This August has been particularly miserable, and almost all of the factors that made it […]

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Comment: Hiking VAT on tourism would raise Brexit stakes

Each year, at about this time, there is a lot of speculation about the 9pc tourism VAT rate and whether it will be retained in October’s Budget to be delivered by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Each year, at about this time, there is a lot of speculation about the 9pc tourism VAT rate and whether […]

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Contactless card payments increase

Consumers are turning more to debit cards and contactless payments, according to the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI). In the past three years, the number of debit-card transactions has increased rapidly in Ireland, the CBI said in its latest quarterly bulletin. There is also some tentative evidence to suggest that the increase in their use […]

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Businesses failing to prepare despite no-deal Brexit fear

The vast majority of Irish businesses still do not have a Brexit plan in place, despite 70pc of firms expecting the UK’s departure from the EU to have a negative impact on Ireland’s economy. AIB’s Brexit Sentiment index for the second quarter found that the manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors here were the most negative […]

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This is a frightening prospect for the thousands who have worked in Britain

In common with many people in this country, both my parents worked in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. My late father spent 10 years as a radio officer in the British merchant navy. For this he got a good defined benefit pension when he hit 65. He was also entitled to a British state […]

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Rents hits record-high as it’s now €274 more per month than Celtic Tiger peak

THE monthly cost of renting a home has hit an all-time high, shooting up by an average €200 in some parts of the capital in just the space of a year New figures from Daft.ie today lay bare the dilemma facing families who would be better off financially if they bought a home. But difficulties […]

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Banks no longer using SBCI’s SME loan scheme

The country’s main banks have stopped using a State fund set up to channel low cost finance to SMEs, because lenders can access cheap money in their own right, the Irish Independent has learned. The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) was set up to ensure favourable loan rates reached SMEs, by funnelling State-sourced money […]

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