Category: Banking and finance


Munchau’s purgatory between bailout and default

Tom McDonnell 14/03/2011

Tom McDonnell: Weak measures to report from Part 1 of the big European double header last weekend: see here and here. The unfortunate unwillingness …

The Survival of the Eurozone

Paul Sweeney 10/03/2011

Paul Sweeney: Economics editor, Martin Wolf, writes in the Financial Times: “I find it unforgivable that the last Irish government guaranteed bank …

Who benefits?

Michael Burke 10/02/2011

Michael Burke: This is from the IMF’s latest Interim Staff Report (in effect making sure the Dublin government is doing as it’s told). To quote …

Ireland and Greece – A tale of the good twin and the bad twin and their common fate

Terry McDonough, CJ Polychroniou 07/02/2011

Terry McDonough and CJ Polychroniou: The Celtic Tiger was one of the most famous economic success stories of recent times. Ireland was the poster boy …

Where did it all go wrong?

Michael Burke 02/02/2011

Michael Burke: The Central Bank’s latest Quarterly Bulletin contains a sharp reduction in its growth forecasts. It is now forecasting 1.0% GDP in …

Banking crisis looms

An tSaoi 31/01/2011

An Saoi: Last Friday's Irish Independent had a story suggesting that the Credit Union movement is skeptical about the value of the Government's Bank …

Time for Plan B?

16/01/2011

The euro area’s bail-out strategy is not working. It is time for insolvent countries to restructure their debts. You can read the rest of The …

Willem Buiter's analysis

Tom McDonnell 10/01/2011

Tom McDonnell: Willem Buiter says the key remaining question is whether it will be the banks who default, the Sovereign or both – and there is …

The scenic route to public ownership

Slí Eile 25/12/2010

Slí Eile: 2010 - private banking emerges from the dark world. A slow crash. Now that €3bn+ has been raided from the National Pension Reserve Fund …

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