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Confidence drops over retirement provision

Almost one in two people are concerned that they are financially unprepared for retirement, according to a savings and investment index from the Bank of Ireland and the Economic and Social Research Institute.

Irish firms struggle with digital transformation to meet customer demands – new index

A quarter of Irish businesses will struggle in terms of digital transformation in meeting evolving customer demands within five years, a newly launched index has shown.

Time to check if you’re due a tax allowance windfall

Tax reliefs could be worth thousands a year to workers, but many forget to claim them, or don’t realise they can.

Some 50,000 customers are left with worthless insurance

Up to 50,000 Irish insurance customers have been left with no guarantee of cover after an underwriting company shut down.

Renters will soon be able to find out how much previous tenants charged

Renters will be able to know what a previous tenant was paying for a room under laws to be brought to Cabinet next week.

Bamboozled by bills: 25pc of householders believe they were overcharged

Householders are being bamboozled by bills – with many fearing they are being overcharged, new research has found.

Theresa May rejects accusation of hiding Brexit facts as full legal advice published

EU ‘ready for no-deal Brexit’ if UK sinks deal Irish backstop for UK’s withdrawal deal could last ‘indefinitely’, legal advice states Report also warns of Britain becoming stuck in “protracted and repeating rounds” of negotiations Theresa May said she is listening to concerns on Brexit backstop to find way forward DUP says UK government’s Brexit legal advice is devastating

Britain could be kept “indefinitely” in a customs union with the …

Digital tax kept alive by France and Germany

Europe’s efforts to tax large tech companies were kept on life-support yesterday as France and Germany proposed a final-hour compromise that scales back the broad plan initially envisioned by Paris.

Ireland, along with other countries including Sweden, opposes the tax plan and even the watered down proposals will face resistance.

The updated proposal is to tax the European advertising revenue of digital companies at 3pc. That’s watered down from an …

Mortgage approvals jump by 11pc as values also increase

Mortgage approvals jumped in October, both in terms of volume and value.

Across all types of borrowers, banks approved a total of 4,262 mortgages in October, up 11.4pc month-on-month.

This is a 13.6pc increase in approvals year-on-year, figures from the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show.

First-time buyers accounted for the lion’s share of activity, with 2,014 mortgage approvals.

The figures also show the value of mortgage approvals rose by …

Drive down wage costs, renegotiate supplier prices to boost profits

Q. Could you give me a few words of wisdom on improving the profitability of a manufacturing business?

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