KBC’s long-term mortgage pledge comes with a caveat

ADVISING house buyers to pick the mortgage with the best long-term value is about as useful as suggesting they choose a property with friendly neighbours.

IMF backs Central Bank’s mortgage rules

The International Monetary Fund has endorsed the Central Bank’s mortgage rules and applauded its progress in repairing the Irish financial system.

Four investment trust tips for first timers

Old habits die hard. It is now nearly two years since financial advisers were banned from taking commission on fund sales, a discredited form of payment that resulted in investors being pushed into poor value and badly

Hot investment tip? Try a law firm

The Anglo-Scottish firm Gateley intends to float and is likely to be the first of many, reports Jonathan Ames.

Motorists get raw deal from ‘secretive’ insurers

The Oireachtas finance committee has accused insurance companies of targeting consumers with unjustified premium increases.

Insurers ‘refuse’ to hand over claims data

Irish insurance companies failed to provide a government group tasked with examining the spiralling cost of motor premiums with all the information it requested in order to finalise its report, a junior finance minister has claimed.

Investors give credit to banks for Lloyds’ big deal

Investors bought financial services stocks as Lloyds Banking Group’s purchase of credit card business MBNA boosted confidence in the sector and helped lift the FTSE 100 to a two-month high.

Bank of Ireland moves to reduce credit risk

Bank of Ireland’s core tier one capital has taken a marginal hit as it reassessed the quality of its mortgage book and took out an insurance policy against future losses.

Routes to the best financial advice

Online adviser directories are a vital resource at a time when low interest rates, volatile markets and the prospect of a poor retirement have bolstered the need for financial help. They are like the financial advice version

Singles Day stretches to 24 days of sales madness

It began seven years ago as a modest promotion involving 27 merchants but Alibaba’s annual Singles Day has mushroomed into a shopping frenzy like no other.