Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, along come those pesky would-be democrats in the Arab world and send the price of oil spiralling. Still, it’s an ill wind as usual and the crises throughout the Middle East and North Africa will likely keep an awful lot of pundits in business for an awfully long time.
Archive for February, 2011
Enda Kenny has already raised the prospect of selling state assets with the chief executive of Bord Gáis, John Mullins as a revenue-raising option under the new government, The Sunday Business Post reports.
AIB is planning to set up a standalone savings business based around the €5.2 billion domestic deposit book it took over from Anglo Irish Bank last week, The Sunday Times reports.
The new so-called ‘rich tax’ could take away the “lifeline to small business” by excluding traditional investors from taking part in the much-touted successor to the Business Expansion Scheme, according to tax, pension and legal adviser firm, ITC Consulting.
Divorce has always had the potential to be seriously damaging to financial health but now wealthy individuals will be unable to replenish their pension pots because of “the Revenue’s rigid interpretation of new pension limits provisions”, according to The Sunday Times.
Women face higher insurance premiums if, as expected, the European Court of Justice opts to ban gender discrimination when assessing policy risk, both The Sunday Business Post and The Sunday Times report.
This is the year of the Android. If the last couple of years have been about the Apple iPhone, 2011 will see Google’s operating system overtake Apple in the number of handsets shipped using its interface. The Sunday Business Post reviews seven of the most popular currently on the market.
Happeo, a new social network backed by Irish investors and which is hoping to go head-to-head with Facebook, is due to launch within the next three months, The Sunday Times says.
The new government has revealed a central plank of the Smart Economy strategy – apparently, TDs and senators are to receive training on how to use Twitter and Facebook, according to a report in The Sunday Business Post.
For all the bankers out there!
If your boss is getting you down, look at him through the prongs of a fork and imagine him in jail.