Margaret O’Brien

Margaret O’Brien

Conditions right for spread betting

Conditions right for spread betting

If you have a little money you’re willing to invest then the potential for a handsome return is out there. On February 28, the Dublin office of CMC Markets will celebrate its first anniversary. Declan Bourke, country manager, is pleased with the comp

Letting your money grow on trees

Letting your money grow on trees

In the current economic climate, with investors running out of options, forestry is proving to be a sound and attractive alternative investment, writes Margaret O’Brien

Advice for the year of living cautiously

Advice for the year of living cautiously

As we wait to see if the government’s stimulus packages will work, Irish investors continue to concentrate on preserving rather than growing their wealth in 2009.

Invest and become part of the worldwide green machine

Invest and become part of the worldwide green machine

Green energy is an excellent investment, which also helps to deal with the huge problem of climate change, writes Margaret O’Brien

Power deal numbers surge while values slump dramatically

Power deal numbers surge while values slump dramatically

The latest edition of Power Deals, the annual review by PricewaterhouseCoopers of power sector M&A global activity, shows a 24 per cent inc re as e year-on-year in worldwide 2008 power deal numbers.

Downturn in M&A activity set to continue

Downturn in M&A activity set to continue

M&A activity in Ireland has nosedived in recent months, to the point where most sectors have been almost devoid of deals.

Changing mindsets in the credit crunch

Changing mindsets in the credit crunch

The latest edition of Power Deals, the annual review by PricewaterhouseCoopers of power sector M&A global activity, shows a 24 per cent inc re as e year-on-year in worldwide 2008 power deal numbers.

Businesses urged to check carbon footprint

Businesses urged to check carbon footprint

Climate change is universally recognised as a serious global environmental problem. Substantial rises in greenhouse gases, the main one being carbon dioxide, have been shown to cause negative effects on the global climate.

New health entrant makes real impact

New health entrant makes real impact

Fast-growing Hibernian Aviva Health aims to continue its shake-up of the Irish healthcare market.

Last king of Munster’s castle for €1.2m

Last king of Munster’s castle for €1.2m

ERA Leyden in Lahinch has taken the 15th century Ballynagowan Castle in Kilshanny, Co Clare, onto its books this week.

Period house with views of Kilkee Bay

Period house with views of Kilkee Bay

The recent spell of scorching weather has prompted many buyers to dream of owning a seaside retreat.

Holiday home on the shore of Lough Derg

Holiday home on the shore of Lough Derg

While some Irish villages and towns have suffered from poor holiday-home developments in recent years, Mountshannon has managed to retain its integrity.