Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Articles by Michael Murray

New bank investors will seek assurance

New bank investors will seek assurance

The past seven years has been a horrible grind for Irish banking. But we look to be nearing the ...

Beware the public sector pay landmine

Beware the public sector pay landmine

The Tory victory in Britain has given the coalition hope, but Fine Gael must beware the public sector pay landmine

Pulling the strings of power

Pulling the strings of power

Don’t underestimate the influence of spin-doctors and industry lobbyists when it comes to big business.

HSBC best placed to capitalise on rich opportunities

HSBC best placed to capitalise on rich opportunities

Looking back over the past five years of financial turmoil, I have been lucky enough to have had ...

Despite the Invidior demerger, its executives’ share-buying shows faith in its strong potential

Despite the Invidior demerger, its executives’ share-buying shows faith in its strong potential

Anyone who has had profit responsibility within a profit centre in a publicly quoted company will be familiar with the “tyranny” of the endless pressure to keep earnings on an upward trajectory.

A disciplined strategy with a good track record

A disciplined strategy with a good track record

Investing in managed funds isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Fees, control of asset allocation, an...

DCC board move demonstrates how to send a useful signal to shareholders

DCC board move demonstrates how to send a useful signal to shareholders

Appointments of non-executive directors can sometimes send useful signals to shareholders – as a recent move at DCC has demonstrated

Let’s hope we have some candidates at the next general
            election who will speak up for the private investor

Let’s hope we have some candidates at the next general election who will speak up for the private investor

I can recall most of the star performers of the past 40 years that have held seats in Dáil Eireann. But very few of them have stood out as strong supporters of rewarding enterprise, reducing taxes, supporting private investors, and explaining to the

Betraying private investors

Betraying private investors

Pension providers’ charges are a scandal: they betray private investors by pushing the effective marginal tax rate to over 70 per cent

Michael Murray Michael Noonan fears inflation, and it’s written all over his personal investment strategy

Michael Murray Michael Noonan fears inflation, and it’s written all over his personal investment strategy

In a financial crisis a country needs a smart, commercially astute, tactical finance minister. One who looks ahead, watches trends in the global economy, the short and medium term risks, the opportunities, the vagaries of the different asset classes,

Selectivity and caution, trends and themes are now key in stock market selection

Selectivity and caution, trends and themes are now key in stock market selection

There were some significant market wobbles over the past week. When markets have had a very good ...

Keeping an eye on pay

Keeping an eye on pay

Keeping an eye on pay isn’t just about bonuses. It is – or should be – about alignment of management interests with those of the long-term investor

Michael Murray: The serial scandals that have hit HSBC – the western world’s largest and once most prestigious global bank – have put the Celtic banking sector’s woes in the shade

Michael Murray: The serial scandals that have hit HSBC – the western world’s largest and once most prestigious global bank – have put the Celtic banking sector’s woes in the shade

HSBC, once the world’s most prestigious banking group is now the world’s most scandal-ridden bank. It continues to struggle and shrink and management haven’t a clue whether there are more scandals to come.

Will regulation weigh down Big Food’s bottom line?

Will regulation weigh down Big Food’s bottom line?

Obesity is a big global problem and, with various governments taking regulatory steps to address it, major food companies could face challenges ahead.

A moment to take stock of a turbulent year

A moment to take stock of a turbulent year

Michael Murray: Despite global instability, there is much to be optimistic about in the markets for the year ahead