The banking industry across the Anglo Saxon world has deserved 90 per cent of the criticism that has been levelled at it over the past five years.
The government is set for a battle with unions over plans to outsource public sector jobs to the private sector.
Fifteen months ago, I bought shares in Greencore.
The past 15 years have seen some big changes in the landscape for investors in Ireland. And opened up some exciting opportunities.
Your Investments: The fall in global stock markets over the past month has to be seen in the context of the stellar gains of the previous three years
Michael Murray: To plan for the future, look at the defensiveness of your portfolio and examine well-established, sturdily financed companies
Michael Murray: The gains may not be as impressive as they once were, but Diageo's cup is still more than half-full
With the market correction of recent weeks, Diageo's shares have fallen to a level which looks to be close to an attractive entry point for investors.
Michael Murray: As stock markets get choppy, a listed funeral undertaker such as Dignity plc looks on the surface like a safe haven. But even Dignity could face a pitfall along the funeral route.
As stock markets become jittery and earnings disappointments accumulate, most investors will be considering the vulnerability of their equity portfolios.
Michael Murray: Investors should dig deep for data on marketing and sales to find the real story behind a brand
The impact of an earnings disappointment on a company's share price is usually quite different to the impact of an earnings surprise.
Michael Murray: DCC, operating in 13 countries, looks a fairly safe harbour for long term investment.