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The most successful investment lessons are learned at the school of hard knocks

The most successful investment lessons are learned at the school of hard knocks

Our education system fails to teach young people how and why they should invest their earnings. Dealing in equities can be tough, but you don’t have to be a genius

Gravest threat to democracy is the public’s complacency

Gravest threat to democracy is the public’s complacency

All indications are that liberal systems of government around the world are in danger

Joy at Pope Francis’s visit reflects an Ireland of two Churches

Joy at Pope Francis’s visit reflects an Ireland of two Churches

The current pontiff’s popularity derives from his rejection of the trappings of the scandal-riven institution

Yes, the banks need to reduce their bad loans. But this cannot be achieved at Irish society’s wider expense

Yes, the banks need to reduce their bad loans. But this cannot be achieved at Irish society’s wider expense

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Turkey’s economy got out of control because politicians, desperate to hold onto power, used the levers of power to purchase an electoral victory, and the economy overheated from an excess of credit. We know exactly what that feels like.

Pope must speak to issue of child abuse cover-up

Pope must speak to issue of child abuse cover-up

Pope Francis has been a slow learner when it comes to addressing the greatest scandal to engulf the Church

Trump is facilitating Saudi Arabia and Israel while bullying Iran and Turkey – and getting the US nowhere

Trump is facilitating Saudi Arabia and Israel while bullying Iran and Turkey – and getting the US nowhere

It is hard to draw any conclusion other than that Trump is advancing the regional interests of Israel as an end in itself.

Existential crisis now awaits INM

Existential crisis now awaits INM

The troubled newspaper group was distracted by ODCE probes when it should have been preparing for life in a savage market

A short walk, but a long struggle

A short walk, but a long struggle

Fifty years ago this Friday, the North witnessed its first ever civil rights march: a four-mile walk from Coalisland to Dungannon in Co Tyrone. The protest lit the fuse for a firestorm of political tumult that has yet to fully play out

Why burka bans are a mark of panic and weakness

Why burka bans are a mark of panic and weakness

Liberals won’t be able to wash the issue away, or simply dismiss the other side as racists

Brennan brouhaha could be a step too far for Trump

Brennan brouhaha could be a step too far for Trump

The decision by the president to revoke security clearance for former CIA director John Brennan has infuriated the US’s military and intelligence chiefs, and could yet prove a seminal moment in his reign

Short-term lets and the housing crisis

Short-term lets and the housing crisis

Despite flaws, GAA is a source of pride

Despite flaws, GAA is a source of pride

What’s so wrong with the Leaving Cert?

What’s so wrong with the Leaving Cert?

Critics of the Leaving find it hard to come up with an alternative – for good reason

State supports banks’ spin on troubled loans

State supports banks’ spin on troubled loans

Data from Ulster Bank’s sale of mortgages to Cerberus shows the majority of those in long-term arrears are not non-engagers or uncooperative. They simply can’t pay