Category Archives: Syndicated

European shares fall after three day rally

European shares fell in opening trade today after a three-day rally sparked by hopes of more aggressive stimulus to shore up the global economy ravaged by the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Shares in London had sank 3.3% so far this morning, while shares in Paris fell by 1.6% and the Frankfurt market was […]

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EU watchdog gives nod to delaying financial reports due to epidemic

Regulators should give listed companies an extra two months to publish their annual financial statements given the difficulty of completing audits on time due to the coronavirus epidemic, the European Union’s markets watchdog said today.  The European Securities and Markets Authority said national regulators should “apply forbearance powers towards issuers who need to delay publication […]

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Employment lawyers critical of Govt wage subsidy scheme

Employment lawyers have strongly criticised the Government’s Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme which is being debated in the Dáil today. In a letter to the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty marked “Urgent”, the Chairperson of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society Catherine O’Flynn says that flaws in the […]

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Euro zone faces 2% recession, 10% if lockdown lasts – S&P Global

The coronavirus pandemic will push the euro zone and Britain into recession this year, with their economies expected to shrink by as much as 2%, the international ratings agency S&P Global warned today.  “The euro zone and UK are facing recessions. We now expect GDP (gross domestic product) to fall around 2% this year due […]

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Central Bank seeks assurance on Covid-19 insurance claims

The Central Bank is to write to the insurance industry setting out how it expects insurance firms to handle the settlement of claims arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The regulator says firms must ensure that all claims are appropriately assessed and where there is insurance cover in place, that claims are accepted and paid. The […]

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Economy to shrink by at least 7.1% due to virus – ESRI

The economy could contract by over 7% this year and unemployment could soar to around 18% as a result of measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Economic and Social Research Institute warned today. The ESRI said the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest threat that the Irish economy has faced since the financial crisis.  […]

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World markets rally as US agrees $2 trillion stimulus package

After earlier strong gains, European shares were mixed today after an enormous $2 trillion US stimulus package and evidence of moves by companies to deal with the financial effects of the Covid-19~crisis failed to offset the impact on markets of a surge in cases around the world.  After jumping as much as 5.1% in earlier trade, […]

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EU tells banks to be flexible over loan losses rule during epidemic

European banks have the flexibility to avoid a huge rise in provisioning for non-payment of loans during the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union’s securities and banking watchdogs said today.  Banks have warned they face mounting provisions as businesses and households they lent money to struggle to repay loans during the outbreak.  EU states have approved […]

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Covid-19 unemployment support payments to be increased to €350

The Government is to increase the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Support payment for people who have been laid-off due to the virus from €203 to €350.  The payment will also apply to the self-employed affected by the virus. However, people who are already unemployed due to reasons other than Covid-19 will remain on the usual Jobseekers’ […]

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EU to suspend budget rules as ECB relaxes regulations

The European Commission has said the EU would suspend its strict rules on public deficits to allow governments to open the money taps to face the coronavirus pandemic. In an unprecedented decision, Brussels triggered something called the “general escape clause”, giving countries free rein to “inject spending into the economy as needed,” EU chief Ursula […]

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