Entries by Jim Power

COMPETITIVENESS IS KEY TO SUCCESS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER JULY 27th 2018 As the evolution of the Brexit process lurches from one crisis to the next, we have been reminded again over recent days just how vulnerable sterling is to the vagaries of the whole ludicrous process. Since the middle of June, the UK currency has weakened […]

LESS OBVIOUS HOW BRITAIN AND EU CAN AGREE A DEAL

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER JULY 20th 2018 The world of geo-politics is in a state of chassis, with each day bringing fresh challenges to the global order. The antics of President Trump in relation to what are traditionally the two strongest allies of the US in Europe – the UK and Germany – […]

THERESA MAY’S BATTLE AGAINST HER BREXITEERS IS FAR FROM WON

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER 13th JULY 2019 We generally tend to be very critical of the Irish political system and frequently criticise our very diluted form of democracy. However, the events of the past two years and particularly the past week in the UK make the Irish political system look positively sane […]

EU WORKERS UNLIKELY TO FILL JOB VACANCIES THIS TIME

This appeared in the Irish Examiner 6th July 2018 There was a story out of Chicago this week that such is the extent of the labour shortages in that region of the US, employers are being forced to waive drug tests and hire ex-convicts in order to fill vacancies in what is now a labour […]

BIG BUSINESS VOICING ITS BREXIT CONCERNS

This Article Appeared in The Irish Examiner 29th June 2018 Last weekend we passed the second anniversary of the monumental decision of the UK electorate to exit the EU and we are now less than nine months away from ‘B-Day’. The intervening period has seen the growth of a major industry around the subject. Every […]

PROSPECT OF NO BUDGET BOANZA IS GOOD NEWS

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner June 22nd 2018 Despite what some media commentators have suggested about the lack of detail contained therein, the Summer Economic Statement released by the Department of Finance is not meant to be a detailed breakdown of what the Minister for Finance will deliver on the fiscal front. The […]

THE DANGERS OF BEING THE BEARER OF GOOD NEWS

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner June 15th 2018 Last week I wrote a pretty upbeat piece on the Irish economy, with a strong focus on ongoing positive trends in two key components of the indigenous economy, namely Tourism and the Agri-Food sectors. Predictably, I got a negative response from certain quarters, with one […]

INTEREST RATE TRENDS

THIS BLOG FIRST APPEARED AS A BLOG FOR FRIENDS FIRST JUNE 15th 2018 The process of interest rate normalisation continues apace in the United States. On Wednesday night the US Federal Reserve Bank increased interest rates by 0.25%, taking the target range for the key Federal Funds Rate to 1.75% to 2%. This rate has […]

OPTIMISM OVER ECONOMY IS VERY REAL AND VERY POSITIVE

This article first appeared in Irish Examiner 8th June 2018 In the midst of some signs of an easing of Eurozone growth so far in 2018, it is interesting to observe that almost all data releases are providing a very upbeat assessment of what is happening in the Irish economy. In the midst of the […]

ITALY’S HUGE DEBT PUZZLE

This article appeared in Irish Examiner 1st June 2018 Following the momentous global political dislocation in 2016 that resulted in the election of Donald Trump and the UK vote to leave the EU, there was a lot of concern about the European political calendar coming into 2017. Elections were upcoming in the Netherlands, France, and […]