Our banks prove yet again that they are run by chancers
Charlie Weston Banks are run by chancers. That much is certain.
Charlie Weston Banks are run by chancers. That much is certain.
Charlie Weston If you are raising children and expect them to end up going to college, then prepare to be hit with a financial avalanche.
Charlie Weston At a time when the prices of many goods and services are falling, it is galling for consumers to be faced with demands to pay more for motor insurance.
Charlie Weston There are lots of examples to choose from, where insurance companies deny legitimate claims. One concerns an elderly man whose front door was broken down and around €7,000 worth of goods stolen from his...
Charlie Weston The numbers of people who switch their mortgage are pitiful.
Charlie Weston So competition is our best hope of stopping banks overcharging mortgage holders on variable rates.
Charlie Weston Banks don't do Carlsberg. If they did, they would be charging three different prices for a pint of lager.
Charlie Weston The Taoiseach has attempted to clear up the mess he created by claiming this country did not hike valued added tax, income tax and pay related social insurance during the bailout.
Charlie Weston Who do you think you are kidding Mr Kenny if you think we are fooled by you saying the bailout of this country did not lead to higher taxes?
Charlie Weston The numbers are staggering. By the end of this month the pension funds of private sector workers will be raided, and raided big-time.
Charlie Weston The general insurance market, and the motor side in particular, is in turmoil. Workers in the sector and drivers are paying the price for this mess as evidenced by large numbers of staff layoffs and premium...
Charlie Weston You can bet your heavily taxed last euro that the bankers were popping the champagne corks yesterday.
Charlie Weston For too long, moneylenders have been given a free run.
Charlie Weston The notion that there is free primary education in this country is a bit of a bad joke.
Charlie Weston The moneylending sector is booming. And it is not just because the near collapse of the banking system, and its rescue by taxpayers, has been a boon to moneylenders.
Charlie Weston We have one of the toughest inheritance tax regimes in the world. What that means is that many ordinary people inheriting modest homes are being caught in its net.
Charlie Weston Efforts to punish the prudent and force them to spend their savings are not working.
Charlie Weston It is hard not to be cynical about health insurers.
Charlie Weston This country has one of the highest inheritance taxes in the world. The rate charged on gifts and inheritances has shot up by 65pc during the austerity years.
Charlie Weston Has Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher done enough to get the Government off his back on expensive mortgage rates?
Charlie Weston For a while, the news on health insurance for consumers was good. The numbers taking out cover has been growing for the first time in three years.
Charlie Weston This could prove to be a fateful week in the financial history of this country.
Charlie Weston If it is reports and recommendations on pensions policy that you want, then there are more than a few to choose from out there.
Charlie Weston The mortgage crisis has been allowed to drag on for a year-and-a-half longer than it should have because the Government failed to listen.
Charlie Weston How do you get banks to do what you want them to do? We now know that the answer to that question is not to provide billions of euro of taxpayers' money to bail them out to stop them from going bust.
Charlie Weston Finance Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that the veto banks have over mortgage debt write-down deals will be weakened.
Charlie Weston Here we go again. The Economic and Social Research Institute, the country's leading think-tank, has denied the existence of the squeezed middle.
Charlie Weston Forget the Government doing anything about variable rates.
Charlie Weston Just when credit unions are getting their act together, along comes another scandal to scare the wits out of the 2.9 million people who are members.
Charlie Weston When it comes to being stubborn, banks take some beating. They have been shown to reject State-sanctioned debt deals, and instead force consumers to opt for bankruptcy in four out of 10 cases.
Charlie Weston When the Insolvency Service of Ireland came on-stream in 2013 we were told that there would be an avalanche of 20,000 debt deals done a year.
Charlie Weston Relief for hard-pressed drivers proved short-lived, as petrol and diesel wholesalers and retailers have returned to their price-rising habits of old.
Charlie Weston It has taken a while, but the penny is slowly dropping that we are now deep into a home repossessions crisis.
Charlie Weston IT is staggering that it has taken official Ireland so long to realise that banks have no interest in cleaning up the mortgage arrears mess.
Charlie Weston Our taxpayer-rescued banks could learn a thing or two about getting their house in order from the little old credit unions.
Charlie Weston WHEN it comes to our banks, we are like someone trapped in an exploitative relationship.
Charlie Weston More cars on the roads, higher passenger numbers on public transport and higher pension returns mean that the stealth taxes imposed by the State are returning a tidy sum to the Exchequer.
Charlie Weston Bankers are worried at the moment, and they have reason to be.
Charlie Weston The Central Bank has bowed to the pressure exerted on it. It had little choice. The 10 people on the bank's Commission - which is its board - were confronted with a difficult decision.
Charlie Weston Profiteering energy firms are getting the message.
Charlie Weston Conveniently, both the Government and the Energy Regulator are avoiding the issue of consumer energy prices.
Charlie Weston More claims are the main reason premiums are shooting up - but there is also a strong suspicion that the lawyers are back, adding to the costs of the claims.
Charlie Weston Public sector pensions in this country are considered among the most generous in the EU. But try telling that to a public servant, be they a civil service mandarin, a teacher or a nurse.
Charlie Weston After taking a financial battering for the past six years from double-digit hikes in premiums, there could at last be some respite in store for the two million people who have health policies.
Charlie Weston Expect to pay more for your health insurance. That is the clear message that screams out of a memo sent by the finance boss in the HSE to all hospital managers.
Charlie Weston HAVING been caught out badly in the past, the Central Bank is anxious to ensure it does not repeat its mistakes.
Charlie Weston The country's respected, middle-class professionals are in trouble. Big financial trouble.
Charlie Weston POST offices and credit unions are vital cogs in every rural town and village.
Charlie Weston They do things differently in other countries.
Charlie Weston More evidence has emerged about the financial consternation unleashed on household budgets by the very banks we rescued from ruin.
Charlie Weston A reversal of some of the public sector pay and pension cuts is in the offing.
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