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Finance Magazine - May 2002 Issue

 
House prices to rise by 5 per cent per annum over next 5 years
Economists are less bullish in their forecasts for 2002 and predict that residential property prices will rise by an average of five per cent per annum for the next five years or by 27.4 per cent over the next five years compared to an average forecast of 8.6 per cent given last year.
Retail stockbroking rules to tighten across Europe due to new standards
Irish stockbrokers and investment managers are facing a tightening of the rules on how they conduct their retail business due to rules developed by the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR).The rules are not yet mandatory but they represent industry best practice and will be implemented in European countries over the coming months.
EDITORIAL
Property and the election
Can Bank of Ireland handle an AIB mega merger?
Damian Ringwood examines the consequences a merger of Ireland's two largest banks would have, and debunks some of the myths that surround such a merger.
Economists‚€ôProperty Poll 2002
Assumptions for a bullish scenario include average annual GDP growth of approximately 5 per cent, stable interest rates and strong income growth.
Rate of growth of house prices set to fall
In the sixth annual Finance property survey, Ireland‚€ôs leading financial services sector economists predict that increases in residential property prices are set to fall growing by 7 per cent per annum on average over the next five years to 2006 assuming a bullish outlook.
Reshaping the role of the banking regulator
William Johnston says that the success of the new single regulator in generating a stable financial regulatory environment will depend on whether it can maintain independent of outside influences and how well senior personnel involved in the Central Bank and IFSRA manage the interaction between the two entities.
A tax céad míle fáilte
Ireland and the UK are amongst the very small group of countries that operate an unusual basis of taxation known as ‚€ėremittance basis‚€ô. This taxes income and gains in certain circumstances, not on the amount of such income and gains which arise, but rather on the amount brought into the State out of such income or gains in a tax year. The UK Labour Party have long been suspected of hostility to this basis of taxation. Latest indications are that it has survived the most recent threat.
Demergers
Indigenous Irish business is largely owner managed. When such a business passes to a new generation it may become necessary to split it amongst family members. The taxation treatment of such a split is confused in an unnecessary way and needs reform. A clear-cut policy on the treatment of demergers needs to be worked out.
A practical approach to using derivatives: Part I
In the first of a two part series on the derivatives market Paul McEnroe looks at common derivatives and where and how they are traded.
PRSAs and unfinished pension business
The legislation to create Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) has been enacted. The PRSA adds to the ever-increasing number of pension products. The area of pensions is now so complex that few potential beneficiaries may understand the distinctions between the various products.
Learn from past examples before expanding overseas
Companies should learn from the examples of AIB and Marks & Spencer and think twice before expanding overseas says Gael Hardie-Brown.
Making sense of the markets
Grainne Alexander, director and head of marketing and client services at F&C Ireland Ltd, keeps a watchful eye on the markets as she deals with Friends First Asset Management‚€ôs rebranding campaign.
Who‚€ôs who in Finance: David Allen, Head of Hedge Fund Administration, Deutsche International (Ireland) Limited.
 
Who‚€ôs who in Finance: Tom Murphy, Leader of Mercer Investing Consulting , Mercer Human Resource Consulting
 
Who‚€ôs who in Finance: Niall Dunne, Financial markets economist, Ulster Bank Financial Markets
 
ECB expected to raise rates in Q4
Each month, the Finance Markets Panel, which consists of leading Irish market participants and analysts, provide views on key financial markets, covering currencies, equities and the gilt markets.
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