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Your Success Multiplier: how to find and emulate role models

  Role models are right in front of us, if only we took the time to notice them. For some reason I’m often asked the question “Do we have enough female role models? Don’t you think we should have more female role models?” A recent occasion was

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From “run of the mill” to “brilliantly unique”: take the branding challenge

  I recently gave a presentation about entrepreneurship to a group of SMEs. When time allows, I like to ask business owners who they are and what they do. Out of twenty people, not one gave me an answer that showed me how they were different… So

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Sweet, sweet credit: an explanation behind Morgan Kelly’s terminology

  I was recently speaking at the Economics teachers conference; of course the state of the Irish economy is always a topic for conversation. We reminisced about Morgan Kelly’s comments back in March 2014, and together we discussed what the man on the street (or the students

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Why do governments borrow? Can’t they balance their budget like everyone else?!

  A government spends its money on several things: social welfare, public sector wages and capital expenditure (investments in buildings, roads, public facilities etc.). To finance this expenditure, it relies on taxes and other revenues. But as we all know taxes are notoriously unpopular… Who likes paying

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Is the economy really on the up? The Sunday Business Show with Conall Ó Móráin on Today FM

  Is the economy really on the up, or is it just an optical illusion? I answer Conall Ó Móráin’s questions on the Sunday Business Show. Listen to the podcast here.   0:06 Petrol consumption is up 6%, which suggest we might be driving more than expected…

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Are we looking at another construction boom in Ireland? The Sunday Business Show with Conall Ó Móráin

  Conall Ó Móráin interviews me on Today FM about positive signs in the construction sector. They are there indeed, but is there a risk that it might overheat again? Listen to the podcast here.   0:42 Conall lists several signs that the construction sector is recovering. I

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If bubbles are “bad”, why do we let them happen over and over again?!

  Bubbles, in loose economic terms, are when we let prices go crazily high. We generally can recognize them, but often defend them with arguments of “the market has fundamentally changed” or “it’s different this time” or “we’ve learned how to control and slow them down at

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Creative Destruction: How this economic principle affects you and how to use it to your advantage (Moncrieff show podcast)

  During my economics slot with the Sean Moncrieff show on Newstalk recently (listen to the podcast here), I discussed the economic principle known as “creative destruction”. Creative destruction is one of the reasons income inequality comes about. How?   What is creative destruction?   Put simply, it

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Why we must love to learn inflation on The Sunday Business Show with Conall O’Morain

  On 6th of April 2014, Conall at Today FM asked me some burning questions about inflation… Listen to the radio interview here! (opens in new window; or right-click to “Save As…”)   0:41 Why must we learn to love inflation? Because the opposite is deflation, and

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If you recognise yourself in one of these profiles, stay away from the stock market!

  There are five profiles of people who really shouldn’t invest in the financial markets. Three of them are easy to spot right away, one will reveal themselves only after they’ve started to invest, and the last one won’t reveal themselves until much later… Who are these

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