debt

24 Oct

Household debt continues to decline but still fifth highest in EU

New figures from the Central Bank reveal that while household debt continues to decline here, it remains the fifth highest in the EU. The Central Bank’s Household Credit Market Report for 2019 said that household debt stood at €136.9 billion, or €28,186 per person, in the first quarter of 2019. This compares with a level of […]

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29 Aug

‘Reduce national debt with any corporate tax windfall’ – Central Bank

‘Reduce national debt with any corporate tax windfall’ – Central Bank The Acting Governor of the Central Bank has urged the Minister for Finance to use any unexpected windfall in corporate tax this year to reduce the national debt, which stands at just over €200 billion. In a pre-Budget letter to the Minister published today, […]

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23 Jul

European debt rally pauses at start of a big week for bond markets

European debt rally pauses at start of a big week for bond markets Core European government bond yields steadied on Monday after posting their biggest weekly drop in seven weeks as investors consolidated positions before a central bank policy meeting this week where policymakers might unveil plans of more rate cuts. Though hopes have grown […]

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24 Apr

EU debt levels up in 2018 but debt-to-GDP ratio down

EU debt levels up in 2018 but debt-to-GDP ratio down Government debt levels rose in the European Union last year, according to Eurostat, but economic expansion in the region pushed the overall debt-to-GDP ratio down. The countries that use the euro had a combined debt of €9.86 trillion in 2018, up €99 billion (1%) year-on-year. […]

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21 Mar

Household debt shrinks to 2003 levels but economic risk remains

Household debt shrinks to 2003 levels but economic risk remains Even though household and company debt remain high by international standards, they have fallen sharply and may now be in line with the underlying fundamentals of the economy, according to the Department of Finance. Yesterday’s report did warn that in the event of a downturn […]

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