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  • Thu, Sep. 8, 2:01 AM
    • Ireland's government won strong backing from parliament for its appeal against a €13B back tax bill the European Commission ordered it to collect from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), following 12 hours of debate on Wednesday.
    • Lawmakers said a failure to challenge the judgment would threaten future investment in Ireland by U.S. companies looking to sell in Europe, a central pillar of the country's decades-old growth strategy.
    • ETFs: EIRL, IRL
    | Thu, Sep. 8, 2:01 AM | 49 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 2, 6:25 AM
    • New Ireland Fund (NYSE:IRL) declares $0.28912/share quarterly dividend, -6% decrease from prior dividend of $0.30763.
    • Forward yield 9.13%
    • Payable Sept. 22; for shareholders of record Sept. 13; ex-div Sept. 9.
    | Fri, Sep. 2, 6:25 AM
  • Tue, May 17, 2:24 AM
    • The ECB limited its sovereign debt buys of Portuguese and Irish bonds last month due to concerns about hitting purchase caps - a move that could mean those countries stand to benefit less from the scheme.
    • With almost a year left of its QE program, the central bank is already nearing a self-imposed limit of holding a third of the countries' debt.
    • Purchases for most nations have increased by 50%, but only by 16% in Portugal and 33% in Ireland.
    | Tue, May 17, 2:24 AM
  • Fri, Feb. 26, 3:08 AM
    • Voting is underway in Ireland, with locals heading to the polls to elect 157 new members of parliament as a stellar recovery hangs in the balance.
    • Iranians are also hitting the ballot boxes in the country's first elections since last summer's landmark nuclear accord.
    • As part of a wider parliamentary election, voters will additionally decide on representatives for the Experts Assembly, a clerical body that appoints the supreme leader.
    | Fri, Feb. 26, 3:08 AM | 3 Comments
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  • Jun. 6, 2014, 2:28 PM
    • Upgrading Ireland's sovereign debt rating to A- fro BBB+, S&P writes: "The upgrade reflects our view of the brightening prospects for Ireland's domestic economy, which we expect to underpin further improvements in the government's financial profile, capital markets access, and financial system asset quality."
    • The agency gives a one-in-three chance of another upgrade in the next two years.
    • Bond markets long ago upgraded Ireland, and the yield on its 10-year paper at 2.45% trades below that of the U.S. Interesting times.
    • ETFs: EIRL
    • CEFs: IRL
    | Jun. 6, 2014, 2:28 PM
  • Jan. 6, 2014, 9:43 AM
    • The Irish government has hired banks to prep the first bond sale since exiting its EU bailout, reports Bloomberg.
    • The country did raise money from the bond markets last March, but was still involved in the bailout at that time.
    • Related ETFs and stock: EIRL, IRL, IRE
    | Jan. 6, 2014, 9:43 AM
  • Nov. 27, 2013, 3:53 PM
    • Never mind a 40% gain YTD, the iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (EIRL) is getting a new underlying index thanks to the shrinking number of eligible stocks trading in Dublin. With more investors and liquidity in London and NYC, the Irish stock exchange has lost a number of key listings over the last few years, bringing the number of stocks in EIRL's tracked index to just 14.
    • The new index leaves a bit more wiggle room, including companies doing significant business in Ireland, along with those domiciled there, resulting in 24 constituents.
    • The closed-end New Ireland Fund (IRL) is ahead 35% YTD.
    | Nov. 27, 2013, 3:53 PM
  • Nov. 14, 2013, 7:51 AM
    • Ireland goes commando, setting the December 15 exit from its 3-year €67.5B bailout without a credit line from the EU. Finance Minister Michael Noonan suggested a couple of months ago Ireland might ask for a €10B credit line from the troika, but lines cost money even if not used, and come with strings like continued foreign oversight of the country.
    • The New Ireland Fund (IRL) is ahead 36% YTD.
    • The Bank of Ireland (IRE) is up 124% YTD and up 0.3% premarket.
    • Full government statement
    | Nov. 14, 2013, 7:51 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 7, 2013, 5:10 AM
    • The Troika is due to approve the final funds of Ireland's €85B ($114B) bailout later today, which would allow the country to become the first to exit its rescue process, a move it could make by the end of the year.
    • A question remains over whether Ireland will request a precautionary credit line when the bailout ends. The government has indicated that it may not, as it has enough funding to take it to 2015. It's also worth noting that debt yields are at 3.5%.
    • Still, Ireland continues to have big problems, while there's also concerns about the health of its banks.
    • ETFs: EIRL, IRL
    | Nov. 7, 2013, 5:10 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 13, 2013, 2:29 AM
    • Ireland is set to become the first eurozone country to exit a bailout program, with Prime Minister Enda Kenny saying that the nation will leave its €85B scheme on December 15.
    • Ireland may exit without the insurance policy of a precautionary credit line, which would stop the country from obtaining funds from the European Central Bank's Outright Monetary Transactions program of government bond purchases, but would also reduce the the conditions involved and the close monitoring from EU officials.
    • ETFs: EIRL, IRL
    • Bank of Ireland: IRE
    | Oct. 13, 2013, 2:29 AM | 6 Comments
  • Sep. 23, 2013, 3:54 PM
    • Moody's decision to lift Ireland's debt rating to stable from negative still leaves the country with an "undeserved" junk rating of Ba1, writes Richard Barley. Nevertheless, it's a significant step in that it's Moody's first positive action on one of the EU's periphery since the financial crisis. Moody's has been the toughest on Europe's troubled countries, and other agencies still have Ireland firmly in investment-grade territory.
    • The most important part of the move seems to be how Ireland's fate now rests in its own hands, rather than eurozone considerations, and Moody's has finally conceded the country is at much-reduced risk of losing access to financial markets again. In fact, Irish 10-year paper yields less than similar Spanish or Italian maturities.
    • The New Ireland Fund (IRL -0.3%) is up 30% YTD. Bank of Ireland (IRE +0.9%) is up 80%.
    | Sep. 23, 2013, 3:54 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 17, 2013, 3:47 AM
    Eurozone finmins have agreed to give Ireland and Portugal more time to repay their bailouts as a reward for their good behavior vis-a-vis austerity. The decision comes after Ireland enjoyed a stunningly successful return to the markets last week with a sale of 10-year debt.
    | Mar. 17, 2013, 3:47 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 13, 2013, 8:09 AM
    Wow. Ireland has reportedly drawn drawn €10B in bids for its 10-year note auction, and sold €5B at 240 bps over mid-swaps. The result is far-better than government hopes to sell just €3B in debt.
    | Mar. 13, 2013, 8:09 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 13, 2013, 7:13 AM

    Ireland reportedly drew at least €7B in bids in its first sale of 10-year notes since the 2010 bailout. The paper was priced to yield 245 bps more than mid-swaps - suggesting a yield of 4.25-4.35% - and the government hopes to move about €3B worth. IRL +13.4% YTD.

    | Mar. 13, 2013, 7:13 AM | 1 Comment