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  • Bringing risk back to the table

    On Thursday June 23, the UK voted to leave the EU. The next day the Euro Stoxx 50 opened 10 per cent lower. Today, two months after Black Friday, the markets recovered all that back and more. The comeback in equity markets was partly fuelled by...

  • After the Brexit storm

    After the Brexit storm

    June 23 2016 will be a date that will be remembered in years to come. Children will learn about it in history lessons and analysts will include it in their models when trying to capture Black Swan events.It was the worst one-day drop in equity...

  • The Minsky moment theory and its relevance to Brexit

    The Minsky moment theory and its relevance to Brexit

    Whoever has studied economics has encountered the ‘Minsky moment theory’ named after economist Dr. Hyman Minsky, who had noted that in times of stability, traders tend to inflate asset prices by leveraging their positions, with the consequence...

  • Brexit and the movement in asset prices

    Brexit and the movement in asset prices

    Undoubtedly today’s event will be marked in history, those voting for the exit claiming independence. Despite polls throughout the campaign indicated a neck to neck race, investors were quite confident that U.K. voters were more inclined towards...

  • How to trade ahead of Brexit vote

    How to trade ahead of Brexit vote

    There’s no beating around the bush – the primary goal behind investing is to make money, from hard earned money. If there weren’t any prospects of making money, I shudder to think how many investors would be reluctant to be putting money to work,...

  • Should I stay or should I go

    Should I stay or should I go

    I find myself in London ahead of one of the biggest events of the quarter - Rihanna at Wembley! Just kidding, it's Thursday's Brexit vote that takes centre stage.Investors seemed to have rediscovered their risk-on appetite yesterday, out of safe...

  • Towards a more European Europe

    Towards a more European Europe

    Next year Europe celebrates the 60th anniversary of the day when the heads of state of six European countries met in Rome to sign the Treaty of Rome, the founding document of the European Communities. They saw European integration as a way of...

  • UK companies rush to hedge currency exposure as 'Brexit' risk grows

    UK companies rush to hedge currency exposure as 'Brexit' risk grows

    UK companies rushed to hedge their currency exposure today, pushing up the cost of protection against sharp price swings to its highest in over four years, as concern grew that Britain will vote to leave the European Union. Those campaigning to...

  • Trading at an early age

    When it comes down to the technicalities as long as you have a guardian’s consent or are of legal age, you are eligible to buy and trade stocks and shares at a stock exchange of your choosing. Now granted not everyone would be interested in doing...

  • Consumer is king of the road?

    We all realise that the car industry in Malta has changed but have we really understood to what extent? When the registration tax changed in 2009, and the sterling exchange rate was in our favour, people started looking at the prices of...

  • Impact of ­expatriate labour

    Impact of ­expatriate labour

    Various figures are being bandied about concerning the number of expatriates living and working in Malta, but little effort is being made to determine the effect of this phenomenon. In a small country like Malta, the negative impact can be high,...

  • Who would buy Banif Bank?

    The sale of 72 per cent of Banif Bank as part of the conditions for the Portuguese bailout of its parent company could not have come at a worse time for the Maltese economy. The country needs a strong and more competitive banking sector, and the...

  • Social investment: old wine in new bottles?

    Social investment: old wine in new bottles?

    The European social model played a key role in shaping European societies and preventing poverty in the post-war years. In some countries, though, it may have exacerbated the economic crisis caused by labour market rigidities, while in others, its...

  • Should business model play role in financial reporting?

    Should business model play role in financial reporting?

    Whether or not the business model should play a role in financial reporting has been a controversial topic for some time, with many commentators arguing that referring to the business model would enhance relevance, while others oppose the idea...

  • High taxes for family businesses

    High taxes for family businesses

    The tax burden for Maltese family businesses is in the top three when compared to 23 countries tracked in the European Family Business Tax Monitor for 2014. Tax treatment varies significantly across Europe with the different levels of complexity...

  • ‘You are not going to the office looking like that...’

    ‘You are not going to the office looking like that...’

    Inspired by a piece I read recently in an English broadsheet, I decided to take a look at the subject of office wear and appearance – and the conventions thereof. I began by analysing my own admittedly limited experience. My very first brush with...

  • A ‘logistical’ step forward

    Changes are finally being made to the Business Promotion Act which will pave the way for logistics as a sector... and not a moment too late. Transportation and advanced logistics were one of the seven sectors identified by the previous government...

  • Investment the key to it all

    Overall, the Maltese economy is doing well. That was so under the previous administration. That which succeeded it, the Labour government, continued with the same theme. We now have fresh confirmation from the annual specific report of the...

  • Our vision for Europe

    Our vision for Europe

    Europe in 2014 portrays different meanings. It means a large single market with a stimulating competitive environment, both capable of generating prosperity and technological innovation. It means a social model founded on individual rights, which...

  • Is single market a reality?

    Sometimes, one overlooked factor can turn a whole argument on its head. The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has been clamouring on behalf of its members for more supervision of merchandise being brought into Malta on the catamaran...

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