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  • The downstream competitive advantage

    The downstream competitive advantage

    The latest ‘big idea’ in strategy is ‘downstream competitive advantage’, and to the interested reader, may I recommend the excellent article, Mind Over Marketing by Niraj Dawar? In a nutshell, the theory proposes that competition has today shifted...

  • Surveying the 2014 economic landscape

    Surveying the 2014 economic landscape

    2013 was undoubtedly a good year for financial markets, thanks mainly to the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank continuing to adopt a benign low-interest regime, as well as administering varying doses of quantitative easing to provide...

  • Uncertainty after Arriva nightmare

    Uncertainty after Arriva nightmare

    The Arriva experiment is no more. It ended ignominously, all the more so given the fanfare and hype with which it was announced, devised and implemented. It was ill-starred from the start. At first it was fair to say that all projects, especially...

  • Your rights when shopping online

    Your rights when shopping online

    The deadline has now expired for EU member states to transpose into national law the EU’s Consumer Rights Directive. Consumers have been endowed with reinforced rights particularly when they go shopping online. Following the adoption of this...

  • The struggle for economic freedom

    The struggle for economic freedom

    The death of my childhood hero Nelson Mandela was followed by massive media appreciation of this great politician and freedom fighter. There is no doubt that Mandela was one of the most influential and charismatic political leaders of the last...

  • Shopping trends stress competition

    These are the peak selling days of the year for the commercial community. Retailers have been stocking up for them for weeks, even months. Their outturn for the year depends to a considerable extent on the level of sales they achieve in the final...

  • Non-material damages in traffic accidents

    Non-material damages in traffic accidents

    The principle that an offender must be punished for causing personal injury and must compensate the victim or his family for such injury knows its origin in the ancient world. Historically, Babylonian law contained extensive provisions on...

  • The psychology of investing

    The psychology of investing

    It’s no secret that learning to manage one’s emotions is instrumental to both personal and business success. Some of the world’s top investors have cited emotional control as a major contributor to attaining great wealth. Behavioural finance is a...

  • Contemporary marketing tactics

    Contemporary marketing tactics

    The new face of marketing is continuously evolving as businesses employ new technologies to satisfy customers’ needs and wants. Nowadays, print and media marketing are usually complemented by social media channels. There are many businesses...

  • The realities after bailout

    The realities after bailout

    Who could dispute the wisdom of learning from the mistakes of others? In the areas of fiscal and economic management there are a number of countries in the eurozone area that need to understand the realities that their country could face if it...

  • No consensus and be damned

    Essentially democratic politics is about the clash and contrast of opposing ideas. Many hold, as the late UK conservative firebrand Ian Macleod used to do, that the duty of the Opposition is to Oppose! Oppose! Oppose! Mcleod would have smacked his...

  • ISPs could be caught up in copyright infringements

    ISPs could be caught up in copyright infringements

    An internet service provider can be required by court injunction to block access for its customers to a website which infringes copyright, Advocate General Cruz Villalón recently confirmed. Such an injunction must, however, refer to specific...

  • Malta’s private debt: a cause for concern?

    Malta’s private debt: a cause for concern?

    According to Eurostat, OECD and the IMF, Malta’s private debt consisting of corporate (non-consolidated) and household debt is estimated at nearly 220 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with government debt reaching 71 per cent of...

  • Empowering the voluntary sector

    Empowering the voluntary sector

    The media is so engrossed in tackling economic and political stories that they often ignore the sterling work being done by thousands of people who have to deal with seriously ill relatives. Many of these people are often left alone to deal with a...

  • Upward unemployment concern

    The upward trend in the registered unemployed which began developing well over a year ago is continuing unabated. A news release by the National Office of Statistics (NSO) says that data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC)...

  • Preventing theft of trade secrets

    Preventing theft of trade secrets

    As part of its wider Europe 2020 strategy, the European Commission has undertaken to create an Innovation Union. It aims at achieving this by improving the conditions for innovative business activity, offering incentives to innovation, and...

  • Investing in ETFs

    Investing in ETFs

    There have been few financial innovations which have had as dramatic an impact on the global investment landscapes as have Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). When the first ETF came to market some 20 years ago, few expected that today there would be...

  • Crowdfunding for growth

    The European Commission launched a consultation programme until December 31 to explore the costs and benefits of ‘crowdfunding’ as an alternative form of finance. Contributions are sought from competent authorities, crowdfunding platforms,...

  • Manage Malta plc more like a business

    Manage Malta plc more like a business

    I was very disappointed last month to witness the government and Opposi­tion, not even one year into the new Parliament, take such extreme positions on the Individual Investor Prog­ramme. The cross-party political consensus, which had existed...

  • Coping with retirement as time keeps rolling on

    Coping with retirement as time keeps rolling on

    As a young student I always found Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Men taken from his play As You Like It amusing, if not outright funny. I had a much simpler concept of life. The world was made up of young people eager to find their place in society,...

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