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  • KPMG: planning for an effective family-business succession

    Family businesses are a major contributor to the Maltese economy. Ninety five out of 100 private business enterprises in Malta are classified as microenterprises, many of which are considered to be family-owned businesses. Running a family...

  • The state of the nation’s economy

    Business breakfast meetings are not renowned to serve healthy diet food, but they can at times offer good economic diets that should make the nation more prosperous. The pre-Budget breakfast meeting organised by the Minister of Finance was a...

  • Are we ready to change direction?

    The European Regional Development Fund aims to provide support for investment in SMEs to create sustainable jobs, infrastructure linked to innovation, energy and transport and financial instruments to support local development as well as technical...

  • Metatags are a form of advertising

    The law on comparative advertising has been harmonised throughout the EU by the Directive on Misleading and Comparative Advertising which aims to protect consumers, competitors and the interest of the public in general against misleading...

  • The back to school blues

    In a few days time thousands of students will be heading back to school, university, Mcast or some other educational institution. Parents will most probably be happy that their children are once again slotting in the routine of ‘normal’ life. The...

  • More of the same from the MEA

    Times of Malta readers have been regaled with yet again another article on recent changes to the composition of chairpersons of the Industrial Tribunal, this time from the president of the Malta Employers Association (MEA). Entitled ‘Best choices...

  • Recognising foreign qualifications

    An EU member state cannot arbitrarily refuse to recognise a qualification which is obtained in another member state and which permits its holder to exercise a profession in the latter state. Such a refusal would be in breach of every EU citizen’s...

  • Value investing: The price to earnings approach

    Few investing approaches have garnered as much of a following as value investing; the investing standard made prominent by Ben Graham and David Dodd in their seminal 1934 publication Security Analysis. Few of us like overpaying for anything – be...

  • Italy: The sick lady of Europe

    Eurozone economies seem to be bouncing back once again. The eurozone has started to grow again, inflation is well under control and stock markets are buoyant, even if unemployment stays stubbornly high. The British economy too is not doing too badly.

  • Blue-chip equities: A few tips

    The year 2013 is turning out to be a year of double-digit gains and dreary dips for the stock market, keeping the majority of investors on their toes wondering what’s next. The Fed’s see-sawing between cutbacks and maintained stimulus has caused...

  • Private copying and reprography levies

    The Court of Justice of the European Union recently handed down two rulings concerning private copying and the imposition of levies. Some years back, it was commonplace to put movies, music and other content on blank CDs and DVDs. One mode of...

  • End of the curriculum vitae?

    I think it is fair to say that LinkedIn has almost become the default medium for most of us to present our professional history and credentials. Some are arguing that the CV has lost its position as the number-one tool of presenting your...

  • Pre-budget reflections

    The publication of the pre-budget document in the midst of summer has become a ritual that helps us understand that in a few weeks time we will once again have to get to grips with the economic challenges that keep getting tougher. Since the...

  • Clean up Malta, fast

    The authorities took welcome swift action to curtail the area on main beaches used by commercial enterprises, such that a substantial area was freed for families who do not wish to hire from commercial enterprises, but want to put their own...

  • Employing persons with disability

    EU member states must ensure that their national laws oblige all employers to adopt practical and effective measures to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities, the Court of Justice of the European Union recently confirmed. EU law goes...

  • Show me the money: investing for dividends

    In Jeremy Siegel’s authoritative classic Stocks for the Long Run the Wharton Business School professor analysed over 200 years of US stock market data. He concluded that the most effective equity investing strategy is to focus on quality dividend...

  • Best choices for the Industrial Tribunal?

    The recent decision to request the resignation of all members of a duly constituted panel of Industrial Tribunal chairpersons, simply because of a change in government, is beyond comprehension. Chairpersons of an Industrial Tribunal are appointed...

  • The future of manufacturing

    The Achilles heel of the Maltese economy is the insufficient diversification in the economic activities that help us to create wealth. In the post-independence era, manufacturing and tourism were the two main activities that helped us move away...

  • Unnecessary contradictions re SMEs

    Small and medium- sized enterprises – SMEs – are import-ant in practically every country, not least where there is a well-developed manufacturing sector. A frightening article in last week’s The Economist about the situation in Italy makes the...

  • Seafarers protection Convention comes into force

    In the wake of the inter-national entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention on August 20, 2013, the Commission is working at aligning the current EU directives to its requirements. The Convention, adopted by the International Labour...

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