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  • EMIR – Do you trade in OTC derivatives?

    EMIR – Do you trade in OTC derivatives?

    If you regularly enter into options, futures, forwards, interest swaps, currency swaps or any other form of derivatives, this article will definitely be of interest to you. Derivative transactions have been largely blamed as being one of the main...

  • Walk the talk

    Walk the talk

    When one’s arguments start to hit home, Government apologists come out with their usual bullying tactics. Frankly I don’t mind and they will not stop me from doing my duty as the Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Finance. For some time I considered...

  • We all deserve a cool office

    We all deserve a cool office

    I don’t know how many times I’ve walked into an office and gasped at how unimaginative or inappropriate offices in general are. I am here thinking of obsolete furnishings, cramped spaces, poorly designed layouts and a host of other “uncool”...

  • How the Celtic Tiger was killed

    How the Celtic Tiger was killed

    Ireland may be the first troubled eurozone country to go back to borrow money in the financial markets as it exits the bailout phase which started when it had to be rescued by the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF in 2010. To get here it...

  • Multiple Opposition boomerangs

    Multiple Opposition boomerangs

    Tonio Fenech, long-serving finance man and now shadow minister, is a man with considerable cheek. He displayed that year after year in his official position, first as parliamentary secretary then as minister. Year after year his estimates of...

  • Enhanced customs enforcement

    The European Parliament recently approved a new regulation intended to give national customs authorities extended powers to detain counterfeit or pirated goods at the borders of the European Union. This new regulation, that enters into force at...

  • Deplorable and unprecedented

    Deplorable and unprecedented

    Last week, more than 2,000 passengers booked on Air Malta flights ended up stranded at the airport, their flights cancelled. The cause of this was that, inexplicably, 17 pilots simultaneously reported that they were unfit to fly. This mysterious...

  • Facilitating visa policy for the EU tourism industry

    Facilitating visa policy for the EU tourism industry

    At the behest of the European Parliament, a number of developments are emerging on visa facilitation with regards to the EU tourism industry. A debate on how the implementation and development of a common visa policy can be used to increase...

  • Celebrating Chinese investment success

    Celebrating Chinese investment success

    Small open economies depend on direct productive foreign investment to prosper. Malta’s economy is no exception. Insufficient investment in the last several years has meant that our infrastructure has suffered, thereby threatening our...

  • The meaning of corruption

    Possibly the most used word in discussing the government scenario is corruption. The political debate in Malta is such that everyone seems to suspect that some sort of corruption is going on. This refers to a crude definition of corruption where...

  • If you’re losing the game, change the rules

    It is hard to predict every changing situation and respond to the unthinkable, but can we be prepared? Do we have what it takes to cope, re-strategise and think outside the box when the unexpected happens? Today, change is the only constant with...

  • Investing in high-yield bonds

    Investing in high-yield bonds

    Few investments are as misunderstood as are high-yield bonds (HYBs). In today’s low-interest rate environment, HYBs afford investors significantly higher yields, making them a compelling and sought-after investment. Moreover they have proven to...

  • KPMG: planning for an effective family-business succession

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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