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  • The future of retirement

    The future of retirement

    Many would love to retire from work at the age of 50, embark on a round-the-world cruise and take life easy after years of having to deal with a nasty boss and even nastier workmates. This is the staff that dreams are made of. But real life is...

  • Investors smell profit in US marijuana ballot measures

    Investors smell profit in US marijuana ballot measures

    With marijuana legalisation measures on the ballot in nine US states this coming Tuesday, investment opportunities are attracting money from Wall Street, Silicon Valley and publicly traded companies. Much of the new money is avoiding direct...

  • Britain dodges the 'Brexit bomb' - but will it last?

    Britain dodges the 'Brexit bomb' - but will it last?

    Britain's high streets are heaving with shoppers despite June's shock vote to leave the European Union, big companies have reported few signs of distress and some tabloid newspapers are even talking about a post-Brexit economic boom. The...

  • Creating job opportunities and meeting increased market demand

    Creating job opportunities and meeting increased market demand

     Turnover is for show, but cashflow is king. A solid strategy for your company’s accounts goes a long way to help your business stay healthy and solvent. If guidance for your accounting and tax requirements is what you need, then a reliable...

  • A new guide to the world of casinos

    A new guide to the world of casinos

    The land-based casino scene in Malta is evolving dramatically, as well as the online gaming industry. Since February, Malta's casino scene made the headlines with the grand opening of the new Olympic Group Casino Malta, for which Prime Minister...

  • Brexit night's big winners: computer-driven hedge funds

    Brexit night's big winners: computer-driven hedge funds

    As hedge fund manager Buford Scott sat at home, watching the TV in shock as it emerged Britain had voted to leave the European Union, his computer-based trading models were quietly boosting his business by 1.5 percent. Scott's algorithm-driven...

  • What credit ratings mean and how to interpret them

    What credit ratings mean and how to interpret them

    The fixed income market (and fixed income securities) is one of the most popular asset class within global capital markets, after the currency markets. Its versatility and characteristics make them more appealing to the retail investor more than...

  • Makers of anything from beer to cars aren't happy about Brexit

    Makers of anything from beer to cars aren't happy about Brexit

    Chief executives from Tokyo to Denver woke up today to currency turmoil, plunging share prices and tough decisions after Britain's vote to leave the European Union raised widespread fears over economic growth. In Britain itself, businesses...

  • What does Brexit mean for the UK?

    What does Brexit mean for the UK?

    Britons have voted to leave the European Union, a decision which leaves the world's fifth-biggest economy facing deep uncertainty about its growth prospects and its attractiveness to investors, and which could hurt other economies in Europe and...

  • What is your investor personality type?

    What is your investor personality type?

    Different investors have different personality types leading to different ways of how they position their portfolios. The following are four of the most common investor personality types. Which one is yours?Cautious Investors  Cautious investors...

  • Venezuela-where are we heading?

    Venezuela-where are we heading?

    A few weeks ago I had pointed out that the situation in Venezuela has deteriorated remarkably, primarily in line with the current levels of oil prices, in addition to the current political turmoil. The political situation did worsen further as...

  • What is overconfidence bias?

    What is overconfidence bias?

    Overconfidence bias is a bias in which people demonstrate unwarranted faith in their own intuitive reasoning, judgements and/or cognitive abilities. This overconfidence may be the result of overestimating knowledge levels, abilities and access to...

  • Executive suicides scratch Switzerland's picture perfect veneer

    Executive suicides scratch Switzerland's picture perfect veneer

    An unusual number of suicides by top executives in Switzerland has prompted introspection in its business community over how senior managers are dealing with stress as its companies struggle to retain their status in the global economy. The death...

  • The greatest market traders of all time

    The greatest market traders of all time

    While all investors must trade, a "trader" by profession does not technically make investments. An investment must promise a certain amount of safety of principal and an adequate promise of return. Investors make informed decisions after careful...

  • Cyber thieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT network

    Shortly after 7pm on January 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Wells Fargo complied. Over 10 days,...

  • US dollar up, banks boost stock indices

    The US dollar rose to a three-week high yesterday on heightened expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise rates earlier or more times than anticipated this year, while stocks on Wall Street rose led by financial shares. Markets have priced...

  • Finding the funds to make it all happen

    Finding the funds to make it all happen

    With the rapid pace of change in the local business scenario, today’s entrepreneurs are dealing with more complexity and facing new challenges when it comes to sourcing finance for their business ventures. At the same time, financing options have...

  • The write stuff

    The write stuff

    Back in 2014, the Economist Group reported that 93 per cent of companies were planning to maintain or increase their investment in content creation. Does that surprise you? I’m sure that at some point you must have come across the often repeated...

  • International tax and wealth management

    Blevins Franks specialises in providing holistic financial planning solutions for cross-border tax planning, estate planning, investment management, pensions planning and asset protection. Blevins Franks helps its clients preserve the value of...

  • Cities where living is capital

    Cities where living is capital

    The 18th Mercer Quality of Life study has ranked Vienna as the world’s best city to live in. In the same study, Baghdad was found to be the worst city to live in, while London, Paris and New York did not feature in the top 35. Paris, in...

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