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  • The future of the MSE as global bourses merge

    The future of the MSE as global bourses merge

    While in the past two weeks the turmoil in Libya has been dominating the news and sentiment across global financial markets has inevitably been hit, a few days earlier the wave of proposed mergers among international stock exchanges was hitting...

  • ‘Crown jewels’ sporting events

    ‘Crown jewels’ sporting events

    Hot on the heels of the Advocate General’s recommendation that the territory-by-territory licensing by Premier League of its television broadcasting rights across the EU is to be considered contrary to EU law, two landmark judgements handed down...

  • ‘Safer’ major currencies take the lead

    With the United States on market holiday last Monday, EUR/USD price moves were fairly neutral throughout the day; the pair opened at 1.3692 and closed at 1.3678. Data was supportive for the euro on Monday with PMI numbers from France, Germany and...

  • HSBC 2010 dividend payment set at 55 per cent

    HSBC 2010 dividend payment set at 55 per cent

    The financial statements of HSBC Bank Malta plc published last Friday afternoon reveal that the HSBC Malta Group returned to profitability growth after two years of declines from the record profits registered in 2007. Pre-tax profits generated by...

  • No discrimination between EU nationals

    No discrimination between EU nationals

    The European Court of Justice has once more gone all the way to reinforce the fact that EU member states have to tread carefully when distinguishing between persons residing in their own territory or their own citizens and other EU citizens.

  • Eurozone debt concerns regain the limelight

    From Thursday to the earlier part of this week the euro was generally weaker hitting lows, last Monday, at 1.3428 against the US dollar. Resurfacing eurozone debt concerns weighed on the single currency – as the Egyptian concerns faded away they...

  • Football of choice

    Football of choice

    An eagerly-awaited opinion of Euro­pean Union Ad­vo­cate General Juliane Kokott has been recently given in two legal battles between FA Premier League on the one hand and Karen Murphy, a publican and a decoder supplier QC Leisure on the...

  • Volatility across the currency markets

    Currency markets have always been volatile but this seems to have increased markedly since the international financial crisis in 2008. Investors seek to take advantage of such wide bouts of volatility although the timing of such movements is...

  • Trichet’s comments dampen expectations for rate hike

    In his comments, following the European Central Bank interest-rate decision last Thursday, ECB president Jean Claude Trichet re-calibrated recent speculation for rate hikes from the ECB. The markets were interpreting recent inflation data and...

  • Plaza’s third phase of expansion during its 17-year history

    Plaza’s third phase of expansion during its 17-year history

    In the second interview with senior executives of companies whose shares or bonds are listed on the Malta Stock Exchange I met up with Lionel Lapira, CEO of Plaza Centres plc. Mr Lapira quickly starts the interview by talking about the origins of...

  • The Consumer Rights Directive – A step in the right direction?

    The Consumer Rights Directive – A step in the right direction?

    Significant progress has recently been registered in the long road towards the adoption of a somewhat controversial law which is intended to enhance the rights of consumers across Europe. First proposed by the European Commission way back in 2008,...

  • Egyptian riots dent risk appetite

    Riots in Egypt motivated by high unemployment and inflation and an authoritarian government have dominated news headlines this week and civilian protests escalated to a “million man march” on Tuesday. The Egyptian riots come just after a similar...

  • The January stock market barometer

    The January stock market barometer

    In recent weeks, many international financial commentators wrote about the January stock market barometer. Statistical studies conducted in the US suggest that stock market returns in January are a precursor of returns over the next 11 months of...

  • Entry restrictions in transport services

    Entry restrictions in transport services

    Taxi cabs are used frequently by pass­engers for conve­yance in and around cities, especially in highly congested areas, even though fares are usually higher than other forms of public transport. The most frequently used mode of transportation...

  • EUR/USD breaks above a key resistance zone

    Wednesday of last week the EUR/USD pair traded new highs of 1.3538 after having breached the 1.3417 - 1.3498 region. The move higher is worth pointing out because the mentioned region had provided significant resistance to the EUR/USD pair since...

  • The Professional Qualifications Directive

    Now is the right time for anyone who feels that the current EU rules regulating the free movement of professionals are unnecessarily cumbersome to make his or her voice heard! The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on the...

  • MIA aims to maintain record passenger numbers in 2011

    MIA aims to maintain record passenger numbers in 2011

    Following last week’s company announcement when Malta International Airport plc revealed that it achieved a 10.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic in December and an overall growth of 12.8 per cent in passengers during 2010, the airport...

  • European Union’s new import regime

    European Union’s new import regime

    Goods, manufactured in the EU, can move freely or without the need for customs clearance within the EU since there are no customs barriers between the member states. Such goods are considered to be in free circulation. On the other hand, there is...

  • Price is what you pay, value is what you get

    Price is what you pay, value is what you get

    This is a famous quote by Warren Buffet in the 2008 annual report of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. at the peak of the recent financial crises. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said that he had learnt this quote from Benjamin Graham, widely recognised as...

  • Forex markets await solutions for eurozone debt

    A eurozone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday was highly awaited but failed to provide any market-moving news. The ministers were expected to discuss whether or not to increase the current €440 billion available under the European...

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