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  • Hotel San Antonio plc offers to buy back bonds

    Hotel San Antonio plc, owner of the 300-room four-star hotel in Qawra and issuer of bonds in 2002, published three important announcements in an equivalent number of weeks. Firstly, on May 25, the company reported that it had not set up a Capital...

  • Euro defends its gains against the US dollar

    The EUR/USD pair started off July with a very strong rebound for the euro, rising from around the region of 1.22 early Thursday morning to end above 1.25 at closing. It managed to maintain this level until early this week - 1.2480 seems to have...

  • Chutzpah, impatience drive success of Israeli start-ups

    'Where's our Nokia?' is a question the multi-billion dollar Israeli business community asks itself often. While it is phenomenally successful at taking start-ups to enviable heights, Israel recognises large corporations are not its forte, hence...

  • Licensing system for sports agents

    While the football vibe is running high, the European Parliament adopted a resolution for the introduction of a European licencing system for sports agents. Sports agents act as intermediaries between sportspersons and sports clubs with a view to...

  • The aftermath of the G20 summit

    Over the weekend the G20 summit took place in Canada and despite each country hanging on to their own path for cutting budget deficits G20 leaders came to an agreement to half fiscal deficits by 2013 and to ensure that public debt as a percentage...

  • What's in a conformance mark?

    Products bearing the CE mark are bought on a daily basis by consumers across Europe. However, no-one thinks twice as to what is the actual significance of buying a product bearing such a mark. The European Commission thinks it is high time to...

  • Equity market moves into negative territory in Q2

    The positive start for the equity market in the early part of the year fizzled out during the past three months with the MSE Share Index moving into negative territory when the Index dropped below the December 2009 closing level on June 3, 2010.

  • Information on food labelling

    An EU legislation approved recently by the European Parliament requires food labels to feature mandatory nutritional information and guideline daily amounts. Clearer information on food packages will improve consumers' opportunity to make healthy,...

  • MFSA Newsletter

    Malta hosted the 10th Anniversary NeMa Conference on June 9 and 10. NeMa is the leading Network Management Conference focusing on maintaining choice and flexibility in the appointment and retention of sub-custodians. In his opening speech, Finance...

  • An important development for the local stockmarket

    The announcement made by the Malta Stock Exchange and Clearstream on June 10 that both parties intend to offer settlement for local securities is welcome news for the local stockmarket and a development which will offer international investors...

  • Following the movement of the euro

    From late last week until Monday, the euro continued to enjoy support (support dating back to June 8), this support was, generally speaking, the result of an increased appetite for risk. Possible contributors to this appetite for risk were: the...

  • Restrictions on pharmacy licences

    Certain demographic and geographical restrictions on the granting of new pharmacy licences are permissible, the European Court of Justice has recently ruled. This is only the case provided that the authorities ensure that a sufficient number of...

  • MIH bonds available in three currencies

    Mediterranean Investments Holding plc (MIH) is tapping the local bond market for the third time since the company's inception five years ago. MIH announced details of a new bond issue mainly to fund its 25 per cent equity participation in the...

  • Family business constitution

    Keeping a business in the family is not for the faint-hearted. But while only a third of family-owned businesses succeed under a second generation of ownership, with the survival rate dropping to about 10 per cent when the third generation takes...

  • Corrections in EUR / USD trading

    Early this week the EUR/USD was again trading close to the 1.2300 region. There seems to be a consensus amongst analysts that the bullishness seen in the recent trades for the EUR/USD pair is purely a corrective move; analysts seem to also agree...

  • Upholding restrictions on internet gambling

    Two recent judgements delivered by the European Court of Justice against UK betting companies Ladbrokes International and Betfair have upheld Dutch restrictions on internet gambling. The Netherlands had a licensing system that allowed it to...

  • Tumas Investments plc taps the bond market again

    Tumas Investments plc, the financing arm of the Tumas Group subsidiary Spinola Development Company Ltd, published a prospectus in connection with a new €20 million bond issue. Tumas Investments may opt to increase the bond issue to a total of €25...

  • US job creation and economic growth

    United States non-farm payrolls released Friday were highly awaited because they were being regarded as a point of consolidation for US economic growth - but there was a danger that the levels forecast were being set too high. In fact the actual...

  • Growth in India to be mainly sustained by the private sector

    Isolated from the rest of Asia by the supreme continental wall of the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent touches three large bodies of water and appears as a huge, terrestrial beak between Africa and Indonesia, making it a visible landmark on any...

  • Forthnet Q1 financial results: Subscribers increase; losses widen

    Last week, the Greek telecoms company Forthnet published its financial results for the first three months of the year to March 31, 2010. The Q1 results reveal a 10.1 per cent increase in revenue to €98.3 million with the adjusted EBITDA declining...

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