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  • Fed vows continued patience on rate hikes

    In its last monetary policy meeting for the year, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year. The Fed changed its language and now expects it can be ‘patient’ in beginning to...

  • Company briefs

    MSV Life has launched an interactive retirement planning tool on its website. The tool takes into consideration salary, the number of years worked to date and age – as well as any existing savings. It also enables people to plan what income they...

  • Why women have to become smart long before they retire

    Why women have to become smart long before they retire

    Maltese women tend to live on average four years longer than men, according to Eurostat. This means that they need to think about their retirement even more than men, seeing as they are likely to have a longer retirement period. This issue is even...

  • Emirates brings Far East cultures to Malta’s streets

    Emirates brings Far East cultures to Malta’s streets

    Emirates, a global connector of people, places and passions, is bringing the culture of its Asian destinations to the streets in Valletta today and tomorrow. A mobile kitchen at Pjazza de Vallette will offer passers-by experiences and food...

  • Focal Maritime staff donate blood

    Staff members from shipping agent Focal Maritime Services volunteered to donate blood at the National Blood Transfusion Centre in Guardamangia as part of the company’s social responsibility activities. This has now become an annual event for the...

  • World Aviation Group marks 25th anniversary

    World Aviation Group marks 25th anniversary

    As part of World Aviation Group’s 25th anniversary, CEO Nadia Pace hosted Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis to the group’s head office where he was welcomed by the group’s managing director Leslie Cassar. International business ser­vi­ces...

  • Online direct democracy concept arrives in Malta

    There has been a significant growth in e-democracy, and the idea is slowly being introduced in Malta on the www.firstmalta.com website. Direct democracy is a democratic system, through which people show their support to policy initiatives...

  • Educational programme on financial investment

    Valletta Fund Management, a BOV Group member, is producing an informative and educational programme on RTK radio called Faddal b’Suċċess (Save Successfully). The programme, aired on the last Tuesday of the month between 5.15 and 6pm, aims to...

  • #StopHate – Stand Up to cyberbullying

    89.7 Bay, supported by MITA and General Soft Drinks, have launched the #StopHate campaign dedicated to fighting cyberbullying. The initiative’s aim is to create awareness and to highlight the dangers encountered online and through social...

  • Misco publishes its first Salaries & Benefits Report for hospitality sector

    Misco publishes its first Salaries & Benefits Report for hospitality sector

    Misco has published its first edition of the Salaries & Benefits Report for the Five-star Hospitality Sector 2014/2015. The report is a first for the sector and gives a good overview of the financial packages and remuneration structures adopted by...

  • ‘A treasure-trove of Malta’s achievements’

    ‘A treasure-trove of Malta’s achievements’

    Miranda Publishers have just launched their latest publication, Malta 2014: 50 years of Independence – 10 years of EU membership, commemorating this year’s anniversaries of two events that changed Malta’s history and their effects since:...

  • Eco-certification award for The Palace hotel

    Eco-certification award for The Palace hotel

    The Malta Tourism Authority has awarded The Palace hotel, Sliema, with the eco-certification for its commitment to enhance environmental responsibility. Eco-certification is given to hotels that implement environmental and socio-economic policies...

  • Sotheby’s International Realty now in Warsaw and Rome

    Leading Polish real estate firm Park House in Warsaw has joined Sotheby’s International Realty’s luxury real estate network and now will operate as Poland Sotheby’s Inter­national Realty. The firm is managed by Arkadiusz Wojciechowski and Piotr...

  • Air Malta celebrates 25 years of operations to Vienna

    Air Malta celebrates 25 years of operations to Vienna

    Air Malta is celebrating 25 years of operations to Austria’s capital, Vienna. The Maltese airline celebrated this anniversary jointly with Vienna Airport during a Maltese night at the airport. Various major tour operators attended the event...

  • After Juncker, Luxembourg seeks tax gurus’ help

    After Juncker, Luxembourg seeks tax gurus’ help

    When Jean-Claude Juncker was voted out after two decades running Luxembourg, his victorious rivals were eager not to alienate tax gurus who had helped him make their tiny state rich. Indeed, so close are some to the new government that Ernst &...

  • Trading increases as long-term issues recoup with solid gains

    In the sovereign debt market turnover amounted to €15.2 million up from last week’s €8.7 million, as 28 bonds were active, of which long-term issues registered solid gains, while short dated issues declined marginally. Namely, the 4.3% MGS 2033...

  • Equities extend rally while oil prices rebound

    Equity markets worldwide extended the week’s rally yesterday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, even though market volumes were beginning to thin as investors started to reduce exposure as the end of year approaches, traders said. Wall...

  • Russia’s Parliament boosts banking capital

    Russia’s Parliament boosts banking capital

    Russia’s lower house of parliament passed a draft law that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion roubles (£10.54 billion) yesterday, part of measures to shield banks from Western economic sanctions. Russia’s financial...

  • Daily currency report

    This week’s focus was expected to be placed firmly on the footsteps of the US central bank and its policy statement. The outcome of the policy meeting and the run-up to it were almost completely overshadowed by developments in Russia. The rapid...

  • Solidarity at Christmas time

    At this time of the year, the business sector is called upon by a number of non-governmental organisations to financially support their activities. In fact, this is why the two main activities, L-Istrina, in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund,...