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  • The sustainability of our economy

    There is no doubt that the economy of this country is doing well. We have a GDP growth of five per cent in real terms, the number of unemployed persons is down to 2,889, we have reached the two million mark in terms of tourist arrivals, our...

  • What would you do with €40,000?

    What would you do with €40,000?

    At some point, most of us have read about a social issue here in Malta and felt the need to help or contribute in some way. From problems with traffic, to elderly not given the respect they deserve, issues with bullying, poverty, social issues,...

  • Good week for sovereign debt issues

    It was a good week for local sovereign debt issues as almost all government stock traded recouped some of the recently lost ground as out of 22 active issues, 20 headed north while only two declined. The biggest gains were registered by the more...

  • Eurozone growth ‘nears six-year high’

    If the latest surveys of business intentions are to be believed, the eurozone economy is sparkling, growing at a pace that easily explains the hints from some European Central Bank policymakers of a pull-back from their easy-money regime. IHS...

  • US shares gain as healthcare vote awaited

    US shares edged higher and European shares slipped yesterday as investors were on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of a vote in Washington on healthcare reform, seen as pivotal for US President Donald Trump’s pro-growth agenda. All three major US...

  • HSBC to boost China staff by up to 1,000 in 2017, mostly in Pearl River Delta

    HSBC plans to add as many as 1,000 new employees to its Chinese retail banking and wealth management arm this year, the business’s regional head said, most of them in the Pearl River Delta, the heart of the bank’s growth strategy in China. If that...

  • Share Index drops to near 7-week low

    The share index extended yesterday’s decline as it slipped by a further 0.34% to a near seven-week low of 4,707.432 points, reflecting the drops in the equities of FIMBank (-4.5%) and HSBC (-1%) which outweighed the 0.5% gain in BOV. During the...

  • What makes an investor successful?

    What makes an investor successful?

    There have been many textbooks and articles written on what it takes to become a successful investor. There are a number of traits which make some investors more successful than others – for the inexperienced investor, investing requires courage,...

  • Dubai Duty Free expects $2m sales hit from electronics ban

    Dubai Duty Free expects $2m sales hit from electronics ban

    Dubai International Airport’s duty free operator estimates that it will lose about $2 million in sales this year from the ban on carrying most electronic devices on US-bound flights, a senior executive said yesterday. Under new security measures...

  • London banks ‘need to move key functions to EU to keep access’

    London banks ‘need to move key functions to EU to keep access’

    The European Central Bank expects London-based banks seeking to keep access to the EU’s single market once Britain leaves the bloc to move key functions, branches and dealing operations, the ECB’s top supervisor said yesterday. The ECB, the...

  • US investment banks scout Frankfurt office space market

    Several US investment banks were scouting the market for available Frankfurt office space to shift parts of their business from London, the real estate executive of a large German bank said yesterday. Several concrete requests for vacant office...

  • Saudi pledges stable oil supply as market gets confused by data

    Saudi pledges stable oil supply as market gets confused by data

    Output or exports? Opec members have argued for decades over which of the two they should monitor to gauge compliance with oil-output cuts. This month, Saudi Arabia has thrown a third metric – supply – into the debate. The move saw oil prices...

  • Diamond group De Beers buys out retail partner LVMH

    Diamond group De Beers buys out retail partner LVMH

    Anglo American’s diamond specialist De Beers has bought the 50 per cent stake held by French luxury goods group LVMH in De Beers Diamond Jewellers for an undisclosed sum, taking full ownership of the retail operation. Analysts said the joint...

  • J&J latest to suspend ads from You Tube over offensive videos

    J&J latest to suspend ads from You Tube over offensive videos

    US healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson became the latest company to suspend all digital advertising on Google’s You Tube, over concerns that its ads may have appeared on channels that broadcast offensive videos. Wireless carriers Verizon and...

  • US shares edge higher as healthcare vote eyed; oil falls

    US stocks rose slightly yesterday, with gains limited by signs that President Donald Trump was struggling to get enough votes to pass a healthcare bill in Congress, while European shares rose on bank borrowing and oil prices slipped. US investors...

  • Share index eases on low volumes

    Following the gains registered in the previous two trading sessions, the share index slipped by 0.16% to 4,723.611 points today as the declines in the equities of Plaza Centres (-1.9%) and BOV (-0.9%) outweighed the gains in Malta Properties (+2%)...

  • An investment case for emerging market equities

    Emerging markets are amongst the top performers in the equity market so far this year. If you look at the performance of the ishares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (ticker: IEMA), this exchange traded fund (ETF) is up 13% year-to-date. For many...

  • London banks are set to avoid lengthy test for eurozone entry

    London banks are set to avoid lengthy test for eurozone entry

    Banks in London that relocate operations to the eurozone after Brexit are likely to be spared a lengthy entry test by regulators, making it easier for them to shift, according to two officials with knowledge of the matter. The European Central...

  • Chinese supermarkets pull Brazil meat from shelves as food safety fears grow

    Some of China’s largest food suppliers have pulled Brazilian beef and poultry from their shelves in the first concrete sign that a deepening scandal over Brazil’s meat processing industry is hitting business in its top export market. The moves by...

  • ‘Trade policies may increase not reduce trade deficit’

    Protectionist trade policies may increase, rather than reduce, a country’s trade deficit, the European Central Bank said in a study yesterday, just days after finance chiefs of the world’s top 20 economies dropped their pledge for open...