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  • More direction needed for directors

    The interview with Registrar of Companies Joe Caruana and the opinion piece by Josef Busuttil, the director-general of the Malta Association of Credit Management, raise very important points which could have far-reaching consequences. At first...

  • Malta’s growth potential in focus

    Malta’s growth potential in focus

    Last week I was asked to give my reactions to the latest Malta Country Report by the European Commission at a conference organised by the EU Representation in Malta. Such conferences are not only very useful but also provide opportunities for...

  • Expanding ‘big data’ use

    The latest advances in information and communications technologies have brought significant improvements for the processing and storage of digital information. Nowadays, users can easily access multiple sources of data readily available from...

  • A duty of care – but to whom?

    A duty of care – but to whom?

    On June 1, David Sproul starts his second term as chief executive of Deloitte UK. Vanessa Macdonald asked him about the wide-ranging debate on the future direction of auditing. Who is an audit aimed at? The shareholders, the public interest, the...

  • Sterling uncertainty ahead of general election

    Sterling uncertainty ahead of general election

    Unlike shares or bonds, the performance of a currency cannot be viewed in isolation but must be analysed in comparison to another currency. In fact, very different results emerge when comparing the performance of sterling against the euro and the...

  • Sparkasse Bank Malta appoints Head of Legal

    Sparkasse Bank Malta appoints Head of Legal

    Sparkasse Bank Malta plc has announced the appointment of Danièle Cop as Head of Legal within its Legal and Compliance Department. “Given Sparkasse’s steady growth in the banking and financial services sector, the ever-increasing regulatory...

  • A leader in office equipment

    Strand Electronics is a limited liability company which was established in 1987 as a member of M.C. Holdings. It is an affiliate of Alf. Mizzi Group of Companies, one of Malta’s largest organisations. Among its well-established brands are Kyocera...

  • Just when you thought it was safe to go to the theatre…

    Just when you thought it was safe to go to the theatre…

    Three actors getting through 186 films in 90 minutes? Sounds impossible, right? But that’s precisely what the Mostly Harmless production of Completely Hollywood (abridged) attempts to do. This hilarious new show, starring Alan Montanaro, Joe...

  • Diversification in investors’ portfolio is important

    The current equity bull market has just celebrated its sixth birthday, and investors have experienced some extraordinary gains. The length of this bull run is above average for the asset class, but pales into insignificance when compared to the...

  • New Chivas Regal Extra takes luxury whisky to the next level

    New Chivas Regal Extra takes luxury whisky to the next level

    Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, introduces Chivas Regal Extra – its first new global expression since 2007. Complementing its collection of premium blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas Regal Extra is one of the richest, most...

  • Kinetix launches service to provide low visibility on IT support costs

    Kinetix launches service to provide low visibility on IT support costs

    Are IT support costs creeping up on you? IT powers your business, so can you afford to compromise on IT support? This is the IT support conundrum that most are faced with, balancing the cost of the service and reliability and stability of your...

  • Various equities trend marginally lower

    The share index shed 0.3 per cent to 3,739.353 points today as most of the large equities by market capitalisation trended lower. The share price of Bank of Valletta eased 0.5 per cent lower to €2.23 across six deals totalling 56,253 shares ahead...

  • Facilitating the recovery of small cross-border debts

    The current European Small Claims Procedure available to both consumers and traders is set to improve. The recent approval by the European Parliament’s legal committee of draft new rules has ensured that the ball will keep rolling in the right...

  • Greece requisitions spare cash in dash to stay solvent

    Greece requisitions spare cash in dash to stay solvent

    Greece ordered state entities from municipalities to a fund meant for future generations to park idle cash at the central bank in a scramble late on Monday to pay its bills. With IMF loan repayments due next month, Greece has been tapping into...

  • UK supermarkets face possible probe over pricing practices

    UK supermarkets face possible probe over pricing practices

    Britain’s embattled supermarkets face a possible probe by competition regulators after UK consumer watchdog Which? demanded an investigation into grocers’ pricing practices. Which? said yesterday it had made a “super-complaint” to the Competition...

  • Earnings lift stocks but Greek anxiety hits euro

    Global stock markets rose yesterday, helped by upbeat European earnings and US earnings that were not as bad as feared, but the euro fell on worries about possible Greek loan defaults. Wall Street opened higher and European trading was strong,...

  • Sky sees potential for further price rises as loyalty remains strong

    Sky sees potential for further price rises as loyalty remains strong

    Pay-TV group Sky believes its customers will accept higher prices, it said yesterday after reporting a 20 per cent jump in nine-month profits, sending its shares to a 14-year high. Sky, which formed from the combination of Britain’s BSkyB, Sky...

  • HSBC, GO lift share index into positive territory

    Following the negative start to this week, the share index rebounded during this morning’s session with a 0.1 per cent uplift to 3,744.360 points on the back of increases in the share prices of HSBC and GO. The equity of HSBC reversed yesterday’s...

  • Talks with Greece have gained momentum but still long way from target – IMF

    Talks with Greece have gained momentum but still long way from target – IMF

    Global lenders’ negotiations with Greece, which have been moving at a crawl recently, have gained some momentum but remained a long way from the finish line, the International Monetary Fund’s European head told a German newspaper. Athens has been...

  • Irish budget deficit fell to 4.1% at end-2014

    Ireland’s budget deficit fell to 4.1 per cent of gross domestic product at the end of 2014, well under an EU-set target of 5.1 per cent as it moves towards cutting it below 3 per cent by the end of this year. The deficit fell from 5.8 per cent at...