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  • In good health

    In good health

    We all love making plans. The logistics for the Christmas trip to Paris are all laid out and our itinerary appears to be delay- and strike-resistant. Then there’s the promotion at work, which you have been looking forward to all year. And for your...

  • A solid investment

    A solid investment

    Gold has been used for centuries as a means of exchange and as storage of wealth. It is bought by investors as a way of diversifying risk, speculation and as a safe haven in times of economical and political uncertainty. When investing directly in...

  • Travelling safely

    Travelling safely

    When booking your flight online or reserving a rental car for your holiday, one little question frequently pops up: “Would you like to add travel insurance?” In most cases, you just ignore it because, well, it is a bit annoying. It’s like the...

  • Taking a crash course

    Taking a crash course

    The Maltese are not exactly famed for their driving. Except for when in the vicinity of a speed camera, drivers rarely show respect for the Highway Code or demonstrate any basic driving manners. Offences range from the wild to the apparently tame.

  • Barclays picks Aviva’s McFarlane as chairman

    Barclays picks Aviva’s McFarlane as chairman

    Barclays has appointed banking and insurance veteran John McFarlane as its new chairman to oversee the British bank’s efforts to stamp out wrongdoing and improve performance. McFarlane, a Scot, will step down as chairman of British insurer Aviva...

  • Yahoo ‘threatened’ by US government

    Yahoo ‘threatened’ by US government

    The US government in 2008 threatened to fine Yahoo Inc. $250,000 a day if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies, according to documents unsealed on Thursday. The documents shed new light on how the government dealt with US...

  • Banking equities drag index down

    The Malta Stock Exchange index partially reversed last week’s positive returns with a 0.89 per cent decline, to close at 3,327.558 points. A total of 12 equities were negotiated throughout this four-day trading week. The two leading banks were the...

  • Argentina passes new debt Bill with eye on next payment

    Argentina’s Congress passed a new Bill designed to enable the government to resume debt payments to bondholders in defiance of a US court ruling which tipped the country back into default. President Cristina Fernandez’s leftist government is in a...

  • European shares tick lower ahead of US Fed meet and Scottish vote

    European equities edged lower in late trading yesterday, with investors refraining from making strong bets on stocks ahead of Scotland’s referendum and the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting next week. Investors were cautious amid speculation...

  • British construction output stagnates in July

    British construction output stagnated in July as a rapid expansion in house building started to level off, causing annual growth to sink to an eight-month low. However, orders for new work rose at the fastest rate in a year, leaving economists...

  • Daily currency report

    This was the week for European businesses to put currency strategies in place before a tidal wave of event risk hit markets next week, while absorbing and digest the policy measures taken at the September European Central Bank meeting. The euro’s...

  • Palumbo at Hamburg fair

    Palumbo at Hamburg fair

    The Palumbo shipyard is taking part in the international maritime fair in Hamburg that brings together various stakeholders in the maritime sector. Palumbo Malta Shipyard and Palumbo Malta Superyacht, exhibited their services to an international...

  • Highest equity market trading volumes in 2014

    Highest equity market trading volumes in 2014

    Trading volumes during this morning’s session on the Borza reached a new 2014 high of €0.73 million on significant activity in the equities of Go and RS2 Software. However, the MSE Share Index was dragged 1.1 per cent lower to 3,327.558 points by...

  • Giving space to the third sector

    In Italy, there is currently a campaign, led by what is probably the country’s leading daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, to give tax exemptions to organisations working in what is referred to as the third sector. These tax exemptions would...

  • British banks warn they will head south if Scotland quits UK

    British banks warn they will head south if Scotland quits UK

    Three British banks said they would relocate to London if Scotland were to break away from the UK, a setback for supporters of independence with the vote just a week away. The announcements by Edinburgh-based Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland –...

  • BlackBerry buys Movirtu in bid to woo more corporate customers

    BlackBerry buys Movirtu in bid to woo more corporate customers

    BlackBerry Ltd said it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government...

  • European stocks dip as dollar slips against euro

    European stocks closed near a one-week low yesterday and the dollar slipped against the euro after data showed more Americans tapping unemployment benefits, muddying the outlook for when the US central bank might raise interest rates. But while...

  • MasterCard loses EU court battle over cross-border fees

    MasterCard loses EU court battle over cross-border fees

    MasterCard lost its decade-long battle against an EU ban on cross-border card fees as Europe’s highest court yesterday supported a broader regulatory drive to cut the cost of using payment cards. While the court’s decision applies only to...

  • Waitrose-owner John Lewis sees challenging UK grocery market

    John Lewis, Britain’s biggest department store chain, said it expected the food retail business to remain challenging for some time as it reported a drop in underlying first-half profit at its up-market Waitrose grocery chain. Waitrose, which...

  • Company briefs

    Company briefs

    The Bay Street Complex, located in St George’s Bay, St Julian’s, has done its utmost to please every member of the family, with the 2014 edition of the Magical Weekends being no exception. For two successive weekends, starting on Saturday,...

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