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  • Dividend aristocrats in 2017

    Dividend aristocrats are US companies which have long track records of increasing their dividend. Companies that have raised their dividend payments for at least 25 consecutive years are known as dividend aristocrats. An investor can get exposure...

  • Political satire at its very best

    Political satire at its very best

    Like many of my generation, I nurture a nostalgia for the satirical TV comedies that were popular in our youth. The Christmas holidays are an ideal time to indulge in viewing again some of the more successful episodes of our favourite comedies.

  • Britain avoids M&A collapse as foreign buyers go Brexit bargain hunting

    Britain avoids M&A collapse as foreign buyers go Brexit bargain hunting

    Britain avoided a collapse in mergers and acquisitions activity after the shock Brexit vote as foreign companies used sterling’s spectacular devaluation against the US dollar to snap up British companies, Thomson Reuters data shows. British M&A...

  • China’s Huawei sees slower revenue growth for 2016

    China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, one of the world’s largest telecom equipment makers, said yesterday it expects 2016 revenue growth to slow slightly to 32 per cent and forecast greater uncertainties next year. Huawei has a presence in Malta at...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Swansea from Izmir to Valencia (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) and the Excelsior from Genoa to Genoa (Gollcher Co Ltd) today. The Alexander Maersk from Sfax to Misurata (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) and the Genoa...

  • Climbing to the top of the world

    The average lifespan of a Standard & Poor’s 500 business today is just 15 years. In addition, according to the World Economic Forum, five million net jobs will be lost around the world by 2020. Clearly, the world’s economies are changing at an...

  • Corporate makeovers drive corporate takeovers in 2016 M&A bonanza

    Corporate makeovers drive corporate takeovers in 2016 M&A bonanza

    A telecommunications carrier seeks to become a TV network and movie studio owner. A major software company acquires one of the world’s largest social networks. A smartphone maker snaps up a manufacturer of internet-connected audio speakers for cars.

  • Explaining wealth and asset management

    Explaining wealth and asset management

    EY Malta has launched a series of Technical Guides to assist players in the wealth and asset management industry, navigate through the ever-changing regulatory landscape while also promoting Malta as a jurisdiction of choice to access the European...

  • MSE index up 4.5% in 2016

    MSE index up 4.5% in 2016

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index extended its positive tally for the fifth consecutive week, closing 0.64 per cent higher at 4,630.879 points. The index managed to close the year on a positive note, having gained 4.51 per cent and reaching its...

  • Killing the goose (part 2)

    Killing the goose (part 2)

    John Vassallo, former Ambassador of Malta to the EU, president of the Malta Business Bureau, member of the Council of Europa Nostra and strategic adviser to the Microsoft Corporation, speaks out about striking a balance between economic growth and...

  • China to relax curbs on foreign investment in financial sector

    China to relax curbs on foreign investment in financial sector

    China has unveiled plans to allow more foreign investment in banking, insurance, securities and credit-rating firms, as part of a wider opening up of the world’s second-largest economy. The moves could ease some frustration among foreign firms...

  • Bankers cautious on outlook for global equity deals after 2016 slide

    Global equity raising fell by more than a quarter in 2016, hit by geopolitical shocks and a string of failed initial public offerings (IPOs), with the outlook for 2017 looking shaky. Companies raised $648.9 billion in equity during 2016, against...

  • Company briefs

    APS Bank recently introduced free wireless internet access across its branches in Malta and Gozo. Customers at APS branches are now able to browse the internet or log onto the bank’s internet banking channel while waiting for service thanks to a...

  • Trusts are an effective tool for estate planning

    Trusts are an effective tool for estate planning

    We have heard a lot about trusts of late. However, there is also a great deal of confusion and misconception about the use of a trust, its real purpose and the benefits from an estate planning point of view. Trusts have been established in the UK...

  • ‘15% of adults in Britain have taken or are planning online course’

    ‘15% of adults in Britain have taken or are planning online course’

    Around one in six adults in Britain have done, or are intending to take, an online course as the programmes become more popular with the public and employers. Many are signing up for ‘moocs’ – massive open online courses – in a bid to further...

  • Savings increase ‘as Britons prepare for potential economic uncertainty’

    British savers are shoring up more cash in their accounts as they prepare for the impact of an uncertain economy on their finances, a high street banking report suggests. The British Bankers’ Association (BBA) said personal deposits have been...

  • PAMA to invest €500,000 in several Mosta projects

    PAMA to invest €500,000 in several Mosta projects

    An agreement was recently signed – the first of its kind – between PAMA Shopping Village and Most local council, whereby PAMA will be investing €500,000 on a number of projects in Mosta. These projects will consist of the upgrading of two playing...

  • Spain’s real estate market goes through the roof

    According to a Spanish proverb, it is a bad idea to start building a house from the roof. But that is just what a Spanish firm is doing – and business is booming. Faced with a lack of available land in big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona,...

  • Honorary degree for Joe Borg

    The Malta Maritime Forum has noted with satisfaction the conferment of the honorary degree by the University of Malta on the chairman of the same forum, Dr Joseph Borg. This degree was in recognition to the effective leadership that Dr Borg showed...

  • Battered Toshiba out of easy options to plug nuclear hole

    Battered Toshiba out of easy options to plug nuclear hole

    Faced with the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar writedown that could wipe out its shareholders’ equity, Japan’s Toshiba is running out of fixes: it is burning cash, cannot issue shares and has few easy assets left to sell. The Tokyo-based...