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  • Taxpayers deserve better

    Once the political dust about the donations (or otherwise) from the db Group to the PN has settled, perhaps we will be able to take a step back to consider the wider implications of what has been happening in this country, not just under this...

  • CBM to boost economic analysis and research publications

    CBM to boost economic analysis and research publications

    This year the Central Bank of Malta is making some important changes in its economic publications. The bank publishes on a regular basis three publications that look at macroeconomic developments, namely the Quarterly Review, the Annual Report and...

  • Empowering European industry to thrive in a changing world

    Empowering European industry to thrive in a changing world

    As EU leaders gather in Brussels today, they will take stock of Europe’s efforts to create jobs, generate growth and improve competitiveness. European industry has a key role to play, as the largest economic activity representing almost 20 per...

  • 8-year anniversary for Wall Street’s bull market

    8-year anniversary for Wall Street’s bull market

    March 9, 2009 marked the start of the current bull market in US equities. Following the well-documented events leading up to the US sub-prime mortgage crisis and the near collapse of the entire global financial system, on March 9, 2009 all three...

  • Trading activity in equities drops significantly

    The MSE Share Index moved lower for the second consecutive day as it dropped by a further 0.28% to a four-day low of 4,745.005 points albeit on weak volumes totalling just €0.10 million – the lowest in the last twelve trading sessions. The...

  • Is Japan’s perceived cost of living a misconception?

    Having just returned home and still bearing the brunt of jetlag, I can say that Japan, the second most developed nation in the world, was a sight worth seeing. Many cultural miles away to the norm we are used to, the experiences absorbed were a...

  • Economic nationalism and volatility threatens modest recovery – OECD

    Economic nationalism and volatility threatens modest recovery – OECD

    A modest recovery underway in the global economy is at risk from economic nationalism and diverging central bank policies, the OECD said yesterday as it forecast only a slight pick-up in growth. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic...

  • Hard Brexit would trigger ‘leaching’ of banks from the UK – draft report

    A draft report on the impact of Brexit on Britain’s financial industry warns banks and staff would “leach” away, undermining the wider UK economy, if they do not have access to European Union markets, according to sources who have read the...

  • US dollar firm on Fed outlook

    Wall Street stocks slipped yesterday, led by a decline in healthcare stocks after a tweet from US President Donald Trump on the need to lower drug prices, while expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates supported the US...

  • Local brands must create shareable to content to stand out, research suggests

    Local brands must create shareable to content to stand out, research suggests

    Brands will find it difficult to succeed in contemporary Malta unless they have online content which people are eager to share with their peers, a new research study has suggested.  Companies which create content deemed worthy of sharing are much...

  • Share index closes marginally higher

    The share index erased some of yesterday’s drop as it rebounded by a minimal 0.05% to 4,758.277 points. Trading activity was spread across 12 equities: four registered gains, another four moved lower while the other active equities closed the day...

  • Understanding risk-adjusted returns

    In the industry, we are accustomed to reading primarily how investments have fared in terms of total returns. Because let’s face it, in essence, that it was matters most to investors right? It’s the percentage points that really matter most to an...

  • PSA buys Opel from GM, sets first recovery goals

    PSA buys Opel from GM, sets first recovery goals

    PSA Group has agreed to buy Opel from General Motors in a deal valuing the business at €2.2 billion, the companies said yesterday, creating a new regional car giant to challenge market leader Volkswagen. The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars vowed...

  • Eurozone investor morale hits almost 10-year high

    Eurozone investor morale hits almost 10-year high

    Investor sentiment in the eurozone improved more than expected in March, hitting its highest level in almost 10 years yesterday, as concerns that global political risks could end an economic upswing dissipated. The Frankfurt-based Sentix research...

  • Standard Life, Aberdeen agree £11bn merger

    Standard Life, Aberdeen agree £11bn merger

    Investment managers Standard Life and Aberdeen agreed an £11 billion merger that should save £200 million a year in costs, pressuring rivals to follow suit as industry margins sag. The deal comes as asset managers which charge a higher fee to make...

  • Shares in Deutsche Bank drop on capital hike plan

    Shares in Deutsche Bank drop on capital hike plan

    Shares in Deutsche Bank fell almost seven per cent in early trading yesterday after the lender announced an €8 billion capital increase that chief executive John Cryan had previously declared a last resort. The capital hike is its fourth since 2010.

  • Trump tweets hurt stocks as dollar gains

    Key world equity markets fell yesterday as US President Donald Trump’s accusations that he was wiretapped by his predecessor dimmed US tax reform plans, while the dollar rose on improved chances an anti-EU candidate will become France’s...

  • Money market report for the week ended March 3

    On February 27, 2017, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on February 28 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €25.25 billion, €5.58 billion lower than...

  • MSE Share Index retreats from 9-year high

    MSE Share Index retreats from 9-year high

    MSE Share Index retreats from 9-year high The MSE Share Index kicked-off the week slightly lower today as it eased by 0.16% from its nine-year high of 4,755.948 points last Friday. The declines in the share prices of the two largest companies by...

  • Time to invest in Danone shares?

    Danone is a French multinational food-products corporation based in Paris. It has four business lines: Fresh Dairy products, Waters, Early Life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and on the OTCQX market via an...