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  • Futureproofing financial services: the MSE strategy

    Futureproofing financial services: the MSE strategy

    The funds industry has clearly slowed and needs to be replaced by new business, the chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange Joe Portelli has warned. “There is no question about it,” he said, stressing that the time had come for capital markets to...

  • Trade licences on their way out

    Trade licences on their way out

    Trade licences are finally going to be abolished, as from January 1, 2017, following a concerted effort by Malta Enterprise. Around 15,000 entities will no longer need to have a trade licence in order to operate, except for very specific...

  • Time to reassess Air Malta

    The time has come to take an unemotional look at what would happen if the Air Malta deal with Alitalia fails to materialise – with no other option on the cards. Until now, talk about the importance of Air Malta to the tourism and the business...

  • Good morning America!

    Good morning America!

    On November 9, America – and the world – woke up to a very different sort of morning. For some (60 million Americans at the very least) it was a jubilant morning. For others, it was a morning of dismay or even despair. For yet others – well, they...

  • Opec points to bigger 2017 oil surplus

    Opec reported an increase in its oil production in October to a record high led by members hoping to be exempt from the producer group’s attempt to curb supply, weighing on prices and pointing to a larger global surplus next year. The Organisation...

  • From ‘Trump Dump’ to ‘Trump Rally’

    From ‘Trump Dump’ to ‘Trump Rally’

    During the hard-fought US presidential campaign, many financial journalists and investment bankers published their expected reaction across global financial markets in the event of either a Republican or a Democratic win. Up until a few days...

  • HSBC Bank Malta supports Women Directors Malta

    HSBC Bank Malta supports Women Directors Malta

    HSBC Bank Malta will become the first organisation in the country to support a new non-profit organisation, Women Directors Malta (WDM), in its objective to improve gender diversity at board level across the country. WDM was set up to help women...

  • iMovo and Salesforce partner up – launch event in December

    iMovo, a leading customer experience management company, has just announced a new partnership with Salesforce, (NYSE: CRM), the customer success platform and the world’s number one CRM company. Salesforce offers an innovative platform of business...

  • Al Faisal given majority holding in Banif Bank (Malta) Plc

    Al Faisal International for Investment (AFII), the Financial Investment Company of Al Faisal Holding Company, one of Qatar’s largest private diversified industry groups, has acquired a 78.46 per cent shareholding in Banif Bank (Malta) plc. AFII...

  • Institute of Directors Malta launches Brexit event

    James Satariano, the chairman of the Institute of Directors Malta (IoD), has announced that although no one can predict with any great accuracy what the EU will look like in 10 years’ time, IoD Malta is holding an important event in conjunction...

  • Trade Finance for SMEs

    Trade Finance for SMEs

    As the bank for SMEs, Bank of Valletta seeks to bring financial solutions that address the players of this economic sector’s specific needs, helping them to grow and broaden their horizons. The BOV JAIME Financing Package is the latest in a string...

  • Problems sleeping?

    Problems sleeping?

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common and debilitating condition, and can affect people at any age, although it is most prevalent from middle age onwards. In OSA, the upper part of the air passage behind the tongue, narrows and often blocks...

  • Share index rebounds from one-month low

    The share index rebounded from yesterday’s one-month low of 4,495.921 points with a 0.7% increase to 4,528.211 points as the equities of BOV, HSBC and IHI trended higher. On the other hand, the share prices of Malita and Medserv slipped lower...

  • Transitioning into a political paradigm shift

    Political risks in global markets have reached new levels in 2016. From a Brexit vote outcome to a Donald Trump presidency, risks seem nowhere near abating in the near term, with the latest Italian polls leaning towards a rejection of Italian...

  • ECB in talks with London-based banks over EU access post-Brexit

    ECB in talks with London-based banks over EU access post-Brexit

    The European Central Bank was talking to banks looking to move some operations from London to the eurozone following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, ECB board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger said yesterday. Maintaining a presence in...

  • Hotel rooms and royalties

    TV sets are a standard item in most hotels. Some hotels provide accessibility to television stations free of charge; others generate revenue by charging extra for cable or satellite TV facilities. Hotels generally have communal aerials and...

  • Oil rallies on output bets while US yields and dollar steady

    Oil prices jumped nearly four per cent yesterday on bets Opec members will agree to cut output while stocks edged higher, led by technology shares that had fallen recently. The US dollar index held above the 100 level and touched a fresh 11-month...

  • Malta Government Stock prices rebound

    Malta Government Stock prices rebound

    On the bond market, following three consecutive sessions of declines, the RF MGS Index rebounded by 0.4% from yesterday’s 8-month low to close the day at 1,146.266 points. Today’s rebound reflects the dip across Eurozone yields with Germany’s...

  • US election teaches investors to not take outcomes for granted

    US election teaches investors to not take outcomes for granted

    A week has gone by since the US presidential elections, and the markets have seemingly not yet settled down and come to terms with the outcome.Not so much so with the outcome per se however, that clearly caught the market unawares and possibly...

  • Actions not just words

    Actions not just words

    Since its inception, Women Directors Malta (WDM) has consistently argued that women should have equal opportunity and equal access to board level vacancies – based on commercial needs, skills and ability, and not simply on gender. In Malta, there...

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