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  • German business morale shrugs off Brexit to hit a 28-month high

    German business morale shrugs off Brexit to hit a 28-month high

    German business morale rose in September, a survey showed yesterday, signalling that executives  had brushed off concerns about Brexit that had weighed on their mood last month. The Munich-based Ifo economic institute said its business climate...

  • China launches $52.5bn state enterprise restructuring fund

    China launches $52.5bn state enterprise restructuring fund

    China has launched a 350 billion yuan (€46.7 billion) restructuring fund as the government pushes ‘supply-side’ reforms that have included mergers of inefficient state enterprises and laying off workers in struggling sectors such as coal and...

  • HSBC top lawyer calls for global anti-financial crime measures

    Governments worldwide should pass new laws to facilitate the sharing of information between themselves and the private sector in order to better combat  financial crime, HSBC’s top lawyer told a banking conference in Geneva yesterday. “Put simply,...

  • Stocks fall, oil climbs

    Stock prices around the world declined yesterday ahead of the first US presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while oil prices rose in advance of an informal Opec meeting in Algeria on hopes for an output cut. Half of...

  • Money market report for the week ended September 23

    On Monday, September 19, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on Tuesday, September 20, and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €43.18 billion, €1.60...

  • Halmann Vella tops first stage of prestigious competition

    Halmann Vella has been named a National Champion for Malta in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM. This is Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business...

  • Low volumes across the equity market

    Low volumes across the equity market

    The MSE Share Index closed higher for the third consecutive trading session as it advanced by a further 0.11% to a near three-week high of 4,430.575 points. However, trading activity was very low and only 4 equities traded today. Most of today’s...

  • The benefits of immigration

    All too often are the words ‘migrant crisis’ portrayed as some sort of threat. Economically speaking, countries stand to gain far more by welcoming immigrants with open arms than they do by turning them away. A study by the University College of...

  • Politicians’ health and mere theatrics

    Politicians’ health and mere theatrics

    The soap opera that is the US current election campaign continues. Now we know that luckily Hillary Clinton is recovering well from a mild bout of pneumonia. Trump, on the other hand, has normal blood sugar levels and like most people in the US is...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    The following ships are exptected in Malta: The Jaguar from Annaba to Skikda, the Turnberry Kontor from Bejaia, the CMA CGM Ivanhoe from Fos-sur-Mer to Damietta, the CMA CGM Rossini from Damietta to Salerno (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the BC...

  • Trillion-dollar global fund industry faces pressure to tighten belt

    Trillion-dollar global fund industry faces pressure to tighten belt

    Home to trillions of dollars of global wealth, mutual fund firms face an unfamiliar belt-tightening as chan­ges in the way people invest and rising costs chip away at rich margins. After years of underwhelming returns in a low-interest rate...

  • Ubi bene, ibi patria

    Perhaps all living creatures have a certain degree of curiosity – those at the top of the scale of the evolutionary development being more curious than those at the very bottom. Curiosity is not the primordial need but rather something that comes...

  • Hili Co. acquires top Polish freight-forwarder Allcom

    Hili Company, the logistics division of Hili Ventures, has acquired Gdynia-based freight-forwarder and customs agency Allcom, allowing it to gain an important foothold in the Polish market. Allcom specialises in a comprehensive range of freight...

  • MSE index flat on mixed trading

    MSE index flat on mixed trading

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index closed the week practically flat, as gains in shares of HSBC Bank Malta plc and Go plc were offset by losses in shares of Bank of Valletta plc (BOV), Fimbank plc, RS2 Software plc, and Malita Investments plc.

  • OECD trims global growth forecasts

    The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development said global growth is expected to slow at a faster rate than anticipated earlier as the world has entered into a low-growth trap. The global growth projection for the year was reduced to...

  • ‘Talent should always be seen as an investment’

    ‘Talent should always be seen as an investment’

    No matter what level you’re recruiting, talent should always be seen as an investment. When it comes to recruiting top executives, however, a company should use a more strategic and objective approach. Executive Search firms understand how crucial...

  • Emirates SkyCargo unveils EU-certified pharma facility

    Emirates SkyCargo unveils EU-certified pharma facility

    Emirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyCargo’s new purpose-built facility dedicated to the timely and secure transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments at Dubai International Airport, was officially inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed...

  • Recruitment firm grows from strength to strength

    Recruitment firm grows from strength to strength

    After a hugely successful launch in 2014, REED’s recruitment team has grown from strength to strength, supporting local and international clients in the search for local talent while also helping businesses identify and secure Maltese and...

  • Knowing your employees’ personality

    Qualifications and experience are determining factors of performance. However, one’s personality is equally important. Odessa Farrugia from Misco explains why more employers should be carrying out psychometric assessments to know their employees...

  • Fritz Energy invests in specialisation of employees

    Fritz Energy has sent one of its engineers, Samuel Mamo, for special training on the installation and commissioning of Gilbarco distributers for specialisation of fuel dispensers. The training focused on ‘Vapour recovery and monitoring: hydraulics...