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  • Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

    Digital Skills  and Jobs Coalition

    The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition –for which the eSkills Foundation is the Maltese national contact point – is one of the 10 key initiatives proposed by the Commission under the New Skills Agenda for Europe, presented in June 2016. Dozens of...

  • Malta lags in healthcare index

    Malta lags in healthcare index

    Malta ranked 25th in the Euro Health Consumer Index 2016, out of 35 countries. It was given 666 points, up from 663 points in 2015. The index, by the Health Consumer Powerhouse, measures to what extent countries meet expectations of good, consumer...

  • A clean bill of economic health

    The latest report by the rating agency Fitch gives a clean bill of health to Malta’s economic situation with all major indicators pointing in the right direction. An A rating with a positive outlook for a small country at a time when economic...

  • The investor relations efforts of Maltese companies

    The investor relations efforts of Maltese companies

    A few weeks ago I published an article about Malta International Airport plc in which I gave prominence to the fact that, very unexpectedly, the company took the liberty of publishing its financial targets for 2017. I acknowledged the fact that...

  • Proportionality in EU banking regulation

    Proportionality in EU banking regulation

    With the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007, a number of government interventions were required to ensure that the financial system did not implode.This required the use of taxpayer funds to prop up ailing banks.The knee-jerk reaction of...

  • GO share price jumps to a fresh 9-month high

    The share index extended yesterday’s gains as it advanced by 0.51% to a new nine-year high of 4,752.876 points following strong increases in the share prices of GO (+2.9%) and MIA (+2.4%) as well as the more moderate gain of 0.5% in...

  • Emerging Markets: Is there room for more upside?

    Emerging markets (EM) were vastly hit at the peak of the global commodity crisis, yet a turnaround has somewhat been on the cards since the beginning of 2016. There is potential for further positive momentum, but what challenges lie in the way of...

  • Regulating the rise in drones

    Drones are unmanned aircraft systems operated remotely. Initially drones were intended mainly for military purposes but their civil deployment is rising. Drones are increasingly being used commercially, including for transportation, monitoring,...

  • France joins the party as economic outlook for eurozone shines

    France joins the party as economic outlook for eurozone shines

    The eurozone’s economy improved sharply this month and enjoyed some rare positive news about jobs, with French business activity unexpectedly matching that in big beast Germany just as its presidential race heats up. Preliminary purchasing manager...

  • Global stocks hit record highs

    Stock prices across the world climbed to record highs yesterday on news euro zone business activity accelerated to its swiftest pace in six years, while the dollar gained on the view the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in March. The...

  • Financial reporting season kicks-off

    The share index partly erased yesterday’s drop of 0.47% as it rebounded by 0.19% to 4,728.649 points.Trading activity was spread across eight equities: three moved higher, four closed the day flat whilst Malta Properties Company plc was the only...

  • Eurozone, interest rates and the reflation trade

    The rate of growth in the single currency region continued to gather steam in the last months of 2016, with the leading indicators and key economic data releases so far this year pointing towards persistence in this trajectory and momentum in growth.

  • Kraft backs out of Unilever bid after hostile reception

    Kraft backs out of Unilever bid after hostile reception

    Kraft Heinz Co.’s rapid retreat from its surprise $143 billion bid for Unilever in the face of stiff resistance knocked the Anglo-Dutch company’s shares yesterday as investors assessed the impact of the failed approach. Kraft, which is backed by...

  • Taiwan export orders grow as world gears up for iPhone 8

    Taiwan export orders grow as world gears up for iPhone 8

    Orders for Taiwan’s exports rose for a sixth straight month in January on strong global demand for hi-tech gadgets such as Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Chinese smartphones, bolstering the government’s view that economic growth could hit a three-year...

  • UK factories pick up pace but so do price pressures

    UK factories pick up pace but so do price pressures

    British manufacturers had their best month in two years in February but the post-Brexit vote fall in the value of the pound is making them push up their prices sharply, posing a challenge for 2017, an industry survey showed. The Confederation for...

  • Greece needs ‘far less’ money than agreed in third bailout

    Greece needs ‘far less’ money than agreed in third bailout

    Greece will need less in emergency loans from international lenders than originally agreed in its third bailout programme due to a better-than-expected budgetary developments, the head of the eurozone bailout fund was reported yesterday as...

  • Telcos, banks lift European shares as dollar dips

    European stocks rose yesterday, with gains in telecoms and banks offsetting a big fall in Unilever, while uncertainty over political developments and the timing of a US interest rate hike kept the dollar in check. US markets were closed for...

  • Money market report for the week ended February 17

    On February 13, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on February 14 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €28.01 billion, €1.59 billion lower than the...

  • Trading activity in equities drops sharply

    The MSE Share Index retreated by 0.47% from last Friday’s nine-year high of 4,741.747 points to 4,719.596 points today. The total value of equities traded amounted to merely €0.08 million (the lowest level of daily trading activity this year)...

  • Betsson Group offers 13 paid internships to university students

    Betsson Group offers 13 paid internships to university students

    Malta’s largest internet company has announced the opening of applications for internships aimed at university students. Thirteen paid positions are up for grabs as part of the Betsson Group's Betsson Academy, which is now in its third year.  This...

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