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  • Freeing up trade

    Freeing up trade

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat last week told a conference that he favoured creating a series of free trade warehouses rather than extending the Freeport further inland. The part about the Freeport did not go down very well with the UĦM but the idea...

  • SMEs should not be forced to report on CSR – Chamber

    SMEs should not be forced to report on CSR – Chamber

    The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry believes that non-financial report – reporting on corporate social responsibility – should be limited to large companies, stressing that most SMEs are already far more socially engaged than...

  • Room with a view

    Room with a view

    In just a few years, Thomas Cremona has managed to make his fledgling company, Casa Rooms, into the third largest property management company for Valletta in terms of portfolio, and he is crossing his fingers that by the year end he will be the...

  • Time to put Unicredit shares to better use

    A unique window of opportunity may just be about to open – and the government needs to think carefully about what its strategy will be to exploit it. Over the past years, banks which required a bailout by the government were forced to relinquish...

  • Seeking growth in America

    Seeking growth in America

    The extent to which negotiations on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will pick up momentum following the Brexit referendum remains to be seen. It would appear that the EU’s negotiating position may have suffered a setback...

  • Medserv succession announced

    Medserv succession announced

    Medserv has named Karl Bartolo as the designate CEO, planning a proposed three-year handover from incumbents Anthony Diacono and Anthony Duncan, who currently share the role. “Now that the company is growing, the responsibility and duties are...

  • MIA upgrades its 2016 passenger forecast

    MIA upgrades its 2016 passenger forecast

    On July 13, Malta International Airport plc issued a company announcement and held a press conference during which it announced its June traffic results and an increased passenger forecast for 2016. June was yet another record month (the 51st...

  • Watch: Creating treasures out of waste

    Watch: Creating treasures out of waste

    A Dutch man determined to diminish plastic waste has created a machine that turns plastic waste into whatever you want. Dave Hakkens started a project called Precious Plastic, where he shows how simply you can turn your trash into treasures. He...

  • MSE Share Index rebounds amid a quiet session

    After registering four consecutive daily declines, the MSE Share Index edged up by 0.17 per cent to 4,466.235 points today. Activity was limited to just three shares, with two of them (BOV and Mapfre Middlesea) registering gains whilst MPC closed...

  • Beware of the Fad

    The craze over recent weeks has undoubtedly been around Nintendo’s Pokémon Go app for smartphones. For those, such as myself, unfamiliar with the concept, it consists of catching mini-cartoon figures in real life locations using the phone’s camera...

  • Liability extended to landlords in trademark infringements

    Liability extended to landlords in trademark infringements

    Stalls selling items of questionable origin in marketplaces across major cities in the European Union abound. In their fight to safeguard their rights, trademark owners have a difficult time chasing tenants selling counterfeit goods. In a recent...

  • Brexit rewrites UK budget rules

    Britain could borrow nearly £65 billion more than planned in the next couple of years as new Chancellor Philip Hammond seeks to ‘reset’ government budget policy to ease the shock of last month’s vote to leave the European Union. Ratings agencies...

  • Daimler’s mytaxi to merge with Hailo to take on Uber

    Daimler’s mytaxi to merge with Hailo to take on Uber

    Daimler’s mytaxi said it will merge with British rival Hailo in an all-share deal, creating Europe’s largest smartphone-based taxi-hailing business. Unlike US-based ride hailing start-up Uber, which established itself to compete against taxi...

  • Yen up before BoJ meeting while oil slides

    A buoyant yen and oil prices at their lowest in three months kept stock markets on the defensive yesterday as investors awaited central bank meetings this week that will unveil new stimulus in Japan and may provide clues on US interest rates. US...

  • GO share price drops to a new 16-month low

    GO share price drops to a new 16-month low

    The MSE Share Index registered its fourth consecutive daily decline today as it slipped by a further 0.11% to a near six-week low of 4,458.671 points. The declines in the share prices of FIMBank, GO and MIA outweighed the gains in the equities of...

  • Credit supply and CSPP to dictate spread movement in Eurozone

    At present we have two relatively strong forces at play within the European credit markets. On one end, we’ve got the Corporate Sector Purchase Programme (CSPP), which is merely a form of Quantitative Easing (QE) by the European Central Bank (ECB)...

  • The age of robo-advice and digital wealth management

    The age of robo-advice and digital wealth management

    Can you imagine C-3PO or R2D2 managing your portfolio of investments or providing you with financial advice? Robo-advisers are no longer considered to be within the realm of science-fiction but are steadily becoming a prospect you may have to come...

  • Money market report for the week ended July 22

    On Thursday, July 21, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations (MRO), the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at zero per cent, 0.25...

  • Verizon announces a $5bn deal to buy Yahoo

    Verizon announces a $5bn deal to buy Yahoo

    Verizon Communications Inc. yesterday announced an agreement to buy Yahoo Inc. for $4.83 billion. The deal will end months of uncertainty about Yahoo’s future after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives in...

  • LVMH sells loss-making brand Donna Karan in $650m deal

    LVMH sells loss-making brand Donna Karan in $650m deal

    French luxury group LVMH is selling Donna Karan International, the parent of New York label DKNY, to US clothing firm G-III Apparel Group in a deal valuing the loss-making fashion brand at $650 million. The sale comes just over a year after a new...