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  • Enhancing the right to e-privacy

    EU citizens exchanging information electronically such as via the internet should shortly be guaranteed stronger protection of any data so exchanged. A regulation recently proposed by the European Commission has the precise objective of enhancing...

  • Uncertainty over Trump and Brexit hits stocks and dollar while gold jumps

    Stocks and the dollar fell and gold rose yesterday as investors looked for safety after President-elect Donald Trump said the US currency was too strong, while sterling jumped as UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised Parliament a vote on...

  • Understanding credit ratings

    A bond is a financial transaction generally between two parties, the borrower (bond issuer) and the investor (bondholder). In other words, a fixed income instrument (another word commonly used to describe bonds) is merely a loan whereby investors...

  • Trump threatens German carmakers with US tariff

    Trump threatens German carmakers with US tariff

    US President-elect Donald Trump warned German car companies he would impose a border tax of 35 per cent on vehicles imported to the US market, a plan that drew sharp rebukes from Berlin and hit the automakers’ shares. In an interview with German...

  • Trade tensions, dollar danger cloud economic optimism in Davos

    Trade tensions, dollar danger cloud economic optimism in Davos

    A trade war between the US and China and a strengthening dollar are among the biggest threats to a brightening global economic outlook, according to leading economists at the World Economic Forum in Davos. As political leaders, businessmen and...

  • May agrees on changing economic model post-Brexit if forced – spokeswoman

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May shared her Chancellor’s view that Britain stood ready to consider alternative economic models following Brexit if forced to, her spokeswoman said yesterday. Philip Hammond was quoted on Sunday as saying the country...

  • Moscow and Kiev head for $3bn debt showdown in English court

    A $3 billion dispute between two adversarial governments will come to a head in an English court today when Russia and Ukraine meet for a first hearing in their legal battle over a politically charged eurobond. The debt at the heart of the dispute...

  • Investors turn wary as Brexit and Trump uncertainties grow

    Investors sold sterling and stocks yesterday, seeking shelter in gold and the Japanese yen as uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union and the policies of US President-elect Donald Trump curbed appetite for risky assets. US...

  • Money market report for the week ended January 13

    On Monday, January 9, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted the following day and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €32.32 billion, €1.69 billion...

  • MSE share index halts 4-day positive streak

    MSE share index halts 4-day positive streak

    Following the gains registered in the previous four trading sessions, the MSE Share Index dropped by 0.18% to 4,681.647 points today as the declines in six equities outweighed the increases in the share prices of BOV, IHI and Farsons. Meanwhile,...

  • Five European stocks to watch in 2017

    2016 was a year traders will never forget. We went through an Asian crisis, Brexit, Donald Trump and an Italian referendum. Yet at the end of it all, the Euro Stoxx 50 still managed to close the year marginally higher. We started off 2017 on a...

  • Germany’s buoyant economic growth will be tough to sustain

    A “golden decade” of growth and prosperity in Germany risks fading if the government fails to heed calls to increase investment and pursue structural reforms that lay the foundations for a new phase of economic expansion. Europe’s economic...

  • Europe’s existential dilemma is pressing

    Europe’s existential dilemma is pressing

    The creation of the European Union a few decades ago gave the old continent decades of growth and economic prosperity. Yet, now many are asking whether this economic union has a future as it faces immense internal and external socio-economic...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The CMA CGM Callisto from Valencia to Beirut, the Repulse Bay from Alexandria to Algiers, the Sagitta from Damietta to Rijeka (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Alexander Maersk from Sfax to Misurata, the Maersk...

  • When safe starts getting risky

    When safe starts getting risky

    Cautious investors have traditionally invested in bonds because these investments are perceived to be far less risky than other types of financial instruments like shares and commodities. Indeed, bonds are financial instruments through which...

  • Ablecare Group unveils its new corporate identity – MMH Malta

    Ablecare Group unveils its new corporate identity – MMH Malta

    Ablecare Oilfield Services Group is starting the new year by unveiling its new brand identity – MMH Malta Ltd – as it fast-tracks the development of the ex-Malta Shipbuilding into the much-antici­pated Mediterranean Maritime Hub. The hub, located...

  • Managing employee engagement

    “New year, new me!” We hear that phrase countless times at the start of the year. And many of us are already enthusiastically embracing our new year resolutions. Companies are no different. Every year they ignite new initiatives, set ambitious...

  • Entrepreneurs are made, not born

    Brimming with potential and energy, entrepreneurial activities – if nurtured and supported properly – can lead to high growth rates, jobs and success. And as recent history has shown, the success of business is essential for the flourishing of...

  • HSBC shares hit a 34-month high

    HSBC shares hit a 34-month high

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index kept its positive momentum for the seventh consecutive week as the index notched a further increase of just under one per cent to reach 4,690.277 points – a level last reached in early March 2008. A total of 17...

  • Higher 2017 global growth is forecast by World Bank

    The World Bank said that the global economy will accelerate slightly in 2017. This on the heels of a recovery in oil and commodity prices which reduce pressures on emerging-market commodity exporters and ease the recessions in Brazil and...