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  • Buying goods from an individual

    Buying goods from an individual

    When, as consumers, we purchase goods from a professional seller, the Consumer Affairs Act provides us with specific rights if the product purchased does not conform to the contract of sale. The goods purchased must also be of satisfactory quality...

  • Course leading to Master of Arts in Islands and Small States Studies

    Course leading to Master of Arts in Islands and Small States Studies

    The Institute of Islands and Small States is offering a course leading to the degree of Master’s in Islands and Small Studies. The course is spread over two years of part-time study. Lecture sessions are normally held on Tuesday and Thursday...

  • Diet products ordered online

    Q: A few days ago, I ordered two packs of a diet product from a local website. The seller sent me an invoice and to date I only gave him my name, telephone number and the address of the office I work at. I did not give my credit card details...

  • Malta ideally placed to attract the ultra wealthy

    Malta ideally placed to attract the ultra wealthy

    Six per cent of global ultra high net worth (UNHW) people are expatriates, according to Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) Affiliates LLC, which has set out to trace their footsteps, explain their movements and find out more about their...

  • Query on flight ticket refund

    Q: I have a query regarding a flight ticket I purchased through a local travel agency two months ago. I purchased it with the intention of providing voluntary missionary service in Kenya. The flight ticket was purchased for €850. Unfortunately,...

  • Financial services brand opens Sliema branch

    Financial services brand opens Sliema branch

    Calamatta Cuschieri has opened a new branch in Tower Road, Sliema. The new branch offers a range of financial services, including investment advice, savings plans, retirement planning, wealth management and online trading. Investment services at...

  • Inadequate sports shoes

    Q: I am a foreigner who came to Malta with my son for a holiday. A few days ago I went to a local shop to buy a pair of sports shoes for my son. After purchasing them, my son tried them on again and we realised they were not good for him. I went...

  • Top performing university students on Dean’s List

    Seven students from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta were awarded a mention in the Dean’s List for their outstanding achievements. The students – Jonathan Camilleri, Eucharist Gravina, Christine Kunkler, Christina Meli, Jonathan...

  • Weekly advice

    • The legal remedies provided by the Consumer Affairs Act do not apply when we buy goods from and individual who is not a professional seller. • When buying from a private seller, we should ensure that we have the seller’s full contact details and...

  • UK public finances improve in boost for Chancellor Osborne

    UK public finances improve in boost for Chancellor Osborne

    Britain’s public sector budget deficit narrowed more than expected in April, giving Chancellor George Osborne a boost as he renews his push to fix the country’s public finances. The Office for National Statistics said public sector net borrowing,...

  • China-backed AIIB sets target to be operational by year-end

    China-backed AIIB sets target to be operational by year-end

    China-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) yesterday set an ambitious target to become operational by the end of the year after a three-day meeting of prospective founding member nations in Singapore. AIIB said in a statement that the...

  • Equity index turns to positive

    The Malta Stock Exchange index advanced by a substantial 1.56 per cent this week, to close at 3,841.516 points, following last week’s decline. Activity was spread across 15 equities of which two fell, five closed unchanged and eight advanced –...

  • Stocks dip and bonds tumble as CPI keeps Fed on course

    Global equity markets dipped modestly yesterday but remained near record highs, while the yield on US government debt rose as a gain in core consumer prices should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. Fed...

  • Eurozone prospects improving but still muted, says Draghi

    Eurozone prospects improving but still muted, says Draghi

    The eurozone’s economic prospects are better than at any point over the past seven years but growth is set to remain below pre-crisis levels and credible reforms are still required, the European Central Bank’s president said yesterday. “Monetary...

  • Daily currency report

    Signs of recovery in Europe and a barely ajar door at the Federal Reserve to boost interest rates next month put a brake on the US dollar’s modest winning streak. America’s currency has been in better spirits, benefiting from talk the European...

  • IHI touches fresh 11-month high

    During this morning’s trading session, the share price of International Hotel Investments temporarily touched an 11-month high of 78c before easing back to the 75c level which still represents a 10.3 per cent uplift from the previous closing...

  • Why so much talk about the timing of the US rate hike?

    Why so much talk about the timing of the US rate hike?

    Those who routinely follow the markets must have noticed that most of the market commentaries nowadays make reference to market’s expectations around the first interest hike in the US. However, rather than discussing the merits or shortfalls of...

  • In search of a new economic model

    A recent article of my colleague Jesmond Saliba, published in another newspaper, caught my attention. He wrote about the need to keep the individual at the centre of politics and public policy, within the perspective of the common good. I would...

  • Eurozone growth stumbles but firms ‘more optimistic’

    Eurozone business growth was weaker than expected this month but firms increased staffing levels at the fastest rate in four years, suggesting they were becoming increasingly optimistic, a survey showed yesterday. Any signs of growth, alongside...

  • Greek optimism about imminent deal is not justified – Schaeuble

    Greek optimism about imminent deal is not justified – Schaeuble

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the Greek government’s optimism about clinching a cash-for-reforms deal with its lenders in days was not backed up by negotiations and he could not rule out Greece becoming insolvent. Greek Prime...