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  • Malta lags behind on Bitcoin opportunities

    Malta lags behind on Bitcoin opportunities

    Malta ranked 131st in a recent survey of the countries most likely to adopt Bitcoin. The Bitcoin Market Opportunity Index ranked 177 countries and was based on nine sources of information, ranging from the World Bank and IMF to CoinDesk and Google...

  • A better relationship between employee and employee

    Malta Employers’ Association president Arthur Muscat believes that the unions are deliberately making a fuss about its proposals on sick leave and public holidays in order to distract from the real issues that are raised. In an interview with...

  • Of the sun and the sea

    Our economic history is intrinsically linked to the sea, but it fell sadly into disrepute over the past 50 years, what with the decline of the shiprepair and building sectors, to the undesirable – though not quite understandable – connotations of...

  • PKF Malta to serve captive insurance industry

    PKF Malta to serve captive insurance industry

    PKF Malta is in the process of getting a licence to provide internal audit services to the captive insurance sector. “A normal insurance company has a lot of customers and the public needs to be protected, so there is more emphasis on their...

  • Improving customer experience through innovation

    Improving customer experience through innovation

    Customer Experience Innovation demands that a retailer offers a personal shopping experience for each and every customer. This maximises the sales opportunity as well as creates loyalty and repeat business. The only way this can happen in today’s...

  • Register your undeclared assets

    Register your undeclared assets

    In June, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna launched the Asset Registration Scheme 2014 with a warning that “the government is determined and will make full use of tools to address tax evasion.” The minister is now armed with multilateral agreements...

  • HSBC Malta: low interest rates negatively impact interim profits

    HSBC Malta: low interest rates negatively impact interim profits

    The half-year results published by HSBC Bank Malta plc on August 4 show a 25 per cent decline in pre-tax profits to €39.6 million. The €13 million reduction in profits is mainly attributable to: (i) €5.2 million as a direct result of a reduction...

  • Malta to hold Transport and Logistics Awards with HSBC Malta’s support

    Malta to hold Transport and Logistics Awards with HSBC Malta’s support

    Outstanding achievements in the transport, logistics and supply chain sectors – which between them provide employment for over 25,000 persons – will be recognised for the first time in Malta through the first edition of the TransLog Awards...

  • Stocks rise on hopes of conflicts cooling

    A global gauge of stock markets rose yesterday as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine border, while Brazilian markets were shaken by the death of presidential candidate Eduardo...

  • Campari presents the 2014 art labels

    Campari presents the 2014 art labels

    The 2014 Art Labels are a modern reinterpretation of a number of works by Fortunato Depero, one of the most representative artists of the Futurist movement who had a long association with Campari. The first label was inspired by a black and white...

  • Doubts on rate rise begin to turn tide for sterling

    Over five tough summer weeks, investors have slashed their bets on a stronger pound by 75 per cent as still-miserly earnings growth calls into the question the timing of the first UK interest rate rises in over seven years. Sterling’s retreat –...

  • Exante exclusive partners with TradingView.com

    Exante exclusive partners with TradingView.com

    Exante has formed an alliance with Trading.View.com, which will allow it to expand its existing clientele base. TradingView will benefit from a reliable and reputable advertising partner. The collaboration entails other exciting projects for both...

  • BoE slashes wages forecast

    BoE slashes wages forecast

    The Bank of England forecast yesterday that wages would grow far more slowly than previously expected and linked their rate of increase closely to borrowing costs, suggesting it was in no hurry to raise Britain’s record low interest rates. Shortly...

  • Demand for rental properties exceeds supply

    In the past decade, the rental market has boomed, with demand now exceeding supply all over the island. The north as well as the south of the island has experienced an influx of foreigners which requires an increase in properties available for...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Devon Strait from Ambarli to Tunis, the Saint Roch from Tripoli to Benghazi, the CMA CGM Palleas from Tanger Med to Suez, the EM Spetses from Mersin to Antalya, the CMA CGM Onys from Damietta to Genoa...

  • IHI decline weighs on MSE Share Index

    IHI decline weighs on MSE Share Index

    The MSE Share Index closed minimally lower at 3,304.165 points, as the 4.1% drop in the share price of International Hotel Investments plc offset the gains in three other equities. IHI’s share price retreated back to its July low of €0.70 on...

  • What lay bare Microsoft’s emerging markets problem?

    What lay bare Microsoft’s emerging markets problem?

    On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. The official asked the interpreter to double check Gates’ reply as he couldn’t believe the figure was so low. It’s...

  • Shell to cut 250 onshore jobs in North Sea

    Shell to cut 250 onshore jobs in North Sea

    Royal Dutch Shell will cut around 250 jobs at its onshore North Sea oil operations in Aberdeen, Scotland as part of a business restructuring, a spokesman said yesterday. The oil and gas company said the job reductions in Aberdeen will be...

  • German prosecutors are to seek charges against Deutsche Bank co-CEO – sources

    German prosecutors are to seek charges against Deutsche Bank co-CEO – sources

    German prosecutors are seeking charges against Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen and several former executives at the bank in connection with the long-running Kirch bankruptcy case, legal sources said yesterday. The decision to pursue charges,...

  • German sentiment weighs on stocks as oil prices slide

    Brent crude oil hit a nine-month low yesterday as ample North American production outweighed concern over supply from the Middle East, while stocks and the euro were pressured by plunging investor morale in Germany, Europe’s largest...