• Broken wrist watch

    Broken wrist watch

    Q: Last Christmas I received a branded wrist watch as a gift. Since then, I only wore it during weekends and on special occasions. When I received it, I visited the outlet where it was purchased from to have some links removed so the watch could...

  • MEP supports athletes event

    Nationalist party MEP Therese Comodini Cachia participated in welcoming the Olympic flame and the torch runners at Place du Luxembourg for its first stop at the European Parliament. The 450km torch run will take the flame through all of Belgium.

  • Faulty fridge-freezer

    Q: Four years ago I bought a fridge-freezer with a two-year commercial guarantee. A few weeks ago, it became faulty as its alarm was turning on very frequently and both fridge and freezer were not cooling and freezing properly. I contacted the...

  • Hilton donates to Lifecycle

    Hilton donates to Lifecycle

    Hilton Malta hosted a fundraising barbecue in aid of Lifecycle Challenge 2014 to Japan. Seen here is the hotel’s general manager Matthew Mullan, right, handing over a €3,300 cheque to Charles Vella.

  • Weekly consumer advice

    • The goods we buy must be fit for the purpose and hence do the job they are meant to. • Online sellers must inform consumers about the cost of returning unwanted goods during the cooling-off period. If not these costs must be paid by the online...

  • Wise investments

    Wise investments

    How does the Malta Financial Services Authority regulate companies offering investment services? There’s the substantive or legal part, and then there’s the administrative part. Let’s start with the legal part. The Investment Services Act 1994,...

  • Safeguarding your business

    Safeguarding your business

    It’s all looking good. Your sales are up and your customers have an emotional affinity with your products and services. Trust is being translated into repeat custom and you are seeing return on your investments. Your brand is visible in the right...

  • Driving in Europe

    Driving in Europe

    Driving overland gives you the freedom to go where you want, whenever you want. Whether motoring from Malta in your own car or renting once at your destination, you need to read up on practical information on driving licences, motor insurance, car...

  • Taking cover

    Taking cover

    Our role is to promote a healthy environment for the development of the insurance industry, Lino Ferris, Malta Insurance ­Association president, tells Sandy Calleja Portelli. What is the role of the Malta Insurance Association? The Malta Insurance...

  • A strategic sector

    A strategic sector

    A robust legal regime, a knowledgeable workforce and a sound reputation sustain the growth of the local financial services sector, says Simon Grech, Institute of Financial Services Malta president. The local financial services sector is relatively...

  • In good health

    In good health

    We all love making plans. The logistics for the Christmas trip to Paris are all laid out and our itinerary appears to be delay- and strike-resistant. Then there’s the promotion at work, which you have been looking forward to all year. And for your...

  • A solid investment

    A solid investment

    Gold has been used for centuries as a means of exchange and as storage of wealth. It is bought by investors as a way of diversifying risk, speculation and as a safe haven in times of economical and political uncertainty. When investing directly in...

  • Travelling safely

    Travelling safely

    When booking your flight online or reserving a rental car for your holiday, one little question frequently pops up: “Would you like to add travel insurance?” In most cases, you just ignore it because, well, it is a bit annoying. It’s like the...

  • Taking a crash course

    Taking a crash course

    The Maltese are not exactly famed for their driving. Except for when in the vicinity of a speed camera, drivers rarely show respect for the Highway Code or demonstrate any basic driving manners. Offences range from the wild to the apparently tame.

  • Barclays picks Aviva’s McFarlane as chairman

    Barclays picks Aviva’s McFarlane as chairman

    Barclays has appointed banking and insurance veteran John McFarlane as its new chairman to oversee the British bank’s efforts to stamp out wrongdoing and improve performance. McFarlane, a Scot, will step down as chairman of British insurer Aviva...

  • Yahoo ‘threatened’ by US government

    Yahoo ‘threatened’ by US government

    The US government in 2008 threatened to fine Yahoo Inc. $250,000 a day if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies, according to documents unsealed on Thursday. The documents shed new light on how the government dealt with US...

  • Banking equities drag index down

    The Malta Stock Exchange index partially reversed last week’s positive returns with a 0.89 per cent decline, to close at 3,327.558 points. A total of 12 equities were negotiated throughout this four-day trading week. The two leading banks were the...

  • Argentina passes new debt Bill with eye on next payment

    Argentina’s Congress passed a new Bill designed to enable the government to resume debt payments to bondholders in defiance of a US court ruling which tipped the country back into default. President Cristina Fernandez’s leftist government is in a...

  • European shares tick lower ahead of US Fed meet and Scottish vote

    European equities edged lower in late trading yesterday, with investors refraining from making strong bets on stocks ahead of Scotland’s referendum and the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting next week. Investors were cautious amid speculation...

  • British construction output stagnates in July

    British construction output stagnated in July as a rapid expansion in house building started to level off, causing annual growth to sink to an eight-month low. However, orders for new work rose at the fastest rate in a year, leaving economists...