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  • What is TTIP and is it relevant to Malta?

    What is TTIP and is it relevant to Malta?

    There is no two ways about it – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the largest trade and investment agreement ever, which studies estimate, will result in some €119 billion of additional growth per annum for the...

  • European Commission consults on Capital Markets Union

    The European Commission has launched a landmark project, starting with a three-month consultation period, to unlock funding for Europe’s businesses and to boost growth through the creation of a single market for capital. The Capital Markets Union...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: the ideal electric car

    Mitsubishi i-MiEV: the ideal electric car

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the first 100 per cent electric cars to have hit the roads. It is the ideal vehicle for Malta for several reasons. Zero emissions: an equivalent internal combustion engine vehicle is less efficient and emits carbon;...

  • Buffett sets sights on German co­­mpanies

    Buffett sets sights on German co­­mpanies

    Renowned US investor Warren Buffett is readying for an acquisition spree in Europe’s biggest economy after setting the ball rolling last week with the purchase of a niche German retailer by his Berkshire Hathaway holding company. In an interview...

  • The single most important decision when you build

    Choosing the right building contractor is the single most important decision you have to make. Your choice will see you working together on a daily basis for months, and in the case of larger projects, even years. The firm you choose has to be...

  • World stock indexes rise after Fed comments

    Global stock markets rose slightly yesterday, helped by better-than-expected Chinese factory activity data, and comments from US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggesting the US central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates. Following...

  • Capping card payment fees

    The regulation on interchange fees has been approved by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (Econ) of the European Parliament. The regulation seeks to establish caps on the interchange fees at 0.2 per cent of transaction value for debit...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Xin Lian Yung Gang from Port Klang to Koper, the HH North (ex-Connorth) from Tunis to Algiers (both Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd) and the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime)...

  • Are you switched on to the electric revolution?

    Are you switched on to the electric revolution?

    Z.E. = Zero Emissions. Renault unveiled four electric concept cars at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show with a promise to make them widely available to motorists. Since then, Renault has publicised each milestone in this ambitious and unique project,...

  • HSBC shares retreat for third consecutive session

    The share index shed a further 0.1 per cent to 3,421.315 points largely due to the third consecutive decline in the share price of HSBC following last Monday’s results publication which revealed a 42 per cent decline in pre-tax profits to €52...

  • Managing a USD bond portfolio in the current environment

    One of the most controversial topics over 2014 and so far in 2015 has been the timing of the first interest rate hike in the US and the negative implications of such movements for the US government prices (UST).  In 2014, such bearish forecast...

  • UK Debating Champions in Malta to empower students

    UK Debating Champions in Malta to empower students and professionals in Public Speaking and Presenting. JCI Malta will be hosting a number of masterclass sessions and motivational talks delivered by Patrick McCrae and Michael Steel, both...

  • Strengthening the battle against money laundering

    With severe acts of terrorism taking place right at Europe’s doorstep, EU institutions seem to be stepping up their pace in order to ensure that stronger EU rules regulating money laundering and counter-terrorist financing are put into place at...

  • Banks face scrutiny over pricing of precious metals

    Banks face scrutiny over pricing of precious metals

    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are investigating at least 10 major banks for possible rigging of precious metals markets, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the inquiries. DoJ...

  • UK North Sea investments to nearly halve

    Investment in British North Sea projects is expected to fall below £8 billion in 2016 from £14.8 billion last year, and could shrink further due to a rise in costs and fall in prices, industry lobby group Oil & Gas UK said in an annual survey...

  • Aer Lingus posts profit rise as takeover falters

    Irish takeover target Aer Lingus reported an 18 per cent increase in annual profits yesterday as its suitor, British Airways owner IAG, struggled to convince the Irish government to back its bid. Aer Lingus said 2014 operating profits before...

  • Argentina is in no rush to restart debt restructuring talks

    Debt-holders who want to jumpstart restructuring talks with Argentina may have to wait until a court rules next month on whether to let a disputed bond payment go through, further extending a legal feud that has hobbled state finances. The case...

  • Bonds rally as dollar falls after Fed’s Yellen emphasises flexibility

    The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said yesterday it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of...

  • HSBC continues to drag share index lower

    The share index this morning shed a further 0.8 per cent to 3,424.439 points largely due to the continued decline in the share price of HSBC following yesterday’s results publication which revealed a sharp drop in profitability and dividends. HSBC...

  • It’s all about the Fed, no bubble?

    Today marks the beginning of US Federal Reserve’s Chair Yellen’s semi-annual testimony on the economy and monetary policy before Congress in front of the Senate Banking Panel followed by testimony in front of the House Financial Services Committee.