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  • Portfolio management, risk management and asset correlations

    We have all heard about the risk-reward trade-off or risk-adjusted returns. Understanding and managing portfolio and investment risks within an investor's basket of investments is paramount in ensuring returns commensurate with the risks being...

  • HSBC named best investment bank at Euromoney 2016 awards

    HSBC named best investment bank at Euromoney 2016 awards

    HSBC was last week declared the World’s Best Investment Bank by Euromoney at its 2016 Awards for Excellence ceremony held in London.  "HSBC Global Banking & Markets is a strong and diversified business. Its markets division is one of the best in...

  • Top British firms shelve their spending plans after EU vote

    Top British firms shelve their spending plans after EU vote

    Britain’s biggest companies are beset by doubts about the future after last month’s vote to leave the EU and have slashed their investment plans, according to a survey yesterday that bodes poorly for the economy. Some 82 per cent of chief...

  • Fewer Britons visiting shops since referendum

    The number of shoppers heading to British high streets and retail centres fell at the fastest pace in more than two years in June, with the weeks around the country’s vote to leave the EU hit particularly hard, a survey found. Retail footfall...

  • Money market report for the week ending July 15

    On Monday, July 11, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on Tuesday, July 12,and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €42.47 billion, €1.62 billion lower...

  • Iran to name oil companies eligible to take part in tenders

    Iran will issue a preliminary list of international energy companies eligible to take part in tenders to develop its oil and gas fields within the next two weeks, a senior Iranian oil official said yesterday. “Not all foreign companies active in...

  • Japan’s SoftBank to buy UK chip designer ARM in £24bn cash deal

    Japan’s SoftBank to buy UK chip designer ARM in £24bn cash deal

    SoftBank Group Corp. has agreed to buy UK chip designer ARM Holdings PLC in a £24.3 billion cash deal, the two sides said yesterday, a bold bet on internet-connected machines that will transform the Japanese group. ARM, the largest London-listed...

  • US stocks hover near record highs as oil prices fall

    US stock prices were higher yesterday, with the Dow Jones Industrial and Standard & Poor’s 500 hovering near record highs amid upbeat company earnings, while oil fell as traders brushed off a failed coup in Turkey over the weekend. As Turkish...

  • Nice attack deals blow to France’s tourism industry

    Nice attack deals blow to France’s tourism industry

    The carnage on Nice’s famed seaside boulevard as the summer season got into full swing has sent shockwaves through France’s tourism industry, a vital sector for the economy of the world’s most-visited country. With tourism accounting for seven to...

  • BOV and HSBC down as MSE enters fifth consecutive negative session

    BOV and HSBC down as MSE enters fifth consecutive negative session

    The MSE Share Index finished lower for the fifth consecutive trading session today as it retreated by a further 0.34 per cent to a fresh three-week low of 4,482.186 points. Activity was spread across thirteen equities, five of which closed in...

  • Earnings season kicks off with a bang

    Earnings season kicks off with a bang

    One of the biggest worries heading into second quarter earnings season was that companies would disappoint giving all the uncertainty that there is about global growth. However, earnings season kick off on a positive note leaving many investors...

  • SoftBank to buy UK chip designer ARM in $32 billion deal

    SoftBank to buy UK chip designer ARM in $32 billion deal

    SoftBank Group Corp has agreed to buy UK chip designer ARM Holdings PLC in a £24.3 billion ($32.2 billion) deal, the two companies have said, in an ambitious bet on mobile internet that will transform the Japanese tech group. ARM, the most...

  • The unmaking of a political leader

    The unmaking of a political leader

    Good political and business leaders are indeed a rare breed. When a good leader crops up, others try to understand their formula of success and model their behaviour on their strategies. Good leaders believe, often too much, in their persuasive...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Max Cooler from Annaba to Algiers, the Devon Strait from Split to Durres, the CMA CGM Norma from Fos-sur-Mer to Damietta, the Nicolas Delmas from Le Havre (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the MV Euroferry...

  • China Q2 GDP growth strength surprises but risks are increasing

    China Q2 GDP growth strength surprises but risks are increasing

    China’s economy expanded slightly faster than expected in the second quarter but private investment growth shrank to a record low, suggesting future weakness that could pressure the government to roll out more support measures. Property...

  • Atlas Group managers support New Leaf and National Library

    Atlas Group managers support New Leaf and National Library

    Managers from within the Atlas Group recently visited the National Library to give a helping hand to New Leaf, a non-profit organisation, whose objective is to preserve books and assist with projects at both the National Library of Malta and the...

  • The Definitive(ly) Good Guide in deal with Riedel wine glasses

    The Definitive(ly) Good Guide in deal with Riedel wine glasses

    The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co Ltd has announced a five-year collaboration with Grech Catering Supplies Ltd, representatives of the prestigious Riedel glasses in Malta, to sponsor The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Wine Awards including the Wine List...

  • Fimbank plc shares up 54% year-to-date

    Fimbank plc shares up 54% year-to-date

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index retreated by a significant 1.55 per cent, closing at 4,497.349 points, as nine equities closed the week in the red. Last week the MSE’s performance was especially weighed down by falls in the share prices of...

  • BOE refrains from cutting interest rates

    The Bank of England (BOE) kept interest rates on hold last week notwithstanding the June 23 referendum. The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted against cutting interest rates and kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low of...

  • Trust the human brand

    Trust the human brand

    When things get uncontrollable, company executives think of which strategies and tactics to develop to minimise costs and liabilities. James Vella Clark asks what makes a human quality such as trust occupy a central place in a brand’s...