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  • Leveraged ETFs; not for the faint hearted

    Leveraged ETFs; not for the faint hearted

    The appeal of investing in a leveraged Exchange Trades Fund or an Exchange Traded Note (ETF) is simple; the leveraged fund increases the exposure and impact of the underlying investment. For example a leveraged ETF based on oil may attempt to...

  • Britain needs oil tax cuts to attract North Sea investment

    Britain needs oil tax cuts to attract North Sea investment

    Britain’s Chancellor must announce bold oil tax changes in his 2015-2016 Budget this week to inject new life into the battered North Sea where investment in new projects has fallen and billions of dollars of assets are up for sale. Oil and gas...

  • HSBC closes Jersey accounts as it steps up clients’ scrutiny

    HSBC is closing accounts in Jersey that are held by non-residents as the bank steps up scrutiny of its clients, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday The bank is sending letters to such customers to inform them that their accounts could...

  • Major US allies plan to join China-backed bank – media reports

    Major US allies plan to join China-backed bank – media reports

    A senior US diplomat said it was up to individual countries whether to join a new China-led inter­national development bank as media reports said a growing number of close US allies were ignoring Washington’s pressure to stay out of the...

  • Private copying in multifunctional media

    Copyright holders enjoy certain exclusive rights over their creations to ensure that they control how their creation can be used and communicated to the public, and receive remuneration for it. Copyright, however, is not absolute and certain acts...

  • Stocks fall alongside oil as euro rises

    Stocks mostly fell yesterday as the Federal Reserve opened a two-day policy meeting, which is being closely watched for signs of when the US central bank will raise interest rates. Trading was volatile in other asset classes. Crude oil prices...

  • Company briefs

    Company briefs

    The Malta Model Boat Association (MMBA), under the auspices of the Malta Sailing Federation, is hosting its annual IOM Open Invitation between March 19 and 22 at the Mellieħa Bay Hotel. Thomas Smith Group is once again sponsoring this event, which...

  • MSE Share Index surpasses the 3,700 points level

    MSE Share Index surpasses the 3,700 points level

    During this morning’s trading session on the stock exchange, most of the active equities once again closed in positive territory lifting the MSE Share Index up a further 1.1% to surpass the 3,700-point level for the first time since February 2014.

  • There’s no place like KB Home

    The real estate sector is considered to be one of the most critical and sensitive sectors of a country’s economy, as it is a clear gauge of the state in which consumers within the economy of each country is in as well as an indication of economic...

  • Implications of the European audit reform

    Implications of the European audit reform

    When Michel Barnier became European Commissioner for DG Internal Market in February 2010, he made it an objective to pursue three major reforms, one of which being a European audit market reform. After the financial crisis of 2008, it became...

  • Oil prices drop on hopes of Iran nuclear agreement

    Oil prices drop on hopes of Iran nuclear agreement

    Oil prices fell yesterday as spare oil storage capacity runs low and a potential agreement in nuclear talks with Tehran opened the prospect of more Iranian exports, should sanctions be eased. US crude fell to $43.57 in early trading, its lowest...

  • New rules for UK bankers to include annual health check

    New rules for vetting and making bankers directly accountable for their actions will include an annual health check by their employer, Britain’s financial regulator said yesterday. The new rules, that aim to make it easier for regulators to punish...

  • Money market report for the week ended March 13

    On Monday, March 9, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The auction was conducted the following day and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €141.84 billion, €6.01 lower than the bid...

  • Low oil prices drive recovery in eurozone

    Low oil prices drive recovery in eurozone

    After a year of tentative recovery in 2014, the eurozone has moved into 2015 aided by two important growth drivers: sharply lower oil prices and QE, according to the March 2015 issue of the EY Eurozone Forecast (EEF). These two factors will...

  • Euro rises by 0.9% and US shares climb

    The dollar weakened broadly yesterday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting on worries that the US central bank could become more cautious about raising interest rates, while Wall Street stocks rose because the greenback’s fall eased...

  • Global recovery fragile but India a bright spot – Lagarde

    Global recovery fragile but India a bright spot – Lagarde

    The global recovery is “too slow, too brittle and too lopsided”, the head of the International Monetary Fund said in India yesterday, describing Asia’s third-largest economy as a rare bright spot on a cloudy global horizon. In a speech in New...

  • MSE Share Index extends gains

    The MSE Share Index extended recent gains, edging up for the thirteenth consecutive session as trading activity remains strong with €0.43 million worth of shares changing hands during this morning’s trading sessions The local equity benchmark...

  • Midi in talks on new Manoel Island investment

    Midi in talks on new Manoel Island investment

    Midi, the company responsible for the Tigne’ Point and Manoel Island projects, has announced it is in talks with third parties which have expressed an interest to invest in the Manoel Island project. It said that subject to the fulfillment of its...

  • Whitbread – A name worth remembering by investors

    When I mention the name Whitbread to an investor I get a blank look followed by ‘I have never heard about this company before.’ However, when I go on to explain that this Group owns the Premier Inns brand and the Costa Coffee chain, the investor’s...

  • The economy and its many shades of grey

    The economy and its many shades of grey

    The impact of the shadow economy on the official economy is rarely discussed in any meaningful way in political and social forums. Occasionally we hear comments by political leaders hinting that the failure of certain policies is attributable to...