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  • New appointments at APS Bank

    New appointments at APS Bank

    Wilhelm Attard (right) and Anthony Buttigieg have joined APS Bank as head of operations support and head of retail and commercial banking, respectively. Mr Attard has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, most recently with HSBC and...

  • Two more chiefs for BOV

    Bank of Valletta has appointed Ernest John Agius as chief operations officer and Albert Frendo as chief business development officer for credit, bringing the total number of chiefs up to six. Mr Agius joined the bank in June 2015 and has...

  • Company tax increases share of revenue

    Company tax increases share of revenue

    Company tax has grown by 42 per cent between 2012 and 2015, much faster than FSS tax, which only grew by 26 per cent, meaning that it now represents half of the government’s tax revenue. Capital gains tax has grown by a staggering 54 per cent...

  • Rumblings from annual general meetings

    Rumblings from annual general meetings

    The annual general meeting season is now well under way. Last week alone, there were three AGMs. I do my utmost to attend most of the meetings since I feel it is very important for financial analysts and advisors to keep abreast of company...

  • D&A: a game changer?

    D&A: a game changer?

    Data & Analytics (D&A) is expected to impact and alter the competitive business landscape in the near future, setting the scene for the creation of a differentiated competitive edge through the strategic exploitation of data and analytics. While...

  • Top international experts to participate in Malta’s first Big Data Summit

    Malta’s first Big Data Summit will be held on June 22 at Xara Lodge, Rabat. The first event of its kind to be held here aims to bring together a group of international experts and leaders to discuss how big data and advanced analytics are...

  • A sterling reputation, a loyal client base

    A sterling reputation, a loyal client base

    Frizoll was founded in 1935 and is a fourth generation family-run business. The company’s main aim is to provide top-quality products and after 80 years in the business, Frizoll’s reliable services are the best form of advertisement. Efficient and...

  • HSBC Malta’s latest trade finance fund: €60 million take-up

    HSBC Malta’s latest trade finance fund: €60 million take-up

    A €75 million trade fund launched by HSBC Bank Malta 10 months ago to help Maltese businesses expand internationally has crossed the 80 per cent utilisation mark, becoming another attestation to the potential of Malta’s rapidly expanding...

  • Financially-feasible energy-saving measures

    Altern Ltd was set up to promote and implement sustainable energy solutions within the local and foreign sector. Today Altern offers services such as energy auditing and implements products such as photovoltaic (PV) systems, LED lighting and...

  • Introducing Malta’s first Prohibition-style bar

    Introducing Malta’s first Prohibition-style bar

    Malta’s first ever 1920s prohibition-style bar, The Thirsty Barber, is opening in St Julian’s later this month. The Roaring Twenties were a prosperous and culturally exciting period. However, in the US and Canada, a law prohibiting alcohol was set...

  • Alberta installs high-definition CCTV system at Casino Malta

    Alberta installs high-definition CCTV system at Casino Malta

    Casino Malta has entrusted Alberta with the installation of more than 100 Avigilon HD cameras ranging from fixed cameras to Pan Tilt Zoom cameras. These monitor different casino areas including the gaming tables, the slot machines, the cashier...

  • Low volumes across the equity market

    The share index ended virtually unchanged at 4,568.244 points on weak volumes having a market value of just €191,500 – the lowest level of activity in the last six trading sessions. Once again, RS2 Software plc was the most liquid equity today as...

  • Opportunities in real estate Investments

    Having finally sat down to watch ‘The Big Short’ over the weekend, I can recommend the film as a worthy eye opener to the fundamental cause behind the meltdown of the US housing market in 2008, which unfortunately triggered the eventual global...

  • Validity of new legal regime on tobacco products confirmed

    Validity of new legal regime on tobacco products confirmed

    A recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union has put aside any doubt as to whether tobacco manufacturers and distributors ought to comply with the provisions of the 2014 EU directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of...

  • Corinthia acquires Brussels hotel

    Corinthia acquires Brussels hotel

    NLI Holdings Ltd, the company owning the Corinthia Hotel in London, in which International Hotel Investments is a 50 per cent shareholder, has completed the acquisition of the Grand Hotel Astoria on Rue Royale in Brussels. NLI Holdings is in the...

  • As Brexit vote looms, US banks review European commitments

    If Britain votes to leave the European Union in June, some US banks could give up parts of their business in the bloc altogether. The option is an extreme scenario under consideration by some Wall Street firms if the terms of an exit, currently a...

  • Vodafone reports underlying earnings growth after European recovery

    Vodafone reports underlying earnings growth after European recovery

    Vodafone said its earnings growth would accelerate this year after a programme to improve its networks boosted demand in Europe and helped the group to return to underlying growth in 2016 revenue and core earnings for the first time since...

  • Wary of hitting limits, ECB holds back on Portuguese, Irish bond buys – sources

    Wary of hitting limits, ECB holds back on Portuguese, Irish bond buys – sources

    The ECB limited its sovereign debt buys of Portuguese and Irish bonds last month due to concerns about hitting its purchase caps, central banking sources said, in a move that could mean those countries stand to benefit less from the scheme. With...

  • Rate hike concern weighs on global stocks as oil rises

    Stocks fell on Wall Street yesterday after strong US inflation data increased the probability of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve, while a global gauge of stocks ticked lower. The US dollar lost ground against a basket of currencies. Crude oil...

  • Two new faces for BOV's management board

    Two new faces for BOV's management board

    Bank of Valletta has appointed a new chief operations officer and chief business development officer (credit).  Ernest John Agius will make the step up to chief operations officer after having served as BOV's change management executive. He will...