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  • Maximise your residential property’s rental earnings

    Maximise your residential property’s rental earnings

    Property ownership in Malta is often regarded as a safe return of one’s investment. The Global Property Guide indicates that an annual rental yield of 4.44 per cent is attainable on a property of 120 square metres in the St Julian’s area. Property...

  • Perry opens two new offices

    Perry Estate Agents will be launching two new offices in St Julian’s and Valletta as part of the company’s expansion into 2015. The St Julian’s branch is front­ed by Louis Schembri and Fredrick Stivala, while the branch in the capital will be...

  • UK public finances improve in January

    UK public finances improve in January

    British income tax receipts jumped in January to produce the biggest monthly surplus in seven years, but Chancellor George Osborne still faces a big challenge to meet his borrowing targets before national elections in May. The Office for National...

  • London skyscraper to rise again after deal

    London skyscraper to rise again after deal

    Construction of the partially built ‘Pinnacle’ skyscraper in London’s financial district will resume this year after it was bought by AXA Real Estate in a deal announced yesterday that is reported to be worth £300 million. Work originally started...

  • Irish minister says IAG offer for Aer Lingus stake is not persuasive enough

    Irish minister says IAG offer for Aer Lingus stake is not persuasive enough

    A senior Irish government minister yesterday said that an offer by British Airways owner to buy Ireland’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus was not yet persuasive enough. Aer Lingus’ board recommended the €1.36 billion offer from International...

  • MSE index extends its gains by a further one per cent

    The MSE Index extended last week’s gain by a further one per cent as 11 out of the 15 active equities ended the week in positive territory, reaching a turnover of €1.35 million. Gains registered in both leading banks contributed to this week’s...

  • Euro, stocks edge higher on Greek draft agreement

    The euro rose against the dollar and global equity markets edged higher yesterday after a Greek government official said eurozone ministers and Greece agreed on a draft accord that could extend a loan agreement to help Greece avoid...

  • Oil falls below $60 as oversupply weighs

    Brent crude oil fell below $60 a barrel yesterday as oversupply, supported by record-high US crude stocks, weighed on the market. US crude inventories rose 7.7 million barrels to 425.6 million last week, rising for a sixth straight week to record...

  • Daily currency report

    Swiss franc buyers are breathing a sigh of relief with the greenback at its strongest in five weeks. Markets suspect Swiss authorities are buying the US currency to weaken the franc and protect the export-driven Alpine economy. Switzerland’s...

  • Plaza Centres up 19.7 per cent this week

    The share index continued to advance and edged a further 0.5 per cent  today to end the week up one per cent at 3,458.637 points. Seven of the eight active equities performed positively . The share price of Plaza Centres was again the best...

  • The US fixed income is luring investors

    The US fixed income is luring investors

    In an article published at the beginning of the month I was discussing the performance of the fixed income markets and I pointed out that some of the movements look like trading opportunities. Besides the preference for European sovereign paper...

  • A 100 days of Juncker

    It has been a 100 days since Jean Claude Juncker assumed the role of president of the European Commission. At his address to the European Parliament, he spoke of a new start for Europe. Some of the quotes from that address include: “We have fallen...

  • Greece offers major concessions to win loan extension but Germany objects

    Greece offers major concessions to win loan extension but Germany objects

    Greece formally requested a six-month extension to its eurozone loan agreement yesterday, offering major concessions as it raced to avoid running out of cash within weeks, but immediately ran into strong objections from EU paymaster...

  • Barclays to cut bonus pool to below £2bn – Sky News

    Barclays to cut bonus pool to below £2bn – Sky News

    Barclays is set to reduce its bonus pot for 2014 to less than £2 billion, down at least 16 per cent from its controversial payout in the previous year, Sky News reported. Barclays, which has the largest investment bank of Britain’s lenders, will...

  • France tells EU it will act further on deficit if needed

    France tells EU it will act further on deficit if needed

    France is seeking to fend off the risk of being fined for its budget slippages by telling the European Commission it will take extra action if needed to meet its structural deficit target, a letter seen by Reuters shows. The European Commission is...

  • Stocks tread water on Greek uncertainty

    Stocks markets around the world clung to modest gains yesterday, with European equities retreating from seven-year highs, after Germany rejected a Greek proposal to extend its bailout and as oil prices dropped. Government borrowing costs fell...

  • Emirates brand value grows by 21% to $6.6bn

    Emirates brand value grows by 21% to $6.6bn

    Emirates has reached the top 200 of the world’s biggest brands for the first time, according to the 2015 Brand Finance Global 500 report released this week. Now ranked in 196th place, Emirates’ estimated brand value has grown more than 21 per...

  • ECB profits fall as it digests costs of new bank watchdog

    The European Central Bank reported a steep rise in costs yesterday, as it digested the expense of hiring hundreds of supervisors to watch the eurozone's banks. Laying out its annual accounts for 2014, the ECB said the jump in wages and costs and...

  • Towards the Apple Watch

    Towards the Apple Watch

    Apple will launch its Watch in the coming months. From the Apple investor’s point of view this will be an important date as the share price already reflects the expectations of a series of successful new products. The Watch is the first of these...

  • Investing in a 25-year MGS

    Investing in a 25-year MGS

    Last Friday, the Treasury announced details of the two new upcoming Malta Government Stock issues: (i) the 2% MGS 2020 (V) fungible issue and (ii) the 3% MGS 2040 (I). Pricing details will be announced this afternoon ahead of the offer period...