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  • Interest rates may need to rise before late 2019 – Bank of England

    Interest rates may need to rise before late 2019 – Bank of England

    The Bank of England said yesterday that it may need to raise interest rates before the late 2019 date markets had been expecting, as it saw inflation rising and the economy growing steadily over the next few years. With only a month until a...

  • Enhanced security measures for bank cards

    Enhanced security measures for bank cards

    Bank of Valletta is adding another level of security across its card fleet by introducing an activation process that is being applied to all cards. The cardholder will be able to activate the card in one simple step. Announcing the new measure,...

  • Spreading the love for Mother’s Day

    Spreading the love for Mother’s Day

    HSBC Malta organised a little surprise for some of its employees. Throughout the month of April, forms were sent out to colleagues who are mothers to take home and have them filled out by their children. The questions were quite simple and...

  • EU advised to rank Uber as transport, challenging business model

    EU advised to rank Uber as transport, challenging business model

    Uber provides a transport service and must be licensed, an adviser to the European Union’s top court said on Thursday, in a potential blow to the US firm which says it is merely a digital enabler. The non-binding opinion means the smartphone app...

  • Stocks, US dollar drop amid political uncertainty

    US and European stocks fell yesterday, along with the US dollar, while US Treasury yields reversed earlier declines, as political uncertainty in the United States sent investors in search of safer investments like gold and the Japanese yen. The...

  • Konnekt a Gold sponsor at FinanceMalta conference

    Konnekt Search & Selection will be one of the Gold sponsors at this year's FinanceMalta 10th Annual Conference. The conference is titled 'Malta's Financial Services Industry - Taking the Next Quantum Leap' taking place on May 18.  The annual...

  • Consultation launched on EU company law

    Consultation launched on EU company law

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to improve EU company law. "EU company law rules are not up to speed with the digital age and businesses still struggle with uncertainties in many cross-border situations. We need...

  • A game of percentages

    A game of percentages

    In the world of finance, percentage return is probably the performance common currency. In other words, if you gain ten percent from an equity investment, 10% from dividends, 10% from a derivative, 10% on 100 thousand and 10% on one thousand; 10%...

  • The return on equity league table

    Regular readers of my weekly column are accustomed to the annual league tables published in May following the end of the annual reporting season. Most companies whose equity is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange have a December year-end and...

  • Further EU e-commerce investigations

    The European Union plans to launch more antitrust investigations into e-commerce companies after a two-year inquiry uncovered practices that restrict competition, the European Commission said yesterday. In its report following the initial inquiry,...

  • Australian banks lick wounds after tax hit

    Australian banks lick wounds after tax hit

    Australia’s big banks will likely swallow a surprise new €4 billion federal tax, industry and political sources said yesterday, given a lack of public support for an oligopoly that has reaped years of record profits. The tax on liabilities...

  • Volkswagen investors demand faster progress in dieselgate reforms

    Volkswagen needs to do more to regain the confidence of investors in the wake of its emissions scandal, despite a swift recovery in earnings, several shareholders told the German carmaker at its annual meeting yesterday. The world’s largest...

  • Global stocks and dollar steady as volatility remains low; oil rebounds

    Oil prices rebounded yesterday after a steeper-than-expected drop in US crude inventories, helping limit equity losses on Wall Street, while European stocks held near their highest in nearly two years. European full-year earnings forecasts, set to...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The Maersk Arizona (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) and the MSC Danit from Singapore to Barcelona (John Ripard & Son Ltd) today. The JSP Slidur from Tunis to Tunis (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) tomorrow. The Maersk...

  • BOV introduces card activation security feature

    BOV introduces card activation security feature

    Bank of Valletta has introduced an activation process across its range of credit and debit cards, providing customers with an additional level of security from fraudsters.  The one-time, one-step process is intended to safeguard BOV customers...

  • High trading activity in PG persists

    The MSE Share Index extended yesterday’s decline by a further 0.09% to 4,669.149 points. Trading activity was broad as twelve equites were active, seven of which trended lower, four posted gains whilst only Tigne’ Mall closed unchanged.

  • A look at real estate investments

    A look at real estate investments

    Real estate as an Investment tool can take on many forms. Investors have a choice as to whether to invest directly in physical property or indirectly expose their portfolios to real estate publicly traded securities. The former is a popular...

  • Sale of multimedia players

    Intellectual property owners have been hard hit by the online world. With its continuing evolution that allows copying, streaming and broadcasting without the necessity of involving right holders, the creative industries have been battling this...

  • German economy picks up steam

    German economy picks up steam

    Industrial production in Germany fell by less than expected in March following two strong months while exports and imports both hit record-highs in March, data showed yesterday, suggesting Europe’s biggest economy picked up steam in the first...

  • Made in North Korea

    Made in North Korea

    From carrot-flavoured toothpaste and charcoal face masks to motorcycles and solar panels, visitors to North Korea say they are seeing more locally made products in the isolated country’s shops and supermarkets, replacing mostly Chinese imports. As...