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  • Seeking redress

    Are you finding it difficult to seek redress regarding a complaint as a consumer? One of the main functions of the Consumer Affairs Council is that of monitoring the working and enforcement of laws that directly affect the consumer in Malta. The...

  • Small size, big potential

    Small size, big potential

    Despite a terrible name, the Dell Venue 8 is the thinnest tablet currently available. It’s also very good. The Venue 8 is an 8.4-inch Android tablet that is only 6mm thick. That’s 0.1mm thinner than an iPod Air 2 but it’s apparently the detail...

  • Workspace with a difference

    The Hub Workspace in San Ġwann is a newly refurbished office block offering individual and shared offices for long and short-term rent. The Hub workspace was designed in a way that merges the functional with the aesthetic, making it a modern,...

  • Weekly advice

    • Goods displayed for sale must be properly indicated with a price. • The indicated price must be the final selling price, including VAT and any other taxes or charges. • Products shown in adverts do not have to include a selling price. •...

  • Tsipras optimistic on deal over debt as banks bleed

    Tsipras optimistic on deal over debt as banks bleed

    Greeks pulled more than €1 billion out of their banks in a single day, banking sources said yesterday, as the country edged closer to default despite assurances from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the doomsayers are wrong. The Greek central...

  • Upward trend continues

    The Malta Stock Exchange index rallied by a significant 1.4 per cent throughout the week, closing at a seven-year high of 4,078.733 points. Ten equities contributed to this positive result, three of which closed at record highs. Meanwhile, three...

  • Euro and Treasury yields fall on worry over Greek default

    The euro fell against other major currencies, US Treasury yields fell and global equity markets were little changed yesterday, as worries that Greece may soon default on its debt drove investors to safe-haven assets. Trading in European markets...

  • Toyota in damage control mode after communications executive arrested

    Toyota Motor Corp. moved into damage control mode yesterday after its new communications chief Julie Hamp, an American and its first senior woman executive, was arrested on suspicion of illegally bringing painkillers into Japan just two months...

  • BOJ keeps policy steady, maintains an upbeat view of the economy

    BOJ keeps policy steady, maintains an upbeat view of the economy

    The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme and its upbeat assessment of the economy yesterday, signalling its conviction that growth will strengthen enough to accelerate inflation to its two per cent target without more monetary...

  • Daily currency report

    The outlook for the US dollar has turned more uncertain than ever. Disappointment that the Federal Reserve did not offer a more definitive signal that US interest rates would rise this year weighed on the dollar and knocked it to one-month lows...

  • Share index up 1.4 per cent this week

    The local equity market continued to rise this morning with an increase of a further 0.4 per cent in the share index to a fresh seven-year high of 4,078.733 points. The equity benchmark is up 1.4 per cent this week on increased activity or €1.9...

  • Toys “R” Us – A company worth investors’ interest

    Toys “R” Us – A company worth investors’ interest

    Toys R is the leading global retailer of toys in terms of net sales, operating more than 1,500 stores in 36 countries worldwide. In addition to these, it runs hundreds of smaller format shops on a seasonal basis to take advantage of the increasing...

  • The time of reckoning is here

    It would appear that the battle lines between the Greek government and its creditors have been drawn. The speech by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accusing the International Monetary Fund of “criminal responsibility” may have signalled the end of...

  • Mergers could create risk of banks too big to fail – Dutch central bank

    Mergers could create risk of banks too big to fail – Dutch central bank

    A wave of consolidation among Europe’s banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis could end up creating banks that are considered too big to fail, the Dutch central bank warned in a report yesterday. The central bank called for limits on the...

  • GM and FCA line up financial advisers in merger stand-off

    GM and FCA line up financial advisers in merger stand-off

    General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have turned to investment banks for help to deal with a stand-off as FCA seeks to force a merger with its Detroit-based rival, according to sources familiar with the matter. GM is being advised by...

  • SNB urges big lenders to improve leverage ratios

    SNB urges big lenders to improve leverage ratios

    The Swiss National Bank yesterday urged the country’s biggest banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, to improve their leverage ratios in order to better withstand a potential crisis. Switzerland is expected to hold off on outlining tougher capital...

  • Stocks rise on Fed and Greece hopes

    Stock markets around the world rallied yesterday, while the US dollar fell, a day after the Federal Reserve signalled that interest rates would rise more slowly than many had expected. An unconfirmed report that aid for Greece would be extended...

  • Wizz Air commits to buy Airbus planes worth $13.7 billion

    Wizz Air commits to buy Airbus planes worth $13.7 billion

    Hungary’s Wizz Air committed to buy 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft at the Paris air show yesterday worth $13.7 billion at list prices as the Eastern European-focused budget airline continues to expand its network and capacity. The memorandum of...

  • Investing at a time of crisis

    Responsible investing is about balance, diversification, liquidity and the long-term. But let us be honest, with Greece on the verge of default, the UK wanting to leave the EU, the Fed juggling with the idea of rate increases and BRICS in disarray...

  • Urgent changes needed to Companies Act

    Urgent changes needed to Companies Act

    A number of changes are needed to make the Companies Act more effective at protecting stakeholders – particularly creditors – when things go wrong in a company, the Malta Association of Credit Management believes. The Malta Association of Credit...