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  • A flattening yield curve: What has changed since the beginning of 2018?

    This year has definitely not been an easy one for any investor, particularly for those who happened to have just started tapping into the investment arena last January. Apart from the heightened volatility witnessed across the equity segment, the...

  • The cost of combating money laundering

    The cost of combating money laundering

    The estimated proceeds from human trafficking in 2018 amounts to a staggering $150.2 billion. This value equates to 12 times the Maltese Gross Domestic Product for the whole of 2017. This has been recently stated by the Financial Action Task Force...

  • Weak economic data send world stocks tumbling

    Stocks worldwide tumbled yesterday after weak economic data from China and Europe fanned concerns of a global economic slowdown and left investors fretting over the wider impact of a still-unresolved Sino-US trade dispute. The MSCI All-Country...

  • Economic growth to remain strong over coming years

    Economic growth to remain strong over coming years

    The Central Bank’s latest projections foresee economic growth over the coming years to remain strong from a historical perspective. Projections to economic activity remain broadly unchanged when compared to the previous set of forecasts, as upward...

  • Investors’ responsibility

    Investors’ responsibility

    A few days ago, I had the pleasure to address a short presentation on what is a relatively new theme to locals, that is the Prospects market and I also formed part of a panel discussion with fellow colleagues in an investors educational seminar...

  • Italy's Di Maio happy with deficit cut but warns on growth

    Italy's Di Maio happy with deficit cut but warns on growth

    The Italian government is happy it could lower its deficit target for next year, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday, although he also said that economic growth may be smaller than forecast. The government wanted to avoid...

  • Protests plunge French business activity into contraction - PMI

    Protests plunge French business activity into contraction - PMI

    French business activity plunged unexpectedly into contraction this month, retreating at the fastest pace in over four years in the face of violent anti-government protests, a monthly survey showed on Friday. Data compiler IHS Markit said that its...

  • Climate change should scare us

    Climate change should scare us

    The various natural disasters that we have suffered this past year, have brought climate change and its impact again to the front burner. As the UN sat down for its annual climate conference on the subject a couple of weeks ago, many experts were...

  • LVMH to buy Belmond luxury hotel group for $3.2 billion

    LVMH to buy Belmond luxury hotel group for $3.2 billion

    French luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Friday said it agreed to buy luxury hotel group Belmond in a deal valuing the company at $3.2 billion. LVMH said it agreed to pay $25 per Belmond share, a 40 per cent premium over the Thursday...

  • Record-breaking attendance

    Record-breaking attendance

    SiGMA welcomed a record number of attendees through its doors. 12,500 delegates, speakers and sponsors converged for the SiGMA 2018 Summit, breaking previously held attendance records and setting the benchmark for future events. Held on November...

  • New app launched

    GO just launched its brand-new mobile app that allows customers to pay bills, check their balance, top up their account, and view their plan and bundle subscription, among a whole host of other features, through one single...

  • Agency unveils fresh brand identity

    Agency unveils  fresh brand identity

    The Concept Stadium, a boutique marketing consultancy company, has unveiled its new identity after eight years of operations, since starting off as SoHo business. The company launched its new visual identity including a new logo and website to its...

  • ECB ends crisis-fighting bond buys but eyes increasing risks

    ECB ends crisis-fighting bond buys but eyes increasing risks

    The European Central Bank formally ended its €2.6 trillion crisis-fighting bond purchase scheme on Thursday but promised to keep feeding stimulus for years into an economy struggling with an unexpected slowdown and political turmoil. In a...

  • Stocks wait for ECB signals, pound strong after Brexit drama

    Santa made a lacklustre attempt to deliver his traditional end of year rally yesterday, as world stocks squeezed out a third day of gains and the pound and the euro both stayed firm after the latest bout of Brexit drama. UK Prime Minister Theresa...

  • Medserv’s expanding geographical presence

    Medserv’s expanding geographical presence

    On November 20, Medserv plc issued a surprising announcement informing the market that it was awarded a new substantial contract in South America. The major surprising factor was that in previous announcements and meetings with financial analysts,...

  • Stocks cheered by trade talk, sterling rises on May bets

    Stock markets around the world rose along with US Treasury yields yesterday as US President Donald Trump sounded upbeat about a China trade deal and sterling bounced on bets that UK PM Theresa May would keep her job. US Treasury yields advanced in...

  • Shipping movements - December 13, 2018

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Hansa Marburg from Skikda to Skikda, the CMA CGM Moliere from Hamburg to Dekheila, the Karina from Bizerte to Suez Canal, the Stellar Wakamatsu from Dekheila to Algiers, the APL Gwangyang from Genoa...

  • MSE Equity Price Index at 9-week low

    MSE Equity Price Index at 9-week low

    The MSE Equity Price Index eased by a further 0.08% to fall back to a new 9-week low of 4,432.326 points on the back of declines in FIMBank and PG. On the other hand, RS2 Software and Farsons trended higher while a further five equities ended...

  • Canada frees CFO of China's Huawei on bail; Trump might intervene

    Canada frees CFO of China's Huawei on bail; Trump might intervene

    A top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd was granted bail by a Canadian court on Tuesday, 10 days after her arrest in Vancouver at the request of US authorities sparked a diplomatic dispute. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief...

  • Italian PM Conte to present Juncker revised figures - source

    Italian PM Conte to present Juncker revised figures - source

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will seek to end a standoff with the European Commission by presenting revised budget figures at a meeting later on Wednesday, a source in the premier's office said. Conte is scheduled to meet Commission...