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  • Farsons and PG share prices hit fresh record highs

    The Equity Price Index rebounded by 0.14% from its four-month low of 4,610.230 points to 4,616.853 points as the gains registered in the share prices of Farsons, PG and HSBC outweighed the declines in GO and Malta Properties. Trading activity was...

  • GO has fastest mobile network - Ookla

    GO has fastest mobile network - Ookla

    GO has once again been confirmed as the fastest mobile network in Malta and Gozo, this time based on the experience of consumers themselves. Ookla, the company behind the widely used Speedtest app, awarded GO its "Speedtest Awards Winner 2017 -...

  • 11 nations in TPP inch closer to a deal - notwithstanding US absence

    11 nations in TPP inch closer to a deal - notwithstanding US absence

    The 11 nations remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the United States withdrew have inched closer to a comprehensive deal, offering hope that major countries can maintain free trade in the face of US protectionism, a negotiator said...

  • Regulation and integrity

    Regulation and integrity

    Managing funds, portfolios and/or investment accounts requires a great deal of investment knowledge over and above familiarity with ever-changing regulations. Many could say that managing investments in the 80s and 90s generated far greater...

  • Economic independence

    Yesterday we celebrated Malta’s 53rd anniversary of its independence from Britain. This event is an important milestone for any country. It has enabled us to take charge of our destiny and to take our rightful place among the world’s nations. It...

  • German economy to grow robustly in third quarter – finance ministry

    German economy to grow robustly in third quarter – finance ministry

    Germany’s economy weakened at the start of the third quarter after a strong performance in the first half of the year, but indicators suggest its solid growth will continue, the finance ministry said yesterday. Europe’s biggest economy is enjoying...

  • From new tax office, Catalonia hopes to grab billions from Madrid

    From new tax office, Catalonia hopes to grab billions from Madrid

    In a glass building overlooking Barcelona’s port, empty desks and computers wait for new workers of Catalonia’s tax agency. As in other Spanish regions, the agency already collects some taxes on wealth, inheritance, gambling and transport. But the...

  • UK willing to pay €20bn for Brexit transition - BBC

    UK willing to pay €20bn for Brexit transition - BBC

    Prime Minister Theresa May will say today Britain is willing to pay €20 billion to the European Union during a post-Brexit transition period, but only if it has access to the bloc's single market, the BBC's political editor reported. May, who is...

  • Toshiba, keen to seal $18bn chips sale, wrestles with last-minute delays

    Toshiba, keen to seal $18bn chips sale, wrestles with last-minute delays

    Japan’s Toshiba Corp. is locked in last minute discussions over “key issues” with the would-be buyers of its $18 billion memory chip business led by US private equity firm Bain, potentially delaying a formal agreement on the sale. Toshiba said on...

  • ‘Great Unwinding’ lifts the dollar

    Signals the Federal Reserve will hike US interest rates again this year and begin the ‘Great Unwinding’ of a decade of aggressive stimulus, drove the dollar to a two-month high versus the yen yesterday and sent bonds and commodities lower. Traders...

  • METS: growth pillar for Medserv

    METS: growth pillar for Medserv

    Medserv convened a meeting with financial analysts last week to provide additional details on the interim financial results published on August 23 and also to update the market on the current business pipeline as well as opportunities in the...

  • Eurowings wins union backing to speed up hiring

    Lufthansa budget unit Eurowings has agreed a deal with the Verdi union that will allow it to hire new cabin crew at short notice from rivals such as bankrupt Air Berlin. Eurowings launched a recruitment drive last month, seeking around 200 pilots...

  • Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel agree to forge Europe’s No. 2 steelmaker

    Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and India’s Tata Steel agreed yesterday to merge their European steel operations in a preliminary deal that would create the continent’s No.2 steelmaker after ArcelorMittal. The deal will not involve any cash, Tata Steel...

  • M&A, Spain turmoil enliven Europe stocks

    Deal-making and the political turmoil in Spain livened up a flat session in European stock markets yesterday as investors awaited pointers from the Federal Reserve on the outlook for the US interest rate. While caution dominated the broader...

  • Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta: The CMA CGM Puget from Piraeus to Aliaga, the CMA CGM Libra from Genoa to Beirut (both CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Merchen Maersk from Tajnug Pelepas to Bremerhaven, the Northern Guard from Port Said to...

  • MIA share price reaches new 2017 high

    The equity price index extended yesterday’s decline of 0.72% by a further 0.03% to a fresh four-month low of 4,610.230 points. The lower share prices of GO (-2.1%) and BOV (-0.5%) outweighed the gains in MIA (+0.5%), RS2 (+2.1%) and MaltaPost...

  • EU/Canada agreement to come into force tomorrow

    EU/Canada agreement to come into force tomorrow

    Following seven years of negotiations, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada will provisionally enter into force tomorrow. "The deal marks a milestone in EU-Canada relations and the EU's trade policy. The...

  • Sourcing the positives from negative fundamentals

    Sourcing the positives from negative fundamentals

    Invest only if profitable right? This is not the case and it depends a great deal on the business cycle of a company and asset class for that matter, along with the underlying fundamentals. Profits are one of the main factors investors look for in...

  • Rentals yield 6.64% return for owners – survey

    Rentals yield 6.64% return for owners – survey

    The owner of a property in Malta who rents it out can expect a return on their investment of 6.64%, according to research carried out by payment services provider WorldFirst. The European Buy-To-Let League table found that Ireland gives the best...

  • When are loyalty discounts considered to be legal practice?

    When are loyalty discounts considered to be legal practice?

    Traders are free to compete on price, since price competition favours efficiency and ultimately benefits consumers. Indeed, price competition is essential to the efficiency of a free competitive market. However, traders are not at liberty to...