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  • Exante named investor of the year

    Exante named investor of the year

    Investment company Exante was named investor of the year at the Malta Blockchain Awards held within the framework of the Malta Blockchain Summit last week. The company's communications director Patrick O’Brien said the award reflected the level of...

  • Sterling plunges as Brexit secretary Raab resigns

    Sterling plunges as Brexit secretary Raab resigns

    The pound plunged against both the euro and the dollar on Thursday after British BrexUK it minister Dominic Raab resigned in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May's draft deal for leaving the European Union. Raab said May's plan threatened the...

  • Bonds and rising interest rates

    Given the Fed’s latest interest rate hike, interest rates have been moving up. Thus, portfolios that contain long-term asset allocations are now experiencing more volatility and hence, a reallocation should be considered. What would be a...

  • Real Estate Investment Trusts

    Real Estate Investment Trusts

    During the 2019 Budget speech presented on October 22, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna stated that discussions regarding Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are close to being concluded with the aim that the administrative, fiscal and...

  • Oil finds floor as stocks ease

    Oil prices bounced from multi-month lows yesterday but stocks fell as disappointing data heightened worries over slowing global growth, while the pound wavered as Prime Minister Theresa May faced the hard task of selling her Brexit deal. European...

  • NetShop ISP reveals the 'Power In Your Hands' during SiGMA 2018

    NetShop ISP reveals the 'Power In Your Hands' during SiGMA 2018

    The leading Datacenter Services Provider has announced its presence at SiGMA 2018 (November 28-30) where it will reveal the brand-new myNetShop v5 hosting platform to more than 12,000 attendees. The myNetShop platform was introduced in 2008 as a...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Contship Max from Catania to Tripoli, the Fiona from El Dekheila to Algiers, the Pinara from Tripoli to Akikda (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Maersk Laberinto from Malaga to Genoa (Thomas Smith &...

  • The need for a deal to be struck between Europe and Italy

    Unless the current approach of the European Commission towards Italy’s debt problem is stimulated by a higher degree of cooperation, the re-occurrence of yet another Eurozone sovereign debt crisis seems to be inevitable. The persistent...

  • Questioning crime

    Questioning crime

    One of the best ways to avoid financial scams is to always ask why certain information is requested, says Inspector Timothy Zammit, head of the Cyber Crime Unit. A number of factors – including island status, small geographical size and...

  • Why the crypto crash does not matter

    Why the crypto crash does not matter

    In October 2017, the discussion on cryptocurrencies and blockchain was in full swing. Malta was already being referred to as ‘Blockchain Island’ and making the right noise internationally from a regulatory framework perspective. In contrast, some...

  • AXA – Global Healthcare wins Best Group Private Medical Insurance Provider Award

    AXA’s global healthcare team has recently been awarded the Best International Private Medical Insurance Provider at the Cover Excellence Awards 2018. These awards are organised by Cover, a leading industry publication for life protection and...

  • US stocks rise on trade optimism as pound soars on ‘Brexit deal’

    Wall Street stock prices rose yesterday as investors hoped US-China trade tensions could ease, while the pound soared on rising prospects for a finalized agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU. Oil prices fell more than three per cent, but US...

  • Credit markets take a breather, uncertainty persists however

    Credit markets took a breather last week from the adverse performance it had been registering since the begging of October as High Yield markets across both sides of the Atlantic posted positive gains for the week. Spreads tightened, albeit...

  • Ensuring good quality built environments

    Ensuring good quality built environments

    The spaces we inhabit have a considerable impact on our quality of life and well-being. In this brief contribution, I will describe some of the elements that are important for good quality built environments and how we can all ensure that our...

  • Is Europe headed to its equivalent of the Cuban missile crisis?

    Is Europe headed to its equivalent of the Cuban missile crisis?

    The standoff between Rome and Brussels over the Italian budget plans could not come at a worse time for the EU. With challenges that range from Brexit to a more muscular US administration; from defiance by Polish and Hungarian governments to the...

  • Empowered women

    Empowered women

    Anchovy recently team­ed up with RSM and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Malta to focus on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, starting a conversation to un­lock progress across the board during a tea tasting event held at...

  • Dollar jumps on Europe risks, Fed bets; stocks weaken amid tech nerves

    The US dollar surged on to its highest point in 16 months yesterday, against a basket of currencies and  stocks fell amid concern about political risks in Europe, while a drop in Apple shares added pressure to US equities and tech shares. Major US...

  • Money market report for week ending November 9

    On November 5, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on November 6 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €6.55 billion, €1.46 billion lower than...

  • Scope assigns Malta first-time credit rating of A+ with stable outlook

    Scope assigns Malta first-time credit rating of A+ with stable outlook

    Scope Ratings GmbH has assigned Malta an A+ long-term issuer and senior unsecured local and foreign currency rating, along with a short-term issuer rating of S-1+ in both local and foreign currency. All Outlooks are stable. In its first time...

  • Allianz – A stock that continues to deliver

    Following Allianz’s Q3 2018 results, we maintain our BUY recommendation on the stock and Price Target of €207. We like Allianz for the following reasons: * Very well capitalised * Buybacks * Strong management provides confidence * Indicative Gross...