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  • On board the oil price roller-coaster

    It is no news that commodity prices are volatile and unpredictable. Countries which are dependent on the extraction of natural resources have their faith linked to the price of a particular commodity or a group of commodities. The end result of a...

  • Europe battles Brexit blues

    European stocks slipped again, and sterling and the euro remained volatile yesterday, as one of the most dramatic twists yet in the Brexit process compounded another turbulent week for world markets. London, Paris and Frankfurt struggled to...

  • EM bonds, hard and local currency issuers

    EM bonds, hard and local currency issuers

    Emerging market (EM) bonds over the years have increased in their popularity amongst investors, as we saw new entrants (in the form of bond issuers) to this segment both from a sovereign but also from a corporate perspective. That said, we have...

  • Obligatory trade union membership

    Two weeks ago we had the proposal that every worker is obliged to be a member of a trade union of their choice. The objective of this proposal is that no worker would be exploited or discriminated against. Moreover it is also seen as another step...

  • Market-first corporate payment solution launched by Insignia

    Market-first corporate payment solution launched by Insignia

    The Malta-based payments arm of luxury lifestyle management and financial solutions provider Insignia has launched C by Insignia, a market-first corporate payment solution developed for top-tier executives. Created for businesses that demand an...

  • Sterling dives on Brexit uncertainty

    Sterling tumbled yesterday and a gauge of global stocks declined for a sixth straight session as political developments in Britain rippled through currency, bond and equity markets. Wall Street’s main stock indexes opened lower after mixed...

  • 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 &...

  • Malta gets to be part of all the big worldwide lottery draws

    Malta gets to be part of all the big worldwide lottery draws

    IKEA, Starbucks, Primark, EuroMillions – why does Malta tend to miss out on the good stuff? Okay, the lack of Scandinavian furniture will have to wait – but someone has figured out a way to bring you the world’s biggest lottery jackpots. And if...

  • 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...

  • MSE Equity Price Index retreats to 4-day low

    MSE Equity Price Index retreats to 4-day low

    The MSE Equity Price Index shed 0.52% on Tuesday to a four-day low of 4,474.264 points, mostly driven by the sharp drop in the share price of IHI. On the other hand, RS2, PG and MPC trended higher while a further five equities closed the day...