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  • US-China extend trade talks as deadline looms

    US-China extend trade talks as deadline looms

    US President Donald Trump on Friday said a trade summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping was likely to occur next month, and hail two days of "very good talks" by negotiators. The talks were extended through Sunday as officials race to reach a deal...

  • Trade tensions, Brexit pose risk to US economy: Fed

    Trade tensions, Brexit pose risk to US economy: Fed

    Continued trade tensions and Brexit are key risks facing the US economy and could undermine financial stability, the Federal Reserve cautioned Friday. "Potential downside risks to international financial stability include a downturn in global...

  • Malta Stock Exchange launches three bond indices

    Malta Stock Exchange launches three bond indices

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) has launched three new bond indices that are designed to provide the market with their respective performance calculated on a total return basis. The three indices are: • The MSE Malta Government Stocks Total Return...

  • Further gains for MIA and GO

    Further gains for MIA and GO

    The MSE Equity Price Index extended Thursday's drop by a further 0.22% to 4,477.762 points despite the continued gains in MIA and GO. The decline was largely driven by HSBC coupled with the negative performance of four other shares. Overall...

  • EU trade reprisals to target US coal, cars, chemicals

    EU trade reprisals to target US coal, cars, chemicals

    Europe could target American coal, cars and chemicals and firms like Caterpillar and Xerox if Washington imposes a threatened tariff on autos, a trade talks source told AFP Friday. European officials are drawing up a list representing €20 billion...

  • Basic income: first national experiment shows only modest benefits

    Basic income: first national experiment shows only modest benefits

    The preliminary findings from Finland’s basic income experiment are out and they show mixed results. Both advocates and critics of the idea of a universal basic income will find cause for consternation and celebration. Though widely anticipated by...

  • France: wait and see

    France: wait and see

    In France, the last business confidence survey showed that the trend of pessimism that had hit the country in November is finally coming to an end. However, confidence still has to be restored; the current economic mood is closer to a wait-and-see...

  • Deficit in government's consolidated fund

    Deficit in government's consolidated fund

    The government’s consolidated fund registered a deficit of €55 million by the end of January. The National Statistics Office said recurrent revenue rose by €19.4 million and amounted to €302.4 million. This represented a 6.8%t increase from the...

  • Financial markets volatility

    Financial markets volatility

    I recently came across the following quote: “Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now.” It immediately triggered my thinking on the need to address economic issues in the long-term, rather than short-term. This applies...

  • BMIT starts trading on Malta Stock Exchange

    BMIT starts trading on Malta Stock Exchange

    Last Monday marked the first day of trading for BMIT Technologies plc on the Malta Stock Exchange.  This followed a highly successful IPO, in which 99,761,701 shares in the company were subscribed to by institutional and general investors. The...

  • A century of hospitality

    The Hilton Brand is counting down 100 days to celebrate 100-years of existence on May 31. That means a century worth of innovation, hospitality, and revolutionised thinking.  Conrad Hilton founded the hotel chain in 1919. He bought his first...

  • Group supports the Maltese Special Olympics team in Abu Dhabi

    Group supports the Maltese Special Olympics team in Abu Dhabi

    A contingent of 50 athletes and their coaches will be wearing Brooks Brothers, Paul & Shark and Asics, as Malta will be participating in this year’s edition of the Special Olympics World Games which will be held in Abu Dhabi. These three brands...

  • Secure Trading Group chosen to provide acquiring and payment gateway services

    Secure Trading Group chosen to provide acquiring and payment gateway services

    Secure Trading has announced that it has just entered into a strategic partnership with PurePay, a company specialising in helping merchants in traditionally high-risk industries to find payment providers. PurePay will act as an introducer for...

  • European markets tread water as trade talks play out

    Eurozone stock markets were little changed yesterday after gains in much of Asia as traders eyed talks between China and the US they hope will finally resolve a long-running trade war. Frankfurt was a touch higher and Paris was flat, while London...

  • Strong trading activity in MIA

    Strong trading activity in MIA

    The MSE Equity Price Index eased by 0.41% to 4,487.497 points on Thursday as the declines in HSBC, BOV, BMIT and MIDI outweighed the gains in Plaza and Malita. Meanwhile, a further six shares closed the day unchanged while trading volumes improved...

  • Turkey says it will start drilling off Cyprus 'in coming days'

    Turkey says it will start drilling off Cyprus 'in coming days'

    Two Turkish ships will begin drilling in search of oil and gas off Cyprus "in the coming days", Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke tensions on the divided island. The discovery of gas reserves in the eastern...

  • Current market events

    Global capital markets have seen limited activity as investors await fresh developments as we welcome news that U.S and China talks have resumed. Yet, no decision has been made on U.S auto tariffs, but European and Japanese officials seem to be...

  • Shipping movements - February 21, 2019

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Maersk Arizona from Algiers to Algiers, the Maersk Lota from Malaga to Genoa (both Thomas Smith & Co Ltd), the X-Press Annapurna to Genoa (Bianchi & Co Ltd), the CMA CGM Leo from Genoa to Beirut (CMA...

  • New Merill GBP hedged share class launched

    Following the success of the Merill SICAV plc, which has now surpassed €70 million in assets under management, Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of a new GBP hedged share class under the Merill High Income...

  • Stocks higher tracking US-China trade hopes

    Stock markets around the world rose yesterday as investors tracked growing optimism that China and the United States will reach a trade deal and as the UK faced more political turmoil with the resignation of three government MPs over Brexit. Among...