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  • Are you ready for new data protection laws?

    Are you ready for new data protection laws?

    Data protection law hasn’t undergone a significant update since the EU brought in legislation in 1995 – just six years after the birth of the World Wide Web. But GDPR is about to shake things up. Now, 23 years later, the new law – known as the...

  • Identifying investment options and alternatives

    Identifying investment options and alternatives

    It is imperative for an investor, from the inexperienced to the seasoned one, to analyse what assets are available for generating future wealth and income. Along the years, and given the returns generated, investing has become a popular...

  • Entrepreneurial mentoring event being held

    Entrepreneurial mentoring event being held

    Further to a well attended event last year on the topic of women web-entrepreneurship, Ascend Consulting is once again the official Malta co-organiser for the Startup Europe Week 2018, an annual European Commission backed initiative. The #SEW18...

  • HSBC chief calls for efforts to defend Malta’s reputation

    HSBC chief calls for efforts to defend Malta’s reputation

    HSBC Bank Malta CEO Andrew Beane has cautioned that efforts to safeguard Malta’s financial services reputation needed to be stepped up in the wake of the increasing scrutiny it has come under during the last year. The CEO made this call when asked...

  • Valid registration of trademarks

    A trademark combining colour and shape may be refused registration in terms of EU law and the attractiveness of the goods flowing from the reputation of the mark or its proprietor is totally irrelevant, Advocate General Szpunar has recently...

  • Conference to discuss multiple generations at the workplace

    Mapfre MSV Life has renewed its support to Business Leaders Malta which are holding their annual conference. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Breaking the Rules’ and the organisers have announced that they are expecting a full house at this...

  • HSBC disappoints and weak miners keep FTSE flat

    An update letdown from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness weighed on the UK’s top share index yesterday. The FTSE index ended the session flat at 7,246.77 points, lagging a broadly positive European...

  • The case for investing in Malita Investments plc

    The equity research team at Calamatta Cuschieri recently made available to its clients a report on Malita Investments plc “Malita”, whereby we issued a “Buy” recommendation on the stock, together with a one-year target price of €1.03, giving a...

  • Kazakhstan's frozen billions sound alarm for sovereign funds

    When a Belgian court ordered a bank to freeze $22.6 billion of assets held in trust for a Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund (SWF), it set a worrying precedent for other SWFs. The case is one of several brought to courts in Europe by Moldovan...

  • Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow

    Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow

    Danish toymaker Lego is hoping to build a following with Chinese parents by promoting its place in the classroom as well as the toy box. The firm, famous for its brightly-coloured building blocks, is working with local education departments, State...

  • Ratings upgrade lifts Greek debt as other eurozone bonds falter

    Greek government bond yields dipped yesterday after a ratings upgrade from Fitch that highlighted improving sentiment towards the indebted southern European state. That marked an outperformance of eurozone peers, with yields across the currency...

  • Japan exports grow, manufacturers mood sours as yen rise clouds outlook

    Japan exports grow, manufacturers mood sours as yen rise clouds outlook

    Buoyant sales of cars and electronics led Japan’s exports to a 14th straight month of growth in January but manufacturers’ business confidence slid – highlighting fears of the rising yen disrupting an export-led recovery. The trade data came on...

  • Finance ministers choose Spain’s de Guindos for ECB vice-chair

    Finance ministers choose Spain’s de Guindos for ECB vice-chair

    Eurozone finance ministers yesterday chose Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to succeed European Central Bank vice president Vitor Constancio in May, a move likely to boost the chances of a German becoming head of the ECB next year. The...

  • Gearing up for rate hike, UK households turn gloomier on finances – survey

    Gearing up for rate hike, UK households turn gloomier on finances – survey

    British households’ gloom about their finances deepened this month and most now expect borrowing costs to rise again within six months after the Bank of England raised interest rates in November, a survey showed yesterday. Data company IHS Markit...

  • Stocks break recovery streak

    World stocks were set to post their first loss in five days yesterday, breaking a winning streak that saw them recover almost half their losses from a violent sell-off two weeks ago. In a day of relatively quiet trading owing to market holidays in...

  • Money market report for the week ending February 16

    On February 12, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on February 13 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €1.32 billion, €0.23 billion lower than the...

  • Huge pension deficits are a global crisis in waiting

    Huge pension deficits are a global crisis in waiting

    In the past decade, the banking industry has been a central focus of attention for regulators, academics and the general public. The 2007-08 financial crisis led to new regulations and institutions to keep things in check. In contrast, the issues...

  • Eurozone ministers to choose Spaniard to for ECB as Ireland pulls out of race

    Eurozone ministers to choose Spaniard to for ECB as Ireland pulls out of race

    Eurozone finance ministers will choose Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to succeed European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio in May, a move likely to boost the chances of a German becoming head of the ECB next year. Initially...

  • MSE Equity Price Index halts 4-day positive streak

    MSE Equity Price Index halts 4-day positive streak

    The MSE Equity Price Index trended lower for the first time in five trading sessions as it slumped by 0.55% to 4,457.164 points, largely driven by the drops in the share prices of IHI (-2.4%) and Farsons (-3.4%) which outweighed the gains in MPC...

  • Latvia's banking sector rocked by central bank chief's detention

    Latvia's banking sector rocked by central bank chief's detention

    Latvia's third-biggest bank sought emergency financial support on Monday after US officials accused it of helping breach North Korean sanctions, hours after the central bank governor was arrested over separate bribery allegations. The financial...