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  • Hackers could be solution to cybersecurity job gap

    Hackers could be solution to cybersecurity job gap

    Cybersecurity incidents are gaining an increasingly high profile. In the past, these incidents may have been perceived primarily as a somewhat distant issue for organisations such as banks to deal with. But recent attacks such as the 2017 Wannacry...

  • LA street vending legalisation offers migrants hope, but also challenges

    LA street vending legalisation offers migrants hope, but also challenges

    A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.  "Avocados, avocados from Michoacan," one man shouts with his foot on top of a box filled with the fruit. "Agua fresca!" "Tacos!" call out others. Shaded...

  • Brexit extension: how much will it actually cost the UK to leave the EU?

    Brexit extension: how much will it actually cost the UK to leave the EU?

    EU leaders have agreed a short extension to Brexit until October 31 at the latest, in order to give the British parliament time to agree a deal. This date avoids the UK still being a member when the next EU budget cycle starts – but what does it...

  • Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU

    Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU

    Google on Thursday said users of its hugely popular Android devices would be offered a choice of five browsers and search engines as part of the company's effort to meet EU competition concerns. The European Commission last July hit Google with...

  • Central Banks effectiveness?

    Central Banks effectiveness?

    Central banks are crucial for supporting growth, controlling inflation and stabilising economies - a duty that is growing increasingly difficult as these institutions become more politicised. A significant moment for Central Banks was last week...

  • Fiscal Council calls on government to speed up IMF compliance

    Fiscal Council calls on government to speed up IMF compliance

    The Malta Fiscal Advisory Council had urged the government to meet the reform timeframes suggested by the International Monetary Fund, aimed at increasing transparency. The council said the priority should be those areas where ratings were lower,...

  • The flames of Notre-Dame could be a symbol with wider meaning

    The flames of Notre-Dame could  be a symbol with wider meaning

    Watching the cathedral of Notre-Dame in flames felt like the heart of Europe was being ripped out; and with it some of our own hearts too. This tragic event strikes a cultural and humanistic blow from which it will be hard to recover. It could...

  • Bears sound clever but bulls make money

    I came across the remark “bears sound clever but bulls make money” in one of the many financial articles that hit my inbox on a daily basis. I thought that it would be an appropriate title for an article to remind investors of the positive returns...

  • Shipping movements - April 18, 2019

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Corona J from Annaba to Al Khums, the CMA CGM Andromeda from Genoa to Beirut, the APL Oregon from Aliaga to Valencia, the CMA CGM Nerval from Antwerp to Piraeus (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the...

  • PG share price climbs to all-time high

    PG share price climbs to all-time high

    The MSE Equity Price Index advanced by 0.8% to 4,729.672 points as various equities trended notably higher. On the other hand, Malita, MaltaPost and RS2 all posted declines whilst a further three shares closed the day unchanged. Trading volumes...

  • Sonny Portelli to stand down as HSBC chairman

    Sonny Portelli to stand down as HSBC chairman

    Sonny Portelli has asked to be replaced as HSBC chairman, after more than 12 years on the board, saying this would be in line with international best practice. Mr Portelli was re-appointed as chairman by the bank’s majority shareholder at the...

  • EU threatens $12 bn in tariffs over US Boeing subsidies

    EU threatens $12 bn in tariffs over US Boeing subsidies

    The EU on Wednesday unveiled a wide-ranging list of US-made goods, from beeswax to car parts, subject to tariffs in retaliation for subsidies to Boeing as a transatlantic trade war risked re-erupting. "European companies must be able to compete on...

  • Business Conditions Index eases as economy remains above average

    Business Conditions Index eases as economy remains above average

    The Business Conditions Index compiled by the Central Bank of Malta eased slightly in March, dropping to 0.6 from a revised value of 0.7 in February. It continued to indicate above-average economic conditions. The BCI was affected by lower...

  • European car sales stay in reverse

    European car sales stay in reverse

    European car sales fell 3.9 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, marking the seventh-straight monthly drop, an industry body said Wednesday. "Demand decreased in all major EU markets," the European Automobile Manufacturers...

  • Which asset allocation approach should investors adopt?

    Which asset allocation approach should investors adopt?

    Put simply, investors should never risk all of their resources in one single idea, venture or asset. Likewise, it’s fundamental that investors diversify their investments across different types of assets and securities. Ideally, diversification...

  • No to geo-blocking

    Geo-blocking is illegal on all counts and the European Commission, as the EU’s competition watchdog, will waste no time in enforcing EU anti-trust rules against any trader which seeks to impede cross-border trade. This has been made amply clear by...

  • Markets rise on optimism over trade talks

    Global stock markets mainly rose yesterday on optimism over trade talks between Beijing and Washington, with earnings results also heartening investors. “Equity markets in Europe are higher as the positive move in Asia overnight has rubbed off on...

  • MSE Equity Price Index remains virtually flat

    MSE Equity Price Index remains virtually flat

    The MSE Equity Price Index stayed at just above 4,692 points on Tuesday as the gains in four equities were almost completely wiped out by the declines in nine other companies. Meanwhile, HSBC and MIDI closed the day unchanged. Trading volumes...

  • Achieve peace of mind with cloud ERP

    Achieve peace of mind with cloud ERP

    With the commercial landscape increasingly gravitating towards being data-centric, the larger a business grows, the greater the need for software solutions to manage data and information. If you’re constantly struggling to obtain business-critical...

  • UK employment hits record high despite Brexit uncertainty

    UK employment hits record high despite Brexit uncertainty

    British employment has reached a record-high level, shaking off stubborn uncertainty surrounding the UK's departure from the European Union, official data showed on Tuesday. "The level of employment in the UK increased by 179,000 to a record high...