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  • ETFs: An alternative to direct exposures to equities

    ETFs: An alternative to direct exposures to equities

    An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is a basket of equities, bonds, commodities or assets which track an index. Take the Lyxor ETF DAX (DAX FP EQUITY) as an example. If you buy this ETF, you would be getting exposure to the 30 stocks which make up the...

  • Politics and economics should not mix

    The title of this week’s contribution may induce you to have a second and third look. However, we need to remember that we are in the midst of the silly season. So anything that may sound odd may eventually make sense after all. The title looks...

  • Air Berlin aims for asset sales to at least two buyers by end September – CEO

    Air Berlin aims for asset sales to at least two buyers by end September – CEO

    Insolvent German airline Air Berlin aims to strike deals to sell assets to two or more buyers by the end of September, before a government loan keeping its planes in the air runs out, its chief executive said. The group is in talks with a total of...

  • Businesses have not changed strategic planning due to Brexit

    Businesses have not changed strategic planning due to Brexit

    A majority of businesses are yet to change their strategic planning due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, a survey of chief financial officers showed. Big businesses were vocal in the run-up to the referendum in June 2016 that a...

  • Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange to begin trading this month

    Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of Bitcoin Egypt said, linking the Middle East’s most populous country with a cryptocurrency that has surged in value in recent months. Many governments around the world...

  • Cautious tone from central banks sends global stocks lower

    Global stocks fell yesterday as investors trimmed their exposure to riskier assets after central bank minutes revealed a wary take on the economic outlook from rate-setters on both sides of the Atlantic. The European Central Bank expressed caution...

  • Lufthansa in talks to buy most of Air Berlin planes - media

    Lufthansa in talks to buy most of Air Berlin planes - media

    Germany's Lufthansa is in talks to buy a majority of insolvent Air Berlin's aircraft, with the backing of Berlin, which is pushing for a national aviation champion, media reports said today. Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest airline, filed for...

  • Inflation creeps up - but still below EU average

    Inflation creeps up - but still below EU average

    In July 2017, the annual rate of inflation as measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) increased to 1.2 per cent, from 1.0 per cent registered in June 2017. The National Statistics Office said that the largest upward impact on...

  • Maiden results from PG plc

    Maiden results from PG plc

    On May 4, the shares of PG plc began trading on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange following an initial public offering (IPO) in which executive deputy chairman Paul Gauci disposed of 27 million shares at €1 each, representing 25 per...

  • Moving back into European equities

    Moving back into European equities

    We are now beyond the middle of summer and having anticipated a difficult time for the European equity market beyond May, time may now be ripe to reconsider additional investments in the region. The summer holiday period is always one of...

  • Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda looms large

    Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda looms large

    As the US, Canada and Mexico kicked off negotiations yesterday to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement, the biggest uncertainty is whether a deal can pass President Donald Trump’s “America First” test. Trump has blamed Nafta for...

  • Cracking down on ‘black’ money, India steps up scrutiny of shell firms

    When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned high-denomination currency bills in a surprise move late last year, authorities noticed a surge in shell companies depositing cash in banks, seemingly in a bid to hide who owned that wealth. The...

  • Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13bn in back taxes unjustified

    Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13bn in back taxes unjustified

    Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to €13 billion in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper. The European Commission ordered...

  • Miners lift European shares on metals prices, eurozone growth

    Miners and oil stocks led Europe's major share indexes higher yesterday on the back of higher metals prices and improved eurozone GDP figures. The pan-European STOXX 600 ended the session 0.7 per cent higher, its third day of gains after a sharp...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The MV Eurocargo Venezia from Catania to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime), the Sainty Vogue from Sfax to Annaba (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) and the Rio Blanco from Port Tangier to Alexandria (Thomas Smith and Co.

  • BOV share price records 3-day positive streak

    BOV share price records 3-day positive streak

      Following the minimal drop of 0.05% last Monday, the MSE Share Index rebounded strongly as it gained 0.67% to a near two-week high of 4,685.930 points today, mainly reflecting the gains in the share prices of BOV (+2.6%) and HSBC (+1%) which...

  • The Investor Spectrum

    The Investor Spectrum

    So you want to invest? How do you go about it? And if so, what assets are available to you for generating future wealth and income? Investing has become a popular alternative to fixed term deposits over the years, more and more now that we find...

  • Facebook expands Marketplace trading service across Europe

    Facebook is stepping up its moves into e-commerce by expanding its service for connecting local buyers and sellers into 17 new European markets, the US company said this week. Marketplace, which sits alongside Facebook’s mainstay newsfeed, photo,...

  • Uber resumes services in Philippines in defiance of suspension order

    Uber Technologies Inc resumed its services in the Philippines this week, defying a regulator’s order that had suspended the ride-hailing firm’s services for a month in the Southeast Asian nation. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory...

  • Britain proposes new customs deal

    Britain outlined plans for a future customs agreement with the EU yesterday and an interim deal to ease companies’ Brexit concerns, proposals one senior EU official described as “fantasy”. After a slow start to negotiations to end more than 40...