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  • The art of subjectivity

    The art of subjectivity

    One of the training and developing programmes I enjoy greatly delivering is one which relates to the leadership of change. This is because it provides me with the opportunity to emphasise the importance of balancing the technical dimension of any...

  • How General Electric gambled on fossil fuel power and lost

    How General Electric gambled on fossil fuel power and lost

    Last March, executives at General Electric Co’s power-plant business gave Wall Street a surprisingly bullish forecast for the year. Despite flat demand for new natural gas power plants, they said, GE Power’s revenue and profit would rise. Showing...

  • South Korea regulator flags better deal for cryptocurrency industry

    South Korea regulator flags better deal for cryptocurrency industry

    A better deal for South Korea’s cryptocurrency industry might be in the offing as the market regulator changes tack from its tough stance on the virtual coin trade, promising instead to help promote blockchain technology. The regulator said...

  • New US dollar correspondent bank

    The Bank of New York Mellon has been appointed as BNF Bank’s international partner, authorised to provide international funds transfer payment services to US dollar on its behalf. The Bank of New York Mellon is a leading American worldwide banking...

  • Equity markets rise, yields drop

    World stock markets advanced yesterday, with US shares rebounding from a day earlier and bond yields easing off highs, following more cautious talk about the potential for interest rate increases this year. Oil prices also rose as the US dollar...

  • Permanent addiction to interest payments

    At a recent presentation to Maltese equity investors I sarcastically depicted the typical reaction from a local investor when confronted by the option of capital growth versus interest payments. Everyone laughed and probably most understood, but I...

  • The start of the financial reporting season

    The start of the financial reporting season

    Earlier this week the financial reporting season commenced with the publication of the annual financial statements of HSBC Bank Malta plc while Malta International Airport plc released its results yesterday. The purpose of this article is not to...

  • Investment and finance stakeholders promote Malta in Paris, Lille

    Investment and finance stakeholders promote Malta in Paris, Lille

    Representatives from Malta Enterprise, Finance Malta, the Maltese French Chamber of Commerce and the Malta Tourism Authority were in France on January 30-31 to address business events organised by the Embassy of Malta. French entrepreneurs and...

  • Promoting financial literacy

    For the fourth year running, the Malta Bankers’ Association (MBA) is organising a series of events and activities in preparation for the European Money Week, being held between March 12-18. Money Week is an initiative of the European Banking...

  • Index brings wave of relief to bond markets

    German bond yields hit two-week lows yesterday as weaker-than-expected business activity data from the euro area eased concern that ultra-easy monetary policy in the bloc could end sooner rather than later. Long-term borrowing costs across the...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The CMA CGM Puget from Algeciras to Salerno, the Okee Ann Mari from Aliaga to Bejaia (both CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), MV Eurocargo Venezia from Genoa to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime), the Antwerp from Algiers...

  • 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...

  • 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...