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  • Apple says reaches agreement on French back taxes

    Apple says reaches agreement on French back taxes

    Apple has reached an agreement with French authorities over 10 years of back taxes, the US firm told AFP on Tuesday, confirming information published by the French magazine L'Express. The magazine reported that the firm paid nearly €500 million to...

  • Is authoritarianism bad for the economy? Ask Venezuela – or Hungary or Turkey

    Is authoritarianism bad for the economy? Ask Venezuela – or Hungary or Turkey

    Democracy is at risk worldwide. And the economy may be, too. Seventy-one out of the world’s 195 countries saw their democratic institutions erode in recent years, according to the 2018 year-end report by democracy watchdog Freedom House, a...

  • Calculating percentage returns – a common rookie mistake

    Calculating percentage returns – a common rookie mistake

    In a number of my publications over recent months, I have, on a number of occasions, stressed on the importance for investors to be patient, be humble, take informed decisions, educate oneself, and take an interest. The list of educational topics...

  • First Maltese company to achieve top employer certification

    First Maltese company to achieve top employer certification

    Lidl Malta is the first Maltese company to ever be awarded a top employer certification. In fact, Lidl Malta has been awarded Top Employer 2019 as a result of its exceptional working conditions. This sought-after recognition has been awarded to...

  • FinanceMalta presents 2019 outlook at London Media Roundtable

    FinanceMalta presents 2019 outlook at London Media Roundtable

    FinanceMalta has presented its 2019 outlook for the development of financial services in Malta as part of a roundtable hosted in London on January 18. Kenneth Farrugia, chairman of FinanceMalta, took part in the event as part of a panel led by...

  • New Freeport collective agreement

    Malta Freeport Terminals has signed a new collective agreement with the General Workers’ Union covering 2018-2022 that provides its engineering department’s employees with better conditions while at the same time improving efficiency. The...

  • Money market report for week ending February 1

    On January 28, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its weekly main refinancing operations (MRO). The operation was conducted on January 29, and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €6.57 billion, €0.002 billion lower than...

  • Pound recovers with a little help from Merkel

    The pound came off its lows yesterday thanks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who struck a conciliatory tone over further Brexit talks. The British currency had dropped earlier following weak UK construction data and as Prime Minister Theresa...

  • Russian economy grew 2.3% in 2018, outpacing expectations

    Russian economy grew 2.3% in 2018, outpacing expectations

    Russia's economy expanded 2.3 per cent last year, growing more quickly than the government and the IMF had predicted, according to state statistics published Monday. Russia's growth rate accelerated from 1.6 per cent in 2017 and exceeded the...

  • MSE Equity Price Index reaches 3-week high

    MSE Equity Price Index reaches 3-week high

    The MSE Equity Price Index opened the week in positive territory as its climbed by 0.3% to a three-week high of 4,454.733 points. GO and MIA extended their recent positive trend and BOV rebounded from its multi-year low. On the other hand, HSBC...

  • UK seeks to reassure foreign investors spooked by Nissan decision

    UK seeks to reassure foreign investors spooked by Nissan decision

    Britain on Monday will seek to reassure foreign investors worried about Britain leaving the EU after Japanese automaker Nissan said it was scrapping a major planned investment less than two months before Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May was due...

  • Demeaning job interviews and bullying bosses are still far too common

    Demeaning job interviews and bullying bosses are still far too common

    And is there anything you’d like to ask us? It is that dreaded moment near the end of a job interview when, having more or less kept your composure for the previous half hour, you are invited to turn the tables and come up with an insightful,...

  • Give your investments time

    Archimedes is often quoted as saying, 'Give me a lever long enough and I can move the earth.' In investing, that lever is time. The length of time investments will be held, the period of time over which investment results will be measured and...

  • State of the European Union

    State of the European Union

    No, this is not about the Punch and Judy politics that have gripped the US under President Donald Trump. Rather, it is about the realities that the EU is facing in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in a few weeks. Many are rightly...

  • Shipping movements - February 4, 2019

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Contship Max from Sfax to Sfax, the AS Laetitia from Algiers to Algiers, the APL New Jersey from Koper to Port Said, the APL Oregon from Aliaga to Valencia, the Oued Ziz from Tunis to Tunis (all CMA...

  • Digital economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    “Technology is not an exogenous force over which we have no control. We are not constrained by a binary choice between accept and live with it and ‘reject and live without it’. Instead, take dramatic technological change as an invitation to...

  • Rooting for quality on the MSE

    Rooting for quality on the MSE

    It is now some 27 years since the Malta Stock Exchange first started its operations back in January 1992.  Using the human analogy, the MSE is now well passed its teenage years and though perhaps not fully matured, is well on the way to becoming a...

  • Listen: Everyone will lose as a result of trade wars in the long-run - Mapfre economist

    Listen: Everyone will lose as a result of trade wars in the long-run - Mapfre economist

    Trade wars have winners and losers and in the short-term China will be the loser. But what was happening between the US and China was a bilateral issue which would have an impact on third parties, Mafre economist Gonzalo de Cadenas Santiago told...

  • ‘Don’t be afraid of cyclical changes’ – Mapfre economist

    ‘Don’t be afraid of cyclical changes’ – Mapfre economist

    Rating agencies might “freak out” at any sign of a downturn, but the global economy actually needs cyclical changes, one of Mapfre’s top economic researchers believes. Things might not look too good for economic growth at the moment, but Mapfre...

  • MSE Index continues recovery

    MSE Index continues recovery

    The MSE Equity Total Return Index continued its recent recovery, as it added to the previous week’s substantial hike, with a more modest gain of 0.313 per cent, to close at 8,851.325 points. The Index closed at 8,836.856 on Thursday, meaning that...