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MFSA Consults on Investments in Virtual Currencies

In line with the Government’s policy to develop the digital economy, the Malta Financial Services Authority (“MFSA”) is considering the manner in which further rules may be introduced to ensure investor protection and market integrity in the context of investments in virtual currencies. In this context, the MFSA...

Big money stays away from booming bitcoin

Bitcoin is booming, digital currency hedge funds are sprouting at the rate of two a week and the value of all cryptocurrencies has surged tenfold this year to more than $170 billion.   Yet for all the hype, mainstream institutional investors are steering clear of the nascent...

Malta remains focused on attracting talent

There is never an easy time to launch a hedge fund. With a raft of regulatory compliance considerations, the latest – and potentially most ominous – being MiFID 2 when it comes into effect on 3 January, costs are rising. And at the same time,...

PM, Finance Malta address Milan’s Chamber of Commerce

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat accompanied by Finance Malta chairman Kenneth Farrugia and Malta Enterprise CEO Mario Galea recently addressed officials from the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, Monza and Brianza.   The meeting was also attended by a business delegation based in the Lombardy region who were...

Main market v Prospects

In February 2016, the Malta Stock Exchange launched Prospects to offer small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) an alternative source of raising finance through the capital market. Since its launch, there have been five issuers on Prospects and many investors may be questioning the difference between...

Financial services firms expect to recruit more staff

More than four in five (81 per cent) senior professionals in Malta’s financial services sector expect their companies to increase the number of employees over the next five years, research commissioned by Managing Partners Group, the international asset management group, shows. The research – 43 senior professionals...

Financial sector could grow to 15% of GDP – survey

Main driver will be company relocation to Malta   A survey of 43 professionals working in Malta’s financial services industry reveals the clear majority expect the sector to enjoy strong growth over the next five years.   The sector currently contributes just over 12% of Malta’s GDP, but 87%...

Malta lays the ground for a blockchain revolution

Maltese government wants to be pioneer in embracing blockchain and woo companies to the island   The Maltese government has started revealing details of an ambitious plan to turn the island into one of the first countries in the world to embrace the blockchain technology.   In an interview...

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