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Eyes on the prize

May 5, 2010

Retail banking in South Africa has emerged relatively unscathed from the global recession. Bankers are now taking advantage of the upturn, the confidence generated by the forthcoming World Cup hosted in the country and the largely untapped potential presented by the under-banked and unbanked population. Writer Michael Imeson

Malta stands tall in finance

March 31, 2010

Since joining the EU six years ago, the Maltese banking sector has flourished and the country has developed a firm yet flexible regulatory regime, supported by the European regulatory environment. In this Masterclass, Professor Joseph Bannister, president of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), discusses the recent restructuring of the authority and how it aims to further strengthen Malta's status as an international financial centre. Writer Michael Imeson

Payments: challenges and rewards

March 31, 2010

The payments landscape is changing. Customers are demanding more, so banks are having to decide how to update their payments infrastructures. Competition is becoming fiercer and regulation is getting tougher. Despite this, the rewards can be high. Payments are still the lynchpin between a bank and its customers, and new markets, such as payments for the unbanked and mobile banking, are being explored. These issues and more were discussed in Brussels, Belgium, last month. Writer Michael Imeson

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Getting there... living there

March 31, 2010

The lap of luxury: Malta's Xara Hotel is expensive but attracts visitors from far and wide

Anyone considering doing business in Malta will need to know a few practical things about flights, hotels and so on - and more if they are thinking of living there. Writer Michael Imeson

Pool of support

March 31, 2010

Kevin Valenzia, territory senior partner for PwC in Valletta

Accountants, lawyers, consultants and more - Malta boasts a talented pool of professionals to cater for the financial service sector, and at a cheaper price than other European financial centres. Writer Michael Imeson

Firm yet flexible

March 31, 2010

Professor Joseph Bannister, Malta Financial Services Authority's chairman

When a financial institution considers setting up in a new jurisdiction, it wants a regime that is robust, but also fair. For many, the Malta Financial Services Authority ticks all these boxes. Writer Michael Imeson

An international flavour

March 31, 2010

Malta's insurance sector is highly oriented towards international insurers, with insurance management companies based in the country heavily involved in helping to run them on behalf of their parent organisations.

Attracting allcomers

March 31, 2010

With 401 funds registered, many of which moved to the country upon it joining the EU six years ago, Malta has acquired a reputation as an attractive fund domicile that has drawn in custom from beyond its EU neighbours. Writer Michael Imeson

Sound principles

March 31, 2010

Malta has one of the soundest banking systems in the world, a testament to the reliable, old-fashioned principles adhered to by its leading 'credit institutions licence holders': Bank of Valletta and HSBC Bank Malta. Writer Michael Imeson

Michael Bonello

March 31, 2010

Michael Bonello, governor of the Central Bank of Malta

The governor of the Central Bank of Malta gives an assessment of the country's economy, explaining why its financial sector managed to emerge from the recession in relatively good health. Interview Michael Imeson

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