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BG View from the editor

Interest rates to rise?

I was struck last week by the frank way in which Central Bank Governor Ewart Williams answered a question on inflation from Guardian business reporter Sharon Lym last week after the end of the function to report on the work that Banking Ombudsman Judy Chang has been doing...

News

Good times, tough decisions

I had to make a difficult decision last week, the first since I started investing. All along, things had been fine. My stocks were performing well and apart from a few downs, movement was generally up...

Hart not worried about prices

Government’s housing programme is on schedule and within budget, UDeCOTT Chairman Calder Hart insists...

No collusion on Customs House

Construction will begin next month on the $1 billion Richmond Street Government Campus, UDeCOTT chairman Calder Hart said...

The price of fraud

Cardholders, beware! Fraudsters are on the loose. And their victims are motorists at gas stations and diners at high-end restaurants...

Tech meltdown shelves satellite radio plans - WorldSpace exits T&T

Washington-based satellite radio provider WorldSpace has shelved plans to launch a service in the Caribbean and Latin America, making a quiet exit from Trinidad — the base for its regional operations...

Hosang stands by his word

One of the main lessons Anthony Hosang learned as president of the T&T Manufacturers’ Association was to hold his tongue...

Seminar to look at labour rumblings

Rumblings within the labour force in recent weeks are not by accident. The breakdown in labour relations throughout the country is symptomatic of a lack of negotiating skills, Miguel DeFour, a specialist in strategic deal negotiating said...

Malcolm Jones: Labour shortage to get worse

Signs of a deepening crisis in the construction sector are surfacing as industry observers point to an increasing shortage of skilled labour...

Outsourcing may cost you more

It is now a common practice for a business to outsource a wide variety of services that, in the past, would have been provided by employees...

Market at pivotal point

Can stocks sustain their growth?

Irrational exuberance — a phrase previously used by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, is now being used by many market participants to describe investor attitudes in T&T...

Features

Taxing thoughts on housing

We started this series by looking at housing and the important part it plays in the property market and society in general...

Building a balanced portfolio

A portfolio is essentially the sum of all of your different investments. These investments will probably include stocks, bonds and mutual funds...

Technology

Printers - A laser may be your best bet

Last week we looked at inkjet printers and the trusty old dot matrix printers. The last category of printer that we’ll talk about is where the kings of speed reside — the laser printers...

Commentary and Analysis

Creative recombination

Using what you have

Sounds academic? Well, it’s not. In his book Change Without Pain Eric Abrahamson describes the benefits of what he calls creative recombination...

LNG strike hurting NGC too

I see Larry Achong has sensibly followed the advice I gave him three weeks ago and resigned from the People’s National Movement (PNM) Government...

Investors borrow ‘cheap’ funds

The local economy continued to witness prevailing liquidity conditions this past week.Consumers were forced yet again to contend with lower interest rates for another week. However, investors have been taking full advantage of this excess liquidity by borrowing “cheap” funds from commercial banks as lower rates were offered...


 

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