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Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) has launched a financial literacy website intended to develop a more financially literate populace across the region.

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

House hunting is changing. In fact, so too is the search for anything you want to rent. Driven by their own bad house-hunting experiences, a group of university students has teamed up to do brisk business placing rentals online.

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Government is leaning towards floating the Port Authority of Jamaica on the stock exchange to raise equity capital for the over-leveraged firm, while broadening its ownership. The Port Authority is one of 15 to 20 state-owned businesses and assets up for privatisation

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In March 2009, my 1995 Nissan Sunny car was hit by a Leyland truck. The truck is owned by L.P., who lives abroad, and was driven by S.B. The third-party insurers have denied liability. The driver's licence was issued only three months before the accident. The policy requires him to have had a licence for not less than three years. I contacted the owner's son. With a 'take it or leave it attitude', he told me that he was willing to stand half the cost of repairs.

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The commercial real-estate market is seeing a shift in demand by retailers who are giving up space in high-rent locations and seeking inexpensive display, storage and operating space in Montego Bay, usually in the centre of the town.

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dr Christopher Tufton, the minister of agriculture, is urging more private interests in invest in the sector. "The time is right for the private sector to invest in agriculture because of proven returns in certain sectors, and good opportunities are now available...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Three days into the offer for the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX), Finance Minister Audley Shaw was ebul-lient about the response from bondholders."The response has been remark-able," he said Wednesday night while addressing the monthly Mayberry Investor ...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Cristopher Williams, who is currently transitioning from NCB Capital Markets Limited to Proven Investments Limited, a new investment firm, is suggesting that Government use the opportunity presented by its liability management plan..

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Government needs to do more than a debt exchange to right its fiscal accounts, said Bruce Bowen, president and chief executive officer of Scotia Group Jamaica, whose formula for growth includes revisions to the tax system, smaller government and bigger...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's fiscal deficit is now estimated at 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and the overall public-sector deficit will likely round out the year at 12.75 per cent of GDP, according to information presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Audley Shaw Tuesday...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) is losing two of its senior strategists to Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), who will join the mortgage group's wealth-management team, according to well-placed sources. Jason Morris, portfolio manager ...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans heading into retirement this year are likely to see a reduction of up to 40 per cent on private pension income after the Government's debt-swap transaction closes, according to the estimates of local actuaries...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A temporary freeze on the licensing of securities dealers whose business models are skewed towards trading in repurchase agreement and other short-term liabilities will take effect next Tuesday as part of the financial-sector reform in adherence...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Because last week's column was penned before the finance ministry's debt restructuring was made public, I attempted, too late for the paper, to add this postscript:"Heartening indeed it is to note Jamaica Money Market Brokers' Keith Duncan and other...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has appointed a new board of directors to oversee the National Housing Trust (NHT), an agency now facing tough scrutiny after allegations by the contractor general of fraudulent contract awards....

Published:Friday | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Vistaprint Jamaica Limited, six years into its operation in Montego Bay, has acquired approximately 4.4 hectares (11 acres) of land at Fairfield on the north-western tip of the city to establish a new base, but is yet to determine when the facility will be built...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The head of the IMF said China and other developing Asian economies are leading a global recovery that is faster and stronger than expected, but warned that money rushing into emerging markets could lead to asset bubbles. Dominique Strauss-Kahn...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

China will slow its massive lending spree and step up monitoring of banks as it tries to prevent speculative bubbles in real estate and other assets while keeping the country's economic recovery on track, a top regulator said Wednesday....

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A number of initiatives, including an early-retirement incentive package, are to be implemented to assist persons who transition out of the public sector, a government spokesperson has said.Chief executive officer of the Public Sector Transformation...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Home Box Office Latin America Group (HBO LAG) and Flow Jamaica declared their dispute over content settled, amid raised wine glasses on Monday to toast the new business partnerships cobbled after years of acrimony. Columbus Communication...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Singapore's first casino-resort is set to partially open Wednesday, a key part of a government plan to reduce reliance on manufacturing and brand the tightly controlled city-state as a cosmopolitan Asian capital. Resorts World Sentosa...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The structural reforms coming for the financial system, including new controls on fiscal policy, will create a better balance for the execution of monetary policy that allows price targets to be set and maintained, Bank of Jamaica Governor...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's participation in Expo Shanghai 2010, a six-month long trade show in China, is being coordinated by four Government ministries, using Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) as a rallying point for business interest.The expo is expected to bring some 70...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Audley Shaw, hours before he would table new legislation in Parliament Tuesday, announced new powers for the central bank over Jamaican firms in a round of sweeping policy changes for the financial system that would also force Shaw into stronger ...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The space in the Liguanea Plaza, which up to recently was occupied by the Hi-Lo Food Store, has been taken over by Tony and June Wong, who are expanding their north-coast grocery operation, General Foods Supermarket, into Kingston....

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