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Malta's Ratings for Investments

Malta's Ratings for Investments

Updated on Saturday 11th February 2017

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Malta-ratings-for-investmentsThe Government has imposed high standards for investments which is why Malta’s ratings when it comes to investments are the same. The Government has also included special paragraphs in its most important law on investments: The Investment Services Act. These mentions refer to the supervision of investment and retirement funds, but also investment management companies in Malta in order to obtain the best results after the assessments.

The result of such actions are that the most important rating agencies in the world have mentioned Malta to have A or B ratings, which are the best results a country could obtain. Predictions are also usually stable or positive.

Ratings on investments in Malta

The three most prestigious credit rating agencies in the world are Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch. All these agencies have issued ratings for Malta at the beginning of the year. The last update for Malta’s ratings on investments was done at the end of July, 2016 and showed the following results:

  • -          Standard and Poor’s issued a BBB+ rating with a positive outlook;
  • -          Moody’s issued an A3 rating with a stable outlook;
  • -          Fitch issued an A rating with a stable outlook.

Among these agencies, Standard and Poor’s released a detailed report on Malta’s rating which states the country’s economy will expand by 2.8% on an annual basis between 2016 and 2018. The increase is expected to be generated by investments in the energy industry which will trigger consumption and employment growth. These investments will also improve the Maltese business environment, according to the rating agency.

You can also watch the video below for details about Malta's rating for investments:

Why are investment ratings important for Malta?

A good rating means attracting foreign investors to Malta, which is the main goal of the Government. Being a small country with limited resources, Malta had to put in place laws that encourage foreign direct investments and succeeded it. These laws have also determined internationally recognized agencies to offer Malta good ratings on investments, some of them presenting the small country as model of FDI. In 2015 also, Malta’s International Investment Position rose by more than 1 billion euros.

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