Monday, May 29, 2017

Israeli tech-sector stocks have a lot to offer

The country of Israel has developed into a small, but fine stronghold of high-tech. Israeli-owned companies in the sector have had a good run on the stock market for more than a year now. Quite rightly, as details prove.

Solar, geothermal, LEEDS and the rise of the electric vehicle

The ceremony was less than “historic,” but marked a minor milestone as Cuba’s first electric car was handed over in Havana on March 17 to its Guyana Embassy owners by Cayman Automotive’s John Felder. Felder’s U.S.-based Premier Automotive Export subsidiary of Cayman Automotive shipped the US-built, four-door Nissan Leaf to Havana in late February.

The Rolls-Royce of reminders for Cayman’s regulated entities

On Jan. 17, 2017, Brian Leveson, QC, approved the entry by Rolls-Royce and the Serious Fraud Office into the largest deferred prosecution agreement of its kind. In what is a timely reminder for all regulated entities – including those in the Cayman Islands – Rolls-Royce’s cooperation with the regulator was considered to be an important factor in determining that the DPA was appropriate.

Chamber president turns focus to education

Education will be a central priority for new Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce president Kyle Broadhurst. The attorney succeeded 2016 president Paul Pearson in February. While Broadhurst will serve a quick year in the role, he hopes to use his term to solidify educational collaboration between the chamber and government.

Brexit and the Cayman Islands – preparing for impact

The current consensus on the possible impact of Brexit on the Cayman Islands and indeed the Caribbean is simply that it all depends on the final Brexit deal negotiated between the U.K. and the EU. But there are a number of reasonable implications and we need to prepare for them.

Why hedge funds underperform

The bull market in stocks recently celebrated its eighth birthday. But the current upswing in share prices is already quite old by historical market standards. Although bull markets usually do not die of old age alone, nobody knows for sure for how much longer this one will survive. But whether its death comes tomorrow or in several years, the performance so far is impressive.

UK criminal offense for facilitating tax fraud affects Cayman service providers

Financial services providers in the Cayman Islands may well be within the scope of new corporate criminal offenses for the facilitation of tax crimes both in the U.K. and in other countries. At an event organized by Cayman Finance in March, officials from HM Revenue and Customs presented details on two new criminal offenses which are going to be introduced by the U.K. Criminal Finances Bill. The bill is currently going through the committee stage in the House of Lords.

Financial centers targeted in sophisticated phishing scams

Recent email scams directed at Cayman Islands government and law enforcement point to a general rise in sophisticated phishing efforts, warns eShore managing director Polly Pickering. While many businesses still feel immune to such attacks, Pickering encourages professionals to learn from high-profile cases like the Panama Papers before hackers hit at home.

A pre-emptive versus a data-driven Federal Reserve

Immediately following the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) decision on March 15 to raise the Fed funds rate to 0.75 percent to 1 percent, bond and equity markets rose in spectacular fashion. Currency markets quickly joined in the fanfare, sending the U.S. dollar sharply lower. In what is considered a “Goldilocks” environment for risk assets, the simple message from Chairwoman Janet Yellen is “the economy is doing very well.”

Telecommunication: Flow Caribbean president looks to upgrade infrastructure

As broadband providers seek to step up speed and service, Flow’s Caribbean president, Garfield Sinclair, has his eye on renovating island infrastructure. He considers the Cayman Islands one of his top Caribbean markets, alongside Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. Despite the islands’ small population, their GDP has made them a priority for upgrading high-speed, LTE service.

The disruptive rise of machines in finance

The finance industry is just at the beginning of an unprecedented era of disruption. The accelerating speed of technological change and the potential for automation promises massive changes for banks, investment firms and other parts of the financial industry.

Insurance group turns to intelligent technology

Artificial intelligence technology, described as mimicking the human immune system, is planned as the next line of cyber defense for Cayman Islands health insurance provider BritCay.

Sustainable prices, scarce waterfront land, global interest

This could be one of those rare moments: The salespeople and the surveyors, the people who value real estate on a business-to-business basis, agree the market is strong and likely to remain so.

Inflation: It’s not all in the data

Monique Frederick Butterfield Inflation, an ongoing rise in the general level of prices, is a metric of paramount importance in economic policy, and even more...

Cayman and BVI poised to benefit from Islamic finance growth

Offshore centers are poised to benefit from the enormous growth forecast in Islamic finance over the next few years, says Ogier’s Head of Banking and Finance in Asia.

Forbes analyst gives Trump a pass on taxation, not immigration

Forbes political economy editor John Tamny gave the new U.S. president a mixed report card at the Cayman Economic Outlook conference on Feb. 2. Taking a pro-immigration, anti-tax stance, he ranked President Donald Trump’s ideology from good to “quite simply terrifying.”

Bull market resumes its climb alongside a wall of worry

The bulls are back. Leading world stock markets are impressing observers with new record highs. The Cayman Journal explains why this is happening and what speaks in favor of following the bulls on their way up.

Investment summit: ‘Hedge funds are not dead’

Hedge fund investments have been described as failing many times before, so the suggestion that the industry is dead or in decline is an “alternative fact,” according to Mark Yusko, CEO and chief investment officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management.

Global implosion of trust

Public trust in the institutions of government, business, the media and nongovernmental organizations is in freefall, according to a survey in the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer.In two-thirds of the 28 countries surveyed, more than half of the public no longer trusts mainstream institutions to do what is right.

Cayman retailers turn focus to local shoppers amid dampened tourism sales

Tumultuous politics and competitive pricing spelled a difficult year for Cayman retailers focused on tourist foot traffic in 2016.While cruise ship and stay-over arrivals held steady with around 2 million visitors, retailers felt the effects of depressed exchange rates out of Europe and uncertainty created by the U.S. elections.
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