Saturday, June 23, 2018

UK pressure causing water companies to leave Cayman

The “tax haven” stigma has come back to bite Cayman again, this time in the form of recent announcements by a handful of United Kingdom water companies that they will be shutting down their Cayman-based subsidiaries.

Regulating cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been the buzzwords in the tech sphere for the past couple of years.

‘Med Tech’: Spending as fast as you can just to keep up

The April classified advertisement is a little scary, seeking a “systems engineer,” listing a dozen profoundly technical skills an applicant should have in order to gain the $65,000-$77,000 position at the Health Services Authority.

Secular market cycles: What’s your strategy for your portfolio?

Global financial markets have revelled in somewhat of a sweet spot over the last eight years. Most striking are the significant positive returns across major asset classes that historically exhibit strong negative correlation.

Sea level, temperature rise threaten Cayman in just 80 years

The most-startling prediction is that a quarter-meter rise in sea levels, less than 10 inches, will swamp 33 buildings in Grand Cayman, among them 17 private homes and two apartment blocks. Apart from the shock value, the striking thing about the forecasts are that they are nine years old, published in 2009.

The changing landscape of telecommunications

Just several years ago, companies like Digicel were largely known as mobile phone providers. But with the exploding popularity of WhatsApp and other applications that allow people to text and make voice calls over the internet, telecommunications companies can no longer rely on selling prepaid and postpaid bundles of minutes to make the bulk of their revenue.

From Cayman to the world, Canada corners global cannabis market

In May 2017, a George Town pharmacy housed in CTMH Doctors Hospital received a shipment that just a year prior would have been unthinkable. That month, Professional Pharmacy Services legally purchased 12.96 liters (3.42 U.S. gallons) of cannabis oils from Canada’s CanniMed Therapeutics.

Cayman moves up financial rankings

The twenty-third edition of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 23) ranked the Cayman Islands as the 22nd best financial center in the world out of 110 total jurisdictions. Cayman’s ranking improved nine places over the last year and was the highest among all U.K. Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Demand billing, solar+storage and the looming challenge of renewable energy

Basing electricity charges on a consumer’s peak use in any single month is a departure for the Caribbean Utilities Company, but executives say the scheme accords with its still-unpublished – and 15 months delayed – 30-year planning report.

From war-torn Liberia to Cayman, and beyond

The Cayman Islands has been linked to many cross-border legal disputes, but few span the number of jurisdictions or the amount of time as an ongoing case in the United States that is pitting a British Virgin Islands-based attorney against a U.S. district court.

Tesla-led battery storage set to boost renewable energy, efficiency, reduce costs

The business of solar energy steadily expands, spurred by improved technology, and creating a race to design the most-efficient battery for storing excess power, enabling consumers to spread demand and defray costs.

Managed waste disposal slowly takes shape as DEH looks to DECCO project managers

Make what you will of the project to remediate the solid-waste disaster dubbed “Mount Trashmore,” but the effort to end the fire, smoke and leaching hazard has to be a good thing. The shredding of 7,000 tons of discarded tires is nearly complete, and at 100 tires per ton, that makes 700,000 tires that will be removed from the George Town landfill by early spring.

Experts mull future at Cayman Economic Outlook 2018

A list of speakers that included some of the world’s most prominent futurists and technology consultants discussed a variety of topics last month at the 15th annual Cayman Economic Outlook conference.

Residential real estate growing by double digits; commercial ready to soar

The complaints nibble at the edges of their optimism, but the upbeat mood among real estate brokers remains firm, though things could be even better – and South Sound is still booming.

CEOs optimistic despite increasing anxiety over threats to growth

A record-breaking share of chief executive officers are optimistic about the economic environment worldwide, at least in the short term.

Improving operational efficiency is top priority for private equity CFOs

Faced with increased competition, investor scrutiny and pressure on fees, private equity financial chief officers are looking to increase operational efficiency, but according to the EU 2018 Global Private Equity Survey, there is not a single clear strategy followed by the industry.

The Non-Profit Organisations Law: Key considerations for charities

The Cayman Islands recently implemented legislation which will have serious implications for charities operating in the Islands.

More than 30 years of CIREBA, Cayman’s only real estate association

Founded in 1987, the nonprofit Cayman Islands’ Real Estate Brokers’ Association annually oversees nearly three-quarters of all local realty transactions, listing at any given time an average of 1,500 properties valued around $1.6 billion.

Carrying on the Chamber’s mission

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce has a new face at its helm as of last month, with Paul Byles replacing Kyle Broadhurst as the organization’s president. However, not much will change under the new president’s leadership, Byles told the Journal last month.

Digital wallet initiative seeks to reform identity management

Despite Cayman’s reputation for fast-and-easy banking, residents of the islands know the headache that can come with opening a personal bank account. One appointment can turn into several, as would-be clients track down the necessary paperwork and await the weeks-long approval process.
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