Sunday, May 19, 2019

Interest Rates: Don’t fight the Fed

In the current economic environment, in which the Federal Reserve has put a rate-hike campaign on hold and is set to end balance sheet reduction, citing increased risks to US economic growth, risk assets should outperform.

Financial Services: How cryptography unlocks next generation financial services

While we may not realise it, cryptography has been a part of our everyday life for the last decade – from our Facebook password to our Netflix account details – and now it is changing how people go about their financial business.

Cayman’s property market: ‘Don’t call it a boom’

Cayman’s real estate market is thriving by any measure. Total property sales reached a record $800 million last year, an 18 percent increase over 2017. The number of property transfers, at 1,857 transactions, was 9 percent higher year on year. Construction activity, meanwhile, continues unabated all over the island.

What CUC needs to do to go ‘green’

On Jan. 15, the Caribbean Utilities Company announced that government accepted its integrated resource plan, a road map for how the territory will produce its energy over the next 30 years.

Quality financials prompted Cayman National takeover

March 13 was a red-letter day for Cayman National Corporation Ltd. That was the day the Trinidad-headquartered Republic Group finalised its acquisition of Cayman National, making the territory’s only local bank local no longer.

Plastic-free push gains momentum

Plastic, the miracle material invented 112 years ago, has morphed into the scourge of the modern era. Reports abound about tons of plastic debris washed up on shores, swirling about in oceans and rivers and found inside the bodies of fish.

Where next with the EU tax blacklist?

On March 12, government and the financial sector awaited with bated breath the outcome of the European Union’s evaluation of Cayman’s tax regime.

Environment: Managing waste becoming more than reduce, reuse, recycle

Each year, Cayman adds about 90,000 tonnes of waste to a single landfill site that already contains 1.5 million tonnes of garbage. In an area of 37 acres, this means the trash piles nearly 90 feet high.

Environment: What’s new on the green front

Cayman is making strides when it comes to going green. From sustainable construction practices to renewable energy programmes, Cayman is moving forward on the green front.

Cayman soars in Global Financial Centres Index

The Cayman Islands jumped from 29th to 21st position in the twenty-fifth edition of the Global Financial Centres Index.

Economic forecasting: Is its predictive power fading?

One of the challenges that many investors have faced in interpreting economic forecasts is the fact that despite the predictive relationship of the data there are always questions left unanswered regarding cause and effect (the chicken and egg dilemma).

Beyond towers: CEO speakers provide glimpse into the future

Premier Alden McLaughlin’s announcement that Dart is planning an “iconic tower” that would “greatly exceed” the territory’s 10-story building limit was the biggest news to come out of last week’s Cayman Economic Outlook conference.

Special Report: Record tourism drives resort boom

Grand Cayman has been seeing a wave of new hotel developments catering to the luxury travel market.

Special Report: Residential real estate market takes off

By all accounts, the residential real estate market in the Cayman Islands is in boom territory, as demand increases, the economy continues to be healthy, and consumer confidence is on the rise.

Investment analysis: Should you trust your investments to machine learning algorithms?

While 2018 was a difficult year for investors, following a tumultuous fourth-quarter drop of 13.5 percent in the S&P 500 and a full-year decline of 4.4 percent in the S&P 500 Total Return Index, quantitative hedge funds managed by the likes of Bridgewater, D.E. Shaw, and Renaissance Technologies, performed comparably well.

Industry players see new opportunities in reinsurance

The Cayman Islands is capitalizing on new opportunities in the reinsurance market after 75 percent of the 33 new insurance and reinsurance companies established in Cayman last year were linked to the reinsurance space.

Companies turning to software to comply with AML rules

Throughout their careers in the financial services industry, former Maples managing partner Charles Jennings and compliance officer Kimberly Smith had to deal with an everchanging landscape of anti-money laundering rules and regulations.

New law on validity of wills in Cayman offers ‘greater flexibility’

The new Cayman Islands’ Formal Validity of Wills (Persons Dying Abroad) Law 2018, which came into effect on Feb. 1, 2019, offers far greater flexibility for international clients who wish to invest in and do business in the Cayman Islands, according to a leading private client lawyer in the jurisdiction.

Immigration: Pitfalls for the unwary in residency rights

Are you a permanent resident or do you have the right to remain permanently?Both the same, right? In my mind, fundamentally, yes. Under the Immigration Law of the Cayman Islands, seemingly not. Unexpected twists and pitfalls await the unwary.

Legally Speaking: Confusion at the intersection of BOT citizenship and being Caymanian

Passports seem to have originated as a document authorizing persons to pass through “the gate” of a medieval city.
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