Thursday, October 19, 2017

CAL poised for longer-haul aircraft, new destinations

The delivery of four 160-seat fuel-efficient Boeing aircraft late next year will at last allow Cayman Airways to consider new routes throughout Canada, the U.S. and potentially South America and Central America.

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.”

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.

Expect the unexpected

The Cayman Islands Journal, Feb. 1, 2017: By the time you read this, one of the most unlikely events that could have been imagined one year ago will have happened – Donald Trump will have been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America.

Reflation causes rotation

Inflation is coming! At least that is the warning from prophets of doom since the central banks began to react to the credit crisis of the years 2008/09 with an unprecedented expansionary monetary policy

‘Year for Tourism’ celebrates record prices and rebuilds

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association has declared 2017 “The Year for Tourism,” a declaration that comes in the wake of improving economies in Cayman’s North American markets and a long-awaited recovery at home, boosting arrivals, room inventories, new flights by Southwest Airlines, a new Ministry of Tourism outreach to South America, a residential building boom and plans for at least five new hotels.

Construction industry reports recovery, cautious optimism

The construction industry has rarely been acknowledged as the third pillar in a market driven by financial services and tourism, but Ian Pairaudeau, general manager at McAlpine Ltd., has little patience with that idea.

Wall Street starts 2017 with tailwind

Thanks to a series of new record highs, the leading U.S. stock market indices had a very successful end of the year. The recent momentum also puts the market in a good position heading into 2017.

Facts in the age of post-truth, truthiness and Trump

The year 2016 will be remembered for Brexit and for the election of Donald Trump to become the 45th president of the United States, for the media and pollsters getting it wrong, for experts being out of touch with “regular” people and for the establishment being oblivious to the extent of public discontent.

Cayman captives gain complexity

Comparing the number of captives in the Cayman Islands – 711 as of Sept. 30 2016, up from 709 captives 12 months ago – would suggest a flat market. But the pure statistics and consolidation in the industry masks a strong influx of new captives and the increasing complexity and amount of business carried out by insurance managers in Cayman.

After Brexit vote, pound resumes its long-term decline

The British Brexit vote has caught many market participants off guard, particularly in the foreign exchange market.

ETFs continue to disrupt asset management industry

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), that track indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq-100 Index etc., are nowadays very popular among investors – a trend that is reflected in the capital flows.

‘It’s regulation, stupid’

The spike in LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) for much of 2016 resurrected well-buried fears foreshadowing the 2008 financial crisis. Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the run on money market funds that left the prominent Reserve Primary Fund a distant memory, fears surrounding the insolvency of financial institutions came into fair play.

Easing of US-Cuba relations could hit Caribbean tourism

Since the U.S. started loosening Cuba travel restrictions in January 2015, the opening up of Cuba to U.S. tourists spelled potentially bad news for other vacation destinations in the Caribbean.

After the UK referendum: The impact of Brexit on non-European hedge funds

With the Brexit referendum decided and David Cameron’s resignation announced, we look at the key impact of the referendum decision on the non-European fund industry.

Financial services making big bets in blockchain

A ship pulls into port with a big delivery. A GPS system confirms the ship is in port and triggers immediate payments to the shipping company and the supplier. The payment, instead of taking two to five business days to cross borders, shows up almost immediately in the supplier’s bank account, with all the agreements and transactions confirmed in seconds across a blockchain system, using cryptography and a distributed ledger instead of a correspondent bank.

One giant ice maker and other energy innovations hitting Cayman

The idea is ingenious and simple, and while industry has been familiar with it for some time, the idea of a block of ice as a storage battery is just starting to gain public attention.
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