Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lessons from Ivan: BVI financial sector faces long road to recovery

After Hurricane Ivan ravaged the Cayman Islands on Sept. 11-12, questions persisted for days about whether the island’s financial services industry would also be devastated.
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A solution for de-risking?

Government officials and industry professionals have long stressed the importance of regulatory compliance for their firms and for the wider financial services industry in the Cayman Islands.

Armour Expo: Weather and IT are inseparable for Caribbean businesses

In the wake of a devastating hurricane season, much of the Caribbean has been forced to take on massive rebuilding efforts in coming months.

Inflationary dynamics: Clear as mud

Addressing the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen delivered a striking tone on the inflationary debate. Reiterating the “mystery” surrounding the recent low inflation readings, the chairman’s candid remarks did very little to stir markets.

Few stocks consistently create value for long-term investors over 20 years

Investors who deal intensively with the stock market are always looking for stocks whose value continues to rise over long periods of time. The “value creators” ranking provides guidance in the search for exactly those kinds of stocks.

Data protection coming to Cayman in 2019

At an unspecified date in 2019, the Cayman Islands will introduce far stricter privacy protection rules affecting every business that processes customers’ or clients’ personal information.

Cayman’s new nonprofits legislation aims to prevent terrorist financing

The idea that people in the Cayman Islands could attempt to finance terrorist organizations may seem strange to some, but the risk is very real.

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.
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