Saturday, June 23, 2018

Financial market and macroeconomic impact of recent US tax legislation

In matters of government policy, it is often difficult to take a dispassionate view. Some would say the modern discourse is so polarized, the strictly rational, factual view is drowned out. In this brief overview, we are going to attempt to lay out a few of the potential implications of the recently passed U.S. tax legislation.

Bahamas trying to attract more foreign investors

Government officials in the Bahamas are attempting to stay abreast in the competition for attracting international investors and businesses. The island nation recently passed the Commercial Enterprises Bill, which makes it easier for foreign companies to land there and obtain permits for non-Bahamian workers.

EU tax list implications represent a gray area

On Dec. 5, the EU Council agreed, after long debate, haggling and horse trading, on a blacklist of 17 countries that the European finance ministers consider uncooperative in tax matters. They also voted on a commitment list of 47 countries that would be deemed uncooperative, according to the EU’s own criteria, had they not agreed in writing to remedy their shortcomings by the end of 2018.

Cayman’s new anti-money laundering regulations

New anti-money laundering regulations have been adopted in the Cayman Islands which, from May 31, 2018, will apply to unregulated investment entities as well as regulated funds and more traditional financial services providers.

Hiding crime in plain sight – the crux with public company registers

Not least since the Panama Papers, media around the world have tirelessly repeated allegations that offshore financial centers are secrecy havens that enable financial crime.

Travers: Cayman should consider Europe ‘a dead zone’

With the looming decision by the European Union over which countries to put on a tax blacklist, Cayman should look elsewhere for new business says local attorney Anthony Travers.

Planning, investing and choosing an adviser for 2018

Advisers agree the U.S. and Europe are probably 2018’s best bets, while forecasting modest returns in China and Japan, pondering the risky promise of “emerging” economies and minimizing the headwinds of inflation and unemployment.

Dealing with tax compliance

Tax information exchange initiatives like FATCA and more recently the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) are in full motion in most international financial centers and certainly well under way in the Cayman Islands.

Money problems: the global currency system needs reform

For a country like Cayman whose currency is tied to the U.S. dollar and therefore to the whims of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy actions, the Cayman Investment Summit had a decidedly gloomy message: the U.S. dollar-led global currency system is in urgent need of reform and central banks have essentially no power to affect monetary or economic goals.

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.

EY Survey: FinTech services poised for global mainstream adoption

The adoption of financial technology by consumers has surged globally in the past 18 months and is on the verge of becoming mainstream, the results of the latest EY FinTech Adoption Index show. On average, a third of digitally active consumers in 20 markets covered by the study are now using FinTech.

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.

Financial services: regulation, costs and maybe fintech

In a briefing to financial services chiefs in New York last month, Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott offered a modest headline: The jurisdiction is looking at streamlining compliance issues using fintech, a software-based financial-tracking system.

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.

Free cash flow: Formula for investment success

Buying shares with the help of cash flow as a selection criterion has delivered convincing results in the past. This trend is likely to continue in an environment of low growth – and low interest-rates.

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.

Overseas territories fight reputation in ownership debate

There has been a flurry of activity over the past six months in the halls of the Financial Services Ministry in Cayman and its counterparts in the United Kingdom and the other overseas territories on how and when to share company ownership information with law enforcement and tax authorities overseas.

New independent director firm Calderwood launches

On the face of it, this may not be the best possible time to start a new business offering corporate governance and independent directorship services for the hedge fund industry.

Expertise in trust business gives Cayman an edge over US

News that U.S. states like Nevada and South Dakota have started to take away trust business from Cayman and other offshore centers late last year has hit the mainstream media, prompting claims that the United States is “a tax haven” and the “new Switzerland.”

Panama Papers: Some perspective from the Cayman Islands

Cayman retains many secrecy features – not least a law that can put people in jail not just for revealing confidential information, but merely for asking for it.”
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