Saturday, February 17, 2018
Michael Klein, Editor
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Michael Klein

Editor

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ARTICLES BY MICHAEL KLEIN

Social media disruption hits traditional media and tech platforms

As the sharing of false or misleading “news reports” on social media has become a global issue, after accusations that Russia tried to influence votes in the United States, Britain and France, technology companies like Facebook and Twitter have been hit with considerable criticism about their impact on society and on the journalism industry.

Overseas companies to reveal true owners on new UK property register

The British government announced a new public register that from 2021 will require overseas companies that own or buy property in the U.K. to identify their beneficial owners to tackle money laundering through property transactions.

Reinforcement learning the winner in latest AI exploits

Twenty years after a computer, IBM’s Deep Blue, beat a reigning chess world champion, Garry Kasparov, for the first time, machines have made another extraordinary breakthrough.

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.

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

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.

EY survey: Hedge fund managers embrace innovation amid challenges

Technology is becoming an important factor for hedge fund managers who are actively seeking to innovate to improve operational efficiency and attract capital.

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.

Just under one in five investment fund employees are female

Women represent only 19 percent of staff in the alternative investment industry. Among senior staff only 11 percent are women, a study by Preqin shows.

Chamber honors vital business contributions, beyond pure economics

The Chamber of Commerce celebrated 16 Grand Award recipients at the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman in October. The inaugural event attracted more than 200 guests, as well as Joseph Hew, the Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, and Roy McTaggart, the Minister of Public Finance and Economic Development, both past presidents of the Chamber of Commerce.

Cruise lines weathering the storm

Hurricanes Irma and Maria disrupted many sectors of the economy but none more so than the cruise industry. The shares of major cruise line operators Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line faced significant headwinds in September.

ZEDRA is delivering on launch strategy, management says

Almost 20 months after the buyout of Barclays’ trust and fiduciary business and the launch in seven jurisdictions, trust and corporate service provider ZEDRA finally held its official launch party in Cayman in October.

After record player transfers, football’s rules for financial fairness are left...

While 222 million euros has a nice ring to it, the largest-ever transfer fee for a football player – Brazil’s Neymar – has also caused a ringing in the ears of owners and managers at the world’s top clubs.

Hopes for more engagement in US-Caribbean relationship

For the Caribbean region, this brings uncertainty, but also an opportunity for more engagement with the United States.ix months into the Donald Trump U.S. presidency, countries around the world must adjust to a new U.S. policy strategy and an altogether different way of doing business by the U.S. administration.

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.

SIRI co-founder: AI still too narrow to be feared

There is no shortage of fears over the rise of artificial intelligence. Both theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Tesla founder Elon Musk have warned that the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted in his book “The Singularity is Near” that by 2029 computers will have human-level intelligence.

SMP Partners: Acquisition of RBC business adds Cayman flavor

The SMP Partners Group is focusing on growth after its acquisition of Royal Bank of Canada’s trust, fund administration and custodian business in the Caribbean. The independent trust and corporate services provider acquired RBC’s offices in the Cayman Islands and Barbados after buying its first regional office from RBC in the Bahamas late last year.

Preparing millennials to be leaders

It may not be a calamitous situation yet, says Andy Masters, but if it is not addressed it could turn into a full-fledged human resources crisis.

Ridley: Offshore centers must play long game

Offshore financial centers should focus on simplifying their business and having economic substance in their jurisdiction to thrive.

Cinemas embrace VIP perks to meet industry challenges

The history of the movie industry is filled with challenges and doomsayers predicting the demise of Hollywood. From the introduction of sound to the advent of television, the motion picture industry has always been forced to evolve to stay relevant.
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