Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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.

Cayman’s financial services showcased to New York audience

Cayman Finance hosted a pair of events in New York on Jan. 22 to showcase the strength of the Cayman Islands financial services industry and its benefits to global partners, particularly those in the United States.

Immigration Law paves way for bright future

Daniel Altneu The new Immigration (Transition) Law, 2018 and Customs and Border Control Law 2018 came into force on Feb. 1 by Order of Cabinet....

STEP conference: Cayman urged to ‘play more offense’

The Cayman Islands has come under enormous regulatory pressure last year and that is not expected to change in 2019.

Global corporate tax reform set to receive unexpected push – from the US

There is growing consensus to support a U.S. proposal for the reform of global corporate tax rules, which would limit the ability of multinational companies to shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Harmonizing digital and traditional investment through blockchain

With the Securities and Exchange Commission moving to crack down on fraudulent crypto-schemes, the allure of crowdfunding capital through initial coin offerings on blockchain platforms appears to be fading.

Uncertainty remains despite new economic substance rules

Substance legislation passed by lawmakers in December 2018 has laid down the parameters for the way Cayman is responding to pressure by the European Union to reform its tax regime, but many questions remain about the economic impact of the new framework.

Offshore finance centers bracing for substance legislation impact

Cayman’s government and financial services industry professionals have had mixed reactions to the territory’s recently passed economic substance legislation, with some expressing cautious optimism that the new laws will increase investment in the islands, while others are bracing for an exodus of companies.

What’s brewing in housing?

Financial markets were hit with an onslaught of weak economic news across the housing sector recently.

Cayman National has event-filled months since sale announcement

The Cayman Islands is home to billions of dollars’ worth of mergers and acquisitions in a given year, but few have the potential to impact the local community as much as the impending sale of Cayman National Corporation Ltd. to the Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd.

Funds speaker touts blockchain’s potential for positive social impact

Much of the Campbells Fund Focus 2018 conference featured panelists discussing how changing regulations, technology, and political issues could impact the bottom line of the fund industry.

Better metrics than GDP would have enabled a stronger response to crisis

Better measurement of the economy and of people’s well-being could have led governments to respond more strongly to mitigate the damage caused by the 2008 financial crisis and reduce people’s continuing loss of trust in public institutions, according to a new report released by the OECD.

Investment: Average clauses in insurance

Recently, a local insurance company has been advertising on the radio in Cayman warning of the implications of average clauses. Contrary to the rather ordinary nature that the name suggests, an average clause is one of the most important clauses that you can find in an insurance policy.

Banking: Is it time for central banks to pause?

It is hard to believe that the 9 percent return on the S&P 500 Index as at the end of September has now completely vanished. U.S. equity markets are now in negative territory for the year to date.

Taking the pledge for gender equality

A group of professionals in the Cayman Islands is campaigning for gender equality in the workplace.
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