Sunday, January 20, 2019

Offshore M&A deals drop; Cayman remains top center

The Cayman Islands saw more mergers and acquisition transactions than any other offshore jurisdiction in the first half of 2018, as the total value of Cayman deals increased by nearly 50 percent over the second half of 2017.

Interest Rates: The yield curve conundrum

The treasury yield curve has garnered much interest in the news recently. The past few weeks have witnessed a narrowing of the gap between short- and long-term rates dangerously approaching a proverbial inversion. So what is a treasury yield curve? As an investor, why should it matter?

New rules shake up anti-money laundering services

Cayman’s fund industry is facing significant changes under new regulations to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

The changing landscape of litigation funding in Cayman

Businesses that litigate in the Cayman Islands courts have historically had few alternatives to the traditional funding model, i.e., paying a law firm a fixed hourly rate.

Cryptocurrencies no threat to financial stability, yet

Cryptocurrencies are currently not a threat to financial stability, according to the Financial Stability Board, a global regulator that advises the G-20 group of countries.

Gov’t plans public consultation on ‘economic substance’ changes

When late last year, Cayman avoided being placed on an EU tax blacklist by committing to remedy, before the end of 2018, what the EU called a lack of economic substance of Cayman-based entities, few knew what exactly the Cayman Islands government had promised to do.

Disaster Management: Hurricanes put Caribbean newsrooms to the test

A year on from the devastating 2017 hurricane season – one with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes – many Caribbean and Gulf communities continue to recover.

Economy: Time to say goodbye to Goldilocks?

It is widely reported that for much of the past decade, U.S. investors have enjoyed strong returns in balanced portfolios. When looked at in historical context, it becomes apparent that “strong returns” is actually an inadequate description. A balanced portfolio of 60 percent U.S. equities/40 percent 10-year U.S. treasuries has now gone just over nine years without a 10 percent drawdown in real terms, which has eclipsed the previous record set in the roaring 1920s. While returns have not been as strong as they were then, at 11 percent per annum versus 19 percent, many investors are now questioning how much longer there is left in this cycle.

Economist: Moderate US growth to impact Cayman

Moderate growth in the U.S. in the context of a wider global slowdown led by reduced consumer demand is going to impact Cayman, especially in the tourism sector, according to Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel Fixed Income.

Booming real estate industry reflects economic growth

Finance Minister Roy McTaggart has recently touted the 2.9-percent economic growth Cayman experienced last year, but to many that number is just an abstraction.

Maritime and Aviation City welcomes first zone company

Cayman Maritime & Aviation City and The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands announced the registration of its first special economic zone company in May.

Economy grows, but questions remain over regulatory pressure

Cayman’s economy expanded more than anticipated in 2017. Gross domestic product grew by 2.9 percent in real terms following similar growth of 3 percent in 2016 and 3.1 percent in 2015.

Brexit, Silk Road and de-risking – the future of offshore centers

It is difficult to see a bright future for offshore financial centers amid media attacks, international tax information exchange, initiatives to curb cross-border profit shifting by multinational companies, anti-tax avoidance measures, transparency efforts that erode financial privacy and more extensive compliance rules.

Experts mull future at Cayman Economic Outlook 2018

A list of speakers that included some of the world’s most prominent futurists and technology consultants discussed a variety of topics last month at the 15th annual Cayman Economic Outlook conference.

CEOs optimistic despite increasing anxiety over threats to growth

A record-breaking share of chief executive officers are optimistic about the economic environment worldwide, at least in the short term.

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.

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.

Cayman’s newest law firm puts two more ‘women in business’

Cayman’s newest law firm is three months old, and its two female founders cite former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as inspiration for a venture they hope will “change up the corporate game.”
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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.
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