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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The British Brexit vote has caught many market participants off guard, particularly in the foreign exchange market.
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.
The spike in LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) for much of 2016 resurrected well-buried fears foreshadowing the 2008 financial crisis. Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the run on money market funds that left the prominent Reserve Primary Fund a distant memory, fears surrounding the insolvency of financial institutions came into fair play.
Since the U.S. started loosening Cuba travel restrictions in January 2015, the opening up of Cuba to U.S. tourists spelled potentially bad news for other vacation destinations in the Caribbean.
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.
A ship pulls into port with a big delivery. A GPS system confirms the ship is in port and triggers immediate payments to the shipping company and the supplier. The payment, instead of taking two to five business days to cross borders, shows up almost immediately in the supplier’s bank account, with all the agreements and transactions confirmed in seconds across a blockchain system, using cryptography and a distributed ledger instead of a correspondent bank.
The idea is ingenious and simple, and while industry has been familiar with it for some time, the idea of a block of ice as a storage battery is just starting to gain public attention.
The consensus appears unanimous: Real estate brokers say things are great, and anyone checking out the market must agree that they are.