About three years ago, Global Risk and Data Authority Limited launched a platform aimed at automating the know-your-client and anti-money laundering compliance processes for banks in Cayman, as well as onshore correspondent banks.
Cayman’s energy market will need to see a radical transformation over the next two decades to meet the ambitious goals outlined in the first National Energy Policy passed last year.
2017 can be characterized as a year that should be celebrated. The world’s economy enjoyed synchronized global growth, with all major developed economies reporting positive GDP 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.
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.
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.
The return of market volatility over the first four months of 2018 has come at an interesting time in the global economic cycle.
As individuals we all hold our own preconceptions of “money,” most of which were formed through our childhood and adolescent experiences. In today’s world most toddlers are able to navigate an iPhone long before being able to count a jar of loose change.
Global financial markets have revelled in somewhat of a sweet spot over the last eight years. Most striking are the significant positive returns across major asset classes that historically exhibit strong negative correlation.
Though the price of Bitcoin has fluctuated wildly since its inception – with some economists expecting it and other cryptocurrencies to be speculative bubbles – that uncertainty has not dampened the momentum of the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies: blockchain.
The complaints nibble at the edges of their optimism, but the upbeat mood among real estate brokers remains firm, though things could be even better – and South Sound is still booming.
For the last several years, stock volatility had become all but a distant memory.
After a phenomenal 2018 start, U.S. equity markets caused a bit of a commotion in early February, giving up all gains to-date.
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.
Year to date, global financial markets are on track to deliver some of the strongest cumulative returns on record. Similarly, broad-based U.S. equity indices are experiencing double digit returns above the 20th percentile as of writing. In the words of John C. Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, “The economy is in a good place.”
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.
Technology is becoming an important factor for hedge fund managers who are actively seeking to innovate to improve operational efficiency and attract capital.
Every day, highly experienced investors and thought leaders are sounding the alarm about an impending market crash. Since the 30-year anniversary of Black Monday less than two months ago, the sirens are blaring progressively louder. With an eight-year U.S. equity bull market behind us, coupled with positive GDP growth, the sustained market rally seems too good to be true. On the surface the economy appears to be plodding along, but according to the bears, something is brewing in the depths below.
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.
Electric cars manufactured by Tesla are still a rarity on the roads in the Cayman Islands, but on the stock market, the U.S. carmaker already is firmly in the fast lane.