Thursday, July 18, 2019

Business Excellence awards to honor local contributions

A nine-category “Academy Awards” for business excellence is scheduled for Oct. 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, celebrating the best of local entrepreneurs and a single individual singled out for a lifetime achievement honor.

Cayman climber takes on the seven summits

Campbells partner Guy Manning is four mountains into his challenge to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

Stepping up a gear

Look for 2010 to be a year of major announcements and breakthroughs for the Cayman Islands.  This will position us for improved market conditions...

Secular market cycles: What’s your strategy for your portfolio?

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.

Is it time to worry about equities?

After a phenomenal 2018 start, U.S. equity markets caused a bit of a commotion in early February, giving up all gains to-date.

Stop the extreme solutions

Right now immigration is a particularly difficult issue. Employment issues are always exacerbated when the economy is slow.

Disruption: How stock portfolios can benefit from technological change

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.

New platform automates KYC checks for crypto transactions

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.

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.

The normalization of market volatility

The return of market volatility over the first four months of 2018 has come at an interesting time in the global economic cycle.

Good-bye to an horrific year

As we end possibly the most dismal year ever for real estate sales in the Cayman Islands, it is tough to even see much improvement ahead for at least the first half of 2011, without some form of stimulus that would give purchasers a credible reason to invest in this down market.

The outlook is quite promising

The last 18 months of this decade will go into the record books as one of the most tumultuous times, ever – not only for real estate sales, but financial markets and business overall.  It is a fitting end to a difficult decade, which has challenged most of us in the Cayman Islands, starting from the year 2000.

CoCo bonds all the rage

The first six weeks of 2016 witnessed a wave of credit losses across fixed income markets. Most notable was the broad-based selloff in contingent convertible bonds commonly known as CoCos. The market’s shudder appeared to be driven partly by a European Banking Authority year-end report that sought to clarify potential triggers for restrictions on distributions.

Dealing with tax compliance

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.

Shining the spotlight on socially responsible investing

Socially responsible investing has been referred to by many names, including sustainable, responsible and impact investing. In essence, socially responsible investing is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in portfolio selection.

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.

Investors: How followers can become millionaires

Pro-cyclical investment strategies, unlike advice often preached by supporters of anti-cyclical investment strategies, show that it can be financially rewarding to swim with the current. Here’s how this approach works, and which U.S. stocks allow it to put it into practice.

Bucking the trend: a development that’s selling!

WaterColours is the only new Seven Mile Beach development under construction and is bucking the current trend in the real estate industry – it is selling.  However, it has a couple unique advantages over other developments.

Legends championships: Tennis great Jim Courier says Cayman wins the advantage

Former world number one tennis player Jim Courier is known for his impressive work ethic, practicing above and beyond what is expected of him, and his efforts have paid off with a remarkable career in the sport. Sometimes, though, things just happen by chance.

Beyond towers: CEO speakers provide glimpse into the future

Premier Alden McLaughlin’s announcement that Dart is planning an “iconic tower” that would “greatly exceed” the territory’s 10-story building limit was the biggest news to come out of last week’s Cayman Economic Outlook conference.
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