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Five key themes noted in SWF Study

Five key themes have been highlighted through answers provided by sovereign investors and central bank reserve managers for the sixth Invesco Global Sovereign Asset Management Study. They include: equity allocations and portfolios, private markets, fees and cryptocurrencies, according to Alexander Millar, head of EMEA Sovereigns, head of UK Institutional Business at Invesco. Equities remain important […]

Comment: Why the Bahamas is the clear choice

Alvaro Tomas, partner at Morgan & Morgan, explains how the Bahamas helped their group of companies grow as a financial and corporate services provider. Tomas recalls their board of directors foresight in choosing the Bahamas in the mid-90s as they now reap the successes from that decision. Comfortable with the safety and friendly business atmosphere […]

China, Brazil and Turkey ‘most complex jurisdictions’: report

The most challenging country on earth in which to be an accounting and tax compliance professional at the present time is China, a new survey has revealed, followed, in order of declining complexity, by Brazil, Turkey, Italy and Argentina. The least “complex” jurisdiction, meanwhile, for the second year in a row is the Cayman Islands, […]

International Investment’s Essential Compendium of Acronyms

International Investment’s Essential Acronym Compendium is a collection we’ve put together over the years, in an effort to make sense of the financial services industry’s acronym jungle. If you can’t find an acronym you’re looking for, have an idea for one that isn’t here, or would like to suggest changes to our definition of a particular […]

Chatham House picks ex-Goldman economist O’Neill as chairman

Chatham House, the international British think-tank at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, has elected an economist, Jim O’Neill, as its new chairman. O’Neill, who was chief economist at Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2010, has previous roles as joint head of research at Goldman Sachs (1995–2000), and chairman of its asset management division (2010–13); […]

Bahamas awaits confirmation of removal from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions

Peter Turnquest, The Bahamas’ deputy prime minister and minister of finance, in addressing the regrettable decision by the European Union to place The Bahamas on a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, has emphasized the country is committed to international tax transparency and cooperation, exchange of information, and international regulatory standards. “The government of […]

Industry leaders set out vision of hedge fund firm of the future

Some of the top leaders in the global hedge fund industry have put forward their collective vision of the hedge fund firm of the future in a major new report published today by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative of alternative investment managers. The report, “Perspectives: Industry Leaders on the Future of […]

London pips NY to remain top financial centre – GFCI 23 reveals

London beating has beaten New York by a single point according to the 23rd issue of the Global Financial Centres Index. The Index considers 103 factors on the basis of quantitative measures provided by the World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit, OECD and UN. Findings are combined with over 28,000 assessments provided via an online questionnaire that […]

Leading green financial centres named in new index

A global ranking of financial centres was unveiled today, known as the Global Green Finance Index, which places London at the top. The new Global Green Finance Index, or GGFI, is the joint project of  Z/Yen, the London-based research organisation behind the decade-old Global Financial Centres Index, and Finance Watch, a Brussels-based non-profit organisation that is […]

How ‘smart’ is your city: Juniper Research reveals the 20 ‘cleverest’

Cities are often ranked by their cost of living, livability, career opportunities and even levels of pollution and crime. A less-well-known measure is “smartness” – defined, we have just been told, as how well a given urban ecosystem employs digital technology, shared knowledge and cohesive processes to benefit its citizens, as measured by “mobility, public […]

US advisers face ‘critical’ business succession cliff edge situation: study

A large number of financial advisers based the United States could face a ‘critical’ business succession situation unless they make changes to their plans according to a new study that has been released. The Cerulli Associates study – entitled US Advisor Metrics 2017: The Next Generation of Planning, discusses advisers’ expansion of comprehensive financial planning offerings […]

GCC insurance markets ‘will grow’ but some pressures seen: S&P Global report

The Gulf Cooperation Council’s insurance sector will remain strong and “broadly stable” in 2018, despite ongoing regulatory and competitive challenges, but the industry is not without its pressure points, an  S&P Global Ratings report has said. New regulations, which bring with them higher capital requirements, and other demands “will add to costs and increase pressure […]

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