Asset-based lending hedge funds: The alternative’s alternative

Few corners of the credit markets were able to sustain themselves during the financial crisis and emerge strengthened. As a rule, the health of lending institutions and the issuance of debt instruments rose and fell together...

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The ABCs of hedge funds: alphas, betas & costs
Roger G. Ibbotson, Peng Chen, & Kevin X. Zhu

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The evolving role of hedge funds in institutional investor portfolios

Institutional investors face an almost unprecedented set of challenges. The post-crisis period has been one of slow economic growth, low or even negative real interest rates, volatile markets and increasing geo-political pressures.   


Exactly whose side is your lawyer on when

There is little doubt that the face of the investment fund industry has changed significantly over the past two years. The statistics show, however, that whilst the industry has been impacted by the global economic crisis, like virtually every other industry, it has perhaps fared better than most and might well have been kinder to investors (Bernie Madoff-type funds aside)

How to address increased compliance cost for private funds

In the long run, private fund advisers may decide to forego the services of third party service providers and device strategies that allow them to fulfill their reporting obligations under the Dodd-Frank Act more effectively, thus lowering compliance costs further.


Private fund performance after the Dodd-Frank Act

The American private fund industry is a significant representative of Wall Street’s interests and regulating hedge funds was a politically sensitive undertaking since the inception of the industry 


Hard assets for hard times

The frustrating part is that sellers do not want to hear what we have to tell them, in other words, that their property is not worth what they think it is and that they have to list lower if they expect to get their property sold. This was an inevitable reaction to the worldwide economic crisis, which is heavily affecting the US. Real estate values had been inflated in the US for some time and it was only a question of when (not if) their market would turn. That, combined with the decline in the stock market and very tight credit, has made it difficult for many Americans to make discretionary purchases. As much of our buying pool is from within the US, the slowing of our real estate market should surprise no one.


Onshore’s Greatest Hits – Pressure on OFCs Nothing New

Back to story > Why fiction is clouding fact: Efforts taken by offshore centres to tackle financial crimeThe assault on offshore financial centres isn’t...

Investing in Asia Fund management from a Cayman perspective

We have been investing in Asian equities (excluding Japan) for many years and believe that there are multiple reasons to invest in the region. In this article, I will refer to Asia when discussing the Asia ex Japan region.

The role of payment card networks and the dangers of imposing price controls

Electronic payments in general and payment cards in particular are rapidly replacing cash and checks as the preferred means of making consumer as well as many business purchases. By enabling faster, more secure, traceable transactions, payment cards have been a key element in promoting greater integration of the world economy. 



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Niall Coffey, Warren B. Hrung, Hoai-Luu Q. Nguyen & Asani Sarkar, The global financial crisis and offshore dollar markets, Current Issues in Economics and Finance, vol. 15, no. 6 (October 2009) available at

Dubai – the making of a financial centre

On any given evening, one just needs to take a stroll along the Dubai Creek to see the dhows that carry goods to and from as far away destinations as India and East Africa just as they did 100 years ago.

Caribbean financial centers: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous War of 1812 report of the Battle of Lake Erie to General William Henry Harrison in which he wrote: “We have met the enemy and they are ours: two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.”    


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CFR's quarterly round up of academic texts making headlines...

The Cayman Islands Directors Association Guiding the way

Sidebar Information: The Cayman Islands Directors Association During the period 2000 to 2008 the number of alternative investment funds registering in the Cayman Islands increased dramatically.This...

Quarterly Review

Cayman’s economy expanded 1.5 percent in first quarter.  The Cayman Islands gross domestic product expanded in the first quarter, boosted by significant growth of more than 4 percent in tourism-related sectors, including hotels and restaurants, transport and retail. 


Exchange trading rules and local investor protection matter for global stock trading

Stock exchanges around the world place a great importance on market efficiency and integrity, and they invest considerable resources in providing the ideal regulatory...
Gavel and block on a table with a name plate in front with 'Insolvency' written on it.

The need for an insolvency fail-safe in Cayman

Directors of Cayman companies owe fiduciary duties to the company to act in the interests of the company as a whole. When the company...

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Are cryptocurrencies super tax havens?Omri Marian, 112 MICH. L. REV. FIRST IMPRESSIONS (forthcoming 2013)This short essay describes the mechanisms by which cryptocurrencies – a...

Fund governance that runs like a Swiss watch

In the current investment climate, is any institutional investor going to invest in your fund if your service providers deliver an unregulated service?