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Dubai has improved its standing as one of the world’s top financial hubs and reinforced its position as a key regional centre for banking services, according to a recent survey on the global finance industry.

 

What measures have been taken to raise the regulatory standards of capital markets?

 

Established nearly 40 years ago in 1981, the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE) grew in the 1980s and 1990s in part through the government advocating for local ownership of the country’s manufacturing firms, banks and conglomerates though pension and mutual funds. Over the past 37 years the TTSE has evolved alongside changing regulatory...

 

The development of capital markets in nascent frontier economies is a slow process. At the heart of it, market transactions require a degree of trust, which prevents adoption from taking root quickly. Regulations need to be transparent, concise and well understood, while tax structures have to promote risk-taking and entrepreneurship. Meeting...

 

While advanced economies generate the vast majority of insurance and reinsurance business, emerging markets are posting higher rates of growth. Complementing this underlying trend is a strong and expanding interest in catastrophic risk, which by nature tends to pertain to emerging markets. This is coming alongside fast-paced, sector-...

 

While the economic upheavals of recent years have posed challenges for Trinidad and Tobago’s insurance sector, the industry remains resilient overall. In 2017, as it experienced economic downturn with the GDP contracting by 6.1% in 2016 and 2.6% in 2017, the country was affected by over TT$35bn ($5.2bn) in insured losses as a result of the...