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Column: ‘Strong Ratings Set Bermuda Apart’

Column: ‘Strong Ratings Set Bermuda Apart’

[Written by Ross Webber] Earlier this year, I was asked to chat with a couple of visiting analysts from Standard & Poor’s. The ratings agency, like AM Best, Fitch, and others, periodically sends its experts to do a pulse-check on the island’s economy, measuring everything from GDP growth and the effects of national debt to our level of fiscal... Read more of this article

Column: Triangles, Talking Points, Team Bermuda

Column: Triangles, Talking Points, Team Bermuda

[Written by Ross Webber] “Where you guys from?” the coffee-shop lady asked as sunnily as the San Diego day outside. “Bermuda,” I said, appreciating the subtropics wouldn’t elicit the same wide-eyed envy it does in, say, Toronto, or New York for that matter, in mid-April. What I wasn’t prepared for was utter oblivion. “You mean, like... Read more of this article

Column: Cross-Selling Our One-Stop Shop

Column: Cross-Selling Our One-Stop Shop

[Opinion column written by Ross Webber] About a year ago, the BDA joined a couple of Bermuda-based global law firms for meetings in London—including a sit-down with a private-equity group. It is encouraging and rewarding when industry stakeholders adopt the “Team Bermuda” approach to business development, and this particular appointment promised... Read more of this article

Column: Fundamental Themes Of 2016 Budget

Column: Fundamental Themes Of 2016 Budget

[Opinion column written by Ross Webber] Budget season is always a good time for evaluation. The Bermuda government’s 2016–17 statement, delivered this month, provides a fiscal snapshot of where our jurisdiction stands on debts, interest payments, industry challenges and GDP growth. Among the statistics and granular breakdowns, however, several... Read more of this article

Column: Expedient Targets For Political Agendas

Column: Expedient Targets For Political Agendas

[Column written by Ross Webber] It didn’t take long for 2016 to deliver a blunt reminder this is the year of a US presidential election. Along with a raft of very positive news rung in by the New Year — Bermuda’s consecutive GDP growth, increased consumer confidence, and rising company incorporations — January also brought a wake-up... Read more of this article

Column: Solvency II Has Positive Repercussions

Column: Solvency II Has Positive Repercussions

[Column written by Ross Webber] Bermuda’s value as a world-class international financial centre received an immense boost a fortnight ago. In a much-anticipated announcement, the European Commission awarded our jurisdiction full equivalence under Europe’s Solvency II insurance regulatory regime, which comes into force January 1, 2016. This impressive... Read more of this article

Column: Firms A ‘Watershed For Our Jurisdiction’

Column: Firms A ‘Watershed For Our Jurisdiction’

[Opinion column written by Bermuda Business Development Agency CEO Ross Webber] Recent moves by leading global law firms to set up offices in Bermuda mark something of a watershed for our jurisdiction. Bermuda has been renowned for its strength and depth with regard to quality lawyers—however, it has not always been heralded for its variety of choice.... Read more of this article