• New financial institutions for a changing world

    Opinion April 10, 2015 | 9:06 am

    It is probably true to say that the average person has little idea what international financial institutions like the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF) do, beyond knowing that they ar[...]

  • Maritime security – a growing concern

    Opinion April 4, 2015 | 10:15 am

    The maritime security of the Caribbean is an issue not often written about. This is despite the fact that every nation is touched by the sea, has an exclusive maritime economic zone stretching for [...]

  • Crowdfunding and taxes: what you should know

    Opinion March 30, 2015 | 9:31 am

    Crowdfunding - the online method of raising money from people around the world - is less than a decade old, allowing artists, activists and a growing number of entrepreneurs to connect with financi[...]

  • The new Russian presence in the Caribbean

    Opinion March 27, 2015 | 9:43 am

    Over the last five years Russian interest in the Caribbean has been growing steadily; so that today Moscow’s diplomatic profile and its economic presence in a number of Caribbean nations is now s[...]

  • The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela

    Opinion March 20, 2015 | 10:36 am

    In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caricom Heads of Government.

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  • Tax-advantaged investing in the USA

    Opinion March 17, 2015 | 10:31 am

    At the end of the day is not how much money we make that matters. It’s how much of it we get to keep. With the tax deadline around the corner, I hereby encourage individual investors to take adva[...]

  • Time to be realistic about Cuba

    Opinion March 13, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Over the last two months an extraordinary level of interest has emerged in accelerating engagement with Cuba. From the tourist who ‘want to see it before it changes’ to Governments concerned th[...]

  • Involving kids in family vacation planning

    Opinion March 9, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    Family vacations produce memories for a lifetime, but they can also teach kids great money lessons they'll need as adults.

    Involving kids in planning family vacations not only helps them appr[...]

  • Tourism statistics and the bigger picture

    Opinion March 6, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Visitor arrivals to the Caribbean are again increasing. This is good news, but not the whole story.

    As has been widely reported, preliminary figures collated by the Caribbean Tourism Organis[...]

  • Obama’s patronage appointment to the Dominican Republic

    Opinion March 5, 2015 | 5:38 pm

    President Barack Obama appointed businessman James “Wally” Brewster, Jr. as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 2013. Glancing over Mr. Brewster’s credentials, one can easily ascerta[...]

  • Going its own way – the Dominican Republic

    Opinion February 27, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Last month, Danilo Medina, the President of the Dominican Republic, made clear that it was time to reset his country’s foreign policy to better reflect its development objectives and the process [...]

  • How to avoid an online vacation rental scam

    Opinion February 24, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Imagine renting a home on a beautiful beachfront from a trusted website, arriving to start your vacation and finding out you've been scammed?

    This scenario reflects thousands of complaints pl[...]

  • Three issues to measure Caricom Heads by

    Opinion February 20, 2015 | 10:16 am

    When the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, opens the 26th Caricom Heads of Government Intercessional meeting on February 26th in Nassau, one might be forgiven for wondering if this reg[...]

  • OTs message hides a darker truth

    Opinion February 13, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Imagine this. You are the Premier of the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. You have been trying your hardest to continue to develop your nation’s economy. With British support and en[...]

  • The high cost of flying

    Opinion February 6, 2015 | 10:44 am

    Despite the price of oil falling from a high of US$107 per barrel in the middle of 2014 to just over US$50 in late January 2015, this has so far failed to reduce the cost of air travel with the air[...]

  • Getting serious? Five important money questions to ask

    Opinion February 3, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Valentine's Day is often a time to reflect on your relationship, and consider the next step. If your relationship is heading toward joint finances, it's essential to talk about it first – openly [...]

  • US policy, energy and a new approach

    Opinion January 30, 2015 | 8:17 am

    A few days ago, the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, met with Caribbean leaders in Washington to discuss the region’s long term approach to energy security.

    The meeting, dis[...]

  • How will China’s new policy be implemented in the Caribbean

    Opinion January 23, 2015 | 10:02 am

    See part 1

    Part 2

    A few days ago, Dong Xiaojun, the Chinese Ambassador in [...]

  • Considering life without owning a car

    Opinion January 19, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    Most baby boomers couldn't envision their early adult years without a car. However, times are changing and younger commuters are leading the way.

    According to an October study (http://uspirg.[...]