Autumn is here, which means the Sargasso Sea islands will play host to the long-awaited Bermuda Captive Conference from September 10-13. Aiming to deliver a compelling agenda for captive owners, risk managers and insurance professionals, guests will not only enjoy a full program of talks from top-tier speakers, but also have the chance to network with some of the world’s most influential business leaders. Alongside workshops and technical training, the ‘Bermuda Shorts’ sessions will also provide snappy analysis on topical subjects relevant to the captive industry audience.
But, aside from its exotic location, what is it that makes this annual convention so special? Here at Barclays, we’re delighted to be part of this year’s debate. Not only does the conference provide a unique opportunity to be inspired and challenged by the latest thinking and opportunities, but it also allows us to add our perspective and give context to the financial trends of today. With hot topics including taxation treatments, insurance products, and groundbreaking new ways to use captives, a wide panel of experts will also be on hand to ensure attendees remain ahead of the curve. When it comes to the climate across the rest of the globe, things certainly look interesting. Henk Potts, our Director of Global Investment Strategy, offered his forecast: “The reality of Brexit will start to shine through this year, we expect growth in the UK economy to slow to 1.4% and 1.3% in 2018.” Where the US is concerned, it’s predicted that the central bank will “hike its rates again in 2017, most likely in December, with the possibility of three increases in 2018”.
Now in its 13th year, the Bermuda Captive Conference looks set to inform and inspire this September. With plenty of opportunity to explore the island’s surroundings, the premier event offers more than just your average convention. Philippe Max Rouja PHD, a keynote speaker for 2017, sparks intrigue around the conference’s beautiful host island and the stories it has to tell: “With at least 300 shipwrecks in our waters there are plenty more stories: little known folklore and those of international renown, from cold war to civil war – rum running to gun powder running – princes to pirates, fortunes lost, treasures found, treasures stolen and treasure to find.”
Finally, on Wednesday September 13, Peter Downey, our Captive Insurance investment specialist will join the panel at 9am in Bermuda for ‘Investments – an insight into Innovation and trends with a global perspective on market developments, institutional responses, client requirements and risk appetite.’ At 10.45am, you’ll then find Henk Potts discussing ‘The Economists view – G7/G20, Davos, Basel III, Brexit, NAFTA, Global Political Stability/Instability – What happens next?’ Last (but by no means least) the gala dinner is sponsored by Barclays and will surely prove a night to remember. We hope to see you there.