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CYPRUS as a principal headquartering destination

The list of large companies that have relocated their headquarters or part of their international operations to Cyprus is not only long but also impressive.

Wargaming, Amdocs, Sykes, Thomson Reuters, Nielsen, 3CX, eToro, NCR, VTTI are amongst some of the major foreign companies that have established their headquarters in Cyprus in recent years.

These companies are essentially operating in different sectors of the economy, and their presence in Cyprus has undoubtedly helped the Cypriot economy on a large scale.

Despite the difficulties faced by Cyprus over the past few years, it is significant to note that it has managed to maintain its comparative advantage as a financial centre, whilst at the same time move forward with the development of new sectors, recognizing the great importance of attracting foreign investment for the advancing of the economy.

Cyprus has several features that make it a competitive business hub.
Primarily the country has an extensive network of constantly expanding double tax avoidance agreements, as well as an appealing tax system.
At the same time, Cyprus offers high-quality and low-cost support services, with an additional advantage of its geographical location and the fact that it offers access to developed markets in the Middle East and Europe.
Simultaneously, Cyprus offers high quality of life, security, pleasant weather conditions, appealing tax incentives for fund managers and suitably qualified human resources.

Given these facts, it is no coincidence that leading overseas companies looking for an alternative destination with a friendly business environment have chosen Cyprus to establish their headquarters.
The shipping industry, the investment industry, the funding industry, the higher education industry and the high-tech sectors are the main areas attracting foreign companies.

Particularly for companies operating in the field of technology and IT, Cyprus offers additional incentives, such as, the country’s current intellectual property system. All these factors answer reason why large international companies have chosen and continue to choose Cyprus for establishing a corporate base. Nonetheless, in order to be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow and to effectively be competitive, it is crucial
to continue working to generate additional conditions that will further contribute to making Cyprus a distinct competitive business centre.
In this regard, both the private sector and the government need to work together to endorse more promotional activities such as organising large conferences in Cyprus and abroad in order to highlight the incentives and the comparative advantages offered by Cyprus. The participation of Cyprus in international financial forums as well as the formation of targeted contact with foreign companies should be the aim of promoting Cyprus as the ideal choice for founding a base for their business.

In order to continue the upward trend in this international competitive environment, the confrontation of the bureaucracy that continues to afflict businesses and citizens must be addressed. Additionally, the strengthening
of economic diplomatic ties in line with the expanding network of mbassies and consulates of Cyprus abroad is crucial. In addition, the digital transformation of the government, the addressing of the long delay in administration of justice and the passing of the investment law, are just some of the stages needed to propel development in a favourable complimentary direction.

While providing an end-to-end back office support system including a variety of corporate,
legal and financial services Prospectacy can assist on moving your headquarters in Cyprus,
ensuring that all the processes and procedures are compliant with the laws and regulations of
Cyprus.

Written by Sergey Babayan

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Business Relocation Services to Cyprus

The importance of location in business should never be overlooked. While the right location can present your business in a positive light, an inconvenient or unfavourable location could negatively impact your potential income, increase your expenses and compromise your business’ prospects for growth. Benefits of Relocating to Cyprus

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The Role of Technology in Wealth Management

Technology has long had a role in the business of wealth management; however, historically its role was to
support the internal needs of wealth managers in areas such as portfolio management and accounting.
Since 2010, we have witnessed a significant revolution in the application, flexibility and deployment of technology
in the wealth management sector. Today, there are more solutions than ever before, all of which are powered by
big data analytics.
From Artificial Intelligence to robo advisors, there are many changes taking place which are affecting different
areas of the wealth management industry, including regulation, privacy and transparency. And while robo
advisors are in no way going to take over the industry, they are changing the way we interact with it.
Here are four ways in which technology is influencing the wealth management industry:

  1. Improved Customer Interactions
    A study by the Shullman Research Centre found that 23% of the world’s millionaires are millennials, while over
    50% of all wealth will be held by generation X and millennials by 2020. These groups, who are renowned for
    moving their wealth around a great deal, will also be on the receiving end of the $30 trillion transfer of wealth
    from the baby boomers.
    Technology has enabled wealth managers to interact with new generations and manage their expectations like
    never before. From around-the-clock availability to effortless interactions, wealth managers are using AI
    chatbots to simulate customer interactions and improve communication with their customers.
  2. Predicting the Future
    One of the greatest benefits of AI is its ability to sift through big volumes of data. What would typically take a
    wealth manager weeks or even months to do can now be achieved in a matter of days – or even hours.
    Wealth managers are using robo advisors and AI to view and constantly assess their clients’ portfolios in more
    dynamic and accurate ways. These advanced systems can quickly predict financial outcomes by looking at past
    and current trends in wealth, as well as outside factors such as the news, social media and product reception.
  3. Create Unique Offerings
    Modern clients expect wealth management services to be tailor-made to their lives. Using the data gathered,
    along with information on the client, AI systems can determine where customers’ money can be spread, or which
    products they should invest in. This expedites the wealth manager’s role, enabling them to refine the information
    and create customized product offerings on a client-by-client basis.
  4. Facilitated Operations
    Sifting through large volumes of data is always subject to human error. With AI, wealth managers can look at
    specific data and monitor every aspect of their workflow. These systems provide information to managers and
    assist them in rectifying errors and facilitating operations.
    The Evolution of Wealth Management
    Technology is freeing wealth managers from repetitive and complex tasks, while enabling them to provide
    specific insights based on the individual needs of the customer. To stay competitive, wealth managers must
    embrace this new era of modern technology in order to become more proactive, stay ahead of the curve and
    offer solutions that meet clients’ precise goals.

Prospectacy Limited offers both personal and corporate wealth management services.
With absolute dedication to our clients’ objectives, we embrace the technological
advancements in the sector, being able to deliver the best possible solutions.

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The Future of Wealth Management

Wealth management is a complex industry that is currently facing numerous trends, challenges and disruptions,
including technological advancements, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and growing compliance costs.
New technologies, fee structures and the entry of bigtechs are influencing the industry like never before. As the
industry evolves, wealth managers must stay ahead of the curve in order to remain attractive to their customers.
The key to the success of any wealth management firm lies in building trust and maintaining long-standing
relationships. With more solutions than ever before, this is becoming increasingly challenging, particularly in a
world where customers are setting the pace and engaging in multiple ways through technology.

Wealth Management: Preparing for the Future

Over the next few years, the speed of change in the wealth management industry is likely to continue to increase.
As millennials begin to gain control over the world’s most significant assets, the wealth management industry
needs to be fully prepared to appeal to this new breed of investor and cater to their every need.

Technology Enablement

Multichannel communication is essential for attracting, retaining and serving clients – as well as the generations
that follow.

To remain competitive, wealth managers must have access to state-of-the-art digital tools in order to organise,
analyse and use customer data in the most seamless way possible. Wealth managers must also be able to offer
an intuitive and multifaceted mobile experience, as well as access to websites, apps and communities.
The process of signing up new accounts or processes must be easy and fast, while information must be
accessible anytime and from any device. Further, they must have the technological capabilities to refine the client
experience and help customers stay informed about their investments.

Personalisation

A new trend in personalisation is being experienced thanks to ever-increasing customer expectations combined
with technological capabilities and solutions.

According to Capgemini’s World Wealth Report, 86% of high-net-worth clients want personalised offerings. As
such, as the industry evolves, role of the wealth manager must be to maintain and nurture individual relationships
while offering expert guidance, long-term financial planning strategies and tailor-made investment solutions.
Wealth managers will need to offer an effortless service, not just on a remote level but on a personal level too. The
entire human experience – throughout the customer’s lifecycle– will need to be exceptional in order for the
customer to remain loyal.

Thanks to evolutions in analytics, data gathering, decision-making and delivery, wealth managers will be able to
create the most personalised, contextualised and dynamic experience for the individual client.

Sustainable Investment

Finally, sustainable investment, which uses environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, is becoming
increasingly prominent amongst socially and environmentally-conscious investors (particularly millennials). As
such, wealth management firms will need to pay close attention to sustainable investments that integrate ESG
elements if they wish to remain competitive and attractive to modern investors.

At Prospectacy, our main objective is to deliver the best possible wealth management services
that match your corporate or individual needs. By following the global trends, and continuously
updating our technological infrastructure, we strive to maintain the highest standards of wealth
management services.

Prospectacy’s wealth management services include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Investment advice
  • Portfolio management
  • International taxation and compliance support
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Does negative interest rate limit the economic balance?

Since the global economic crisis of 2008, the developed world has observed an unexpected period of low-interest rates. Interest rates are directed by a nation’s or a union’s central bank and are considered as a primary tool of monetary policy, that encourages employment, investments and therefore inflation levels.

Economists call a balanced interest rate price, a neutral interest rate. This ideal rate is effective when and if the economy is developing normally and the inflation rate is stable. Over the past decade, however, this neutral interest rate has been steadily declining especially within countries of the globe considered developed. This decline in interest rates can be attributed both to the level of demand and to the supply offered in this economic structure.

On the side of supply,a significant number of investors exist who have savings, and would like to invest these savings safely for the long term. From a demographic point of view, most societies are aging and prefer to accrue money in order to receive interest after retirement.

On the side of demand, governments, corporations, and individuals exist who need cash loans. With the onset of the technological boom in the 21st century, it is obvious that large corporations such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Apple, which do not have huge investments in fixed assets, do not need large loans in order to receive additional income, so the demand for capital loans declines.

Governments seek to pursue an aggressive borrowing policy during recessions, but the last recession has been around for a long time. As a result, a decrease in demand for loans and an increase in demand for savings (loans) is seen. Thus, allowing no balance between supply and demand.

In the past, central banks set neutral interest rates based on how the economy behaved and the active indicators of supply and demand. Central banks widely used two indicators in order to decide how fair the neutral interest rate was – the level of unemployment and inflation.

If the inflation rate was too high, the aim was to reduce the demand for loans by raising interest rates. If unemployment was high, interest rates were decreased to encourage a credit system and help increase spending and create new jobs.

This has worked over the years, yet a predicament arises – What happens if interest rates are already negative, and the Central Bank needs to lower them further in order to stimulate the economy and promote even greater volumes of borrowing? This will mean that lenders must issue loans at negative rates and receive negative returns on their investments.

Governments all over the world are increasingly involved in creating monetary policy and the role of the Central Banks as legislators of monetary policy is decreasing. If a new recession occurs, the Central Bank is limited in its selection of tools to maintain a balance in the economy. If negative rates remain, does this also limit economic balance?

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