A sunny outlook for the Cayman Islands

The tiny British territory of the Cayman Islands, with a population of 52,000 spread over three islands, enjoys a per capital income of $42,000 - the eighth highest in the world. Effective and limited government, a good climate and beautiful beaches help explain this marvel, but much of the credit must go to its competitive financial services sector.

The territory is the world's tenth largest financial centre and its fifth largest banking centre. At the end of March 2008, the number of active fu