First Citizens Investment Services, one of the region’s leading investment firms, brought together economists, businesspersons, entrepreneurs, investors and other investment stakeholders for the 2017 First Citizens Investment Services Market Outlook Breakfast Seminar at Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2017. Mrs. Sana Ragbir, General Manager, First Citizens Investment Services noted that the Market Outlook Seminar was designed to help the investment and business communities improve the effectiveness of their investment activities by providing relevant information on the investment environment.

“Events like our Market Outlook Seminar provide us with the opportunity to engage with our clients and partners as well as give back to the communities we serve. We strongly believe that it is important for persons to be informed, so that they better understand the issues facing our markets and the implications for doing business and investing. This forum also provides an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and discuss issues with persons qualified to provide the appropriate feedback and guidance.”

The first phase of the Market Outlook Seminar featured insightful opening presentations which summarised the state of the local, regional and international markets and outlined factors which are expected to influence market trends. The second phase of the Seminar included presentations by a panel of investment stakeholders, including Clyde Mascoll (Lecturer in Economics, U.W.I, Cavehill Campus); Jeremy Stephen (Lecturer in Banking & Finance, U.W.I, Cavehill Campus); Sana Ragbir (General Manager, First Citizens Investment Services Ltd.) and Vangie Bhagoo-Ramrattan (Head of Research, First Citizens Investment Services Ltd.). The panel engaged in discussions on a range of topics and fielded questions from moderator David Ellis, and from the attendees.

A diverse range of topics were discussed at the Seminar pertaining to recent global events and their impact on the local economy. Commenting on the Seminar, and on the participation by the panelists and attendees, Mrs. Ragbir said that the discussions were extremely useful in helping investors identify challenges and outline possible solutions to help the Caribbean region compete in a tough economic environment. She also noted that First Citizens Investment Services is committed to helping its clients achieve their personal and professional goals by providing excellent financial advice and sound, reliable investment opportunities.

The Seminar was the last leg of a series of Market Outlook seminars held in all of the markets in which First Citizens Investment Services operates. First Citizens Investment Services has operations in Barbados, St. Lucia & the OECS, St. Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago.

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In August 2012, First Citizens acquired Butterfield Bank Barbados Limited. With this acquisition, the Butterfield Bank was changed to First Citizens Barbados. First Citizens has 5 branches in Barbados located in the following areas: Bridgetown; Collymore Rock, St. Michael; Worthing, Christ Church; Sargeant's Village, Christ Church and Somerley Banking Centre, Christ Church.