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Toronto and Sydney leap FDI outflow ranking

May 31, 2012

Although London and New York lead the way in the ranking of top IFCs by foreign direct investment outflows, it is Toronto, which jumped from 19th place to third, and Sydney, recording a 16-place rise to 14th, that catch the eye. 

Singapore and Hong Kong top Asia IFC FDI ranking

Singapore and Hong Kong fight off Asian FDI rivals

May 1, 2012

Singapore and Hong Kong continue to attract the highest levels of foreign direct investment among Asian international finance centres. But there is change afoot elsewhere, with increasing levels of investment in Beijing causing it to replace Shanghai as the third most attractive Asian IFC for FDI.

New York's exchanges secure largest volume of IPOs

March 28, 2012

In 2011, global initial public offering (IPO) volumes shrank to nearly half the size seen in 2010. New York's stock exchanges saw the most activity in the year, helping the Americas rank as the top grossing region in terms of IPOs.

Singapore top centre for inward financial FDI

Singapore top centre for inward financial FDI

March 1, 2012

The Asian city state of Singapore attracted more foreign investment in its financial sector than any other IFC in the world over the past year. Geneva, Edinburgh and Glasgow were notable risers in the ranking, while troubled Madrid lost significant ground.

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A mixed bag for capital adequacy ratio tables

February 1, 2012

Paris tops The Banker’s Top 25 assets table for bank holding companies, while Hong Kong takes the number one spot in its foreign-owned subsidiaries counterpart.

Foreign direct investment into Dublin defies eurozone gloom

January 11, 2012
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Foreign direct investment into the eurozone’s financial centres has been in decline since the onset of the region’s crisis. However, thanks to some encouraging government policies, Dublin has defied the trend, attracting its highest ever level of FDI in 2011.

Dublin defies eurozone slump with strong financial services FDI figures

January 1, 2012

Foreign direct investment into the eurozone's financial centres has been in decline since the onset of the region's crisis. However, thanks to some encouraging government policies, Dublin has defied the trend, attracting its highest ever level of FDI in 2011.

Buenos Aires tops return on assets ranking

December 1, 2011

Argentina’s banks had a record year in 2010, so it is no surprise to see its capital city at the top of the ROC and ROA rankings for IFCs.

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Collaboration is key for IFCs worldwide to thrive

November 1, 2011

Caught between the reputational damage inflicted to the world of finance by the financial crisis and the overwhelming regulatory response to it, international financial centres the world over are being faced with a number if challenges very different to those they have faced before.

Financial services firms flock to Latin America

November 1, 2011

An increasingly successful financial sector has meant that in the past five years, Latin America has been able to bolster both its foreign direct investment inflows and outflows.

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