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Is Hong Kong and China's ECM dominance here to stay?

October 3, 2011

Hong Kong has been the world's biggest initial public offering market for the past two years. Is this a sign of a structural shift in the equity markets, in which companies' capital-raising strategy must include a Hong Kong/China element? And just how much are world leaders London and New York losing out to their Asian rivals?

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Latin American IFCs take advantage of global economic stagnation

October 3, 2011

São Paulo's rise to become the leading international financial centre of Latin America over the past decade has been impressive, but this has not stopped other cities in the region carving out their own financial niches. 

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Technology deficiencies hold back emerging economies

October 3, 2011

The rich promise held by emerging economies may have would-be investors salivating, but without sufficient technology or regulatory capabilities it is difficult for Western companies to take advantages of these opportunities.

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Will regulation redraw the international financial centre map?

October 3, 2011

As the US and the EU focus on regulating different areas of the financial services industry, there is a temptation among financial institutions to relocate certain operations in order to evade strict new rules coming into play in certain jurisdictions. So is over-regulation posing a threat to the traditionally dominant international financial centres?


New York and London hold firm as world's top IFCs

October 3, 2011

Despite all the talk of emerging economies overtaking the traditional international financial centre powerhouses of New York and London, the big two remain in the top positions in The Banker's ranking. However, the challengers to this crown are still making ground.

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Emerging markets key to asset management

October 3, 2011

With Europe and North America paralysed by sovereign debt crises, the majority of respondents to The Banker magazine’s global asset management survey are focused on Asia, with more than 50% expecting to increase investment in the region. Investment funds are expanding their operations in centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore, as the eastwards transfer of economic power gathers pace. 

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Little change in IFC world order. For now...

October 3, 2011

The traditionally dominant international financial centres are struggling to cope with a glut of post-crisis regulation, giving smaller, newer jurisdictions an opportunity to steal a march on them. The Banker's survey shows that the traditional powerhouses still hold the top spots, but their grip is not as firm as it once was.

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Asset managers look to Asia as West still stalls

October 3, 2011

As Western markets continue to falter, more and more asset managers are looking to Asia for growth opportunities. This is where Hong Kong – offering a Western business culture within the heart of China – has a significant advantage.

Singapore’s challenge as a financial centre

February 18, 2011

Singapore is the world’s third highest ranked International Finance Centre, according to The Banker’s 2010 ranking. But in these days of volatile capital flows and worries about bank safety, how should a small country manage itself as an IFC so as to maximise the benefits and minimise the risk? 

New financial centres find asset management biggest challenge

December 23, 2010

Despite continued economic uncertainty in developed markets, emerging-market financial centres are growing in strength, with expanding foreign exchange markets and inward portfolio investment. However, when it comes to asset management, it could take generations for even the largest ascendant financial centres to catch up with their more established rivals. Writer Charles Piggott

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