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Trouble in paradise

Under fire but fighting back

December 8, 2010

Investment into Caribbean offshore financial centres has fallen in recent years but is now picking up. However, these centres are also under international pressure over their tax and transparency arrangements, a criticism many of them view as unfair. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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A tale of two centres

November 24, 2010

From Hong Kong to London, established global financial centres are looking to reinvent themselves as Islamic finance hubs and capture a slice of a fast-growing and still largely untapped market.

France and Canada target Islamic markets

November 24, 2010

Many countries are bidding to build Islamic finance hubs; France and Canada are no exception, but each is taking a very different course.

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Eyes east

August 29, 2010

As uncertainty continues to dog Western markets, Asia-Pacific financial centres are seizing their opportunity and increasingly drawing business away from their more established rivals. Michelle Price reports.

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Hong Kong benefits from China's dynamism

August 29, 2010

As mainland China continues to develop its capital markets, Hong Kong is well placed to pick up new cross-border trade and help facilitate the internationalisation of the renminbi.

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Low risk, highly attractive

August 29, 2010

A combination of cautious conservatism and some innovative tax policies has created an opening through which Canada is pushing Toronto, its financial centre, onto the international stage. Karen E Thuermer reports.

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Moscow maps route to leading IFC status

August 29, 2010

Moscow is already the financial hub for the former Soviet territories, but formidable legislative and infrastructure hurdles stand in the way of its aspirations to become a global IFC. Now the city and the Russian state are striving very seriously to address these issues, says Yuri Roslyak.

Frankfurt: Regulatory centre of excellence

August 29, 2010

Already home to many of the main European regulatory bodies, Frankfurt's financial centre offers the experience and stability to play a key role in helping Europe shape the future of its financial sector, says Dr Lutz Raettig.

The Banker's 2010 IFC Rankings

August 29, 2010

The Banker's ranking of international financial centres is based not simply on the size of the financial services industry in each location, but focuses instead on the level of international business and the value offered to institutions seeking to expand their overseas operations.

Turbulent times

August 29, 2010

As the fallout from the global financial crisis continues, competition between leading international financial centres has been given a new dimension by threats of tougher regulation in established markets and intense pressure from emerging centres striving hard to push their way into the top league. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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