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São Paulo leads Latam financial FDI inflows but Caracas tops outflows list

March 3, 2014

The Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo attracted the most FDI into its financial sector in Latin American and Caribbean cities in 2013, while Caracas in Venezuela was the surprise leader in the outflows table.

Strong 2013 for IPOs

February 3, 2014

Global proceeds from initial public offerings are on the rise as bourses around the world see impressive year-on-year hikes in the volumes raised. 

How much do Basel ratios reveal about European countries?

January 2, 2014

A new way of quantifying the effective management of sovereign debt shows eurozone economies in a new light.

Bermuda's Islamic ambitions

December 2, 2013

Bermuda has lost out to competing jurisdictions in terms of inward investment in recent years, but is now looking to rebuild its appeal by attracting Islamic investment. 

Sao Paulo attracts largest financial services FDI

São Paulo attracts largest financial services FDI

October 31, 2013

Foreign direct investment into the financial services sector of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is booming, while specialist financial centres in the Caribbean are having a positive impact on the global economy.

London leapfrogs New York to top IFC ranking

October 1, 2013

London has come out on top in its annual battle with New York to be named the world's leading international financial centre. Beyond the behemoths, however, the big story comes from Latin America, where Mexico City has jumped 15 places to crown an impressive year for the financial hub.

Can London survive outside the EU

Can London survive outside the EU?

October 1, 2013

The UK's relationship with the EU has rarely been harmonious, but in recent years the heavy-handed regulations and onerous taxes perceived to be emanating from Brussels have seen this marriage teeter perilously close to divorce. A referendum could be called in the UK in 2017 regarding its EU membership, but how would the country – and London in particular – look should the vote call for a permanent separation?

UK top European investment management location

September 2, 2013

The UK is Europe's leading location for fund management by some margin, but a massive 27% of funds are domiciled in Luxembourg.

China leads FDI charge into emerging economies

August 1, 2013

Foreign direct investment into financial services in certain emerging economies is raising eyebrows, spearheaded by China’s appetite for the South American market. 

Copenhagen keeps cost advantage

July 1, 2013

It is typically the same couple of names that come out on top of international finance centre rankings, however, an analysis of IFCs by operating costs gives less archetypal results, with Copenhagen topping the table.

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