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.

In recognition of the fact that data for specialised financial centres is seldom consistent with that for larger financial centres, The Banker has compiled a separate table for specialised centres using data available specifically for these locations. Most of this data has been provided by the centres themselves in response to The Banker's 2010 survey. This data takes account of specialist sectors such as the captive insurance industry, for example.

The rankings also rely on data provided by fDi Benchmark, which holds data series on centres' cost and quality competitiveness indicators.

The full list of datapoints used to compile the rankings and weightings assigned to each overall category and individual weightings for each datapoint is available on request. Please e-mail for details.

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