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IFCs defy global uncertainty – for now

October 1, 2019

The Banker’s annual ranking of international finance centres remains mostly unchanged, despite financial upheaval on the horizon.

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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?


Middle East IFC crown still up for grabs

October 3, 2011

Competition to be the Middle East’s leading international financial centre is rife. However, recent domestic problems in Dubai and Manama have weakened their respective positions, and have created an opening for Qatari capital Doha to emerge as a stronger challenger. 

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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.

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