Leading financial centers worldwide 2019

Leading financial centers globally as of March 2019

by M. Szmigiera, last edited Mar 12, 2019
Leading financial centers worldwide 2019 This statistic presents the most attractive financial centers worldwide as of March 2019. The private institute Z/Yen has constructed an index for financial center rating, in which a multitude of factors are integrated. New York proved to be the most attractive financial center in 2019, with 794 points assigned in the Z/Yen report.
Financial centers – additional information

A financial center is a region or city with strategic location to the financial industry. It is a place where various participants of the financial sector, such as banks, trading companies, stock exchanges and other institutions, are concentrated in one area. Financial hubs can be characterized by solid infrastructure, stable regulatory and political environments, attractive taxation rules and the availability of various opportunities to help the trade and business grow.

According to a survey carried out among financial services professionals in 2018 the most important factors determining the competitiveness of a financial center were business environment, human capital, reputation, infrastructure and financial sector development.

According to the Global Financial Centers Index constructed by Z/Yen institute, the following locations have been distinguished as most attractive financial hubs in North America: New York, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Latin America, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and São Paolo were given the highest scores. As far as offshore financial centers are concerned, the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and Hamilton were ranked highest. An offshore financial center is usually a small country or island with less strict regulatory requirements and a low-tax environment. When financial sector professionals were asked which financial centers were likely to become more significant in the next years as 2018, they indicated the following locations: Shanghai, GIFT City - Gujarta, Frankfurt, Singapore, Dublin and Hong Kong.
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Leading financial centers globally as of March 2019

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Points on the Global Financial Centres Index
New York 794
London 787
Hong Kong 783
Singapore 772
Shanghai 770
Tokyo 756
Toronto755
Zurich739
Beijing738
Frankfurt737
Sydney736
Dubai733
Boston732
Shenzhen730
Melbourne729
San Francisco727
Los Angeles724
Montreal722
Vancouver721
Chicago717
Points on the Global Financial Centres Index
New York 794
London 787
Hong Kong 783
Singapore 772
Shanghai 770
Tokyo 756
Toronto755
Zurich739
Beijing738
Frankfurt737
Sydney736
Dubai733
Boston732
Shenzhen730
Melbourne729
San Francisco727
Los Angeles724
Montreal722
Vancouver721
Chicago717
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by M. Szmigiera, last edited Mar 12, 2019
This statistic presents the most attractive financial centers worldwide as of March 2019. The private institute Z/Yen has constructed an index for financial center rating, in which a multitude of factors are integrated. New York proved to be the most attractive financial center in 2019, with 794 points assigned in the Z/Yen report.
Financial centers – additional information

A financial center is a region or city with strategic location to the financial industry. It is a place where various participants of the financial sector, such as banks, trading companies, stock exchanges and other institutions, are concentrated in one area. Financial hubs can be characterized by solid infrastructure, stable regulatory and political environments, attractive taxation rules and the availability of various opportunities to help the trade and business grow.

According to a survey carried out among financial services professionals in 2018 the most important factors determining the competitiveness of a financial center were business environment, human capital, reputation, infrastructure and financial sector development.

According to the Global Financial Centers Index constructed by Z/Yen institute, the following locations have been distinguished as most attractive financial hubs in North America: New York, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Latin America, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and São Paolo were given the highest scores. As far as offshore financial centers are concerned, the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and Hamilton were ranked highest. An offshore financial center is usually a small country or island with less strict regulatory requirements and a low-tax environment. When financial sector professionals were asked which financial centers were likely to become more significant in the next years as 2018, they indicated the following locations: Shanghai, GIFT City - Gujarta, Frankfurt, Singapore, Dublin and Hong Kong.
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