- London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong remain the four leading global financial centers
- In the USA, New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles are the top
- The leading centers in Europe are London, Zurich, Geneva, Luxembourg and Frankfurt
Both cities gained four points in the ratings and London remains eight points ahead of New York. The GFCI, published recently by Z/Yen, is on a scale of 1,000 points and a lead of eight is fairly insignificant. The author continues to believe that the two centers are complimentary rather than purely competitive. A number of respondents commented that the uncertainty surrounding the possible exit of the UK from the EU is having a negative impact on London’s competitiveness at present.
London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong remain the four leading global financial centers. Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to become the third ranked center by just two points. Tokyo, in fifth place, is 72 points behind London. The top financial centers of the world are all well developed, sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities in their own right. Successful people are attracted to successful cities and it is perhaps no surprise that financial services professionals rank these centers so high.
North American centers fortunes in GFCI 19 are mixed. Of the financial centers in the USA, New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles rose in the ratings. The three leading Canadian centers fell in the ratings after strong rises in the past year. Toronto remains the leading Canadian center with Montreal in second and Vancouver in third.
Western European centers remain mired in uncertainty. The leading centers in Europe are London, Zurich, Geneva, Luxembourg and Frankfurt. Of the 29 centers in this region, 12 centers rose in the ratings and 17 centers fell. Rome, Madrid and Brussels, three centers closely associated with the Eurozone crisis have shown signs of recovery.
Latin America and the Caribbean suffer. All centers in this region, with the single exception of Mexico City fall sharply in GFCI 19. The offshore centers in the Caribbean (in common with the British Crown Dependencies listed under Western Europe) all suffered declines along with the Brazilian centers Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Seven of the top ten Asia/Pacific centers see a fall in their ratings. Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing rose slightly in GFCI 19. Of the top ten centers in this region, Seoul and Sydney showed the largest falls.
Centers in the Middle East and Africa also fell in GFCI 19. Having made gains in GFCI 18 all centers in this region, except Casablanca, fell in the ratings. Dubai remains the leading center in the region, followed by Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi. Casablanca rose 11 places and is now fourth in the region.