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Hong Kong ranks as top finance hub

AFP , HONG KONG

Hong Kong has joined London and New York among the world’s top financial centers, with other Asian cities including Shanghai and Seoul also moving up the ranks, a survey said yesterday.

Hong Kong was third behind New York and first-placed London in the Global Financial Centres Index, which ranks 75 financial hubs based on surveys of ­professionals and criteria including business environment, market access and infrastructure.

“There remains no significant difference between London and New York [in the ratings]. Respondents continue to believe that these centres work together for mutual benefit,” the twice-annual report produced by London-based think tank Z/Yen Group said.

SELECT GROUP

“Hong Kong has joined ­London and New York as a genuinely global financial centre. Singapore may well join this trio soon,” it said.

Singapore placed fourth in the top 10 and is followed by Tokyo, Shanghai, Chicago, Zurich, ­Geneva and Sydney.

“The top four centres control a large proportion of financial transactions [over 70 percent of equity trading] ... [and] are likely to remain powerful financial centres for the foreseeable future,” the report said.

Asia “continues to exhibit ­enhanced competitiveness” with Shanghai breaking into the top 10 and Seoul cracking the top 25, the report said.

TAIPEI

Taipei was ranked 19 in the latest survey, up two places from the No. 21 spot in the previous survey.

NEWCOMERS

Respondents said the five finance centers “likely to become more significant in the next few years” are Shenzhen, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul and Beijing.

Offshore finance centers such as the Cayman Islands and Malta and debt-laden Dubai had lost ground since the global financial crisis, the report said.

The survey polled 1,876 finance industry professionals.

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