New York still top, Moscow sinks in finance center ranking

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LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – New York remains far and away the world’s most favorite financial centre, with London still second and Singapore overtaking Hong Kong to come in third, latest rankings from the Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI) showed on Thursday.

Paris returned to the top 10 to replace Tokyo, but Moscow sank 22 places to 73rd as Western countries severed ties with the capital after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, GFCI said.

GFCI, compiled by Z/Yen, a City of London think tank, and the China Development Institute, rated 119 centers using 66,121 assessments from 11,038 financial professionals, and quantitative data.

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GFCI Main Rankings September 2022

New York has held the top position among global financial centers ranked by GFCI for four years, overtaking London.

“London’s second position looks secure but needs a significant global change to once again challenge for the top place,” said Michael Mainelli, chairman of Z/Yen.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss wants to ‘unshackle’ the UK financial sector from rules which date to when the country was in the European Union in order to increase London’s attraction as a global financial centre.

A new bill before the UK parliament in July sets out many tweaks to financial rules, but Truss wants to go further, signaling the government may scrap a cap on bankers’ bonuses inherited from the EU.

New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles topped GFCI’s separate fintech sector ratings, with London fourth and Shanghai fifth.

GFCI Fintech Rankings September 2022

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Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Jan Harvey

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