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News > Singapore overtakes Hong Kong in world financial centres ranking

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong in world financial centres ranking

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to become Asia’s top financial centre - and the third in the world - according to a new report that puts New York and London in the first and second spots.

Hong Kong slipped to fourth place, battered by strict Covid restrictions and an exodus of talent, while San Francisco moved up 2 spots to round out the Global Financial Centres Index’s (GFCI) top 5.

Hong Kong is struggling to revive its role as a global finance hub as it continues to follow China’s lead in trying to keep Covid cases to a minimum, while the rest of the world opens up. A November summit of global bankers, designed to restore confidence in the city, has secured pledges from some 20 leading firms to send top executives. But uncertainty surrounding the easing of quarantine rules, which has kept visitor numbers low, still threatens to affect turnout.

The Chinese cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen all maintained spots in the GFCI’s top 10, in spite of crippling Covid mitigation measures that have effectively cut the country off from the rest of the world.

Paris made a return to the top 10, while Tokyo tumbled to 16th place
Sydney leapt 10 spots up the ranks to number 13 Dubai and Abu Dhabi reigned supreme in the Middle East, sitting in 17th and 32nd place respectively
Russian financial centres suffered as a result of the war in Ukraine, with Moscow down 22 places to 73, and St Petersburg falling 17 places to 114
Barbados, Xi’an and Wuhan were the bottom 3 locations on the list
The index, compiled by think tanks Z/Yen Partners and the China Development Institute, ranks 119 financial centres and uses data collected from thousands of financial services professionals responding to an online questionnaire.

Here are the top 20 ranked financial centres:

 1. New York, US
 2. London, UK
 3. Singapore
 4. Hong Kong
 5. San Francisco, US
 6. Shanghai, China
 7. Los Angeles, US
 8. Beijing, China
 9. Shenzhen, China
10. Paris, France
11. Seoul, South Korea
12. Chicago, US
13. Sydney, Australia
14. Boston, US
15. Washington DC, US
16. Tokyo, Japan
17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
18. Frankfurt, Germany
19. Amsterdam, Netherlands
20. Geneva, Switzerland