DP7694 Cross-Border Investment in Small International Financial Centers

Author(s): Philip R. Lane, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti
Publication Date: February 2010
Keyword(s): Financial centers, foreign assets, portfolio investment
JEL(s): F31, F32
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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We document and assess the role of small financial centers in the international financial system using a newly-assembled dataset. We present estimates of the foreign asset and liability positions for a number of the most important small financial centers, and place these into context by calculating the importance of these locations in the global aggregate of cross-border investment positions. We also report data on bilateral cross-border investment patterns, highlighting which countries engage in financial trade with small financial centers.