Creating jobs and investment


Small IFCs provide tax-neutral platforms for global business and investment.  How does this contribute to capital market liquidity and job creation in the global economy?


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Fighting poverty


Recent decades have seen a dramatic improvement in the standard of living for the world’s worst-off.  In the last 25 years, 400 million people have been lifted out of poverty.  Today, just 10% of the world lives in extreme poverty – down from 40% in 1990.


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Reducing risk


Risk is a downside of any investment.  Higher risk can make a project economically viable – the higher the risk, the higher the return required to compensate for it, and thus the less likely it is to be able to deliver it.  And a number of investments rely on minimising risk altogether: such as pensions, insurance, and reinsurance.  Where they do, IFCs are uniquely placed to minimise that risk.


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Providing for pensioners


While it’s fashionable to think of capital as being owned by the super-rich, that’s just not the case.  Over half of financial assets in the UK are in pension funds and life insurance, with most of the rest held in savings accounts.


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Supporting onshore financial centres


Although IFCs are heavily oriented towards financial services, the world’s largest financial centres are onshore: London, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, and Frankfurt.  Financial services are a massive industry for even major economies.  The United Kingdom economy is heavily dependent on financial services, with the sector accounting for 12% of GDP and 2 million jobs: two-thirds of them outside London.


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Benefiting the British economy


IFCs make considerable contributions to the economies of onshore territories.  The United Kingdom is fortunate that so many IFCs are British Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies.  This has allowed the UK to develop especially-close ties with the IFCs – with close legal, cultural, and educational links and better financial and transport connections. 


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