The Geneva financial center

Key figures

35600
Financial and related professional services employment in Geneva
35%
Contribution of the financial sector and the commodity trading as a share of Geneva State GDP
92
banks

Talents, competitiveness and innovation

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Today Geneva is universally recognized as a global financial center. Its reputation depends on the expertise and skills of the 35,600 people working in finance and banking. Innovation is another key success factor. The Geneva financial center is exploring many promising avenues to pioneer the finance of the future, including FinTech, sustainable finance and philanthropy.

Geneva, where finance meets the SDGs !

The bridge connecting Geneva’s left and right banks is more than a popular selfie spot for tourists – it's also a powerful symbol of collaboration. In 2019, the Geneva sustainable finance community came together to organise the first edition of the Building Bridges Summit. The aim was to foster connections between the international organisations on Geneva's right bank and the financial institutions clustered on its left bank. This weeklong event highlighted the financial centre’s expertise in sustainable investing. Following the overwhelming success of this first edition, the “founding partners” – among them the Geneva Financial Center Foundation – are planning a

second Building Bridges Week from 29 November to 2 December 2021.

Double digit growth in sustainability investing

The fourth Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study, jointly prepared by Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich, once again confirms the unceasing mainstreaming of sustainable investments in Switzerland.

Deloitte International Wealth Management Centre Ranking 2021

Switzerland maintains lead

Switzerland is well placed overall, with a slight weakness in comparison with other centres such as the US and the UK, owing to its smaller domestic market size and lower profitability of wealth management providers.

In terms of absolute IMV value, Switzerland is still leading with US$2.6tn booked in 2020, corresponding to a market share of 23.7%. Second and third are the United Kingdom with US$2.1tn and the United States with US$2.0tn of IMV.

Study SBA - Accenture

Is it time for a step change?

Joint study by the Swiss Bankers Association and Accenture highlights the potential evolution of value creation models.

  • The value creation models of the future will be based on open infrastructures
  • Switzerland’s current regulatory system does make it more challenging for them to innovate and adapt

EY Banking Barometer 2021

According to the "EY Banking Barometer 2021", the Swiss banks have so far coped well with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and are showing resilience. Even though the banks fear increased loan defaults in the short term, they are quite positive about the future.

In this context, the topic of sustainability has shifted increasingly into the focus of investors and customers in recent years. There is no stopping the “green wave” in 2020 either, and it has now reached the banks’ lending business.

Furthermore, the anticipated long-term bedding in of negative interest rates as a result of the coronavirus crisis is increasing the pressure banks have been under for some time on the earnings side. The trend toward the increased charging of negative interest rates on customer balances should therefore continue.

2021 Survey about the banks in Switzerland

Very positive attitude towards banks

The Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) published its biennial study of the image of banks in Switzerland and topical banking issues in May 2021. This survey, conducted by the gfs.bern research institute, provides a unique analysis of public opinion about the banking sector.

It shows that 75% of all Swiss citizens have a positive or highly positive opinion of the Swiss banks. That percentage has never been higher in the past 20 years. What is more, 90% of the persons polled have a favourable opinion of their own reference bank. Qualities of the banking institutions that are mentioned include credibility, dependability and employee competence.

 

Digital Pulse Check 4.0

What is the digital maturity of Swiss banks?

The Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) has examined, through a representative study, the current status of digitalization within the Swiss banking sector. The main objective of the study is to determine the level of digital maturity of Swiss banks compared with the rest of Europe.

For the second time since 2019, it is apparent that most established banking institutions have recognized the signs of the times. They are digitalizing their existing services step by step or rethinking them from the customer’s point of view. COVID-19 has accentuated this change once again

Covid-19 : crédits transitoires pour les entreprises

En raison des conséquences économiques du coronavirus, le Conseil fédéral met à la disposition des entreprises en Suisse des aides en liquidités d’un montant total de 20 milliards de francs.

Grâce aux banques, les crédits transitoires (crédits COVID-19) permettent d’aider les entreprises concernées de manière non bureaucratique, ciblée et rapide.

A Unique Chain of Expertise

Created in 1991 by the 80 banks that were members of the Geneva stock exchange, the Geneva Financial Center (GFC) is the umbrella association of the financial sector. The financial sector generates 35,600 jobs and accounts for 12% of Geneva's GDP. It is based on three main pillars: private and institutional wealth management, commodity trade financing, and commercial and retail banking. With the presence of activities such as marine freight and inspection, Geneva has emerged as an economic cluster with a unique concentration of skills. The central mission of the Geneva Financial Center is to support this value chain and to contribute to the development of  an optimal business environment for all financial center partners.