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.

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.

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.

2019 survey about the banks in Switzerland

Very positive attitude towards banks

The majority of respondents has a positive perception of Swiss banks and they are considered reliable, secure and an important employer. The banks’ positive image is the result of a combination of their commercial success and social responsibility, and the respondents’ positive experiences with them in everyday life. In addition to examining the perception of the reputation of Swiss banks and opinions about the financial centre, the 2019 survey also focused on the topic of pensions.

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.

Deloitte International Wealth Management Centre Ranking 2018

Switzerland is the leading centre in terms of competitiveness, size and performance

The third Deloitte International Wealth Management Centre Ranking shines light on the competitiveness between international private wealth management centres and analyses their market volume, growth performance, profitability and efficiency over the past years.

The business environment for international wealth management centres has become more challenging over the last years. The focus for competitiveness has shifted towards provider capability and digital maturity. Between 2010 and 2017, there has been a fall in international market volume (IMV) as well as net new assets (NNA) of the leading centres. Cost competitiveness remains an ongoing challenge.

Switzerland still remains the biggest centre with US$1.84tn international market volume. The centre’s well-rounded competitive characteristics enabled it to outperform its global counterparts by increasing its profit margin by 18.2% between 2015 and 2017.