Monday's Headlines: Singapore to lead in financial job creation

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Singapore will create more jobs in financial services during the next 12 months than any other city, beating London and New York, according to Bloomberg.

A survey of investment bankers from Astbury Marsden, which advises companies in Europe and Asia, showed 37 percent expect Singapore to add the most jobs, 22 precent expect London to create the most jobs, just ahead of Shanghai and Hong Kong, while a mere one percent said New York. Singapore's hedge-fund industry grew to $48 billion at the end of 2009, from about $10 billion in 2005.

Breaking it down even further, the survey also showed 19 percent of respondents expected the most jobs to be created in Shanghai, 17 percent said Hong Kong and four percent nominated the United Arab Emirates.

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