Guernsey's Finance Industry On Road To Growth

By Editorial 17 September, 2013

Guernsey's finance industry had a stable second quarter and is already showing signs of renewed growth in the second half of the year, Guernsey International Finance Center revealed on its website on September 11, 2013.

Previously released figures from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) showed an uptick across each of the investment funds, banking and insurance sectors during the first quarter of the year.

In the insurance sector there has been net growth of 37 entities between the end of last year and the end of July 2013. However, the net asset value of investment funds under management or administration in the Island fell by GBP10.5bn (3.5 percent) during the second quarter of the year and total deposits held with Guernsey banks decreased by GBP0.8bn (0.9 percent) during the same period.

Fiona Le Poidevin, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance, the promotional agency for the Island's finance industry, said: "The performance during the first quarter of the year was very pleasing but we recognized at the time that external factors, such as rising stock markets, were playing their part. The new figures for the second quarter show a relatively flat but stable picture and this is understandable when we consider that during the period we saw a correction in the wider equity markets.

"However, the industry is also showing signs of renewed growth during the second half of the year, with figures for the insurance sector showing continual increases in the net number of entities domiciled in the Island and there is anecdotal evidence from the funds sector of a pick-up in business coming through the pipeline, especially in the closed-ended, listed space."

Figures from the GFSC show that the total value of deposits held by banks in Guernsey fell to GBP89.7bn at the end of June 2013. This leaves deposits 13 percent lower than at the same time a year ago.

Miss Le Poidevin said: "These are difficult times for the banking sector and Guernsey is not immune from the impact. However, despite continued global deleveraging and low interest rates, the Guernsey banking sector has stabilized to remain at around the GBP90bn mark at the end of the second quarter."

The GFSC's quarterly report for the investment funds sector showed that the net asset value of funds under management and administration in Guernsey decreased to GBP286bn at the end of June 2013. However, this represents an increase of GBP15.2bn (5.6 percent) on a year earlier.

The Guernsey closed-ended sector was valued at GBP137.5bn at the end of June, up GBP0.5bn (0.4 percent) during the quarter and up GBP11.4bn (9 percent) compared to 12 months earlier. Guernsey domiciled open-ended funds reached a net asset value of GBP49.7bn at the end of June 2013, which was a decrease of GBP4.4bn (8.1 percent) during the quarter and down GBP3.4bn (6.4 percent) year on year. Non-Guernsey schemes, where some aspect of management, administration or custody is carried out in the Island, fell by GBP6.6bn (6.3 percent) during the quarter to reach GBP98.8bn at the end of June 2013, although that is GBP7.2bn (7.9 percent) higher than the value at the end of June 2012.

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