The real surprise was Australia, who jumped 9 places to finish second, one place ahead of the United States at third.
Britain has toppled the United States from its position as the world’s leading financial centre, according to the latest league table from the World Economic Forum, but the gloss was rubbed off the victory as the UK scored worse than Nigeria, Panama and Bangladesh for financial stability.Economic output nudges back into positive territory
Britain was elevated from second to first place, while the US dropped to third place in the overall rankings, with both countries scoring less well than last year as the financial crisis exposed their weaknesses.
Australia rose nine rungs to second place, while Singapore and Hong Kong also did well, rising to fourth and fifth place respectively. France and Germany were both relegated out of the top ten.
Times Online 
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