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Top 1000 World Banks 2015

Top 1000 World Banks 2015: A new global picture

Greece aside, European banks have sustained a recovery in their performance in the 2015 ranking. But the willingness of the largest European players to act as global banks is clearly declining and emerging market champions are not quite ready to assume the cross-border mantle just yet.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asset quality problems dog European lenders

Asset quality at European banks is slowly improving, but the situation in countries such as Cyprus, Greece and Italy continues to cause concern.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asia-Pacific dips but still dominates global profit share

Western Europe increased its share of global banking profits in the 2015 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, but while Asia-Pacific saw its share decline slightly, it still dominates on this score.

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Blockchain manoeuvres: applying Bitcoin's technology to banking

Bitcoin’s blockchain is being hailed as revolutionary. But will the likes of UBS, ING and Nasdaq, who are exploring the potential of the technology, be able to overcome the challenges that remain, not least security and regulatory issues? 

Islamic bank of the year awards 2015

Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2015

The Islamic finance success story shows no signs of abating, with banks in this field continuing to thrive in spite of continuing global economic pressures and social and political unrest in many of its strongholds. We celebrate the industry’s finest in our Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2015. 

Qatari banks health check

Qatar's banks: a health check

A snapshot of Qatar’s banks shows a sector in good health, with sound provision levels and growth in public sector credit. But with real estate prices increasing rapidly, concerns remain over the potential for a bubble emerging in the market. 

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Invstr democratises investment information

A new mobile app is bringing real-time investment information to people on their phones at a fraction of the cost of traditional sources. Jane Cooper talks to the chief executive of invstr about what this technology could mean for banks. 

Former bail-out chief helps steer Cyprus back to health
From Profiles / Deals

Former Cyprus bail-out chief helps steer sovereign back to capital markets

The timely passage of a bill to strengthen the local insolvency law helped convince both the International Monetary Fund and sovereign bond investors that the Cyprus credit story should not be bracketed with that of Greece.

Gianni Franco Papa

UniCredit CIB chief optimistic over European capital markets

UniCredit’s new head of corporate and investment banking, Gianni Franco Papa, tells Michael Watt about what he says are good times for Europe’s capital markets, and the worry of over-regulation on the horizon.

Brunei's banks unperturbed by oil price drop

Hydrocarbon resources account for more than 90% of exports and more than 50% of gross domestic product in Brunei. But, thanks to the country's historical surpluses and government's spending discipline, it has weathered the storm of falling oil prices relatively well, with local banks remaining in profit and even eyeing growth.

Oxford college learns new tricks

Oxford college breaks new ground with bond issuance

University College, one of oldest colleges at Oxford University, has taken advantage of the near-zero rate environment to issue the lowest-yielding university bond ever recorded.

Andorra acts to save banking reputation

Andorra acts to save banking reputation

Accusations of money laundering levelled at Banca Privada d’Andorra by the US authorities threatened to destabilise the country's banking sector, so the government had to act quickly to contain the crisis. Now, Andorran authorities are keen to show that this was an isolated case and that the wider banking sector is both closely governed and performing successfully. 

Joaquim Levy

Joaquim Levy: how to reignite Brazil's economy

Flat growth, heavy public spending and a corruption scandal at state-owned energy giant Petrobras have dented Brazil’s appeal to international investors, but Joaquim Levy, the country’s finance minister, is working to turn its fortunes around.

Wahid Omar

Malaysia's minister of financial affairs sees bright side of oil drop

Drops in oil prices have undeniably affected Malaysia’s economy. But minister of financial affairs Wahid Omar tells Stefania Palma how this was also a blessing to a country that is successfully diversifying its economy and government revenue sources through reforms such as the introduction of a goods and services tax.

CEE a growing market for private equity

Central and eastern Europe: a growing market for private equity

Private equity investment in central and eastern Europe could be set to increase as investors look to capture the region’s potential as its economies return to growth. 

From Banking

Top 50 Private Banking Brands, 2015

Swiss giant UBS tops The Banker's Top 50 Private Banking Brands ranking, with an increase of nearly one-third in its brand valuation in the past year giving it a clear lead over its nearest rival, Deutsche Bank.

  

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Basel III starts to dominate Top 1000 rankings

Basel compliance in the Top 1000

There has been an important departure in The Banker's methodology for the Top 1000 World Banks ranking this year, owing to the advent of Basel III and its adoption by nearly two-thirds of the banks in the ranking. 

Top 1000 World Bank 2015 results

 
 
The Banker's editor Brian Caplen reviews the main findings of the 2015 Top 1000 World Banks results.  

Top 1000 World Banks

 

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Pressure for regulators to complete US swaps revolution

The advent of swap execution facilities has not brought about the open access to trading that buy-side participants expected.

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