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Iranian banks overwhelm the Middle East's ROC ranking

The Middle East top banks by ROC

Following on from last year's trend, four of the five banks in the Middle East's top five banks by return on capital are from Iran.

Japan's large banks post impressive ROC

Japan – Top five banks by return on capital

Three of the top five Japanese banks by return on capital also feature in the country's top 10 banks by Tier 1.

Tier 1 capital winners and losers in the EU

Top EU banks ranking

There were substantial rises and falls in Tier 1 capital among the EU's top 10 banks in 2014.

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Top 250 EU banks ranking, 2014: A tale of two halves

This year's EU banks ranking shows how selective the region's economic recovery has been, with Greek and Spanish lenders edging into the black, while Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Slovenian and Cypriot institutions are continuing to struggle.

Italian lenders top western Europe's ROC ranking

Western Europe – Top five banks by ROC

The top two western European lenders by return on capital are both Italian. Lenders from Turkey, the Netherlands and the UK make up the top five list.

Espirito Santo crisis highlights continued struggle in periphery

Banking sector performance in crisis countries

The crisis at Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo has raised fresh doubts about the recovery of banks in the peripheral eurozone.

New York is top US international finance centre for FDI

New York leads the world’s international finance centres for inbound and outbound foreign direct investment into the financial services sector, but other US financial centres are also proving attractive destinations.

Little change in Asian top ROC ranking

Asia-Pacific top banks by return on capital

The top lender in this year's return on capital ranking for Asia-Pacific (excluding China and India) is unchanged from last year.

Kenyan lender tops Africa's top banks by ROC

Africa top 5 banks by ROC

With a ROC of 54.68%, Nairobi-based Equity Bank leads the top five African banks by return on capital ranking.

New entrants storm China's ROC ranking

China – Top five banks by return on capital

Two new entrants make it onto China's top banks by return on capital ranking, with one of them taking the crown as China's best performing bank by this measure.

The Banker Top 1000 World Banks 2014

The Banker Database

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