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Japanese decline continues despite profitable 2009

July 6, 2010

Despite pulling itself out of the worst recession the country has seen since the Second World War, Japan remains a deeply troubled economy saddled with a fiscal position that has in recent months gone from bad to worse: indeed, so parlous is Japan's predicament that in June the country's new prime minister, Naoto Kan, warned that the once mighty Asian economy may be staring a Greek-style public debt crisis in the face.

China's growth story shows no sign of relenting

July 6, 2010

Every year the Top 1000 Banks ranking delivers new and startling insights into the creeping dominance of the Chinese banking sector and this year does not disappoint.

The return of the state

July 6, 2010

Looking at this year's Top 25 central and eastern European (CEE) banks, one could be forgiven for thinking the region's transition to a market economy had gone into reverse.

Europe's big guns feel crisis impact

July 6, 2010

Last year, the financial crisis had little impact on the top 25 western European banks.

Top 1000 World Banks 2010

July 6, 2010

Many Western banks are rebounding from the huge losses of 2008 and have strengthened their grasp on the top of the rankings, but elsewhere the pain is just beginning. Philip Alexander reports.

New World Order

July 6, 2010

Forty years after BankAmerica topped The Banker's first global bank rankings in 1970, the US-based bank has once again taken the number one spot in 2010. While Bank of America, JPMorgan and Barclays all participated in 1970 and 2010, this 40th anniversary of the listings shows that much else has changed in the sector. The Banker's editor emeritus Stephen Timewell reports.

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Prepare and survive

May 5, 2010

Leader of the pack: Kazakhstan's Kazkommertsbank topped The Banker's Top 75 CIS Banks ranking

High capital ratios and a huge pre-emptive increase in provisioning help explain why the dire predictions for CIS banks at the start of 2009 proved unfounded. Writer Philip Alexander

China dominates, Australia excels

March 31, 2010

While Chinese banks continued to dominate The Banker's Asian ranking in terms of number and profits, Australia also put in a standout performance, recording the second highest Tier 1 capital despite only accounting for a small proportion of the region's banks. Writer Michelle Price

How the Banks shaped up in 2009

March 31, 2010

There were mixed fortunes for Saudi Arabia's 12 banks, with 2008's most profitable brands retaining their positions with modest growth, impressive gains for NCB, some disappointing declines, while just one institution posted a loss.

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