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Sober times rein in US banks

July 6, 2010

An almost frenzied focus on boosting capital in 2009 has meant that Bank of America (BOA) leapfrogged JPMorgan Chase in this year's rankings to become the world's biggest bank by Tier 1 capital.

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.

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