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Three Singaporean lenders occupy the top three spots in The Banker's Association of South-east Asian Nations banks ranking by Tier 1 capital for the year ending 2011, and the same three institutions also led the way in terms of pre-tax profits.
A number of foreign banks scaled back operations in Russia after the financial crisis, but those that remain are generating very high returns in many cases.
The Cypriot banking sector was more than four times the size of the country's economy at the end of 2011.
Panama's banks hold their lead as the biggest banks by Tier 1 capital in Central America.
In the years following its 2009 banking crisis, Nigeria's banks' pre-tax profits lagged in the African rankings, but figures from 2012 are expected to show a recovery.
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