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.
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Caribbean lenders seem to be finally emerging from a difficult few years, with both aggregate Tier 1 capital and assets rising. Profitability remains largely unchanged, however, with some banks making significant gains while others remain in the red.
Market risk-weighted assets decline as a proportion of total assets in this year's ranking, as banks reduce their trading desk activities to meet higher capital requirements.
Chinese banks dominate the top 50 in terms of the best cost-to-income ratios, while Australia is the best-performing developed market.
While bad loan ratios are still high in the peripheral eurozone, some banks have exited the list of worst losses. But there are some new casualties in emerging markets
Several of the members of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation are facing rising asset impairment, but the reasons vary.
The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital.
While Colombian banks are gaining ground in central America, locally owned banks are still scoring well in this year's Top 100 ranking of central American banks.
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- African banks, 2013
- Asean banks, 2014
- Arab banks, 2013
- Black Sea banks, 2014
- Caricom banks, 2013
- Central American banks, 2014
- China banks, 2013
- EU banks, 2014
- Latin American banks, 2013
- Russian banks, 2014
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