China’s aggregate banking brand power has continued to surge, overtaking the US for the first time and giving further credence to the belief that this will be 'China's century'. Joy Macknight reports.
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Caribbean lenders still face challenges to growth, as shown in The Banker's Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking for 2016, but many have turned the corner in terms of profits.
The Banker’s Best Emerging Markets for Banking ranking, which analyses the largest 100 developing countries for ease of banking, sees South American nations leading the way, while those in Africa and Europe lag behind.
Vietnam is on its way to becoming a heavyweight presence in south-east Asia, with the top ranking for asset growth, while Indonesia retains its crown as the most profitable country in the region.
Panama retains its position as one of the best markets for banking in Central America, but success stories can also be found in Nicaragua and Guatemala.
Market and currency volatility have shaken up The Banker’s Top 500 Banking Brand rankings. However, the main story of 2016 is the speed at which Chinese banking brands are gaining ground on their US counterparts. Joy Macknight reports.
While most large Russian banks have managed to hold onto their position relative to each other, they have all suffered significant falls in Tier 1 capital and profits as they find themselves challenged by currency depreciation and difficult market conditions. Written by Matthew Karwacki, research by Valeria Yakutovich.