Top 1000

Summary of the Top 1000 World Banks

Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, provides a summary of the Top 1000 World Banks Ranking results for 2014.



Top 1000 World Banks 2014 Contents










Middle East


Asset quality

Loans to deposits


Risk-weighted assets


Cost-to-income ratios

New arrivals




Global structure



Source of income


High movers


Top 1000 World Banks Ranking 2014

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Top 1000 World Banks – Western European banks mount a comeback

Profits are up in the 2014 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, with much of the good news coming from the direction of western Europe. On a regional basis, however, Asia-Pacific still dominates.

Top 1000 World Banks – Venezuela gains, but Brazil still reigns

Brazilian banks remain way out in front in the Central and South America region, but it is Venezuelan banks that are putting in the most eye-catching performances.

Top 1000 World Banks – Emerging market banks perform strongly once again

As was the case in 2013 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, when it comes to returns on assets, African banks are the stellar performers.

Top 1000 World Banks – CEE grows LTD ratio against global trend

Loan-to-deposit ratios among the global regions have generally fallen, though central and eastern Europe has risen from 107.61% to 112.79% in the 2014 Top 1000 World Bank rankings.

Top 1000 World Banks – Western Europe shows capital and recapitalisation trend

HSBC holds on to the top position in western Europe, while the aftermath of the eurozone crisis shapes much of the rest of the list.

Top 1000 World Banks – Japanese lenders endure a challenging year

Despite increasing profits, the performance of Japan's banks continues to suffer across most metrics. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Asian banks show strength in numbers

The Asia-Pacific (excluding China and Japan) region is once again led by Australian institutions, although this year's rankings underscore the strength of the region as a whole, with a high number of new entrants in each category. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Gulf banks lead the Middle East's charge

Gulf lenders continue to drive the performance of Middle Eastern banks, recording impressive growth in this year's rankings. Elsewhere, Iranian banks are making sizeable gains.

Top 1000 World Banks – Sales bring changes in CEE but Russia still rules

Little has changed at the top of the central and eastern European ranking, where Russian lenders still dominate, but sales and takeovers have caused a reshuffle further down the ranking.

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