Top 1000 World Banks 2011

Top 1000 World Banks 2011

Global banking profits are now approaching their 2007 pre-crisis peak according to this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking, but the divergence between growing and stagnant markets is becoming increasingly stark. 

Shift in UK and Spanish banking landscapes

Despite some concerns over the impact of regulation on profit, the big banks in western Europe have mostly held their ground in this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking. However, the aftermath of the financial crisis has seen changes in the UK and Spanish banking sectors.

China’s march to the top continues

With 101 banks now in the Top 1000 ranking, Chinese banks are continuing their pursuit of the leading positions in the listing. This year's results also allay some fears about the soundness of the country's banking sector.

Japanese banks show signs of recovery

The past few Top 1000 rankings have been characterised by a decline in the Japanese banking sector. However, figures for this year – taken before devastating earthquake hit the north-east of the country – show a reversal in fortune for Japan's banks.

Steady growth in Asia-Pacific beyond China and Japan

China still dominates the Asia-Pacific top 25 and there are few changes compared with last year, however, the rest of the region is showing there is steady progress being made beyond the banking giants of its most dominant country.

From World / Americas

No change among North America's banking giants

The top seven banks in North America stayed in the same positions in the regional top 25 ranking of this year's Top 1000, as the financial institutions of the US continued to focus on demonstrating their strength instead of their profitability.

From World / Americas

Brazil maintains Latin American dominance

Latin America's banking landscape is once again headed by Brazilian lenders, who occupy the top five positions in the Top 25 Latin American banks ranking.

Gulf dominance continues in tough year for Middle East

It has been a difficult year for the Middle Eastern banking sector and this shows in the regional top 25. But there are reasons to be positive – the Gulf region remains strong, the overall figures from The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks suggest an increase in profits and there is a welcome new entry from Iraq.

From World / Africa

African banks continue to fail to realise growth potential

The banking landscape in Africa remains a case of potential unrealised, as its financial institutions' share of the Top 1000's overall assets and Tier 1 capital dipped slightly. However, the lowering of the average cost-to-income ration in the continent did provide some good news.

Trend towards higher capital to assets continues

Capital-to asset ratios are, on the whole, looking healthy, but regionally both Asia-Pacific and western Europe have fallen below the crucial 7% level according to this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking.

The rise of China's banks goes on and on

The rise of China's banking sector shows no signs of abating in this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking, with the highest movers table dominated by financial institutions from the country.

Merged Spanish cajas rise up new arrivals table

The recent bout of consolidation among Spain's savings banks has made its mark on The Banker's new arrivals table, while the US and China are again well represented in the ranking.

Emerging markets dominate profits ranking

Asia-Pacific and Latin America have increased their profit share at the expense of western Europe.

Retail banks thrive in return on capital rankings

Asian and Turkish banks stand out as the top performers in The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks for return on capital. But the more general trend across emerging markets is that banks with a retail focus appear to be prevalent among those generating the highest returns.

Western European lenders top loan-to-deposit averages

A bank's loans-to-deposits ratio is a good indicator of how prudent its funding strategy is - too high can mean too risky, but too low suggests it may not be achieving its full potential. This year's Top 1000 World Banks show that western Europe heads the list with the highest national average LTD and China has the lowest.

Deutsche Bank's 'flow monster' outpaced in trading income

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Balance of power shifts from western Europe

The global structure of the Top 1000 displays some positive results on the surface. But a closer inspection reveals a dramatic shift in the balance of power depending on the geographical location, with western Europe losing out.

US banks still struggling in aftermath of subprime crisis

The Banker's survey shows that non-performing loans are continuing to have a detrimental effect on US regional retail banks, with eight US institutions featuring in the top 25 NPL list.

Cost-to-income ratios show where recovery is strongest

The cost-to-income ratios of this year's Top 1000 banks in Africa and eastern Europe and Africa show that banks in both regions are keeping a lid on costs, something that is eluding many of their Latin American and Asian counterparts.

Consolidation takes hold in central and eastern Europe

Central and eastern Europe was dominated by consolidation and recovery this year which has had a significant impact on its regional top 25, with some departures, some new entrants and some surging into the highest movers list of the Top 1000.

From World / Americas

No change among North America's banking giants

The top seven banks in North America stayed in the same positions in the regional top 25 ranking of this year's Top 1000, as the financial institutions of the US continued to focus on demonstrating their strength instead of their profitability.

Latam looks to positive future while CEE takes cautious approach

When looking at The Top 1000 World banks' asset qualities on a regional basis, Latin American financial institutions seem to be the most optimistic about their future. 

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