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State-owned banks tighten grip

February 2, 2009

The Russian banking sector has been transformed by the crisis in 2008, but signs of the change were already clear in the end-2007 data included in these rankings, as the difficulties of raising capital began to bite. Writer Philip Alexander.

Top 500 banking brands 2009

February 2, 2009

Many of the world’s top financial brands took a beating in 2008, but not every bank suffered. The Banker’s Top 500 Banking Brands listing puts a financial value on the leading brands and ranks them accordingly. Philip Alexander reports.

Financial Health: Risers and fallers

January 5, 2009

The financial crisis has rocked the globe and fundamentally changed the way we assess what makes a country successful.The Banker’s latest rankings, which focus on low leverage, reveal some surprising results. Charles Piggott reports

On the flip side

December 1, 2008

While the the world’s major financial centres are in disarray, smaller European markets are reaping the benefits. Writer Charles Piggott.

Nigeria Gains on South Africa Rankings

December 1, 2008

Nigerian banks are continuing to make headway, but for the time being South Africa remains dominant. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Arab banks prosper from wary approach

November 3, 2008

Despite the volatility of the oil markets, it looks likely that Arab banks’ conservative strategies will insulate them from the worst effects of the global downturn. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Brazilian banks dominate Latin listings

November 3, 2008

In terms of aggregates, the key Latin American banks have grown significantly this year and Brazil is remaining at the forefront with impressive pre-tax profits. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Pakistan’s habib bank shows best return on assets

November 3, 2008

How profitable are Islamic financial institutions? Will they become more profitable? And what role will Islamic institutions have in the future?

Malaysia and kuwait prove rich source of newcomers

November 3, 2008

This new industry is spurring many entrants as huge liquidity in the Gulf is fuelling new ventures and creating a diverse range of opportunities both within and outside the region.

Bahrain emerges as islamic investment banking hub

November 3, 2008

Islamic finance is broad based and in the Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions listing, The Banker wanted to identify and rank key sectors within the industry that are generally excluded from its Top 1000 World Banks ­listing.

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