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UK players maintain sizeable advantage

August 31, 2008

UK banks may have taken significant hits on their profit and loss accounts as a result of the subprime crisis, but they have also strengthened their capital and balance sheets significantly.

The Top 1OOO: how we did it

June 30, 2008

The Top 1000 is a ranking of the world’s commercial banks. Wherever possible, consolidated figures have been taken for the banking group. However, in the case of bancassurance groups, where possible the figures reflect the banking business only.

Emerging economies improve cost/income ratio as the developed world slips back

June 30, 2008

The Banker collects cost/income ratio data from banks as a measure of efficiency among banks across the globe.

African Bank jumps to top of NPL list

June 30, 2008

South Africa’s African Bank, which achieved the highest return on capital among sub-Saharan banks in 2007, at 68.4%, also had the highest disclosed level of non-performing loans (NPLs), at 28.64%.

Asia grows in strength as US and Europe decline

June 30, 2008

The global structure of the 2008 Top 1000 World Banks reflects the growing role of the Asian (excluding Japanese) banks, the declining influence of both the US and EU(27) and expansion in a number of emerging economies.

Profit growth falls after four record years

June 30, 2008

Unlike the past four successive years of record pre-tax profits and strong growth, The Banker’s 2008 Top 1000 World Banks rankings, based largely on fiscal 2007 results, reflected the US subprime crisis and global credit crunch and showed a 0.7% decline in profits to $780.8bn.

More new blood from China

June 30, 2008

Last year, China ended the annual tussle between the US and Germany to bring the highest number of entrants to the Top 1000, contributing seven new arrivals to the list.

Nigerians corner capital growth share

June 30, 2008

The emerging markets once again provided the biggest movers in 2008’s Top 1000 bank rankings, with 79 banks moving 100 places or more.

Electro Banque still reigns supreme

June 30, 2008

Soundest: Highly capitalised banks are envied for their soundness, but too much capital may not necessarily be well used except in a specific business model.

South African dominance hit by ascendant Nigerian banks

June 30, 2008

The dominance of South African Banks in he sub-Saharan Africa region is under threat. For the second year in a row, Nigeria’s banks have soared up the global league tables and are knocking on the door of the more established ‘blue-blood’ brands of South Africa.

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