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Are emerging market banks more transparent?

December 21, 2011

Banks in emerging markets appear to run greater risks to achieve greater returns. But they may just be more conservative in assessing their risks.

Mind the GAAP on bank leverage

December 8, 2011
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US GAAP accounting standards may offer a misleading picture of leverage among five of the largest American banks relative to their European counterparts, because US banks net out derivatives exposure when calculating total assets.

Emerging market financial centres show highest returns on capital

December 1, 2011

Argentina’s banks had a record year in 2010, so it is no surprise to see its capital city at the top of the ROC and ROA rankings for IFCs.

High profits in East African frontier markets

November 24, 2011
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Four of Africa’s top five most profitable banking markets are in east Africa, with oil producing Ghana from west Africa completing the set.

Islamic banks underperform

November 16, 2011
Selected returns on assets by country, 2010

Returns on assets for Islamic banks are lagging those of the conventional banking sector in many of the core markets for sharia-compliant financial services. But there are some notable exceptions where Islamic finance is proving more profitable.

Are CEE bank foreign ownership risks exaggerated?

November 8, 2011
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Banking sectors in central and eastern Europe have some of the highest foreign ownership rates in the world, but risks from eurozone parents could be curtailed by deleveraging since 2008.

Interest income still dominates for top Japan banks

November 2, 2011
Japan data story teaser

Nomura is one of the only major banking groups in Japan that does not rely on balance sheet lending to generate the bulk of its income.

Latam leads the profit league

October 24, 2011
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Latin American banks show the highest returns of any region in the world, but there are some sharp variations within the region.

Not all European periphery banks are addicted to the ECB

September 1, 2011

As the creation of a European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) hits political obstacles, European Central Bank (ECB) funding remains crucial for banks in the troubled eurozone periphery. Click here to read more.

Bank profitability returning to pre-crisis levels

August 5, 2011

This year’s Top 1000 World Bank ranking shows that the banking sector’s profits are returning to pre-crisis levels, with Asia-Pacific leading the way. Click here to read more.

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