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Latam rides high as debt remains low

March 10, 2009

Lower debt levels and comparatively low rates of bad loans mean that even the poorer Latin American countries are faring better than their developed counterparts when it comes to exposure to the financial crisis. Writer Charles Piggott.

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

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.

Asia banks increase global role

October 6, 2008

Asian banks have avoided the worst of the credit crunch and shown steady economic growth. China is predictably the big winner, accounting for 41 of the Top 200 and dwarfing India’s aggregate sum. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Success sullied by risk of exposure

October 6, 2008

Total assets among Russia’s banks have posted robust growth in excess of 50% and there have been some structural improvements, but banks remain vulnerable to sudden changes in the health of the national economy and are looking decidedly over concentrated. Writer Stephen Timewell.

UK players maintain sizeable advantage

September 1, 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.

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