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China stays in pole position with strong Tier 1 capital and profits

July 1, 2008

Asia is riding high as the world’s saviour, ­taking up the slack from an ever-weakening US economy. Its main vulnerability is its dependence on increasingly expensive oil to continue ­developing, and the inflationary pressures affecting the price of food.

Descent continues with more writedowns expected

July 1, 2008

Japan managed only to raise its head from its endless slump, before falling back into the same pattern.

Inexorable rise of the Russians

July 1, 2008

The top order of banks in the central and eastern Europe (CEE) region changed little in 2007, but the striking story is the strength of the largest Russian banks.

M&A reshapes the landscape

July 1, 2008

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are responsible for remodelling the Top 25 western European banks in this year’s listings. As ABN AMRO is consolidated onto the balance sheets of its three purchasers, it disappears from our rankings, while RBS, Santander and Fortis all move up the table.

TOP 1OOO World Banks 2008

July 1, 2008

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Banks may be suffering as the credit crunch bites, but the past year shows the industry has the resilience to stop a setback turning into a disaster. By Stephen Timewell. Research by Terry Baker-Self, Valentina Lorenzon & Beata Ghavimi.


March 4, 2008

A successful brand will deliver a better customer experience, higher revenues and more profits. The Banker’s Top 500 Financial Brands listing puts a financial value on the leading brands and ranks them accordingly. Report by Michael Imeson.

Profits slide bodes badly

February 4, 2008

Banks’ overall downturn in performance, despite Japan’s economic growth, signals a rough road ahead.

State underpins booming sector

November 5, 2007

Diversification by banks away from industry and into retail indicates Russia’s growing banking prowess.

New generation must set sights on profit and returns

November 5, 2007

How profitable are Islamic financial institutions? With Islamic instruments and different reporting standards in some cases, direct comparisons with traditional western interest-bearing instruments have often been difficult to make.

Brazil shows its strengths

October 1, 2007

Brazil’s banks dominate the listing with their healthy assets and profitability, and Mexico also does well.

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