Summary of the Top 1000 World Banks 2019

The main trends in the 2019 Top 1000 World Banks ranking are outlined by The Banker's editor, Brian Caplen.

Top 1000 World Banks 2019: Top 5 by Tier 1: Global

TOP1000 ranking  Bank Name Country World Region Tier 1 Capital $m
1 ICBC China Asia-Pacific 337,539
2 China Construction Bank China Asia-Pacific 287,461
3 Agricultural Bank of China China Asia-Pacific 242,895
4 Bank of China China Asia-Pacific 229,970
5 JP Morgan Chase US North America 209,093

Top 1000 World Banks 2019 Contents

Africa

         

Americas

         

Asia

China

         

Europe

         

Middle East

 - Top 10 by profit change
                         
                         
New Arrivals
         
Highest Movers
         
Soundness
Source of Income
         
Asset Quality
         
Profits
Cost-to-income ratios
         
Risk-weighted assets
         
Loan-to-deposit ratios
Global Structure
         
Return on assets
          Top 25 by BIS Capital Ratio 
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Top 1000 World Banks 2019

July 1, 2019

While the global banking system is safer a decade on from the height of the financial crisis, an uncertain economic environment points towards a slowdown as the figures from The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking for 2019 show.

Top 1000 World Banks - French banks on the rise in western Europe

July 1, 2019

Though the UK's HSBC takes the number one spot in western Europe yet again, it is French banks that are the notable movers further down the ranking.

Top 1000 World Banks - Russian wobbles stall CEE growth

July 1, 2019

Russia's bigger banks saw a drop in Tier 1 capital, which has led to a lowering of the overall figure in the central and eastern Europe region.

Top 1000 World Banks - Mitsubishi UFJ top again as Japan’s banks report losses

July 1, 2019

While last year's line-up of Japan's banks looks familiar, the underlying numbers tell a less cheerful story. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Australian quartet keep top Asia-Pacific positions

July 1, 2019

Australian banks retain their positions at the top of the Asia-Pacific (excluding China and Japan) table, but Vietnam provides much of the region's good news. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Little change in North America as merger looms

July 1, 2019

There is no change in the top 10 of the North America ranking, though all eyes are on a merger between BB&T and SunTrust. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Big Brazilian banks still lead in Latam but Mexicans on the rise

July 1, 2019

A quartet of Brazilian banks are responsible for the lion's share of Latin American capital once more, but the region has experienced mixed fortunes in general. 

Top 1000 World Banks - QNB returns to the top of Middle East table

July 1, 2019

In spite of Qatar's blockade by some of its Middle Eastern neighbours, Qatar National Bank has regained its position as the biggest bank in the region by Tier 1 capital.

Top 1000 World Banks - South African banks still dominate but slip globally

July 1, 2019

Standard Bank remains the largest bank in Africa by Tier 1 capital and its South African peers round out the top four, but the country's travails have caused their global positions to drop.

Top 1000 World Banks - China overtakes western Europe in soundness stakes

July 1, 2019

As western Europe drops from first place in the light of a lower capital adequacy ratio, China improved its soundness by the largest margin. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Russia's Otkritie highest mover after big turnaround

July 1, 2019

Russian bank Otkritie leads the highest movers table, a year after topping the biggest losses table. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Reduction in M&A activity sees fewer Top 1000 new entrants

July 1, 2019

New arrivals into the Top 1000 are at a decade low, with the total substantially down on 2018's list of banks that made the cut. 

Top 1000 World Banks - North American banks' profits surge as Asian lenders stumble

July 1, 2019

North America saw its share of regional global profits rise in 2018, thanks largely to the performances of US banks. 

Top 1000 World Banks - United National maintains stellar ROA performance

July 1, 2019

United National Corporation of the US tops the return on assets ranking. Regionally, Africa performs well, but Japan and China are stagnant.

Top 1000 World Banks - Loan-to-deposit ratios paint a positive picture

July 1, 2019

Across all regions, loan-to-deposit ratios are moving in the right direction, with Latin America and the Caribbean making the most impressive progress.

Top 1000 World Banks - Western Europe sees RWAs drop as global figure holds steady

July 1, 2019

While western Europe saw risk-weighted assets drop 6.3%, the overall picture for the Top 1000 was steady on 2018's results. Joy Macknight reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Goldman Sachs retains trading income crown

July 1, 2019

Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan keep first and second place in the trading income rankings, while Bank of America moves into third. 

Top 1000 World Banks - A global good news story

July 1, 2019

Profits and Tier 1 capital levels are heading in the right direction across the globe, though assets have suffered a slight decline. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Indian lenders dominate NPL and worst profits lists

July 1, 2019

State Savings Bank of Ukraine tops the NPL table but it is Indian lenders who appear to have the most to worry about.

Top 1000 World Banks - China Construction Bank clinches cost-to-income top spot

July 1, 2019

China Construction Bank displaces Shanghai Pudong Development Bank as the bank with the best cost-to-income ratio. 

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