Summary of the Top 1000 World Banks

Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, provides a summary of the Top 1000 World Banks Ranking results for 2018.

    Top 1000 World Banks 2018: Top 5 by Tier 1: Global

    TOP1000 ranking  Bank Name Country World Region Tier 1 Capital $m
    1 ICBC China Asia-Pacific 324,126
    2 China Construction Bank China Asia-Pacific 272,215
    3 Bank of China China Asia-Pacific 224,438
    4 Agricultural Bank of China China Asia-Pacific 218,104
    5 JP Morgan Chase & Co US North America 208,644

    Top 1000 World Banks 2018 Contents





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    Middle East: Cost to income

    Americas: Top 25 by tier 1




    Middle East: Return on equity

    New Arrivals
    Highest Movers
    Source of Income
    Asset Quality
    Cost-to-income ratios
    Risk-weighted assets
    Loan-to-deposit ratios
    Global Structure
    Return on assets
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    Top 1000 World Banks 2018

    July 2, 2018

    For the first time in seven years, the global banking industry has posted double-digit growth in returns and capital. European profits have bounced back, US banks are hiring, and Asia’s smaller markets are growing at the same pace as China. Whisper it, but the 2018 Top 1000 World Banks ranking suggests the industry may be on the verge of a long-awaited renaissance. Danielle Myles reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Good news for western Europe as capital rebounds across board

    July 2, 2018

    Western European institutions have seen a distinct improvement on their poor 2017 figures, with most top banks increasing their capitalisation. HSBC remains local leader but has ceded a place on the global ranking. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Russian banks' mixed fortunes influence CEE ranking

    July 2, 2018

    Russian banks dominate the central and eastern Europe rankings, taking the top places for Tier 1 capital, profitability and highest mover. However others experienced bailouts and nationalisations that pushed them down or out of the list, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - No let up in China dominance as big four march on

    July 2, 2018

    China’s banks in general enjoyed Tier 1 capital gains, bringing yet more upwards movement in the main Top 1000 ranking. Brian Caplen reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Japan's megabanks steer a stable course at the top

    July 2, 2018

    Japan’s banking behemoths have retained their dominance in the country rankings, with leader Mitsubishi UFJ Finanical Group also jumping a place in the global rankings, as Adrienne Klasa reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - All change at top as Australia again leads Asia-Pacific

    July 2, 2018

    Australian banks held on to the top Asia-Pacific rankings (excluding China and Japan) again, though Singapore’s DBS Bank moved up into the top five. Adrienne Klasa reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Buoyant US banks strengthen grip in North America

    July 2, 2018

    A more lax regulatory environment has given a boost to large US lenders, with the 'Big Four' of JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup all recording impressive performances in 2017. Silvia Pavoni reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Brazil's big banks shake off domestic troubles

    July 2, 2018

    Brazil may have been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but its banks are still thriving. Meanwhile, Argentina dominates the return on capital table. Silvia Pavoni reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - FAB’s arrival turns Middle East table on its head

    July 2, 2018

    A bank formed by a mega-merger in 2017 has moved the Middle East’s centre of gravity to the UAE. James King reports. 

    Top 1000 World Banks - South African banks lead a recovering African sector

    July 2, 2018

    Africa’s slow but steady recovery is shown in the 2018 statistics, with Standard Bank once more topping the rankings. James King reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Western Europe bounces back as global soundness continues to improve

    July 2, 2018

    As global soundness measures show improvements across the globe, western Europe's return to health is particularly notable, as Joy Macknight reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - National Bank of Uzbekistan is highest mover but all eyes on UniCredit

    July 2, 2018

    National Bank of Uzbekistan is the highest mover in The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking but Italy's UniCredit is the most notable entry in the top 25 highest movers table. Joy Macknight reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Asian lenders make presence felt in new arrivals table

    July 2, 2018

    The Top 1000 2018 new arrivals table show less diversity and a general drop in Tier 1 capital but it is China that brings the most new entrants. James King reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Western Europe’s profitability returns as profits increase globally

    July 2, 2018

    Profitability is resurgent among western European landers, and there are strong showings from Asia-Pacific and North America. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - United National Corporation leapfrogs Banco Compartamos in ROA table

    July 2, 2018

    United National Corporation of the US is the bank with the highest return on assets in the 2018 Top 1000 ranking, pushing 2017 leader Banco Compartamos into second place. By Justin Pugsley.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Latin America and the Caribbean records highest LTD ratio

    July 2, 2018

    Latin America and the Caribbean saw the biggest rise in loan-to-deposit ratios in 2017, while Asia-Pacific sported the lowest. Justin Pugsley reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Africa stars as risk-weighted assets rise across the board

    July 2, 2018

    Despite policy-makers’ efforts to de-risk the industry, banks' risk-weighted assets are on an upwards trajectory, with Africa jumping the highest in the 2018 rankings. Danielle Myles reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Battle of the US trading titans sees Goldman back on top

    July 2, 2018

    Goldman Sachs has topped the 2018 trading income table, with JPMorgan pipped into second place. Meanwhile, Brazilian banks have suffered a reversal in fortune. Joy Macknight reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Global banks enjoy growth in profits without undue risks

    July 2, 2018

    After two years of disappointing figures, the world’s Top 1000 banks notched up record profits in 2018 without increasing risk levels. Moreover, Asia’s share of Tier 1 capital expanded, at the expense of the Americas. Brian Caplen reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - India and eurozone lenders take unwanted crowns for NPLs and CAR

    July 2, 2018

    Eurozone and Indian banks top the highest non-performing loan to total loan ratios due to a combination of legacy issues and actions by regulators. Justin Pugsley reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Chinese banks continue to dominate cost-to-income rankings

    July 2, 2018

    Better domestic growth together with an improved global picture have given China’s banks the edge in the cost-to-income rankings. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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