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 2017.

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    Middle East

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

    Top 1000 World Banks - Resurgent Russian banks dominate in CEE ranking

    July 3, 2017

    Russian banks dominate the 2017 central and eastern Europe rankings, with more making it into the Top 1000. And while Ukraine’s State Savings Bank has moved up the list, it is the country’s only bank left in the ranking. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - France defies gloomy western European figures

    July 3, 2017

    Western Europe is once again lagging other regions, with many banks reducing their capitalisation. The main exception were the French banks, which increased both capitalisation and profits. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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    Top 1000 World Banks 2017

    July 3, 2017

    With capital levels now under control, The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking shows that the global banking sector’s biggest problem is profitability. Emerging market lenders have proven resilient to the commodity crunch and their national crises, but their European rivals are struggling, and there is more than interest rates to blame. By Danielle Myles.

    Top 1000 World Banks - China overcomes obstacles to lead efficiency rankings

    July 3, 2017

    Emerging market banks have put in an impressive performance in this year’s cost-to-income ratio ranking, which highlights how efficient they have been. China dominates with Russian and Brazilian names following closely, while the US is conspicuous by its absence. Silvia Pavoni reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - China boosts its numbers while ICBC retains lead

    July 3, 2017

    More Chinese banks won places in the Top 1000, with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China again number one, although the country now only has three of the top five places. Stefania Palma reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Japan's strength fails to translate into global gains

    July 3, 2017

    While the domestic performance of Japan’s banks has been generally positive, the global ranking sees more of them losing ground or remaining static rather than improving on last year’s positions. Stefania Palma reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Australia ahead in Asia-Pacific as Indonesia rises

    July 3, 2017

    Two Indonesian banks join the Asia Pacific listings, bumping out Thai and Taiwanese institutions, while ANZ leapfrogs National Australia Bank to take the top slot. Stefania Palma reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Little change but capital improves in North America

    July 3, 2017

    US banks retain their top nine places in the North American regional rankings with little movement, although capitalisation has increased. Silvia Pavoni reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Brazil's banks weather twin storms to stay in front

    July 3, 2017

    The recession and corruption scandal that have engulfed Brazil have failed the knock its banks off course, as they continue to dominate the Latin America and Caribbean ranking. Silvia Pavoni reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Qatar National Bank takes lead in Middle East

    July 3, 2017

    Qatar National Bank claims the Middle East top spot, while lenders from Jordan and Lebanon also perform strongly. James King reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - South Africans stay strong as Nigeria slumps in Africa

    July 3, 2017

    South Africa and Angola endure despite low commodity prices, but currency problems hit Nigeria. James King reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Global soundness improves but weaknesses persists in Europe

    July 3, 2017

    While in general the Top 1000 banks present a better picture with regards to capital adequacy, western Europe is lagging the trend. Joy Macknight reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - US and Russia take highest mover honours

    July 3, 2017

    The US has knocked China off top slot in the highest movers league, despite having the same number of banks in the ranking as last year. Meanwhile, Russian banks have made an impressive return to the top 25, after several years’ absence. Joy Macknight reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Citizens Bank leads list of newcomers

    July 3, 2017

    Banks new to the Top 1000 hail from a greater variety of regions this year, with the US leading the pack. Meanwhile, Chinese and Russian banks lead the chase back into the rankings. James King reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Profits in western Europe and Asia fall as Americas and CEE recover

    July 3, 2017

    The Top 1000 banks’ profits are $2bn down on the 2016 ranking, with western Europe’s decline the most notable. Meanwhile, Latin American banks have increased their share, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Mexico retains ROA laurels while CEE improves

    July 3, 2017

    The return-on-assets ratio reveals how efficiently assets are being used to make a profit, and so is closely watched by bank management. This year’s winner is Mexico’s Banco Compartamos.

    Top 1000 World Banks - LTDs continue on downward trajectory

    July 3, 2017

    Loan-to-deposit ratios are generally on a downward trend, apart from in Asia Pacific, North America and the Middle East, with most of the world’s biggest banks in the 75% to 100% bracket.

    Top 1000 World Banks - RWA density drops in deleveraging drive

    July 3, 2017

    A look at banks’ risk-weighted assets density reveals which regions are de-risking balance sheets by deleveraging, with western Europe leading the way. Danielle Myles reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - JPMorgan takes trading crown from Goldman Sachs

    July 3, 2017

    After four years at the top of the trading income table, Goldman Sachs has been relegated to second place, as JPMorgan posts a 12% increase. Joy Macknight reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Western Europe weakens as Asia surge continues

    July 3, 2017

    While Asia-Pacific, western Europe and North America continue to account for 90% of the Tier 1 capital in the Top 1000, Asia is continuing to eat into western Europe's share. Brian Caplen reports.

    Top 1000 World Banks - Europe continues to grapple with NPLs

    July 3, 2017

    Western Europe continues to suffer from bad loans, with Greece and Cyprus among the worst affected. Meanwhile, Iran suffered the lowest capital ratio result and Japan’s capital adequacy is deteriorating.

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