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Wave of African bank consolidation reduces systemic risk

July 11, 2019

Bank consolidation in sub-Saharan Africa is in full swing. Large and stable banks are growing steadily as a result, while many small and inefficient banks are disappearing. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Profits divided

July 9, 2019
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In a year of haves and have-nots, Asian banks took the biggest beating, fronted by an overall pre-tax profit decline in both China and Japan.

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Société Générale chairman lays out streamlined strategy

July 2, 2019

Société Générale recently announced a restructuring plan. Chairman Lorenzo Bini Smaghi discusses this and other matters affecting the bank.

Top 1000 World Banks - The evolution of Chinese banks' assets and profits

July 1, 2019
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Assets at Chinese institutions may have grown enormously, but the US crushes China when it comes to pre-tax profit growth.

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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. 

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BAML corporate bank head champions global integration

June 3, 2019

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s corporate banking head tells The Banker about the evolution of its globally integrated service approach and focus on bespoke solutions for clients.

Solar energy investments heating up for European banks

May 31, 2019

Banks in Europe have been going big on green investments over the past two years, as a report by Moody's shows.

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