The world's largest banks in 2006
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The world's largest banks in 2006

*The 2007 guide is now available* This is an annual guide to the leading banks across the globe by market capitalization, plus other key statistics, including the largest banks in every region.

The 2007 bank atlas is now available: The world's largest banks 
Guide to the leading banks across the globe by market capitalization

The world's largest banks: Bank atlas, with data from Moody's
An atlas of banks country-by-country (approx. 1000 banks) and a list of the top 250 global financial groups by assets for 2006 and 2007. The lists includes banks as well as Building Societies. Both lists provide the bank name, the country, the rating information if available and 10 common ratios based on 2-year public information.

Feature: Bank atlas 2006 - The world's largest banks: Two stories across the globe

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2006 Global ranking by Shareholder equity ($m)
Rank Entity  Score


112537 ($m) 
2 JPMorgan Chase 107211 ($m)
3 Bank of America   101224 ($m)
4 HSBC  98226  ($m)
5 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group  83281  ($m) 
6 Groupe Crédit Agricole  65137  ($m) 
7 Royal Bank of Scotland Group   64453  ($m) 
8 BNP Paribas  56610  ($m)
9 Santander Central Hispano  53640  ($m)
10 Mizuho Financial Group   52243 ($m)

The top 250 banks are scored and ranked each year.
The above are the top ten by shareholder equity in 2006.
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Full Results and drill down the results of the rankings. Banks are ranked by:

  •   Shareholder equity ($m) - World's largest bank by shareholder equity

  •   Total assets ($m) - World's largest bank by assets

  •   Net income ($m)- World's largest bank by net income

  •   RoE, period end (%)- World's largest bank by RoE

  •   RoA, period end (%)- World's largest bank by RoA

  •   Loans as a percent of deposits - World's largest bank by loans as a percent of deposits

  •   Tier 1 capital ratio - World's largest bank by tier 1 capital ratio

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Bank Atlas 2005: The world's largest banks

July 2005

The annual guide to the leading banks across the globe by market capitalization, plus all the other key statistics you need, including the largest banks in every region.

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June 2004

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June 2003

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June 2002

Deutsche and HypoVereinsbank are the biggest risers in the latest bank rankings by shareholders' equity. Fewer mergers make the size rankings stable. Unfortunately banks' earnings have been anything but.

Bank atlas 2001: Europeans infiltrate ranks of world's biggest banks

June 2001

Mergers drive many of the changes in the annual rankings of banks by shareholders’ equity. American and Japanese groups retain the top spots. But European banks have the market capitalizations to grow further through acquisition. By Andrew Newby, data from Moody’s.

Bank atlas 2000: Banking’s global elite

June 2000

Consolidation continues to shake up the tables as restructuring sweeps both developed and developing nations alike. Research by Andrew Newby.

Bank atlas 1999: The world's biggest banks

June 1999

Our annual Bank Atlas, produced in conjunction with Fitch IBCA, shows the impact of bank consolidation. Bank of America is now the world's biggest bank by shareholder equity.

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June 1998

The Annual Euromoney/Fitch IBCA ranking of the World's leading banks by shareholders' equity shows the big Japanese banks continuing to fade. The most dramatic change is the rise of ING to third place. HSBC remains the biggest bank by own funds but, as our table based on market capitalisation shows, the market values Lloyds TSB and Nationsbank more highly.

Bank atlas 1997: The world's leading banks

June 1997

HSBC Holdings has held on to the top spot in this year's rankings, while mergers have propelled Credit Agricole and Wells Fargo up the table. Elsewhere, Japanese banks have fallen while American banks have made a steady climb.

THE EUROMONEY BANK ATLAS 1996: Strongest banks of the world

June 1996

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