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World's Largest Banks

Banks are financial intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending activities, either directly or through capital markets. They connect customers with capital deficits to customers with capital surpluses. Following is the list of World's Largest Banks:

List of top banks in the world
RankBank nameCityCountryAssets US$m
1Industrial & Commercial Bank of China LimitedBeijing China 3124474
2China Construction Bank CorporationBeijing China 2537402
3BNP Paribas SA, FranceParis France 2474078
4Agricultural Bank of China LimitedBeijing China 2405091
5Bank of China LimitedBeijing China 2291492
6Deutsche Bank AGFrankfurt am Main Germany 2214678
7Barclays Bank PLCLondon UK 2173936
8Crédit Agricole SAMontrouge France2112250
9Japan Post Bank Co LtdTokyo Japan 1961701
10JPMorgan Chase Bank National AssociationNew York USA 1945467
11The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ LtdTokyo Japan 1760014
12Société GénéraleParis La Defense France 1697721
13The Royal Bank of Scotland plcEdinburgh UK 1688912
14BPCEParis France 1544145
15Banco Santander SABoadilla del Monte Spain 1533312
16Sumitomo Mitsui Banking CorporationTokyo Japan 1518269
17Mizuho Bank LtdTokyo Japan 1437609
18Bank of America NACharlotte USA 1433716
19Lloyds TSB Bank PlcLondon UK 1427395
20Wells Fargo Bank NASan Francisco USA 1373600
21China Development Bank CorporationBeijing China 1352212
22Citibank NANew York USA 1346747
23HSBC Bank plcLondon UK 1344088
24UniCredit SpAMilan Italy 1162505
25UBS AGZurich Switzerland 1130736
26ING Bank NVAmsterdam Netherlands 1082523
27Bank of Communications Co LtdShanghai China 984514
28Credit Suisse AGZurich Switzerland 956681
29Bank of Scotland plcEdinburgh UK 941235
30Rabobank NederlandUtrecht Netherlands 926524
31Postal Savings Bank of China Co LtdBeijingChina 920682
32Nordea Bank AB (publ)Stockholm Sweden 866457
33Intesa Sanpaolo SpAMilan Italy 860752
34Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment BankParis La Defense France 832791
35The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation LimitedHong Kong Hong Kong 830456
36The Toronto-Dominion BankToronto Canada 826814
37Royal Bank of CanadaMontreal Canada 825172
38The Norinchukin BankTokyo Japan 805396
39Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SAMadrid Spain 800680
40Commerzbank AGFrankfurt am Main Germany 755444
41National Australia Bank LtdMelbourne Australia 753146
42Commonweath Bank of AustraliaSydney Australia 746370
43The Bank of Nova ScotiaToronto Canada 712987
44NatixisParis France 701115
45Standard Chartered PLCLondon UK 674380
46China Merchants Bank Co LtdShenzhen China 663352
47Australia and New Zealand Banking Group LimitedDocklandsAustralia 654920
48Westpac Banking CorporationSydney Australia 648969
49Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)Frankfurt am Main Germany 638751
50Shanghai Pudong Development bank Co. LtdShanghai China 607813
Source: Balance Sheet of respective banks March 2014

Banking is generally a highly regulated industry, and government restrictions on financial activities by banks have varied over time and location. The current set of global bank capital standards is called Basel II. In some countries such as Germany, banks have historically owned major stakes in industrial corporations while in other countries such as the United States, banks are prohibited from owning non-financial companies. In Japan, banks are usually the nexus of a cross-share holding entity known as the keiretsu. In Iceland, banks had very light regulation prior to the 2008 collapse.

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Last Updated on : 19th May 2015

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