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World's Largest Banks

List of top banks in the world
Bank NameCityCountryAssets US$m
Deutsche Bank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany 2,655,839
BNP Paribas SA Paris France 2,517,210
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Limited Beijing China 2,458,597
Crédit Agricole SA Montrouge France 2,431,518
Barclays Bank PLC London UK 2,420,044
JAPAN POST BANK Co Ltd Tokyo Japan 2,362,977
China Construction Bank Corporation Beijing China 2,242,254
Agricultural Bank of China Limited Beijing China 2,125
The Royal Bank of Scotland plc Edinburgh UK 2,084,860
Bank of China Limited Beijing China 2,034,889
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd Tokyo Japan 1,948,128
JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association New York USA 1,896,773
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Tokyo Japan 1,668,295
Société Générale Paris La Défense France 1,650,648
Banco Santander SA Boadilla del Monte Spain 1,621,778
Lloyds TSB Bank plc London UK 1,530,510
BPCE Paris France 1,514,479
Bank of America NA Charlotte USA 1,474,077
UBS AG Zürich Switzerland 1,375,458
HSBC Bank plc London UK 1,323,833
Citibank NA New York USA 1,313,401
Wells Fargo Bank NA San Francisco USA 1,266,125
UniCredit SpA Milan Italy 1,200,944
ING Bank NV Amsterdam Netherlands 1,103,429
Credit Suisse AG Zürich Switzerland 1,089,991
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank Paris La Défense France 1,070,369
China Development Bank Corporation Beijing China 993,091
Rabobank Nederland Utrecht Netherlands 993,018
Mizuho Bank Ltd Tokyo Japan 916,556
Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd Tokyo Japan 914,210
Bank of Scotland plc Edinburgh UK 911,417
Nordea Bank AB (publ) Stockholm Sweden 894,048
Intesa Sanpaolo SpA Milan Italy 888,837
The Norinchukin Bank Tokyo Japan 872,003
Bank of Communications Co Ltd Shanghai China 846,232
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA Madrid Spain 841,738
Commerzbank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany 839,221
The Toronto-Dominion Bank Toronto Canada 810,863
National Australia Bank Ltd Melbourne Australia 790,112
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited Hong Kong Hong Kong 782,552
Royal Bank of Canada Montréal Canada 751,852
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Sydney Australia 735,212
Westpac Banking Corporation Sydney Australia 698,866
Natixis Bank Paris France 697,334
Credit Suisse International London UK 693,050
The Bank of Nova Scotia Toronto Canada 667,844
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited Docklands Australia 664,865
Postal Savings Bank of China Co Ltd Beijing China 655,197
Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) Frankfurt am Main Germany 641,205
Standard Chartered PLC London UK 636,518
Source: Balance Sheet of respective banks March 2013

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.

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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