The World’s Safest Banks

1.United Arab Emirates
National Bank of Abu Dhabi (#50)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 1,223 billion AED
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Number of Commercial Banks: 46

The second largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi is also the safest, according to Global Finance. With total assets of $44.8 billion and a market capitalization of $4.8 billion as of Dec 31 2008, the bank is also over 70% owned by the government with foreign ownership limited to 25% of equity. The bank is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).
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2.Japan
Shizuoka Bank (#48 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 8,014 billion (JPY)
Key Interest Rate: 0.1%
Number of Commercial Banks: 39

Shizuoka Bank enters into the rankings as the 49th safest bank in the world, and safest in Japan, according to Global Finance. As of March 2008, the bank lists its assets at $90.8 billion and is Japan’s largest regional bank, overseeing 166 branches and 21 sub-branches. The company has a market cap of approximately $6.85 billion.
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3.Kuwait
National Bank of Kuwait (#38 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: $10.94 billion
Key Interest Rate: 3%
Number of Commercial Banks: 6

Kuwait has 6 commercial banks, 3 Islamic banks and 1 specialized bank registered with the Central Bank of Kuwait as of June 2009. According to the company, the National Bank of Kuwait boasts an unbroken record of rising profits since 1952, reaching $925 million in 2008. NBK is among the most valuable Arab companies, with a market capitalization of $11.2 billion as of December 2008.
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4.Portugal
Caixa Geral de Depositos (#34 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 440 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 175

Portugal’s Caixa Geral de Depositos ranks 34th overall in Global Finance’s 2009 rankings. A government-owned entity, it’s the only Portuguese bank on the list, and the largest in the country. Caixa Geral also conducts international operations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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5. Norway
DnB NOR Bank (#33 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 440 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1.25%
Total Commercial Banks: 19

Norway also makes the list with DnB NoR Bank, at 33rd overall. The company reports that they have more than 2.3 million retail customers, 200,000 corporate customers and 1.6 billion NOK in total assets. The company has a market capitalization of $13.1 billion.
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6. United States
The Bank of New York Mellon (#32 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats*
Size: $11.12 trillion
Key Interest Rate: 0%-0.25%
Total Commercial Banks: 1,750**

In the Global Finance rankings of the world’s safest banks, the US banking industry only has 6 of the top 50. Bank of NY Mellon is the most highly-ranked American bank, but only finds itself at #32 overall, with a market cap of $34.8 billion. JPMorgan is listed at #39, while Wells Fargo (#42), US Bancorp (#47), and Northern Trust (#49) are the only other US banks on the list.

* US Federal Reserve data as of 3/31/09
** Insured US-Chartered Commercial Banks that have consolidated assets of $300 million or more
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7. Italy
Intesa Sanpaolo (#29 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 3,300 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 821

Italy’s Intesa Sanpaolo is Italy’s only bank to make the list, ranked #29 overall. According to the company, it serves approximately 11.4 million customers in over 6,500 branches. Intesa Sanpaolo has a market cap of $32.8 billion euro as of March 31, 2009.
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8. Finland
Pohjola Bank (#27 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 288 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 360

Finland’s Pohjola Bank, ranked 27th overall, is the country’s only bank to make the list. Traded on the Helsinki Stock Exchange (OMX), the institution has a market cap of $1.95 billion.
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9.Singapore
DBS Bank (#24 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: $474.52 billion
Key Interest Rate: 0.19%
Total Commercial Banks: 12

In Singapore, the safest bank on the rankings is DBS Bank, which operates 79 branches in Singapore, and has operations throughout Asia. DBS Group Holdings is the largest commercial banking group in Southeast Asia and is listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

Other Banks in Top 50
United Overseas Bank
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp
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10. Sweden
Nordea Bank (#21 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size:  846 billion euros
Key Interest Rate:  0.25%
Total Commercial Banks: 17

Sweden has a relatively high proportion of its banks (2 out of 17, or approximately 12%) listed as among the 50 safest banks in the world, with Nordea Bank the country’s highest ranked at #21. Nordea Bank has a market capitalization of $296.3 billion.

Other Banks in Top 50
Svenska Handelsbanken
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11. United Kingdom
HSBC Holdings (#18 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 10 trillion euros
Key Interest Rate: 0.5%
Total Commercial Banks: 64

One of the largest banking systems in the world, the UK only manages to get 2 out of the 64 UK-based commercial banks on the top 50 list. Ranked 18th on the list, HSBC, with a market cap of $114.26 billion, is the country’s largest bank.

Other Banks in Top 50
Nationwide Building Society
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12.New Zealand
ASB Bank Limited (#17 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: $384.6 billion (NZD)
Key Interest Rate: 2.5%
Total Commercial Banks: 9

New Zealand also manages to make the list, with ASB Bank Limited ranked at #17. This Kiwi bank is part of the ASB group, which composed of 7 banking and financial firms, and is the country’s only bank on the list.
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13.Spain
Banco Santander (#13 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 2,900 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 357

With four banks on this year’s list, Spain has a wealth of safe banks compared to many other countries. Banco Santander finds itself ranked #13 worldwide, commanding a market capitalization of $128.42 billion.

Other Banks in Top 50
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Banco Espanol de Credito S.A.
Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona
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14. Australia
National Australia Bank (#11 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: $2,150 billion
Key Interest Rate: 3%
Total Commercial Banks: 14

Down under, the safest bank on the rankings is the National Bank of Australia, with a market cap of 34.28 billion AU. Three other banks in the country also make the list.

Other Banks in Top 50
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
Westpac Banking Corporation
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15. Canada
Royal Bank of Canada (#10 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: $1,902 billion (Canadian)
Key Interest Rate: 0.25%
Total Commercial Banks: 21

Canada’s banks make over half of the North American institutions listed on the rankings from Global Finance. Topping the Canadian banks is the Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s biggest bank with a market cap of $66.81 billion.

Other Banks in Top 50
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Scotia Bank
Caisse centrale Desjardins
Bank of Montreal
CBIC
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16. Switzerland
Zuercher Kantonalbank (#5 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: $2,855 billion
Key Interest Rate: 0.25%
Total Credit Institutions: 205

The Swiss banking system is represented in Global Finance’s rankings by three banks, led by Zuercher Kantonalbank with international players Credit Suisse and UBS finding themselves lower in the list. Zuercher Kantonalbank, a cantonal bank , has assets of $106.41 and places at #5 on this year’s list.

Other Banks in Top 50
Credit Suisse
UBS AG
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17.The Netherlands
Bank Nederlands Gemeenten (#3 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 2,200 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 341

The Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG) is one of the two Dutch banks finding itself in the top 6 safest banks in the world. A government-owned bank (50% by the Dutch government and 50% by municipalities), BNG is neck-and-neck in both domestic and worldwide rankings with the other Dutch firm Rabobank, which is ranked #6 by Global Finance.

Other Banks in Top 50
Rabobank
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18.France
Caisse des Depots et Consignations (#2 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 6,700 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 808

France is home to the World’s second-safest bank, according to Global Finance, one of 6 French banks on the list. Caisse des Depots et Consignations (CDC) is a public financial institution that performs public-interest missions on behalf of France’s central, regional and local governments.

Other Banks in Top 50
BNP Paribas
Credit Agricole S.A.
Societe Generale (SG)
Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel
Credit Industriel et Commercial
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19. Germany
KfW (#1 Worldwide)

Banking Industry Stats
Size: 9,656 billion euros
Key Interest Rate: 1%
Total Credit Institutions: 1,838

With five banks listed on Global Finance’s World’s 50 Safest Banks, Germany places four banks in the top ten, which includes KfW at #1 overall.  KfW is government owned and has been in operation for over 60 years, since 1948.

Other Banks in Top 50
Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank
Landeskreditbank Baden-Wuerttemberg-Foerderbank
NRW. Bank
Deutsche Bank AG

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