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About The Banker Database

Industry standard

The Banker Database was created as part of The Banker magazine’s regular rankings of the world’s largest banks. Over the past five decades our rankings have become the industry standard for measuring bank performance strength.

Unrivalled coverage

The database tracks banks in more than 160 jurisdictions representing 90% of the world’s total banking assets. In addition to data published in the magazine rankings, the database offers detailed itemised breakdowns of banks’ balance sheets, profit and loss statements, capital structures and other indicators.

The database also offers advanced search and analysis capabilities, allowing users to compare bank performance over time according to more than 100 financial and non-financial indicators.


Daily updates

Data is updated daily throughout the year, ensuring timely publication of banks’ latest data.


Because our rankings are highly visible within the industry, all data is closely scrutinised before publication online and in the magazine. We have a high level of co-operation with banks during the data normalisation process. Most data is supplied by banks using our online data entry system. This data is verified against audited annual reports by The Banker’s dedicated in-house research team and normalised for regional accounting inconsistencies. It is then screened by our research editor and by more than 30 advanced data tests before passing through the quality control system into the database.

This rigorous research process is the reason the industry has come to rely on The Banker rankings and database.

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Brian Caplen, Editor of The Banker reviews results from the Top 1000 World Banks 2014 Ranking

About The Banker

The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting.

The Banker has been the trusted source of banking information since 1926. The Banker has navigated its way through 88 years of banking coverage from the Wall Street Crash of 1929 to the current financial crisis with the same reputation for accuracy, authority and integrity.

Read in more than 100 countries around the world, The Banker strives to stimulate and inform, offering an unparalleled outlook with a wide range of news, features, analysis and interviews. Month by month it provides in-depth coverage of all the key issues facing the financial sector.

The Banker's senior editors travel the globe to interview the world's leaders, finance ministers and senior bankers, giving you a unique insight into global trends.

The Banker offers an unrivalled combination of authoritative news, features, surveys and heavyweight interviews and is essential reading for CEOs, CFOs, corporate treasurers and central bank governors.

Our various bank rankings, including the Top 1000 World Banks, provide a global benchmark for bank analysis.

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