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Introduction

This report examines the strategies being adopted by, the opportunities for, and the risks facing, the ten largest banks in the world. It provides a detailed analysis of the top five's financial performance. It outlines key industry trends including capital adequacy, the rise of China's banks, regulatory action, changing banking technology, and the push for expansion beyond domestic boundaries.

Features and benefits

* Learn which are the ten largest banks in the world.
* Analyzes key banking industry trends and how the largest players are adapting to them.
* Offers a detailed analysis of the top five's recent financial performance and presents the financials of the next five in an easy to interpret format.
* Assesses the risks facing the world's largest banks and looks at what they are doing to manage them.

Highlights

The banking industry has seen several years of solid growth in terms of total assets. Some geographies are showing a much stronger level of growth than others however. For example the banking industry in Asia-Pacific grew with a CAGR of 11.2% between 2009 and 2013, whereas Europe only recorded a CAGR of 0.7% for the same period.
Chinese banks are experiencing strong growth as the country's economy continues to grow. Of the world's ten largest banks, four are headquartered in China. If a larger sample is taken, the trend remains unchanged: 11 of the 50 largest banks in the world are registered in China. However, rising rates of non-performing loans are a growing concern.
Overseas expansion is a key trend in the global banking industry. In the case of Western European banks, this is an attempt to reduce the risks associated with concentration in mature, slow-growth markets. The increase in non-performing loan rates has convinced China's biggest banks that they cannot rely on the Chinese mainland.

Your key questions answered

* Which are the world's ten largest banks as measured by total assets?
* How are the world's ten largest banks performing financially?
* What are the opportunities and threats facing the world's ten largest banks?
* What expansion strategies are the world's ten largest banks employing?
* What steps are the world's ten largest banks taking to manage risk?

Table Of Contents

Top ten global banks: An analysis of financial performance, growth opportunities and risks
Executive Summary
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC)
China Construction Bank Corporation
HSBC Holdings plc
Agricultural Bank of China Limited
JPMorgan Chase and Co.
BNP Paribas SA
Bank of China Limited
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.
Credit Agricole Group
Barclays PLC
OVERVIEW
Catalyst
TOP TEN GLOBAL BANKS: THE RANKINGS
Table 1 below shows the top ten global banks as ranked by total assets as of December 31, 2014.
BANKING INDUSTRY TRENDS
The bullet points below outline a number of key industry trends
INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA LIMITED (ICBC)
Overview
ICBC: Financial Performance
Growth Opportunities
Particular potential for residential mortgages and bank cards
ICBC looking to grow global footprint
Cost control delivers profit growth
Risk factors and risk management
China's new normal: slower growth and structural change
NPL rates increasing
Needs to reduce unsecured debt
Overseas expansion is fraught with risk
CHINA CONSTRUCTION BANK CORPORATION
Overview
CCB: Financial Performance
Growth Opportunities
Particular potential for residential mortgages and bank cards
Mobile and internet banking offer great growth prospects for CCB
CCB looking to grow global footprint
Risk factors and risk management
China's new normal: CCB will not escape potential effects
NPL rates on the rise
Large amount of unsecured debt
Large exposure to Chinese Yuan
Overseas expansion is fraught with risk
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC
Overview
HSBC: Financial Performance
Financial performance varies from region to region
Financial performance by division
Regulatory and compliance costs hit hard
Growth Opportunities
Asia, North America, Middle East and North Africa all increasingly profitable
Commercial banking a major growth area
Growing deposits can reduce interest expense
Payment activity and Chinese Yuan products provide exciting prospects
Risk factors and risk management
Uncertainty over UK exit linked to bank levy
UK's continued EU membership far from certain
Expensive regulatory fines and settlements
AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA LIMITED
Overview
ABC: Financial Performance
Growth Opportunities
Strong growth potential for mortgages and bank cards
Internet banking is a key area of focus for ABC
Growing its wealth management offering
ABC has scope to grow very limited global footprint
Risk factors and risk management
China's new normal: ABC vulnerable due to dependence on Chinese market
NPL rates increasing
Less unsecured debt than rivals
JPMORGAN CHASE and CO.
Overview
JPMorgan: Financial Performance
Financial performance by division
Cost savings by headcount reduction
Growth Opportunities
Retail e-banking offering is booming
Cards Services outperforming the industry
Customer satisfaction scores to entice new customers in commercial banking space
Becoming a major player in retail deposits
Growth of the Chase Private Client brand
Risk factors and risk management
Reliance on investment banking in developed markets
Continued need for provisions affects profitability
JPMorgan must learn lessons from regulatory action and settlements
Cyber threats are very real and JPMorgan has already suffered
BNP PARIBAS SA
Overview
BNP Paribas: Key financial metrics
BNP Paribas: Opportunities and risks
New business ventures overseas
Great scope for growth within electronic and mobile banking
Acquisitions aid overseas expansion
Targeting asset management growth in Asia
Strong export growth grants trade finance opportunities
Weak macroeconomic conditions in Europe pose continued risk
Legislative and regulatory changes creating uncertainty
BANK OF CHINA LIMITED
Overview
Bank of China: Key financial metrics
Bank of China: Opportunities and risks
China's growth brings inherent opportunities
Electronic and mobile banking booming
Not reliant on one operational area for growth
Loans and deposits increasing
Concentration in East Asia is a risk
High exposure to Chinese Yuan leaves BOC vulnerable to currency shock
NPL rates increasing as China adjusts to 'new normal'
MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
Overview
Mitsubishi UFJ: Key financial metrics
Mitsubishi UFJ: Opportunities and risks
Great scope for overseas expansion, particularly in Asia
Bank cards a real growth possibility
High exposure to the Japanese economy
MUFG's US business is performing poorly
Poor non-interest income trend
CREDIT AGRICOLE GROUP
Overview
Credit Agricole: Key financial metrics
Credit Agricole: Opportunities and risks
Overseas expansion via MandA and widening existing offerings
Improved capital base reduces interest expense
IT cost savings can boost profits
Sizeable exposure in politically unstable territories
Dependence on slow French economy
Regulatory changes could diminish government support for SIBs
BARCLAYS PLC
Overview
Barclays: Key financial metrics
Barclays: Opportunities and risks
Strong mobile offering provides growth platform
Build on established presence in Africa
UK Government Funding for Lending Scheme likely to boost business
Barclaycard adding new customers at impressive rate
Credit risk concentration in mature markets
UK set to hold referendum on EU membership
High exposure to UK home loans puts bank of risk of a property bubble
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