Royal Bank of Scotland. A northern giant.
The British bank has received a huge amount of public aid (300,000 million Euros to insure toxic assets), which has helped the bank increase the weight of its (non-toxic) assets to 2.55 trillion Euros. Forced to part with some of its assets (insurance business, Sempra Commodities and many franchises, among others) for having taken advantage of state money, it is now looking for a new, viable, long-term business model.
Deutsche Bank. German-style banking.
No less than 2.24 trillion Euros contemplate it. Between January and September it increased its net earnings to 3,649 million Euros, four times more than in the same period of 2008.
Barclays Bank. Growing assets.
As a sign of its strength, it has created a new group of businesses, Global Retail Banking. It has overcome the crisis and raised its assets to 2.99 trillion Euros.
4.- BNP Paribas. Renewed strength.
Through a capital increase of 4,300 million Euros, it has repaid the 5,000 million Euros received from the French Treasury. It plans to strengthen its private banking. Its assets? 2.89 trillion Euros.
5.- HSBC Holdings. The Chinese challenge.
Its next objective: to be China’s biggest international bank. It is already one of Europe’s giants. The English bank currently holds assets worth 1.77 trillion Euros.
6.- Crédit Agricole Group. The French leader.
The biggest French bank in number of branches repaid the 3,000 million Euros received as public aid and injected 22,000 million Euros in loans. It holds assets worth 1.64 trillion Euros.
7.- JP Morgan Chase & Co. Face washed.
"One of the ""causers"" of the crisis and among the first to come out of it. It earned 3,590 million dollars in the third quarter. Its investment bank is growing: 1.59 trillion Euros."
8.- Mitsubishi Financial Group. Boosted by Japan.
The biggest Japanese bank – with 84,000 employees and 55,000 million dollars in earnings– is aided by Japan’s recovery from the recession. Its assets: 1.48 trillion Euros.
9.- Citigroup. Bank and stars.
The American giant has gone from near bankruptcy to having a liquidity safety net of 244,000 million dollars. With 1.45 trillion Euros in assets, it has strong potential for growth.