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Leading banks globally 2018, by assets

Largest banks worldwide as of December 2018, by total assets (in billion U.S. dollars)

by M. Szmigiera, last edited Sep 4, 2019
Leading banks globally 2018, by assets In 2018, the five largest banks in the world were Chinese banks, when measured by total assets. The largest was the Industrial & Commerce Bank of China Limited, with 4.03 trillion U.S. dollars in total assets. BNP Paribas, from France, was the largest European bank, and the largest bank in North America was JP Morgan Chase.
Why does size matter?

Banks make money primarily through interest on lending. Large banks have more branches all over the country and can offer loans to a larger number of customers. Big banks generally offer more stability as they are subject to governmental scrutiny. Financial indicators such as tier one ratio, which help to manage risk, are closely monitored by financial authorities.

Other relevant measures

The value of assets that a bank manages can give an idea of its operational size, but there are other metrics one can employ to measure different aspects. The market capitalization of a bank is its stock price times the number of outstanding shares. This shows its value according to financial markets because the market cap rises and falls with the stock price, reflecting investor sentiment. Similarly, market share in a particular country gives the scope of a bank’s operations in relation to its competitors. bank
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Largest banks worldwide as of December 2018, by total assets (in billion U.S. dollars)

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