Global Finance announces a half-yearly update World’s 50 Safest Banks: April 2012
NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 – Bank stability is an ever-more pressing concern for the world’s corporations and investors. It is within this context that Global Finance announces the half-yearly update to its Ranking of the World’s 50 Safest Banks.
The sovereign debt crisis is still raging in Europe, the Arab Spring outcome is far from clear and global elections have put political stability at risk in some markets. As a result, the credit ratings of European and global banks have been affected, and have moved down the ranking of the World’s Safest Banks. In contrast, a number of banks—particularly in Asia and the Middle East—have benefitted by moving up the ranking.
In addition, even in the face of tough market conditions some banks have actually improved their score by having their ratings upgraded since the last ranking was released. With these factors in mind, Global Finance has launched the World’s 50 Safest Banks: April 2012; and launched a list of the Most Improved Ratings—those banks who have increased their score since October.
The ranking was created through an evaluation of long-term credit ratings—from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings—and total assets of the 500 largest banks worldwide. Global Finance’s ranking of the World’s 50 Safest Banks is a recognized and trusted standard of creditworthiness for the entire financial world. “Counterparty creditworthiness has seldom been of more concern to companies and investors worldwide,” says Global Finance publisher Joseph D. Giarraputo. “Knowing how their counterparties are faring in the face of global economic uncertainty is key. This ranking helps companies and investors to get a view on the relative strength of their counterparties—and global financial institutions.”
This exclusive survey will be published in the April issue of Global Finance.
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