World’s Safest Banks 2023—Global 50

World’s Safest Banks 2023—Global 50 | Global Finance Magazine

​World’s Safest Banks 2023—Global 50 | Global Finance Magazine 

For banks worldwide, the campaign by the world’s central banks to rein in inflation by way of successive interest rate hikes has been a double-edged sword. Higher rates bolstered profitability by expanding net interest margins, but this benefit is expected to diminish as funding costs continue to increase. Additionally, the rapid rate increases have led to valuation losses in some banks’ investment portfolios, creating asset-liability imbalances.

Inflation, happily, is moderating. In July, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected global inflation to fall to 6.8% in 2023, from 8.7% last year, and 5.2% in 2024. By comparison, the US inflation rate peaked at 9.1% in June 2022 and fell to 3.7% in August.

Although many central banks mull the end of their tightening cycle, any prolongation runs the risk of creating a global recession. The outlook for global growth is already weak: The IMF forecasts GDP for advanced economies at 1.5% this year and 1.4% in 2024. As geopolitical risks persist from the war in Ukraine and China’s weakening economy and its trade tensions with the US, the banks gird for asset-quality deterioration and ongoing pressure on profitability.

Against this backdrop, Global Finance’s rankings of the World’s Safest Banks 2023 provide an important perspective on the sector.

Many banks, fortunately, have strengthened their balance sheet and boosted their reserves for loan losses in anticipation of a rise in impaired loans.

At the same time, loan portfolio growth will suffer as higher interest rates and more-conservative loan-underwriting standards slow credit demand. Additionally, given the outlook for slowing GDP growth, more banks expect asset quality to deteriorate due to weakness in loans to small and midsize enterprises. Exposure to commercial real estate remains of particular concern as shrinking demand for office space weighs down the asset class.

On an optimistic note, stable business lines such as payments, treasury and cash management services still underpin corporate banking. Market volatility is expected to keep mergers and acquisitions and also securities underwriting cyclical, but also presents trading and market-making opportunities.

THE GLOBAL TOP 50

Overall performance of eurozone banks has been solid this year as generally well-capitalized institutions have reported sustained profitability. With the IMF forecasting GDP growth of only 0.9% for 2023 and 1.5% next year for the region, many institutions are aggressively boosting loan-loss reserves.

Western Europe’s strength is reflected in our global rankings, the region claiming nine of the top 10 spots and 29 entries overall. Notable shifts include UBS falling 11 places to No. 48 following its takeover of Credit Suisse. Caisse des Depots et Consignations fell one place due to a Fitch downgrade while Deutsche Apotheker- und Aerztebank fell out of the rankings this year due to Moody withdrawing its ratings.

Others enjoyed happier ratings results. SFIL benefited from a Moody’s upgrade, raising it six places from its rank last year. Institutions domiciled in France placed the most banks in this year’s rankings, with seven names in the global top 50 including three new entrants: Credit Agricole, Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel and HSBC Continental Europe. Led by Singapore’s three big banks—DBS, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. and United Overseas Bank—the Asia region placed eight banks in the rankings again; while Australasia placed five with the addition of Kiwibank, which benefited from a Fitch upgrade. In North America, Canadian bank RBC is among the top 10; while in the US, CoBank, AgFirst, and Farm Credit Bank of Texas dropped  following Fitch’s August downgrade of US sovereign debt.

Global Finance ranks the world’s largest 500 banks by asset size, calculated based on long-term foreign currency ratings issued by Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service. Where possible, ratings on holding companies rather than operating companies are used, and banks that are wholly owned by other banks are omitted. Within each rank set, banks are organized according to asset size based on data for the most recent annual reporting period provided by Fitch Solutions and Moody’s.

Ratings are reproduced with permission from the three rating agencies, with all rights reserved. A ranking is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold a security, and it does not comment on market price or suitability for a particular investor. All ratings in the tables were valid as of August 18, 2023.

Global Top 50
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
KfW
Germany
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
591,565.97
12/31/22
2
Zuercher Kantonalbank
Switzerland
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
214,759.75
12/31/22
3
BNG Bank
Netherlands
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
135,520.06
12/31/22
4
Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank
Germany
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
103,749.31
12/31/22
5
L-Bank
Germany
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AA+
9
29
 99,421.48
12/31/22
6
Nederlandse Waterschapsbank
Netherlands
NR
9
Aaa
10
AAA
10
29
 89,068.91
12/31/22
7
Kommunalbanken
Norway
NR
9
Aaa
10
AAA
10
29
 46,080.60
12/31/22
8
NRW.BANK
Germany
AAA
10
Aa1
9
AA
8
27
168,359.64
12/31/22
9
Swedish Export Credit Corporation
Sweden
NR
8
Aa1
9
AA+
9
26
 34,166.71
12/31/22
10
Royal Bank of Canada
Canada
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
1,359,411.00
1/31/23
11
Caisse des Depots et Consignations
France
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
1,117,393.00
12/31/22
12
DBS Bank
Singapore
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
 552,854.38
12/31/22
13
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp
Singapore
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
 417,503.73
12/31/22
14
United Overseas Bank
Singapore
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
 375,026.03
12/31/22
15
Svenska Handelsbanken
Sweden
AA
8
Aa2
8
AA-
7
23
 331,218.63
12/31/22
16
Korea Development Bank
South Korea
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
 277,505.76
12/31/22
17
Export-Import Bank of Korea
South Korea
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
 96,523.71
12/31/22
18
SFIL
France
NR
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
 68,478.77
12/31/22
19
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Switzerland
NR
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
 64,203.00
12/31/22
20
Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat
Luxembourg
NR
7
Aa3
7
AA+
9
23
 61,261.00
12/31/22
21
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA-
7
22
1,382,500.84
1/31/23
22
Industrial Bank of Korea
South Korea
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA-
7
22
 338,515.56
12/31/22
23
DNB Bank
Norway
NR
6.5
Aa2
8
AA-
7
21.5
 290,199.27
9/30/22
24
Bank of Taiwan
Taiwan
NR
6.5
Aa3
7
AA
8
21.5
 201,017.82
12/31/22
25
Banque Pictet & Cie
Switzerland
AA-
7
Aa2
8
NR
6.5
21.5
 48,513.00
12/31/22
26
Bank of Nova Scotia
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 992,680.33
1/31/23
27
Bank of Montreal
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 829,719.22
1/31/23
28
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 666,428.44
1/31/23
29
DZ BANK
Germany
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 665,986.42
12/31/22
30
Nordea Bank
Finland
AA-
7
Aa3
7
AA-
7
21
 634,460.34
12/31/22
31
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Uae
AA-
7
Aa3
7
AA-
7
21
 302,249.36
12/31/22
32
Hang Seng Bank
Hong Kong
AA-
7
Aa3
7
AA-
7
21
 242,546.75
12/31/22
33
Federation des Caisses Desjardins du Quebec
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
147,768.45
12/31/20
34
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe
Germany
A+
6
Aa2
8
NR
6
20
1,755,652.50
12/31/21
35
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 817,006.50
12/31/22
36
ANZ Group
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 744,502.00
3/31/23
37
National Australia Bank
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 702,098.00
3/31/23
38
Westpac
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 682,555.00
3/31/23
39
Rabobank
Netherlands
A+
6
Aa2
8
A+
6
20
 670,371.68
12/31/22
40
SEB
Sweden
AA-
7
Aa3
7
A+
6
20
 339,057.54
12/31/22
41
Swedbank
Sweden
AA-
7
Aa3
7
A+
6
20
 273,788.61
12/31/22
42
AgriBank
United States
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 156,463.00
12/31/22
43
OP Corporate Bank
Finland
NR
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 100,532.56
12/31/22
44
Kiwibank
New Zealand
AA
8
A1
6
NR
6
20
21,103.63
12/31/22
45
Agence France Locale
France
NR
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 8,550.57
12/31/22
46
BNP Paribas
France
A+
6
Aa3
7
A+
6
19
2,843,955.42
12/31/22
47
Credit Agricole
France
A+
6
Aa3
7
A+
6
19
2,537,568.30
12/31/22
48
UBS
Switzerland
A+
6
Aa3
7
A+
6
19
1,105,436.00
12/31/22
49
Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel
France
A+
6
Aa3
7
A+
6
19
 735,487.58
12/31/22
50
HSBC Continental Europe
France
AA-
7
A1
6
A+
6
19
 298,310.83
12/31/22

North America
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
Royal Bank of Canada  
Canada
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
1,445,641
4/30/22
2
Toronto-Dominion Bank  
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA-
7
22
1,427,441
4/30/22
3
Bank of Nova Scotia  
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
1,007,647
4/30/22
4
Bank of Montreal  
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 814,536
4/30/22
5
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce  
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 699,251
4/30/22
6
Federation des Caisses Desjardins du Quebec
Canada
AA-
7
Aa2
8
A+
6
21
 151,736
12/31/20
7
AgriBank 
United States
AA-
7
Aa3
7
AA-
7
21
 142,417
12/31/21
8
CoBank 
United States
AA-
7
NR
6
AA-
7
20
 170,306
12/31/21
9
AgFirst  
United States
AA-
7
Aa3
7
NR
6
20
 39,275
12/31/21
10
Farm Credit Bank of Texa s  
United States
AA-
7
Aa3
7
NR
6
20
 33,093
12/31/21
Latin America
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
Scotiabank Chile
Chile
A+
6
NR
4.5
A
5
15.5
 53,587
12/31/22
2
Banco del Estado de Chile
Chile
NR
4
A2
5
A
5
14
 67,012
12/31/22
3
Banco de Chile
Chile
NR
4
A2
5
A
5
14
 64,858
12/31/22
4
Banco de Credito e Inversiones
Chile
A-
4
A2
5
A-
4
13
 91,612
12/31/22
5
Banco Santander-Chile
Chile
NR
3.5
A2
5
A-
4
12.5
 80,010
12/31/22
6
Banco Itau Chile
Chile
NR
2.5
A3
4
BBB+
3
9.5
 47,543
12/31/22
7
Banco Santander Mexico
Mexico
BBB+
3
Baa1
3
NR
2
8
 94,635
12/31/22
8
Scotiabank Perú
Peru
BBB+
3
Baa1
3
BBB
2
8
 19,834
12/31/22
9
Banco BICE
Chile
BBB+
3
NR
2
BBB+
3
8
 12,295
12/31/22
10
Banco de Credito del Peru
Peru
BBB
2
Baa1
3
BBB
2
7
 50,106
12/31/22
Western Europe
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
KfW
Germany
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
 591,566
12/31/22
2
Zuercher Kantonalbank
Switzerland
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
 214,760
12/31/22
3
BNG Bank
Netherlands
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
 135,520
12/31/22
4
Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank
Germany
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AAA
10
30
 103,749
12/31/22
5
L-Bank
Germany
AAA
10
Aaa
10
AA+
9
29
 99,421
12/31/22
6
Nederlandse Waterschapsbank
Netherlands
NR
9
Aaa
10
AAA
10
29
 89,069
12/31/22
7
Kommunalbanken
Norway
NR
9
Aaa
10
AAA
10
29
 46,081
12/31/22
8
NRW.BANK
Germany
AAA
10
Aa1
9
AA
8
27
 168,360
12/31/22
9
Swedish Export Credit Corporation
Sweden
NR
8
Aa1
9
AA+
9
26
 34,167
12/31/22
10
Caisse des Depots et Consignations
France
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
1,117,393
12/31/22
Central and Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
Komercni Banka
Czech Republic
A
5
A1
6
A
5
16
 57,661
12/31/22
2
ING Bank Slaski
Poland
A+
6
A2
5
NR
4.5
15.5
 49,358
12/31/22
3
Santander Bank Polska
Poland
BBB+
3
A2
5
NR
3
11
 58,878
12/31/22
4
Bank Pekao
Poland
BBB
2
A2
5
BBB+
3
10
 63,869
12/31/22
5
Nova Ljubljanska banka
Slovenia
NR
2
A3
4
BBB
2
8
 25,718
12/31/22
6
Banca Comerciala Romana
Romania
BBB+
3
Baa1
3
NR
2
8
 21,329
12/31/22
7
BRD – Groupe Societe Generale
Romania
BBB+
3
Baa1
3
NR
2
8
 15,933
12/31/22
8
mBank
Poland
BBB-
1
Baa1
3
BBB
2
6
 47,852
12/31/22
9
Development Bank of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
BBB
2
Baa2
2
BBB-
1
5
 8,522
12/31/22
10
MFB Hungarian Development Bank
Hungary
BBB
2
Baa2
2
NR
1
5
 7,969
12/31/22
Asia
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
DBS Bank
Singapore
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
 552,854
12/31/22
2
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp
Singapore
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
 417,504
12/31/22
3
United Overseas Bank
Singapore
AA-
7
Aa1
9
AA-
7
23
 375,026
12/31/22
4
Korea Development Bank
South Korea
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
 277,506
12/31/22
5
Export-Import Bank of Korea
South Korea
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA
8
23
 96,524
12/31/22
6
Industrial Bank of Korea
South Korea
AA-
7
Aa2
8
AA-
7
22
 338,516
12/31/22
7
Bank of Taiwan
Taiwan
NR
6.5
Aa3
7
AA
8
21.5
 201,018
12/31/22
8
Hang Seng Bank
Hong Kong
AA-
7
Aa3
7
AA-
7
21
 242,547
12/31/22
9
China Development Bank
China
A+
6
A1
6
A+
6
18
2,611,377
12/31/22
10
Agricultural Development Bank of China
China
A+
6
A1
6
A+
6
18
1,300,658
12/31/22
Middle East
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets (USD million)
Report Date
1
First Abu Dhabi Bank
United Arab Emirates
AA-
7
Aa3
7
AA-
7
21
 302,249
12/31/22
2
Qatar National Bank
Qatar
A
5
Aa3
7
A+
6
18
 326,552
12/31/22
3
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
United Arab Emirates
A+
6
A1
6
A
5
17
 135,554
12/31/22
4
National Bank of Kuwait
Kuwait
A+
6
A1
6
A
5
17
118,733
12/31/22
5
Emirates NBD Bank
United Arab Emirates
A+
6
A2
5
NR
4.5
15.5
 202,023
12/31/22
6
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
United Arab Emirates
A+
6
A2
5
NR
4.5
15.5
 45,884
12/31/22
7
Bank Leumi
Israel
A
5
A2
5
A
5
15
 198,148
12/31/22
8
Bank Hapoalim
Israel
A
5
A2
5
A
5
15
 188,565
12/31/22
9
Boubyan Bank
Kuwait
A
5
A2
5
A
5
15
 25,750
12/31/22
10
Saudi National Bank
Saudi Arabia
A-
4
A1
6
A-
4
14
 251,596
12/31/22
Australasia
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 817,007
12/31/22
2
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 744,234
3/31/23
3
National Australia Bank
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 702,098
3/31/23
4
Westpac
Australia
A+
6
Aa3
7
AA-
7
20
 682,555
3/31/23
5
Kiwibank
New Zealand
AA
8
A1
6
NR
6
20
 21,104
12/31/22
6
Suncorp-Metway
Australia
A
5
A1
6
A+
6
17
 54,129
12/31/22
7
Macquarie Group
Australia
A
5
A2
5
BBB+
3
13
 260,340
3/31/23
8
Bank of Queensland
Australia
A-
4
A3
4
BBB+
3
11
 70,829
2/28/23
9
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Australia
A-
4
A3
4
BBB+
3
11
 65,541
12/31/22
10
Newcastle Greater Mutual Group
Australia
NR
2
A3
4
BBB
2
8
 13,498
6/30/23
Africa
Rank
Name
Domicile
Fitch Rating
Fitch Score
Moody’s Rating
Moody’s Score
S&P Rating
S&P Score
Total Score
Total Assets(USD million)
Report Date
1
Attijariwafa Bank
Morocco
BB
-2
Ba1
-1
BB
-2
-5
 60,948
12/31/22
2
Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire
Morocco
NR
-2.5
Ba1
-1
BB
-2
-5.5
 47,873
12/31/22
3
Bank of Africa
Morocco
BB
-2
Ba1
-1
NR
-2.5
-5.5
 36,673
12/31/22
4
FirstRand Bank
South Africa
BB-
-3
Ba2
-2
BB-
-3
-8
 90,118
12/31/22
5
Nedbank
South Africa
BB-
-3
Ba2
-2
BB-
-3
-8
 73,213
12/31/22
6
Investec Bank
South Africa
BB-
-3
Ba2
-2
BB-
-3
-8
 33,523
3/31/23
7
Standard Bank Group
South Africa
BB-
-3
Ba3
-3
NR
-4
-10
 168,508
12/31/22
8
Absa Group
South Africa
BB-
-3
Ba3
-3
NR
-4
-10
 104,780
12/31/22
9
National Bank of Egypt
Egypt
B
-5
B3
-6
B
-5
-16
 176,376
12/31/22
10
Banque Misr
Egypt
B
-5
B3
-6
B
-5
-16
 104,129
12/31/22
 

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