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The Banker

The Banker
The January 2011 front cover of The Banker
Type Monthly trade magazine
Format Magazine
Owner(s) Financial Times (Pearson)
Editor Brian Caplen
Founded 1926
Headquarters 1 Southwark Bridge
Circulation 28,974[1]
ISSN 0005-5395

The Banker is an English-language monthly international financial affairs publication owned by The Financial Times Ltd. and edited in London. The magazine was first published in January 1926 through founding Editor, Brendan Bracken of the Financial News, who went on to become the chairman of the Financial Times from 1945-1958.[2]

Since its founding, the magazine has claimed a dedication to the international perspective through features, interviews, multi-media applications and events. The Banker is the world’s premier banking and finance resource, read in over 180 countries and is the key source of data and analysis for the industry. It combines in-depth regional and country coverage with reports on global financial markets, regulation and policy, cash management and securities services, commodities and carbon finance, infrastructure and project finance, trading and technology, clearing and settlement, and management and governance issues.[3]

The Banker is read most widely in banks, financial institutions, multilateral corporations, central banks and finance ministries around the world. Approximately 60% of its readers are CEO/President and CFO/Treasurers of their organizations.[4]


  • Features and awards 1
  • Top 1000 World Banks 2
  • Editors 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Features and awards

The Banker's primary focus is global financial comment and insight, featuring opinion pieces, profiles and interviews with leading banking and finance figures. The Bracken Column [5] is named after Brendan Bracken, the founding editor of The Banker and serves as a think-tank for financial sector participants.

The Bank of the Year Awards[6] is an annual awards event recognising the top financial institutions in the world. The most recent event took place in December 2012 and 149 countries were acknowledged for their achievements, with Scotiabank winning the global award.[7][8]

Top 1000 World Banks[9] is published annually in July based on the findings of The Banker Database.[10] This ranking serves to recognise global leaders in the industry for their achievements, ranking the world's banks by Tier 1 capital globally, as well as by individual country. The awards are the industry’s most widely used index of global banking, and are internationally recognised as the definitive guide to the soundness, strength and profitability of banks.[11] The banks are assessed by Tier 1 capital, with secondary rankings by assets, capital/asset ratio, real profit growth, profit on average capital, and return on assets. In 2013 ICBC was ranked in top place,[12] the first time ever for a Chinese bank[13] and retained the top position in the 2014 ranking.[14]

As well as The Bank of the Year Awards, the Banker also conducts awards for Deals of the Year, Innovation in Banking Technology, Investment Banking, Finance Minister of the Year, Central Bank Governor of the Year, Private Banking and Islamic Bank of the Year.[15]

How to Run a Bank[16] is an annual guide to international banking in the new financial environment, combining contributions from bankers, regulators, academics and economists.

Top Islamic Financial Institutions[17] annual listing assesses the global state of the Islamic banking and finance market today. Since 2007, it has aimed to help estimate the size and growth-rate of the emerging Islamic financial marketplace.

On 8 January 2014, it was announced that Ireland's Michael Noonan was awarded "Best finance minister in Europe".

Top 1000 World Banks

The Banker is known for its annual rankings of the world's top banks.[18] Below are the "Top Ten Global Banks" from its "Top 1000 World Banks" ranking in 2014:[19]

Rank[18] Banks Country
1 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2 China Construction Bank  China
3 JPMorgan Chase  United States
4 Bank of America  United States
5 HSBC  United Kingdom
6 Citigroup  United States
7 Bank of China  China
8 Wells Fargo  United States
9 Agricultural Bank of China  China
10 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group  Japan

The table below shows the top bank ranked by Tier 1 capital since 2000:[20]

Rank[18] Banks Country
2014 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2013 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2012 Bank of America  United States
2011 Bank of America  United States
2010 Bank of America  United States
2009 JPMorgan Chase  United States
2008 HSBC  United Kingdom
2007 Bank of America  United States
2006 Citigroup  United States
2005 Citigroup  United States
2004 Citigroup  United States
2003 Citigroup  United States
2002 Citigroup  United States
2001 Citigroup  United States
2000 Citigroup  United States


The current editors of The Banker are:

  • Brian Caplen (Editor)
  • Stephen Timewell (Editor Emeritus)
  • Philip Alexander (Senior Editor)
  • Silvia Pavoni (Economics Editor)
  • Jane Cooper (Technology and Transaction banking Editor)
  • Paul Wallace (Africa editor & capital markets writer)
  • Stefanie Linhardt (Europe Editor)
  • James King (Middle East Editor)
  • Guillaume Hingel (Research Editor)


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External links

  • homepage of The Banker
  • The Banker Database The Banker's in-house source of current and historical financial data on the leading banks in every country, containing contact information and the latest annual results, with an archive of up to 25 years.
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