27 August 2009

Where Are the World's Safest Banks?

The primary functions of the Federal Reserve Bank as a regulator is to maintain the integrity of the US banking system. It is also the responsibility of the Federal Open Market Committee to oversee the management of the United States Money Supply.

In this annual list by Global Finance, not one US bank is in the top 30 of the Safest Fifty Banks in the world.

It was the poor regulation of the banking system, and the reckless management of the money supply, that has brought the US, and by extension of the dollar contagion, a greater part of the world, to the financial crisis which threatens the global economy today.

Would this imply that we should give the Fed the latitude to regulate more elements of the US financial sector, elements with which it has little or no experience and certainly no successful track record?

The US must reform its financial system and restore a balance to its economy. The rest of the world must take strong measures to guard against a potentially disastrous currency crisis should the US fail to successfully reform.

Global Finance
The World's 50 Safest Banks

New York, August 25, 2009 — With bank stability still high on corporate and investor agendas,Global Finance publishes its 18th annual list of the world’s safest banks. After two tumultuous years that saw many of the world’s most respected banks drop out of the top-50 safest banks list, the dust appears to be settling. Those banks that kept an iron grip on their risk exposure before the financial crisis blew up have consistently topped the table and maintain their standing among the top echelon in this year’s ranking.

The Top Banks (until you find a US bank) Are:

1. KFW (Germany)
2. Caisse des Depots et Consignations (CDC) (France)
3. Bank Nederlands Gemeenten (BNG) (Netherlands)
4. Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (Germany
5. Zuercher Kantonalbank (Switzerland)
6. Rabobank Group (Netherlands)
7. Landeskreditbank Baden-Wuerttemberg-Foerderbank (Germany)
8. NRW. Bank (Germany)
9. BNP Paribas (France)
10. Royal Bank of Canada (Canada)
11. National Australia Bank (Australia)
12. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia)
13. Banco Santander (Spain)
14. Toronto-Dominion Bank (Canada)
15. Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (Australia)
16. Westpac Banking Corporation (Australia)
17. ASB Bank Limited (New Zealand)
18. HSBC Holdings plc (United Kingdom)
19. Credit Agricole S.A. (France)
20. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) (Spain)
21. Nordea Bank AB (publ) (Sweden)
22. Scotiabank (Canada)
23. Svenska Handelsbanken (Sweden)
24. DBS Bank (Singapore)
25. Banco Espanol de Credito S.A. (Banesto) (Spain)
26. Caisse centrale Desjardins (Canada)
27. Pohjola Bank (Finland)
28. Deutsche Bank AG (Germany)
29. Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy)
30. Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (la Caixa) (Spain)
31. Bank of Montreal (Canada)
32. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (United States)

You may read the rest of the list, and the method by which safe banks were selected, here.