NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 — Rapid-growth emerging markets have long been the engines of global economic growth. With clients enjoying swiftly-rising incomes, many emerging markets banks benefited by providing services to meet the increasingly sophisticated banking needs of their client base.

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It is against this backdrop that Global Finance announces it’s annual ranking of the Safest Banks in Emerging Markets. Global Finance’s Safest Banks rankings have been the recognized and trusted standard of financial counterparty safety for 24 years.

The top four spots in this year’s listing have not changed from 2014, with National Bank of Abu Dhabi coming in first place, followed by China Development Bank, Agricultural Development Bank of China and Export-Import bank of China. Coming in fifth place this year, up from seventh last year, is Korea Development Bank.

Banks from the Gulf and Middle East land 23 of the top 50 spots and Asian banks take 21. South Korea, with 9 banks, and Saudi Arabia and China, with 8 each, are the largest individual countries on the list.

The bank that saw the greatest shift in the rankings this year was South Korea’s Shinhan Bank, which moved up 10 postitions to 18th place.

New to the list year are Gulf Bank, of Kuwait, and Qatar Islamic Bank.

Global Finance evaluates the ratings and total assets of the main players in developing economies to create the rankings—providing an overview of the key banks in each region and which financial institutions offer the greatest security. Banks were selected through an evaluation of long-term foreign currency ratings—from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings—and total assets of the 500 largest banks in emerging markets.

In addition to the 50 Safest Banks in Emerging Markets, the full report also includes the following rankings: World’s 50 Safest Banks, World’s 50 Safest Commercial Banks, Safest Banks by Country, Safest Islamic Financial Institutions in the GCC, Safest Banks by Region (Asia, Australasia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East/Africa, North America and Western Europe) and Safest Emerging Markets Banks by Region (Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa).

“The Safest Banks in Emerging Markets ranking highlights those banks that have built strong foundations—providing safety and security in this rapidly-changing market landscape,” says Global Finance publisher and editorial director Joseph D. Giarraputo. “This ranking is an invaluable tool for companies and investors to evaluate institutional strength in fast-growing emerging markets.”


Group Name


1 National Bank of Abu Dhabi UAE
2 China Development Bank China
3 Agricultural Development Bank of China China
4 Export-Import Bank of China China
5 Korea Development Bank South Korea
6 Industrial Bank of Korea South Korea
7 Qatar National Bank Qatar
8 National Bank of Kuwait Kuwait
9 Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) South Korea
10 BancoEstado Chile
11 Samba Financial Group Saudi Arabia
12 Bank of Taiwan Taiwan
13 Banco de Chile Chile
14 National Commercial Bank Saudi Arabia
15 Al Rajhi Bank  Saudi Arabia
16 Riyad Bank Saudi Arabia
17 Banco Santander Chile Chile
18 Shinhan Bank** South Korea
19 Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank UAE
20 Banque Saudi Fransi Saudi Arabia
21 SABB Saudi Arabia
22 Union National Bank UAE
23 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China China
24 China Construction Bank China
25 Agricultural Bank of China China
26 Bank of China China
27 Kookmin Bank South Korea
28 Kuwait Finance House Kuwait
29 Arab National Bank Saudi Arabia
30 Commercial Bank of Qatar Qatar
31 Land Bank of Taiwan Taiwan
33 Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank UAE
34 Nonghyup Bank South Korea
35 Hana Financial Group South Korea
36 Korea Exchange Bank South Korea
37 Mega International Commercial Bank Taiwan
38 Banco de Crédito e Inversiones Chile
39 Doha Bank Qatar
40 Bank of Communications  China
41 Woori Bank South Korea
42 CTBC Bank Taiwan
43 Komerční banka Czech Republic
44 Qatar Islamic Bank* Qatar
45 Saudi Hollandi Saudi Arabia
46 Bank Muscat Oman
47 Česká spořitelna Czech Republic
48 Saudi Investment Bank Saudi Arabia
49 Gulf Bank* Kuwait
50 Emirates NBD UAE

* New entry to the ranking
** Greatest gain over position on the 2014 list

Ratings current as of August 14, 2015


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