NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 — Global Finance has named the Safest Emerging Markets Banks in Sub-Saharan Africa in an exclusive survey to be published in the November 2015 issue.

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The full report includes the following rankings: World’s 50 Safest Banks, World’s 50 Safest Commercial Banks, Safest Banks by Country, 50 Safest Banks in Emerging Markets, 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).

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.

“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.”


Bank Name


1 Standard Bank of South Africa South Africa
2 FirstRand Bank South Africa
3 Nedbank South Africa
4 Investec Bank  South Africa
Ratings current as of August 14, 2015


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