NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 — Global Finance has named the World’s 50 Safest Commercial Banks in an exclusive survey to be published in the November 2015 issue.

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The top spots in this year’s list are dominated by Canadian and Singaporean banks. TD Bank Group once again tops the ranking of the 50 Safest Commercial Banks. Three of Singapore’s leading banks take the next three spots: DBS comes in second on the ranking, followed by Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation and United Overseas Bank. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada takes over from Rabobank in fifth place. The Dutch bank has dropped to 14th on this year’s list.

New additions to this year’s list comprise Switerland’s Banque Pictet & Cie, at 13th, and Kiwibank of New Zealand, in 20th place, LGT Bank of Liechtenstein (29th) and EFG Bank of Switzerland (38th).

The biggest jump up the list this year was made by Norway’s DNB—rising from 48th last year to come in 23rd in 2015.

In addition to the World’s 50 Safest Commercial Banks, the full report also includes the following rankings: World’s 50 Safest 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).

Banks were selected through an evaluation of long-term foreign currency ratings—from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch—and total assets of the 500 largest banks worldwide. For commercial banks to qualify for this ranking, they must not be majority owned by government or regional authorities.

“The institutions that make this list are not backed by government guarantees, but nonetheless are among the strongest and most secure banks in the
world, providing safety and security to corporates and investors,” says Joseph Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance.


Bank Name


1 TD Bank Group Canada
2 DBS Bank Singapore
3 Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Singapore
4 United Overseas Bank Singapore
5 Royal Bank of Canada Canada
6 National Australia Bank Australia
7 Commonwealth Bank of Australia Australia
8 ANZ Group Australia
9 Westpac Australia
10 DZ Bank Germany
11 Svenska Handelsbanken Sweden
12 Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank Germany
13 Banque Pictet & Cie* Switzerland
14 Rabobank Netherlands
15 Nordea Sweden
16 Bank of Nova Scotia Canada
17 Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong
18 AgriBank United States
19 Caisse centrale Desjardins Canada
20 Kiwibank* New Zealand
21 Bank of Montreal Canada
22 CIBC Canada
23 DNB** Norway
24 HSBC France France
25 Pohjola Bank Finland
26 Qatar National Bank Qatar
27 CoBank United States
28 National Bank of Kuwait Kuwait
29 LGT Bank* Liechtenstein
30 AgFirst United States
31 Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel France
32 U.S. Bancorp United States
33 BNY Mellon United States
34 SEB Sweden
35 Swedbank Sweden
36 Samba Financial Group Saudi Arabia
37 Banco de Chile Chile
38 EFG Bank* Switzerland 
39 HSBC United Kingdom
40 BNP Paribas France
41 Wells Fargo United States
42 Standard Chartered United Kingdom
43 State Street United States
44 National Bank of Canada Canada
45 Northern Trust United States
46 Al Rajhi Bank  Saudi Arabia
47 Riyad Bank Saudi Arabia
48 Suncorp Metway Australia
49 Banco Santander Chile Chile
50 Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Japan

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

Ratings current as of August 14, 2015


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