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Monday, February 28, 2011

Safest Banks in Europe

Following are the top ranked safest banks in Europe:

KfW Germany - It is one of the leading and most experienced promotional banks in the world, ranked No. 1 among the World's Safest Banks in the Global Finance magazine. KfW has received an award from the International Financing Review (IFR) for outstanding capital market achievements in the year 2010.

Caisse des Depots et Consignations (CDC) -

Stock Exchanges in Brazil

Main stock exchanges in Brazil include: São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&F Bovespa); Rio de Janeiro Stock Exchange (BVRJ); Maringá Mercantile and Futures Exchange; BOVMESB (Minas, Brasília and Espírito Santo Stock Exchange).

BM&F Bovespa
- It was created in 2008 through the integration between the São Paulo Stock Exchange and the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange.
- It is the most important

Safest Banks in Middle East

Following are the top rated safest banks in the Middle East:

National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)
- NBK has been known as ‘The Bank You Know And Trust’. It boasts the largest overseas branch network spanning many of the world financial and business centers.
- Ranked as the No. 1 safest bank in the Middle East by the Global Finance magazine in 2010.
- It was also named the Best Bank in the Middle East (

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Finance Companies in New Zealand

List of top largest finance companies in New Zealand:

South Canterbury Finance - It is one of the biggest finance companies in New Zealand, with a strong regional presence throughout the country. The team at South Canterbury Finance specialise in business finance, personal loans and providing personalised, friendly service.

UDC Finance Limited - It is the nation’s leading asset finance company

Top Largest Banks in Asia

Asia is home to some of the world's top largest banks such as the follows:
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (According to the Millward Brown Optimor's 2009 ranking of Top 100 Most Valuable Brands, ICBC ranked top of all financial institutions).
China Construction Bank (In the ranking of "50 Best Chinese Brands 2010” announced by Forbes China magazine, CCB’s brand value is ranked 3rd, which

Largest Asset Management Firms

Following are among the largest asset management firms/companies in the world:

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) - It is the asset management business of State Street Corporation and the world's second largest asset manager, with USD $1.9 trillion in assets under management as of June 2010.

Barclays Global Investors (BGI) - It is one of the largest asset managers in the world. Barclays

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Top Largest Banks in Middle East

The top largest banks in the Middle East include Emirates NBD, The National Commercial Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Arab Bank, Samba Financial Group, among others.

Emirates NBD is the largest bank in the Middle East in terms of assets. It has received two leading international banking awards from the New York based leading publication, Global Finance Magazine. It has been named as Best

Largest Mutual Fund Companies

The best and largest mutual fund companies in the world are The Vanguard Group, PIMCO, Fidelity Investments, J.P. Morgan, among others.

The Vanguard Group is one of the two largest mutual fund companies in the world. Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the largest fund in the group, was founded by Mr. Bogle in 1975. It was the first index mutual fund. The company manages more than $491 billion (as of

Top Largest Banks in Africa

The top largest banks of Africa are Standard Bank Group, Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, State Bank of Mauritius, National Bank of Egypt, among others.

Standard Bank is Africa’s largest bank by assets. The Corporate and Investment Banking division offers banking, finance, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services to larger corporates, financial institutions and international

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stock Exchanges in Nigeria

Following are the principal stock exchanges in Nigeria:

Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)
- It was founded in 1960 as the Lagos Stock Exchange. In December 1977 it became The Nigerian Stock Exchange, with branches established in some of the major commercial cities in the country.
- The branch in Lagos was opened in 1961; Kaduna, in 1978; Port Harcourt, in 1980; Kano, in 1989; Onitsha, in February

Largest Banks in Qatar

The top largest banks in Qatar are Qatar National Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar, to name a few.

The Qatar National Bank (QNB) is the largest bank in the country. It was named the Best Asset Manager - Qatar, at the inaugural “Future of Capital Markets in the Middle East” Summit & Awards hosted in Dubai by Global Investor/Isf Magazine (2010). In addition, QNB was named “Best

Amman Stock Exchange (ASE)

Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) is a stock exchange institution in Jordan. It was established in March 1999 as a non-profit, private institution with administrative and financial autonomy.

The exchange provides a strong and secure environment for its listed securities while protecting and guaranteeing the rights of its investors. To comply with international standards and best practices, ASE works

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Top Largest Banks in Europe

Following are some of the top leading and largest banks in Europe:
ABN AMRO Bank (By 2007 it was the second largest bank in the Netherlands and eighth largest banks in Europe by assets).
United Bank of Switzerland (It is one of the biggest banks in Europe, by market capitalization and profitability).
Dresdner Bank AG (It is one of Germany's largest banking corporations and one of the leading

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE)

The Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), located in Almaty, is the principal stock exchange in Kazakhstan. It was founded in 1993 as the Kazakh Interbank Currency Exchange. In 1995 the stock exchange received license №1 for conducting stock exchange activity at securities market, however acting of the license was limited with the right of organizing trades in government securities only.

The

Top Largest Banks in Peru

The top largest banks of Peru include Banco de Credito del Peru, MiBanco, Interbank, among others.

Banco de Credito del Peru is the largest bank in Peru, and is traded in the New York Stock Exchange and the Lima Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de Lima).

MiBanco is the leading private commercial bank specializing in microfinance in Peru. It is one of the biggest banks in the country. From the

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Top Largest Banks in Bulgaria

The top largest banks in Bulgaria include Postbank, DSK Bank, United Bulgarian Bank, UniCredit Bulbank, among others.

Postbank (legally named Eurobank EFG Bulgaria AD) is a top leading universal Bulgarian bank, offering a full range of banking services such as Mortgage loans, Mutual funds, Corporate credits, Investments and cash management, Foreign exchange transactions, Securities trading, and

Best Investment Banks in Singapore

DBS and Citi are amongst the most prestigious investment banks in Singapore.

DBS Bank Ltd in Singapore is the main subsidiary of DBS Group Holdings Ltd. The bank has been a key partner in spearheading and financing the growth of the nation’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). DBS provides a broad range of banking and related financial products and services for individuals, companies and

US Stock Market Indices

Some of the major U.S. stock indices include NASDAQ Composite, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and S&P 500. Standard & Poor's (S&P) is well known for the stock market indexes, the US-based S&P 500, the Australian S&P/ASX 200, the Italian S&P/MIB, the Canadian S&P/TSX and India's S&P CNX Nifty.

List of US Stock Market Indices:
Value Line Composite Index
CPMKTE - The Capital Markets Equity Index

Largest Banks in Zambia

The top largest banks in Zambia include Zanaco, Standard Chartered Bank Zambia, Barclays Zambia, Stanbic Bank, etc.

Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco) is one of the largest banks in the country. It was established by the Government of the Republic of Zambia in 1969. Zanaco partnered with Rabo bank, a highly credible bank with a triple AAA rating (the highest rating) of the Netherlands in

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Best Investment Banks in Asia

Following are the top leading investment banks in Asia:

Morgan Stanley - It was named the Best Investment Bank in Asia for 2008 by Asiamoney magazine, a leading Asia finance magazine and part of the Euromoney group. Announcing its awards (which cover the Asia region, excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand), the magazine also named Morgan Stanley as the Best M&A Arranger.

UBS - It was named

Irish Stock Exchange (ISE)

Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) is the principal stock exchange in Ireland, providing access to capital markets for investors, financial institutions and companies.

The ISE operates a choice of three markets: the Main Securities Market (MSM); the Enterprise Securities Market (ESM); and the Global Exchange Market (GEM).

ISE is a member of the World Federation of Exchanges and the Federation of

Top Largest Banks in Belgium

The top largest banks in Belgium include ING Belgium, KBC, AXA Bank Europe, Dexia, among others.

ING is Belgium’s first universal direct bank, providing all banking customers with a wide range of financial products and via the distribution channel of their choice. ING services all customer segments: mass retail and Private Banking customers, small and medium sized companies, instititutionals and

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pacific Stock Exchange Los Angeles

The Pacific Stock Exchange is one of the smaller regional stock exchanges with a main exchange floor and building in San Francisco, California and a branch in Los Angeles, California, United States. It was set up in 1882 as the San Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange. In 1957 the two exchanges, San Francisco and Los Angeles exchanges, merged to form the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange.

In 2001 the

Best Investment Banks in Australia

Following are the most prestigious investment banks in Australia:

UBS - It is regularly awarded the Best Investment Bank in Australia, Leading Corporate Adviser in Australian M&A transactions and Best Australian Equity House by leading industry magazines such as FinanceAsia, Insto Magazine, Euromoney , CFO Magazine, IFR Asia Magazine and East Coles Survey. UBS Australian business provides

South Pacific Stock Exchange (Fiji)

The South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) is the only licensed securities exchange in the Fiji Islands. It was formerly known as the Suva Stock Exchange. The Exchange is the centre for trading, reporting and pricing of the stocks.

The following securities are currently traded on the SPSE: Listed company shares; Government bonds; Statutory authority promissory notes; Statutory authority bonds;

Best Investment Banks in India

Following are the top leading investment banks in India:

Kotak Investment Banking - It is a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, one of India's leading banking and financial services organizations. Kotak Investment Banking has formed a dedicated Infrastructure Group to offer investment banking solutions to public and private corporates across sectors like Power (Generation & Associated

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx)

The Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) is one of the major exchanges in the Philippines, licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an Exchange under the provisions of the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).

PDEx began trading operations in government securities in March 2005, with a Negotiated Dealing System for the Inter-Dealer Market. An Auto-Matching System was also

Ranking of Banks

View below for more information:

Top 1000 World Banks Ranking
JP Morgan Chase & Co dropped a place to 2nd globally, while BNP Paribas made a big jump from 14th to 8th in 2010...

Top 50 Safest Banks in the World
KfW is rated the safest in the world, with second place went to France's Caisse des Depots et Consignations (CDC) and 3rd place awarded to Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG) of the

Bahamas International Securities Exchange

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is the major securities exchange in the Bahamas. It is formally registered with the Securities Commission of The Bahamas as a “Securities Exchange” pursuant to the Securities Industry Act, 1999.

BISX was incorporated as a private company and owned by dedicated shareholders consisting of stockbrokers, investment companies, banks, corporations,

Top Largest Banks in Norway

The top largest banks of Norway include Spare Bank 1 Nord-Norge, Postbanken, SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, BN Bank ASA, Fokus Bank, among others.

Spare Bank 1 Nord-Norge is one of the largest banks in Norway and is an independent financial services group within the SpareBank1 Alliance. The Bank's business concept is to supply complete and modern financial solutions for the benefit of customers based in

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Top 1000 World Banks Ranking

The Banker Magazine has published the rankings of Top 1000 World Banks for 2010, which are based on the definition of Tier 1 capital as set out by Basel’s Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Bank of America Corporation topped the list of 1000 banks in the world, moving up a place from 2nd in 2009 to 1st in 2010, while JP Morgan Chase & Co dropped a place to 2nd globally. BNP Paribas made a

Stock Exchanges in China

Following are the principal Stock Exchanges in mainland China:

Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE)
- It is the world's sixth largest stock market by market capitalization at US$2.4 trillion as of August 2010.
- It is a membership institution directly governed by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).
- SSE is the most preeminent stock market in Mainland China in terms of number of listed

Top Largest Banks in Bahrain

The top largest banks of Bahrain are Awal Bank, Arab Banking Corporation, Ahli United Bank, among others.

Awal Bank is one of the largest banks in Bahrain, offering a comprehensive range of banking services to the Gulf and MENA region. It was registered in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2004 under license as a wholesale bank from the Central Bank of Bahrain. By the end of 2007, the Bank has total

Largest Financial Centres

London is the world's largest financial centre as of 2010, according to the Global Financial Centres Index, alongside New York City (2nd), Hong Kong (3rd), Singapore (4th) and Tokyo (5th).

London is the capital of England and is the most visited city in the world. It is home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. Some of the largest banking and financial services

Friday, February 18, 2011

Top Largest Banks in Romania

The top largest banks of Romania are Banca Comerciala Romana, Alpha Bank, BRD, Credit Europe Bank Romania, among others.

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR; Romanian Commercial Bank) is the largest bank in Romania. The bank continues to develop its relationship with foreign correspondent banks as well as with international financial institutions, rating agencies and export credit agencies (ECA). It

Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange

The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE) is the principal stock exchange in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It was formally opened on 26 October 1981 with 37 listed securities, becoming the second Exchange in the CARICOM region after Jamaica.

The TTSE is owned equally by the listed companies of the Exchange and the member firms. A company listed on the TTSE can raise capital via an

Top Largest Banks in Zimbabwe

The top leading banks in Zimbabwe include Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe, Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe, CBZ Bank Limited, among others.

Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd is one of the largest and leading banks in Zimbabwe and is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The bank has a major commercial banking network throughout the country with branches in all large commercial centres. It also has the

Largest Private Equity Firms

The Carlyle Group was ranked as the largest private equity firm in the world in 2007, according to a ranking called the PEI 50 based on capital under management. Carlyle focuses on sectors in which it has demonstrated expertise: aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, real estate, technology &

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Top Largest Banks in Cyprus

The top largest banks in Cyprus are Bank of Cyprus, Marfin Popular Bank, Alpha Bank Cyprus, among others.

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Ltd was established in 1899 and is the holding company of the Bank of Cyprus Group, which offers a broad range of financial products and services including banking services, leasing, factoring, brokerage, investment banking, fund management, general and life

Botswana Stock Exchange

The Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) is Botswana’s national stock exchange, located in Gaborone. It is one of Africa’s best performing stock exchanges.

BSE products include: Equities (Found in the Domestic, Foreign and Venture Boards), Corporate Bond, Government bonds, Commercial Paper. Commercial Paper is short term fixed instrument that pays a variable coupon for a specific period of time. These

Largest Banks in the USA and Canada

The top largest banks in the USA and Canada include Bank of America Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, RBC, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, among others.

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions and the largest bank in North America (Ranked 1st in The Banker Magazine Top 1000 World Banks ranking 2010). In addition, it is ranked No. 1 among all

Stock Brokers in Dubai

Following are the leading stock brokers in Dubai:

Efg-Hermes
- Founded in 1984, it is the leading investment bank in the Middle East and is recognized as the regions market leader in securities brokerage, asset management, investment banking, private equity, and research.
- The firm is listed on the Egyptian and London Stock exchanges and as at June 2008 had a market capitalization of over USD