Major International Banks: Financial Aggregates and financial stabilization plan.

Annual statistical survey of major banks located in Europe, Japan, United States and China (July 2019)

This is the sixteenth edition of R&S's annual statistical survey of leading international banks. The survey has been compiled from information in the banks’ annual reports and other information they have provided to R&S. The financial aggregates cover the 2008-2017 period. Section I illustrates key trends in banking operations. Section II contains statistical tables giving aggregate profit and loss accounts, financial statements, and financial ratios. Section III describes the principles and methods used to select the companies and restate their figures. Since 2009 a summary of financial stabilization plans for supporting main european and us banks has been available for downloading (December 2013). A brief half year update of the survey is also available covering the accounts of the main European banks (December 2018). The survey is available only in the form of a pdf file available for download from this website.  

F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of MIB?

MIB is an annual survey of aggregate figures for leading international banks aimed at highlighting operational and financial trends.

When was it first published?

The first edition was published in February 2003, and covers the period between 1995 and 2002.

Does it cover small- and medium-size banks?

No, only the largest banks are covered

Are details for individual firms available?

The only details for individual firms are given in tables within the survey.

How representative is the survey?

It is representative of the performance of the leading major banks in Europe, Japan, the U.S. and China.

What criteria are used to select banks for inclusion?

Banks must have an international organization and be based in Europe, Japan or the United States. The basic criterion is that total assets must be at least 1% for the region concerned. This requirement ensures that the indicators and trends in the aggregate are representative of the wider banking business universe. The top ten Chinese banks are also considered.

How are groups accounted for?

The survey is based solely on consolidated figures. The aggregates are broken down by country based on the parent company’s country of incorporation, and the figures accordingly cover the domestic and foreign business of each entity.

How many years are covered?

The statistics begin in 1995 for the European, Japanese and U.S. groups, in 2004 for the major Chinese banks, from 2007 until 2016 for the German Landesbanken and from 2009 until 2015 for the Spanish savings banks.

Has the survey been reviewed recently?

The latest edition was published on 25 July 2019. Reviews and comments appeared in the leading Italian daily newspapers the following day.

Do similar surveys exist outside Italy?

Aggregate balance sheet figures are published mainly by the various central banks.

It has been objected that the averages given in this survey do not enable the individual banks to recognize their own figures

The survey provides aggregate figures, and the ratios calculated on the basis of such figures are equivalent to averages of the elementary indexes weighted on the basis of the size of the banks considered. However, individual ratios are generally never the same as the average which they go to make up, except in the unlikely scenario of their happening to be absolutely identical.


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