The 25 Soundest Banks of the World based the highest capital-asset ratios (CAR) in 2009 are listed below:
Source: The Banker
Smaller banks dominate this list from both the developed and emerging countries. 18 of the 25 banks shown above are from emerging markets underlining the conservative business practices of banks in emerging markets. Electro Banque of France topped the list with a CAR of 87.7% compared to just 6% to 7% of the world’s biggest banks. San Mateo,California-based investment manager Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN) takes the top 3rd spot with a CAR of 54.60%.