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Bank capital levels around the world are low and sufferring

The IMF report had a spreadsheet in the appendix with bank capital levels around the world.

While it has individual countries, I summarised into this chart.  The data shows Capital as a percentage of Assets so higher is good, lower is bad.

Note the negative trends in most except Canada, and this is based on the latest data to end of 2008.  Use the thumbnail for a larger version that is clearer.

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Written by Colin Henderson

April 21, 2009 at 11:46

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  1. Is there more to their definition of Capital? I was under the impression that Australia had some of the best capitalised banks in the world these days, and yet Australia is depictedas having the lowest.

    Anthony

    April 21, 2009 at 18:14

  2. @Anthony – there are accounting difference between countries so the situation is impacted by the definition of Capital. However I am curious if any other Oz readers care to chip in with a view on the relative strength of their banks.

    bankwatch

    April 21, 2009 at 19:25


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