2008 Safest Banks


New York, 4 September 2008 — Global Finance magazine has released its annual ranking of the World’s Safest Banks, which will be featured in the special October issue alongside several of the magazine’s renowned Best Bank awards.

The World’s Safest Banks were selected through a comparison of the long-term credit ratings and total assets of the 300 largest banks around the world. Ratings from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch were used.

This is the 16th year that Global Finance has published its list of the world’s largest banks ranked by their creditworthiness. The 10 banks at the top of the list are designated as the “World’s Safest Banks”.  These banks will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held in Washington D.C. on October 13th to coincide with the World Bank/IMF annual meeting.  “These banks have demonstrated an appropriately prudent approach to risk in providing international financial services,” says Global Finance publisher, Joseph D. Giarraputo.

“More than ever customers are viewing strong credit quality as an important feature of the banks with which they do business. 


Groupe Caisse des Dépôts (CDC)                                France

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG)                            Netherlands

Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank                                 Germany

Rabobank                                                               Netherlands

Landeskreditbank Baden-Wuerttemberg-Förderbank       Germany

Lloyds TSB                                                             United Kingdom

BNP Paribas                                                            France

Dexia                                                                     Belgium

Wells Fargo                                                             United States

NRW Bank                                                               Germany

Global FInance, which celebrates its 21st year of publishing in 2008, has 50,000 subscribers and more than 284,000 readers in over 158 countries. This audience

includes chairmen, presidents, CEOs, CFOs, treasurers, and other financial officers responsible for making investments and strategic business decisions for

large global companies and financial institutions. Global Finance also targets the 8,000 key portfolio investors who control over 80% of all assets under

professional management.

For editorial information please contact: Dan Keeler, Editor, phone: 212 447 7900 ext 232, email: dan@gfmag.com


World’s Safest Banks 2008