The top 25 European banks by assets

Just a few hours ago, I posted an article about European toxic asset exposure based on a Telegraph article.  The crux of the Telegraph piece was that European banks have a shed load of bad debt on their books.  A secret European Commission document allegedly put the exposure of the European banks to 'toxic' assets at £16.3 trillion, which is reported to represent 44% of total European bank assets (this equates to a total asset base of $53 trillion assuming an exchange rate of 1.4355 for GDP/USD).  Leaving aside the question of just what qualifies as a dodgy or toxic credit, it bears understanding just how large (and leveraged) European banks are.

Below is a list of the largest European banks by assets at the end of 2007.  You should notice RBS is so large in relation to the UK economy t...


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