International banking statistics at end-December 2014

April 2015

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) today released international banking statistics at end-December 2014.

  • After three consecutive quarters of increases, global cross-border claims fell slightly, by $5 billion between end-September and end-December 2014. Despite the latest quarterly decline, the year-on-year growth rate of cross-border claims remained positive (5%), with lending to non-bank borrowers expanding faster (7%) than claims on banks (3%).

  • Cross-border bank claims on emerging market economies contracted by $80 billion during the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the year-on-year growth rate down to 6% at end-December 2014 from 11% at end-September.

  • Cross-border claims on China contracted by about $51 billion during the last quarter of 2014, bringing down their year-on-year growth rate to 21% from 40% at end-September 2014.

Developments in the latest international banking statistics, including breaks in series arising from methodological changes, are summarised in the Statistical release. Data are available on the BIS website, via the BIS WebStats query tool, or as tables in PDF. Data are subject to change; revised data will be released in conjunction with the forthcoming BIS Quarterly Review on 18 June 2015. The international banking statistics at end-March 2015 will be released on or before 24 July 2015.

Queries regarding the international banking statistics may be directed to statistics$bis.org (where "$" denotes "@").