International banking statistics at end-September 2014

20 January 2015

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

  • International banking activity continued to expand in the third quarter of 2014. The $493 billion quarterly expansion in global cross-border claims boosted the annual growth rate to about 5% at end-September 2014 from 1% at end-June 2014.
  • The increase in cross-border bank lending was concentrated in Japanese yen and US dollars. Claims denominated in yen were up by 15% in the year to end-September 2014.
  • In contrast to the global trend, cross-border lending to emerging markets slowed in the third quarter of 2014. Claims on residents of Russia contracted by $11 billion between end-June and end-September 2014, which took their annual change to -15%.

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 March 2015. The international banking statistics at end-December 2014 will be released on or before 24 April 2015.

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