As a response to the great reсession, the G20 countries set up the Financial Stability Board, a global watchdog for financial institutions. One of its responsibilities is to identify the banks that can’t go bust without causing a domino effect. The FSB calls such institutions global systemically important banks, or GSIBs.
The banks are split into buckets, with each corresponding to higher loss absorbency requirements based on how important to the global financial system the bank is. The higher the number, the more important the bank and the more capital it will be required to hold. Here’s the full list updated on Nov. 3, 2015:
There’s only one change this year — the Spanish lender BBVA is out, and the China Construction Bank is in, reflecting the way that the world economy is changing. Other than that, all the groups stay the same — bucket Nos. 2, 3, and 4 are still precisely where they were.