Top Investment Banks: Rankings of Banks by Tier and Category (2023)

Top Investment Banks: Rankings of Banks by Tier and Category (1)

When it comes to thetop investment banks, I’m a huge fan ofranking everything imaginable.

From schools to restaurants to investment banks, what’s the point of life unless you’re constantly comparing yourself to others?

Just kidding – it’s a massive waste of time.

Despite that, it is helpful to know about the different types of banks, especially since the categories have changed over time.

And while it’s stupid to “rank the banks,” it is helpful to understand the trade-offs of working at firms in different categories.

Table Of Contents

  1. Warnings and Disclaimers
  2. Categories of Top Investment Banks
  3. How Are the Top Investment Banks Different?
  4. Bulge Bracket Investment Banks (BBs)
  5. In-Between-a-Banks (IBABs)
  6. Elite Boutique Investment Banks (EBs)
  7. Up-and-Coming Elite Boutiques (UCEBs)
  8. Middle Market Banks (MMs)
  9. Industry-Specific Boutique Banks (ISBs)
  10. Regional Boutique Banks (RBs)
  11. Other Categories Of Bank
  12. So, Which Top Investment Bank Should You Work At?
    • How certain are you that you want to stay in the finance industry for the long term?
  13. Got Rankings for the Top Investment Banks?

Warnings and Disclaimers

First, this article is less of aranking and more of aclassification of the top investment banks.

As you’ll see, many of the groups “rank” at about the same level.

Second, do not judge yourself based on any online list or discussion, including this one.

Finally, before you freak out and start wondering why I did not mention your bank, realize that it is impossible to mention every bank in the world.

The examples here are representative, not comprehensive.

Categories of Top Investment Banks

Here are the rough categories:

  • Bulge Bracket Investment Banks (BBs) – JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley; Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citi; Credit Suisse and Barclays; Deutsche Bank and UBS.
  • In-Between-a-Banks (IBABs) – Wells Fargo, RBC, and many European, Asian, and Canadian banks, such as HSBC, BNP Paribas, Mizuho, Nomura, BMO, and CITIC.
  • Elite Boutique Investment Banks (EBs) – Centerview, Evercore, Greenhill (??), Guggenheim (??), Lazard, Moelis, Perella Weinberg, PJT Partners (formerly Blackstone), Qatalyst, and Rothschild (only in Europe).

There’s some disagreement over the exact firms in this list, so I’ve added question marks or notes after ones with uncertainty. See the detailed article for more on this topic.

  • Up-and-Coming Elite Boutique Investment Banks (UCEBs) – LionTree Advisors, Zaoui & Co., Robey Warshaw, Lakeside Capital Advisers, Dyal Co, and M. Klein & Co.
  • Middle Market Banks (MMs) – Baird, Brown Gibbons Lang & Commpany, Cowen, Harris Williams, Houlihan Lokey, Janney, Jefferies, JMP, Lincoln International, Macquarie, Needham, Oppenheimer, Piper Sandler, PJ Solomon, Raymond James, Stephens, Stifel, Truist, Wedbush, and William Blair.

This list is also a bit controversial because there’s a thin line between “boutique” and “middle market.” Also, I have no idea where Macquarie should go.

  • Industry-Specific Boutiques (ISBs) – SVB Leerink (Healthcare), Ziegler (Healthcare, Senior Living, and Education), FT Partners (Fintech), Raine Group (kind of – it’s also a merchant bank), Allen & Co. (TMT), Seabury (Transportation/Maritime/Aerospace & Defense), Telsey Advisory Group (Consumer/Retail), and dozens of others.
  • Regional Boutique Banks (RBs) – Too many to list; if a bank operates in only 1-2 locations or smaller non-financial centers and works on very small deals, it’s in this category.
  • Other Banks (Merchant Banks, Hybrid Firms, and KPOs) – BDT Capital Partners, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., Raine Group, Three Ocean Partners, and Lepe Partners.

Particularly in the “In-Between-a-Bank” (IBAB) category, I have left out many names because I don’t want to list 50+ banks.

So, please do not leave angry comments wondering why Société Générale, Crédit Agricole, or the other Big 5 Canadian banks are not there.

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In addition to the detailed articles on BB, EB, and MM banks, we also cover boutique investment banks in a separate article.

How Are the Top Investment Banks Different?

Size is the most obvious difference, but that’s not the best way to think about these categories: Many tiny firms end up working on mega-deals these days.

Instead, you can use these four criteria:

  • Deal Size: Does the bankwork on deals worth less than $100 million USD? Or mostly deals below or above $1 billion?
  • Geography: Do they have a presence only in one city or region? Are they global? Are they strong in Europe but not North America or Asia?
  • Services Provided: Do they only , or do they also work on debt (DCM) and equity (ECM) deals? Do they also do Restructuring? Or does the bank focus on private placements?
  • Exit Opportunities: Where do bankers at this firm move to afterward? Are mega-fund PE exits common, or are middle-market funds, other banks, or normal companies more common?

There are some other differences as well – for example, you often earn more at elite boutiques than at bulge bracket banks. But it’s easiest to start with the four criteria above.

Bulge Bracket Investment Banks (BBs)

These are the largest global banks that operate in all regions and offer all services – – to clients.

They also have sales & trading, research, wealth management, and all the other financial services you could imagine.

They tend to work on the largest deals, usually those above $1 billion USD in size, though they sometimes go lower than that depending on the market.

Over time, a split has developed in this group, with the “Top 3” (GS, MS, and JPM) performing better than the rest.

The European banks have also moved away from investment banking and toward wealth management and other businesses, which has hurt their prospects.

Some people even argue that firms like UBS shouldn’t be on this list anymore, but I’m not sure I would go that far.

Analysts at the bulge bracket banks get into private equity firms and hedge funds of all sizes, but they’re more likely to do so if they’re in non-ECM/DCM teams, such as strong industry groups, M&A, or Leveraged Finance.

In-Between-a-Banks (IBABs)

These firms are often strong in one specific product, such as debt, but don’t do as much business in other areas.

They also tend to work on smaller deals, overall, than the bulge brackets, but these deals are still bigger than what middle market and boutique banks work on.

Wells Fargo is the classic example of the “In-Between-a-Bank”: Technically, it’s not a bulge bracket, but it’s also not a boutique or middle market firm.

It’s strong in debt and ranks among the top banks there, but doesn’t do as much M&A advisory business.

Many of these firms also tend to be strong in one region, such as Europe for the French banks or Japan for the Japanese banks, but don’t do as well elsewhere.

You can win the traditional exit opportunities coming from these banks, but it’s safe to say that fewer Analysts get into the largest buy-side funds, and more tend to move to other banks, smaller funds, or normal companies.

Elite Boutique Investment Banks (EBs)

These firms, with a few exceptions, focus on M&A Advisory and Restructuring rather than debt and equity, and they often work on the same deals that the bulge brackets advise on.

You’ll see at least one elite boutique on almost any huge M&A deal in the U.S. or Europe.

Despite that, these firms are still much smaller than the bulge brackets.

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If a BB hires hundreds of new Analysts each year, an EB might hire only a few dozen.

Unlike true regional boutiques, the EBs have a presence in many regions, but often they are strongest in one place.

Rothschild, for example, is easily an elite boutique in Europe but isn’t quite as strong in the U.S.

Many Analysts from elite boutiques exit into the largest PE funds and hedge funds, and the success percentage tends to be high simply because there are fewer applicants.

However, there’s also a lot of variation in this category: Evercore, Lazard, and Moelis Analysts seem to place well, while there’s more uncertainty around some of the others.

Also, some of these firms place a heavy emphasis on internal promotions and keeping bankers “for life,” which makes exit opportunities tougher.

Up-and-Coming Elite Boutiques (UCEBs)

The main difference between UCEBs and EBs is that the UCEBs have much less of a track record.

They’re often founded by high-profile rainmakers at BBs or EBs, and they frequently work with their previous clients.

They’re even smaller than elite boutiques, they have less of a geographic presence, and they’re more dependent on a key individual(s).

Sometimes these firms fizzle out, but they can also keep growing and eventually become true elite boutiques.

Exit opportunities are unclear because of the lack of data. It seems possible to win traditional PE/HF roles, but the probability is lower.

Middle Market Banks (MMs)

Similar to the bulge bracket banks, middle market banks also offer a variety of services and have a wide geographical presence, but they work on smaller deals.

Most deals are below $1 billion, though this varies a bit by the bank; some, such as Jefferies, tend to work on larger deals than the other MM banks.

You can exit to private equity firms and hedge funds coming from these firms, but it’s more difficult because Analysts at the BBs, IBABs, and EBs tend to get priority.

Also, the buy-side recruiting process at mid-sized-to-large-funds moves insanely quickly, and it’s tough to get “plugged in” if you’re at a smaller bank.

So, the most likely exit opportunities from here are:

  • Smaller private equity fund or hedge fund that uses off-cycle recruiting.
  • Corporate development or corporate finance at a normal company.
  • Another bank, usually a larger one.

Industry-Specific Boutique Banks (ISBs)

As the name suggests, these firms focus on one specific industry, such as healthcare or FIG, and often on M&A advisory deals within that industry.

These firms have a smaller geographical footprint than the others above, and they work on smaller deals than the BBs, IBABs, and EBs.

Deals are often comparable in size to the ones that MM banks work on, but that varies widely based on the reputation of the boutique.

As one specific example, SVB Leerink, a top healthcare boutique, has mostly worked on equity and M&A deals for less than $500 million USD, with a few larger M&A deals.

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That is more like “upper-middle-market” territory.

It’s tougher to win traditional exit opportunities from these banks, as they tend to favor internal promotions and keeping Analysts and Associates around for the long term.

Regional Boutique Banks (RBs)

Finally, these firms are very small and tend to operate in only one city, or perhaps a few cities outside of major financial centers.

They don’t necessarily focus on one industry, but they often focus on a small set of industries; they also tend to do mostly M&A deals and private placements.

Deal sizes vary, but many of these firms work on deals worth less than $50 million USD, and sometimes ones worth less than $20-30 million.

Exit opportunities are tough if you’re at one of these banks, and advancement is also tricky because there’s often no room to advance.

I haven’t seen firsthand examples of Analysts from these firms moving directly into private equity or hedge funds, but it’s possible, in theory.

The most likely exits are larger banks, Big 4 firms, or finance roles at normal companies.

Other Categories Of Bank

Finally, there are other categories of banks.

Merchant banks, for example, operate as combined private equity firms and investment banks, offering advisory services and also investing in companies.

These firms are more common in emerging markets where people care less about conflicts of interest.

In India, “knowledge process outsourcing,” or KPO, firms do similar work for many banks.

They’ll create pitch books, crunch numbers, and do other tasks that the global banks prefer to outsource.

There are also hybrid firms that do a combination of consulting and investment banking, especially in areas like Restructuring.

If you want to work at a large bank or win a traditional exit opportunity, you’re better off going to a real investment bank than one of these firms.

There are some exceptions to that rule, but mostly in specialized fields (e.g., turnaround consulting can lead to Restructuring roles at elite boutiques).

So, Which Top Investment Bank Should You Work At?

That’s completely the wrong question.

You should be asking which banks you have a realistic chance of working at.

For example, if you just graduated, you earned a 3.2 GPA (or a 2:2 with low A-Levels in the U.K.), and you only became interested in investment banking last month, you are not going to win offers at bulge brackets, elite boutiques, or middle market banks.

You’ll have to target regional boutiques or small PE firms that might be open to off-cycle interns.

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Or, maybe you skip banking altogether and go for independent valuation firms, Big 4 firms, or related roles.

On the other hand, if you’re at Princeton, you have a 4.0 GPA, and you’ve done two previous boutique IB internships, then you have a good chance at everything above.

If you have the option to do so, it’s almost always best to work at an elite boutique or bulge bracket because you get the best deal experience and exit opportunities.

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Working at an IBAB is also a solid option, and even MM banks are fine if you win offers there.

You have to be careful with Up-and-Coming Elite Boutiques (UCEBs); I’m not sure I would recommend them over the others unless you’re certain you want to stay in IB long term.

Similarly, you have to be careful with Industry-Specific Boutiques (ISBs) and Regional Boutiques (RBs) if your main motivation is the exit opportunity.

In particular, I’ve seen a lot of students suffer after joining RBs because the role often changes, deal flow dries up, or their compensation is cut.

If you have competitive offers from both a bulge bracket and an elite boutique, here’s how you can make a decision:

How certain are you that you want to stay in the finance industry for the long term?

  • Not That CertainTake the BB offer because it will give you more options outside of finance; the brand-name recognition is much stronger.
  • Very Certain – It’s more of a toss-up, so you have to be more specific:
  • You Want to Stay in IB for the Long Term – It’s almost always better to take the EB offer because you’ll earn higher compensation and get more interesting work.
  • You Want to Move into Private Equity or Hedge Funds ASAP – It depends on your specific group. An M&A offer at an EB easily beats an ECM offer at a BB, but if you’re deciding between two strong industry groups, make a decision based on the people.

After running this site for over a decade, my opinion is that most people don’t know what they want to do.

Especially in the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of students plan to go to mega-funds, but then get burned out after six months in IB and quit to join tech companies instead.

The Bottom Line: Even though elite boutiques do offer many advantages over bulge brackets, you’re still better off going to a BB unless you’re very, very certain of your long-term plans.

For example, if you’ve done four off-cycle and summer internships at banks of different sizes and concluded that IB is your passion, sure, accept the EB offer.

But if you’ve only done one 3-month summer internship, and you have EB and BB offers, you take less of a chance by going to the bulge bracket.

Got Rankings for the Top Investment Banks?

Most people spend far too much time “ranking” banks and not enough time thinking about where they have a realistic chance of working – or what their long-term plans are.

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It’s good to know how the banks differ, but it’s even better to know what fits in best with your plans and what the opportunities from each bank look like.

Do that, and you’ll quickly realize the silliness of rankings.

As soon as you finish your current list, that is.

FAQs

Which banks are Tier 2 banks? ›

#InstitutionRatio
1JPMorgan Chase & Co.1.10
2Bank of America Corporation0.92
3Wells Fargo & Company1.93
4Citibank2.23
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Which investment bank is the most prestigious? ›

Goldman Sachs is widely known as the most prestigious investment bank on Wall Street.

Is Bank of America a Tier 1 bank? ›

In 2021, the tier 1 common capital ratio of the Bank of America amounted to 12.1 percent.

Is Wells Fargo a Tier 1 bank? ›

The tier 1 common capital ratio is a measure of a bank's core equity capital compared with its total risk-weighted assets.
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Tier 1 capital ratio at Wells Fargo from 2009 to 2021.
CharacteristicTier 1 capital ratio
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28 Jun 2022

What are tier 1 tier 2 and tier 3 banks? ›

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What is the hardest investment bank to get into? ›

Which is the hardest investment bank to get into? Goldman Sachs is notoriously difficult to get into.

What are top 4 investment banks? ›

Categories of Top Investment Banks

Here are the rough categories: Bulge Bracket Investment Banks (BBs) – JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley; Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citi; Credit Suisse and Barclays; Deutsche Bank and UBS.

What bank do billionaires use? ›

HSBC (Private Banking)

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Is Goldman Sachs a Tier 1 bank? ›

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What tier is Wells Fargo? ›

#InstitutionTier 1 Capital
1JPMorgan Chase & Co.264,531,856,000
2Bank of America Corporation187,720,000,000
3Wells Fargo & Company140,075,702,000
4Citibank150,062,000,000
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What is a Category 1 bank? ›

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Which banks have AAA rating? ›

Methodology: Behind the Rankings
RankCompany NameMoody's
1KfWAaa
2Zuercher KantonalbankAaa
3BNG BankAaa
4Landwirtschaftliche RentenbankAaa
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8 Nov 2019

What are the Tier 3 banks? ›

Tier 3 capital is capital banks hold to support market risk in their trading activities. Unsecured, subordinated debt makes up tier 3 capital and is of lower quality than tier 1 and tier 2 capital.

What bank has a 5 star rating? ›

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What is a Tier 4 financial institution? ›

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What are tier 1 and 2 banks? ›

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Is Wells Fargo a Tier 2 bank? ›

Meanwhile, the large financial institution list is made up of BNP Paribas, HSBC, Jefferies, Macquarie, RBC Capital Markets, Societe Generale and Wells Fargo – all in tier two.

What is a tier 2 investment? ›

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What is a tier 2 account? ›

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What is the number 1 investment bank? ›

The Top 10 Investment Banks
RankCompanyFees, $b (2019)
1JP Morgan$7.2 B
2Goldman Sachs$6.8 B
3Morgan Stanley$6.2 B
4Bofa Securities$5.6 B
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Which investment bank gives highest salary? ›

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  2. Morgan Stanley. ...
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  5. Ernst & Young. ...
  6. Deutsche Bank. ...
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What bank does Bill Gates use? ›

Cascade Investment
TypePrivate
Founded1995
FounderBill Gates
HeadquartersKirkland, Washington , United States
Key peopleBill Gates (Chairman) Michael Larson (CIO)
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Coutts.
TypeSubsidiary; Private unlimited company
Total assets£ 34.05 billion (2020)
Total equity£ 1.375 billion (2020)
Number of employees1,560 (2018)
ParentNatWest Holdings
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Is chase a Tier 1 bank? ›

Leading banks in the U.S. 2022, by tier 1 capital

Tier 1 capital measures the financial strength of a bank, it shows its core capital including equity capital and disclosed reserves. JPMorgan Chase's tier 1 capital reached 263 billion U.S. dollars during that period.

Is Morgan Stanley better than JP Morgan? ›

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Is Discover a Tier 1 bank? ›

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Is Wells Fargo better or JP Morgan? ›

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Overall Rating.
Overall Rating3.93.7
Compensation and benefits3.83.7
Job security and advancement3.43.4
Management3.43.3
Culture3.63.5
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  • Local Area Banks (LAB)
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What are the 4 types of banks? ›

Commercial Banks can be further classified into public sector banks, private sector banks, foreign banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRB). On the other hand, cooperative banks are classified into urban and rural.

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Is AAA better than AA+? ›

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Which rating is better AA+ or AAA? ›

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What is AAA rated bank? ›

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What is better tier 1 or Tier 3? ›

In layman's terms, tier 1 companies are the big guns, and the tier 3 ones are the more modest firms. Over time, companies can move up the tiers if they fit the criteria. Now, let's explore the different tiers a little more. Tier 1 firms are the largest, wealthiest, and most experienced in the industry.

Which is higher tier 2 or Tier 3? ›

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What is the most respected bank? ›

  • Capital One. Best Customer Satisfaction. ...
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  • US Bank. Best for CDs. ...
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Is HSBC a top tier bank? ›

HSBC had the highest tier 1 capital of all banks in Europe in 2021, at 138 billion euros. Tier 1 capital displays the financial strength of a bank as it shows the bank's core capital including equity capital and disclosed reserves.

What are the top 15 banks? ›

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  3. Citigroup. ...
  4. Wells Fargo. ...
  5. U.S. Bancorp. ...
  6. PNC Financial Services. ...
  7. Truist Financial. ...
  8. Goldman Sachs.
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Is Wells Fargo a tier 2 bank? ›

Meanwhile, the large financial institution list is made up of BNP Paribas, HSBC, Jefferies, Macquarie, RBC Capital Markets, Societe Generale and Wells Fargo – all in tier two.

What is the difference between tier 1 and tier 2 banks? ›

Tier 1 capital is the primary funding source of the bank. Tier 1 capital consists of shareholders' equity and retained earnings. Tier 2 capital includes revaluation reserves, hybrid capital instruments and subordinated term debt, general loan-loss reserves, and undisclosed reserves.

What is a Category 2 bank? ›

(1) A banking organization is a Category II banking organization if the banking organization has: (i) $700 billion or more in average total consolidated assets; or. (ii) (A) $75 billion or more in average cross-jurisdictional activity; and. (B) $100 billion or more in average total consolidated assets.

Is Goldman Sachs a tier 1 bank? ›

However, it is still possible to get a firm view of tier one banks. Presuming that Goldman Sachs is unquestionably part of the top tier, Goldman's judgement on its peer group is probably a fair indication of the other banks in this category.

What are Tier 4 institutions? ›

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What are the big 4 investment banks? ›

Largest full-service investment banks
  • JPMorgan Chase.
  • Goldman Sachs.
  • BofA Securities.
  • Morgan Stanley.
  • Citigroup.
  • UBS.
  • Credit Suisse.
  • Deutsche Bank.

Is tier 1 or Tier 3 better? ›

In layman's terms, tier 1 companies are the big guns, and the tier 3 ones are the more modest firms. Over time, companies can move up the tiers if they fit the criteria. Now, let's explore the different tiers a little more. Tier 1 firms are the largest, wealthiest, and most experienced in the industry.

Which is better tier 2 or Tier 3? ›

What are tier 2 and tier 3 cities? According to the government, cities with a population in the range of 50,000 to 100,000 are classified as tier 2 cities, while those with a population of 20,000 to 50,000 are classified as tier 3 cities.

Is chase a tier 1 bank? ›

Leading banks in the U.S. 2022, by tier 1 capital

Tier 1 capital measures the financial strength of a bank, it shows its core capital including equity capital and disclosed reserves. JPMorgan Chase's tier 1 capital reached 263 billion U.S. dollars during that period.

What is a Category 4 bank? ›

Category IV standards apply to U.S. banking organizations and U.S. IHCs with total consolidated assets of $100 billion or more that do not meet the thresholds for one of the other three categories.

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Here is a list of the best banks in the United States based on the long-term credit ratings from three major international agencies Moody's, Standard & Poor's (S&P) and Fitch. Currently there are no AAA rated banks in North America, there are only European banks with triple-A rating.

What is a Category IV bank? ›

Category IV: applies to all organizations with at least $100 billion in total consolidated assets that do not apply to categories I-III. FRB goes beyond EGRRCPA - The proposal goes beyond EGRRCPA by tailoring standards for firms between $250-700 billion (EGRRCPA only indicated a change for $100 to $250 billion).

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