South Africa: Bank cost to income ratio

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 South Africa

Bank cost to income ratio, in percent

 Latest value 61.01
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2000 - 2021
 Average 57.8
 Min - Max 50.39 - 64.1
 Source Bankscope
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 2000 to 2021. The average value for South Africa during that period was 57.8 percent with a minimum of 50.39 percent in 2008 and a maximum of 64.1 percent in 2004. The latest value from 2021 is 61.01 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 133 countries is 54.80 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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South Africa - Bank cost to income ratio - recent values

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South Africa - Bank cost to income ratio - historical chart - 2000-2021




Definition: Operating expenses of a bank as a share of the sum of net-interest revenue and other operating income. The numerator and denominator are first aggregated on the country level before division. Note that banks used in the calculation might differ between indicators. Calculated from underlying bank-by-bank unconsolidated data from Bankscope.


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 Banking system capital to assets 7.89 2020 percent
 Non-interest income to total income 40.87 2021 percent
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 Real interest rate 3.85 2022 percent
 Legal rights 5.00 2020 points
 Credit information sharing 7.00 2019 points
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