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Bank cost to income ratio, in percent, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 19 countries was 59.48 percent. The highest value was in Venezuela: 77.95 percent and the lowest value was in Chile: 45.21 percent. The indicator is available from 2000 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: Bankscope
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Countries Bank cost to income ratio, 2021 Global rank Available data
Venezuela 77.95 1 2000 - 2021
Bolivia 71 2 2000 - 2021
Ecuador 67.87 3 2000 - 2021
Colombia 67.84 4 2000 - 2021
El Salvador 64.2 5 2000 - 2021
Honduras 63.85 6 2000 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 63.4 7 2000 - 2021
Costa Rica 62.41 8 2000 - 2021
Nicaragua 57.65 9 2000 - 2021
Paraguay 55.89 10 2000 - 2021
Brazil 55.83 11 2000 - 2021
Haiti 55.41 12 2003 - 2021
Uruguay 55.15 13 2000 - 2021
Guatemala 54.99 14 2000 - 2021
Mexico 54.41 15 2000 - 2021
Argentina 54.15 16 2000 - 2021
Panama 53.65 17 2000 - 2021
Peru 49.17 18 2000 - 2021
Chile 45.21 19 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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