Britain's Most Admired Companies 2013: Banks

It's been a tough year for the financial sector - but are they still being punished for their role in the financial crisis?

HSBC cements its position as The Bank Least Affected by the Financial Crisis with another sector win. Although not without issues - it's just earmarked $149m to compensate 200,000 UK retail customers for poor investment advice - HSBC's woes pale compared with many rivals. Q3 profits up 10% to $4.5bn and return on equity up to 10.4% help keep investors happy too. Under UK CEO Ana Patricia Botin, Santander continues to go after the mortgage market, signing up to offer 95% loans under phase two of the Help to Buy scheme. BMAC stalwart StanChart is third, followed by Barclays, as boss Antony Jenkins attempts to draw a line under Libor and all the rest. Self-proclaimed 'boring' lender Handelsbanken makes a sensible debut in fifth.

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