Big Banks Report Signs of Health

The quarterly financial status reports that banks file with their regulators, called "call reports," are available now for the first quarter of 2013. In this column I'll summarize broadly what they indicate for the industry and imply for the economy.

The first big takeaway is that bank balance sheets are indeed getting stronger. Trouble on the balance sheets had been largest single negative issue hanging over the banks, specifically the money centers -- JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C)....680 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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