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Profits and balance sheet developments at U.S. commercial banks in 1996


  • William R. Nelson
  • Ann L. Owen


U.S. commercial banks had another very good year in 1996. Profits posted strong growth, preserving the high levels of return on equity and return on assets that have prevailed over the past four years. Helping to boost profits were continued strong growth of interest-earning assets, a slight widening of the net interest margin, significant gains in noninterest income, and continued containment of noninterest expenses. Return on assets edged up despite a slight increase in provisioning for loan and lease losses relative to assets. Delinquency and charge-off rates stayed low for business loans but climbed throughout the year for consumer loans.

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  • William R. Nelson & Ann L. Owen, 1997. "Profits and balance sheet developments at U.S. commercial banks in 1996," Federal Reserve Bulletin, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.), issue Jun, pages 465-489.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgrb:y:1997:i:jun:p:465-489:n:v.83no.6

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