U.S. banks celebrated their second-most-profitable year in 2012 with a whopping $141 billion in net income last year. That's scarcely smaller than the record, $145 billion, set just before the crash, in 2006, according to the FDIC.
I wondered: What do the last three decades in bank profits look like? Based on FDIC data (and adjusting for inflation), they look like this.
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