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Nine Reasons for Optimism in Banking
Several major trends continued in the second quarter: strengthening credit quality, continued debt reduction and a focus on cutting costs. Revenue and loan growth remain a challenge, but signs are emerging that consumers and businesses are ready to spend again, which could bode well for bank earnings in the second half of the year and into 2014. Other potential profit drivers: a surge in wealth management income and, for some banks, a more level playing field.

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