Over the last five years, the surging popularity of prepaid cards has helped carry The Bancorp Inc. (TBBK) to remarkable profits.

The Wilmington, Del., company, which issues cards for NetSpend, Western Union and many other companies, saw its net income grow six-fold between 2009 and 2013. During the same period, Bancorp's stock price rose at three times the rate of a broad index of bank stocks.

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