These banks have outperformed industry averages for years and continued to do so in 2012, avoiding the exceptional losses that often follow exceptional returns.

The tables in the graphic below – one for all banks and one for banks that trade on public exchanges – rank companies by returns on assets for the year through September. All have notched ROAs that were better than at least 80% of their peers in every trailing four-quarter period since the third quarter of 2008. (Interactive controls are described in the captions. Text continues below.)

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