Profits jumped a healthy 15% last year at the nation's top 50 finance companies, but analysts predict that competition from banks, coupled with an economic slowdown, could mean less growth in 19953.

"I don't think these kinds of earnings are sustainable," said Richard Schmidt, managing director with Standard & Poor's ratings group. "Banks are getting back actively into the lending business, and that's going to put pressure on margins."

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