The rankings include the 100 largest U.S. commercial banks and 25 largest thrifts, based on average assets for 1999. The raw data was supplied by SNL Securities of Charlottesville, VA.

Each company’s equity-to-asset ratio, based on average equity and assets for 1999, was divided by the mean for each group. Each company’s return on average equity then was averaged for the four-year period, 1996-1999, and that average was multiplied by its equity-to-asset ratio as a percentage of the median.

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