Banks that are exploring new strategies for recovering revenue amid sluggish loan growth can expect more scrutiny at their next regulatory exam.

That was the consensus from two panels at this year's American Bankers Association conference in San Diego. While the fallout from Basel III dominated the general assembly, bankers who attended breakout sessions were warned that regulators are closely watching how they plan to bolster the bottom line. Agency officials have specifically focused on banks' relationships with outside vendors as institutions look for new revenue streams.

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