Signature Bank reported Tuesday that fourth-quarter earnings rose more than 60%, capping what the New York company said was its best year since its inception in 2001.

Signature, which has assets of $9.15 billion, posted net income of $21 million, or 51 cents a share, for the quarter. Net income for the year rose 17.6%, to $50.5 million. Assets for the year rose 27.2%, to $1.95 billion.

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