A Wells Fargo bank branch on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
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By Stephen Gandel
June 16, 2015

Maybe we should call them the way-too-big to fail.

After the financial crisis, there was a lot of focus on the overwhelming size of the nation’s largest banks. Nearly seven years later, some of them are even bigger.

Granted, for the industry in general lately, growth has been harder to come by. On average sales at the big banks in the Fortune 500 fell nearly 2% last year. Increased regulation since the financial markets tanked has reduced the big Wall Street banks’ trading businesses and revenue. Banks that are focused on lending are doing better, but not by much. Lending to corporations is up, but consumer lending is still down following the mortgage bust, and low interest rates have reduced loan revenue. Now that rates are starting to rise that should boost profits, but it will also lower consumers’ and businesses desire to refinance existing loans.

Nonetheless, a number of large banks have been able to find a way to grow. There are a number of ways to measure the big banks (many people look at assets). But since we recently published the Fortune 500, we decided to look at which of the biggest banks have increased their revenue the most in the past year. (To see which Fortune 500 companies were the biggest revenue growers in 2014, go to our new, searchable list and sort by “Rev Change.”)


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