1 Smart Way U.S. Banks Are Increasing Profits

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, discusses topics around the investing world.

U.S. banks have been known in recent years for trying to increase their profits by increasing their risk profiles. That kind of financial innovation rarely ends well. However, banks are also trying to increase their profits by becoming more efficient through the use of technology. Cost savers including enhancements to ATMs and the use of video tellers are helping banks, even the largest (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase), continue to provide their necessary customer services while not breaking the bank.

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At the time this article was published Anand Chokkaveluowns shares of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo and has created a covered strangle position in Wells Fargo.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Wells Fargo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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