Banks survived another week—and looks like the biggest winner

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The US system has avoided a full-blown crisis over the past weeks after fearing the worst since 2008-09, thanks to regulators effectively returning deposits and providing loans to the nation's .

Questions remain about health of some even after San Francisco-based by 11 big banks (ticker: ) on Thursday with deposits encouraged by the government. But America's largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase () and Wells Fargo (WFC), look safe and sound like good bets, even though tighter , higher capital levels and greater liquidity requirements are likely to weigh down industry returns.

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