Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Raymond Van Ness

Second Advisor

Mark Hughes


I analyzed the financial performance and stock performance of the largest four banks in the United States after the banking crisis of 2008. By using 2009, the year that recovery for the financial sector began, as a benchmark, I could determine the level of success each of the four banks reached in 2014 in relation to themselves and to one another. Using simple, but effective ratios and equations I could compare the efficiency with which upper management in each company has made use of asset, debt, and equity accounts. My results support the fact that larger accounts do not necessarily project more efficient outcomes. There appears to be more than a quantitative aspect involved in company performance and efficiency on the financial statement.

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Accounting Commons