I was browsing a couple things today and pulled the graph below off the pending House SAFE Banking Bill. Then I noticed this chart the Philadelphia Fed prepares to measure current business conditions against averages. The graph does not provide absolute levels of economic activity but indicates whether conditions are getting better or getting worse. You can get a description of the data on their site, but please notice how the growth of the largest banks coincides with the generally poor relative performance of the economy for the last decade, not just the most recent crisis period.
But I’m not telling you anything you don’t know.