There are literally hundreds of metrics investors can reference  to assess the quality of a bank stock. Fool contributor John Maxfield wades through them and narrows the list down to the three that he always looks at: (1) interest rate margin, (2) ratio of non-interest income to non-interest expenses, and (3) non-current loan ratio.

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The article 3 Important Bank Metrics originally appeared on Fool.com.

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