Okay, I guess we should get to City National and talk about what’s going on there. We think we have a really good story that is still not quite recognized, so I’ll flip to our first slide. This is just some highlights on our company – the 26th largest commercial bank; 79 offices including 16 regional offices, and one of the things we’ll talk about later is our wealth management business which is one of the distinguishing features of our company.
These are six themes that I’m going to cover today, but one of the themes that I’d like to talk about a little bit, without dredging up the past too much – I’m not going to go back to the whole financial downturn – but one of the things that I think City National did different than many of the regional banks is, for regional banks that were in difficult markets which we were, we came out of the market earlier and we’ve made a substantial amount of investments in our company whether it’s hiring more salespeople or opening more offices. And I do think that we are, and we started seeing it late last year and continue to see it this year, the benefits of adding more salespeople and more offices and more capabilities. So we’re seeing that in numbers.
We’re not surprised that we had a strong Q1 and I think that’s a little bit of a takeaway I’d like you all to have about our company, that we have invested, we are focused on the long term, trying to always do well in the short run but our overall focus is long term. So with that we can look at the results.
We’re always happy when earnings grow 16%, and the highlights in the quarter were clearly very strong loan growth, good quality loan growth. We’re not getting outside and doing anything new that from a credit quality standpoint is going to cause us a problem later. We’re sticking to our knitting, and our credit quality, the other really clear bright spot in the quarter was fabulous – and I guess I shouldn’t take away from the fact that we continue to grow core deposits at a high rate. We’ve been doing that for so long maybe we take it for granted. But we had a fabulous Q1 and we expect to have a very solid year.
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