NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Investors focus a lot of attention on the biggest U.S. banks, but they shouldn't overlook smaller so-called super-regional banks such as Fifth Third Bank (FITB - Get Report) and KeyBank (KEY - Get Report).
It's true that the top four money center banks (JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC) control 54% of the total U.S. banking assets.
Yet the U.S.-based retail super-regional banks listed below account for more than $2 trillion in assets.
The super-regional banks also saw total assets increase by 2.7% during 2013, triple the 0.9% rate of the money center banks.
Which of these banks would be a good investment? Let's review. The list was narrowed to include only U.S. retail-based banks with assets of at least $50 billion. Banks with foreign headquarters or significant operations outside the U.S. were excluded, as were banks that were primarily investment banks with converted bank charters. So, banks such as HSBC (HSBC), Toronto-Dominion (TD), RBS Citizens (RBS) and State Street (STT) were omitted.