Not every bank was playing with toxic derivatives and credit default swaps during the financial meltdown. Some just wrote bad loans. But with a housing recovery seemingly under way, there's a rising tide that could benefit these smaller banks. The Fool's Matt Koppenheffer has more in the following video.
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