After the financial crisis a few years back, and especially in light of the recent banking news coming out of Cyprus, many investors are scared to invest in big banks because they don't have a good way to gauge the risk that they're getting involved with.

In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss one great metric for assessing the risk with a particular bank: its leverage ratio. They also discuss how some of the biggest banks in the nation, such as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), stack up against other banks, both domestic and international. 



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