In this segment of The Motley Fool's everything-financials show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a look back at a key driver that led some banks to crumble during the crisis and other to thrive.

Matt tells investors a simple way to gauge the strength on a bank's balance sheet and how it can be compared across competitors.

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