"Governance risk" isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about bank stocks, but it's important to consider as you choose among potential investments. The slideshow below should help in this regard by revealing the 10 big banks that earned the highest scores on Institutional Shareholder Services' QuickScore 3.0, which looks at four different categories of corporate governance to produce a combined score, ranking banks on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the best).
Source: Institutional Shareholder Services, How QuickScore Works.
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The banks that did best on ISS's assessment include U.S. Bancorp , Wells Fargo , PNC Financial , and Huntington Bancshares , among others. All of these banks earned high marks in particular when it came to the structure and amount of compensation as well as audit and risk oversight. Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp received top scores for risk oversight, while PNC Financial and Huntington Bancshares distinguished their operations with industry-leading grades for compensation.
Scroll through the brief slideshow below to learn where these four banks ranked relative to the other companies that made the cut -- a table with the complete scores follows the slideshow.
Source: Institutional Shareholder Services.
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