The banking industry is entering 2010 in better shape than last year, but much rebuilding remains to be done.

Financial institutions still need to figure out how to cope with distressed assets that remain on their balance sheets, and with new regulations that are expected to emerge. They need to address widespread demand for strengthened risk controls, and the ever-present challenge of managing gargantuan technology systems. And all the while, they will feel pressure to grow in an environment that — outside of government-assisted deals for seized institutions — may not be all that conducive to growth.

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