On February 26th, the FDIC published its Quarterly Banking Profile for the 2012 fourth quarter. Among other things, the profile notes that insured institutions reported aggregate net income of $34.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, a $9.3 billion (36.9 percent) improvement from the $25.3 billion in profits the industry reported in the fourth quarter of 2011. Increased noninterest income and lower provisions for loan losses continued to account for most of the year-over-year improvement in earnings. Asset quality indicators continued to improve as insured banks and thrifts charged off $18.6 billion in uncollectible loans during the quarter, down $7.0 billion (27.4 percent) from a year earlier. The amount of noncurrent loans and leases (those 90 days or more past due or in nonaccrual status) fell for the 11th consecutive quarter, and the percentage of loans and leases that were noncurrent declined to the lowest level in four years. FDIC Press Release.