TIME: The Great Banking Crisis of 2008 is Over
When people look back on the near-collapse of the banking system they may say that the Congress and Henry Paulson threw enough money into the path of the oncoming failure of the credit system to slow it down so that the government could properly go through the process of guaranteeing parts of the balance sheets of firms including Citigroup and Bank of America. The initial TARP may also have provided time for the new Administration to put together its widely hailed bank "stress test" program meant to determine which of the big financial institutions have dysentery and which do not. Finally, the hundreds of billions of dollars that went into the largest banks late last year allowed Secretary Geithner to produce his public/private partnership to buy toxic assets off of bank balance sheets.
All of those plans, no matter how well-intentioned they may seem, are unnecessary now. Wells Fargo indicated that it made about $3 billion in the first quarter of the year and declared its buyout of the deeply troubled Wachovia to be a success (see bottom chart above). Wells Fargo said that the low cost of money from the government combined with a surging demand for mortgages was all the medicine that it required (see top chart above of the interest rate spread).
From the Time Magazine article "More Quickly Than It Began, The Banking Crisis Is Over."