Let's face it, financials have seen better days. Banks, investment banks and insurers were booming as recently as the beginning of last year. But the S&P Financial sector has fallen 28.5% in the past 12 months and 9.3% so far in 2008.
So we looked for financial stocks that don't, er, stink. We screened for large cap companies with strong earnings, low debt, few write-offs, and minimal subprime exposure. We also only included companies that haven't seen their earnings estimates trimmed by analysts in the past month.
To be sure, this is a battered industry where even the strongest companies have faced some headwinds. But here are five stocks that we think will perform well even in these troubling financial times. NEXT: Berkshire Hathaway Inc.