WASHINGTON — For the second year in a row, enforcement actions set a record, jumping 21% last year, to 2,724, an increase industry representatives attributed to a persistently heightened focus on capital and safety and soundness standards in the wake of the financial crisis.

But unlike in 2009, regulators last year appeared to be leaning more toward informal, nonpublic actions. Formal enforcement actions dropped nearly 8% from their record a year earlier but informal ones shot up by 34%, to 1,668, according to data collected by American Banker.

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