A consumer group has given top marks to First Union Corp. in what it is billing as the first-ever scorecard on bank-affiliated brokerages.

The Charlotte, N.C., banking company's brokerage unit offered the best mix of low fees, strong mutual fund performance, and disclosure practices among 10 such companies studied by the National Council of Individual Investors. The group gave its lowest marks to the brokerage affiliate of Nor west Corp.

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