Turning up the pressure on insurance companies trying to enter the banking business, a community group has requested a six-month moratorium on granting federal thrift charters to insurers.

The Greenlining Institute last week asked the Office of Thrift Supervision to sit on applications for thrift charters by insurance companies until at least February while federal regulators investigate whether the companies discriminate against minorities and the poor. Applications are pending from five insurers, but the institute's request would apply to any later application as well.

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