Responding to Internet portals' aggressive moves in account aggregation, Bank of America Corp. plans to offer the service - coupled with extras that the portals cannot provide - early next year.

The Charlotte, N.C., banking company has not chosen a vendor yet but says it is looking for one to help it offer aggregation, funds transfers, and chat on its consumer Web site. Bank of America introduced four banking sites - consumer, employee, small-business, and corporate - this past spring. The consumer site now offers standard banking and bill payment services.

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