Now that NationsBank Corp. and BankAmerica Corp. have created the first true coast-to-coast commercial bank, the merger partners are turning their attention to building a nationwide investment bank.

NationsBanc Montgomery Securities LLC, the new BankAmerica's securities subsidiary, has been picking up Wall Street talent at a rapid clip. The immediate objective: enable Montgomery to provide a wealth of capital markets products to its Charlotte, N.C., parent's corporate lending customers.

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