The Office of Thrift Supervision approved charters for Allstate Corp. and the Aid Association for Lutherans this week.

The thrift charters are the 10th and 11th granted to nonbanks since 1997 when Congress began discussing plans to eliminate the unitary thrift charter. The House adopted a financial reform bill in May that would bar the OTS from approving new unitary thrift charters, and the Senate Banking Committee may vote on a similar measure in September.

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