WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve Board Wednesday announced plans to liberalize anti-tying regulations, which limit a bank's ability to offer discounts to its best customers.

The Fed also approved a specific exemption from the antitying rules for Fleet Financial Group. The Providence, R.I., company may waive monthly fees for customers who hold $10,000 in a brokerage account, a mutual fund, on a credit card, or in a checking or savings account.

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