Unified Financial Services Inc., Indianapolis, has applied for permission to charter a thrift.

Unified is a holding company for 16 financial services companies engaged in securities dealing, mutual fund services, and investment and financial planning.

It is the 55th nonbank with a pending charter application.

The financial reform legislation submitted by Rep. Jim Leach would restrict any firm that becomes a thrift holding company after Oct. 7, 1998, from engaging in commercial activities.

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