New York-area consumers are more interested in saving money than Americans have generally been given credit for, and those savings are much more likely to wind up in a bank, according to a survey released today by Dime Bancorp's Dime Securities unit.

"Among financial institutions, banks are still the most frequent investment designation, followed by mutual funds. A typical New York household keeps the largest proportion, or 44%, of its investable assets at a bank," the Dime said.

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