Though hundreds of banks have bought insurance agencies since the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act made it easier for them to do so, Yardville National Bank in Hamilton, N.J., is getting into insurance the old-fashioned way - through alliances.

"Running a community bank today is challenging enough," said Timothy J. Losch, Yardville's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Learning a whole new business would not be a productive use of our time."

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