With barely a month of banking experience under its belt, a small Indianapolis company with a focus on brokerage said it plans to compete as an Internet bank.

Unified Financial Inc. opened its Unified Banking unit in Lexington, Ky., last month and said it expects to bring it on-line next spring as part of its Unified.com financial Web site. Like its much larger competitor, E-Trade Group Inc., Unified is aiming to become a full-service, high-tech financial services company, offering everything from checking accounts to stock trading on-line.

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