Today: The Opportunity: With the retail card market highly saturated, banks say issuing cards to businesses is the surest way to grow.

Thursday: The Problems: Issuing corporate cards is a very different business from issuing retail cards, and bankers are taking their lumps.

Monday: The Future: The federal government is poised to solicit bids for rich corporate card contracts and plans to seek out products that incorporate smart cards. Eager for a share of the business, banks are rushing to develop systems.

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