Merger Pace Doubled in 1997

An unprecedented $95 billion was spent on bank deals last year, 109% more than in 1996.

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Deals for Small Banks Likely to Slow

Community banks are more adept at staying independent, and large acquirers are looking elsewhere.

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Amid Consolidation, Only a Few Are Safe

A half dozen major banks across the country appear exempt from merger speculation.

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Birmingham Basking in Banking Sunshine

The Alabama city has been bypassed by the greater wave of banking consolidation.

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Political Pressures Emerge as Merger Obstacles

Local fallout from mergers is on the rise as cities lose their last independent banks.

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Edward Kulkosky

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