A new group opposing efforts to merge industry charters has exposed a big rift among thrifts.

On one side is America's Community Bankers, the major thrift trade group, which is trying to develop a charter that would give more powers to both banks and thrifts. Challenging the big trade association is the Thrift Charter Coalition, which is made up of 20 large institutions that own thrifts, including diversified financial firms such as Beneficial Financial Management Corp., the Travelers Group, and Citicorp.

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