Defying bank and congressional critics, the National Credit Union Administration approved a new rule that will substantially expand credit union eligibility and size. Page 2

The American Council of Life Insurance issued the results of a preliminary study that touts the cost savings and competitive advantages of creating a federal regulator of insurance. Page 2


Despite tighter loan margins, the top 50 regional banking companies probably will boost earnings per share this quarter by 16% from a year earlier, according to First Call. Page 3


Eager to add members, the American Bankers Association launched a drive targeting start-up banks, established thrifts, and S corporations. Page 4

First Financial Bancorp of Ohio announced that it has a deal to buy Sand Ridge Financial of Indiana for $141 million of stock. Page 4


The mortgage industry is experiencing its biggest boom ever. Will a bust follow? Most observers expect the present boom to continue, only slightly abated, for at least two more years. "This one isn't just rate-driven," says David Lereah, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association. "It's economy-driven." Page 6


First Union is introducing its successful CAP account, which combines banking and brokerage services, to Wheat First Union, one of its retail brokerages. Page 5


Transpoint said another two banks-Mellon and PNC-and 11 billers, including GTE and BellSouth, agreed to test its Internet bill delivery and payment service. Page 7


Bank stocks rallied on news that Chase Manhattan plans to report better- than-expected quarterly earnings and a wave of positive indicators about the economy. Back page

Republic New York, in naming a new management team, designated Dov C. Schlein to succeed chairman and CEO Walter H. Weiner. Back page

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