Under pressure from Sen. Phil Gramm, the OCC has adopted an ethics rule to prohibit examiners from political communications with national banks. Page 3


Comerica of Detroit is looking to bulk up in California through acquisitions. Page 4


A favorite of institutional investors just a year ago, thrift stocks are suddenly less fashionable than skinny ties. Page 7


The year-2000 problem claimed another casualty in the vendor community. HNC Software said first-quarter earnings would not meet expectations. Page 9


A new company, Internet Payment Exchange, is taking aim at Checkfree's billing empire with a system it wants to roll out next year. Page 10


U.S. mortgage insurers are looking to expand overseas, particularly into Hong Kong, where draconian down payment requirements have created a need for their product. Page 12


Wachovia is hanging out a full-service brokerage shingle after buying Interstate/Johnson Lane. Page 15

Affiliated Financial Services, a wholesaler of insurance products, has teamed up with an Internet company to help banks start virtual agencies. Page 16


Del Tonguette had an apocalyptic message as an ATM network chief; now, as an electronic commerce consultant, he is still at it. He says that banks without savvy Internet plans are cooked. Page 22


National Commerce is at the top of the list of a Morgan Stanley analyst who views Tennessee as one of the top banking markets in the nation. Back page

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