WASHINGTON

Washington Mutual is charging that a government proposal to tighten thrift ownership rules would impede it from making acquisitions. Page 2

Renewing his call for consumers to save more for retirement, President Clinton urged Congress to enact his proposed USA Accounts. Page 2

NATIONAL/GLOBAL

The new Firstar could double in size if the right deal came along, chairman and CEO Jerry A. Grundhofer says. Page 5

J.P. Morgan and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette unveiled a new structure for a $2.75 billion financing package for Lyondell Chemical Worldwide. Page 5

COMMUNITY/REGIONAL

Allied Irish Bank's U.S. banking company is ditching its state-related name and planning a multistate expansion drive. Page 7

MORTGAGES

Two High-Profile CEOs-Mark Oman of Norwest Mortgage and Marc C. Smith of Crestar Mortgage - are predicting rapid changes in lending. Mr Oman sees the ability to tailor mortgages to customers as the key to success, and Mr. Smith, who is stepping down May 1, says technology will ultimately transform mortgage bankers into advisers. Stories on page 8

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS

The call for tax awareness in the fund industry has moved from Wall Street to Washington. Page 10

CARDS

A new program from Capital One Financial encourages cardholders to put recurring bills on their credit card. Page 12

TECHNOLOGY

Surety Technologies unveiled an upgraded version of its digital notary service that the company expects will appeal to the high-volume authentication needs of financial services companies. Page 15

Trintech Group has solidified its standing in the on-line payments market by announcing a cooperation agreement with Compaq. Page 15

DIGITAL FRONTIERS

ON-LINE BANKING: The man who made cc:mail famous is hoping to do the same with an Internet transaction processing venture. Page 16

MARKETS

In a display of what one observer called "fin-de- siecle madness," some financial service companies with Internet intentions enjoyed dizzying stock price run-ups followed by swift sell-offs. Back page

Bank One will sell Roney & Co., a Detroit brokerage it acquired in the First Chicago NBDdeal, to Raymond James for $80 million in cash. Back page

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