Congress is making headway on the year-2000 computer problem. The House approved 236 to 190 a bill to limit lawsuits stemming from Y2K errors. Page 2


A merger of KeyCorp and National City Corp. would create an Ohio banking giant with $164 billion of assets, but it would still trail far behind Bank One Corp. in terms of Midwest dominance. Page 3

Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and J.P. Morgan have put the final touches on a $3.5 billion debt refinancing package for Lyondell Chemical Co. Page 4


Six Rivers National Bank in Eureka, Calif., has rejected the second hostile takeover bid in two months from hometown rival Humboldt Bancorp. Page 5


Just as electronic merchants, banks, and others seem to be taking the concept of digital wallets to heart, Trintech wants them to change their thinking. Page 10


The CEO of E-Trade is hinting that the on-line brokerage might have its own television channel within three years. Christos Cotsakos wants the company to "get control of the wired household and get them to feel good about our brand." He called the home a "wealth center." Page 12



Fleet and BankBoston released details about who will run the new Fleet Boston's investment services group. Eight of the 10 executives are from Fleet. Page 8

In creating two committees for its bank-affiliated members, the Securities Industry Association may have achieved detente with a constituency that was once its sworn enemy. Page 8


Imperial Credit Industries said that it has proposed to pay $280 million to take control of a real estate investment trust it manages. Page 9


Verbally swaggering about the size of their data warehouses, customer relation managers at a conference prompted one speaker to coin a new phrase: terabyte machoism. Page 13


Wachovia said it had agreed to buy Offitbank Holdings, a New York investment firm catering to the wealthy, for $200 million. Page 22

Shares of J.P. Morgan soared as brokers at Warburg Dillon Read talked up the stock as a takeovertarget. Back page

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