Examiner confidence in the health of real estate markets nationwide has rebounded this spring, the FDIC said. Its market trend survey showed the largest quarterly gain in six years. Page 2


The lure of Internet start-ups is thinning the employee roster at on- line operations of banking companies, search firm executives say. Page 5

The $1 trillion-a-year syndicated lending market may finally be getting something from Wall Street that it has sorely lacked: respect. Page 7


A law meant to keep Illinois-chartered banks and thrifts up to speed with those chartered in other states is close to adoption. Page 9


INSURANCE: FirstMerit is getting into commercial insurance through a joint venture with an independent insurance agency. Page 10


Fannie Mae has sent a warning to the Federal Home Loan banks that it intends to protect its secondary market turf. Page 15

A California on-line mortgage company is going international. E-Loan has joined with Group Arnault of Paris to start E-Loan Europe. Page 16


Several large banks successfully completed a year-2000 compliance test of Automatic Data Processing's direct deposit services. Page 18


Merrill Lynch is sticking to a strategy that promotes personal relationships with on-line customers, a more costly choice than others are taking. Page 19


Providian shares pulled out of a tailspin after the company announced an enhanced customer satisfaction program. Page 31

First Union was scrambling to clarify a comment by its CEO that his company may reduce its branch network by 75%. Page 39

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