Medical savings accounts would be expanded under two bills that advanced in Congress. Page 2

While international regulators struggle to rewrite global risk-based capital rules, the Fed is quietly forging ahead with new ways to supervise the world's largest banks. Page 3


A high-octane economy in the Southeast helped boost second-quarter profits at several of the region's banking companies. Page 6


Riggs National, long regarded as a conservative lender, is starting a $100 million venture capital fund that will help finance technology firms. Page 10

A minority-owned community bank in Boston is making an aggressive bid for 18 of the branches that Fleet is divesting. Page 10


Chase's Web site deal with ShopNow.com is a twist on the big-name portal marketing agreements that some other banks have struck. Chase is using it to help cardholders, not attract new ones. Page 16

Japan is about four years behind the United States in its use of the Internet, said an economist who recently went there to find investment opportunities. Page 16


Deluxe, a check printing company, delivered better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter, halfway through a yearlong effort to reinvent itself. Page 17

Mortgage.com hopes to raise $112 million in an initial offering of stock-more than twice what its main competitor raised last month in a spectacular market debut. Page 17


Bankers bracing themselves for higher interest rates should be aware that there are still signs of deflation, or falling prices, suggesting lower rates ahead. Page 29

Wilmington Trust's shares fell on worries about fee income and revenue growth in its second quarter, but one analyst said the fears were off the mark. Back page

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