CREDIT/DEBIT/ATMs: THE 'CARTEL' TAG may be provocative, but Joseph E. Wolfson hopes to make a splash not only with his new company's transaction processing strategy but also with the name he's chosen for it. Page 12 WACHOVIA has upped the ante in the credit card pricing game with its Prime for Life card, but issuers may not be quaking in their swivel chairs because an $88 fee accompanies the low rate. Page 13 WASHINGTON: FOURTEEN NATIONAL banks are getting a jump on interstate branching by moving their headquarters 30 miles or less across a state line and operating the original bank as a branch. Page 3 A FINANCIAL trade group was told it can keep federal regulators from intervening more heavily in the derivatives and over-the-counter markets by adopting proposed "best practices" guidelines. Page 2 REGIONAL BANKING: TO MAKE ITSELF a household word in Washington State, Keycorp's subsidiary there will pay $15 million to put its name on the renovated arena that will be home to the Seattle SuperSonics pro basketball team. Page 4 COMMUNITY BANKING: AN INVESTOR GROUP has dropped a lawsuit against Florida's BankAtlantic six years after charging breach of contract in connection with a 1988 stock purchase that benefited a single shareholder. Page 6 A GROUP CALLED Concerned Bankers for Missouri's Future has joined the interstate branching battle by pushing legislation to let Missouri banks branch across state lines before 1997. Page 7 MORTGAGES: A FAIR-LENDING pact between the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and the federal government last fall was hailed as an historic step. But nearly half a year later, only three mortgage bankers have signed on. Page 8 A NEWCOMER to home equity lending, Milwaukee-based Guaranty Bank, has launched an aggressive expansion to make it a nationwide player. Page 9 INVESTMENT PRODUCTS: BANC ONE will assume responsibility by March 31 for serving shareholders of its $8.7 billion-asset fund family, and the company also has regulatory approval to act as administrator for the funds. Page 10 IN A BID for expanded insurance powers, bankers are brandishing a study that asserts the traditional means of delivery - independent agents - falls woefully short of meeting consumers' needs. Page 11 TECHNOLOGY: A DUTCH BANK has struck an agreement with Wachovia Corp. that will give the North Carolina institution's corporate customers access to one of the world's most established multilateral netting services. Page 15 FINANCE: ST. PAUL BANCORP's stock is on the rise again after a brief time-out from its big January gain. But it remains unclear whether speculation about an impending buyout of the Chicago thrift is anything more than that. Back page AS THE DOW BROKE through the 4,000 level Thursday, bank stocks continued their resurgence. Money-center banks and thrift stocks paved the way, as the prospect of flattening or even declining interest rates fed the rally. Back page
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