But the Detroit bank's strategy involves relying on - and building upon - its historical strength in corporate banking. Pullout section WASHINGTON:

SEN. ALFONSE D'AMATO is expected this week to propose increasing the cap on the amount of money Federal Home Loan System banks may lend to commercial banks. However, House lawmakers are ready to oppose the Senate Banking Committee chairman's plan. Page 2 COMPTROLLER Eugene Ludwig is in damage-control mode after the Fed attacked his agency's CRA examination guidelines as too weak. Page 4 CREDIT UNIONS: RALPH SWOBODA spent 20 years at the Credit Union National Association, eight of them very publicly as president. But it all ended quietly in a single closed-door meeting. Page 10 THE NATIONAL Credit Union Administration has approved 4.4% budget increase, to $97 million, but may cut the operating fee it charges to credit unions by 6%. Page 11 MORTGAGES: IN THE USUAL scheme of things, thrifts are supposed to own mortgage companies, not vice versa. But Collateral Mortgage Ltd. has gladly swum against the tide, and captured plenty of business along the way. Page 14 INVESTMENT PRODUCTS: NOW THAT MILLIONS of consumers have flocked to mutual funds, one of the biggest challenges for the fund industry is to make sure they don't expect too much. Page 18 BANK AND SECURITIES regulators told bank mutual fund executives that they expect to expand their oversight in the coming months. Page 18 CREDIT/DEBIT/ATMs: AMERICAN EXPRESS has begun offering its most exclusive charge card to small businesses. Its Corporate Platinum Card carries a $300 annual fee and offers perks including free companion airline tickets and concierge services. Page 16 CHASE MANHATTAN may be merging with Chemical Banking, but its credit card unit is still cooking up holiday specials. Page 16 TECHNOLOGY:

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