WASHINGTON

Industry leaders continue to oppose sweeping banking legislation, even though the latest version would write into law much of a Supreme Court ruling allowing national banks to sell insurance from small towns. Page 2

A split among community advocacy groups is smoothing the way for mergers. National groups push for big CRA commitments; local groups fight to save branches. Banks can choose whose support to seek. Page 4

REGIONAL BANKING

To expand capital markets operations in Europe, NationsBank will double the capital of its London-based bank and open a Frankfurt branch. Page 5

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COMMUNITY BANKING

A small bank in Yreka, Calif. (pop. 7,000) is heading toward the big city; it's opening a commercial branch just north of Oakland. "Independent banks can afford to be on the offensive," says the CEO. Page 7

Farm bankers like the streamlined CRA guidelines that took effect Jan. 1. Documentation has been their biggest frustration, and that's just what the new rules deemphasize. Page 7

SMALL BUSINESS

Anthony Abbate sees himself as a street fighter. His New Jersey bank is no match for the giants in its midst, but he's betting it can compete. Page 16

More banks are automating and streamlining their small-business activities in the face of growing competition from nonbanks. Page 17

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS

Banks in cash management are facing a tough question: Should they offer top fund companies' money market funds? Page 18

Union Bank of California is giving away Quicken Financial Planner software to retirement-account customers. Page 18

MORTGAGES

Manufactured-housing shipments are expected to shrink slightly this year, the rise again 1997 and 1998. Page 20

RAC Financial, a Dallas specialist in home improvement loans, has a deal to buy Denver's Mortgage Plus. Page 21

TECHNOLOGY

Newly merged Chase Manhattan dropped Fiserv as a check processor. Chase will pay $15 million as an exit fee from the $480 million contract. Page 22

NationsBank is streamlining the processing of car loans. New software links it with dealerships. Page 24

CREDIT/DEBIT/ATMs

Advanta Corp. near Phil-adelphia has contributed $1 million to bring a Cezanne exhibit to the city and is funding a TV special and an educational CD-ROM. Page 25

DataCard Corp. is marketing a way for issuers of cobranded and affinity cards to custom print them with whatever image the cardholder wants. Page 25

MARKET MONITOR

Card company insiders sold more than 2.3 million shares in the first two months of 1996, amid concerns about consumer debt levels and delinquencies. Page 31

Stock of Olympic Financial, an auto finance company, has jumped since it announced plans for a $120 million secondary offering. Back page

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