Harris Berger is one of Fleet's 51 risk managers responsible for watching over the shoulders of loan officers. "I know what the risks are," he says. "You can look at the financials and see the risks in the cash flow and margins based on the industry." Page 6 REGIONAL BANKING Wells Fargo employees in some Texas grocery branches have put away their aprons and are wearing bank-issued designer business suits. Page 4 COMMUNITY BANKING Under pressure from institutional shareholders, California's SC Bancorp is selling. Page 6 CORPORATE FINANCE In what lenders are calling an unprecedented move, Credit Suisse First Boston recently paid fees to banks that did not receive allocations of a new loan. Page 7 MORTGAGES The housing market is as solid as it's been in the past decade, and the strong stock market could be one reason. Page 9 INVESTMENT PRODUCTS A veteran NationsBank executive who spent much of his career consolidating the acquisitive bank's trust and private banking operations is retiring. Page 10 trust executives are striking out on their own, starting independent trust companies in wealthy locales. Page 10 CREDIT/DEBIT/ATMs American Express is making a push to increase its presence in Argentina. Page 12 More and more credit card issuers are homing in on the idea that they should be pushing for broader relationships with customers. Page 13 TECHNOLOGY Visa International has run into snags in an attempt to sell the Visa Interactive remote banking arm. Page 14 MARKET MONITOR H.F. Ahmanson resumed buying back its own shares from investors, a move that bolsters the value of its hostile bid for Great Western Financial. Back page
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