Arizona's Thunderbird graduate school is one of the best training grounds for global bankers, says F. John Mathis, due to its pragmatic approach. Page 8 INTERNATIONAL Executives at State Street, First Bank System, and National City say they are contemplating moves to beef up their international banking operations. Page 10 WASHINGTON First-quarter earnings at federally chartered thrifts fell 5% to $1.7 billion from the first quarter of 1996, the OTS said. Page 4 COMMUNITY BANKING People in tiny Lowell, Mich., were shocked this week to discover that a former banker left the town $12 million when he died in April. Page 5 REGIONAL BANKING BOK Financial, Oklahoma's largest bank, is going to use its homegrown stature to be more competitive now that Banc One has entered the state by acquiring Liberty Bancorp. Page 6 TECHNOLOGY ON-LINE BANKING: Intuit, Meca Software, and Microsoft are wrestling with pricing strategies for their personal financial management software for home banking programs. Page 11 MORTGAGES An Ohio thrift is putting its lending focus on first-time homebuyers. Page 12 Two months after spearheading an ambitious foray into subprime mortgage lending, the head of H&R Block's finance division is jumping ship. Page 12 CREDIT/DEBIT/ATMs Visa officials are airing some second thoughts about the way they approached home banking. Page 13 INVESTMENT PRODUCTS This year's stock market correction seems all but forgotten by bank customers and other investors who are lining up to buy mutual funds. Page 14 MARKET MONITOR Banks are rushing to issue a popular security whose most attractive feature could be eliminated. Back page
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