WASHINGTON

The Minneapolis Fed revised its controversial proposal to limit deposit insurance., Page 2

REGIONAL

Analysts are expecting strong gains in first-quarter earnings at the nation's biggest banks, fueled by improvements in loan growth, asset management, and corporate finance.,Page 6

Using Marilyn Monroe, George Burns, and Babe Ruth to make the point, Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp is trying to convince its customers that changing a name is not so bad., Page 6

COMMUNITY

In the latest skirmish in a five-year feud, an activist shareholder has mounted a campaign to force the sale of Eagle Bancshares, a Georgia thrift. Page 8

DIGITAL FRONTIERS

ON-LINE BANKING: Relations between software companies and banks thawed a bit when Meca Software received permission to customize Intuit's Quicken. Meca CEO Paul D. Harrison says he had no problem with the package, "but I have always had a problem with the business model.",Page 18

National Commerce in Memphis is demonstrating its new Internet banking software on laptop computers at its branches.,Page 18

CORPORATE FINANCE

Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette is bringing real estate expertise to its bank loan effort, hiring a BT Alex. Brown executive to help sell and syndicate bank loans for realty companies., Page 9

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS

Bankers and industry experts disagreed at a conference as to the extent banks will embrace the fee-based approach for retail mutual fund sales. Page 10

MORTGAGES

Cityscape said it has a definitive agreement to sell its troubled U.K. operations to distressed-asset specialist Ocwen Financial for $477 million. Page 15

CARDS

Citibank has won the first major card-issuing contract under the General Services Administration's new commercial card program., Page 17

MARKETS

Northern Trust would be a prime beneficiary if NationsBank mishandles its purchase of Barnett Banks, a William Blair & Co. analyst says.,Back page

WEEKLY REPORT: INTERNATIONAL

After years of effort, U.S. commercial banks are beginning to crack the market in Japan for pension fund management.,Page 12

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