The newest member of our quarterly roundtable, Richard X. Bove of Raymond James &Associates, has a simple approach to bank stocks: "Just keep buying." Industry consolidation and the year-2000 problem were also on the agenda.,Page 16

WASHINGTON

Citicorp finally threw its considerable weight behind the financial reform bill the House plans to vote on next month.,Page 4

COMMUNITY,Page 10

MORTGAGES

Argentina is becoming a spawning ground for mortgage securitization in Latin America, according to an annual report from Standard & Poor's. Page 13

CORPORATE FINANCE

Iridium, a global wireless communications company, can breathe a little easier as it nears completion of its $5 billion satellite network.,Page 14

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS

The two big mergers announced this week would produce organizations with large mutual fund families that would still be middle-of-the-road when it comes to producing revenues, observers say., Page 18

DIGITAL FRONTIERS

ON-LINE BANKING: Princeton Telecom has formed alliances with two of California's largest utility operations.,Page 22

Digital Signature Trust said it has won a key certification role in the Automotive Industry Action Group's electronic data interchange system. Page 22

TECHNOLOGY

The Federal Reserve System has settled on the Triple DES technique to ensure security of funds transfers and other sensitive messages.,Page 23

MARKETS

A rare downgrade for Norwest - on the heels of a positive first quarter - took some steam out of one of the industry's better-regarded stocks. Back page

WEEKLY REPORT: INTERNATIONAL

To serve a growing appetite for Western financial products, Citicorp plans to open an additional five to 10 branches in Japan over the next few years.,Page 6

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