WASHINGTON

With a House vote on financial reform expected next week, the Bankers Roundtable on Friday offered its own rewrite of the legislation. Page 2

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS

First Chicago NBD's retirement services arm is gearing up to sell "nonqualified plans" to the bank's corporate clients. Page 10

CORPORATE FINANCE

Aiming to increase liquidity in Japan's capital markets, Bankers Trust New York has begun arranging stock splits that let Japanese banks and corporations sell off cross-holdings. Page 12

TECHNOLOGY

Shares of Fundtech, a developer of payment software, rose on an announcement of better-than-expected earnings. Page 14

Earl Johnson, a government securities dealer at West Coast banks for 20 years, is about to launch a software package designed to give small or regional banks easy access to the repo market. Page 15

CARDS

Stopping people from filing for bankruptcy has become a full-time job for some people in banking, and a small Buffalo consulting company is capitalizing on the trend. Page 18

MARKET MONITOR

Long considered the choice of value investors, bank stocks are increasingly catching the eye of growth investors. Page 25

As the turn of the century approaches, the U.S. economy is running like a well-oiled machine. But there are some threatening clouds in the distance. Page 25

WEEKLY REPORT: SMALL BUSINESS

A Baltimore commercial bank and a thrift in Wilmington, Del., are both trying to stave off increased competition in the small-business arena from First Union. Page 8

Small-business bank lending is soaring, according to an SBA study - especially at the low end of the scale. Page 8

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