Global Payment Systems, the MasterCard/National Data partnership, mostly courts smaller institutions that "don't feel they get the attention or the relationship they need," says CEO David K. Hunt., Page 12

WASHINGTON

A Year-2000 expert preached something approaching doom at a Dallas conference., Page 2

COMMUNITY

Two agreements to buy community banks in San Diego County were announced last week., Page 5

REGIONAL

It is spring cleaning time for banks. Manyare getting rid of unprofitable businesses., Page 6

CORPORATE FINANCE

Morgan WITTER is offering a record leveraged syndication over the Internet., Page 8

INVESTMENT PRODUCTS

INSURANCE: More small banks are buying agencies to diversify products and boost fee income., Page 9

MORTGAGES

Freddie MAC is issuing a new type of security to hedge its credit risk. Page 10

MONTHLY REPORT: MORTGAGE TECHNOLOGY

United Cos. has installed multipurpose Windows-based software in its bank referral unit., Page 11

DIGITAL FRONTIERS

ELECTRONIC COMMERCE: Hoping to add momentum to its digital certification tool, Valicert is offering more options at a lower price free., Page 13

TECHNOLOGY

Sequent Computer says its data warehouse product can bridge the gap between customer files and the point of customer interaction., Page 15

MARKETS

The Supreme Court let stand a decision allowing the FDIC to void oral agreements made by banks that subsequently failed., Page 22

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