*Stored-value cards and the development of the "electronic purse" will be explored at a conference organized by AIC Conferences. Through Tuesday at the New York Vista, 3 World Trade Center. Call 212-952-1899. TUESDAY, JAN. 24:

*The House Ways and Means Committee begins a series of hearings on provisions in the Republican's Contract with America that would affect savings and investment issues. 10 a.m. at the Longworth House Office Building, room 1100. Call 202-224-3121. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25

*Chairman Ricki Tigert Helfer talks about what's ahead for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. at Women in Housing and Finance's monthly luncheon. 12:15 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact Margaret Smith at 202-835-1926.

*Federal Reserve Governor John P. LaWare discusses the outlook for banking legislation this year at a joint meeting of the Connecticut Bankers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. Rocky Hill Marriott, 100 Capital Blvd., Rocky Hill, Conn. Call 203-721-0025.

*A dozen top bank economists make their semiannual forecasts and monetary policy recommendations. 11 a.m. at the American Bankers Association, 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-663-5468 THURSDAY, JAN. 26

*Strategic Research Institute holds a two-day conference on bank lending compliance in the 1990s. Regulators and bankers explore fair-lending rules. At the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan. Call 1-800-599-4950. FRIDAY, JAN. 27

*The National Credit Union Administration holds an open board meeting. 1 p.m. at its headquarters, 1775 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Contact Becky Baker at 703-518-6300.

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