BANKING: Too Big?

As its shadow grew across the West, Amadeo Peter Giannini's vast (516 branches) Bank of America has been the target for assorted stones from many a sling. For two years the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division investigated; off & on for eight years the Securities & Exchange Commission let fly, with everything from pebbles to paving blocks. Every shot bounced off the tough hide of old (78), imperious "A.P." Last week Bank of America reported record resources of $5,859,234,000, putting it farther out in front than ever as the biggest U.S. bank.*...

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