SAVINGS AND LOANS: Offers They Can't Afford

Offers They Can't Afford

Just a week after President Bush unveiled his plan to bail out hundreds of insolvent savings and loans, some of them took a turn for the perverse by getting into a costly new interest-rate war. Houston's Commonwealth Savings cranked up the rates it pays on six-month "jumbo" certificates of deposit (typical size: $100,000) from 9.6% to a hefty 10.75%. In California, Pasadena's BancPlus Savings followed suit with a 10.5% six-month rate. One reason for the feverish run-up was the need for the thrifts to compensate depositors for the perceived risk of putting money in those S & Ls, despite the Government's...

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