Banks: Looking for Security

Looking for Security

Amid the sudden-death dealmaking of the past decade, the world of banking seemed like an island of restraint. But recently the industry has come down with a case of can-you-top-this fever. The latest combination is the largest in banking history, the merger of San Francisco-based BankAmerica with its smaller Los Angeles rival, Security Pacific. With $193 billion in assets, the enlarged BankAmerica will rank a close second to New York's Citicorp among U.S. banks.

The merger could eventually reap savings of $1 billion annually for the two institutions as they combine functions and reduce overhead. This may mean layoffs of up...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!