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November 4, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
In a move to improve its position in Northern California, First Interstate Bank of California said Thursday that it will buy two small banks in Sacramento and the east San Francisco Bay Area for $42 million. Los Angeles-based First Interstate, the state's fourth-largest bank, will pay cash for the outstanding stock of Alex Brown Financial Group, a holding company that operates the Bank of Alex Brown in Sacramento and Meridian National Bank in Concord. The price amounts to slightly less than 1.
March 3, 1988 | BILL SING, Times Staff Writer
Free or low-cost checking accounts are still available at many California savings institutions, particularly for senior citizens, but low-income consumers may find it hard to qualify for some, according to a new survey to be released today. Meanwhile, monthly service fees and other charges on checking accounts overall have continued to rise and vary considerably among institutions, says the annual survey by Consumer Action, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco.
August 18, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
The opening of a Los Angeles office by Ryan, Beck & Co., an East Coast investment bank specializing in small- to medium-sized financial institutions, is another sign of the increasing mergers and acquisitions activity among California banks. The opening is scheduled to be announced at the company's annual shareholders meeting today in West Orange, N.J. The office, which will be in Westwood, will be called Ryan, Beck & Co./Pacific.
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