Bank mergers - Lessons of McColl's long march

Is there a North Carolina-style dynamo waiting to whir into action in some unconsidered part of Europe? Or is the coast-to-coast merger triumph of what was once NationsBank and has now taken on Bank of America branding something that can't be replicated outside the US? Certainly, things are going to go differently in the EU, but bank experts reckon there's a lot to be learnt from US merger mania.

E-commerce - Bonding on the internet

Selling of primary bond issues via the internet has diverted attention from more revolutionary developments in e-trading - such as the plethora of bond-trading platforms, owned by different constellations of players, and the channelling of several banks' research and dealing services through a single portal.