Financial Services Business

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Financial Services Business --------------------------Financial services refer to services provided by the finance industry. The finan ce industry encompasses a broad range of organizations that deal with the manage ment of money. Among these organizations are credit unions, banks, credit card c ompanies, insurance companies, consumer finance companies, stock brokerages, inv estment funds and some government sponsored enterprises. As of 2004, the financi al services industry represented 20% of the market capitalization of the S&P 500 in the United States. The term "financial services" became more prevalent in th e United States partly as a result of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of the late 199 0s, which enabled different types of companies operating in the U.S. financial s ervices industry at that time to merge.[2] Companies usually have two distinct a pproaches to this new type of business. One approach would be a bank which simpl y buys an insurance company or an investment bank, keeps the original brands of the acquired firm, and adds the acquisition to its holding company simply to div ersify its earnings. Outside the U.S. (e.g., in Japan), non-financial services c ompanies are permitted within the holding company. In this scenario, each compan y still looks independent, and has its own customers, etc. In the other style, a bank would simply create its own brokerage division or insurance division and a ttempt to sell those products to its own existing customers, with incentives for combining all things with one company.A "commercial bank" is what is commonly r eferred to as simply a "bank". The term "commercial" is used to distinguish it f rom an "investment bank," a type of financial services entity which, instead of lending money directly to a business, helps businesses raise money from other fi rms in the form of bonds (debt) or stock (equity).Private banking - Private bank s provide banking services exclusively to high net worth individuals. Many finan cial services firms require a person or family to have a certain minimum net wor th to qualify for private banking services.[3] Private banks often provide more personal services, such as wealth management and tax planning, than normal retai l banks.Capital market bank - bank that underwrite debt and equity, assist compa ny deals (advisory services, underwriting and advisory fees), and restructure de bt into structured finance products.Bank cards - include both credit cards and d ebit cards. Bank Of America is the largest issuer of bank cards.[citation needed ] Credit card machine services and networks - Companies which provide credit car d machine and payment networks call themselves "merchant card providers".Asset m anagement - the term usually given to describe companies which run collective in vestment funds. Also refers to services provided by others, generally registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Registered Investment Advisors.H edge fund management - Hedge funds often employ the services of "prime brokerage " divisions at major investment banks to execute their trades.Custody services the safe-keeping and processing of the world's securities trades and servicing the associated portfolios.Financial services.. CitiWide Loan enquiries : 1300 732 630 03 9326 6300 (03) 9326 6305 333 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Vic 3051 PO Box 189, North Melbourne, Vic 3051 General enquiries: Facsimile Head Office Mail : : : Email : [email protected]