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"If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem." - J. Paul Getty.

A BANK is a financial intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending activities, either directly by loaning or indirectly through capital markets. A bank links together customers that have capital deficits and customers with capital surpluses.

Due to their importance in the financial system and influence on national economies, banks are highly regulated in most countries. Most nations have institutionalised a system known as fractional reserve banking, under which banks hold liquid assets equal to only a portion of their current liabilities. In addition to other regulations intended to ensure liquidity, banks are generally subject to minimum capital requirements based on an international set of capital standards, known as the Basel Accords.

Banking in its modern sense evolved in the 14th century in the rich cities of Renaissance Italy but in many ways was a continuation of ideas and concepts of credit and lending that had its roots in the ancient world. In the history of banking, a number of banking dynasties - notably the Medicis, the Fuggers, the Welsers, the Berenbergs, and the Rothschilds - have played a central role over many centuries. The oldest existing retail bank is Monte dei Paschi di Siena, while the oldest existing merchant bank is Berenberg Bank.

PRIVATE BANKS are banks owned by either the individual or a general partner(s) with limited partner(s). Private banks are not incorporated. In any such case, creditors can look to both the "entirety of the bank's assets" as well as the entirety of the sole-proprietor's/general-partners' assets.

These banks have a long tradition in Switzerland, dating back to at least the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685). Private banks also have a long tradition in the UK where C. Hoare & Co. has been in business since 1672.

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  • Art Capital Group | Art Financing Company | Art Backed Loans - since 1999. "Art Capital Group was the first independent specialty art finance firm in the marketplace, and has underwritten over $5 billion in art-backed loans."
  • BANK OF ENGLAND - founded in 1684. "Promoting the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability."
  • BIS | BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS - "The Bank for International Settlements was established in 1930. It is the world's oldest international financial institution and remains the principal centre for international central bank cooperation."
  • CaixaBank - since 2011. Based in Valencia and Barcelona in Spain. It is Spain's third-largest lender by market value, after Banco Santander and BBVA. CaixaBank has 5,397 branches to serve its 15.8 million customers, and has the most extensive branch network in the Spanish market.
  • COUTTS - founded in 1692. Private Banking & Wealth Management. "Coutts has more than 300 years of experience which underpins how we operate today. As a bank, we aspire to provide an exceptional service. But we are so much more than a bank. We are a trusted partner, adviser, and friend to our clients. There is a reason why families stay with us for generations. We are committed to helping clients reach their potential, connecting with and contributing to our wider society."
  • ECB | EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK - since 1998. "The first step towards creating the ECB was the decision, taken in 1988, to build an Economic and Monetary Union: free capital movements within Europe, a common monetary authority and a single monetary policy across the euro area countries."
  • GOLDMAN SACHS - founded in 1869 and is headquartered at 200 West Street in the Lower Manhattan area of New York City, with additional offices in international financial centers.
  • HSBC INTERNATIONAL - since 1865. "The world's local bank. We provide offshore banking for customers in over 200 countries and territories." Whether you’re living, studying or investing abroad, our international banking services help you feel at home wherever you are.
  • IBRD | INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT | WORLD BANK - since 1944. "The world’s largest development bank, IBRD provides financial products and policy advice to help countries reduce poverty and extend the benefits of sustainable growth to all of their people."
  • ICBC | INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA - since 1984.
  • IMF | INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND - since 1944. "The IMF was established in 1944 in the aftermath of the Great Depression of the 1930s. 44 founding member countries sought to build a framework for international economic cooperation. Today, its membership embraces 190 countries, with staff drawn from 150 nations."
  • INTERBANK - since 1897. Peruvian provider of financial services.
  • IOR | Institute for the Works of Religion - since 1942. Commonly known as the Vatican Bank, is a privately held institute situated exclusively on the sovereign territory of the Vatican City.
  • JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. - since 1871. "Our company is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. Our rich history spans over 200 years. We are a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small business, commercial banking, financial transactions processing and asset management."
  • Julius BÄr - founded 1890. "The international reference in wealth management." Julius Baer is present in over 25 countries and around 60 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Bangkok, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Monaco, Mumbai, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Our client-centric approach, our objective advice based on the Julius Baer open product platform, our solid financial base and our entrepreneurial management culture make us the international reference in wealth management.
  • MONEYGRAM - since 1980. "Fast, Simple, Reliable: Send Money Direct to a Bank Account."
  • Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's main entrance's headquarter: Piazza Salimbeni, 3, 53100 Siena, Italy.
  • Monte dei Paschi di Siena - founded in 1472. The oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy's third largest bank.
  • ONE Swiss Bank - "It is all about connecting wealth." ONE swiss bank was created through the merger of GS Banque founded in 2004 as Banque Bénédict Hentsch & Cie. and Banca Arner founded in 1984.
  • PAY PAL - since 1998. "Shop. Send. Manage." More places to shop. More ways to make your money work harder.
  • SAXO BANK - since 1992. "Make the most of market moves." Access a wide range of investment options, intuitive trading tools and market insights to help you execute your trading strategies. Among the first financial institutions in the world to develop an Internet-based information and investment trading platform.
  • SWIFT | Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication - since 1973. "Trusted every instant." Swift is the way the world moves value. We do this every single instant of every single day, right across the world. No other organisation can address the scale, precision, pace and trust that this demands.
  • THE WORLD BANK GROUP - since 1944. "With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries."
  • WESTERN UNION - since 1851. American multinational financial services company headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
  • WORLD BANK | INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT (IBRD) - since 1944. International financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low- and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects. The World Bank is the collective name for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA), two of five international organizations owned by the World Bank Group.
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