Banks are really quite odd beasts; they all do more or less the same things, but that doesn't mean they are all the same!
A bit of theory: banking is about transforming money. In one sense the transformation is between people - banks enable people to exchange value in the form of cash, cheques, card payments, etc. Read more
Investment banking is crucial to the UK economy. It is rooted in the country's historic role as the dominant power in world trade. To facilitate this trade, the City of London developed markets - opportunities to buy and sell for every tradable product. This in turn led banks from across the globe to congregate in London to participate in those markets. Read more
There are dozens of sub-divisions within the insurance industry and they operate in very different ways. The industry is usually broken down into two key areas:
It should be no surprise to hear that the biggest users of banking services are companies. They need an enormous number of different services from their banks.
Investment management is an odd sector. At one level it seems very diverse, but on another, it all seems very similar!
Investment management is about investing large pots of other people's money to make a profit for them, for your institution (though usually this will be based on a set fee), and for yourself as the fund manager (in the form of performance bonuses). Read more.
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