Article - What is Retail Banking?

Article - What is Retail Banking?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Retail banking is typical mass-market banking where individual customers use local branches of larger commercial banks. Services offered include: savings and checking accounts, mortgages, personal loans, debit cards, credit cards, and so forth.

Types of retail banks

Commercial bank has two possible meanings:

  1. Commercial bank is the term used for a normal bank to distinguish it from an investment bank. (After the great depression, the U.S. Congress required that banks only engage in banking activities, whereas investment banks were limited to capital markets activities. This separation is no longer mandatory.)

  2. Commercial bank can also refer to a bank or a division of a bank that mostly deals with deposits and loans from corporations or large businesses, as opposed to normal individual members of the public (retail banking).

Community development bank are regulated banks that provide financial services and credit to underserved markets or populations.

Private banks manage the assets of high net worth individuals. Offshore banks are banks located in jurisdictions with low taxation and regulation. Many offshore banks are essentially private banks.

Savings bank accept savings deposits. Postal savings banks are savings banks associated with national postal systems.

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