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BRASS Business Guide - BANKING: Getting Started

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The U.S. banking industry is comprised primarily of commercial banks, along with savings banks and savings and loan institutions (also known as "thrifts"), credit unions, and Federal Reserve banks. Identifying and assessing financial institutions, both geographically and by type, and researching interest rates probably constitute the most common and predictable banking information needs of the broadest range of library users. International banking is also referenced here, from a "global" perspective.


5221: Depository Credit Intermediation

52211: Commercial Banking

52212: Savings Institutions

52213: Credit Unions

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General: central bank, credit union, commercial bank, savings & loan association, thrift, bankruptcy, credit, interest, exchange rate, loan, mortgage, maturity

Narrower: CD (certificates of deposit), amortization, DTI (Debt-to-Income ratio), escrow, estate, feduciary, foreclosure, garnishment, lien, money market, reverse mortgage

Related: FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), Federal Reserve, OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency), IRA (Individual Retirement Account), mutual fund, annuity, overdraft, refinancing, usury rates

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Andy Spackman
Brigham Young University

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Ashley E. Faulkner, Princeton University

Louise Feldman, Colorado State University

Paul Brothers, University of Alabama

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Mary Martin, Claremont College

Michael Oppenheim, UCLA

Lee Pike, University of Alabama

Joel Thornton, Texas A&M University

Kerry Wu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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