The following is a list of institutions that are useful to understand when dealing with money on a regular basis.
1. Conventional Bank (Retail, Commercial and Online Banks)
These are financial institutions that take up the task of performing regular financial functions for both businesses and individuals. The provide services like setting up savings and credit accounts, issuing credit cards, certificates of deposit, mortgages and taking deposits.
2. Credit Unions
These do practically the same thing as conventional banks yet are geared towards a specific group of people. For example a military credit union would be geared towards veterans or active members of the armed services.
3. Insurance Institutions
These companies provide wide rages of insurance intended to decrease the chance of loss. When you go to get car insurance this is where you go.
4. Brokerage Firms
These companies administrate the investing process. Whether someone is investing in bonds, stocks, mutual funds or ETF’s this subset of financial groups likes to help the individual or business execute their purchase of securities.
5. Investment Firms
These Banks or Companies are funded by issuing shares. These funds are mutually owned (thus the name mutual fund) and are usually invested in stocks, bonds and other securities.
6. Mortgage Firms
Generally these companies are geared towards individual mortgage seekers but there are some that specialize in commercial properties. These companies either fund or originate loans and mortgages.
Each of these institutions has their place in the financial world. See where you can recognize them in your daily or monthly financial activities.