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Financial services companies offer a wide range of financial products and services to consumers. The sector has a great demand for sales professionals who have a wide range of knowledge in all areas of the industry. Financial services are a trillion dollar global industry and demand is increasing at a rapid rate. Financial services companies often act as advisers to corporations and individuals. They help make financial solutions for clients by providing advice and investment strategies.
In Australia there are currently three regulated financial services companies which are CCC, ING Direct, and Westpac. These companies provide investment advice to citizens and businesses on everything from investing in businesses, annuities, venture capital, commercial loans and investments to pension and health care. CCC is a direct sales company that has branches in New Zealand and Mexico. ING Direct, formerly known signs Harcourt, was a direct sales company that operated in Australia before it was taken over by Westpac.
A number of direct sales companies operate internationally, most notably Well Fargo Securities. It is one of the largest provider of financial products and services to the United States, with locations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Well Fargo was recently rated number one by CNN Money, having been rated number three by A.M. Best and Wall Street Journal. This company also has major branches in Canada, South Africa, Japan, China, and Singapore.
According to a study by Oxford University, there are approximately fifteen million people employed in the financial services industry in the United States. Of these employees, eight million are employed in the finance and banking sector. This indicates a tremendous growth opportunity for financial services companies. As financial services companies grow in popularity, they will attract a large number of new customers.
The growth potential of the financial services companies is evident in the rise of investment banks during the past decade. These investment banks have grown in number since the turn of the millennium. While some of these banks are primarily for-profit, most are not-profit and operate as cooperatives. Some of the investment banks are members of the National Association of Stock Dealers (NASD). The National Association of Securities Dealers is a division of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Apart, from investment banks, other financial institutions work as financial services companies. One example of this type of financial institution is credit unions. Credit unions allow people to pool money together and invest their funds into mutual funds, savings accounts, or individual stocks and bonds. Other financial institutions include banks, brokerage firms, mortgage companies, financial advising firms, and insurance companies. Banks are mostly major financial institutions such as Citibank, Chase Bank, Wachovia, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Bank of New York. Brokerage firms include BBVA Wealth Management, Keller Williams Realty, Legg and Spierer, and Moog Money.
The financial services industry is highly diversified. There are also some specific sectors in the financial sector such as commercial lending, insurance, healthcare, government, investment banking, government grants, financial market research, international business, municipal banking, and international finance . The banking sector is the largest recipient of funds. Most large banks are U.S. banks. Some examples of some of the large banks include Wachovia Bank, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, and Bank of America.
Venture capital is another means of financing. Venture capital is revenue generated from either a sale of equity or a lease of land or office space. A venture capital firm provides money to startups, new companies, SMEs, and small businesses that are considered to be at a low-risk position with high potential for profits. Venture capitalists usually work with angel investors and other private investors. An advantage of working with venture capitalists is that they have expertise in financial engineering and can assist companies in negotiations with suppliers and creditors. They can also provide a source of equity if the company is required to raise debt.