Vatican Bank (The Institute for Works of Religion or Istituto per le Opere di Religione), is a privately held institute located inside Vatican City run by a professional bank CEO who reports directly to a committee of cardinals, and ultimately to the Pope. The Bank manages approximately €6 billion and boasts 25 thousand clients. Nevertheless, the Vatican Bank is the most secret bank in the World.
Since its assets are not considered property of the Holy See, it is not overseen by the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and it is listed in the Annuario Pontificio together with foundations such as the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, which provides funds for training people to fight drought and desertification in nine African countries.
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No more queues in front of ATMs - 23.01.2013 Reduced transaction duration is an important issue for customer satisfaction and for efficient use of Banking channels, especially at ATMs. Every measure taken to fasten cash withdrawals, most widespread used ATM transaction, is beneficial to both customers and banks.
Swiss bank Wegelin & Co. to close after US tax evasion fine - 04.01.2013 Switzerland's oldest bank is to close permanently after pleading guilty in a New York court to helping Americans evade their taxes. Wegelin & Co., which was established in 1741, has also agreed to pay $57.8 million in fines to US authorities. Source: BBC
Banks seen shrinking for good as lay-offs near 160,000 - 16.11.2012 Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts since early last year and with more lay-offs to come as the industry restructures, many will leave the shrinking sector for good as redundancies outpace new hires by roughly two-to-one. Source: Reuters