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commercial bank

This is a financial institution providing services for businesses, organisations and individuals. Services include offering current, deposit and saving accounts as well as giving out loans to businesses. 

A commercial banks is defined as a bank whose main business is deposit-taking and making loans. This contrasts with an investment bank whose main business is securities underwriting, M&A advisory, asset management and securities trading.

Commercial banks make their profits by taking small,...