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Founded in 1865, HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA) is a large British multinational investment bank and financial services holding company, with corporate hubs in London, New York, Paris and Hong Kong. It works through an extended international network, with branches spanning Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East and serving more than 40 million customers.
The company provides a variety of international banking and financial services, including retail and corporate banking, private and investment banking, trade, securities, custody, capital markets, treasury, trusteeship and insurance.
HSBC Holdings has a dual primary listing on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol HSBA) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code 5). The company is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and the Hang Seng Index. It also has secondary listings on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol HSBC), the Bermuda Stock Exchange (ticker symbol HSBC.BH) and Euronext Paris (ticker symbol HSB).
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HSBC Holdings traces its origin to 1865, when the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, forming the abbreviation HSBC, was founded by Thomas Sutherland in Hong Kong. The company was first formally incorporated in 1866. HSBC Holdings was established in its present form to act as a new group holding company in London in 1991.
Throughout its history, the banking and financial services company has significantly expanded. It currently operates more than 3,800 offices across 65 countries and territories. In 2018, HSBC was the largest bank in Europe and the seventh largest in the world, with total assets of more than $2.558trn.
HSBC Holdings is organised within four business groups: Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM), Commercial Banking (CMB), Global Banking and Markets (GB&M), and Global Private Banking (GPB).
The RBWM business provides retail banking, wealth management, asset management and insurance. CMB sector offers, among others, payment services, working capital, term loans and international trade facilitation. It also offers expertise in mergers and acquisitions, and access to financial markets. GB&M supports government, institutional and corporate clients around the globe. GPB's products and services include a range of private banking services, as well as investment management and private wealth solutions.
Additionally, HSBC holds a subsidiary – HSBC EDPI. This stands for HSBC Electronic Data Processing India Private Limited and provides financial organisation support services such as contact and data entry.
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