COMMERCIAL BANK Definition

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COMMERCIAL BANK is a financial institution that provides commercial banking services. A commercial bank accepts deposits, gives business loans and provides other services to businesses.

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PRIMARY DEALER is a designation given by the Federal Reserve System to commercial banks or broker/dealers who meet specific criteria, including capital requirements and participation in Treasury auctions. A primary dealer is entitled and obligated to purchase and sell government securities with the Federal Reserve directly. They serve as the conduits for Federal Reserve open market activities. There are approximately 30-40 such dealers.

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