Definitions for merchant bank

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  1. merchant bank, acquirer(noun)

    a credit card processing bank; merchants receive credit for credit card receipts less a processing fee

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  1. merchant bank(Noun)

    A bank which provides financial services for businesses.

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  1. Merchant bank

    A merchant bank is a financial institution which provides capital to companies in the form of share ownership instead of loans. A merchant bank also provides advisory on corporate matters to the firms they lend to. In the United Kingdom, the term "merchant bank" refers to an investment bank. Today, according to the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, "the term merchant banking is generally understood to mean negotiated private equity investment by financial institutions in the unregistered securities of either privately or publicly held companies." Both commercial banks and investment banks may engage in merchant banking activities. Historically, merchant banks' original purpose was to facilitate and/or finance production and trade of commodities, hence the name "merchant". Few banks today restrict their activities to such a narrow scope.


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