Brazil's federally controlled Banco do Brasil (BB), Latin America’s largest bank in terms of assets, provides a wide range of retail (individual customers and SMEs), wholesale (medium and large businesses and corporations), and government banking services and products.Its financial products and services include deposits, saving accounts, credit cards, asset management, loans (consumer, commercial and agribusiness loans), foreign exchange, and e-banking services. Apart from offering traditional retail banking services, BB and its 17 subsidiaries sell health, life and property insurance, underwrite and sell bonds, conduct asset trading, offer investors portfolio management services, conduct financial securities advising, and provide markets analysis and research. The bank operates in both domestic and international markets. As of December 31, 2009, BB served more than 52.7 million customers through a local network of 17,900 service points, 4,897 branches and 45,400 ATMs spanning 3,500 cities. The firm also operates 45 service points in 23 countries and an extensive network of 1,400 correspondent banks in 144 countries. Headquartered in Brasilia, the publicly traded bank is 52%-owned by Brazil's national treasury.
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