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Bank For International Settlements

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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) was established in 1930 as an international organization primarily composed of member states from western capitalist economies and a few private shareholders. The Bank for International Settlements was created in 1930 under the Hague Agreements and the Constituent Charter of the Bank for International Settlements of 1930. An important aspect of BIS membership has been the ability of members to file claims against the BIS itself as a corporate entity or against other members. The Bank's main objects include promoting co-operation among central banks, providing additional facilities for international liquidity operations, acting as trustee or agent in settling payments between central banks and other large transactions between member governments, including the performance of traditional banking and exchange rate functions for its members and employees, and also acting as an agent in gold transactions.

Keywords: Bank for International Settlements (BIS) membership; private shareholders; western capitalist economies



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