Business / Taxes / European Central Bank (ECB): The European Central Bank is the central bank of the European Monetary Union (EMU), whose member countries use the euro as their currency. The ECB, which is based in Frankfurt, Germany, issues currency, sets interest rates, and oversees other aspects of monetary policy for the EMU. The EMU's National Central Banks (such as the Banque de France and the Deutsche Bundesbank), together with the ECB, form the European System of Central Banks. They play an important role in implementing monetary policy, conducting foreign exchange operations, and maintaining the foreign reserves of member states.
Business / Finance / International Bank For Reconstruction And Development (IBRD): IBRD or World Bank makes loans at nearly conventional terms to countries for projects of high economic priority. MORE
Business / Finance / International Banking Facility (IBF): A branch that an American bank establishes in the United States to do Eurocurrency business. MORE