Glass Victorian Savings Bank window sign,Glasgow,Scotland,UK
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:43.6 MB (1.8 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:4380 x 3480 px | 37.1 x 29.5 cm | 14.6 x 11.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:16 December 2016
Location:Glasgow, Scotland, UK
A savings bank is a financial institution whose primary purpose is accepting savings deposits and paying interest on those deposits. They originated in Europe during the 18th century with the aim of providing access to savings products to all levels in the population. Often associated with social good these early banks were often designed to encourage low income people to save money and have access to banking services. They were set up by governments or by socially committed groups or organisations such as with credit unions. The structure and legislation took many different forms in different countries over the 20th century. The advent of internet banking at the end of the 20th century saw a new phase in savings banks with the online savings bank that paid higher levels of interest in return for clients only having access over the web.