Bancassurance

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Bancassurance

Insurance provided by a bank. For example, a bank could offer life insurance in addition to its savings, loan, and investment services. Proponents argue that bancassurance can streamline internal and government regulations. For example, a bank offering a mortgage may require borrowers to buy homeowners insurance; if bancassurance is available, the borrower could purchase a policy directly from the bank without needing to shop around. However, bancassurance is somewhat controversial; critics contend that allowing banks to sell insurance gives them too much control over the financial services sector. As a result, some countries prohibit it. The United States has allowed it since the passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
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