Correspondent banking

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An arrangement under which one bank provides payment and other services to another bank.

Payments through correspondents are often executed through reciprocal accounts - nostro and loro (or vostro) accounts - to which standing credit lines may be attached.

Correspondent banking services are primarily provided across international boundaries but are also known as agency relationships in some domestic contexts.

A loro account is the term used by a correspondent to describe an account held on behalf of a foreign bank. The foreign bank would in turn regard this account as its nostro account.

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