Barclays is a leading global wealth manager, and the UK's largest, with total client assets of £176.1bn, as at 30 June 2012. With offices in over 20 countries, Wealth and Investment Management focuses on private and intermediary clients worldwide, providing international and private banking, investment management, fiduciary services and brokerage. Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140, 000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
At Barclays we manage active community investment programmes in many of the jurisdictions in which we operate. Our programme is closely aligned with Barclays overall corporate responsibility commitments and is focussed on helping local communities. Barclays recognises the importance of attracting, retaining, and developing diverse world-class professionals. We identify, foster and reward all talent, valuing and leveraging the diversity amongst our people to offer our clients creative and innovative solutions. In countries around the world, Barclays can give you easy, safe and fast access to your money. You can stay in control of your finances via our 24-hour Online Banking service, our international Telephone Banking service, by post or by using one of the 1.7 million VISA-linked cash machines around the world.
Investments can help you achieve your financial goals more quickly than cash savings. However, you have to be aware of the risks involved. With Barclays iInvest we can create an investment solution designed to meet your unique combination of goals, circumstances and attitude to risk. Investment funds should be viewed as a medium- to long-term commitment, that is five years or more, and our structured products range between three and six years. The value and any income from them can go down as well as up.
You might get back less than you originally invested. We offer a full range of products and services online 24/7, meaning that a few clicks is all it takes for you to open accounts, place the majority of your investments and track and manage your portfolio. You'll be able to access a range of account types, each of which offers you a choice of investment products.