Bank of Montreal (Banque de Montreal), Montreal

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The Bank of Montreal, operating as BMO Financial Group and commonly shortened to BMO, is one of the Big Five banks in Canada. It is the fourth-largest bank in Canada by market capitalization and based on assets, and among the ten largest banks in North America.On June 23, 1817, John Richardson and eight merchants signed the Articles of Association to establish the Bank of Montreal in a rented house in Montreal, Quebec. The bank officially began conducting business on November 3, 1817, making it Canada's oldest bank. BMO's Institution Number (or bank number) is 001. In Canada, the bank operates as BMO Bank of Montreal and has more than 900 branches, serving over seven million customers. The company also has substantial operations in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States, where it operates as BMO Harris Bank. BMO Capital Markets is BMO's investment and corporate banking division, while the wealth management division is branded as BMO Nesbitt Burns.The company is ranked at number 131 on the Forbes Global 2000 list.The company has not missed a dividend payment since 1829, paying dividends consistently through major world crises such as World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the 2008 financial crisis; this makes the Bank of Montreal's dividend payment history one of the longest in the world.HistoryThe Bank of Montreal was founded in 1817 as the first bank in Canada. The Bank of Montreal established branches in Newfoundland on January 31, 1895, following the collapse of the Newfoundland Commercial Bank and Union Bank of Newfoundland on December 10, 1894.
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  • September 23, 2017
    A good example of the concept to demonstrate the solidity of a bank by your physical appearance. A robust building with a show of opulence in your input and on the large space used today by the activities of the Bank.
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  • September 18, 2017
    The lobby of this bank is gorgeous with a lovely statue commemorating employees who died in WWI and a lovely dome. Just across from the basilica - be sure to stop by for a quick look.  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    The Head Office of the Bank of Montreal is a superb building with its beautiful columns. Inside there is a tiny Museum with some artifacts. We quickly made the turn, fortunately it's free. It is a must see when going Place d'Armes
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  • August 13, 2016
    Useful 24-hour ATM just inside the entrance - the Notre Dame cathedral only takes cash for entry. However it charges you $3 per withdrawal with a $500 per withdrawal limit.
  • July 10, 2016
    Meh, it's a bank, right? True, but this one of once the bank's flagship. Just go and check out the lobby.
  • February 22, 2017
    Nice place
  • June 6, 2015
    What a pompous, extravagant interior! A must - see.
  • February 5, 2016
    This is the most beautiful bank ever

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