A bank for central banks

The BIS was created as an international organisation, and also as a bank. As a bank, its clients are exclusively central banks and other international organisations. The BIS provides reserves management services to its clients. Historically, it has also played a role in providing liquidity in times of financial crisis.

1930 – 1939
Reparations, the Great Depression and financial cooperation.
1939 – 1945
Wartime.
1946 – 1958
Supporting postwar reconstruction in Europe.
1958 – 1973
Shoring up the Bretton Woods monetary system.
1973 – 1993
Providing facilities to central banks and supporting European monetary cooperation.
1999 – 2020
Providing banking services to the global central bank community.