HSBC Holdings plc is a global banking and financial services company headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom. As of 2011 it is the world's second-largest banking and financial services group and second-largest public company according to a composite measure by Forbes magazine. It has around 7,500 offices in 87 countries and territories across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America and around 100 million customers. As of 30 June 2010, it had total assets of $2.418 trillion, of which roughly half were in Europe, a quarter in the Americas and a quarter in Asia.

HSBC is a universal bank and is organised within four business groups: Commercial Banking; Global Banking and Markets (investment banking); Personal Financial Services (retail banking); and Private Banking.
HSBC's primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has secondary listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (where it is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index), the New York Stock Exchange, Euronext Paris and the Bermuda Stock Exchange. As of August 2010, it was the largest company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with a market capitalisation of £115.8 billion.

The HSBC graduate scheme

The Retail Management programme is designed to raise the standard of banking, and to help develop our next generation of retail branch and area managers. Providing you with front-line exposure to our fast-moving retail banking environments, the first eighteen months will see you tackle three assignments where you will develop the all-round skills and experience you'll need to build relationships, and lead and inspire your own team to achieve results. (The placements could be as a sales advisor, in risk and operations, or mortgage support). In your final placement, you'll put it all into practice in a team leading role.

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