What is the difference between a financial institution and an insurance company?

A financial institution is an organization that provides services that people need to manage their money. Financial institutions include different types of banks and credit unions.

Insurance companies are a type of “non-bank” financial institution that sell policies that provide protection from various kinds of risks. Risks that insurance policies cover include the loss of life, income, or possessions and the high cost of medical bills.

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