UBS Group AG was formed on June 29, 1998, when Union Bank of Switzerland (founded 1862) and Swiss Bank Corporation (founded 1872) merged to form UBS AG. The Company serves private, institutional & corporate clients, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. The operational structure of the Group comprises the Corporate Center & five business divisions: Wealth Management, Wealth Management Americas, Retail & Corporate, Global Asset Management and the Investment Bank. Wealth Management provides comprehensive financial services to wealthy private clients around the world - except those served by Wealth Management Americas. Its clients benefit from the entire spectrum of UBS resources, ranging from investment management to estate planning & corporate finance advice, in addition to specific wealth management products & services. Wealth Management Americas provide advice-based solutions and banking services through financial advisors who deliver a fully integrated set of products and services specifically designed to address the needs of ultra high net worth and high net worth individuals and families. Retail & Corporate provides comprehensive financial products and services embedded in a true multi-channel experience, offering clients convenient access. Global Asset Management is an asset manager with diversified businesses across investment capabilities, regions and distribution channels. It offers investment capabilities and styles across all traditional and alternative asset classes including equities, fixed income, currencies, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure and private equity that can also be combined into multi-asset strategies. The fund services unit provides professional services including fund set-up, accounting and reporting for both traditional investment funds and alternative funds. The Investment Bank provides corporate, institutional, and wealth management clients with advice, financial solutions, outstanding execution and comprehensive access to the world's capital markets. It offers financial advisory and capital markets, research, equities, foreign exchange, precious metals and tailored fixed income services in rates and credit through its two business units, Corporate Client Solutions and Investor Client Services. The Investment Bank is an active participant in capital markets flow activities, including sales, trading and market-making across a range of securities. The Corporate Center comprises Corporate Center - Core Functions and Corporate Center - Non-core and Legacy Portfolio. Corporate Center - Core Functions provides Group-wide control functions including finance, risk control (including compliance) and legal. In addition, it provides all logistics and support functions, including operations, information technology, human resources, corporate development, regulatory relations and strategic initiatives, communications and branding, corporate real estate and administrative services, procurement, physical security, information security, offshoring and treasury services such as funding, balance sheet and capital management. Corporate Center - Core Functions allocates its treasury income, operating expenses and personnel associated with the above mentioned activities to the businesses based on capital and service consumption levels. Corporate Center - Non-core and Legacy Portfolio comprises the non-core businesses and legacy positions previously part of the Investment Bank. The Company competes with national full-service brokerage firms, domestic and private banks, regional broker-dealers, independent broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, trust companies and other financial services firms offering wealth management services to US and Canadian private clients, as well as foreign non-resident clients seeking wealth management services within the US. Its main competitors include the wealth management businesses of Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.